HPROP: Detroit Gold Cup race report

Mitch Evans thrills crowd with piston powered victory at APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup; first piston powered Gold Cup victory in twenty years. (Detroit, Mich.) - Mitch Evans won today's Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup at Detroit,...

Mitch Evans thrills crowd with piston powered victory at APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup; first piston powered Gold Cup victory in twenty years.

(Detroit, Mich.) - Mitch Evans won today's Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup at Detroit, Michigan, the fifth race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine. Today's victory marks the second win for the piston powered boat this season after they took the opening race of the season at Evansville.

Evans' victory today ended a twenty-year drought for a non-turbine winner of the Gold Cup. The last non-turbine powered Unlimited to win the Gold Cup was Chip Hanauer in 1983 driving the Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered Atlas Van Lines.

With today's victory, Evans and Ed Cooper, Jr. and Sr., owners of the U-3 Miss Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep - Sun Coatings, each have three Unlimited Hydroplane wins to their credit. It took the trio14 years to produce their second victory while only four races to achieve their third.

"This boat can really fly," said Evans. "Coming into this season I knew we had a chance to run with the top Unlimiteds. But there is so much parity among the boats that any little mistake can cost you the victory. These victories are a complete team effort and I am so proud to be apart of this team. I can't wait for next years Gold Cup when I can come back and defend my title at the 100th Anniversary of the APBA Gold Cup."

"To become the first non-turbine powered Unlimited to win the Gold Cup in twenty-years is a remarkable accomplishment," continued Evans. "To win the Gold Cup is a career achievement but to win with a non-turbine is off the charts. Hopefully, we can take this momentum to San Diego and produce another victory. We are basically out of the championship but at least we can go to the season finale and make it interesting for the top championship contenders."

Evans victory was wire to wire after nailing the start perfectly. He was challenged briefly in the first lap by Dave Villwock in the U-1 Miss Budweiser and Michael Hanson in the U-9 Al Deeby Dodge. But Evans was not going to be denied his victory as he increased his lead to almost seven boat lengths. After the third lap it became a battle for second and third. Nate Brown in the U-16 Miss Elam Plus made a brief surge but lost power and could not challenge for a podium finish. Villwock ended up finishing second and Hanson in third. Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto followed in fourth.

* Thrilling Heat Action at Gold Cup

The eight preliminary heats at this year's Gold Cup produced some of the most thrilling and competitive races this season. Six different drivers produced heat victories with Michael Hanson, Steve David, Dave Villwock and Mark Evans each winning one heat while Mitch Evans and Nate Brown won two a piece.

* O'Doul's High Point World Championship Standings

With his second place finish today along with four strong preliminary heat finishes, Dave Villwock still leads the O'Doul's High Points World Championship. Villwock currently leads the championship with 674 points over Mark Evans with 517 points. The current top five include:

<pre> Driver O'Doul's High Points 1 Dave Villwock 674 2 Mark Evans 517 3 Michael Hanson 499 4 Mitch Evans 473 5 Mike Weber 467

* Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA-Hydro-Prop Gold Cup Results: 1. U-3 Miss Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep - Sun Coatings, Mitch Evans 2. U-1 Miss Budweiser, Dave Villwock 3. U-9 Al Deeby Dodge, Michael Hanson 4. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David 5. U-16 Miss Elam Plus, Nate Brown

Did Not Make Final: U-11 Miss Chrysler Jeep, Mark Weber U-25 Fluid Systems Engineering, Dr. Ken Muscatel U-2 Miss Trendwest, Terry Troxell U-8 LLumar Window Film, Mark Evans U-100 Epoch Events Presents American Pride, JW Myers U-10 Miss Detroit Yacht Club presents Greektown Casino, Mike Weber </pre> The Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA-Hydro-Prop Gold Cup will be televised on SPEED Channel on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 PM (EDT).

* Unlimited Hydroplane Championship Will be Decided in Season Finale The season-long battle for the Unlimited Hydroplane World Championship will go to the final stop on the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by Boat Shopper® magazine. San Diego's beautiful Mission Bay, will be the determining factor for the championship with the running of the Washington Mutual Thunderboat Regatta. Practice and qualifying will begin Friday, September 19 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, September 21.

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