July 16, 2017
By Jay Reese
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIRKLAND NABS FIRST CAREER WIN AT KLAMATH;SANDERSON ENDS STREAK
(Klamath, Ca.)--After 4 years of competing on the Cal-Ore River Racers hydroplane circuit, and earning honors in his maiden season, 32 year old Cameron Kirkland (#68) captured his first victory of his career Sunday winning the 'Yurok Tribal Government' sponsored event on the Klamath River.
Kirkland, of Grants Pass, Oregon, sponsored by Sunworks, won the fifth race of the summer series in Klamath, Califronia winning two of the 5 legs, and snapping (CORRA) Cal-Ore Champion Roger Sanderson's 6-race win streak.
Sanderson (#B200) of Hoopa, California got a late start on the opening leg and finished third on the first leg behind Hoopa's Jude Hostler (#50) and Kirkland.
The 4-time Champion Sanderson did win legs two and four, and finished a close second-place on the day to remain atop the CORRA Points Standings.
Hostler finished third behind Kirkland, and Sanderson.
Kirkland came in to the day in 6th place in the points race, but will move up to third place with his memorable win. Sanderson maintains the top spot with two races remaining on the tour.
Only 3 of the 13 boats that lined up for the start managed to finish as all but one encountered mechanical problems.
Jess Reinhart (#17) who is in second place in the points championship race failed to start the race. Michael Dickson (#20) broke down on the first leg, and entered the weekend third place in points ahead of veterans Dereck Ely (#11) and Jeff Lewis (#007) who both did not race.
Buck McCovery (#AR15), Edward Mitchell (#55RK), and Rocky Jones (#34) were all in the running early, and finished the first two legs until going out.
The Cal-Ore series continues next month in Gold Beach for a weekend of racing on the Rogue River August 19-20th. The season winds up Labor Day weekend in Grants Pass with the Cal-Ore U.S. Championships.
You can follow Cal-Ore online for schedule, results, standings, driver bios, and history at 'caloreriveracers.com'
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