With two events in the bank, championship races are taking shape in the Hydroplane Regatta League.
Following the Cambridge (Maryland) and Gananoque (Ontario) Regattas, drivers Frederic Couturier, Bobby King, Bobby Kennedy and Brandon Kennedy top the rankings of their respective classes.
In the 2.5-liter class, Campivallensian (Valleyfield driver) Frédéric Couturier leads the championship with a total of 118 points in the “Hydroïd” S-313. Tommy Shannon follows closely with 109 points with the S-4 “Valleyfield Auto Parts” and another local driver, Derek Demers (Wave Dancer S-44) was third with 107 points.
Richard Wilhelm (S-404, 78 points), Philippe-Hervé Cardinal (S-222, 77 points), Ryan Slate (S-49, 30 points), Andree-Anne Bergeron (S-18, 19 points), Alex Tremblay (S-29, 11 points) and Stéphane Joannette (S-107, 8 points) complete the picture.
In Formula 2500, Bobby King dominates with a perfect record of 150 points, 6 victories in as many starts, at the controls of the “Tenacity” F-92 owned by Alfred Thompson. The 2017 champion boat (formerly Bad Influence F-79) leads Dylan Runne (F-3, 128 points) and Tom Huganir / Steve Armstrong (F-69, 118 points).
The “Top 10” out of 16 entries is linked with Doug Martin (F-33, 103 points), Scott Liddycoat (F-63, 97 points), Grant Hearn (F-14, 89 points), Tyler Kaddatz (F- 519, 83 points), Yan Beaupré (F-36, 82 points), Philippe Billette (F-7, 70 points) and Karson Kennedy (F-25, 51 points).
In the competitive Hydro 350 class, Bobby Kennedy is the leader with a total of 127 points in the “Penzoil” H-300. The winner of the Gananoque regatta final holds a 26-point lead over Kent Henderson in the H-777 Team Toban and Derec Smith (Team H8 Cancer H-13) is close with 99 points.
The reigning champion, Rémy Leblanc (96 points) comes in 4th place with the “AllardMénard.com” H-799, followed in the top 10 of 23 teams , Douglas Rapp (H-79, 94 points), Gary Chalfant / Jeff Bernard (H-5, 86 points), Dave Kidd (H-67, 84 points), Paul Barber (H-66, 79 points), Richard Haineault (H-2, 78 points) and Mathieu Lemelin (H-7, 72 points).
In the Grand Prix class, Brandon Kennedy leads the standings with 111 points in the “Team H8 Cancer” GP-25. Winner at Gananoque at the helm of the former “Fat Chance Too” GP-101, the driver from Bear (Delaware) is ahead by 3 points over veteran Mike Monahan and the “TM Special” GP-35. The tandem Ghislain Marcoux / Marc Théorêt are not far behind with 95 points in the “Grand Prix Valleyfield” GP-444. The group of 11 teams is completed by Bert / Kent Henderson (GP-777, 71 points), Marty Wolfe (GP-93, 68 points), Jos Sovie / Jack Lupton (GP-57, 64 points), Mathieu Daoust (GP) -9, 51 points), Tom Thompson (GP-525, 49 points), Ken Brodie / Jimmy King (GP-50, 18 points), Andrew Tate (GP-14, 0 points) and Eric Langevin (GP-12, 0 points).
Credits : Denis Bourbonnais – Journal Saint-François