Shane Big Winner At Hydrofest Detroit 2017

Andrew Tate in the U-9 Delta RealTrac hydroplane picked up 1,500 points for a 2nd place finish in the Gold Cup, on 26 August 2017, in Detroit. Tate scored a further 1,280 points for a 1st place run in the President's Cup at Hydrofest 2017 in Detroit.Photo by John Skinner.

Andrew Tate in the U-9 Delta RealTrac hydroplane picked up 1,500 points for a 2nd place finish in the Gold Cup, on 26 August 2017, in Detroit. Tate scored a further 1,280 points for a 1st place run in the President’s Cup at Hydrofest 2017 in Detroit.
Photo by John Skinner.

(DETROIT, MI) – The big boats returned to the Yacht Club basin north of Belle Isle this past weekend for the 2017 installment of Hydrofest Detroit. The pilot of the U-1 HomeStreet Bank hydroplane, Jimmy Shane, of Covington, WA, maintained his season lead with a 1st place and 3rd place finish in the dual competition.

Heading into the weekend leading the 2017 driver points standings, Shane picked up 1,125 points with a top 3 in the President’s Cup. He followed that up by besting the field in the APBA Gold Cup earning 1,580 more.

Jimmy Shane in the U-1 HomeStreet Bank picked up 1,580 points and 1st place in the APBA Gold Cup on 26 August 2017. Shane leads all H1 Unlimited drivers with 5,979 points after four races this season.Photo by John Skinner.

Jimmy Shane in the U-1 HomeStreet Bank picked up 1,580 points and 1st place in the APBA Gold Cup on 26 August 2017. Shane leads all H1 Unlimited drivers with 5,979 points after four races this season.
Photo by John Skinner.

Shane is 279 points ahead of local favourite Andrew Tate, of Canton, MI, who came 1st in the President’s Cup and took 2nd in the Gold Cup. J Michael Kelly, of Bonney Lake, WA,  is 3rd in the overall standings after logging a 2nd in the President’s but disqualified in the Gold for fuel violations.

Canadian Bert Henderson. of Brockville, ON, driving the U-7 Spirit of Detroit, was disqualified at the 4:37 mark of the Gold Cup for causing a red flag. He finished 4th in the President’s Cup after qualifying 6th with a speed of 138.869mph.

The circuit now moves on to San Diego for the 5th race of the season, September 15-17.

Jimmy Shane in the U-1 HomeStreet Bank picked up 1,580 points and 1st place in the APBA Gold Cup on 26 August 2017. Shane leads all H1 Unlimited drivers with 5,979 points after four races this season.Photo by John Skinner.

Jimmy Shane in the U-1 HomeStreet Bank picked up 1,580 points and 1st place in the APBA Gold Cup on 26 August 2017. Shane leads all H1 Unlimited drivers with 5,979 points after four races this season.
Photo by John Skinner.

Running three wide, North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Running three wide, North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Bert Henderson in the U-7 Spirit of Detroit had a middling day on 26 August 2017 at Hydrofest in Detroit. Henderson was disqualified during the APBA Gold Cup finals while finishing 4th in the President's Cup race.Photo by John Skinner.

Bert Henderson in the U-7 Spirit of Detroit had a middling day on 26 August 2017 at Hydrofest in Detroit. Henderson was disqualified during the APBA Gold Cup finals while finishing 4th in the President’s Cup race.
Photo by John Skinner.

Running two wide, North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Running two wide, North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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