Seattle: Unlimited Hydroplanes protest denied, results stand

Seafair Call Upheld The official protest filed by the U-37 Schumacher Racing contesting the results of the Chevrolet Cup in Seattle, specifically a penalty called against their team prior to the start of the final heat, has been deemed invalid...

Seafair Call Upheld

The official protest filed by the U-37 Schumacher Racing contesting the results of the Chevrolet Cup in Seattle, specifically a penalty called against their team prior to the start of the final heat, has been deemed invalid by the American Boat Racing Association Board of Directors, upholding the call made by chief referee Mike Noonan.

The 2008 ABRA Rule Book states on Rule 4, Section D, number 7 on page 13 that the off-plane penalty is a judgment call by the referee and is final. Rule 4, Section P, Number 3 on page 18 states that contestants shall have the right to appeal adverse decisions by ABRA officials that result in penalties to their teams.

The Board moved that Rule 4, Section D, number 7 on page 13 should stand as written and the appeal should be deemed invalid and returned to the U-37 Schumacher Racing Team.

"We got together this afternoon (Tuesday, August 12) and dealt with the protest from Schumacher Racing," said ABRA Race Chairman Sam Cole. "When you read the rule book on this specific rule, it states that the chief referee's call is final and that's what was decided."

"This is not a technical call, it is a judgment call --just like balls and strikes in baseball-- and what the referee says is final," added Cole. "When the Board discussed the call, the rule is in place and it says it all."

To see the rule click on:
ww.abrahydroplanes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=423&Itmid=64

-credit: abra

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