Ayden Sovie Enjoys Great Transition Boat Racing Season
BY DAVE SHEA
At 13 Ayden Sovie of Ogdensburg is three years away from being eligible to apply for a New York motor vehicle drivers' license.
But this summer he earned his license to compete in American Power Boat Association inboard hydroplane racing. At 13 he became the youngest licensed driver in the storied history of the APBA and enjoyed a entry season where looked like anything but rookie. He followed in the wake of his father Joe Sovie and his grand father Bob Sovie.
Bob Sovie followed by his son Joe have both been involved in racing inboards and outboards and have been involved in the development of the highest technology in the sport.
Over the years Bob Sovie gravitated his efforts to boat design and innovation while Joe also became an accomplished builder while advancing through the driving ranks from 1.5 Litre outboards to the Grand Prix inboards with the highly respected Kiwis of the Miss New Zealand team.
The American Power Boat Association lowered the age for inboard racing to 13 which allowed four rookies to get involved in the 1.5 Litre Stock Class. Ayden Sovie moved up from the J Stock class action where aspiring drivers race boats powered by 15 horsepower outboard motors.
In the 1.5 Litre Stock Inboard class there can be no modifications to the engines. The original engines have to be run which makes it fair for everyone.
Racing the T-35 craft, provided by the Thompson Brothers Racing Team of Baltimore, MD. Ayden made his debut at the Eastern Divisional Championships staged at the Thunder on the Lake Choptank Regatta in New Jersey where he placed third. Other highlights included a first heat win on Sunday at Summer Nationals, and a fifth place finish in the newly established APBA East Coast Championship Challenge.
Ayen Sovie and the T-35 TM Special placed second in the 1.5 Litre Stock Class High Point Standings with 1305 points behind John Shaw's T-5 Trophy Hunter which tallied 1650 points. The T-16 Sporting Goods craft finished third with 1238 points and the T-314 Irritation boat took fourth at 1018.
"We have so much to celebrate as this racing season comes to a close. The entire T-35 TM Special team has worked tirelessly and the results are in! From the moment Ed Thompson and Andrea Benyak Thompson announced they would be taking this boat down from their garage wall, we were excited to see if there was another winning season in store for Thompson Brothers Racing," said Ayden's mom Valerie Sovie in a Facebook post. "The experience of racing with such a supportive and accomplished team is a dream come true for any young driver. We have received so much support from our family, community, racing friends, and all the veteran drivers in the T class. Special thanks go out to Ed, Andrea, Ron Thompson, Sandra Main Thompson, Mike Monahan, Stephen Webb, and everyone at TBR that had a part in giving this young man the resources, advice, and confidence to make this possible."