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Madison, IND - Dave Villwock and U-1 Spirit of Qatar win the Governor's Cup at Madison, 2012.

The Finals

At the start-up buoy, it was Steve David grabbing lane one.  At the start line, however, it was Dave Villwock in lane two getting across the line first.  Villwock hit a hole in the first turn and lost some speed, but managed to hold off David.

At the end of lap one, Villwock had nearly a roostertail lead on David.  Meanwhile, Kip Brown's U-17 died in the first turn, but managed to restart.  JW Myers was penalized a lap for hitting a buoy.

A 5-lap final on a 2-mile course means some really rough water after a couple of times around the course and there was lots of bouncing, especially with the winds at the front of a second wave of bad weather on the horizon.

Order of Finish in Finals:

  1. U-1 Spirit of Qatar - Dave Villwock
  2. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto - Steve David
  3. U-88 Degree Men - Scott Liddycoat
  4. U-17 Red Dot - Kip Brown
  5. U-11 JW Myers (Started as Trailer Boat)
    ONE LAP PENALTY - HIT A BUOY

Heat 3-C Results

U-88 and Scott Liddycoat win Heat 3C at Madison
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Order of Finish:

  1. U-88 Scott Liddycoat
  2. U-11 JW Myers
  3. U-22 Mike Webster

U-13 had earlier withdrawn for the weekend.  Close race the whole way with a spot in the finals on the line. 

Liddycoat and Myers hit the start line nearly side-by-side and it stayed that way with Myers taking the lead and then Liddycoat taking it back.  Liddycoat won his second heat of the weekend and a spot in the finals.

A strong run for Mike Webster.  While finishing third and picking up 225 points, he was right with the front-runner the whole race.

Heat 3-B Results

U-1 Spirit of Qatar and Dave Villwock win Heat 3B at Madison
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Order of Finish:

  1. U-1 Dave Villwock
  2. U-100 Greg Hopp
  3. U-57 Mark Evans

    DNS.  U-37 J. Michael Kelly

Unfortunately, the U-37 went dead just before the score-up buoy before the race and did not make the start.  It was a clean run for Dave Villwock in the Spirit of Qatar, hitting the start line first and out front all the way to the finish line.

Heat 3-A Results

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto and Steve David win Heat 3A at Madison.

Order of Finish:
  1. U-6 Steve David
  2. U-17 Kip Brown
  3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman
  4. U-5 Jimmy Shane

Kip Brown grabbed lane one.  Steve David in lane three hit the start line just a hair after Brown did.

David took the lead coming out of the first turn with Brown just on his hip and raced to victory.  Meanwhile, Jimmy Shane got washed down on the first lap and had to settle for fourth.

Heat 2-C Results

Steve David and U-6 win Heat 2C at Madison.

Order of Finish:

  1. U-6 Steve David
  2. U-1 Dave Villwock
  3. U-22 Mike Webster
  4. U-57 Mark Evans

Best race of the weekend so far with David and Villwock sparring leading up to the start line.  David managed to grab the lead at the start in lane one. 

Villwock in lane two closed the gap fast and seemed to pull ahead for just a brief second before David took it back.  Steve pounded it out and started to take the corners wider, forcing Villwock to go out even further.  It was a great race for about a lap and a half.  When it was clear the U-6 was going to take it, Villwock backed off a bit and settled into second place.

Heat 2-B Results

J. Michael Kelly and U-37 Beacon Plumbing win Heat 2B at Madison.

ORDER OF FINISH:

  1. U-37 J. Michael Kelly
  2. U-17 Kip Brown
  3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman
  4. U-5 Jimmy Shane
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN, PASSED SCORE-UP BUOY TOO SOON

Heat 2-A Results

Scott Liddycoat & U-88 Degree Men win Heat 2A at Madison.

Order of Finish:

  1. U-88 Scott Liddycoat
  2. U-11 JW Myers
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN
  3. U-100 Greg Hopp
    ONE LAP PENALTY - JUMPED THE GUN

    U-13 Cal Phipps DNS

Heat 1-C Results

U-1 Spirit of Qatar and Dave Willwock win Heat 1C at Madison

Order of Finish:

  1. U-1 Dave Villwock
  2. U-100 Greg Hopp

U-22 Mike Webster DNS
U-37 J. Michael Kelly DNS

Heat 1-B Results

U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto and driver Steve David win Heat 1B at Madison

Order of Finish:

  1. U-6 Steve David
  2. U-5 Jimmy Shane
  3. U-88 Scott Liddycoat
  4. U-57 Mark Evans
    ONE LAP PENALTY - HIT BUOY

Heat 1-A Results

U-17 Miss Red Dot & Kip Brown win heat 1A

Order of a finish:

  1. U-17 Kip Brown
  2. U-11 JW Myers
  3. U-9 Jon Zimmerman

U-13 Cal Phipps DNS

... and congratulations to newlyweds, U-57 driver Mark Evans and Cathy, who got married in Madison right before boat race weekend!

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