ORYX Zimmerman, David, Brown and Shane win Oryx Cup heats in Doha Bay
2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, Qatar
Doha Bay, Qatar – February 7-12, 2013
For immediate release
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
ZIMMERMAN, DAVID, BROWN AND SHANE
SEAL ORYX CUP HEAT WINS ON DOHA BAY
· U-11 Miss Peters & May’s Tom Thompson sustains arm injury after spectacular heat 2A crash
DOHA (Qatar): Jon Zimmerman, Steve David, Kip Brown and Jimmy Shane shared a win apiece in the second and third pairs of race heats at the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha Bay on Saturday afternoon.
The racing timetable was delayed when U-11 Miss Peter & May’s Tom Thompson suffered a broken arm in a spectacular first turn collision with Brian Perkins in U-21 Snoqualmie Casino and had to be rescued from his inverted hydroplane after the first turn of lap two. “I saw him (Thompson) coming towards me at speed from the inside and there was nothing I could do to get out of the way,” said an obviously shaken Perkins, as both boats were eliminated from the rest of the day’s racing.
Jon Zimmerman was a convincing winner of the re-run of heat 2A. “My crew chief doesn’t smile that often and it was great to put a smile on his face,” joked the U-9 driver.
Steve David was handed victory in 2B when Jimmy Shane was adjudged to have made contact with David’s U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto in the final turn of their thrilling three-lap race. “He hooked in, moved out, just clipped me and got a penalty,” said David.
Kip Brown confirmed his first ever heat win for the Spirit of Qatar Team with a convincing performance at the helm of U-95 in heat 3A. “It is a great feeling to take my first heat win in the colours of the Spirit of Qatar team here in Doha Bay,” said a delighted Brown.
Shane exacted revenge for his second heat disappointment by fending off the determined Steve David challenge in heat 3B, the Maryland driver reaching the finish less than a boat length in front of David’s flying U-1. It meant that each of the day’s four heats had been won by a different driver.
The Oryx Cup UIM World Championship is being organised by the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), which runs under the presidency of His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, in conjunction with H1 Unlimited.
J. Michael Kelly managed to hold the inside line for the legal start to heat 2A and fended off a fierce challenge from Zimmerman in the outside lane. Kip Brown looked to be in the hunt from the outset, but U-95 Spirit of Qatar spluttered almost to a halt after the start with engine problems, as Brian Perkins and Tom Thompson became locked in a frantic tussle for third and fourth.
Four rooster tails were closely matched at the end of lap one and Kelly appeared to be edging clear of Zimmerman when Thompson rode up over the back of Perkins’s U-21 Snoqualmie Casino on the exit of turn one and flipped over at speed. The race was immediately red-flagged while officials rescued Thompson from the overturned U-11 Miss Peters & May. The American was brought to the shore by rescue boat and treated by an awaiting ambulance for an elbow injury before leaving for hospital checks. A delay ensued while the remaining boats returned to the pits to re-run the heat later on. Perkins was uninjured in the accident, but the fin and front cowling of U-21 suffered substantial damage.
Heat 2A was eventually concluded after heat 2B and this gave Kip Brown’s team the opportunity to replace the poorly-performing turbine engine in U-95. “Even before the heat it wasn’t running right,” admitted a team spokesman. “This was the quickest and best option.”
The three surviving boats took the restart, but the contest became a two-boat affair from the start when Brown was alleged to have jumped the gun and was forced to run a penalty lap. Despite holding the inside line into the first turn, Kelly had no answer to Zimmerman down the back straight and the U-9 Jones Racing driver kept up his perfect start to the race weekend with a convincing second heat win. Kelly finished second and Brown ran an extra lap to take third.
Steve David, Jimmy Shane, Mark Evans and Ryan Mallow lined up for the start of heat 2B after a one-hour delay and David and Shane made the running from the start, with Shane taking the inside line and holding the National High Points champion off through the first turn. The pair raced neck-and-neck down the back straight but David had a little extra boat speed and managed to edge in front at the end of lap one. Evans held third and Mallow struggled in fourth.
Shane regrouped over the next lap of the course and the pair were side-by-side at the end of lap two. Shane held the inside line and a tiny lead down the back straight for the final time. At maximum velocity the pair turned into the final corner and there appeared to a little contact between the U-5 and the U1. But Shane managed to hold his line and reach the finish of a thrilling race in front by less than a boat length distance. Mallow had long since stopped on the near side of the course with technical issues when Evans crossed the finish line in third.
Race officials were forced to take a look at the video of the final corner to decide what course of action to take after the contact between Shane and David. It was decided that Shane was responsible for the incident and a one-minute time penalty dropped him to third and handed the heat win to David.
J. Michael Kelly, Evans and Brown took the start of heat 3A. Mallow was unable to start. Kelly held the inside line into the first turn, but Brown had boat speed on the U-37 driver and managed to sneak through on to the back straight. From then on, it was one-way traffic as the U-95 driver delighted the home crowd with a convincing performance to take an easy heat win. Kelly came home a distant second and Evans scored vital points for third.
Heat 3B promises to be a cracker and David, Zimmerman and Shane – the fastest three racers of the weekend so far – took the start in failing light in Doha Bay. All three made a legal start and Shane held the inside line through the first turns and managed to keep a determined David at bay, as Zimmerman slipped behind. Shane continued to defend his racing line with aplomb and, try as he might, David could not keep up his 100% record and Shane claimed the heat win and a maximum 400-point haul.
The fourth set of heats and the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship final will take place on Tuesday afternoon to coincide with the Qatar National Sports Day.
Oryx Cup - UIM World Championship – H1 Unlimited Heats (Saturday – unofficial @ 16.40hrs)
1. U-9 Jon Zimmerman Jones Racing 400 points
2. U-37 J. Michael Kelly Miss Beacon Plumbing 300 points
3. U-95 Kip Brown Spirit of Qatar 225 points
U-21 Brian Perkins Snoqualmie Casino DNS
U-11 Tom Thompson Peters & May DNS
1. U-1 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto 400 points
2. U-57 Mark Evans Formulaboats.com 300 points
3. U-5 Jimmy Shane Graham Trucking 225 points
U-100 Ryan Mallow Miss Fox Plumbing DNF
1. U-95 Kip Brown Spirit of Qatar 400 points
2. U-37 J. Michael Kelly Miss Beacon Plumbing 300 points
3. U-57 Mark Evans Formulaboats.com 225 points
U-100 Ryan Mallow Miss Fox Plumbing DNS
1. U-5 Jimmy Shane Graham Trucking 400 points
2. U-1 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto 300 points
3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman Jones Racing 225 points
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