HydroFest 2018: Andrew Tate establishes a course record in Guntersville at 157.866 mph

Four H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes qualify for Guntersville Southern Cup. Finals set for Sunday.

Posted: Jun 23, 2018 9:52 PM
Updated: Jun 23, 2018 10:15 PM

In a day filled with weather delays, and an evacuation of the entire venue, eventually the nearly 7,000 fans lined the shore to see four H1 Unlimited Hydroplane teams qualify on the 2-1/2 mile course on Lake Guntersville.

Andrew Tate driving the U-9 Delta/Realtrac was the top qualifier after two qualifying sessions with a speed of 157.866 mph. His speed established a new course record.

He was followed by Jimmy Shane (Maple Valley, Wash.) in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet with a speed of 154.425 mph. Third in qualifying was the U-11 Reliable Diamond Tool present J&D’s driven by Tom Thompson (Cambridge, Md) at 148.306 mph. 2017 rookie-of-the-year Dustin Echols (Sultan, Wash.) was fourth with a speed of140.265 mph in the U-440 Bucket List Racing.

“It is quite an honor to be top qualifier for this inaugural event,” Tate said. “We are super happy, for now. Everything changes tomorrow when we get three to four boats next to each other racing.”

The Alabama based U-27 Greater Gadsden presents Chase Building Group, U-21 Darrell Strong presents Payne West Insurance, and CARSTAR powers Miss Rock have yet to qualify for Sunday’s race for the Southern Cup.

Runner-up, Shane said, ”We ripped off a couple 160’s (mph), but received word that those speeds did not count because we had a fuel flow violation.

The fuel flow rule regulates teams to manage their fuel to under 4.1 gal per min. Shane said they were slightly over that number.

A high wind weather watch was issued in the morning and the event organizers were forced to evacuate the entire venue along Sunset Drive in Guntersville. A first in the sports 115-year history.

The orderly evacuation was announced one hour before the storm was schedule to hit the area. After about an hour the storm passed through and the fans were allowed back. Soon after that, the course markers were reestablished and qualifying that originally was schedule for Friday began.

The fans were on their feet cheering as the boats took to smooth water. Shane said the water “laid down and it was like glass” the remainder of the day.


Sunday’s schedule includes testing from 9:00 am-10: 30 am (CT), preliminary heats 1A an 1B at 11:30-noon. Preliminary heats 2A and 2B at 1:30-2:30 pm (CT), Preliminary heat 3A and 3B between 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. The Southern Cup final is scheduled for 5:00 pm.

RELATED STORIES

  1. CINDY SHIRLEY PAVES A NEW PATH AS HYDROPLANE RACING'S FIRST FEMALE CREW CHIEF
  2. HYDROFEST QUALIFYING RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER
  3. HYDROFEST RACING CANCELLED FRIDAY DUE TO WEATHER

Huntsville
Few Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 63°
Florence
Overcast
67° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 67°
Fayetteville
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 62°
Decatur
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 62°
Scottsboro
Overcast
63° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 63°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 134231

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19572348
Mobile13320292
Montgomery8811183
Tuscaloosa8586117
Madison782078
Shelby592349
Lee588759
Baldwin545650
Marshall393343
Calhoun349942
Etowah343945
Morgan327328
Houston280221
Elmore265947
DeKalb240620
St. Clair230835
Walker230683
Talladega214628
Limestone208820
Cullman189020
Dallas178326
Franklin176729
Autauga175725
Russell17573
Lauderdale169833
Colbert164126
Blount160815
Escambia160324
Chilton156431
Jackson156011
Covington138527
Dale135844
Coffee13206
Pike119410
Chambers116142
Tallapoosa115685
Clarke108916
Marion95729
Butler91639
Barbour8737
Winston73812
Marengo71620
Pickens65614
Lowndes65327
Bibb65210
Randolph64213
Hale63428
Lawrence61623
Geneva6074
Cherokee60313
Bullock59914
Monroe5848
Clay5797
Washington55613
Perry5416
Crenshaw53632
Conecuh53511
Wilcox53111
Henry4935
Macon48119
Fayette4508
Sumter43519
Lamar3662
Cleburne3646
Choctaw34912
Greene30315
Coosa1683
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 189454

Reported Deaths: 2352
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby30613455
Davidson26381303
Hamilton937494
Knox929875
Rutherford924089
Williamson519836
Sumner479497
Wilson345344
Putnam327740
Montgomery304544
Unassigned29474
Bradley291417
Out of TN284426
Madison283264
Sevier259615
Blount250424
Maury232923
Washington227635
Robertson220335
Sullivan214833
Hamblen189926
Tipton180519
Trousdale16537
Gibson163622
Hardeman155826
Wayne14955
Dyer135014
Bedford132817
Dickson125015
Coffee121013
Cumberland119218
Fayette118319
Weakley117619
Henderson116924
Anderson116513
Carter115828
Obion115610
Loudon11546
Greene114244
McMinn111325
Jefferson111014
Warren10477
Macon104620
Monroe103018
Lawrence102312
Hardin102216
Lauderdale97916
Haywood96819
Franklin9639
Lake9182
Roane8854
McNairy87618
Carroll87420
Bledsoe8544
White8309
Rhea82112
Cheatham80510
Hawkins79618
Marshall7495
Cocke7439
Overton7355
Smith71311
Johnson6962
Chester62310
Henry6189
Lincoln6111
Giles59117
Hickman5738
DeKalb56114
Crockett53619
Marion5258
Decatur5127
Fentress4933
Claiborne4415
Campbell4394
Polk38810
Grainger3723
Union3531
Benton3369
Jackson3245
Morgan3153
Unicoi2851
Cannon2830
Grundy2835
Humphreys2463
Sequatchie2312
Meigs2263
Clay2245
Houston2143
Scott2132
Stewart1982
Lewis1961
Moore1691
Van Buren1640
Perry1500
Pickett1142
Hancock1063

Community Events