ABRA offers an explanation for the decision not to keep the boats in Detroit one more day and run the final heats on Monday. The option was pursued, but it just wasn't feasible.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 6:02 PM
DDRA Race Director Mark Weber just announced that the 2008 Gold Cup has been called off due to inclement weather.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 3:22 PM
ABRA, APBA and Detroit Regatta Association have contingency plans in place:
From ABRA: Due to the high winds, all three organizations have agreed to attempt to run two three-lap elimination heats at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
If the high winds persist the event will be ruled an incomplete event and no contest.
The 100th running of the Gold Cup will take place in 2009.
The last time the APBA Gold Cup was ruled ‘no contest’ was at Lake Mead, Nevada in 1960 due to similar wind conditions
More from ABRA website >>
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 2:40 PM
- UL 72
Miss Boat Electric
- UL 15
Graham Trucking GT- Happy Go Lucky & Swenson Brothers Marine
- UL 14
Anchor Grill Presents Miss Critical Logic
- UL 13
- UL 929
DNF. UL 89
Lake Trash.com presents No Excuses Racing
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 2:11 PM
Finals for the Unlimited Lights are about 5 minutes away at Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota.
Watch LIVE STREAM >>
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"If we can't run, I think they should just give it to the top qualifer," joked U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driver Steve David... who by coincidence just happens to be the top qualifier..."That would be fair, I think."
Some of the other teams might disagree, especially Jeff Bernard and the U-5 FormulaBoats.com team. Jeff's won his two heats so far and leads in total points.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 1:16 PM
Ron and Scott Roman in the Motley Crew - are OK. Refused treatment at the site. They said it was a "gentle roll" and they are fine.
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Just a reminder that the Unlimited Lights hydroplanes are running this weekend in South Dakota. as well.
Results so far...
1A: Paul Becker UL-14 Anchor Grill prsents Miss Critical Logic
1B: Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
2A: Greg Hopp UL-15 Graham Trucking GT - Happy Go Lucky & Swenson Brothers Marine
2B: Kayleigh Perkins UL-72 Miss Boat Electric
More info >>
LIVE ULHRA video stream >>
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 12:28 PM
The Offshore boats got on the water at Detroit. Because of the way they are built, they can run on much rougher water than the Unlimited Hydroplanes.
However, the Motley Crew flipped. Ron and Scott Roman were aboard.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 11:45 AM
Jimmy King and U-3 Chrysler Jeep was penalized for encroaching on Mike Allen (U-7 FormulaBoats.com) in Heat 3A, in which Allen flipped.
DETROIT FREE PRESS:
"Oh Boy Oberto driver Steve David said, “I don’t think Jimmy crowded him intentionally. It’s really rough down in that first turn, and if you hit a wave with the bow it can jerk the boat over to the left whether you want to go there or not.”
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Posted by HydroInsider.com at 11:40 AM
Mark Weber, Operations Direction for Gold Cup, says he believes we will get Unlimited Hydroplane racing in today. According to Weber, winds are supposed to die down later today. Until then, hydro racing is on hold although Off-Shore boats will still run.
Current winds, weather >>
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Click here for in cockpit video from the U3 during heat 3A.
Posted by Mike Fetscher at 10:48 AM
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Mike Allen appears to be OK. He is being taken to a Detroit hospital as a precaution.
Boat has been brought back to shore and out of the water. It's up on the trailer now. There appears to be serious damage to the sponsons and decking on the boat's left side.
There is some debris in the first turn that crews are assessing. We're on a HOLD.
Posted by HydroInsider.com at 10:05 AM
HydroInsider.com had cameras rolling on the start of Heat 3A. Mike Allen in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com went up and over exiting turn one. You can hear the announcers on the P.A. make the call and see the aftermath briefly. You do not see the actual flip as it happened behind the leaders.
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Posted by HydroInsider.com at 10:01 AM
The first thing Jean Theoret asked when he came to the dock was '' Is he ok?'' worried more about his friend in thr boat. Allen is reported to be ok.
Posted by Joe McCord at 8:03 AM
Mike Allen has been involved in an accident. From were I am I cannot tell the condition.
Posted by Joe McCord at 7:57 AM
Brian Perkins and the U50 Spirit of the Navy is taking the royal blue hydroplane out on to the somewhat calm Detroit River. Spooling up the Lycoming T55 motor he seems to be having a little difficulty.
Mike Allen in the U7 now takes to the water. Swinging through the roostertail the boat looks smooth.
Now Brian gets the 50 running. Allen slamming into the turn looking to see if the team has given him more power.
Steve David now takes a turn on the course. Allen is hugging the buoy line as Perkins screams past us here in the pits. Steve now running by us looking great. The 13 is trailer firing. Brian Perkins doing a nice run on the buoy line. The team clapping. Coming up the back stretch running wide close to the outside now. This young man has a lot of potential.
David had some trouble with the Oberto now has it running again.
Posted by Joe McCord at 5:05 AM