It was a rough start to the day for Kip Brown in the brand-new 96 Spirit of Qatar. In the first lap of the first heat Sunday, Brown was coming along the first curve of the course too hard and flipped over. Brown extricated himself from the boat, was checked out by paramedics on shore and was walking around normally soon after.
The Albert Lee Cup at Seafair was only the second event the 96 Spirit of Qatar had raced in. The construction of the boat began after the original Spirit of Qatar was damaged beyond repair in the 2012 Oryx Cup. Brown had driven the 96 to a second-place heat finish Saturday with a 135.56 mph average.
Although Brown was fine after the accident, the 96 Spirit of Qatar team withdrew the boat from the competition Sunday.
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After the 1-2-3 punch of J. Michael Kelly, Jimmy Shane and Jon Zimmerman, Jeff Bernard and the Fox Plumbing and Heating boat came in fourth place in the final Sunday. Cal Phipps finished fifth in the Graham Trucking II, followed by Mike Webster in the Boitano Homes presents Performance Tool, and Tom Thompson in the Peters and May.
The final set of heats for the weekend were delayed three hours Sunday, and the final race set back half an hour, to 5:15 p.m. The first heats of the day were delayed because of the 96 Spirit of Qatar accident, and everything else was subsequently pushed back.
Kelly averaged 133.283 mph in his first-place finish Sunday, with very little spacing between him and the next two finishers. Driving less than one mile an hour slower than Kelly was Zimmerman, at 132.533 mph, and not far behind was Shane at 131.073.