Grant Hearn - one of three drivers promoted to the F-2500

February 2, 2018

Shared from Denis Bourbonnais article:  L’écurie «Steeler» ajoute Alexis Weber

Article translated to English: 

The full roster of racers for the 2018 season was unveiled at the recent Hydroplane Racing League convention at the Plaza Valleyfield Hotel and it is clear that the competition will be even fiercer in the four classes of boats. in thecoming season of the HRL circuit.

In the Formula 2500, the champion boat of the last campaign, the "Bad Influence" F-79 was sold to Alfred Thompson of New Jersey and the US champion in 2016 decided to entrust the seat of his new acquisition to Bobby King.

In addition to the entry of the Tenacity F-92 team, the three drivers who were promoted to the F-2500 class after last season's podium finish, Dylan Runne, will have to be watched. (F-3), Alexis Weber (F-55) and Grant Hearn (F-14). At the convention, the owner-partner of the GP-777 GP-777 Grand Prix class, Huey Newport announced that Alexis Weber will be part of the "Steeler" team in 2018. The change of number to the "777" had however not yet approved by HRL management at the time of writing this article.


Tyler Kaddatz, ambassador of the year in 2017, will release a new "Ah Sum Secret" F-519, built at Henderson's Brockville workshops, after selling his boat to Jason Aslakson of Olympia City in the state of Washington.

Bobby Kennedy in Hydro 350

The 24 available Hydro 350 spots were all taken last fall, and the caliber of the "world's best hydroplane class" (John Huganir's words) will be further enhanced with the arrival of Bobby Kennedy, Brandon's cousin. who will drive the "Penzoil" H-300 to replace Scott Liddycoat.

Bobby King will be at the helm of a brand new "Auld" design, the "LDC Construction" H-242, and one of his rivals on the water will be none other than his father, Jimmy King, aboard "the Pleasure Seekers" H-12. Douglas Rapp takes over from Patrick Haworth aboard his uncle Michael Grendell's "Bad Influence" H-79, while Gary Chalfant, the new pilot owner of the H-35 TM Special acquired from brothers Ed and Ron Thompson, changes number for the H-5.

In the Grand Prix class, four drivers will drive a new boat, Mathieu Daoust (GP-9, former GP-757 Mario Blain), Brandon Kennedy (GP-25, former GP-101 Randy English), Joe Sovie (former Bertrand Dulude GP-48) and Andrew Tate aboard the new "Hearn Motorsports" GP-14. This new hull made from Ron Jones Jr's plans, which was originally built by the Wiggins family in Alabama, is owned by Richard Hearn and Mark Tate.Michael Grendell has ordered a Bert Henderson GP boat for the 2019 season. The Connecticut resident has indicated his intention to focus on the Grand Prix class next year so he should sell his H-350 boat. His nephew Douglas Rapp would be the number one candidate to drive the new GP.In the 2.5-liter class, two American "Top Guns" from Virginia will reinforce the competition. Doug Martin, of Purcellville, comes out with the fast "Keen's Sunday Money" S-33 and Scott Liddycoat, of Norfolk, will be driving the "SLR Racing" S-63 which was the the former "Lil 'Electron' S-145 by Willard Wilson.Tommy Shannon (Valleyfield S-4 Auto Parts) will be aboard Stephanie Blain's former "Canada Girl" S-757 and Alexandre Abbott inherited Shannon's "Pigeon / Bergeron" hull. Stéphane Joannette (Boucherie Mario S-107) takes the old "Tourisque" S-13 from Jean-François Boyer and Richard Wilhelm (S-404) gets a permanent place. Ryan Slate (Lone Ranger S-49) will debut in former Jim Benson's "S-316" while Dominic Billette returns with the "All In" S-22. The 16th place in the grid is still not filled, the former "S-156) of Cédric Vallée still available.

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