Jimmy Shane wins match-race event in H1 Unlimited racing at Seattle

SEATTLE — After winning the past two events on the H1 Unlimited Racing Series, Jimmy Shane, driver of the Miss HomeStreet, continued his winning ways by taking first-place honors during a match-race event today on Lake Washington. The weekend of hydroplane racing will continue tomorrow with the 2022 HomeStreet Bank Cup. 

Shane, 36, of San Antonio, Texas, took the victory by leading from start to finish in the final heat of an event that used a new match-race format. The competition included one-on-one match races, followed by a last-chance heat, and then the winner-take all final.

In the match races at the beginning of the day, J. Michael Kelly in Boitano Homes battled Jamie Nilsen in Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse side by side through two laps until Kelly crossed the finish line ahead by a nose. Shane also entertained the fans with a close race against Jeff Bernard in Miss Goodman Real Estate and won by a boat length. In a third match race, Dave Villwock in Miss Beacon Plumbing enjoyed a close victory over Kelly. Bernard and Kelly then earned spots in the final with their placements in the last-chance heat.

In the final heat, Shane took the lead at the start, pulled ahead during the first lap, and was never challenged. The closest competition came in a contest between Villwock and Kelly for second place, with Villwock coming out ahead at the finish line.

The racing will continue tomorrow with two preliminary heats and a winner-take final for the HomeStreet Bank Cup victory. Tickets are still available at Seafair.com. If you can’t attend in person, the racing action also can be watched on the H1 Unlimited YouTube Channel. A link can be found at H1Unlimited.com.

HomeStreet Bank Cup at Seattle

QUALIFYING — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 157.143 avg. speed, 100 points; 2, Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 153.435, 80; 3, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 149.604, 70; J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 144.589, 60; Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannerty Furniture Warehouse, 144.277, 50.

MATCH RACE 1 — 1, J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, TBD, 143.960 avg. speed; 2, Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 225, 142.339.

MATCH RACE 2 — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 146.172; 2, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 300, 144.955.

MATCH RACE 3 — 1, Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 300, 148.308; 2, J. Michael Jelly, Boitano Homes, 300, 147.550.

LAST-CHANCE HEAT — 1, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, TBD, 141.423; 2, J. Michael Kelly, Boitano Homes, TBD, 137.750; Jamie Nilsen, Miss The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, DSQ.

SHOWDOWN FINAL — 1, Jimmy Shane, Miss HomeStreet, 400, 142.084; 2, Dave Villwock, Miss Beacon Plumbing, 300, 139.648; 3, J. Micael Kelly, Boitano Homes, 225, 139.669; 4, Jeff Bernard, Miss Goodman Real Estate, 169, 121.852.