The Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) released its 2016 season calendar earlier today, in Montreal. The first weekend of competition will oppose the 12 Grand Prix class drivers in Stuart, Florida on May 21 and 22.
“Over the past few years, we have proudly witnessed a growth in hydroplane racing in the province of Quebec and across the board, said the HRL General Manager, Michel Poirier. We therefore decided to reposition the league in order to give more opportunity to the spectacular hydroplanes to shine in 10 cities in Canada and the United States. We have to do everything we can to promote a sport that is still fairly unknown in many regions.”
The league will be in charge of the marketing and promotion of the 10 races on the circuit. Inspired by the different car racing associations worldwide, the organization’s objectives are to provide more exposure to this thrilling sport and attract a wider audience. The HRL also plans on collaborating with new business partners in order to improve the circuit and increase the value of the drivers’ winnings. The goal: to showcase impressive races and offer a memorable experience to the spectators throughout each weekend.
Bert Henderson, an Ontarian driver, has been competing in different classes over the past 21 years and excitedly anticipates the 2016 season. “I have the utmost respect for the sport, he told the audience during the press conference. I am convinced that the league’s restructuration will shine a light on hydroplane racing and give the fans a better appreciation of the drivers’ skills and the hydroplanes’ power.”
10 races in North America
The 2016 season will begin in the Grand Prix class on May 21 and 22 in Stuart, Florida. This class features high-performance hydroplanes that can go as fast as 225 km/h. The focus will mainly be on Bert Henderson, the 2015 champion, aboard his GP-777 Steeler.
Amongst the 10 Hydroplane Racing League events of the season, three will be held in Quebec. The most prestigious race on the circuit, the Régates de Valleyfield, will take place in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on July 15, 16 and 17. The final standings will be determined on the very last racing weekend of the season, on September 3 and 4, in Beauharnois, a suburb of Montreal.
To learn more about the 12 Grand Prix teams and the 54 teams in the developmental classes, go to hrlhydroplane.com, where you can also find out more about purchasing tickets, the calendar, standings and live results.