Updated at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with penalty reversal information.
Edmonds-based unlimited hydroplane Miss Peters and May was penalized in Saturday’s heat at the Albert Lee Cup in Seattle. Driver Tom Thompson fell below the 80 mph mandated minimum speed while jockeying for the start and received a one-minute penalty. The penalty dropped the boat’s finish back to fourth place in the one heat that was run Saturday. However, an hour later — after reviewing the data — H1, the sports governing body, reversed the penalty and restored the Edmonds hydro to third place.
Both of the race favorites — Jimmy Shane in the Home Street Bank and Jean Theoret in the Oh Boy! Oberto — were penalized for the same infraction.
The penalties made things topsy-turvy as racing heads into Sunday’s action, when there are two more sets of preliminary heats followed by a winner-take-all final.
Scott and Shannon Raney, owners of the Miss Peters and May, were disappointed by Saturday’s results but pleased after the reversal. This leaves our local boat with plenty of opportunity to move up Sunday.
Saturday’s results were:
- Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly
- Miss DiJulio Jimmy King
- Albert Lee Brian Perkins
- Miss Rock Kevin Eacrett
- Home Street Bank Jimmy Shane
- Les Schwab Andrew Tate
- Graham Trucking II Jeff Bernard
- Miss Peters and May Tom Thompson
- Oh Boy! Oberto Jean Theoret
The other Edmonds-based hydroplane, Kelly Stocklin’s Bucket List Racing, was not able to be repaired in time for this week’s racing and so didn’t enter.
Racing continues Sunnday morning at 11 a.m. and finishes at 4:15 p.m. You can follow all the results on My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens