Dave Lee - 200 Champion
Lewis Royle - 2015 Rookie Champion
Damien Evans 250 Champion
The 250 Championship was eventually won by Damien Evans, who rode from the back to take all 3 race wins ahead of teammate Richard Rowe and Rookie racer Andy Collins. Rowe had been leading the championship since round 4, when the winner of rounds one and three, Adrian Wilson suffered a catastrophic mechanical break down that saw the veteran racer score no points. Allowing Rowe and Evans close the gap to just 10 points going into the final round of the season, but unfortunately Wilson wasn’t able to fix his ski in time, so the battle for the title was left to Evans and Rowe.
Despite the challenging conditions Rowe and Evans remained stuck together in Race 1 pushing each other to the limits. Eventually Evans passed Rowe in the latter stages to close the points gap on the overall lead “I need to win all three races today if I’m going to beat Richard for the title,” explained Damien.
Race 2 started well for Rowe as he claimed the holeshot over Evans, but disaster struck when the Welshman got snagged on a race mark and struggled to free himself allowing Evans to make the pass and the win. Rowe eventually freed himself but not before losing second place to newcomer Andy Collins. “I couldn’t believe it, one of my sponsons got caught on the marker buoy harness and I lost a lap to Damien,” explained an exasperated Rowe.
Rowe’s disaster gave Evans the upper hand going into the third and final race of the weekend and with a 4 point advantage meant all Evans had to do was finish second to Rowe to win the day and the championship. But Evans was on a roll and despite starting behind Rowe soon made his way past Rowe and into the lead. Finishing the season on a high with his second consecutive AquaX title in the bag - he won the 200 title in in 2014 - Evans had this to say “I’m really happy to have won. I can’t believe it. We've a had a great season and I've really enjoyed it."
Local rider Andy Collins finish third on the day with a spectacular debut performance from the first time racer and for his efforts also picked up the Rookie Cup.
83 Damien Evans 239
133 Richard Rowe 232
121 Adrian Wilson 173
Twenty two year old Lewis Royle has been pushing for a win in the 200 class all year, but had yet to beat to beat the reigning Rookie Champion Dave Lee to the win. But all that was all to change in the challenging conditions of the Bournemouth surf when the youngster from Wales put in a confident ride to beat Lee into second place in all three races. “It’s really rough out there, but I really enjoyed it and pleased to take my first win,” explained Royle.
However, Lee could afford to give Royle the win, as it was he that would take home his first AquaX Championship victory in the 200 class. “I’m delighted, it’s been a great season with great venue,” commented Lee.
95 David Lee 291
67 Lewis Royle 264
116 Nigel Chapple 178