Edmonds hydro sixth fastest in qualifying for San Diego hydroplane race

2013 SD FridayScott and Shannon Raney’s U-11 Miss Peters and May qualified sixth fastest for this weekend’s Bayfair hydroplane race in San Diego Friday afternoon. Driver Tom Thompson qualified the Edmonds-based hydroplane at a speed of 146.713 for the 2-1/2 mile lap around Mission Bay.

The race marks the last stop on the 2013 season and Miss Peters and May is showing continued improvement in speeds as the season winds down.

Steve David drove the Oh Boy! Oberto to the top spot in qualifying with a speed of just over 161 MPH. David, six-time season champion and current points leader, announced this morning that this will be his final race. The 59-year-old Floridian has decided that 25 years is long enough to be driving unlimited hydroplanes.

One of the sport’s most popular drivers, David leaves with 18 wins, six Driver’s Championships, four National Championships and 12 top qualifier poles, and is the sport’s winningest active driver.

The only thing David hasn’t won is the Gold Cup, the sport’s most prestigious race. “I have dreamed for years of winning the Gold Cup,” David said. “It wasn’t meant to be. I believe that God didn’t give me what I wanted, but rather what I needed. It is fully acceptable to me.”

Here is the complete qualifying ladder for the race.

Number    Sponsor                              Driver                     Speed       Points

1             Oh Boy! Oberto                   Steve David               161.571        100

5             Graham Trucking                Jimmy Shane             160.895        80

95           Spirit of Qatar                      Kip Brown                 158.111        70

37           Miss Beacon Plumbing       J. Michael Kelly          157.29         60

57           FEDCO                              Mark Evans                149.65          50

11           Miss Peters & May             Tommy Thompson    146.713        40

14           Miss DiJulio                        Greg Hopp                146.082       30

22           Big 5 Sporting Goods         Mike Webster            141.349       30

Heat racing begins Saturday afternoon and concludes on Sunday. Follow all of the results here on My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens



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