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7/9/2012 3:00:00 PM
REGATTA
Villwock powers past David to 66th career win
Can't Catch Qatar
The U-1 Spirit of Qatar (above, left) leads the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison on the backstretch during Heat 2C Sunday. Qatar driver Dave Villwock (below) won his ninth Indiana Governorís Cup race, and 66th overall. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell, above, and David Campbell, below)
The U-1 Spirit of Qatar (above, left) leads the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison on the backstretch during Heat 2C Sunday. Qatar driver Dave Villwock (below) won his ninth Indiana Governorís Cup race, and 66th overall. (Staff photos by Mark Campbell, above, and David Campbell, below)
2012 Madison Regatta Results
2012 LUCAS OIL

INDIANA GOVERNOR'S CUP

Ohio River, Madison, Ind.

Length: 2 miles

RESULTS

Sunday, July 8

FINAL HEAT

1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar, 136.105 mph; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison, 132.132; 3. Scott Liddycoat, 88 Degree Men, 127.780; 4. Kip Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 105.785; 5. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 111.708.

PRELIMINARY HEATS

Saturday, July 7

HEAT 1A

1. Kip Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 136.385; 2. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 135.755; 3. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza, 130.022; Cal Phipps, U-13 Tubby's Grilled Subs, DNS.

HEAT 1B

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 136.884; 2. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 133.965; 3. Scott Liddycoat, 88 Degree Men, 126.953; 4. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com, 115.127*.

*-penalized one lap for striking a buoy

HEAT 1C

1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar, 137.607; 2. Greg Hopp, U-100 Extreme Precision Products, 134.383; Mike Webster, U-22 Matrix Systems, DNS; J. Michael Kelly, 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, DNS.

Sunday, July 8

HEAT 2A

(no speeds available)

1. Scott Liddycoat, 88 Degree Men; 2. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May*; 3. Greg Hopp, U-100 Extreme Precision Products*; Cal Phipps, U-13 Tubby's Grilled Subs, DNS.

*-penalized one lap for striking a buoy

HEAT 2B

(no speeds available)

1. J. Michael Kelly, 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing; 2. Kip Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot; 3. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza; 4. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking*.

*-penalized one lap for early start

HEAT 2C

(no speeds available)

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto; 2. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar; 3. Mike Webster, U-22 Matrix Systems; 4. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com.

HEAT 3A

1. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 135.769; 2. Kip Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 132.363; 3. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Miss Bello's Pizza, 127.504; 4. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 122.174.

HEAT 3B

1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar, 133.758; 2. Greg Hopp, U-100 Extreme Precision Products, 127.704; 3. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com, 121.593; J. Michael Kelly, 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, DNS.

HEAT 3C

1. Scott Liddycoat, 88 Degree Men, 137.574; 2. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 134.184; 3. Mike Webster, U-22 Matrix Systems, 128.962.

2012 POINTS STANDINGS

(Through one of six races)

1. Dave Villwock, U-1 Spirit of Qatar, 1,600; 2. Steve David, U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, 1,580; 3. Scott Liddycoat, 88 Degree Men, 1,310; 4. Kip Brown, U-17 Miss Red Dot, 1,209; 5. J.W. Myers, U-11 Miss Peters & May, 1,077; 6. Greg Hopp, U-100 Leland Unlimited, 855; 7. Jimmy Shane, U-5 Graham Trucking, 708; 8. Jon Zimmerman, U-9 Jones Racing, 705; 9. Mark Evans, U-57 Formulaboats.com, 593; 10. Mike Webster, Matrix Systems, 480; 11. J. Michael Kelly, 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, 400; 12. Cal Phipps, U-13 Spirit of Detroit, 30.

David Campbell
Courier Sportswriter

Neither heat nor wind nor impending storms could stop Dave Villwock from rolling to his 66th career win and ninth Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup Sunday in Madison.

After two and a half days of near-record heat, heavy winds ahead of a cold front turned the Ohio River into an ocean and caused a one-hour delay of the running of the final heat. Even when the decision to run the final was made, neither Villwock nor chief rival Steve David agreed with the decision.

But once the racing started, Villwock was all business. He powered the U-1 Spirit of Qatar past David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison at the start, took the lead upon exiting turn one and never looked back while claiming the victory with an average heat speed of 136.105 mph.

"The water actually turned out to be as good as it could be. It was rough, of course, but it was the normal Madison water," Villwock said. "The officials made a good call. It was good enough water to race."

