Seattle Friday qualifying notes

Villwock Leads Qualifiers, Defending Seafair Champ Currently Fourth SEATTLE---If Friday's qualifying effort plus the last four races are any indication, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the Ellstrom Elam Plus is the big-time favorite in this...

Villwock Leads Qualifiers, Defending Seafair Champ Currently Fourth

SEATTLE---If Friday's qualifying effort plus the last four races are any indication, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the Ellstrom Elam Plus is the big-time favorite in this weekend's Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

Villwock led the Friday qualifying session with an average speed of 156.501 mph on the two-mile Lake Washington course.

This makes the two-time defending champion of this race a little edgy. After all, Jean Theoret (Maple Grove, Que.) in the Miss Beacon Plumbing is the fourth fastest on the qualifying ladder with a speed of 150.316 mph, and the 2007 season has not been the best for the team.

"The short course here takes away some of Dave's speed advantage," said Theoret when asked how he might be able to make it three in a row in Seattle. "We also run well in rough water, so maybe we can close the gap but they do have their boat running very well."

Not only does Theoret trail Villwock in qualifying speed, he also has Jeff Bernard () in the FormulaBoats.com U-5 boat and Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) in the Oh Boy! Oberto in second and third place, respectively. Bernard hit 151.905 while David went 151.681.

"Each time we go out we are trying new propeller and gearbox combinations to get more speed," added Theoret. "Unfortunately in round two, we couldn't learn anything.

"We want to make sure that our fuel flow system is okay. We should hit 153 this weekend; that's what we did last year, but we'd like to do better."

Theoret did was one of the few drivers to improve his speed during the afternoon session, finishing the day with a 150.316.

Qualifying continues Saturday morning with the first set of elimination heats at 2:45 pm.

The final set of heats and the winner-take-all final will take place Sunday with the Championship heat going off at 4:35 pm.

-credit: abra

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