Although the 2017 HRL season is not over yet, 2018 is already taking shape, the Régates de Valleyfield is confirming changes in its partnerships with some race teams.
This is the case for the GP-9 The Dog / Mathieu Daoust, the Grand Prix class team is entrusted with the commands of the GP-101, previously operated by Randy English.
The absence of the GP-101 at several HRL race events provoked this decision to withdraw the boat.
The hydroplane was first designed and driven by Bert Henderson, then passed to Ghislain Marcoux/Daniel Mercier, then Randy English.
As for Daoust, this will be in his 4th year in the Grand Prix class, and his 7th season driving a hydroplane, all classes combined. « With the GP-101, we are confident that our performance will be even more competitive. We will get to work quickly to prepare the hydroplane and be ready for next season. That’s great news for us », said the 30 year old.
Les Régates de Valleyfield will also take back the hydroplane assigned for the last 2 years to Bertrand Dulude, the GP-48, for the same reasons as the GP-101.
We can say that the pieces of the puzzle are set up for the HRL and that in view of the season which ends this weekend in Gananoque, everything is already being orchestrated for a 2018 season in which the competition will be even higher. Other announcements will follow shortly.