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QATAR 2009: David, Villwock, Kelly win unlimited hydroplane heats; David lengthens points lead

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DOHA,Qatar (Nov. 20,2009) Unprecedented crowds filled the shorelines of beautiful Doha Bay, Qatar for the preliminary heats for the inaugural Oryx Cup UIM World Championship on Friday.

Heat 1A

Mike Webster (Reading, Penn.) in the U-22 Matrix Systems Automotive Finishes, Ken Muscatel (Mercer Island, Wash.) in the U-25 Superior Racing, J. Michael Kelly (Puyallup, Wash.) in the U-7 Graham Trucking, Jean Theoret (Lery, Quebec) in the U-37 Miss Peters & May and Nate Brown (Preston, Wash.) in the U-17 Our Gang Racing all lined up in calm conditions for the first heat race of H1 Unlimited and the first race for the circuit outside of North America.

Brown stole an early lead, but was quickly passed by Kelly, who came under pressure from Theoret through the opening two laps. Kelly managed to stay out in front to seal the heat win and 400 points, but bad luck fell upon the yellow boat as Theoret hit a buoy in turn two of the final lap, and was assessed a one lap penalty. This handed second position to Brown, with Webster taking third, Theoret settling into fourth and Muscatel was deprived of fifth when he had to shut the boat down in the backstretch after suffering damage to the bottom of the boat.

Muscatel was serving a one-lap penalty for also hitting a buoy earlier in the race.  Muscatel . As a result of the damage, the U-25 has with drawn from the race.

Heat 1B

Fastest qualifier (148.668 mph) Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) in the U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus led Jeff Bernard (Kent, Wash.) Brian Perkins (Black Diamond, Wash.) , Greg Hopp (Snohomish, Wash.) and National High Points leader Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) into Heat 1B.

David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto stole the early advantage from Villwock from lane two on the opening stretch of heat 1B, but Villwock managed to regain the lead heading into the final turn of lap one and extended his lead from then on, as the defending champion eased his pace to conserve second position and 300 valuable championship points.

Bernard finished third, Hopp was fourth and Perkins finished a distant fifth after running an extra lap for jumping the start. Despite the second place finish, David extended his overall championship lead over Bernard to 331 points.

Heat 2A

Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto increased his National High Points lead over the U-5 Formulaboats.com and driver Jeff Bernard winning Heat 2A of the 2009 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha Qatar.

Bernard's teammate, J. Michael Kelly, Brian Perkins and Mike Webster rounded out the H1 Unlimited field. Bernard held a tight line down the inside into the first turn, only for David to streak into the lead through turn one. From that moment, the U-1 driver extended his lead to clinch the heat and finish the day with 700 final heat qualification points.

Bernard maintained second position, Kelly was third, but Perkins pressured Webster for fourth position and moved up the order when Webster’s white U-22 Matrix Systems Automotive Finishes boat pulled up on the final lap.

Heat 2B

U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus and its driver Villwock survived some rough water and held off a strong charging Jean Theoret in the bright yellow Miss Peters & May to win Heat 2B. Nate Brown in the U-17 Our Gang Racing almost didn't make the start as his boat had difficulty getting started. While floating in middle of the first turn, the U-17 came to life and Brown was able to join the other three boats. Greg Hopp in the U-100 Leland Racing rounded out the four boat field.

All four race hulls made the start perfectly and Villwock snatched the early lead from Theoret, only to run wide and bounce on the final turn of lap one and hand a brief advantage to his French-Canadian rival. He quickly regained the lead and coasted along the two-mile course to claim a second top finish of the day, earning 800 final heat qualification points.

Theoret took second place and Hopp snatched third from Brown in the final turn of the fourth lap, using shorter distances of the inside lane to his advantage.

Preliminary heat racing continues on Friday with the winner-take-all final schedule for the afternoon on Saturday.

Preliminary 
Results for Heat 1A
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly137.508 400
2 U-17 Our Gang Racing Nate Brown 117.521 300
3 U-22 Matrix Automotive Finishes Mike Webster 114.357 225
4 U-37 Miss Peters & May Jean Theoret 131.823 169
DNF U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 0 0


Results for Heat 1B
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 137.87 400
2 U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 134.341 300
3 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 131.09 225
4 U-100 Leland Racing Greg Hopp 120.439 169
5 U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Brian Perkins 116.213 127


Results for Heat 2A
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 132.301 400
2 U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 129.882 300
3 U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly117.52 225
4 U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left Racing Brian Perkins 112.197 169
DNF U-22 Matrix Automotive Finishes Mike Webster 0 0


Results for Heat 2B
Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 135.974 400
2 U-37 Miss Peters & May Jean Theoret 131.000 300
3 U-100 Leland Racing Greg Hopp 123.804 225
4 U-17 Our Gang Racing Nate Brown 124.060 169
2009 National High Points Standings (team)

U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 7370
U-5 FormulaBoats.com Jeff Bernard 6939
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus Dave Villwock 6810
U-7 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 5664
U-37 Miss Peters & May Jean Theoret 4684
U-100 Leland Unlimited Greg Hopp 4251
U-17 Our Gang Racing Nate Brown 3984
U-3 Cooper Racing Jimmy King 3926
U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left Brian Perkins 3799
U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 2201
U-22 Matrix Automotive Finishes Mike Webster 1789
U-9 Jones Racing David Williams 421



2009 National High Points Standings (driver)

Steve David U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto 7370
Jeff Bernard U-5 FormulaBoats.com 6939
Dave Villwock U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus 6546
J. Michael Kelly U-7 Graham Trucking 5664
Greg Hopp U-100 Leland Racing 4251
Jimmy King U-3 Cooper Racing 3926
Brian Perkins U-48 Go Fast, Turn Left 3799
Kip Brown U-17 Our Gang Racing 3180
J.W. Myers U-37 Miss Peters & May 2970
Ken Muscatel U-25 Superior Racing 2201
Jean Theoret U-37 Miss Peters & May 1674
Mike Webster U-22 Matrix Automotive Finishes 1564
Nate Brown U-17 Our Gang Racing 1064
David Williams U-9 Jones Racing 421
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