Jimmy Shane Wins Oryx Cup / UIM World Championship
DOHA: U-5 Graham Trucking's Jimmy Shane snatched a dramatic victory in the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha Bay to conclude the 2012 season of racing in the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Championship.
Six of the fastest power boats on the planet lined up at the start and Shane became the fourth different winner of the Oryx Cup in as many years after leading from start-to-finish to hold off a fierce challenge from runner-up and newly-crowned National High Points champion Steve David in U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto.
Jon Zimmerman finished a distant third in U-9 Jones Racing, Brian Perkins was fourth at the helm of U-88 Snoqualmie Casino and Tom Thompson struggled at the back of the field with engine issues and made the finish in fifth place with U-11 Miss Peters & May. J Michael Kelly (U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing) was disqualified on the start lap for failure to follow race officials' instructions.
"It's been a great first season in this championship for me and to cap it with a win in the Oryx Cup is superb," said an ecstatic Shane.
"I must congratulate Jimmy on a great drive today," said David sportingly.
"It was not meant to be, but there is always next time."
Some Sad News
Long-time Gold Cup volunteer Larry Reed passed away January 6th after a year-long battle with cancer. Many years ago he served on the Safety Committee inspecting boats and parts before they could run, then on the Banner Committee, and most recently the Volunteer Services Committee.
Editors note: Larry was my dad, and the reason I grew up with this sport and have been a Gold Cup volunteer myself. Bye Dad, I'll miss you.
No services are planned. No flowers please, remember your times with Larry and smile.