The Régates de Valleyfield Final has kept all its promises with its twists and turns, to the delight of the 25,000 fans who have gathered.
Grand Prix Category: Tate wins as President
Bey Saint-François shuddered due to the flying start in the Queen class. Starting in the first lane, Andrew Tate did not leave the lead. He dominated his opponents from start to finish, imposing a frantic pace. After being teased by his rivals and having several mechanical problems since Friday, the championship captain set the record straight. The podium was 100% American, with Jeff Bernard, then Kenneth Brody.
In the sweltering heat, the first disturbances occurred in the morning qualifying for the Grand Prix class. Tate got off to a hot start first and came out second after the first corner. However, on the second lap, he retired after a mechanical issue. A few minutes later, it was the turn of race leader, New Zealander Ken Lawton, to stop the thick gray smoke from his engine.
Subsequently, Australian Jack Lupton exited in every sense of the word in the consolation race, which gave the winner a place in the final. Attacking him inland at a bend, he fell victim to a powerful wave and his boat took off, miraculously landing on the starboard side. However, the race was halted for several minutes.
2.5 liter class: the colossal Stéphanie Blain
The only woman who entered this contest created a sensation this weekend. During the setup cycles, Stéphanie Blain had to return to the center of the circuit in slow motion, as her engine stalled. Then abandonment seemed inevitable. Pushed by her team, she tried restarting her engine and miraculously succeeded after only a few minutes. She was able to appear in time at the last corner before starting to fly. The young local driver, unleashing, quickly took second place and then took control of the matter, which not even a tethered buoy left him. She overcame her first pursuer, American Eddie Kanfouche, by more than 1.7 seconds. Going to the Pontoon of Champions, she was cheered on by a cheering crowd. Local Simon Fortin also had a great race, going up to the third step.
“It’s unbelievable. I, from Valleyfield, mean something to me to win here. I’m really happy,” said Blaine, weeping.
Hydro 350 Class: For King King
American Bobby King dominated the classification without competition, spinning at a speed of 140 km / h. Michael Tremblay kicked off his heels, unfortunately making a foul in the west corner during the second lap. Nicholas Ross, who finished the lap of honor to loud applause, and Martin Rochon finished second and third, respectively.
“I have an idea for my parents, including mine [Jimmy King, légende et ancien vainqueur en Grand Prix]Winner fired. I would like to thank my team who have been great, for giving me a great weekend.
Formula 2500: Armstrong clothing
With eight participants, the boats were neck and neck for five turns, passing through real walls of water jets on the turns. If Ontarians Steve Armstrong took the lead, Canadian Owen Henderson chased after him, and American John Shaw followed closely. Armstrong ended up imposing his rhythm throughout this final, and his pursuers maintained their positions.
“For 15 years I’ve been waiting to win here, it’s my first time,” he exclaimed, before shouting in French “I love you Valefield.”
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