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Speed on Water: Bobby King’s Quest for Victory in HRL 2024

In 2024, Bobby King, a talented 30-year-old driver from Shelby Township, Michigan, is emerging as a rising star on the Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) circuit. He faces a challenging season, driving the U12 Graham Trucking in the H1 (Unlimited) class and taking the helm of the Miss LDC Construction H-242 for Roger Mahan Motorsports in the HRL, marking a highly anticipated return after a few years’ absence.


King shares his enthusiasm for returning to competition, highlighting the uniqueness and perpetual challenges presented by the HRL: “There is no other place or category like it. It’s crucial to be at your best every weekend; qualifying for the final is already a significant achievement.” According to him, this season promises to be potentially the most competitive and exciting that the Hydro 350 category has ever seen. “There is no obvious winner. It’s essential to constantly monitor the competition, and I’m aware that each qualification round will be a battle, especially against high-caliber competitors such as Andrew Tate, Michael Tremblay, as well as Bert Henderson and Yannick Léger, whom I deeply respect. »


With high ambitions, King particularly aims to secure a third consecutive victory at Valleyfield, which is his primary goal. “Every race is a preparation for Valleyfield,” he states, while keeping an eye on the championship. Following the advice of his father, Jimmy King, also a driver, he emphasizes the importance of consistency: “A championship is won race by race, weekend after weekend.” Despite a demanding schedule and possible scheduling conflicts with H1 events, he remains resolved to participate in every HRL race. In cases where his presence is impossible, his father will take over the driving, notably at Brockville and North Tonawanda.


Although the Grand Prix initially captured his interest, King had never envisioned driving an Unlimited hydroplane. His career is already marked by success, including a championship title and driver of the year in Formula 2500 within the HRL in 2019, as well as setting a new world record over 1 mile at 98 mph in 3:02 in October 2023 under the auspices of the APBA.


The 2024 HRL season thus promises to be exceptional, thanks to the presence of Bobby King, a dedicated competitor, respected by all, and driven by high ambitions, both for his own career and for the spectacle provided by the races.