Date: Mon 05 Sep 2016

Championship titles wrapped up at Grand Finale in Bournemouth

Phil Pope took the 2016 P1 AquaX UK Enduro 300 class title despite recording his worst performance of the season in Bournemouth.

The dominant championship leader lost his unbeaten streak when Joe Harvey took victory in the opening race of the weekend but Pope bounced back with victory in race two before issues with his ski cost him valuable points in the final race. That handed Harvey his first overall weekend victory of the season but still left him a long way behind Pope for the championship title.

Phil Pope picked up the Enduro 300 class title

Phil Pope picked up the Enduro 300 class title

Pope had won nine races back-to-back before his defeat to Harvey and amassed an amazing 263 points from a possible 280 to win the title 38 points. Harvey’s victory ensured second place in the championship whilst Khris Leach came third. The pair came together in race two bringing out a red flag as both riders were checked over by the safety team.

Elsewhere, Richard Rowe ended the season as 250 champion but was unable to finish race three handing Dave Lee the overall weekend victory. Local racer Andy Collins finished second on only his second appearance of the season and David Coe finished third, giving him second in the overall championship standings. Ryan O’Connor, although finishing last for the weekend due to problems with his ski, took third in the championship.

Duncan Johnstone fought off the challenge of Paul Handley to claim the 200 class title by a slender nine points. Johnstone came into the final round with a three-point lead and knew he would just have to stay in front of Handley to claim the championship. He did exactly that, taking second behind Carl Lofthouse in all three of the races. Lofthouse leapfrogged Nigel Chapple in the championship after taking a maximum 60 points.

Simon Gill made it 15 straight and took the title in the Grand Finale

Simon Gill made it 15 straight and took the title in the Grand Finale

The P1 AquaX Sprint Elite class was won by Simon Gill as he took all four races to win the title despite having missed the opening round of the season in Scarborough. Gill lost just one race all season, racking up 15 straight victories in the process. Last year’s champion Cameron Green claimed second place behind Gill in both the overall weekend standings and the championship standings. Harrison Malin picked up third.

Aaron Rowe was crowned Sprint Rookie champion after second place in Bournemouth, beating Rich Davey who finished third on the weekend. Steven Combstock claimed his first weekend victory of the season as he took third in the championship.

The P1 AquaX UK season may have come to a close but the pros are back in action as the US series visits Chicago for the very first time this weekend! Check out all the action on Facebook.

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