Keeping Pace

David defeats Villwock en route to Seafair victory

U-96 & U-1 Flying at Seafair. (Photo courtesy of Chris Denslow)
U-96 & U-1 Flying at Seafair. (Photo courtesy of Chris Denslow)

A critical point in the chase for the Seafair trophy and the series high point championship came in heat 2A.  Villwock and David were relegated to the outside as a result of their victories in 1A and 1B.  With the faster qualifying speed, Villwock drew last and started in lane six, outside of David in lane five.

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Seattle, Wash.-Defending national high point champion Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto and arch rival Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar battled each other and a rough Lake Washington throughout the five lap final heat of the 2010 Albert Lee Cup at Seafair with David using the inside advantage to take the win.

The combination of high speed and rough water had both boats high out of the water and on the ragged edge throughout the final with David saying, "The trick was to keep the prop in the water so it was pushing the boat, which meant you had to get the nose in the air."

"Winning in Seattle is so special," David continued. "It's Art Oberto's 83rd birthday, the Oberto company is located here and we had a lot of their friends and family with us."

David also pointed out that it was the team's third win of the season and added, "That is something we have never done before.  Just another reason why this win is special."

A critical point in the chase for the Seafair trophy and the series high point championship came in heat 2A.  Villwock and David were relegated to the outside as a result of their victories in 1A and 1B.  With the faster qualifying speed, Villwock drew last and started in lane six, outside of David in lane five.

The pair raced for third and fourth behind heat winner Brian Perkins in the U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance and J Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking. David survived the challenge from Villwock and finished fourth with Villwock fifth.  The advantage gained there stayed with him the rest of day and resulted in lane one for the final.

David's lead in national hight points stood at 370 when the weekend started, with Villwock reducing it to 350 by topping the qualifying ladder.  That was as close as it got.  As a result of the outcome, David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto team will fo the final event of the year on Doha Bay in Qatar in November with a 506 point lead. Relations




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