Seattle Saturday heat race notes

Wild Saturday At Seafair SEATTLE---It was supposed to be just the first set of elimination heats at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair on Lake Washington Saturday afternoon. Sit back, get your points and advance to the finals. Instead it was another...

Wild Saturday At Seafair

SEATTLE---It was supposed to be just the first set of elimination heats at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair on Lake Washington Saturday afternoon. Sit back, get your points and advance to the finals. Instead it was another wild afternoon of racing on the ABRA unlimited hydroplane circuit.

Yes, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the Ellstrom Elam Plus won his 16th of 17 high point heats he has run this season but this time he got a battle. And yes, defending Seafair champion Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Que.) in the Miss Beacon Plumbing continued his string of unlucky occurrences once more, this time blowing an engine and bouncing out of the water and hitting another boat. And yes, there was another blow over accident when Chris Bertram (Eatonville, Wash.) went up and over in the Miss Tri-Arc Electric boat at the start of the heat 1-B.

So, wild has become the norm on the ABRA circuit this year, setting up another great finish for Sunday afternoon.

The day started with a great race four-boat race in heat 1-A. Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) in the Oh Boy! Oberto held off Theoret and David Bryant (Mesa, Ariz.) and then Jimmy King (Memphis, Mich.) in the U-3 Hoss Mortgage Investors II presents Ronald McDonald House. Coming out of the first turn, Theoret blew the hot section of the turbine. Without power the hydroplane bounced against Bryant's U-10 Miss Hoss Mortgage Investors craft. Approximately 1000 feet later, his engine blew causing a small oil fire. King came from behind to edge Bryant for third with David winning with a speed of 142.144 mph.

In the second heat, Bertram blew over the Miss Tri Arc Supply boat right at the start. Bertram was brought back to the pits in good shape and was released by the doctors after the initial observation. This was one of the longest developing flips in recent history.

Villwock then came from the outside to win the restart of the heat but had to hold off a strong effort from Dr. Ken Muscatel (Seattle, Wash.) in the Miss Pro-Craft Windows.

In heat 1-C, Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 FormulaBoats.com battled long-time friend J. Michael Kelly (Puyallup, Wash.) in the U-13 Car Pros boat, winning by the length of a rooster tail.

-credit: abra

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