Big Fast Field Set For HAPO Columbia Cup

2013_ColCup_D3_2029-LThe return of Dave Villwock to competition in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series and the much anticipated debut of Erick Ellstrom’s new 96 Spirit of Qatar are just two of many reasons why the field for the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities area of South Central Washington July 25-27 will be big and fast with tremendous interest being generated among fans and media.

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Dave Villwock

Villwock retired following the 2012 season with 67 career victories – the most by any driver in the history of the sport.  He joined Schumacher racing as a consultant and became team manager during the 2013 season. On July 16, team owner Billy Schumacher announced that Villwock would be the team’s driver for the Tri-Cities and Seattle races, adding, “People asked me, “You have the best driver in the history of the sport on your team and he doesn’t drive the boat?  What’s wrong with this picture?”

Following the 2013 season, Villwock oversaw an extensive rebuild of Schumacher’s 37 Beacon Plumbing and says, “We are pretty confident in the changes we made but it will need some adjusting.  We learned about propellers last season.  It should be a safer, more stable ride and that should equate to more speed.”

The team’s game plan for the Columbia Cup is to get the boat setup dialed in before the sponsor’s home town race in Seattle – The Albert Lee Cup at Seafair. They will be testing four new propellers and two new turbine engines from associate sponsor Whispering Turbines.

Kip Brown

Kip Brown

At Ellstrom Racing, former Oberto crew chief Mike Hanson heads up the team putting the finishing touches on the new Spirit of Qatar that will make its maiden voyage Friday morning with Kip Brown at the wheel.

Brown says, “This thing is awesome.  Mike Hanson’s craftsmanship is just spectacular.  It really is the state of the art race boat Erick said it would be.”

Ellstrom has said the new technology in the boat will not be obvious and many little things have been done that should combine to make a big difference.

Brown concurs, saying, “Most of the changes are pretty subtle.  There are some things you can see in the running surfaces and a few other places that are new technology but the boat won’t look much different on the water.”

Brown won the 2013 Gold Cup in the 95 Spirit of Qatar owned by Our Gang Racing of Preston, Washington.  That team represented the Qatar sponsorship while the new 96 was being constructed.  OGR is back to their 17 number and will make their 2014 debut at the Columbia Cup with Jeff Bernard driving.

Two other teams will join the series in the third race of the season after skipping the Eastern swing.  They are Leland Unlimited’s 100 driven by Dave Warren and Kelly Stocklin’s 18 Bucket List Racing.

Jimmy Shane Oberto

Jjimmy Shane

Stocklin’s boat is a former G boat, slightly smaller than the other unlimiteds and designed to run with automotive power.  In 2012, Stocklin secured a waiver from H1 to run the smaller boat with a smaller turbine engine and qualified it as an unlimited at the Tri-Cities race on the Columbia River.

The five teams seeing competition for the first time in 2014 will be joining a fleet that showed tremendous speed and reliability in the first two events of the season.  New Oberto driver Jimmy Shane posted some of the fastest speeds in the history of the APBA Gold Cup in putting his name on one of the most prestigious trophies in all of motorsports.

In the season opener at Madison, Indiana, J. Michael Kelly, Shane’s replacement in the 1 Graham Trucking, looked very quick and stood at the top of the podium after apparent winner Shane was penalized for getting to the start line too soon.

JMK Kelly

J. Michael kelly

Asked how he feels after two races with his new team, Shane said, “We feel pretty good!  We’ve won every heat we’ve been in except the Final Heat in Madison and our name is on the Gold Cup.  I’m getting comfortable in the boat and it’s really fast and loose.  I especially like the fast part!”

Jones Racing’s 9 Les Schwab Tires/Team Red Dot is being repaired in the team’s shop in Enumclaw, Washington after a spectacular blow over accident at the Gold Cup.  Driver Jon Zimmerman suffered only a chipped tooth but damage to the boat was more extensive.  Crew chief Jeff Campbell and the team have been putting in long hours hoping to have the boat ready for the Columbia Cup.

Cal Phipps

Cal Phipps

Other teams off to a fast start include Kelly’s team mate Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking II with two podium finishes and Greg and Brian O’Farrell’s 21 GoFastTurnLeft Racing with Jamie Nilsen and Brian Perkins sharing the driver’s seat.  Perkins scored a second place finish at the Gold Cup. Nilsen will do the driving in the Tri-Cities with Perkins taking over in Seattle.

 H1 Unlimited race teams will be arriving in the Neil F. Lampson pit area on Thursday, with three scheduled to make a stop at the Columbia Center Mall from 4-6 pm to meet with fans and media.

Testing, qualifying and a “Dash for Cash” are scheduled for Friday with racing getting underway on Saturday. The winner of the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup will be determined during the running of the winner take all championship final heat beginning at 4:40 pm PDT on Sunday.

Mike Webster

Mike Webster

Jamie Nilsen

Jamie Nilsen

Jeff Bernard

Jeff Bernard

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Jon Zimmerman

Greg Hopp

Greg Hopp

Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

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Kelly Stocklin

Dave Warren

Dave Warren

 

2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Boat Roster   

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       Boat Name

    Driver

    Hometown

1

Graham Trucking

J. Michael Kelly

Bonney Lake, WA

6

Oberto

Jimmy Shane

Covington, WA

7

Graham Trucking II

Cal Phipps

Sterling Heights, MI

9

Les Schwab Tires -

Jon Zimmerman

Maple Valley, WA

 

Team Red dot

 

 

11

Peters & May

Tom Thompson

Cambridge, MD

12

Miss DiJulio

Greg Hopp

Lake Stevens, WA

17

Our Gang Racing

Jeff Bernard

Maple Valley, WA

18

Bucket List Racing

Kelly Stocklin

Edmonds, WA

21

GoFastTurnLeft Racing

Jamie Nilsen

Federal Way, WA

 

 

Brian Perkins

North Bend, WA

22

Ranch & Home presents

Mike Webster

Reading, PA

 

Webster Racing

 

 

37

Beacon Plumbing

Dave Villwock

Monroe, WA

96

Spirit of Qatar

Kip Brown

Black Diamond, WA

100

Leland Unlimited

Dave Warren

Lake Stevens, WA

 

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:00 – 6:00
Hydros at the Mall, Columbia Center Mall, Kennewick

Friday, July 25, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:10am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
10:10am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
2:15pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
3:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Dash
4:20pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Dash
4:40pm Grand Prix Dash
5:05pm Legends CasinoDash for Cash
6:00pm Castle Catering Speed & Feed (by invitation only)

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:00am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
9:45am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
Noon Drivers Autograph Session at the Stage
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #1
2:05pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #1
2:15pm Pilots Autograph Session at the Stage
2:35pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #1
3:05pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1A
3:35pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1B
4:05pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #2
4:35pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #2
5:05pm Grand Prix Unlimited Heat #2

Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:00am Park opens
7:30am Church Service at the Stage
8:00am Joint Hydroplane Testing
9:20am Vintage Hydroplane Testing
10:00am Opening Ceremonies
10:15am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
10:40am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2B
11:05am Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #3
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Final Heat
2:10pm Frontier Communications H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3A
2:35pm RebathTri-Cities H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3B
3:10pm Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 598 Grand Prix Hydroplanes Thunder Cup
3:35pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Provisional
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #3
4:40pm HAPO Columbia Cup for H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes
5:30pm Event Awards Ceremony

HAPO Over the River Air Show Daily Schedule

Air National Guard MX-S John Klatt Air shows
Douglas DC-3 Historic Flight Foundation
Alpha Jet Mark Peterson
T-33 Shooting Star Gregory Colyer
TF-51 Mustang Mark Peterson
Sukhoi-29 Renny Price
All Women Skydivers/Wing Suits Misty Blues

2014 Diamond Cup Cancelled

  diamondcup       Diamond Cup Unlimited, LLC is reluctantly announcing the cancellation of the 2014 Diamond Cup Hydroplane Race.  The Kootenai County Sheriff’s obdurate refusal to accept an application for a Marine Event permit in conformity with his statutory obligations under Idaho law has caused the cancellation of the race.

     Idaho law obligates the Sheriff’s Office to accept a completed  application for a Marine Event permit up to 30 days before the event.  As late as yesterday afternoon, when asked again by Diamond Cup representatives to honor the letter of Idaho law, the Sheriff refused, citing his staffing needs and demands.

       Diamond Cup Unlimited, LLC has worked tirelessly to host the 2014 event in an effort to repay debts arising from the 2013 race.  We appreciate the efforts of all of those who have worked with us in a cooperative and community minded manner.  Ironically,   with tighter crowd control procedures and a minimum of 30,000 tickets sold, the Diamond Cup would have achieved its goal of retiring its 2013 debt, funding the 2014 race, and being financially sound going into 2015.  However, the Sheriff’s announcement of July 1, wherein he refused to consider the issuance of a permit any further, coupled with his subsequent refusal to accept any other application materials, terminated ticket sales and causing financing commitments to be withdrawn.

