Date: Tue 16 Aug 2016

The 2016 P1 AquaX UK season so far...

It’s been a season of real highs and lows as the P1 AquaX UK Series heads to Cardiff for round four, on August 28-29.

The riders have tackled everything, from choppy seas in Scarborough to scorching sun in Greenock (well, on the Saturday at least), and now they will take on yet another challenge as they swap the beach for Cardiff Bay.

Things started off in Scarborough where 10ft waves put a halt to action on the opening day of the season. In the Pro Am Enduro 300 class, former world no.1 Eric Francis travelled over from the US to take on UK champion and world no.2 Phil Pope. It was the Brit who came out on top, despite both riders notching up a win apiece. Richard Rowe swept up the honours in the 250 class and Duncan Johnstone snatched victory in the 200 class. Jim Goodchild and Aaron Rowe were dominant in the AquaX Sprint classes.

The P1 roadshow then travelled to Scotland for the very first time, where Pope was once again on top in the 300 class, after picking up three victories from three races. Richard Rowe mirrored that feat with victory in the 250 class, whilst Paul Handley came through by a point in the 200 class to beat Scottish racer Johnstone. In the Sprint series it was Simon Gill who claimed victory on his first appearance of the season, whilst Reanna Wilson took victory in the rookie class.

Stokes Bay played host to round three of the UK championship as the teams and riders headed to the south coast for the midpoint of the 2016 season. Again, the 300 class were powerless to stop Pope from taking his third straight round and with it his sixth straight race victory, although Joe Harvey gave him a good battle in race three of the weekend. Richard Rowe continued with maximum points and Johnstone was back on top with 60 points from 60 in the 200s. Simon Gill was once again in fine form, although Cameron Green’s third ensured he stayed top of the P1 AquaX Sprint Elite standings. Aaron Rowe came through for a two-point victory in the rookie class.

Cardiff could make or break title hopes for many of the championship contenders so be sure to catch the action on August bank holiday weekend.

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