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Jimmy Shane, Team Oberto Wins Columbia Cup

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Jimmy Shane's No. 6 Oberto boat took home the 2014 Columbia Cup at the Tri-City Water Follies on Sunday. (Photo: Chris Denslow-H1) Jimmy Shane's No. 6 Oberto boat took home the 2014 Columbia Cup at the Tri-City Water Follies on Sunday. (Photo: Chris Denslow-H1)

by H1 Unlimited Media Relations

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The winner of the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Championship is…the crew of the 6 Oberto. Jimmy Shane drove a badly hurt and patched boat to victory after the team put a temporary fix on a hole in the left sponson that looked to be beyond repair.

Jon Zimmerman won two prelims in the 9 Les Schwab Tires/Team RedDOT and finished second to Shane in the final. Third on the water went to Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking but a one lap penalty took him off the podium and Kip Brown was scored third in the new 96 Spirit of Qatar.

After incurring two minutes in penalties, Tom Thompson was scored fifth behind Phipps in fourth place.

Asked if the crew deserved credit for the victory, Shane replied, “Absolutely. And you have to include Scott Raney and the guys from the 11 Peters and May. They stepped right in and were a major part of the repair. It shows what a great community H1 and boat racing is and I am so happy we were able to get back on the water and win another one for the Oberto/Madison fans.”

Shane also said the repaired boat handled much differently than it had earlier in the weekend, saying, “I was fighting it more than usual but it stayed together and got us to the checkered flag.”

J. Michael Kelly in the 1 Graham Trucking and Dave Villwock in the 37 Beacon Plumbing scored preliminary heat wins before being taken out of the competition by accidents and damage.

Kelly won Heat 1A on Saturday but jumped the gun in 2A on Sunday. When he returned to the pits, the crew found structural damage and withdrew for the weekend.

Heat 2B had to be rerun following an accident involving Jeff Bernard in the 17 Our Gang Racing in the first turn of lap two. Villwock led Bernard and Zimmerman into the turn with Bernard running in lane one. In the turn, Bernard’s boat went through Zimmerman’s roostertail and got high in the air before nosing in in a violent crash. The boat was damaged but Bernard was not injured.

H1 officals viewing the helicopter footage ruled that Villwock had a legal overlap on Bernard and Zimmerman and left a racing lane for Bernard in the turn.

Then, in Heat 3B, an incident in turn two on the first lap appeared to take out two of the favorites for the Columbia Cup. Villwock and Shane ran the first lap side by side until the midpoint of turn two. Running in lane one, Villwock brushed a buoy in the turn and his boat turned right striking Shane in the Oberto.

Both boats coasted to a stop and were towed back to the pits with damage that appeared to be irreparable. But the Oberto team’s miraculous repair gave Shane new life and he made the most of it.

Disaster also forced a restart of the final heat after Jamie Nilsen blew over in the 21 Lakeridge Paving and landed upside down. Nilsen was conscious and alert following the accident and complained of a sore elbow. The boat appeared to have sustained serious damage.

The H1 Unlimited fleet has just a week to make repairs before the 2014 Albert Lee Cup at Seafair on Seattle’s Lake Washington. For several of the race teams, it’s going to be a very busy week.

Sunday Results

Heat 2A Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-6 ObertoJimmy Shane151.674400
2U-96 Spirit of QatarKip Brown137.503300
3U-21 Lakeridge PavingJamie Nilsen135.883225
4U-11 Peters & MayTom Thompson123.291169
5U-1 Graham TruckingJ. Michael Kelly151.441127
DNSU-12 Miss DiJulioGreg Hopp00

Heat 2B Results


FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon PlumbingDave Villwock146.018400
2U-7 Graham Trucking IICal Phipps137.941300
3U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West InsuranceMike Webster136.721225
4U-18 Bucket List RacingKelly Stocklin112.907169
5U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOTJon Zimmerman101.88127
DNSU-17 Our Gang RacingJeff Bernard00


Heat 3A Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-7 Graham Trucking IICal Phipps142.262400
2U-96 Spirit of QatarKip Brown140.21300
3U-21 Lakeridge PavingJamie Nilsen138.45225
4U-18 Bucket List RacingKelly Stocklin109.625169
DNFU-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West InsuranceMike Webster00

