King Drives Steeler to Valleyfield GP honors, Vielhauer's H8 7th
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
VALLEYFIELD, Que. - The 81st edition of the Regates de valleyfield is now behind us. A weekend full of vibrant emotions that ended this Sunday under the sun. The 81st Regates de Valleyfield crowned a new king in the Grand Prix class on Sunday afternoon as veteran Jimmy King clinched the honors winning the final driving the GP-777 "Steeler". On Sunday in the final, Jimmy King led the race from start to finish to beat his closest pursuer, Brandon Kennedy, by more than 11 seconds in Team H8 Cancer GP-25. In the competitive Hydro 350 class, Donny Allen had his first win at the Regates de Valleyfield by pushing the "Legacy 1" H-14 to victory. The driver from Neenah (Wisconsin) won a duel with Dylan Runne, his outboard friend, who finished 2nd in the H-12 Pleasure Seeker. Michael Tremblay drove H8 owned by Ogdensburg's Bill Vielhauer to a seventh place finish in the finals.
The H8 ran very well all weekend as Tremblay posted qualifying heat places of two thirds and two fourths. Ogdensburg native Derec Smith drove the Hate Cancer boat a fourth place in the consolation two finals after placing second, third and fourth in qualifying heats.
The Formula 2500 was all Scott Liddycoat who also achieved a first career win in the "SLR Racing" F-63. The native Ontarian, who now resides in Suffolk, Virginia, was one of only two drivers who did not jump the gun at the start and won after finishing 3rd overall in qualifying points. In the 2.5-liter class, the misfortune of one Valleyfield driver made another Campivallensian happy in the final. Dominic Demers seemed to have triumphed for the first time in his hometown aboard his son’s Derek's "Wave Dancer" S-44, but the celebrations on the winners dock gave way to a bitter disappointment. Demers was disqualified upon inspection due to an illegal modification to the engine. Yves Villeneuve, the second to cross the finish line, was declared the winner of the final. His Graf-X S-6 was ahead of Richard Wilhelm (S-404) and Alex Tremblay, 19, of Beauharnois, who enjoyed a first podium with the "Maverick" S-29.
In the Jersey Speed Skiff class, Jimmy Stewart (JS-10) ended Tom Pakradooni's dominance (JS-7) by more than 2 seconds at the finish. In the Cam-Am class, Paul Fitzgerald signed a 2nd win in a row at Valleyfield in April 24.
The entertainment element attracted 51,000 festival goers. The DJ evening on Thursday night took place in the rain, but that did not stop the young fans from being at the rendezvous to see one after the other; Mathilde, White B, Tizi and the Australian duo Mashd N Kutcher . Friday night, it was Lucky Uke and Sylvain Cossettes’ turn to step onto the Loto-Québec stage. Sylvain Cossette brought back the best hits of the 80's to the festival goers who answered the call.
Lastly, The Vinyls and Quebec rocker Éric Lapointe closed the show. Despite the rain, 14,000 spectators moved into Park Delpha-Sauvé for the fireworks display and the last show.