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Dave Taylor
The U-1 Obert0/Miss Madison is pictured entering the first turn of the Bill Cantrell Memorial Race Course during the Madison Regatta earlier this month. Driver Jimmy Shane (top right) powered the community-owned unlimited hydroplane to his second consecutive Gold Cup championship, outpacing a 13-boat fleet on the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Wash. The results of the race were not clear until officials viewed video following the championship heat that confirmed apparent winner Jean Theoret (inset, top left) had committed an infraction prior to the start of the heat. Theoret was disqualified although he clearly had the field covered in speed. The Gold Cup is boat racing’s equivalent to IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Daytona 500. It is Madison's third Gold Cup win, including two wins by the current boat and the late Jim McCormick’s historic win on home waters back in 1971.
Oberto/Miss Madison wins Gold Cup

Staff Report
KENNEWICK, Wash. --- In unlimited hydroplane racing, the start of the race many times determines the champion. Little did 2015 HAPO APBA Gold Cup champion Jimmy Shane realize that when he radioed to his spotter Jeff Bernard a possible pre-race violation against competing driver Jean Theoret, that call would be the deciding factor in Shane winning his second consecutive Gold Cup title.