The latest standard in Thunderboat power hit Mission Bay on Friday, the day Mayfair competitors test they have used a right hand making a high speed boat, in front of a crowd that loves the might in high gears. Race work began to prove who is fit to freely cross San Diego's right of way H1 racers are entitled to take on at a speed that breaks the mold.
On land, at three main locations in the north east bay, the crowd numbers got their appetites ready for race food, and, stranded behind a long event fence, took the sting out of the Summer sun in RVs given the OK to stay the long stretch, until the finals on Sunday, and in camp tents. Typical leisurely walkers had cleared out bounds of park land. Staff on boats and watercraft kept the courseways open out on the waters. Sailors and swimmers made do onthe west bay.
The racers set to prove they are in the running cracked the waters at the Ski Beach south boat launches. H1s, stored on the shore, built to a tried and tested standard, before the keys started the engines, came down to the launch on tall boat lift lines so the teams could get the slick craft ready to go.
Free runs on the water, out in the fresh air, started for H1s during the boats first test period in the noon hour. Drivers turned into the course, and spread out long wakes on the popular local blue, from the green Ski Beach launch area, north past Fiesta Island, up to the mighty turn in the north bay, and back. Mastery over the power on the flat took run speeds into the 190s miles per hour. The engine roaring as loud as above 200 miles per hour.
During the 1 pm hour, superstock and pro drivers did their work.
Teams rallied at the launches for the long H1 test period from 2 pm to 4 pm. After a key run beat, the Graham team did the needed work roping the driver, and the water speed beauty, back to the shore. The Big5 H1 floated at the deck, in th eline up, set to take the bay waters by force.
Hopefuls kept the turns and trails going past the time San Diego class entertainment took the Ski Beach stage. The band Cookie, at 4:30 pm, helped the crowd see through the late afternoon.
Absorbing the shock that happens to bystanders, while speedy Thunderboats take over the bay expanse, rushed back to the crowd on Saturday, the day the H1 drivers man the seats for the heats. Drivers take their places at the series final at 5pm Sunday. The top man still has work to do to rule the bay.
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