The final heat ended up being anti-climatic, especially after the dual David and Villwock staged in Heat 2C. In that heat, David stole lane one from Villwock, then nailed the start and cruised to an easy win.

As it turned out, the final heat played out the same way, only with opposite results.

"In an earlier heat, I got behind Steve and he beat me. This time, I got the start and that was the difference," Villwock said. "We're that close and the teams are that close. It was a great race."

It was a disappointing way to end what was otherwise a very strong weekend for David and the Miss Madison team. After finishing second to Villwock in qualifying, David won all three preliminary heats and was able to secure lane one in the final.

But David knew that the Qatar team still had a trick up its sleeve and was not surprised to see the national champs play it.

"To beat him, I had to have lane one," David said. "He had momentum, beat me to the start and to turn one and the race was over at that point."

David chased Villwock for two laps, just waiting for his rival to make a mistake. Once it became clear that Villwock would make no such mistake, David backed off to fight another day.

"About the second lap it was apparent I wasn't going to catch him," David said. "I moved out into clean water in order to save equipment and get ready for next week."

Scott Liddycoat, who finished third a year ago in his first Unlimited race, finished third again this year in the 88 Degree Men. Kip Brown was fourth in the U-17 Miss Red Dot and J.W. Myers was fifth in the U-11 Miss Peters & May. No average speeds were available.

"I'm really starting to love Madison," said Liddycoat. "This is my second third-place finish here. I could get used to this."

The stifling heat was the main story line all weekend long. After battling 103-degree temperatures on Friday, the mercury hit as high as 105 on Saturday and several suffered from the conditions. Billy Schumacher, co-owner of the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, was taken to a hospital with heat-related ailments.

No team was hit harder than the Qatar team, which saw acting crew chief Dan Walters taken to a hospital. At one point Saturday, the team had so many of its crew sidelined with heat exhaustion that the Oberto team chipped in to help get the U-1 out of the water and onto its trailer following Saturday's Heat 1C.

Walters and the crew were in much better shape on Sunday and the boat was perfect.

"We just want to thank the wonderful medics and all of the personnel at (King's Daughters' Health) for everything they did," Villwock said. "We certainly wouldn't be here without them."

The only complaint the Spirit of Qatar team had was the room number that Walters was admitted to at KDH.

"They put Dan in room six," Villwock smiled, referencing the Oh Boy! Oberto's boat number. "We don't think it was an accident."

Unlike last year's race, which was marred by two horrific collisions on the water, there were no serious incidents all weekend. Several boats battled mechanical problems but none of them were related to the water or weather conditions.

The best heat of racing was the very first one of the weekend. Brown trailed Myers for nearly all three laps in Heat 1A before pulling away on the final turn when Myers got a little loose in the corner. Brown's winning speed of 136.385 was just over half a mph faster than Myers.

"Me and J-Dub have had our issues over the years - on both sides," Brown said. "But I decided before the heat to give him room and he did the same. It was a nice, clean race."

Liddycoat, who picked up five podium finishes and one win during a Rookie of the Year campaign last season, won two heats with the 88 Degree Men team which was back on the circuit after a four-year hiatus. Villwock also had two wins.

J. Michael Kelly battled fuel-flow problems all day long in the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing but overcame them enough to win the only heat he started, Heat 2B on Sunday.

The circuit now heads to Detroit this weekend for the 103rd American Powerboat Association Gold Cup. Villwock holds just a 20-point lead over David going into the second of six races on the 2012 Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series.

Villwock has won the last four contested races on the Detroit River and his nine Gold Cup victories trails only Chip Hanauer with eleven for most all-time. He is the only current driver on the circuit to have won the Gold Cup.

Number - Sponsor Driver Qualifying Speed Points
U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 Dave Villwock 148.837 100
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto Steve David 148.548 80
U-5 Graham Trucking Jimmy Shane 146.377 70
U-88 Degree Men Scott Liddycoat 143.372 60
U-11 Miss Peters & May JW Myers 142.616 50
U-17 Miss Red Dot Kip Brown 140.66 40
U-9 Jones Racing Jon Zimmerman 139.047 30
U-22 Great Scott! Mike Webster 137.717 30
U-100 Leland Unlimited Greg Hopp 136.41 30
U-57 Formulaboats.com Mark Evans 97.317 0
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing J. Michael Kelly 0 0

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