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Sunday, Walled Lake, Michigan resident, Andrew Tate, driver of the U-9 Delta/Realtrac won his fourth race of the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series, winning the 102nd running of unlimited hydroplane race on the Detroit River. Tate powered in front of Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet at the start of the race, and never lost the lead. Tate finished the five-lap final on the 2.72-mile racecourse with an average speed 155.460 mph, nearly 2 mph faster than Shane. Tate etched himself not only in the record book for winning the Gold Cup, but becomes the only son/father duo to win the Gold Cup. His father Mark Tate won the oldest trophy in motorsports in 1994 and 1991. By winning the race, Tate also clinched the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series National High Points Championship, and will be awarded the U-1 number in 2019. Tate said after, “I don’t have the words,” a fourth-generation boat racer. “I can’t describe it, I haven’t had time for it all to sink in.” Later he gathered his thoughts and said, “the inside lane is always an advantage, and we had a good start,” said the 29-year-old Tate, who was second to Shane after…
Andrew Tate (Walled Lake, Mich.), driving the U-9 Les Schwab Tires, was never threatened in the winner-take-all final of the HAPO Columbia Cup, held in 100+ degree heat in Kennewick, WA. His victory was his first on the Columbia River 2-1/2 mile course. At the beginning of the race, he was briefly challenged by Brian Perkins (North Bend, Wash.) in the U-21 PayneWest Insurance, however, Perkins hit a buoy, resulting in a one minute penalty. That dropped Perkins back to fourth place overall. Cal Phipps (Avon Lake, Ohio), in the U-1918 Oberto Beef Jerky, finished second. J. Michael Kelly (Bonney Lake, Wash.) in the U-12 Graham Trucking, who overcame a weekend of issues, placed third. “When I came out of turn two near the blue bridge I let out a sigh of relief,” Tate said. “We kind of watched what all the drivers were doing this weekend and we were taking notes.” “I couldn’t be happier for Les Schwab Tires, Lori and Mike Jones, and the entire team,” said the 28-year old driver Tate. “The team worked their butts off. They stayed late Saturday night and were back in the pits at 5:00 a.m.” Jimmy Shane (Maple Valley, Wash.) was…
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