Kelly wins Seafair hydroplane race as Shane gets penalty

Graham Trucking on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Chris Denslow)
Graham Trucking driven by Michael Kelly on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Chris Denslow)

Michael Kelly won Sunday’s Albert Lee Cup hydroplane race on Lake Washington.

Kelly led from the start with his Graham Trucking hydroplane until the first turn of the final lap. Jimmy Shane, driving the Oberto, had been right beside Kelly the entire way. As he attempted to pass Kelly in that final lap turn, the two boats bumped. After the bump,  Shane was able to overtake Kelly but race officials ruled that the bumping was Shane’s fault and he was assessed a one-minute penalty, which moved him to sixth in the final standings.

The bump, as captured by KIRO TV.
The bump, as captured by KIRO TV.

After the race, Kelly said that the bump had cost him momentum on the final lap. In the post-race interview, both drivers were respectful of the other and said they felt the call could have gone either way. Regardless of the penalty, this was one of the closest races for all five laps that the sport has seen.

Jean Theoret had a down day before finishing second overall with the Miss Elam Plus. He had made several errors in racing earlier in the day and was called out by Shane for driving too aggressively in an earlier heat. Third place was Scott Liddycoat in the Les Schwab/RedDot and fourth was Jimmy King in the HomeStreet Bank. Cal Phipps was fifth with the Dalton Industries boat, followed by Shane at sixth in the standings. Former Edmonds resident Jesse Robertson worked hard to get the inside lane for the final but unfortunately jumped the gun and got a one-lap penalty, finishing seventh.

Edmonds-based hydro Miss Peter and May consistently finished, which is an improvement over last year, but they haven’t found the right combination between propellers and gear boxes to reach the highest speeds. Driver Tom Thompson was disappointed that he couldn’t make the final and give Edmonds fans something more to cheer for. Back to the shop Monday and then on to Detroit in less than three weeks.

Overall it was an exciting day of racing —  five heats, four different winners, lots sun but not as hot as the last few days,

Follow the rest of the season here on My Edmond News.

— By Harry Gatjens

  1. Very good racing and great coverage in the My Edmonds News. Now if we can find a few more MPH for the U-11.

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