Trailing teammate Richard Rowe in the overall standings, only a comprehensive victory in Bournemouth would provide Evans with enough points to land the championship on board his Yahama FX SHO, and he delivered just that. The 34-year-old blew his rivals out of the water with victory in all three heats, although the difficult conditions in Bournemouth certainly played their part.
With veteran rider Adrian Wilson sidelined from the event after failing to fix an issue with his ski, the title was a straight shootout between Rowe and Evans. Race 1 saw the two battle it out over every inch of the course, sticking together and pushing each other to the limit as they battled for ultimate glory. Evans managed to inch past Rowe in the final stages of the opener, and with it secured maximum points to keep his title hopes alive.
Before the start of the event, Evans, who is a train driver when not taking to the waves, was fully aware of the task he faced: “I need to win all three races today if I’m going to beat Richard for the title.”
After a closely fought contest in the opener, disaster was soon to strike in the second heat, which would ultimately leave Rowe with his back against the wall in the shootout with his teammate. After initially leading, disaster struck for the Welshman as he became snagged on a race mark and struggled in vain to free himself. Evans passed to secure an easy win and another 20 points, but his championship challenge was further boosted by an incredible debut performance from Andy Collins.
The local rider managed to make the most of Rowe’s struggles to land a spectacular second-place finish, ultimately handing Evans the upper hand in the last race.
Despite having the advantage, the 34-year-old only had to finish second to Rowe to claim the title, but with momentum under his belt finishing second was never on the cards. Evans once again glided past his teammate and secured his second consecutive AquaX title.