DETROIT, Mich. - So far, seven boats have qualified to run in the 100th Gold Cup at Detroit.
The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison had the top spot in the morning session, but Jean Theoret and the U-37 Beacon Plumbing came out in the afternoon session and took the lead. Not to be outdone, Steve David came back out in the U-6 and grabbed it back. In the afternoon sessions, Theoret came back with an even faster time, within a hair of overtaking David.
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison - Steve David 159.888
U-37 Beacon Plumbing - Jean Theoret 159.150
U-3 Chrysler Jeep - Jimmy King 156.516
U-10 Dover Environmental - David Bryant 156.465
U-5 FormulaBoats.com - Jeff Bernard 155.340
U-7 FormulaBoats.com - Mike Allen 155.218
U-50 Spirit of the Navy - Brian Perkins 138.125
In Detroit, the qualifying speeds are the average of the two fastest laps. The fastest individual lap was by Steve David in the U-6 at 160.740.
The U-3 Chrysler Jeep got out onto the water, but didn't make it a full lap before Jimmy King returned it to shore to check something out. It took three more attemps before the team could qualify, but when they did, they ran a quick two laps to qualify.
Ken Muscatel's U-25 Jarvis Fire and Water Repair had to be re-built over the past week, but the team's found some extra speed. They would have qualified at a 145.247 average after Dr. Ken clocked a 148.35, but that was thrown out due to a N2 violation.