Shane guides Oberto to Gold Cup win; Edmonds hydro places sixth

Jimmy Shane in the Oberto wins the Gold Cup. (Photo Courtesy of H1)
Jimmy Shane in the Oberto wins the Gold Cup. (Photo Courtesy of H1)

Jimmy Shane drove his Oberto unlimited hydroplane to victory in yesterday’s Gold Cup race in Tri-Cities, Wash. This was the second straight year he achieved victory.

It wasn’t easy, however, as Jean Theoret seemed to be the fastest with his Ballard-based Elam Plus hydroplane. Theoret was disqualified when he drove his boat in a restricted part of the Columbia River course as the boats were positioning themselves for the start. Shane still wasn’t home free and had to battle J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking I, side by side for the entire race.

As it was the first race of the year, many driver received penalties throughout the day for a variety of infractions. Three drivers were disqualified from heats for the same infraction as Theoret. Several were penalized for jumping the gun and several more for not maintaining a high-enough speed during the warm-up period. Hopefully everyone will be on their game by this upcoming weekend’s Seafair race.

After Shane and Kelly, third went to Cal Phipps in the Dalton Industries, fourth to Brian Perkins in the Go Fast Turn Left boat and fifth to the Red Dot with Scott Liddycoat driving.

Our Edmonds-based hydroplane, Miss Peters and May, was sixth with driver Tom Thompson finishing all of his heats despite having been run into during the first heat of the race and suffering damage to the side of the boat.

The hydros resume their season in Seattle next Saturday. Follow the racing here on My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens

  1. There should have been a penalty against whoever caused the damage to the Miss Peters and May if the U11 wasn’t left a lane! Seafair will be another opportunity for the Edmonds hydro to show its stuff.

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