Bernard Leads Gold Cup After One Day of Hydroplane Racing DETROIT, Mich---If anyone in the nine boat field thought they would have an advantage going into Sunday's final day of racing for the 100th running of the Chrysler-Jeep APBA Gold Cup;...
Bernard Leads Gold Cup After One Day of Hydroplane Racing
DETROIT, Mich---If anyone in the nine boat field thought they would have an advantage going into Sunday's final day of racing for the 100th running of the Chrysler-Jeep APBA Gold Cup; they would have been sadly mistaken.
Instead, the two set of elimination heats had three different winners with two deck-to-deck battles and the competition for the oldest motors sports trophy is still wide open.
Jean Theoret (Maple Valley, Que.) in the Miss Beacon Plumbing and Steve David (Lighthouse Pt., Fla) in the Oh Boy! Oberto came out of Saturday racing with one win and one second place finish while only Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com came away with a two-win elimination heat sweep on the Detroit River. David and Bernard both had thrilling wins in their second set of elimination heats.
"Unbelievable," said Bernard, who has the most points (800) after one day of racing with his two wins. "That is the second time we have had the points' lead going into the second day and that gives us a good head start." He led in Evansville after one day but placed third overall.
And even though Theoret is trailing Bernard and tied with David, he might be the happiest driver of the entire day. His team blew a gearbox during the morning practice session, and he is right in the thick of the battle.
"We are so happy for the day," said Theoret. "We were not going to make the first heat (after the gearbox problem) but the weather really helped and the crew was fantastic and we went out there and won."
All four heat winners averaged 148 miles an hour or better on the 2 ½ mile course and each winner had a fast lap of 152 mph in each of the heats.
Even without a win, David Bryant (Mesa, Calif.) in the Miss Dover Environmental, J Michael Kelly (Puyallup, Wash.) in the Miss DYC/Dick Scott Automotive, Jimmy King (Richmond, Mich.) in the Miss Chrysler Jeep and Mike Allen (New Orleans, La.) in the U-7 Formulaboats.com also have a chance to get on the front row of the winner take all final at 4 p.m. Sunday.