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EVANSVILLE 2009: Greg Hopp breaks APBA GP/single automotive powered hydroplane record, set previously by Jerry Hopp

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What a great race. Evansville loved the noisy blower boats. The Grand Prix's brought the thunder back to Thunder on the Ohio.

Sunday morning started out with morning testing. Evansville had the 1 2/3 mile Grand Prix course and the 2 mile Unlimited course. Greg took the GP-15 Graham Trucking-Happy Go Lucky also sponsored by Pumptech and the Evansville HADI Shriners out for a run. He made one lap on the 1 2/3 mile course at 127.621 mph. The 1 2/3 mile course was not surveyed so the speed is unofficial but really fast for the GP class. He also made a lap on the 2 mile surveyed Unlimited course. Hopp Racing finally did it. Broke the 130 MPH barrier.

Greg Hopp ran 132.846 MPH on the record course breaking last year's 123.660 MPH record set by Jerry Hopp. This is an official APBA record for the APBA GP/single automotive powered hydroplane. The record was certified by Wes Patton the ABRA/APBA official score-timer of the event. It was an awesome sight with the fans "On their feet". Greg really had the yellow boat flying.

Results of the Sunday races:

Heat 1                                    MPH

GP-15        Greg Hopp         115.222

GP-10        Cal Phipps         113.657

GP-93        Marty Wolfe       106.821

GP-329      Dave Warren     101.434

GP-17        Dustin Echols     DNF

GP-15        Fastest lap         123.394              

Heat 2       

GP-15        Greg Hopp         119.077

GP-10        Cal Phipps         116.961

GP-93        Marty Wolfe       107.166

GP-329      Dave Warren     100.642

GP-17        Dustin Echols     DNS

GP-15        Fastest Lap       120.822


GP-10        Cal Phipps         111.966

GP-93        Marty Wolfe       103.979

GP-329      Dave Warren       94.605

GP-15        Greg Hopp          DNF

GP-17        Dustin Echols      DNF

GP-10        Fastest Lap       119.229