Powerboat P1 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based powerboat racing promoter Powerboat P1 Management Ltd., have announced the launch of a revolutionary personal watercraft race series, P1 AquaX (pronounced Aqua Cross). The AquaX events will run alongside the 2013 P1 SuperStock USA Championship at high-profile venues in Florida, including Daytona Beach, Pahokee, Cocoa Beach and Marathon.
AquaX is an exciting series that offers a completely new experience for personal watercraft enthusiasts by offering top-class entertainment for both spectators and competitors. It is a market-driven championship which has run alongside SuperStock powerboat racing in the UK for the past two years and bridges the gap between leisure use and racing by taking riders onto the open sea. Specifically designed to attract amateur riders to enter the sport, this unique series offers competitors a hugely exciting challenge and the opportunity to win a slice of an impressive $15,000 potential prize purse depending upon entry numbers, with the Elite and both Amateur class riders each having an equal chance to pocket some prize money.
Lisa Barsby, head of P1 AquaX and former world champion said 'The UK series, launced in 2011, has attracted growing numbers of amateur riders and we are very excited about launching AquaX in the world’s biggest market for PWC sales. There are many recreational watercraft users out there who have wanted to try their hand at competitive riding for some time now, and AquaX provides the perfect arena for them to open up their throttles and enjoy the full performance of their craft in a safe, controlled environment. And because of the ever- changing conditions, the riders’ skill prevails over horsepower, to create a level playing field for all.'
AquaX is open to all types of watercraft, with Yamaha, Kawasaki and BRP (Sea-Doo) models expected to race unmodified in three classes: 200, 250 and 300hp. Riders will earn 10 points for a superpole victory and 20 points for race win.
Running at the same time, the AquaX Cup is open to all, including those with modified craft falling outside the standard class structure, who want to experience the thrill of racing. The Cup is not a Championship class, so points or prize money will not be awarded. Its purpose is to acknowledge the overall winner of the race at each individual round.
Each two-day AquaX event will consist of three races: Superpole, a shorter qualifying race followed by two rallies where the focus switches to endurance riding and stamina over longer distances. The race tracks are wide open yet simple to navigate, and will be patrolled by trained race marshals to ensure safety at all times.
The UK series, launced in 2011, has attracted growing numbers of amateur riders and we are very excited about launching AquaX in the world’s biggest market for PWC sales.
Much like the P1 SuperStock powerboat racing series, AquaX is designed to provide an accessible and affordable platform for motorsport enthusiasts and to help develop the sport of watercraft racing from the ground up. The competition kicks off in June and full details of the opening event can be found at the new P1 AquaX website
The 2013 AquaX Championship Classes are as follows:
• AquaX 200 - modified 2-stroke and stock naturally aspirated 4-stroke 160bhp and below.
• AquaX 250 - stock 4-stroke including turbo/supercharged 250bhp and below.
• AquaX 300 - stock 4-stroke including turbo/supercharged 300bhp and below.
• AquaX Cup – Open.
P1 AquaX USA 2013 Schedule:
• Daytona Beach, FL. (dates TBC)
• Pahokee, FL. (July 20-21)
• Cocoa Beach, FL. (August 17-18)
• Marathon, FL. (September 21-22)
For more information, contact Azam Rangoonwala on (252)-702-2771 or visit www.P1Aquax.com