Heat 3B Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOTJon Zimmerman139.117400
2U-11 Peters & MayTom Thompson136.012300
DNSU-1 Graham TruckingJ. Michael Kelly00
DNFU-6 ObertoJimmy Shane00
DSQU-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon PlumbingDave Villwock00

Final Heat Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-6 ObertoJimmy Shane145.254400
2U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOTJon Zimmerman139.177300
3U-96 Spirit of QatarKip Brown134.492225
4U-7 Graham Trucking IICal Phipps135.767169
5U-11 Peters & MayTom Thompson89.638127
DNSU-21 Lakeridge PavingJamie Nilsen00

Saturday Results

by H1 Unlimited Media Relations

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Racing got underway Saturday in the 49th running of the HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities area of South Central Washington with the running of the first two preliminary heats of the weekend.

Heat 1A matched up the two top qualifiers who were also the winners of the first two races of 2014 – Gold Cup Champion Jimmy Shane in the 6 Oberto was the top qualifier and Madison Regatta Champion J. Michael Kelly in the 1 Graham Trucking who qualified second.

They were joined by Jamie Nilsen in the 21 Lakeridge Paving, Tom Thompson in the 11 Peters & May, Kelly Stocklin in the 18 Bucket List Racing and Dave Villwock, in his return to competition, driving the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

Kelly lapping Stocklin for the victory.Photo by Chris Denslow – H1

Kelly and Shane staged a terrific duel out front while officials reviewed the start. Stocklin was ruled the only legal starter which meant Kelly and Shane had to lap him for the win. And they did. Kelly took the win in the 1 Graham Trucking and gave notice he will be a force to be reckoned with. Shane was second in the Oberto after challenging Kelly all three laps and Villwock finished third.

Jon Zimmerman in the 9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT was the fastest qualifier drawn into Heat 1B. Zimmerman qualified third and was joined in the heat by Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking II who qualified fourth.

Mike Webster in the 22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance, Greg Hopp driving 12 Miss DiJulio, Jeff Bernard in the Our Gang Racing and Kip Brown in the first competition for Ellstrom Racing’s new 96 Spirit of Qatar.

Disappointment came early for Brown when his new boat failed to start. Zimmerman wired the start in lane two and led all three laps with Phipps challenging early from lane one. As Zimmerman pulled away, Webster moved around Phipps to finish second. Phipps was third and Bernard fourth.

Racing will resume at 10:15 am Sunday (PDT) with Heat 2A. The winner take all Final Heat to decide the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Champion is set to go at 4:40 pm on Sunday.

Qualifying Results From Saturday

Number - SponsorDriverSpeedPoints
U-6 ObertoJimmy Shane163.247100
U-1 Graham TruckingJ. Michael Kelly161.19780
U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOTJon Zimmerman158.53770
U-7 Graham Trucking IICal Phipps154.42160
U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon PlumbingDave Villwock153.92750
U-17 Our Gang RacingJeff Bernard153.19140
U-21 Lakeridge PavingJamie Nilsen148.65230
U-11 Peters & MayTom Thompson148.15730
U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West InsuranceMike Webster147.02230
U-96 Spirit of QatarKip Brown142.51730
U-12 Miss DiJulioGreg Hopp136.10530
U-18 Bucket List RacingKelly Stocklin1300

Heat 1A Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-1 Graham TruckingJ. Michael Kelly149.946400
2U-6 ObertoJimmy Shane149.577300
3U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon PlumbingDave Villwock141.056225
4U-11 Peters & MayTom Thompson131.08169
5U-21 Lakeridge PavingJamie Nilsen124.188127
6U-18 Bucket List RacingKelly Stocklin111.5195


Heat 1B Results

FinishBoatDriverAvg. SpeedPoints
1U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOTJon Zimmerman144.712400
2U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West InsuranceMike Webster139.565300
3U-7 Graham Trucking IICal Phipps138.938225
4U-17 Our Gang RacingJeff Bernard137.854169
5U-12 Miss DiJulioGreg Hopp118.737127
DNSU-96 Spirit of QatarKip Brown00


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