Date: Fri 01 Sep 2017

Recap: Round 1-2 of the UK series

Epic battles and outstanding performances have made the 2017 UK Series one of the most exciting we’ve ever seen with one round, this weekend in Torquay, still to go.

The best riders from the British Isles have gone toe-to-toe with each other in Scotland and Wales and now it is the turn to hit English waters as the AquaX series embarks on the Devon coast.

Joe Harvey has dominated the Enduro Pro class having claimed victory in five of the six races across both weekends. He was unstoppable in Scotland and Russell Marmon followed him over the line in second in all three races and the podium was completed by Tim Batte in third, while David Huddleston finished just behind Batte by three points.

Harvey once again proved a class above as he recorded two race victories on the opening day to take home the second round of the UK series in Milford Haven.

The 2016 International Cup champion was racing at his very best on the Saturday as he lapped virtually the whole field in race one and took yet another comfortable victory in race two ahead of Batte and Marmon.

The flatter water on Sunday allowed the competition to bridge the gap and Batte took advantage to record his first victory of the season, Harvey settling for second ahead of Marmon who was a consistent third all weekend.

Despite failing to win for the first time this year, it wasn’t enough to knock Harvey off top spot.

With Jordan Lambert outside the podium places in Wales and Rainer Eidner unable to race in the second weekend of the season, Harvey has a huge lead in the championship standings and looks sure to add to his AquaX trophy collection if he can complete all three races in Torquay this weekend.

In the 300 AM class, David Coe took first place ahead of Richard Cable and James Roberts in Milford Haven which is the order they now stand in the overall table. Only five points separate the top two and fourth-placed Wayne Lucas will be aiming to get on the podium sitting just six points behind Roberts which has set up several intriguing battles this weekend between the class’ best.

The 200 AM class has been dominated by Carl Lofthouse this term having replicated Harvey’s impressive feat – he has won five of his six outings this year. The only man to finish above Lofthouse was David Lee who won race 2 in Greenock and he is second in the standings, 36 points off top spot. Completing the top three is Nigel Williams a further 14 points behind Lee.

Mollie Fearn has been the dominant force in the Ski Am class as she sits atop the table with a 49 point lead over Reanna Wilson. A third in the season’s opening race in Greenock was an awakening for Fearn who has gone on to win the seven subsequent races to raise her total to 165 points while a trio of second-place finishes in Milford Haven has helped Wilson to second on 116 heading into Torquay and Dylan Green is within touching distance as he sits third on 108 points.

The only person in the AquaX UK series with a perfect record is Simon Gill in the Ski Pro Am division who has been touchable on his way to eight race victories from eight and a maximum 200-point tally. The competition for second and third is tight with Harry Robinson currently in the runners-up spot on 139 while Rob Long’s 108 points sees him next while Cameron Green is aiming to close the seven-point gap for a place on the podium.

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