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SEATTLE 2008: David, Villwock, Theoret win Saturday heat races at Seafair

Posted: Aug 2, 2008 02:48 PM PDT

Updated: Aug 2, 2008 03:49 PM PDT





SEATTLE, Wash. - Coming off a win at Tri-Cities, Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison would like to repeat their 2007 performance at Seafair, where the crew won their first final in their new Unlimited Hydroplane.

They staked claim right away winning in Heat 1A.

Heat 1A Results

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, Steve David
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
U-13 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly
U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown

DNF. U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors Too, Jimmy King
The U-5 FormulaBoats.com and Jeff Bernard hit the starting line first, but David in the U-6 grabbed the inside lane and overtook the U-5 in the first turn. He stretched out the lead to a two roostertail lead after the second lap and took a relatively each cruise around the course for the Heat 1A win.

"We held with him (David) the first lap," said Bernard. "The boat's going great."

King and the U-3 have been plagued by engine problems all season. They blew another one on Friday in Seattle and the gremlins got them again in Heat 1A. The U-3 ran fast out of the gate on the outside, but something "flashed" around the engine in the first turn and it went dead.

It was the U-3's only remaining engine and they were unable to continue. "It's been a long and hard weekend," said owner Ed Cooper on KPTK radio. "We broke the bottom end of the engine yesterday, and broke two today. It's been a run of bad luck. I hate saying that, but I don't know what else to call it." After the heat, Cooper had no choice but to withdraw for the rest of the weekend.

"This is an exciting time for me," said Kip Brown after the heat. "The boat's all over the place right now, but we'll get her tamed down."

"Once we had top end on him and got through the turns, we knew we had him," said David. "We hope one down and three to go."

Heat 1B Draw

U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp
U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel
Greg Hopp in the U-100 and Brian Perkins in the U-50 led everyone across the line, but Dave Villwock blew past the two boats in lane three and took the lead in the turn. Villwock had the fastest qualifying of the weekend and turned on the jets right off the bat, settling into the lead and keeping the speed on for a heat win.

"Pretty good start, ran the laps, didn't hurt the boat," said Villwock. It was a great draw for Villwock in Heat 1B. "You don't always know you're going to get a good draw."

Villwock has not won a title at Seafair since joining the Elam team. "I'd like to win one for Elam," he said.

The battle for second place was between Hopp and Perkins and Perkins pushed him the whole time. Hopp and the U-100 held off for second. "I was trying to get and trying to get him, but just couldn't do it," said Perkins. "I'm really happy with the way the boats running."

"We knew we couldn't beat Dave (Villwock)," he said. "But we had to beat everyone else." They did, grabbing second place and 300 points.

Heat 1C Draw

U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane
U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams
If people were wondering whether the U-37 Beacon Plumbing was ready to go after suffering extensive damage in Tri-Cities, the question was answered in Heat 1C at Seafair. David Bryant in the U-10 started in lane two and had boat speed on Theoret, but Theoret was inside and got the jump.

Theoret settled into a 7 boat length lead. By the second lap, Bryant had closed the lead by half, but then fell back in the far turn. Theoret held on from there.

Theoret was on his way to winning the Tri-Cities race when the boat threw a prop and damaged the boat. "We seriously damaged the boat in Tri-Cities," said U-37 owner Billy Schumacher.

The Schumacher Racing team worked nearly around-the-clock during the week between races. The work paid off. "15 guys put in 100 hours," said U-37 driver Jean Theoret. "Just did a great job."

"I think if we'd have held a little tighter line, we might have been able to win that one," said Matt Gregory, crew chief of the U-10. "But we got a good race boat for tomorrow."

"He (Bryant) kept pushing me, trying to make me make a mistake," said Theoret. He didn't and Theoret racked up the heat win and 400 points in his first outing at Seafair 2008.

I got this from www.hydroinsider.com

Go Beacon!!!!!!!!!!!

