Hydro Racing

Bernard wins Evansville unlimited hydro race

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Jeff Bernard drove the U-5 Formulaboats.com to its first win of the 2009 season and his second career championship, taking the 31st annual Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville, Ind., on Sunday.

Bernard won when the U-3 Master Tire, driven by Jimmy King, had its propeller break while leading on the third lap. It wrecked the bottom of the hull and allowed Bernard to take the lead for good.

J. Michael Kelly, Bernard’s teammate in the U-7 Graham Trucking boat, finished second.

The day started off in wild fashion when Dave Villwock went end-over-end in his U-16 Miss Elam Plus in Heat 1A, crashing the boat and taking his team out of the race.

Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto was disqualified in the same heat.

While Villwock walked safely away from the crash, David made it to the championship heat final and placed third.

The ABRA now gets ready for the season finale, which is November in Doha, Qatar.