VIDEO: Elam spools up before heading out on the Gold Cup course

PHOTO: Villwock parks it in lane one before the finals


PHOTO: Jack Lowe

PHOTO: Villwock, David in the finals


PHOTO: James Crisp

Gold Cup Finals Results

GOLD CUP FINALS RESULTS

  1. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock
  2. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
  3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard
  4. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly
  5. U-100 Jarvis Painting - Greg Hopp

NOTE: I accidentally switched position on U5 and U-7 on the earlier posting. It is correct as listed here.

Finals line-up for Gold Cup

Front row for the Gold Cup finals:

  • U-1
  • U-16
  • U-100
  • U-7
  • U-5

Heat 4B Results

HEAT 4B RESULTS

  1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
  2. U-37 Glacial Energy/Miss DYC - J.W. Myers
  3. U-48 Albert Lee - Brian Perkins

    DNS. U-3 Chrysler-Jeep - Jimmy King
    DNS. U-25 Jarvis Disaster Recovery - Ken Muscatel

Heat 4A Results

Heat 4A Results

  1. U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard
  2. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly
  3. U-100 Jarvis Painting - Greg Hopp
  4. U-17 ActiVwater - Kip Brown
  5. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock
    ONE LAP PENALTY

INSTANT POLL: Blind draws to pick heats

Interesting how the blind draws for heat match-ups can work. Steve David and Dave Villwock were matched up head-to-head in every heat in Madison. In Detroit, they never saw each other in the heat racing.

In Detroit, the draw for Heat2A and 3A/2B and 3B were identical.

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Heat Draws 4a, 4b

Heat 4A draw

U-5
U-7
U-17
U-16
U-100

Heat 4B draw

U-1
U-3
U-25
U-37
U-48

Point totals after 3 sets of heats

  1. U-16 - 1200 points
  2. U-1 - 1200
  3. U-100 - 825
  4. U-7 - 727
  5. U-25 - 652
  6. U-5 - 619
  7. U-48 - 596
  8. U-17 - 563
  9. U-37 - 521
  10. U-3 - 169
  11. U-22 - 95

U-22 has officially withdrawn due to driver Mike Webster breaking a finger.

Winds are kicking up

Winds have picked up considerably. "The river's pretty rough," said U-100's Greg Hopp on WORX.

Heat 3B Results

HEAT 3B RESULTS

  1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David (400 points)
  2. U-100 Jarvis Painting - Greg Hopp (300 points)
  3. U-37 Glacial Energy/Miss DYC - J.W. Myers (225 points)
    ONE LAP PENALTY- JUMPED THE GUN
  4. U-17 ActiVwater - Kip Brown (169 points)
    ONE LAP PENALTY- JUMPED THE GUN

    DNS. U-3 Chrysler-Jeep - Jimmy King

Heat 3A Results

HEAT 3A RESULTS

  1. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock (400 points)
  2. U-48 Albert Lee - Brian Perkins (300 points)
  3. U-25 Jarvis Disaster Recovery - Ken Muscatel (225 points)
  4. U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard (169 points)
    ONE LAP PENALTY - WENT OVER SCORING BUOY TOO SOON
  5. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly (127 points)
    ONE LAP PENALTY - WENT OVER SCORING BUOY TOO SOON

U-3 on last engine

After the last heat, Go3Racing.com reports:

The team discovered oil all over the back of the boat after Jimmy shut it down just short of the pits and had to be towed back. The oil pressure was really low, and the resulting leak. The team is currently replacing the engine with the third and last allison brought to Detroit.

Read more >>

Kayleigh Perkins leads in ULHRA racing

In the Unlimited Lights, racing in South Dakota this weekend, UL-72 Kayleigh Perkins took a heat victory and a second place in the "round robin" format. There are 3 preliminary heats and each team makes two starts prior to the Sunday afternoon Final.

PHOTO SEQUENCE: Brian Perkins comes through roostertail turn

Bruce Lowe captured a sequence showing Brian Perkins in the U-48 coming through roostertail turn in Detroit. Literally, running through the roostertail of the U-5.

VIEW >>
From Jack Lowe's website

VIDEO: Another view on U-37 flip @ Madison

From youtube. Very good angle to see the flip.

Jeff Bernard: "You really don't know how fast you're going until you hit the turns"

"You really don't know how fast you're going until you hit the turns," said Bernard, driver of the red-and-white U-5 Formulaboats.com hydroplane. "Then your head slams against the back of the cockpit. That gets your attention."

Jeff Bernard attacks from the start >>
DETROIT FREE PRESS

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Hydroplane races on Detroit River thrill novices, longtime fans alike >>
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Heat draws 3A, 3B

Same exact lineup as Heats 2A, 2B... weird that can happen on a blind draw!

Heat 3a draw

U-5
U-7
U-16
U-25
U-48

Heat 3b draw

U-1
U-3
U-17
U-37
U-100

Point Total after two sets of heats

Running point totals after first two sets of heats. Top five finishers get into the finals.

  1. U16 - 800
  2. U1 - 800
  3. U7 - 600
  4. U100 - 525
  5. U5 - 450
  6. U25 - 427
  7. U17 - 394
  8. U48 - 296
  9. U37 296
  10. U3 169
  11. U22 95

Heat 2B Results

HEAT 2B RESULTS

  1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
  2. U-100 Leland Racing - Greg Hopp
  3. U-17 ActiVwater - Kip Brown
  4. U-3 Chrysler-Jeep - Jimmy King
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN
  5. U-37 Glacial Energy/Miss DYC - J.W. Myers
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN

Heat 2A Results

HEAT 2A RESULTS

  1. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock (400 points)
  2. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly (300 points)
  3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard (225 points)
  4. U-48 Albert Lee - Brian Perkins (169 points)
  5. U-25 Jarvis Disaster Recovery - Ken Muscatel (127 points)