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Heat 3A results
All four boats came through the start and into the first turn together, and after the first turn, Jean Theoret pulled the U-37 a roostertail ahead of J. Michael Kelly in the U-13 Graham Trucking, and that was enough to get first place.

JMK finished second and while he had kicked it in to cruise control, Jimmy Shane was picking away at the U-13's lead in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com. Going down the backstretch on the third lap, it was pretty obvious that JMK's radio man told him to put the hammer down again, and the U-13 jumped ahead again to secure second place.

The U-50 died in the south turn after letting out a loud bang at the entrance pin. We're thinking the Miss Albert Lee blew a motor. It was the first DNF of the season for the U-50 team.

The U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors was obviously not a player in the heat and ironically was just being returned to its trailer when the boats were leaving the pits for the heat.

Dr. Ken Muscatel also did not start with the U-25 Miss Procraft Windows.

Heat 3A Results
1. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 400 points (1,100 cumulative)
2. U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly, 300 points (750)
3. U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane, 225 points (394)
DNS U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel, 0 points (169)
DNS U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant, 0 points (300)

The boats for heat 3B are now on the water. Five to the five.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 12:31 PM 0 comments
Heat 3 draws
Here's the draw for heat 3A, which is within the five minute gun.

U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane
U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors, David Bryant (scratch)
U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly
U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel (scratch)
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins

Heat 3B is:
U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David
U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown
U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams
U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 12:23 PM 0 comments
Heat 2A Results
Jeff Bernard jumped the gun in the U-5 FormulaBoats.com at the restart, so Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto settled in to what appeared to be second place on the course until the end of the third lap when Bernard got a white flag, signifying his one lap penalty, and David took the checkered flag.

The U-25 Miss Procraft Windows went dead in the water in the north turn during the mill and did not start.

The U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy was penalized a lap for falling off plane in the mill for more than five seconds.

After all of the penalties were sorted out and extra laps were run, the final order of finish in heat 2A is:

1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 400 points (800 cumulative)
2. U-100 MirageBoats.com, Greg Hopp, 300 points (600)
3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 225 points (525)
4. U-50 Miss Albert Lee presents Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins, 169 points (394)
DNS U-25 Miss Procraft Windows, Dr. Ken Muscatel, 0 points (169)

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 11:48 AM 8 comments
Heat 2A restart
The restart of Heat 2A is less than 5 minutes away now, as all five boats (minus the U-10) are out on the water.

The U-25 has gone dead in the water in the north turn during the mill.

Jeff Bernard and Steve David are, as expected, battling one another for the inside lane with just under two minutes to go.

We were just down in the U-10 pits and had a chance to talk with David Bryant. He's OK. He didn't even get wet during the accident or getting out of the boat.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 11:41 AM 1 comments
Heat 2B results
Dave Villwock took lane 1 in a bit of a departure from his usual Seattle strategy, and won heat 2B with the U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, beating Jean Theoret in the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

After one lap, the boats were strung out with Kip Brown running third physically, but a lap down for having jumped the gun. The most excitement in the heat was when J. Michael Kelly passed Brown, solidifying third place for himself.

Fourth place went to Jimmy Shane in the U-7 FormulaBoats.com, followed by Brown in the U-17 Our Gang Racing Team hull.

David Williams with the U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving pulled to the center of the course after the first lap. Not sure yet what the problem was, but he did not finish the heat.

Heat 2B unofficial results
1. U-1 Ellstrom presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock, 400 points (800 accumulated)
2. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, 300 points (700)
3. U-13 Graham Trucking presents Spirit of Detroit, J. Michael Kelly, 225 points (450)
4. U-7 FormulaBoats.com, Jimmy Shane, 169 points (169)
5. U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown, 127 points (296)
DNF U-48 Albert Lee presents Lakeridge Paving, David Williams, 0 points (169)

The restart for heat 2A is up next. No exact time has yet been announced and we have not yet heard the 10-to-the-five.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 11:13 AM 0 comments
Heat 2b
All six boats for heat 2B are on the water with less than five minutes to the start.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 11:06 AM 0 comments
Five to the five for heat 2B
We're within five to the five for heat 2B.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 10:59 AM 0 comments
U-10 update
Upon further review, it seems as if there is not a large break across the bottom of the U-10 hull, as we reported earlier.

