Oberto wins 2012 high points title
Thursday, January 10, 2013 7:00 AM
Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto won all three of his preliminary heats this morning in Doha, Qatar, and in the process locked up the 2012 Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series national high points championship for the Madison-based hydroplane racing team.
David, of Lighthouse Pointe, Fla., turned in a flawless day of racing on Doha Bay while his nearest competitor entering the event, Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar, was disqualified from two preliminary heats to fall out of contention of defending the series championship Villwock won in 2011.
Villwock was penalized and disqualified for a flagrant fuel violation in Heat 1A and he was disqualified after hitting two buoys in Heat 2A.
The 2012 Oryx Cup UIM World Championships were being contested under a format made extremely busy as the series tried to complete as much of the event as possible before poor weather conditions were to settle on Doha the rest of the week.
After holding qualifying, the series curtailed testing and practice in favor of running as many preliminary heats as possible today ahead of heavy winds that are forecast for Doha on Friday and Saturday.
Jimmy Shane, driver of the U-5 Graham, scored a second and a third place in the preliminary heats to pass Villwock in the season points standings. Villwock was mathematically eliminated after the first two rounds of heats and Shane stood 1,109 points behind David with a maximum of 1200 points remaining in the 2012 season.
As a result, David and the Oberto needed only score 91 points - equivalent to starting a heat and finishing last - to wrap up the points titles in Heat 3A. David instead won Heat 3A to lock up the title. The championship is David's sixth drivers' title in the last eight seasons and the team's fourth title in the last six seasons.
The series hopes to run Heats 4A and 4B and the winner-take-all Oryx Cup UIM World Championship sometime Friday or Saturday if and when weather conditions allow.
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