Steve David, in the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, won Heat 1C when he outmaneuvered David Bryant in the U-10 Todd Hoss Mortgage before the start.
David settled into Lane 1 well before the one minute-mark, and Bryant quickly settled in next to David.
But in the next instant, Bryant cut across the infield to try to take Lane 1. David noticed Bryant's tail in his rearview mirror and bolted around the east end turn. Bryant settled into Lane 1 on the Franklin County side, but he shut down to a plane level too soon, and David came by at full speed, got his seven-boat lead, and settled back into Lane 1.
At that point, it looked like the two boats may have gotten to the start line too soon. The drivers kept their boats on plane -- just barely -- and got a clean start. Bryant made it to the first turn first, but David cut through the turn well and by the end of the first lap David and the Oberto had the lead for good.
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Bryant finished second, while rookie Kip Brown drove the U-17 Our Gand Racing to a third-place finish.
Ken Muscatel in the U-25 Miss Procraft Windows failed to finish after he lost control of his steering, hooking the boat to the inside of the course and shutting it down.