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Ayden Sovie Wins Two Elite APBA Racing Awards

BY DAVE SHEA

What is he going to for an encore?.

In the case of Ogdensburg Free Academy eighth grader Ayden Sovie, it will take decades to answer the question.

This summer Ayden, who is a third generation hydroplane racer following his father Joe Sovie and his grandfather Bob Sovie, enjoyed one of the best rookie seasons in American Power Boat Racing history.

The blood line runs deep and runs fast as witnessed by his dad racing in every class up to the Grand Prix.

At age 13 Ayen became the youngest driver to earn his racing license this Spring and went on to place second in National High Points for the 1.5 Litre Stock Class driving the T-35 of the TBR Racing Team of Ed Thompson, Andrea Benyak Thompson, Ron Thompson and Sandra Main Thompson.

He received his second place award recently at the American Power Boat Association (APBA)

National Meeting and Awards Banquet in Seattle, Wash. where he was also honored

with the elite East Coast Rookie of the Year Award which included drivers in all classes. His name will be added to the trophy for this award, which is kept at the regional office in Detroit, MI.

In eight 1.5 Litre races last Spring and Summer Ayden Sovie placed first four times, placed second twice and won several heats in regattas staged in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

This winter at the newly constructed Sovie Power Boats workshop the T-35 craft will receive a new paint job and decals and two new engines will be built.

"It was a fantastic end to the first year of what we hope will be a long and successful racing career for Ayden Sovie. Special thanks to Ed Thompson, Andrea Benyak Thompson, Ron Thompson and Sandra Main Thompson and the TBR Racing family for making this very special honor possible. Ayden and dad Joe Sovie are looking forward to another fun and successful season in 2020," said Ayden's mother Valerie Sovie in a facebook post.

In the high school year Ayen Sovie plays soccer and competes in indoor and outdoor track-field.

Ogdensburg's Ayden Sovie flanked by his parents Valerie and Joe Sovie received an award for Second Place in the National High Points of the 125 Litre Stock Class (top photo) and the APBA Eastern Division Rookie of the Year for all classes in the Eastern Division. Ayden received his awards at the APBA National Meeting and Awards Banquet in Seattle, Wash. (Photos by Julie Sparrowgrove)



At age 13 Ayden Sovie became the youngest driver ever to receive an ABPA Racing Lincese. He received the license from Mike Webber with his grandfather Bob Sovie looking on.

Three generations of racers in Joe, Ayden and Bob Sovie at the Hampton, Virginia Regatta.

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