The 108th Cambridge Classic
May 19-20 2018
With weather threatening to cancel racing the Cambridge race committee did everything in their power to make sure racing happened. With rain coming and going racing got started on Saturday. First up was Karson Kennedy in her F-25. Karson pushed her machine running 4th when it unexpectedly shut off and would not refire. In the next heat on Sunday the same problem occurred but Karson was able to get restarted for a 5th place finish. Misfortune putting her in the Consolation race but she did her best to get her boat in the final only falling one place short! “The boat is handling much better this season. I am looking forward to the next race and hopefully have our bugs worked out” Said Karson.
In H-350 Paul and Derec had the race of the weekend deck to deck and even touching for 5 laps! In the end it was Paul taking the win in qualifier number 1 with Derec coming in second. The next heat on Sunday saw Derec crossing the line just a little to early giving him a penalty and putting him in the consolation race. Paul Barber on other hand took his boat to a 3rd place finish putting him in lane 4 for the final! In the consolation Derec much like Karson was able to relegate a 2nd place finish falling 1 spot short of making the final. Derec said “ We had some misfortune jumping the gun in heat 2 but that’s part of this sport. We are going to make some changes and come out even stronger in Gananaque!” In the final Paul had a good start in his H-66 running 3rd on lap 3 when his throttle stuck. It is very tough to drive these hydroplanes with a sticking throttle so Paul did the best he could to finish 8th place finish. “The boat ran really well this weekend. The handling and turning were near perfect. I am excited for the season” said Paul Barber
Finally, in Grand Prix it was Brandon Kennedy piloting a new hull. Starting on the outside due to restrictions Brandon was able to drive to a 2nd place finish. In heat 2 on Sunday Brandon was just a little early jumping the gun by 5ft. But a thrilling heat it was driving through the middle of two boats to take the lead. This lead to the final where Brandon showed confidence in his new hull hitting the start and never lifting into turn 1 until an unfortunate blower belt failure causing a DNF. Brandon stated “I am very excited for the speed in this boat. All the changes we made have worked great. I really wanted to win this race for Kiers but we fell short. I will keep pushing till we win not one but many in her honor this year!”
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