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Smith Chasing 350 Hydro Title


SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – The Grand Prix boats are back in Québec for the close of the 2014 ACHA Championship.

Their last stop of the season will be in Beauharnois, September 6th and 7th for the 8th edition of the Régates de

Beauharnois. The event is a presentation of the American Canadian Hydroplane

Association in collaboration with the city of Beauharnois.

Drivers Brandon Kennedy GP-25 and Ken Brodie GP-50 had already set the tone at

the beginning of the season as we found them in the top positions race after race.

At the end of the season it’s Brandon Kennedy who rules with 459 points followed by

Ken Brodie with 383 points. However anything can happen as the drivers double their

audacity while remaining vigilant. Only 40 points separates Marc Théorêt GP-444 who will retire from racing at the end of the season from third place.

He will surely do everything he can to get a spot on the podium one last time so he can go out in style.

The H-350 class will be breathtaking for the spectators as usual because of the small point difference between drivers that is easily surmountable. Right now Samuel

Pagé-Morin H-16 is in first place with a 7 points lead over Kent Henderson H-777 and only 28 points ahead of Derec Smith H-79. Therefore there is no certain win for anyone and several drivers can hope to scream Victory in this last race.

As for Dominic Maisonneuve CS-109 and Karson King CT-25 their reign continues as they have dominated their respective classes since the beginning of the season.

However they need to stay focused because their nearest rivals will be there to profit from the slightest error and steel a win.

As this is the last race on the circuit it’s the last chance to pick up enough valuable points to get a spot on the podium in the ACHA Championship Series. Drivers and their equipment have no choice but to perform well. It will all play out on the St-Lawrence River on a wide racecourse that will give way to some very fast speeds.

However, its unpredictable and can become agitated so we will just have to wait and see.

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