Shane drives Graham to Idaho hydro victory

September 2, 2013 

The juggernaut that is Jimmy Shane in the 5 Graham Trucking continued to roll — all the way to the top of the podium at the 2013 Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup on Sunday.

Shane made it two wins in a row, following up his win at the Albert Lee Cup at Seattle Seafair in early August with a dramatic victory in the Diamond Cup final as unlimited hydroplanes returned to Coeur d’Alene after an absence of 45 years.

Shane used the inside advantage — secured before the start — to hold off a challenge from J. Michael Kelly in the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

After a review of the start, Kelly was ruled to have jumped the start clock.

That set the Beacon driver back from second place to fifth and moved Steve David up to third in the 1 Oh Boy! Oberto.

David, one of the pre-race favorites, found himself in an outside lane at the start and back a bit from Shane and Kelly and was only able to move up to second on the water before the call on Kelly moved him up the final ladder.

For Shane, who in the words of David, has become the “guy to beat in the unlimited ranks,” it was a perfect weekend.

First place in qualifying and four heat wins added 1,700 points for the weekend and pretty much erased David’s lead in season high points.

In a Sunday prelim, the Oberto lost a propellor leaving the pit area and failed to score points, giving Shane an opportunity to make up most of the advantage David had before the Diamond Cup in the 2013 season high points.

David’s 43-point lead Sunday night means the two are in a virtual tie.

“I think we are going to the final race of the season with the closest points race in history,” said David.

A strong weekend in the 95 Spirit of Qatar for Kip Brown put him third, as he also benefited from the call on Kelly.

Tom Thompson was fourth in the 11 Peters & May, but recorded a fuel flow violation, moving rookie Jessie Robertson up to fourth in the 57 FEDCO.

The next stop for the H1 Unlimited Series will be on San Diego’s Mission Bay on Sept. 13-15. It will be the final race of the season.

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