VIDEO: Thursday action in Doha (U-1 vs U-16)

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COURTESY: H1 Unlimited

VIDEO: Doha Qualifying

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COURTESY: H1 Unlimited

PHOTOS: Testing in Qatar



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PHOTOS: Chris Denslow, H1 Unlimited

PHOTOS: Qualifying in Doha






PHOTOS: Chris Denslow, H1 Unlimited

History on the water

Jeff Bernard and Dave Villwock were the first two racers on to Doha Bay at the start of the Unlimited testing session and duly created apiece of history by being the first two Hydroplane drivers to take to a stretch of water east of Florida and outside the Americas with their
H1 Unlimited hulls.

“It is a beautiful setting here and a perfect place for a race course,” enthused David. “I had to pinch ourselves when I actually hit the water for the first time today. The last race was over 7,000 miles away and the race in Qatar will decide the outcome of the championship. We will be running slightly tighter into the corners here and a bit closer together, but it should be a great two days’ of racing if we can avoid getting any salt in the turbine engines.”

VIDEO: Hydros on the water in Qatar

Heat Draws: Top three will run head-to-head in Heat 1B

Heat 1A Draw
U-22 Matrix System Automotive Finishes Mike Webster
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel
U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly
U-37 Miss Peters & May Jean Theoret
U-17 Our Gang Racing Nate Brown

Heat 1B Draw
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard
U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Brian Perkins
U-100 Leland Racing Greg Hopp
U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David

Villwock fastest qualifier so far

  1. U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 146.427
  2. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 145.096
  3. U-37 Miss Peters & May Jean Theoret 137.654
  4. U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 135.32
  5. U-17 Our Gang Racing Nate Brown 134.386
  6. U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 126.957
  7. U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Brian Perkins 124.776
  8. U-22 Matrix System Automotive Finishes Mike Webster 119.848

    U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel - has not qualified
    U-100 Leland Racing Greg Hopp - has not qualified