The fifth stop on the Cal-Ore River Racers-My Circle-K/Colvin Oil hydroplane series takes to the southern Oregon coast this weekend in Gold Beach.
The Lower Rogue Challenge marathon race is set for 10 a.m., Sunday with the pits and finish located at Huntly RV Park just upriver from the bridge in Gold Beach.
It is a three-lap/six-leg race on the Rogue River, starting at Lex’s Landing just above the bridge and running up to Lobster Creek.
Roger Sanderson won the last race on the tour claiming his 51st career victory as he came in first at the Hoopa Hydro Heritage Father’s Day race making it his third win of the season.
Sanderson has won 15 of the last 25 races and is aiming for his third straight Cal-Ore High Point Championship with just two races remaining after this weekend.
The veteran racer won the 2016 race in Gold Beach, but last year was knocked out of the event after hitting a rock, which led Cameron Kirkland to his second consecutive checkered flag, and win of his career.
However, since then, Kirkland has fallen on hard times, not finishing three races since the win at Gold Beach and missing the last two events. Kirkland, who finished second in the High Point Standings in 2017, has not raced since.
Kirkland is expected back in the water for Sunday’s race along with Jesse Reinhart who is currently second in the points race this summer after taking second place again in the Boatnik race and winning at Willow Creek.
Typically, Gold Beach is fast and furious with winds normally playing a factor later in the race, hence the 10 a.m. early start.
“We are super excited as water levels are low and the wind is supposed to blow pretty consistent, so fans should see a lot of action, both technical driving and probably some blow over crashes as well,” said Race Director, Dereck Ely.
Other notables expected to be on the Podium are Jude Hostler who sits third in points, and has a fifth place, and second place finish this year.
Rookies Edward Mitchell of Hoopa, California, and Ryan Richardson from Grants Pass, also look to be in the mix as Mitchell has two podium appearances this summer, and Richardson one.
Grants Pass’ Jared Hood is a strong contender with two podiums in three races and McKinleyville, California racer Virgil Moorehead has two top five finishes.
The weekend race activities begin with a Boat ‘Show-n-Shine’ in Brookings Friday night at both My Circle-K locations 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Time Trials are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Huntley Park followed by a Golf Shootout at 5 p.m. and finally the Driver Benefit Auction to follow.
The main event race will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. from Lex’s Landing in Gold Beach starting upriver and the checkered flag will be on the sixth leg, downriver across finish line at Huntley Park.