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DETROIT 2012: Saturday Results have Evans, Shane, Villwock and Hopp winning Unlimited Hydroplane Heat Races

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Detroit, MICH - An action packed day of Unlimited Hydroplane racing in Detroit as the race for the Gold Cup got started for 2012, including a scary flip in Heat 1C when Mike Webster in the U-22 went upside down right between two other boats.

Full story of U-22 Flip with Photos and Video >>

Heat 1A Results

  1. U-1 Dave Villwock
  2. U-6 Steve David
  3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman
  4. U-11 JW Myers

Another matchup between the top two qualifiers.  Villwock grabbed the lead and never looked back, winning by three roostertails.

Heat 1B Results:

  1. U-5 Jimmy Shane
  2. U-37 J. Michael Kelly
  3. U-88 Scott Liddycoat
  4. U-17 Kip Brown

Jimmy Shane took the lead in lane two coming out of the first turn with Scott Liddycoat and J. Michael Kelly right on his hip. All three boats stayed close throughout most of the race with Shane going out to nearly a roostertail lead over the other two in the third lap and holding on for the win.

Great race for second place with Kelly barely edging out Liddycoat.  Very strong run for Kelly and the U-37 after the crew repaired a cracked mount bracket in the skid fin.

U-22 Flips in Heat 1-C

Greg Hopp in the U-100, Mark Evans in the U-57, and Mike Webster in the U-22 were all within a few boat lengths of each other in Heat 1C heading into turn two on the first lap.  Webster was running hard, right in between the other two when he went up and over.  Rescue crews were on scene immediately and Webster made it out of the boat.  Mike was OK.
Heat 1C Restart Results
  1. U-100 Greg Hopp

    DSQ.  U-57 Mark Evans
U-13 Cal Phipps DNS. 
U-22 Mike Webster DNS.  Boat flipped/damaged.

Hopp had a comfortable lead when Mark Evans came out of nowhere to pull up nearly alongside Hopp in lap 4.  It was very, very close at the finish and the winner is.... Mark Evans in the U-57!

UPDATE:  After tech review, it was determined that the U-57 had a N2 violation and the U-100 was awarded the win.  Still exciting race to watch...!

Heat 2A Results:

  1. U-5 Jimmy Shane
  2. U-9 Jon Zimmerman
  3. U-6 Steve David
  4. U-88 Scott Liddycoat

Steve David grabbed lane one, but it was Scott Liddycoat leading the field across the start line.  At the Belle Island turn, Liddycoat had the lead with David right alongside.  David put the hammer down and took the lead on the backstretch of lap one.

Jimmy Shane hooked his boat and appeared to hit a buoy, but he managed to get back on track quickly without dislodging it.

Meanwhile, David lengthened out his lead over Liddycoat in lap two and subsequent laps... BUT WAIT!  Turns out David was too early to the score up buoy and Liddycoat had a lane violation.  Both were assessed one lap penalties.  So, despite finishing first and second, the U-6 and U-88 finish 3rd and 4th with Jimmy Shane taking the win.

Heat 2B Results: 
  1. U-57 Mark Evans
  2. U-11 JW Myers

    DSQ. U-17 Kip Brown
    DNF.  U-100 Greg Hopp
JW Myers leapfrogged the field to grab the inside lane, hit the line first, and kept it coming out of the first turn.  Mark Evans made a run on the backside along with Greg Hopp.  After the first lap, Myers had half a roostertail lead.

Meanwhile, the race for second between Hopp and Evans was tight... and they tightened up with the leader.  Hopp's boat suddenly slowed and pulled off into the infield.

Evans had a burst of speed and managed to grabbed the lead in lap three!  Kip Brown started in 4th place, but drove that boat like crazy, and gained on the leaders.  Myers was hit with a one-lap penalty for lane violations before the race started and that meant Brown moved into second.

UPDATE:  U-17 was disqualified for a fuel flow (N2) violation.

Heat 2C Results:

  1. U-1 Dave Villwock
  2. U-37 J. Michael Kelly

    DNS.  U-13 Cal Phipps

The U-13 has been fighting engine problems all weekend and it continued into Heat 2C.  The boat was in the water, but the fire kept going out and Phipps couldn't make it to the start.

Meanwhile, Kelly flew past Villwock at the score up buoy and JMK moved into lane one.  They were side by side at the start line of the now two-boat race.  Coming out of the first turn, Villwock was just a bit ahead on the outside, but Kelly made a tight turn and was right on his hip.

Villwock's top end speed put him out front at the end of lap one with Kelly just behind.  The U-1 flew out to about a roostertail lead on the backstretch of lap two and started to stretch it out.  By the end, Villwock had about a half a course lead as the boats settled in.

Turns out both boats jumped the gun at the start of the race and had to take an extra lap.