Challenging conditions, under the back drop of Chicagoland set the stage for a thrilling showdown as Canada’s Jay Edworthy came through from fifth place to take top place points away from Eric Lagopoulos and Tommy Oslwang at the opening race of Great Lakes Pro/Am Enduro series in Whiting, Indiana.
“I’ve been training for this ever since we raced in Daytona and I knew those guys were fast so I had to work hard to beat them, “explained Edworthy.
Lagopoulos had led the race until lap 9, when a misjudged wave sent him crashing into the handle bars. “I hit a wave wrong and it took me a few moments to get going again and by that time I’d lost two places.”
Up until that point Lagapoulos had been feeling the heat from the newly crowned P1 AquaX USA Amateur 300s champion Chris Saxon and local racer Alan Dolecki.
As the leading pack started catching the back markers water conditions deteriorated. Dolecki pulled his kill cord allowing Edworthy to move up onto the back of Saxon, and in one move he was passed both Saxon and Lagopoulos and into the lead. Saxon also passed Lagopoulos, but within a lap went swimming allowing Tommy Olswang into third.