Kip Brown emerged as the Winner of the Detroit Gold Cup driving the U95 Spirt of Qatar. Kip joins his Uncle Nate who won the event in 2004. Earlier in the heats, Ryan Mallow Flipped the U100 Jarvis Property Restoration. Check out the video here! The boat was heavily damaged and Ryan Mallow was taken to the hospital to receive x-rays for possible fractures in his arm. Although conditions were good for exhibitions on Friday, the water became more choppy going into late Saturday and Sunday. Press Release Follows:

Detroit, Michigan – United States – July 14th, 2013

Detroit Gold Cup Goes Brown!

Steve David cannot catch a break in the Detroit APBA Gold Cup. After two disastrous Saturday heats where penalties cost the 59 year old driver of the 1 Oh Boy! Oberto preliminary wins, things appeared to be going much better on Sunday.

By the start of the Championship Final Heat, the veteran driver from Lighthouse Point, Florida had worked his way to the top of the weekend points ladder and was the favorite to win his first Gold Cup in 23 tries. He had finished second seven times.

After ¾ of a lap, David had established a lead over Jimmy Shane in the 5 Graham Trucking, Kip Brown in the 95 Spirit of Qatar and Jon Zimmerman in the 9 Team RedDOT. As the four boats came through turn two, David was called for a lane infraction and assessed a one lap penalty. Shane went into David’s roostertail and lost the front wing of his boat.

With David penalized a lap and Shane’s craft crippled, Brown and Zimmerman were left to race for the Gold Cup and they staged a battle that had the Detroit crowd on their feet for four laps. Zimmerman moved out a lead over Brown and appeared to have superior boat speed, but Brown’s boat handled the rough water on the inside well and he used the shorter course to take the lead and the win from Zimmerman. There were nine lead changes in the final heat.

Tom Thompson finished third in th 11 Peters & May with Shane fourth and David fifth. Mike Webster in the 22 Roostertail 55 did not finish the final heat.

In the jubilant Spirit of Qatar camp, Brown said, “Right now I am so excited I don’t know what to think or say. It just came to us!”

A more composed Brown added, “Jon (Zimmerman) pulled out to the lead after we heard about the penalty but Jeff (Bernard, on the radio) told me to make him earn it. After that I wasn’t going to lift and the boat just ran great.”

Brown, a 36 year old from Ravensdale, Washington, was the H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year in 2008 but had never been a winner on the H1 circuit. His first win came in the biggest race of a career that started in 1995 in smaller classes.

The 95 Spirit of Qatar is owned by Our Gang Racing of Preston, Washington, East of Seattle. The team is headed up by Brown’s uncle Nate Brown, a former Gold Cup winner and is carrying the Qatar sponsorship while last year’s winner, the 96 Spirit of Qatar, is undergoing repairs in Seattle.

Next stop on the H1 Unlimited Tour will be the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities area of South-Central Washington, July 26-28.



Qualifying Results
Number – Sponsor Driver Speed Points
1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 161.37 100
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 161.126 80
9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 155.933 70
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 151.466 60
57 FEDCO Mark Evans 148.19 50
11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 148.07 40
22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 145.273 30
14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 144.882 30
95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 130 0
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Ryan Mallow 130 0

Heat 1A Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 146.688 400
2 14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 130.461 300
3 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 139.845 225
4 57 FEDCO Mark Evans 128.177 169
5 95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 136.881 127

Heat 1B Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 134.655 400
2 11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 132.422 300
3 1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 147.019 225
4 9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 146.21 169
DNS 100 Jarvis Property Restoration Ryan Mallow 0 0

Heat 2A Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 144.949 400
2 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 143.232 300
3 9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 142.957 225
4 22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 128.743 169
5 57 FEDCO Mark Evans 124.158 127

Heat 2B Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 141.897 400
2 11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 132.38 300
3 14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 129.91 225
4 1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 138.993 169
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Heat 3A Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 0 400
2 95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 0 300
3 57 FEDCO Mark Evans 0 225
PEN 169-50 14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 0 119
DSQ-50 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 0 -50

Heat 3B Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 0 400
2 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 0 300
3 11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 0 225
4 22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 0 169
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Heat 4A Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 0 400
2 5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 0 300
3 9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 0 225
4 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 0 169
5 57 FEDCO Mark Evans 0 127

Heat 4B Results

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 0 400
2 22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 0 300
3 11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 0 225
4 14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 0 169
Final: No boats have been assigned to this heat.

Accumulated Points

Number – Boat Driver Points
95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 1227
1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1194
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 1050
11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 1050
22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 1038
9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 1019
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 994
14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 813
57 FEDCO Mark Evans 648
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Ryan Mallow 0
Accumulated Points with Qualifying

Number – Boat Driver Points
1 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 1294
95 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 1227
5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 1130
11 Peters & May Tommy Thompson 1090
9 Team Red Dot Jon Zimmerman 1089
22 Roostertail 55 Mike Webster 1068
37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 1054
14 Jarvis Fire Water Repair Greg Hopp 843
57 FEDCO Mark Evans 698
100 Jarvis Property Restoration Ryan Mallow 0

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