Date: Thu 31 Aug 2017

Torquay: What happened last time

There will be many familiar faces when AquaX arrives in Torquay this weekend after three years away from Torbay.

Phil Pope was the dominant force as he went on to claim the first of his three consecutive UK Championship titles and he was in magnificent form on the Devon coast in 2014.

With fears of Hurricane Bertha heading towards the UK on Sunday morning, the race programme was revised but nothing was stopping Pope as he claimed three wins from three.

Those that followed Pope in the standings are all names competing for a podium place this year as Tim Batte, currently second in 2017, took the runners-up spot while current Championship leader Joe Harvey claimed third.

As a 24-year-old rookie racer, Harvey’s third against far more experienced riders at the time was enough to pick up the Rookie Cup.

Just missing out on the podium was Dave Huddleston who sits in fifth this time around with his sight set on a strong finish in Torquay.

In the 250 class Steve Hockney came from behind to take the weekend win in 2014 and close the gap on championship leader Duncan Johnstone but it wasn’t enough as Johnstone went on to claim the overall success.

Damian Evans kept an ever-improving Dave Lee at bay to win all three races in the 200 class. The Welshman’s win was the highlight of a great season while reigning 200hp champion John Heath finished third before going on to retain his place at the top of the class.

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