Boy! Oberto Miss Madison
claims back-to-back season titles
season high points race is closest in history
SEATTLE (December 2009) When Steve David,
Jeff Bernard and Dave Villwock arrived in Doha, Qatar, for the Oryx
Cup UIM World Championship, David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
team had the inside track on the 2009 Season High Point Championship.
The quick and reliable veteran driver from Lighthouse Point, Fla., had
a 216-point lead over Bernard and the U-5 Formulaboats.com, his closest
pursuer, and a sizable cushion over the formidable Villwock in the U-16
Ellstrom Elam Plus.
courtesy of Chris Denslow,
Unlimited Oh Boy! Oberto driver
Steve David accepts congratulations
after his team won the 2009 High Points
Championship, held in Doha, Qatar.
But the U-1s blow-over in Heat 4-A meant the Oberto
team did not score in that heat and allowed Bernard and Villwock, who
scored three preliminary heat wins, within easy striking distance
of the series crown. When it came time for the final heat of the season,
just 156 points separated the three boats.
I dont remember that happening before, with three different
teams still in the race for the championship at the start of the final
heat, said H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole.
H1 Unlimited Historian Fred Farley said, Its never happened
before when as little as 156 National Points separated three boats at
the outset of the last heat of the season. At various times, two
boats have gone down to the wire with a narrow points margin between
them, but never three.
Farley added: Another point worth mentioning is the fact that
Oberto was able to return to the dock under its own power after flipping
in Heat 4-A. This is a first in the Unlimited Class. Other
boats have flipped and managed to continue later in the race but had
to be towed after the accident.
High Points Standings (Team)
U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David, 7970
U-16 Ellstrom Elam Plus, Dave Villwock, 7735
U-5 FormulaBoats.com, Jeff Bernard, 7564
U-7 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 6689
U-37 Peters & May, Jean Theoret, 5253
U-17 Activ Water, Kip Brown, 4584
U-100 Leland Unlimited, Greg Hopp, 4251
U-48 Miss Albert Lee, Brian Perkins, 4193
U-3 Miss Chrysler Jeep, Jimmy King, 3926
U-25 Superior Racing, Ken Muscatel, 2201
U-22 Matrix Systems, Mike Webster, 1789
U-9 Jones Racing, David Williams, 421
Davids perfect landing following the flip kept him
in the high points race but meant Bernard only had to finish two places
ahead of him in the final to take the crown. With David starting
in Lane 5 and Bernard in Lane 2, that seemed very likely. But Bernard
would crash out of the final on the first lap while pursuing Villwock.
On the restart, Villwock had Lane 1, David had moved in to Lane 3, and
J. Michael Kelly was between them. With all three boats running,
David needed to finish second to secure the championship. That
appeared unlikely as Villwock moved out to a commanding lead and an
apparent victory that would give him the Oryx Cup and the series championship
and David trailed Kelly in third place.
But on the final lap of the season, everything changed again. The
turbine engine in Villwocks U-16 succumbed to salt water and slowed,
allowing Kelly to pass him for the lead and the win. David also passed
Villwock to take second in the Oryx Cup and secure the 2009 H1 Unlimited
Series Championship for team Oberto.
The three-boat battle for the high point championship was just one of
the many aspects of the tremendously successful inaugural running of
the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship.
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