Fourth-generation boat racer Andrew Tate won the Detroit Gold Cup, the famous unlimited hydroplane race that launched in 1904, on Sunday, Aug. 26. It was the 102nd running of Gold Cup.
The Walled Lake, MI, resident captured the win the fourth race of the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series driving his U-9 Delta/Realtrac on the Detroit River. Tate powered in front of Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet at the start of the race, and never lost the lead. Tate finished the five-lap final on the 2.72-mile racecourse with an average speed 155.460 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than Shane.
Tate etched himself not only in the record book for winning the Gold Cup, but becomes the only son/father duo to win the Gold Cup. His father, Mark Tate, won the oldest trophy in motorsports in 1994 and 1991.
By winning the race, Tate also clinched the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series National High Points Championship, and will be awarded the U-1 number in 2019.
“I don’t have the words,” he said following the race. “I can’t describe it. I haven’t had time for it all to sink in.”
Later he gathered his thoughts and said, “The inside lane is always an advantage, and we had a good start,” said the 29-year-old Tate, who was second to Shane after the first of the five laps in the final. “The buffer between me (U-11 in lane two) and Jimmy helped.”
“We changed one thing for the final, and it seemed to work. Kudos to the crew. They gave me a rocketship,” Tate said.
All eight preliminary heat races were run Sunday after half were postponed Saturday by high winds.
Shane who finished second in the winner-take-all final won all four preliminary heats his team entered. He finished the Gold Cup final with an average speed of 148.864 mph.
A disappointed Shane said after, “We should have come away with the Gold Cup win. Unfortunately for us, it didn’t work out. He continued, “Andrew won, and congratulations to them.”
Third place went to the U-11 Reliable Diamond Tool Presents J&D’s, driven by Tom Thompson with an average speed 113.325 mph. Thompson was penalized one minute for a line violation, but it did not affect the order of finished.
Fourth place went to Dustin Echols driving the U-440 Bucket List Racing with an average speed of 84.710 mph.
The U-7 Spirit of Detroit and driver Bert Henderson were disqualified when he entered the restricted area of the racecourse.
The fastest lap in the final went to Tate who posted a speed of 154.601 mph on lap two of the final.
Preliminary Heat Race Recap
1) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Jimmy Shane, 152.481 mph average
2) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Dustin Echols, 128.591 mph average
3) U-3 The Roostertail, Jimmy King, 121.385 mph average
1) U-9 Delta/Realtrac, Andrew Tate, 146.203 mph average
2) U-11 Reliable Diamond Tools Presents J&D’s, 140.517 mph average
3) U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Jeff Bernard, DSQ
1) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Shane, 124.158 mph avg.
2) U-9 Delta/Realtrac, Tate, 119.541 mph avg.
3) U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Bert Henderson, 112.011 mph avg.
1) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Echols, 127.767 mph avg.
2) U-11 Reliable Diamond Tool Presents J&D’s, Thompson, 119.638 mph avg.
3) U-3 The Roostertail, King, 111.400 mph avg.
1) U- Miss HomeStreet, Shane, 149.244 mph avg.
2) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Echols, 116.740 mph avg.
3) U-9 Delta/Realtrac, Tate, 115.271 mph avg.
1) U-11 J&D’s, Thompson, 141.706 mph avg.
2) U-3 The Roostertail, King, 134.661 mph avg.
3) U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Henderson, DSQ
1) U-9 Delta/Realtrac, Tate, 136.572 mph avg.
2) U-11 J&D’s, Thompson, 130.144 mph avg.
3) U-3 The Roostertail, King, Did not start
1) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Shane, 140.776 mph avg.
2) U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Henderson, 139.944 mph
3) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Echols, 118.113 mph
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1) U-9 Delta/Realtrac, Tate, 150.460 mph avg.
2) U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Shane, 148.864 mph avg.
3) U-11 J&D’s, Thompson, 113.325 mph
4) U-440 Bucket List Racing, Echols, 84.710 mph vg.
U-7 Spirit of Detroit, Henderson, DSQ
H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series National High Points
1) Andrew Tate, U-9 Delta/Realtrac, 6,785 points
2) Jimmy Shane, U-1 Miss HomeStreet, Jimmy Shane, 4,787 points
3) Tom Thompson, U-11 Reliable Diamond Tools Presents J&D’s, 3,971 points
4) Brian Perkins, U-21 PayneWest Insurance, 3,388 points
5) Cal Phipps, U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, 2,969 points
6) Dustin Echols, U-440 Bucket List Racing, 2,645 points
7) J. Michael Kelly, Graham Trucking, 1,724 poijts
8) Aaron Salmon, U-99.9 CARSTARS Powers Miss Rock, 1,399 points
9) Jimmy King, U-3 The Roostertail, 146 points