Date: Fri 23 Jun 2017

What happened last year: Greenock

As the P1 AquaX UK Series prepares to return to the River Clyde for the second ever P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea, we take a look back at the thrills and spills Greenock had to offer in 2016.

The two-day festival attracted a bumper crowd to the race course located at Greenock’s Esplanade, with the event creating a real buzz among the local community. Thousands of fans packed the shores to catch the high-octane action on the water and they were treated to a real quality display of riding.

In the AquaX 300 class, Phil Pope provided a masterclass on board his Yamaha FZR SVHO to demolish his closest rivals and claim maximum points from all three heats. The four-time European Champion came into the event top of the overall standings after an impressive display in Scarborough and wasted no time in putting daylight between him and his closest competition.

Khris Leach battled on behind Pope but could only secure 49 points to finish second, although the battle for third went right down to the wire and saw three riders end up tied on 41 points. Tim Batte, Joseph Harvey and Russell Marmon all went toe-to-toe for the final podium place but it was the former who came out on top by the narrowest of margins.

Like Pope, Richard Rowe proved too hot to handle in the 250 class as he showed devastating form to win all three heats and with it secure the full 60 points on offer. There was a breathtaking finish in the 200 class, with Duncan Johnstone leading Paul Handley going in to the final race. Despite the latter slipping up in the second heat, he managed to topple his rival to claim the final 20 points on offer, giving Handley a first-place finish by just a single point.

Simon Gill held off competition from Tom Miller to land success in the AquaX Stock Ski Pro, while Reanna Wilson comfortably claimed victory in the Amateur division.

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