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ORYX Jimmy Shane triumphs in Oryx Cup World Championship final in Doha Bay

2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, Qatar

Doha Bay, Qatar – February 7-12, 2013

For immediate release
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

JIMMY SHANE TRIUMPHS IN ORYX CUP UIM
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ON DOHA BAY

· U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto’s Steve David beats Jimmy Shane to victory in heat 4A
· 4B victory goes to Kip Brown in U-95 Spirit of Qatar after a Kelly jump start
· Junior hydro racers get their first taste of powerboat racing in J Stock Hydros
· H1 Unlimited’s Sam Cole signs five-year deal with Sheikh Hassan for Oryx Cup racing

DOHA (Qatar): It was a case of déjà vu in slightly easier circumstances for Jimmy Shane and his U-5 Graham Trucking team, who snatched a straightforward victory in the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship final in Doha Bay on Tuesday afternoon.

No driver had ever won the Oryx Cup twice and Shane duly re-wrote the history books with his second win in the space of a month when he cruised to a comfortable triumph once main rival Steve David was penalised a lap before the start for making a premature move on his rival to take the inside line on the back straight of the pre-race warm-up lap.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Shane, who didn’t have a full-time H1 ride until 18 months ago. “I will be a father for the first time in three and a half months time and to win here in Qatar twice in less than two months is a superb start to the year for me.”

The race proved to be an anti-climax to three thrilling days of racing in Qatar, with Jon Zimmerman holding on to take second place – after finishing third in January - and David lapping both Mark Evans and Ryan Mallow to confirm third, despite running a penalty lap.

“We have a spotter on the tower to watch when we pick up speed and make a move,” said David. “I was sure that we were okay and we appealed against the decision, but it was not to be. It was one of those things.”

It was a disappointing finale to the week’s racing for Kip Brown in U-95 Spirit of Qatar. He was forced out of the race before the start with engine problems. “”I think we salted up the engine,” admitted Brown. “I had the salt door closed, but I think we got some in through the inlet valve. The exhaust gas temperature started to climb and it was as much as I could do to get the boat back to the pits. It’s very disappointing. You win some, you lose some.”

In the previous four Oryx Cup UIM World Championship races there had never been a double winner. J. Michael Kelly won the inaugural race in 2009, Dave Villwock was triumphant in 2010 for the Spirit of Qatar Team and Scott Liddycoat and Jimmy Shane won in 2011 and 2012.

Tom Thompson, who had been injured in that spectacular crash involving U-11 Miss Peters & May and U-21 Snoqualmie Casino on Saturday afternoon, had been released from hospital and was able to watch the action unfold.

Steve David made a better start to heat 4A than great rival Jimmy Shane and he never looked back from them on. The U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto driver, from Lighthouse Point in Florida, accelerated away from his young rival to claim his third heat win of the week. Shane finished well ahead of third-placed Jon Zimmerman.

A jumpstart cost J. Michael Kelly any chance of winning heat 4B in U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing and Kip Brown was able to cruise to the chequered flag and confirm his second heat win of the weekend, with Kelly coming home in third behind Mark Evans before being disqualified for a fuel violation.

The Oryx Cup UIM World Championship was 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. On the final podium, H1 chairman Sam Cole also signed a five-year deal with Sheikh Hassan to continue to run the Oryx Cup in Doha until 2018.

A strong south-south-easterly wind prevented 18 junior hydro racers from taking to the water in their allotted morning slot in the day’s activities, but J.W. Myers and QMSF staff found a window for the rookies to test themselves on a short trial course on Tuesday afternoon. In front of a giant crowd, young Sheikh Nawaf bin Hassan Al-Thani led the impressive list of potential stars of the future into action to kick-start a new dawn of junior racing and training at the QMSF.

Heat 4A

David, Zimmerman, Shane and Ryan Mallow were drawn together in the first of the day’s two heats that preceded the Oryx Cup. David and Shane had been particularly impressive in their previous showdowns on Doha Bay and fireworks were expected from the outset. The strong wind had delayed the start of the heats until mid-afternoon and Shane opted for the inside line as the quartet entered the ‘score-up’ area on the one-minute mark.

But David was carrying a little more boat speed than Shane had perhaps anticipated and he managed to accelerate passed the U-5 Graham Trucking down the back straight and was far enough in front to snatch the inside line heading into what turned out to be a legal start. David never looked back from then on and edged clear of Shane as the heat progressed. He sealed the 400 points for the heat win, with Shane taking second, Zimmerman finishing third and Mallow coming home a distant fourth.

Heat 4B

Brown lined up alongside Kelly and Mark Evans in heat 4B and had an excellent opportunity to give U-95 Spirit of Qatar its second heat win of the week. His cause was made that much easier when Kelly was penalised a lap for jumping the start. There was no need for the QMSF-backed driver to push over the three-lap race and he trailed Kelly to the chequered flag, safe in the knowledge that Kelly had to race an extra lap to secure third and Evans was a distant second. Kelly was later disqualified for a fuel violation.

Oryx Cup UIM World Championship

Six of the seven surviving boats qualified for the final although Mallow - who had missed out when the points amassed during qualifying and the four heats were totalled - was handed a stay of execution when Kelly’s team manager decided not to enter the U-37 as the trailer boat. It would prove to be a costly decision.

All eyes were on the potential showdown between David and Shane and whether Brown or Zimmerman could become the fifth different winner of the Oryx Cup in as many years. But engine problems cost Brown his place in the final on the run out to the start and, when David was adjudged to have overtaken Shane and jumped into lane one before he should have, the way was open for Shane to take control.

Safe in the knowledge that David had to run a penalty lap, Shane eased his pace through the five-lap final and shadowed David to the chequered flag. Zimmerman reached the finish with a spluttering engine in second and David ran his extra lap to finish third, lapping Evans in the process. Mallow had already fallen by the wayside when Evans was deemed to have strayed off the course and was disqualified.

Oryx Cup - UIM World Championship – H1 Unlimited Heats (Tuesday – unofficial @ 16.40hrs)
4A

1. U-1 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto 400 points
2. U-5 Jimmy Shane Graham Trucking 300 points
3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman Jones Racing 225 points
4. U-100 Ryan Mallow Miss Fox Plumbing 169 points
4B
1. U-95 Kip Brown Spirit of Qatar 400 points
2. U-57 Mark Evans Formulaboats.com 300 points
U-37 J. Michael Kelly Miss Beacon Plumbing DSQ
Oryx Cup UIM World Championship final
1. U-5 Jimmy Shane Graham Trucking 400 points
2. U-9 Jon Zimmerman Jones Racing 300 points
3. U-1 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto 225 points
U-100 Ryan Mallow Miss Fox Plumbing DNF
U-57 Mark Evans Formulaboats.com DSQ
U-95 Kip Brown Spirit of Qatar DNS

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Date issued: 12/02/2013

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