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Steve David reacts to final race at San Diego

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Source:  U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto news release

Nearly two hours after the checkered flag was waved on San Diego's Mission Bay, the American Boat Racing Association (ABRA) announced the outcome of the Bayfair unlimited hydroplane race.

Despite making an aggressive maneuver in the back stretch, causing Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto, to hit a buoy, Jeff Bernard and the U-5 Formula Boats was announced the winner.  Bernard's controversial win was his second of the season -the season's only driver to win two races.

The U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing driven by Jean Theoret finished second while Mike Allen in the U-7 Formula Boats finished third. Newly crowned ABRA National High Points Champion Steve David in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison finished fourth, beating J. Michael Kelly in the U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit. Brian Perkins in the U-50 Spirit of the NAVY rounded out the field.

Again ABRA officials missed the call, Steve David said. 
"It was hit a buoy or hit the kid," the disgusted Steve David said. 
"Next time it will be different."

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After leaving the dock late due to an engine miss fire, David out smarted the six-boat field and secured lane one.  Coming down the back stretched Bernard in the U-5 Formula Boats moved into lane one causing David to move into the infield and hitting the buoy.

"It caused me to gain a couple seconds on my timing before the start," David said.  Those two seconds were valuable seconds and the newly crowned ABRA National Champion was early to the start line, jumping the gun with three others.

"We purposely held up the official results while we reviewed video from the start," said ABRA Chairman Sam Cole. No rule violation was called against Bernard's squeeze play.

Despite the calamity, Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto team did clinch their first National Championship in 47 years of racing and were once again top qualifier for the event.

"Oh Boy! This is bigger than winning a single race. More than one boat can win a race during the year, but at the end of the season, there will only be one U-1," David said.  The team quickly placed the National Championship seal on the boat.

"This was a bifecta," David said, in reference to his National Championship and leading all boats in qualifying.  "It would have been nice to add the win to make it a trifecta."

"I am so happy to be able to bring the town of Madison, Ind. their first National Championship and Art Oberto and the Oberto Sausage Company theirs as well," David said.

"There is so much hydroplane heritage with the citizens of Madison (owners of the hydroplane) I hope they are parting in the streets, this town and team deserve it," he said.