by Powerboat P1
Ian showed the younger AquaX riders that older is wiser, braver and considerably fitter as he won the SuperPole race by nailing his ski to the first pin four abreast and not giving an inch. In Sunday's race he got off the start in third place behind Tim Batte and Dave Huddleston only to quickly seize his opportunity to pass once Huddleston took a swim. 'I saw Dave's ski hi-side and he went flying, he landed miles away from his Ski and as I passed I was thinking that’s a long swim!'
300 Class at Plymouth
Dave Huddleston picked up his first ever Plymouth win on Saturday after two years of DNFs here, but he couldn’t make it a double after taking a long swim in Sunday's race dropping him down to third. Dave commented 'I just started too fast in Race two, and was trying to keep up with Russell (Marmon) I took off on a wave and landed awkwardly the ski pitched me off, I got back on and was chasing Tim but the long swim had really zapped me of energy!'
Flat conditions on Plymouth Sound resulted in all races being flat out for the AquaX riders testing both man woman and machinery to breaking point and there were plenty of casualties. Regular 300 Class contenders Tim Batte and Richard Cable both had reliability problems this weekend dropping them off the top spots. Girl racer Anya Colley also had mechanical problems she finished fifth overall in Saturday's SuperPole but had issues in Race 1 finishing sixth and a DNF in Race two. She said 'I didn’t even get to the hole shot in race two, it just died on me, it must be all that flat out racing! But we have found the problem now and will work to get it sorted by Margate.'
In the 250 Class Adrian Wilson and Mat Shipley won a race each, but it was Adrian who edged ahead this weekend by winning the SuperPole too. The pair both on Kawasaki Ultra 250's have just two points between them in the championship. Mat commented 'I got the jump on Adrian at the start, then he got me on the straight, and I just set about chasing him down and willing him to tire, finally five mins before the end -I finally got him!'
AquaX newbie Richard Rowe did well to finish third in the 250 class ahead of Duncan Johnstone on the Yamaha FZR. Duncan commented 'The FZR is so light, I was bouncing around all over the place, I have no idea how I stayed on it was crazy!'
John Heath was the hero of the weekend In the 200 Class, a coming together with a buoy in the SuperPole damage both him and his ski, but he went on to win both Race one and two despite losing a rear stabiliser and coping with a bruised chest. He commented 'The shorter course is harder for the slower skis we get lapped more often which means constant battering from passing skis, I am pleased with the weekends result but I have repairs to do before Margate.'
New comer Joe Harvey (West Midlands) was placed fifth and fourth overall in the two races he almost sneaked onto the podium in his first ever AquaX race. The 21 year old from the West Midlands commented 'I had a good battle with Steve Robinson on the same ski, he has been great giving me tips all weekend and we had a really close race, and he finally got me three to four laps from the end. I have really enjoyed our first race and will definitely be back, everyone has been so friendly and welcoming.'
Russell Marmon took home the Plymouth AquaX Cup winning the SuperPole, and both races on his unrestricted Kawasaki 300 Ultra.
Next outing for the AquaX riders will be in Palm Bay, Margate in just two weeks time.