Jimmy Shane and Andrew Tate are locked in a tight battle for the national championship after winning their respective heats Saturday at HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair and the championship will be decided Sunday on Mission Bay.
Tate won the first heat in his Realtrac/Delta hydroplane, pushing defending national champ Jimmy Shane and his HomeStreet Bank team to get a much-needed victory in the second heat. Shane delivered in the second heat by outrunning Tate to keep his 299-point lead going into Sunday’s two heats and the Bill Muncey Cup Final presented by HomeStreet Bank.
“Those two points are making all the difference in the world right now,” Tate said. “We have two heats and a final tomorrow so we have to bring everything we’ve got.”
Shane said it was important to win the second heat to have a slight cushion going into Sunday’s racing action.
“We really wanted to get the points back we lost in the first heat to Andrew (Tate),” Shane said. “Every heat matters and we had to put ourselves in a position to at least get inside of Andrew and gain the points back.”
In Heat 1, Tate averaged 154.739 mph around the 2.5-mile Bill Muncey course to take the victory. Shane finished second with a 154.38 mph lap speed and Tom Thompson in Reliable Diamond/J&D was third. Fourth place went to Dustin Echols in the Snuskitush Enterprises and J. Michael Kelly Graham Trucking boat was disqualified with a fuel violation.
In Heat 2, it was Shane with a 153.287 mph lap speed for first place, followed by Tate, Kelly, Thompson and Echols.
The H1 Unlimited season wraps up Sunday when the Bill Muncey Cup presented by HomeStreet Bank is run at 4:30 pm.
Tickets to HomeStreet Bank Bayfair on San Diego’s Mission Bay can be purchased at the gate or online at www.sandiegobayfair.org.