Shane wins hydro race in Detroit; damage forces local boat to withdraw

Jimmy Shane leads J. Michael Kelly in the final Sunday. (Photo by James Crisp)
Jimmy Shane leads J. Michael Kelly in the final Sunday. (Photo by James Crisp)

In what has become standard for the hydroplane circuit this year, Jimmy Shane had a deck-to-deck battle with J. Michael Kelly for all five laps of Sunday’s unlimited hydroplane race in Detroit. Unlike the previous races this year, there were no penalties involved in determining the day’soverall winner.

Shane, driving the Oberto, got the inside lane and was also first to cross the starting line. Kelly, driving the Graham Trucking, needed to be a bit ahead at the beginning in order to make up for the advantage Shane had on the inside. Kelly tried valiantly, pulling alongside Shane on the fourth lap, but the advantage of going a shorter distance on the inside allowed Shane to hang on for the win. These two drivers raced side-by-side for every race of the 2015 season.

Third place went to Brian Perkins driving the Al Deeby Dodge and fourth was Cal Phipps in the Dalton Industries. Fifth was Scott Liddycoat driving the 811 Dig was followed by Jesse Robertson in the Graham Trucking II and Kevin Eacret in the MissCarStar.

Our local hydro, the Miss Peters and May, qualified for the final, but due to damage incurred on the rough Detroit River course in the preliminaries, was forced to withdraw. Owners Scott and Shannon Raney were pleased with completing all their preliminary heats and disappointed by the need to withdraw.

The hydros now have three weeks off before the final race of the season in San Diego. Shane now has a substantial lead in the season points race, but having troubles the last day could still open the door for Kelly.

It was a dangerous day to be racing on the Detroit River. In addition to several boats suffering minor damage and needing to withdraw, Jean Threoret, top qualifier for every race so far this season, got caught up in the wind at over 190MPH and crashed his boat, the Elam Plus, based out of Ballard. (See video of incident below.)

You can follow the next race and season wrap-up here on My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens

  1. Thanks for the hydro news coverage. Glad for no injuries or major boat damage at Detroit, on to San Diego!

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