DETROIT -- Saturday could have been the best day of preliminary heat racing in Gold Cup history with Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar showing why he has won seven of these championships.
Villwock was the only driver to win both of his preliminary heats at the Detroit APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River, winning his second heat from the outside lane and his first heat after a wild accident that sent J.W. Myers to the hospital with a broken foot.
In the second prelim heat, Villwock had to battle last week's Indiana Governor's Cup champion Steve David in the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto from the outside lane to take the heat victory.
"If we were going to figure how we had to set up our boat from the worst position possible, this was the heat to do it," said Villwock. "We let it all hang out in that heat."
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Villwock's average lap speed was 152.766 mph.
In his first preliminary heat win, Villwock won with an average lap speed of 152.774 and it only took two laps.
The reason? Myers in the U-37 Peters and May lost a skid fin in the middle of the third and fourth turn in that second lap, spun out of control and smacked into a seawall.
The boat's left side was literally destroyed, and Myers was taken to the hospital. He suffered broken bones in his left foot and is being kept overnight.
Other heat winners included Greg Hopp in the U-100 Jarvis Construction, David in the Oberto, and Nate Brown in the U-17 Red Dot.