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DETROIT GOLD CUP 2009: U-16 Dave Villwock, U-1 Steve David win Heat 2A, 2B

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Heat 2A

J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 nailed the start and took them across the start line.  Jeff Bernard in the U-5 was in second.  Kelly, in lane one, had a three boat lead over Dave Villwock in the U-16 as the headed into the first turn.

Dave Villwock in the U-16 passed up Bernard and then ran down Kelly.  Coming out of the turn, Villwock grabbed the lead.  Kelly ran hard, but couldn't catch Villwock.  They remained that way for the rest of the heat.

The U-25 crew had to really scramble to get the boat on the water before the heat.  Right after the heat

HEAT 2A RESULTS

  1. U-16 Elam - Dave Villwock (400 points) - avg speed 151.975
  2. U-7 Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly (300 points) - avg speed 146.220
  3. U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard (225 points) - avg speed 142.448
  4. U-48 Albert Lee - Brian Perkins (169 points) - avg speed 136.172
  5. U-25 Jarvis Disaster Recovery - Ken Muscatel (127 points) - avg speed 124.122

It was quite a sight to see Villock in the U-16 in lane two, with his former boats the U-7 and U-5 on either side of him.  "All three of those boats are capable of winning this race," said Villwock on WORX.  "Boat's in one piece.  On to the next heat."

"Just gotta finish and get those points... and find ourselves in the final," said Kelly.  "I got a great start and got the inside lane.  Saw bright orange in my mirror.  But he got by me."

Heat 2B

Greg Hopp in the U-100 grabbed lane one again.  Steve David in the U-6 was the leader going into the first turn and started to run away from the field.

Jimmy King in the U-3 and Greg Hopp in the U-100 ran deck-to-deck for the first full lap.  King needed the points, having scored a DNF in his first heat.  But it turned out he jumped the gun and took a one lap penalty.  J.W. Myers in the U-37 also jumped the gun and had to take an extra lap.

Once the penalties were announced, the boats settled into their positions.  Hopp moved into second and Kip Brown, running 5th, was actually in 3rd.

HEAT 2B RESULTS

  1. U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David
  2. U-100 Jarvis Painting - Greg Hopp
  3. U-17 ActiVwater - Kip Brown
  4. U-3 Chrysler-Jeep - Jimmy King
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN
  5. U-37 Glacial Energy/Miss DYC - J.W. Myers
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN

"I like to thank those jumpers for that gift," said Kip Brown on WORX.  "I've been getting killed out there."

"The team really set it up well for the water," said Steve David.  "The goal is to get to the final."

"We're getting good starts and getting good finishes," said Greg Hopp.  "Boat's running great.  It's not the class of the field, but we need to get up there and get a good start and put ourselves in a position to win."

"The way the rules are written, you've got to cut it close.  Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don't," said Jimmy King on WORX.  "You gotta look at the driver (when you jump the gun)."

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