It turns out the big mark we saw across the bottom of the hull on the video is just a piece of debris.

We'll update when the boat gets back to the pits.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 10:56 AM 1 comments
U-10 went over
The U-10 Hoss Mortgage Investors has flipped in the south turn at the end of the first lap of heat 2A.

It only took seconds for David Bryant to free himself from the boat through the hatch on the bottom of the boat. He's OK.

The right sponson got some air, and rolled over.

There is severe damage to the bottom of the hull across the bottom, so we'll see what the result is when it's back in the pits.

Most importantly, however, David Bryant is OK.

The other boats are now returning to the pits. We'll move on to heat 2B and then come back to re-run 2A.

Posted by Nelson Holmberg at 10:39 AM 0 comments


I got this from the hydroinsider blog.
Great reporting.

1st a 2nd and a 1st for Beacon Good luck in the finals!

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SEATTLE 2008: U-37 Beacon Plumbing team files formal appeal of penalty




UPDATE: The U-37 team has filed an official protest with the ABRA. Results are unofficial pending the results of the appeal.

UPDATE #2: It's official. Dave Villwock and U-1 Elam win Seafair.

SEATTLE, Wash. - It's moments like these that drive fans on the shore crazy. One boat can nail the start and outrun everybody to the finish line, but then still lose the race. But rules are rules, and the officials decided Jean Theoret and the U-37 Beacon Plumbing team was "off plane" in the score up period and hit him with a one-minute penalty.

It was a classic match-up and story-line going into the finals at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

Dave Villwock in the U-1 had won three heats, Jean Theoret in the U-37 won two heats, and Steve David in the U-6 won two. After the dust settled, it was Villwock making it a perfect weekend, winning all three heats and the Chevrolet Cup.

As the boats ran the course before the final, several boats slowed down running dangerously close to going off-plane (slowing so that water flows over the sponsons). If you do that for more than five seconds, you can be penalized. That happened to Theoret, who - despite getting the checkered flag and crossing the finish line first was penalized, opening the door for the U-1 and Dave Villwock, who finished second, but was declared the winner.

Chevrolet Cup - Finals (NOW OFFICIAL)

U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus presents Amos W. Hoss, Dave Villwock
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard
U-17 Our Gang Racing Team, Kip Brown
STARTED AS TRAILER
U-37 Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret
ONE MINUTE PENALTY
U-100 Mirageboats.com, Greg Hopp

U-13 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly
DNF
The fight for the inside lane meant boats were doing the run-up early and slowly. Theoret grabbed lane one, Villwock lane two, and David in lane three. Theoret hit the turn first and came out first. Villwock had to move out a bit in the last turn of lap one and the U-37 took advantage, stretching the lead out.

Villwock ran second and made a run at Theoret several times, narrowing the gap twice to within a boat length, but couldn't overtake the Canadian.

A great race and a growing rivalry between Defending Seafair champion Steve David in the U-6 and Jeff Bernard in the U-5. David was leading him for the first lap, but fell behind the U-5 in lap 2. David took the lead back from Bernard in lap 3 and held on from there.

Theoret got the checkered flag and the crew celebrated on the shore. But Theoret was penalized and that gave the win to Villwock.

"I was chasing him down there," said Villwock. "I could've gone around him." They heard the penalty call in the first lap and knew they didn't have to worry about Theoret. "We backed off and just worried about keeping the Oberto behind us."

A lot of boats were going slow in the run-up. "I was going the same speed as everyone else," said Theoret. "Why am I getting penalized?"

"It was a big disappointment," said Theoret. Muscatel.



Robbed of a win.

I can't wait for San Diego.
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