San Diego: Series Sunday report

BERNARD, FORMULA BOATS WIN 2008 SAN DIEGO BAYFAIR SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com ended the 2008 American Boat Racing Association's season as the only driver to win two races after finishing first at...

BERNARD, FORMULA BOATS WIN 2008 SAN DIEGO BAYFAIR

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com ended the 2008 American Boat Racing Association's season as the only driver to win two races after finishing first at the 2008 San Diego Bayfair powered by the Union-Tribune. Bernard was awarded the top spot after approximately two hours of official video review to determine which boats crossed the start/finish line before the start of the race.

When asked how this win compared to his first of the season, Bernard replied, "Having to wait two hours to find out took a little away from it. But I think it was the right decision. Today was a good way for our team to end the season."

ABRA officials were determined to make the correct call, and comprehensively reviewed video footage taken at the start/finish line.

"We purposely held up the official results while we reviewed video from the start," said ABRA Chairman Sam Cole. "We gathered all of the owners, except those from one team who sent a representative, and showed them video. Conclusively, it showed that three boats jumped the gun: the U-50 [Spirit of the NAVY], the U-13 [Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit] and the U-6 [Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison]. We told five boats to run an extra lap during the race because we weren't sure who had jumped and immediately placed the results of the race under review. Clearly we had to do what was right, and had go by the videotape."

The U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing driven by Jean Theoret (Montreal, Quebec) finished second while Mike Allen (New Orleans, Louis.) in the U-7 Formulaboats.com finished third. Newly crowned ABRA National High Points Champion Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison finished fourth, beating J. Michael Kelly (Puyuallup, Wash.) in the U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit. Brian Perkins (Black Diamond, Wash.) in the U-50 Spirit of the NAVY rounded out the field.

Earlier in the day, David clinched its first National High Points Championship in the 47-year history of the team, after a second-place finish in Heat 2B. Despite finishing second, David needed only to finish the heat in any place to clinch the High Points title.

When asked how he felt, David replied, "Oh Boy! This is bigger than winning a single race. More than one boat can win a race during the year, but at the end of the season, there will only be one U-1. The city [of Madison, Ind.] is planning a big celebration on the first weekend of October."

The U-3 Grandview Resort Presents Hoss Mortgage Investors and driver Jimmy King (Wales, Mich.) were eligible to participate in the final heat, but withdrew from participation due to electrical problems that cause engine to miss when the boat achieves high rates of speed. The team was fearful that continuing would have risked blowing one of its turbo Allison engines.

Bernard previously won in Madison, Ind on July 8, 2008. The Bayfair victory secured Bernard and the Formula team second place in the National High Points standings behind David. Theoret and the U-37 Beacon team finished third. Bernard finished the weekend four-for-four, taking first place finishes in all of the heats he entered.

2008 SAN DIEGO BAYFAIR powered by UNION-TRIBUNE

FINAL HEAT
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 145.412 400
2 U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 139.278 300
3 U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 136.163 225
4 U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 148.846 169
5 U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 141.927 127
6 U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 130.203 95

ACCUMULATED BAYFAIR POINTS
Number - Boat Driver Points
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 1600
U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 1400
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1169
U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 750
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 746
U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 733
U-3 Grandview Resort Presents Hoss Mortgage Investors Jimmy King 300
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 225
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 225

ACCUMULATED BAYFAIR POINTS WITH QUALIFYING
Number - Boat Driver Points
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 1680
U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 1470
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1269
U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 800
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 786
U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 763
U-3 Grandview Resort Presents Hoss Mortgage Investors Jimmy King 360
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 255
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 225

2008 NATIONAL HIGH POINTS STANDINGS (TEAM)
Number - Boat Driver Points From Lead From Next
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 7503 0 0
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 6825 678 678
U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 6681 822 144
U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 4194 3309 2487
U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 4039 3464 155
U-10 Ahern Rentals David Bryant 3450 4053 589
U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 3027 4476 423
U-13 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 2951 4552 76
U-100 Mirageboats.com Greg Hopp 2391 5112 560
U-3 Master Tire Jimmy King 2219 5284 172
U-17 Our Gang Racing Kip Brown 1088 6415 1131
U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair Ken Muscatel 1021 6482 67
U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving David Williams 493 7010 528

2008 NATIONAL HIGH POINTS STANDINGS (DRIVER)
Driver Number - Boat Points From Lead From Next
Steve David U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 7503 0 0
Jeff Bernard U-5 FormulaBoats.com 6825 678 678
Jean Theoret U-37 Beacon Plumbing 6681 822 144
Brian Perkins U-50 Spirit of the Navy 4194 3309 2487
David Bryant U-10 Ahern Rentals 3450 4053 744
Mike Allen U-7 Formulaboats.com 3126 4377 324
Dave Villwock U-1 Ellstrom Elam Plus 3027 4476 99
J. Michael Kelly U-13 Graham Trucking 2951 4552 76
Greg Hopp U-100 Mirageboats.com 2391 5112 560
Jimmy King U-3 Master Tire 2219 5284 172
Ken Muscatel U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair 1021 6482 1198
Jimmy Shane U-7 Formulaboats.com 913 6590 108
Kip Brown U-17 Our Gang Racing 863 6640 50
David Williams U-48 Miss Lakeridge Paving 493 7010 370

-credit: www.abrahydroplanes.com

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