     Ticket holders who wish to obtain a refund should contact Tickets West or Diamond Cup for reimbursement.  We will continue to pursue all avenues for a 2015 race.  Thank you to those who have supported us.

 

Dave Villwock Returning To Competition

Dave 1Schumacher Racing announced today that the team’s return to competition at the HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities July 25 – 27 will also mark the return of Dave Villwock to the driver’s seat of an Unlimited Hydroplane.

Villwock joined Schumacher Racing during the 2013 season as a consultant and became the team manager.  This followed a driving career that produced 67 wins, the most by any driver in the history of the sport, including 10 National Championships and 10 Gold Cup victories.

Team owner Billy Schumacher explained, “In the past year, a lot of people have asked me how it made sense to have the best driver in the history of the sport as a backup driver.  Why not put him in the boat?’

Dave Villwock

Dave Villwock

“One of those people was our sponsor, Bill Cahill of Beacon Plumbing,” added Schumacher. “So we approached Dave with the idea of returning to driving and we are very happy that he is willing. We have made dramatic changes to the boat and having Dave experience the boat ride will speed up the tuning process.”

Villwock agreed saying, “We will really be developing a new boat with all the changes we made and this should allow us to get it up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Asked how he expects the rebuilt 37 Beacon Plumbing to compare to the boats he drove during his record setting career, Villwock responded, “We think we have it pretty close.  There are some differences and some things that will need tweaking once we have seen it on the water, but we think we are going the right direction with the boat.”

Plans are for Scott Liddycoat to get some time in the boat at the Columbia Cup as well and get the necessary laps in competition to renew his unlimited license.  The team’s plans do not go beyond the Seattle race a week later at this point.

Regarding rumors of an ownership change, Schumacher explained, “It’s no secret that Bill (Cahill) has wanted to become an owner in the sport and it’s something we have talked about for a long time.  He has loved Unlimited Hydroplane racing all his life and it makes a lot of sense for him to become an owner. I think he’ll make a great one.  We are moving things in that direction and the time for the change is getting closer.”

Schumacher, himself a former Gold Cup and National Champion, said his  plans for the future include  “a lot of fishing out on Puget Sound.”

HAPO Columbia Cup

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Event Schedule

Saturday, July 19, 2014
6:30 pm Miss Tri-Cities & Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen Pageants
Art Fuller Auditorium, Kennewick High School

Thursday, July 24, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 Hydro’s at the Mall, Columbia Center Mall, Kennewick

Friday, July 25, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:10am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
10:10am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
2:15pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
3:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Dash
4:20pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Dash
4:40pm Grand Prix Dash
5:05pm Legends Casino Dash for Cash
6:00pm Castle Catering Speed & Feed (by invitation only)

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:00am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
9:45am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
Noon Drivers Autograph Session at the Stage
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #1
2:05pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #1
2:15pm Pilots Autograph Session at the Stage
2:35pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #1
3:05pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1A
3:35pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1B
4:05pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #2
4:35pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #2
5:05pm Grand Prix Unlimited Heat #2

Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:00am Park opens
7:30am Church Service at the Stage
8:00am Joint Hydroplane Testing
9:20am Vintage Hydroplane Testing
10:00am Opening Ceremonies
10:15am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
10:40am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2B
11:05am Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #3
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Final Heat
2:10pm Frontier Communications H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3A
2:35pm Rebath Tri-Cities H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3B
3:10pm Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 598 Grand Prix Hydroplanes Thunder Cup
3:35pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Provisional
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #3
4:40pm HAPO Columbia Cup for H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes
5:30pm Event Awards Ceremony

HAPO Over the River Air Show Daily Schedule

Air National Guard MX-S John Klatt Air shows
Douglas DC-3 Historic Flight Foundation
Alpha Jet Mark Peterson
T-33 Shooting Star Gregory Colyer
TF-51 Mustang Mark Peterson
Sukhoi-29 Renny Price
All Women Skydivers/Wing Suits Misty Blues

Shane Leads High Points Chase

Hi Point LeaderJimmy Shane’s perfect weekend at the Detroit APBA Gold Cup gave the Oberto driver the maximum 2100 points and a 550 point lead over Madison winner J. Michael Kelly who has 3019 points in the 1 Graham Trucking.

Jamie Nilsen and Brian Perkins have combined to put GoFastTurnLeft Racing’s 21 in third place with 2625.

The Point Standings After Two Races

#        Boat Name Madison Detroit Tri-Cities Seattle Cd’A San Diego Doha Total
6 Oberto 1469 2100           3569
1 Graham Trucking 1280 1739           3019
21 GoFastTurnLeft  975 1650           2625
7 Graham Trucking II
1015 1485           2500
9 Les Schwab/Red Dot 1205 305           1510
22 Webster Racing 0 1067           1067
11 Peters & May 660 0           660
12 Miss DiJulio 225 30           255

Gold Cup For Shane – Oberto – Madison

Oberto Final

The one prize that eluded Steve David in one of the greatest careers of any driver in the history of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing was the APBA Gold Cup.  David won many races and multiple championships for the community owned Oberto/Miss Madison before retiring at the end of the 2013 season and turning the seat over to 2013 National High Point Champion Jimmy Shane, but was never able to put it all together in Detroit.

On Sunday, Shane and the Oberto/Madison team headed by crew chief Larry Hanson gave the city of Madison their first Gold Cup win since Jim McCormick’s storied win in 1971.  In doing so, Shane put his name on the historic Gold Cup trophy and gave indications it won’t be the last.

 Shane CupAn excited Shane said, “It feels amazing and I am so happy to be able to win a Gold Cup for everyone at Oberto and the city of Madison.  They waited for this since 1971 and we finally get them another one in 2014.”

Asked when he knew about the penalty on Kelly, Shane said, “I heard the call at the start but I wanted to make sure it was real, so I didn’t want him to get too far ahead.  He was really fast all weekend.”

Could he have caught Kelly?  Shane answered, “No one will ever know.  We could have run harder but the important thing was to keep the boat together and win the Gold Cup.  And we did!  We won the Gold Cup!”

Sponsor Larry Oberto calle the win a relief, saying, “It’s a big relief and really, really neat.  My dad started sponsoring boats 40 years ago.  It’s been 43 years since Madison had a Gold Cup win and 14 years that we have been partners.  Those are all big numbers.”

Asked if he had talked to his dad, Oberto added, “Yes.  He said he would so somersaults but that would be dangerous at 86 years of age.”

dock2Sunday morning dawned gray and rainy on the 2.7 mile race course at the 2014 Detroit APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River. For three of the H1 Unlimited race teams who had entered the weekend with high hopes, the news was even gloomier.  Both the 11 Peters and May and the 12 ServPro Miss DiJulio were forced to withdraw with mechanical issues.  The 9 Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar was on the trailer showing a lot of damage from a blow over accident in Heat 3A on Saturday. Driver Jon Zimmerman was unhurt but very disappointed as the boat had been running very well prior to the accident.

As the skies cleared and conditions improved, the remaining five teams each had two preliminary heats standing between them and the winner-take-all championship Final Heat that would add a new name to one of the most prestigious trophies in all of motorsports. Jimmy Shane in the 6 Oberto looked to continue a perfect weekend in Heat 3A, after adding two Saturday heat wins to the points he earned as top qualifier on Friday – and did so by leading all four laps.  Cal Phipps joined Shane in the 7 Graham Trucking II in the heat and scored the 300 points for a second place finish.

 team_cup (2)The remaining three boats lined up and made a perfect start to Heat 3B with J. Michael Kelly in lane one in the 1 Graham Trucking.  Brian Perkins was right on his hip in the 21 Miss Al Deeby Dodge and that’s where he stayed throughout the heat, finishing second.  Mike Webster started on the outside in the 22 Auto Value/Webster Racing and finished third.

 Shane and Phipps hooked up in a great duel in 4A after Phipps put the Graham Trucking II on the inside.  The lead changed several times and the two came off the final corner deck to deck.  Shane won the drag race to the checkered flag to take the win by a boat length.  Webster was penalized a lap for jumping the start and finished third.

That left only two boats to run in the final prelim of the weekend.  Kelly and Perkins were matched up again and staged a spirited battle for the inside.  Kelly won that battle and started in lane one. Perkins surprised by leading the first lap and taking the lead at several points in the race before Kelly took the win by two boat lengths.

WingsThat left only the five lap final and the race to decide whose name would go on the Gold Cup for the first time.

The final field was set with Shane, Kelly, Perkins, Phipps and Webster all away from the dock at the five minute mark under blue skies with fluffy white clouds.  Maneuvering for the preferred lanes began immediately with Kelly putting the Graham Trucking in lane 1.  But Kelly and Webster both picked up penalties for score up violations before the start, meaning Shane only had to stay ahead of Perkins and Phipps to win the Gold Cup and that’s what he did.  Kelly led all five laps, leaving fans wondering what could have been.

