Quest for the Gorge Cup

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

August 2, 2006

With three races to go in the 2006 Gorge Cup racing season, local standout Dale Cook still has a stranglehold on first place. Following another first-place finish on Saturday, Cook holds a 5.7 point edge over Bruce Peterson. The pair have both finished in the top two in every race except for the North American Championships, in which Cook finished second and Peterson third.

In second fleet action, Derek Nielson holds a wide lead over his nearest challenger. Nielson currently has just 38.6 points, compared to 163.6 points by second place Bob Schroeder. A close battle for third is between Brett Altmyer with 178.2 points and Alex Nielson with 182.1 points.

The next race in the series is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12.

First fleet standings

1. Dale Cook– 16.5

2. Bruce Peterson 22.2

3. Andreas Macke 45.5

4. Jac le Roux 46.2

5. Dough Bearman 67.5

6. Jay Salzman 80.3

7. McRae Wylde 87.4

8. Stefan Lidington 88.9

9. Tavis Perez 123.2

10. Carey Caronni 137.5

11. Alex Ionide 154.1

12. Ian Hoogland 157.0

13. Sam Bauer 195.7

14. Shelley Gimbal 196.1

15. Wilhelm Schurmann 223.3

16. Torsten Tabel 230.1

17. Gabriel Sarosta 233.3

18. Jim Tracy 234.5

19. Bryan Metcalf-Perex 242.0

20. Bob Rueter 242.5

Second fleet standings

1. Derek Nielson 38.6

2. Bob Schroeder 163.6

3. Brett Altmyer 178.2

4. Alex Nielsen 182.1

5. Todd Selby 225.9

6. Jay Watermeyer 231.3

7. Pieter Botha 237.6

8. Micael Igoe 243.5

9. Geoff Stiles 249.4

10. Glenn Riechenbach 257.5

11. Lilly Barnett 261.2

12. Rick Martin 266.3

13. Aaron Cardwell 267.1

14. Steve Madere 270.0

15. Ryan Greenberg 272.9

16. Chilton McKnight 284.7

17. Richard White 286.5

18. Paul Pihl 291.4

19. Lene Botha 302.3

20. Dean Fenwick 307.5

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