It sure seems like Marc Theoret has figured out the one mile course at Long Sault. After a slow start in his heat races, Marc got it all together in the final for his second win in the past two years. This was the first year where 12 GP boats showed up to do battle in ACHA’s first race of the season. Early season favorites Ghislain Marcoux and Bert Henderson had their problems. Both ran out of fuel in their first heats and Ghislain broke a blower belt in his second heat keeping him from qualifying for the final. Bert did make the final and finished third behind Marc and George Kennedy who finished second. Jimmy Shane finished fourth while Marty Wolfe lead the final until he blew up his gearbox half way through the final heat. It sure seemed like old times in Saturday’s heats as 7 out of 12 starters had problems. By Sunday everyone had their acts together and were running great and the final was very exciting as 7 out of eight boats finished the race.
Daniel Mercier, Bert Henderson, and Patrick Haworth showed up with awesome paint schemes on their boats. The kids had a ball with Bert’s shark face and machine guns painted on the nose of Huey’s new “STEELER” machine. Besides the weather, the weekend turned out to be a great test session for our GP fleet of 12 boats getting ready to do battle for the 2012 ACHA world championship points season. Forgot to mention Ken Brodie also showed up with a cool new paint job but blower problems all weekend kept him out of the finals. After all the smoked died down, it looks like we’ll have another great competitive GP race season. It’s way too early to pick any one boat as a season favorite. Time will tell but this is ACHA’s first season where all the boats left Long Sault in one piece and except for a few minor problems everyone will be a go for our next race this coming weekend in Syracuse.
Until then continued save racing,