Shane ran the final lap with a broken rear wing but got the boat to the checkered flag for the biggest win of his young career and the first Gold Cup for the team’s long long-time.Perkins and Phipps joined Shane on the podium, finishing second and third.

H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole capped off the Gold cup weekend saying, “Congratulations to Jimmy Shane and the Oberto/Miss Madison team on a historic victory.  Attrition took a toll on the Detroit River as it often does, but I want to congratulate the race committee and our race teams on a great event.”

“Now we all look forward to heading out to the West Coast,” added Cole. “When we meet again in the Tri-Cities in two weeks we should see a lot more great racing like what we had here in Detroit.”

The H1 fleet moves to the Pacific Northwest for the Hapo Columbia Cup on the Columbia River in South Central Washington July 25 – 27.

All photos by Chris Denslow – H1

Complete APBA Gold Cup Results HERE

Season High Point Totals HERE

 

 

Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar In Gold Cup Crash

Photo by David Alan Campbell

Photo by David Alan Campbell

Tough day for Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar at the Detroit APBA Gold  Cup, the tea that is representing us while we finish the new boat.

Driver Jon Zimmerman was in a close race with Jimmy Shane in the 6 Oberto entering the first turn of lap 4 in Heat 2B when the boat appeared to bounce off a wave and take to the air.  The boat did a complete 360 before landing right side up.

Jon was not injured but there is severe damage to the boat.

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Shane, Kelly and Perkins Win Gold Cup Prelims

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Jimmy Shane (left) and J. Michael Kelly 9 (right) race past the historic Detroit Yacht Club in Heat 1A.
Photo by Chris Denslow – H1

The first day of racing at the 2014 Detroit APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River produced three different heat winners and thrilled the big Detroit crowd with great racing before disaster struck in Heat 2B.

The weekend racing started with the top three qualifiers grouped in Heat 1A and the draw produced spectacular racing on the the big 2.5 mile Gold Cup race course.

J. Michael Kelly maneuvered the 1 Graham Trucking to the inside before the start with top qualifier Jimmy Shane in the 6 Oberto in lane two and Jon Zimmerman in the 9 Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar on the outside.

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Shane and Kelly in the Roostertail Turn on lap 1 of Heat 1A. Photo by Chris Denslow – H1.

Kelly took an early lead on the inside and came out of the first turn with Shane pulling up beside him as they accelerated to 200+ approaching the Detroit Yacht Club on the backstretch.  The two battled side by side for two laps before Shane’s superior speed took him to the lead at the mid-way point of the heat.

The heat was a fast one with Shane averaging over 157 mph for the four laps and Kelly just under 156. Zimmerman finished third in his first race of the weekend.

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Cal Phipps and Brian Perkins racing in Heat 2A.
Photo by Chris Denslow – H1

Brian Perkins led Heat 1B from start to finish in the 21 Miss All Deeby Dodge with local favorite Cal Phipps of Sterling Heights running second in the 7 Graham Trucking II.  Mike Webster finished third in the 22 Auto Value/Webster Racing.

The draw for heat 2A and 2B separated Kelly and Shane.  Kelly was drawn into 1A with Perkins, Webster and Greg Hopp in the 12 ServPro/Miss DiJulio.  Hopp did not make a start and Kelly led the field across the start line in lane one and cruised to an easy victory.  Perkins was second and Webster third.

Shane and the Oberto were joined in 2B by Zimmerman, Phipps and Tom Thompson in the 11 Peters and May, but the Peters and May did not make the start as the crew continued to chase mechanical issues.

When Shane put the Oberto in lane one, the disadvantage for Zimmerman on his right appeared to be insurmountable.  But Zimmerman showed great boat speed and gave Shane a ferocious battle until disaster struck on the final lap.

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Rescue crew with damaged 9 Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar.
Photo by Chris Denslow – H1

Shane and Zimmerman got the white flag at the start of lap four and headed into the big Belle Isle Bridge turn with Zimmerman still in hot pursuit of Shane.  At the entrance to the turn, Zimmerman’s boat lifted off the water and did a complete 360 before landing right side up.

Zimmerman rode back to the pits with the H1 rescue team was not injured.  Crew Chief Jeff Campbell and the rest of the Red Dot/Qatar team set about to assess damage to the boat.

Heat 2B was scored as completed with Shane taking the win and Phipps second.

Racing will resume Sunday with the running of Heat 3A at 11:00 am EDT with the Championship Final Heat slated for 4:30 pm.