Wind Causes Problems At Gold Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race DETROIT--Wind is once again playing havoc in Detroit for the 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup. Just a year ago, racing was suspended due to high winds. And...
Wind Causes Problems At Gold Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Race
DETROIT--Wind is once again playing havoc in Detroit for the 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup.
Just a year ago, racing was suspended due to high winds. And as for Saturday, the same was the case in the 2009 race.
Officials were able to get the first flight of elimination heats in early Saturday afternoon. But as the last boats were hoisted onto the docks, the winds picked up and the boats were relegated once again to the docks.
"We could run if this was 4:20 p.m. (Sunday)," Steve David, driver of the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto said during the wind delay Saturday suggesting that boats could take the water if it was time for the final heat. "Right now we just want to preserve the equipment to run a good final."
Winds were gusting over 25 mph out of the west, up the river, causing three to four foot swells.
"You just don't see them until you hit them," David said. "That is when you say 'that was a big one,'"
David in the Oh Boy! Oberto and David Villwock in the Ellstrom Elam Plus both won their respective elimination heats earlier Saturday afternoon.
Elimination heat racing will start at 10:45 Sunday with the championship at 4:30. And winds are expected to be lighter and out of the north making for great racing conditions.
HEAT RACES AT SATURDAY CHRYSLER JEEP SUPERSTORES DETROIT APBA GOLD CUP
Steve David Lighthouse Point, Fla. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto 147.983
J. Michael Kelly Seattle, Wash. U-7 Graham Trucking 143.02
Jeff Bernard Kent, Wash. U-5 Formulaboats.com 137.526
Kip Brown Maple Valley, Wash. U-17 Our Gang Racing 130.006
Brian Perkins Black Diamond, Wash. U-48 Whirlpool Presents Miss Albert Lee 121.07
Mike Webster Reading, Penn. U-22 Matrix System Automotive 119.167
Dave Villwock Auburn, Wash. U-16 Miss Elam Plus 144.491
Dr. Ken Muscatel Seattle, Wash. U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair 127.439
Greg Hopp Snohomish, Wash. U-100 Jarvis Painting 106.292
J W Myers Maple Grove, Wash. U-37 Glacial Energy Presents Miss DYC 131.048
Jimmy King Wales, Mich. U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep DNF
Elimination heat racing could start as early as 9:15 Sunday with the championship at 4:20.