Bernard Surprises Hometown Favorite For First Unlimited Hydroplane Win MADISON, IND., --- Twenty-three-year-old Jeff Bernard out maneuvered salty veteran Steve David to claim the young driver's first ever victory Sunday at the 58th Indiana...
Bernard Surprises Hometown Favorite For First Unlimited Hydroplane Win
MADISON, IND., --- Twenty-three-year-old Jeff Bernard out maneuvered salty veteran Steve David to claim the young driver's first ever victory Sunday at the 58th Indiana Governor's Cup in Madison, Ind., and end David's quest to bring the City of Madison its first victory since 2003.
"I want to say sorry to the fans that their boat didn't win," Bernard of Kent, Wash., said following his surprising victory. "But I want to remind everyone this is an Indiana boat as well." Bernard's U-5 Formulaboats.com is based out of Decatur, Ind., located on Indiana's northeast corner.
Before the young driver claimed victory, he managed to unseat the perennial favorite U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto driven by David, the Lighthouse Point, Fla., native. In the second lap of the five heat winner-take-all race, Bernard edged past David to claim the lead. After that move, David could do little to catch the streaking red boat.
Bernard's teammate and former national champion Mike Allen (New Orleans, La.) piloted the U-7 Formulaboats.com to a third place finish.
As Bernard was fending off the hard-charging David, he also contended with rough waters caused by heavy debris in the Ohio River. Throughout the day Sunday, the Unlimited Hydroplane fleet was whittled away by the debris. Despite the obvious hurdles, Bernard managed to be standing by day's end.
"We've got a boat that can finally run over rough water," Bernard said.
While Bernard and his team managed to beat the debris, other drivers had a much different outlook.
"It is the equivalent of throwing marbles on the Indy 500 track," David said earlier in the day. "this was rough day for everyone."
Earlier in the day, the U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals driven by David Bryant of Mesa, Ariz., voluntarily withdrew from the field due to the debris.
"We are hearing about solid wood from one end to another on the river," Kim Gregory, owner of the U-10 said following the withdrawal. "We have already lost a rudder. I want to go to the Gold Cup."
The 100th running of the coveted American Power Boat Association Gold Cup will be run next week in Detroit.
RESULTS INDIANA GOVERNOR'S CUP
1-U-5 Formulaboats.com, Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.)
2-U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David (Lighthouse Pt., Fla)
3-U-7 Fomrulaboats.com, Mike Allen (new Orleans, La.)
4-U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Que.)
5-U-50 Spirit of the Navy, Brian Perkins (Kent, Wash.)
6-U-100 Mirageboats.com, Greg Hopp (Snohomish, Wash.)