Brandon Kennedy took the honors in the Final at the Detroit Regatta (Michigan) and won his fourth consecutive Grand Prix race aboard the “Team H8 Cancer” GP-25.
The Bear (Delaware) driver had the inside lane after qualifying and led the ultimate test from start to finish. This triumph allowed Kennedy to take another step towards the point’s championship for the 2018 season in the Hydroplane Racing League.
Kent Henderson, at the wheel of the GP-777 “Steeler”, battled the winner after the start in the first lap but was unable to catch him. Henderson finished 2nd while Mathieu Daoust completed the podium upon his return to “Miss Cleopatra” GP-9. The Salaberry-de-Valleyfield driver had previously won the 1B event at the wheel of the boat that had suffered significant damage at the Valleyfield Regatta.
Ghislain Marcoux finished 4th in the Detroit final in the Grand Prix Valleyfield GP-444. Joe Sovie followed in 5th place in the “Miss New Zealand” while Jerry Hopp was forced to retire in the “GP-15”.
Brandon Kennedy paid tribute to his team in an interview broadcasted by the HRL group, especially his grandfather and his father, George Kennedy Jr. The latter had also signed his last victory in the Grand Prix class at the same place on the Detroit River 20 years ago in 1998.
In addition to Brandon Kennedy (1A, 2A) and Mathieu Daoust (1B), Jerry Hopp (GP-15, 2B), Kent Henderson (GP-777, 2C) and Ken Brodie (GP-50, 1C) were the winners other qualifying heats. Brodie was the first to cross the finish line in the 1C event but was disqualified for jumping the gun at the start and committing an offense against Jerry Hopp on the course.
Bad weather did its job during the day Saturday and the race program was canceled.
In the “Unlimited” class, Andrew Tate celebrated a second Gold Cup conquest aboard the boat “Les Schwab” U-9. The Michigan driver beat Jimmy Shane (U-1), Tom Thompson (U-11) and Bert Henderson (U-7) at the finish line.