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ABRA's Unlimited Hydroplane championship race tightens

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The hole in Lake Washington that knocked Steve David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto about three lanes to the North during the final heat of the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair also knocked a big hole in the defending National Champion's 2009 High Points lead. 

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The misfortune that befell challenger Dave Villwock and the U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus the previous week at the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities had given the Oberto team a nice lead going into Seafair.  But as David nursed an ailing turbine engine home in the final, he was passed by the third, fourth and fifth place boats, dropping from 300 second place points to just 95 for a sixth place finish. 

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Villwock's 400 point first place finish capped a strong weekend which saw him cut team Oberto's lead to just 249 points, with two events left in the 2009 season.

The unlimited hydroplanes will be in Evansville, Indiana for Thunder on the Ohio August 21 -23 before heading to Doha, Qatar for the Oryx Cup November 19 - 21.  The 2009 High Point Championship is expected to come down to the final event of the season, with the championship being decided in Doha.

2009 ABRA National High Point Standings following the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair:


Number - Boat Driver Points From Lead From Next
U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 5815 0 0
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 5566 249 249
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 4714 1101 852
U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 3729 2086 985
U-37 Hoss Mortgage Jean Theoret 3430 2385 299
U-17 USNW Express Kip Brown 3210 2605 220
U-48 Albert Lee Brian Perkins 2978 2837 232
U-100 MirageBoats Greg Hopp 2964 2851 14
U-3 Chrysler Jeep Jimmy King 2756 3059 208
U-25 Buffalo Federal Savings Ken Muscatel 1481 4334 1275
U-22 ServPro Mike Webster 1153 4662 328
U-9 Jones Racing David Williams 421 5394 732


Source:  ABRA