AquaX is the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to todays personal watercraft users.
This year the program will include the unveiling of a professional level race series and expansion of two further championships in the Great Lakes region of the USA and in Southeast Asia.
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Day 1 race report
Phil Pope came to the second round as the firm favourite to take the Pro Enduro win after a dominant performance in Torquay. When the flag dropped it looked certain to be business as usual for the former three-time champion after he grabbed the holeshot in Race 1, followed by closely Dave Huddleston and Richard Cable.
As the race continued Cable slowed allowing Tim Batte to move into the third-place position and that’s the way it finished. However, after the scores were settled, Huddleston was docked two-positions after it was adjudged, by the race officials, that Huddleston had by-passed a buoy and although he had taken the penalty mark it was deemed the advantage he had gained was too great to be undone. Huddleston’s loss was Tim Batte and Joe Harvey’s gain as the pair moved up one position into second and third respectively.
The start of Race 2 was almost a carbon copy of Race 1 with Pope and Huddleston streaking into the lead aboard their Yamaha GP1800’s.
Tim Batte Kawasaki Ultra moved into third ahead of Russell Marmon in fourth. But with less than halfway through the 30mins + 1 lap race Pope's GP1800 succumbed to mechanical problems and was forced to retire advancing Huddleston into the lead, but his lead was short lived when he suffered a broken clutch, handing Tim Batte the lead and the eventual win. Russell Marmon and the reigning champion Joe Harvey finished in second and third respectively.
Going into today’s third and final race Batte has an 11-point lead over Marmon, but it’s Pope who remains in the championship driving seat.
In the Am 300 division, Championship leader Carl Lofthouse shared the wins with rookie racer Joe Leeming and will go into today’s final race tied on points. The Kawasaki Ultra racer has won every round he has entered since moving up from the 200 class, which won last year, but if the conditions remain calm Lofthouse will have to battle on his to keep his unblemished score. Dennis Taylor sits in third, but is also tied on points with Lewis Royal.
Duncan Johnston leads the Am 200 class after securing a win and second position to local racer Nigel Williams. Graham Roberts sits in third.
Full results here AquaX results Table
SUNDAY 8th JULY TIMINGS
12.30 - 12.45 SPRINT PRO SKI – 4 STROKE - RACE 3
12.45 - 13.00 SPRINT SPARK/EX RACE 3
13.00 - 13.15 SPRINT PRO/AM SKI – 2 STROKE - RACE 3
13.30 - 14.00 ENDURO RACE 3
14.00 - 14.15 SPRINT PRO SKI – 4 STROKE - RACE 4
14.15 - 14.30 SPRINT SPARK/EX RACE 4
14.30 - 14.45 SPRINT PRO/AM SKI – 2 STROKE - RACE 4
15:30 - 16:00 PODIUM /TROPHIES