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ABRA Upholds Mike Allen's Win at Valleyfield

Mike Allen waits but finally gets first win Rookie drivers sometimes have to wait a long time for their first win on the American Boat Racing Association circuit.

Mike Allen, driver of the U-7 FormulaBoats.com II boat, just didn't know he'd have to sit on the sideline for three days to wait for the win. The ABRA has officially won his first unlimited hydroplane race-Les Regates de Valleyfield that concluded Sunday afternoon in Valleyfield, Quebec.

Allen just eked out a win over Steve David (Lighthouse, Fla) in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison in the final dual of the timed races, winning by a speed of 108.106 to 106.986. But the final race results were put on hold due to a problem during the inspection process. The inspector's propeller template is approximately 16 inches in diameter.

Allen's blade did not fit the template. But propellers can take on different shapes and forms throughout its racing life. Even though ABRA officials believed the propeller to be damaged, an electronic profile of the propeller still needed to confirm their assessment.

ABRA does not have the equipment to check these profiles on site thus forcing the final results to be delayed until the propeller was electronically profiled at Wolverine Prop in Southfield, Michigan.

Allen is now awarded first place in Valleyfield with full points but will be assessed a monetary fine. Not only was this the first win for Allen, it was the first unlimited win for owner Ted Porter (Decatur, Ind.) and his Formula Boats team.


U-7 FormulaBoats.com II 3309 points
U-5 FormulaBoats.com 2974 points
U-3 Cooper Racing 2682 points
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto 2667 points
U-1 Miss ELam 2580 points
U-37 Miss Seattle 2273 points
U-2.25 Superior Racing 1387 points
U-21 Miss Simpatico 810 points
U-100 Leland Racing 509 points
U-10 Miss Emcor 424 points