U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss M Madison driver Jimmy Shane (right) and crew chief Mike Hanson talk strategy at the Madison Regatta last month. Shane has been the top qualifier of all four H1 Unlimited races this season, the winner of 13-of-15 heats — including two finals — and leads the national high points by 1,441 points with two races to go. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss M Madison driver Jimmy Shane (right) and crew chief Mike Hanson talk strategy at the Madison Regatta last month. Shane has been the top qualifier of all four H1 Unlimited races this season, the winner of 13-of-15 heats — including two finals — and leads the national high points by 1,441 points with two races to go. (Courier file photo by David Campbell)
SEATTLE — Jimmy Shane, the fastest qualifier at first three H1 Unlimited races this season, added another pole to his scorecard Friday at the HomeStreet Bank Cup hydroplane race on the 2-mile Lake Washington course.

On a gray and cloudy Seattle day, the 33-year-old Shane piloted his U-6 Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison to a speed of 154.513 mph, nearly 2 mph shy of the course record he previously set in 2014 but more than 5 mph faster than his nearest competitor.

“Conditions were not ideal,” said Shane. “It looked good for the first couple runs during qualifying but the winds started gusting pretty good. Fortunately the boat has such a good balance. I hate the rough water, but the boat stayed level and it just flew over the top of the rough stuff. That’s how we were able to get our top qualifying speed.”

Defending national champion Andrew Tate, the winner at Seattle last year, piloted the U-1 Delta/RealTrac to a speed of 149.120 mph, more than 5 mph slower than Shane for a second consecutive race.

After qualifying had ended, Tate said the boat “seems to be happy when it is flying, so we are going to let the boat fly.”

As far as the remainder of the weekend is concerned, Tate said “We are going to go out tomorrow morning and continue to test and search for more speed throughout the weekend.”

Last weekend’s winner at the HAPO Columbia Cup in Kennewick, Washington, J. Michael Kelly and the U-12 Graham Trucking, was third in qualifying with a speed of 148.450 mph. However, being in that spot didn’t stop him from winning the final heat in the winner-take-all championship last Sunday.

“Third in qualifying, I’m happy with that. Faster is always better but we will be there, we have always been real strong in competition here in Seattle,” Kelly said, adding water conditions were pretty good, a little rough in the morning but by the afternoon it was fine.

Jeff Barnard drove Miss Madison Racing’s backup boat to a fourth-fastest speed at 147.269 mph in the U-1918 Oberto Super Salami.

Shane’s national high points lead over second place Kelly is now at 1,441 points. Shane and the Miss HomeStreet/Miss Madison, winners of 13 of 15 heats this season, could clinch the 2019 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series national championship as early as Sunday’s last preliminary heat.

The first round of preliminary heats are on Saturday, with two additional rounds of preliminaries and the HomeStreet Bank Cup winner-take-all-final on Sunday.

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H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series

2019 HomeStreet Bank Seafair Cup

Lake Washington, Seattle

Friday’s Qualifying

Position, Boat, DriverSpeed


1.) U-6 Miss HomeStreet, Jimmy Shane, 154.513 mph

2.) U-1 Delta/RealTrac, Andrew Tate, 149.120 mph

3.) U-12 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly, 148.450 mph

4.) U-1918 Oberto Super Salami, 147.269 mph

5.) U-11 J&D’s/Reliable Diamond Tool, Jamie Nilsen, 147.266 mph

6.) U-99.9 CARSTARS/Miss Rock, 143.646 mph

7.) U-7 Boitano Homes, Bert Henderson, 137.200 mph

8.) U-98 Graham Trucking American Dream, Corey Peabody, 135.785 mph