Jimmy Shane and Jean Theoret won the opening heats of Saturday’s Gold Cup hydroplane race. Shane, driving the Oberto, had a relatively easy run in his first heat as his main competitor, J. Michael Kelly, was penalized for going too slowly before the start with his Graham Trucking hydro. Theoret, driving the Elam, also won going away in his heat. Former Edmonds resident Jesse Robertson, driving the other Graham Trucking, was penalized for jumping the gun.
High winds kicked up in the afternoon, forcing the postponement of the rest of the day’s racing until Sunday morning. The hydros will now run one set of preliminary heats early in the morning followed by two more sets in the afternoon, culminating in the winner-take-all final in the late afternoon.
Our local hydro, the Miss Peters and May, got caught up in a rough first corner and was washed down and suffered damage to its vertical stabilizer. Driver Tom Thompson was able to restart the boat but by that time was a lap behind. Everything was repaired in time for the second set of heats, but they weren’t run.
The order of finish for Saturday’s two heats were: Heat one, the Elam, followed by Jimmy King in the Griggs Hardware, Kevin Eacrett with the Carstar, Scott Liddycoat in the Red Dot, Robertson in the Graham Trucking II, and Thompson in the Miss Peters and May.
Heat two, The Oberto, followed by Brian Perking in the Lakeridge Paving, Cal Phipps in the Dalton Industries, Kelly with the Graham Trucking and Mike Webster in the Payne Insurance was disqualified for driving in a prohibited area.
This is the second straight race of the 2015 season, where weather has created problems with the racing. Earlier this month the race in Madison, Indiana had to be turned into just an exhibition as bad conditions made the course unusable for a full race.
The wind is expected to die down Sunday so that the unlimiteds can run not only the heats that were postponed Saturday, but also a full slate originally slated for Sunday.
After this weekend, the next race for the hydros is in Seattle next weekend.
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— By Harry Gatjens