Shane declared the winner at San Diego; David disqualified
September 17, 2012 · 11:22 AM
Jimmy Shane drove the U-5 Graham Trucking to a second-place finish behind Steve David and the Kent-based U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto in Sunday's San Diego Bayfair unlimited hydroplane final heat on Mission Bay.
However, series officials disqualified David after determining there had been a flagrant fuel violation by the apparent winner. David's disqualification enabled Shane to capture the win. It moved Dave Villwock, formerly of Auburn, and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar into second place and Jon Zimmerman, driving Jones Racing's U-9, into third.
Events early Sunday also had a major effect on the race to the final heat as well as the Air National Guard Series High Points for the 2012 season.
Before Sunday's preliminaries, Schumacher Racing announced that the U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing was withdrawing from further competition at the event, citing a problem keeping salt water out of the boat.
Then in Heat 2B, favorite Villwock was leading Shane when he lost the hot section of the turbine and slowed to a stop, scoring no points. Shane went on to take the victory. Earlier, points leader David in the Oberto scored a victory in Heat 2A, adding 400 points to his lead over Villwock in the ANG Series High Point chase.
David and Villwock were both drawn into Heat 3B, setting up the first confrontation between the point leaders all weekend.
In 3A, Shane added another checkered flag followed by Zimmerman who ran a strong race in second place. Then the four boats drawn into 3B took to Mission Bay, and David put the Oberto in lane one. Villwock timed the start better in lane two and took the lead into turn one. David settled back into second place, securing a spot in the final, and Villwock built the lead before completing the three-lap prelim.
That set up a rematch in the race for the Bayfair championship. Shane put the Graham Trucking in lane one and challenged David throughout the five-lap final, with Villwock running third outside the leaders.
David had increased his high points lead over Villwock with the apparent victory, but saw much of that lead disappear with the disqualification and the loss of 400 points.
The Air National Guard Series race teams will prepare for a trip to the Middle East and the final event of the 2012 season in Doha, Qatar in January.
Results for heat final
1. U-5 Graham Trucking, Jimmy Shane
2. U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96, Dave Villwock
3. U-9 Jones Racing, Jon Zimmerman
4. U-11 Peters & May, Tommy Thompson
5. U-100 Miss Fox Plumbing, Greg Hopp
DNF: U-88 Degree Men, Scott Liddycoat
DSQ: U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David