Theoret Wins Thunder on the Ohio EVANSVILLE-Ind. Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Que.) outfoxed the competition during the staging period prior to the flying start of the 30th Thunder on the Ohio ABRA unlimited hydroplane race and the result was...
Theoret Wins Thunder on the Ohio
EVANSVILLE-Ind. Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Que.) outfoxed the competition during the staging period prior to the flying start of the 30th Thunder on the Ohio ABRA unlimited hydroplane race and the result was an opening season win for the Miss Beacon Plumbing hydroplane team this afternoon (Sunday, June 29) on the Ohio River.
"Yes absolutely. I made big a move getting lane one going to the backstretch, then put the Beacon Plumbing out and front and that was it," said Theoret. "I still had some great racing with Steve David (in the Oh Boy! Oberto) but I was able to hold him off."
Six different boats won the six elimination heats for the first time in the history of the sport, so the final was wide open.
Theoret had the inside lane but had real battles not only with David (Lighthouse, Fla.) but also with U-7 Formulaboats.com driver Mike Allen (New Orleans, La.) for two of the five lap winner take all final race. The three boats were just yards apart with the David stuck in the middle of the two speedsters. But Theoret pulled the fastest lap of the final heat during lap two, going 142.247 mph over the two-mile course and was able to get the clean water and a four boat length advantage and then the win.
This was the fourth victory in Theoret's unlimited hydroplane career. He won three races in 2006 and was shut out last season.
Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com took fourth while Brian Perkins (Kent, Wash.) in the Spirit of the Navy was able to best David Bryant in the Ahearn Rentals boat for fourth place.
The ABRA fleet heads east to Madison, Ind. for the Indiana Governor's Cup next weekend.
THUNDER ON THE OHIO -- FINAL RESULTS
Sunday, June 29
Evansville, Ind.-Ohio River
1-U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret, Maple Grove, Que.
2-U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, Lighthouse Pt., Fla.
3-U-7 Formulaboats.com, Mike Allen, New Orleans, La.
4-U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard, Kent, Wash.
5-U-50 Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins, Kent, Wash.
6-U10 Ahearn Rentals, Dave Bryant, Mesa, Ariz.
DNF--U-13 Graham Trucking, J Michael Kelly, Pullayup, Wash.