BERNARD FINDS FORMULA FOR SUCCESS FOR FIRST DAY U-5 sits atop qualification ladder at San Diego Bayfair SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com finished the first day at the American Boat Racing Association's...
BERNARD FINDS FORMULA FOR SUCCESS FOR FIRST DAY
U-5 sits atop qualification ladder at San Diego Bayfair
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) in the U-5 Formulaboats.com finished the first day at the American Boat Racing Association's San Diego Bayfair powered by the Union-Tribue with the fastest speed powering around the Mission Bay course at an average speed of 158.612 mph.
There were two successes for the Formulaboats.com team -- Bernard's qualification time and the return of the U-7 hull and its driver Mike Allen (New Orleans, Louis.), both damaged after a blowover accident at the Gold Cup in Detroit, Mich.
"It was unbelievable," said Allen after his 155.483 mph run, good for fourth overall. "The boat got here yesterday with absolutely nothing in it. In less than 24 hours, the entire Formula team put it together and we ran a 155 lap. I'm doing well. [My] ribs and knee are fine. Tonight we'll read the data and see what we can do to tweak it for tomorrow. It felt sluggish, but I think we can get at least another one mile-per-hour. We'll run one time in the morning and then we'll be ready to race."
Ahead of Allen on the qualification grid is the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing driven by Jean Theoret (Montreal, Quebec), and defending Bayfair champion U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison driven by Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.).
Four other boats have qualified for the first heat of racing scheduled for 4:10 p.m. PDT on Saturday: the U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit driven by J. Michael Kelly (Puyuallap, Wash.) (155.432 mph), the U-3 Grandview Resort presents Hoss Mortgage Investors (155.084 mph), the U-25 Superior Racing (148.743 mph) driven by Ken Muscatel (Seattle, Wash.), and the U-50 Spirit of the Navy with Brian Perkins (Kent, Wash.) (144.671).
The U-100 Mirageboats.com driven by Greg Hopp (Snohomish, Wash.) has yet to qualify. The boat made its way on to the course during the afternoon qualification session, but came back in before completing a lap.
"We had a fuel shutoff control that wasn't adjusted right," said U-100 owner Fred Leland. "It's all set now."
The U-100 still has tomorrow morning to qualify for the winner take all final heat scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Chief referee Mike Noonan announced earlier that a one-minute score up buoy (previously used in Madison, Evansville and Detroit) will be reinstated for the San Diego race.
"With the salt here, we don't want the boats going slow, so we'll probably put the one-minute score up buoy somewhere in turn one," said Noonan. "That way, they'll have to go pretty fast to get there from the starting line."
ABRA SAN DIEGO BAYFAIR powered by SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE QUALIFICATION -- ROUND ONE
Number - Sponsor Driver Speed Points
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 158.612
U-37 Beacon Plumbing Jean Theoret 158.083
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 156.214
U-7 Formulaboats.com Mike Allen 155.483
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit J. Michael Kelly 155.432
U-3 Grandview Resort Presents Hoss Mortgage Investors Jimmy King 155.084
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 148.743
U-50 Spirit of the Navy Brian Perkins 144.671