Date: Thu 26 Oct 2017

Throwback Thursday: Huddleston the hero in Torquay

A clean sweep from championship leader in an excellent showing on the English south coast extends his lead in the overall standings.

Round four of the 2013 AquaX UK championship saw Dave Huddleston produce a memorable performance in Torquay to take home maximum points from all three races.

After a hat-trick of second places in Margate, Huddlestone’s lead at the top of the championship stood at just eight points from rival Ian Moule heading into the weekend, and he required a dominant performance to provide some daylight between the two.

Dominance was exactly what Huddlestone provided. After securing pole position, the 2009 JSRA Club Racing Runabout Overall Champion secured victory in the opening heat despite suffering an injury before the race. A damaged shoulder cast doubts on his performance, but Huddlestone powered ahead of his title rival Moule and claimed victory.

The latter had made his way to second in the race, but battling the chop, he suffered as the race went on and could only finish fourth.

With his rivals struggling, Huddlestone made the most of their misfortune to punish them, claiming two more victories from as many races to take the maximum 50 points from the weekend.

A brilliant pole win followed by two podium finishes secured Matt Shipley victory in the 250 class, with his performance in the first race one to remember. Having taken a swim after being high-sided off his ski, Shipley rallied to remarkably finish second.

Shipley picked up his second victory of the weekend on Sunday with a win in the 40-minute endurance race, leading from start to finish.

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