The Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series continues this weekend in Evansville, Indiana, with the annual Budweiser Thunder on the Ohio. Miss Budweiser driver Dave Villwock, coming off a dominant effort at the season-opening event in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is the four-time defending champion at the Evansville event and currently holds a 385-point lead in the championship battle.
Villwock scored an impressive victory a the Empire Power Mohave Unlimited Hydrofest at Lake Havasu. But, as a result, he will be the first to feel the pinch of the UHRA’s new fuel restriction rule. The Miss Budweiser will compete throughout the Evansville weekend with a fuel flow reduced to 4.2 gallons per minute (GPM) instead of the standard 4.3 GPM. The reduction in fuel is expected to cost nearly 100 horsepower.
A number of drivers are expected to challenge Villwock at Evansville, including Mark Tate, Mark Weber, and Greg Hopp. Tate, in the U2 Freddies’ Club Casino, is currently in second place in the championship points after a strong second place finish at Lake Havasu. Close behind Tate are Weber, in the U10 York Heating and Air Conditioning, and Hopp, in the U100 Miss Project X.
“These three guys all drive hard and have a lot of experience,” said Villwock.