By Harry Gatjens
The Edmonds-based U-11 Miss Peters and May unlimited hydroplane finished in 7th place overall in this weekend’s Gold Cup race in Detroit.
The brand new racing team had a spectacular start, winning the first heat of the weekend. Still dialing out new-boat gremlins, driver JW Meyers took a conservative approach the rest of the way. He finished all his heats but drove in a manner to learn the boat and its systems.
A penalty for jumping the gun in the last preliminary heat cost the boat valuable points, and it ended up first alternate for the final heat. While not a victory, the new team and new boat continue to make progress following their second race.
The Gold Cup was won by Auburn native Dave Vilwock, driving the Spirit of Qatar. This marked Vilwock’s 63rd career win and made him the all-time winningest driver in hydroplane history, passing the legendary Bill Muncey. Vilwock got off to a bad start in his first heat of the weekend, as a bad gear box prevented him from finishing. From that point forward, he proved unbeatable and won four straight heats to take the crown.
The hydroplanes return to Washington for two weeks of preparations before races in the Tri-Cities in late July and Seattle’s Seafair event in early August.
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