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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, January 18, 2020 – The HRL 2020 convention was held at the Hotel Plaza Valleyfield to present the fundamentals for the upcoming season. Changes to regulations and safety measures aimed at better protecting drivers were discussed. It was also on this same day that the 2019 Gala des Champions took place, to reward the performances of this last season.
“The first news announced to the drivers during this convention was the association of a major partner in the Hydroplane Racing League. Reliable Diamond Tool, the Phoenix Arizona business will certainly help the organization grow, “said Didier Bernard Séguin, HRL Commissioner.
Following this announcement, the HRL directors announced an important change that will delight drivers and fans. If one or more teams cannot participate in the final, the vacant place (s) may be filled by stand-by boats. The goal is to present breathtaking finals with the best boats.
The safety aspect was at the heart of HRL’s concerns, measures will be implemented over the next three seasons. A committee of experts was created to analyze the components of hydroplanes as well as all aspects of a race.
Over the next 3 years strengthening the cockpit and adding a safety cage inside the boats will be the priority of the league. For the 2020 season, note that a neck restraint system will be mandatory for all drivers. In addition following the addition of the JSS class to the HRL series in 2019, the directors are making a communication system mandatory for them as well starting in 2020.
Finally, more technical improvements were also announced to improve the safety of drivers, team members and staff on duty during the races.
Gala des Champions
Lets not forget that during the 2019 Gala des Champions evening nearly 400 guests celebrated the excellence of the drivers and team members of the HRL.
The recipients of individual honors have been revealed and it is a Quebecer who was entitled to his moment of glory. Mickael Leboeuf, 3rd generation driver who follows in the footsteps of his father Jean-Guy and his grandfather Jules, was proclaimed Rookie of the Year after having offered constant performances at the wheel of the “Zoomerang / Canadian Tire” H- 155 in Hydro 350.
The American, Bobby King of Wales / Michigan, won the award as Driver of the Year thanks to a remarkable season at the controls of the F-92 “Tenacity” in Formula 2500.
The other winners this evening were:
JimKaddatz(F-519)andGeorgeKennedy(GP-25):TeammateoftheYear ® DylanRunne(H-12):BestStartinaHigherClass
It was also an opportunity to honor the Champions of the last season in the following classes:
About the HRL
The Hydroplane Racing League – HRL’s mission is to develop, organize, and present hydroplane races in North America bringing together the best hydroplane drivers.
About Reliable Diamond Tool Inc.
This Phoenix / Arizona company, also known as ReDiToo, manufactures award-winning diamond tools for the concrete, terrazzo, stone, tile and masonry industries. Reliable Diamond Tool Inc. is pleased to present and promote the Hydroplane Racing League – HRL.