Lots of Live TV Coverage for the West Coast swing

The next event for the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane series will be in Tri-Cities, WA with LIVE TV Coverage on SWX, a regional sports channel delivered to more than a million TV homes in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Eastern Oregon.  If you can't watch locally, you can watch it on-line or on your mobile device at:  KNDU.com or HydroInsider.com.

Mark Allen and Paul Dughi
SWX will also carry the Coeur d'Alene, ID exhibition run on LIVE TV, which will also be available for streaming at SWXRightNow.com.

Mark Allen will handle the play-by-play and yours truly will do the color commentary for the Tri-Cities and Coeur d'Alene races live on SWX and on-line.

And of course, KIRO-TV does a stellar job with the LIVE TV coverage in Seattle, which is available on-line at KIROtv.com if you can't watch in Seattle.

15 boat field expected for Tri-Cities, WA Hydro Races

H1's Steve Montgomery said, despite the damage to the fleet in Detroit, we can expect a 15-boat field for the Tri-City races next week.

PHOTOS: Damage from boat flips in Detroit Gold CUp racing

U-22 damage ~ PHOTO:  U-22
U-11 damage ~ PHOTO:  Hydropage
U-88 damage ~ PHOTO:  Hydropage

Detroit Gold Cup Final - Villwock wins

In the 103rd Gold Cup race, the all time winningest hydroplane driver won again, his tenth Gold Cup victory. Dave Villwock in the U1 Spirit of Qatar ran to victory in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane tour stop in Detroit.

Final Unofficial Results:

1. U1 Dave Villwock
2. U6 Steve David
3. U37 J. Michael Kelly
4. U9 Jon Zimmerman
5. U57 Mark Evans (Started as a trailer boat)
6. U5 Jimmy Shane (one lap penalty)

It was Villwock's 67th career win and marked the sixth time Steve David has finished second in the Gold Cup.

David in lane one hit turn one first and held the lead coming out of the turn at the Belle Island bridge, but Villwock managed to edge in front on the back stretch. By lap two, Villwock had a one boat lead and kept it there, with the boats bouncing all over the water.

In lap three, coming out of turn one, Villwock moved inside and pushed Steve David to go wide. David ran through Villwock's rooster tail and dropped way back in lane four. Villwock lost the rear stabilizer bar at about the same time. Despite that, Villwock opened up a big lead and ran to victory.

Detroit Heat 4B Restart Results

THeat 4B was restarted after the flip by the U88. Kip Brown and the U17 was unable to get back out on the water due to mechanical issues.


1. U1 Dave Villwock
2. U9 Jon Zimmerman
3. U100 Greg Hopp

Dns. U17 Kip Brown

Relatively easy run for Villwock in lane three.

Unofficial points totals puts U-5 and Jimmy Shane in the lead

If the racing in Detroit is done for the day, Jimmy Shane and the U5 would have the most points at 1270. Steve David in the U6 is at 1255, U1 Dave Villwock at 1250, and J. Michael Kelly at 1067.

That would be a great weekend for Shane and the U-5 team to come away with a Gold Cup victory! Come to think of it, no matter how things end up, it's been a great weekend for them!

Races on "indefinite hold"

Madison Courier: "It's un-raceable right now," according to Steve David, U6 driver.

U-88 flips

Scott Liddycoat is OK and headed back to shore. Boat flipped in heat 4b in Detroit.

Detroit Heat 4A Results - David wins; U11 Flips

Heat 4A Results:

1. U6 Steve David
2. U37 J. Michael Kelly
3. U57 Mark Evans

DNF. U11 JW Myers
DNS. U5 Jimmy Shane

Race stopped when JW hooked the boat and rolled over. JW is OK. Race was declared final since they had run three of four laps.

Detroit Heat 3B Results - Villwock, David penalized

Heat 3B Results:

1. U1 Dave Villwock
2. U6 Steve David
3. U88 Scott Liddycoat
4. U11 JW Myers
5. U100 Greg Hopp

Both Villwock and David were docked points and given a fine for lame infractions, but it did not affect the order of finish.

Detroit Heat 3A Results - Shane goes three for three

Heat 3A Results:

1. U5 Jimmy Shane
2. U17 Kip Brown
3. U9 Jon Zimmerman
4. U57 Mark Evans
5. U37 J. Michael Kelly