Date: Sat 02 Sep 2017

Harvey clinches title on Saturday despite Leach leading the weekend

Joe Harvey has led the UK Championships since the opening race and he secured the title on day one in Torquay despite damage to his ski.

A different location, a different day but the same outcome as Joe Harvey stormed his way towards the UK Championship in Torquay despite having one race still to go.

Harvey came into the weekend having won five of the six races held across the opening rounds in Greenock and Milford Haven and he has continued his great form on the English coast too.

In Saturday's opening race, he extended his points lead with another win but, before race two, his ski was damaged in transportation and had to settle for third despite winning the race - he incurred a two-place penalty for changing his ski mid-event. Despite his lowest finish of the season, it was still enough to secure him the title before hitting the waters for the race of the series tomorrow.

Second in race on was Khris Leach who has performed fantastically in today’s two races to lead the weekend standings. He added to his runners-up spot in the opening race with a win second time out.

Completing the podium finishes in both races was Russell Marmon who moves up to second in the overall standings. Third in race one and second in race two closed the five-point gap and leapfrogged him over Tim Batte who came sixth and fourth in today's races.

The tightest title race of the series is in the 300 AM class and the five points that separate David Coe and Richard Cable before today hasn’t changed after they both secured a race win and a spot as runners-up in today’s two races. Local amateur Dennis Taylor produced two top class rides to bag himself a pair of third-place finishes on his AquaX debut.

Carl Lofthouse’s 36-point lead in the 200 AM class has been cut to 21 as David Lee keeps his hopes alive of claiming the title in the final race of the series. After winning the first race he secured second in race two to lead the weekend’s standings. Lofthouse crossed the line second in race one and he was followed by Nigel Williams, while Duncan Johnstone was the victor in race two and Williams was back on the podium in third once again.

Simon Gill’s formidable run of Sprint Pro/AM race wins didn’t show any signs of coming to an end as he won both races today to make it a clean sweep – 10 race wins from 10 – season. It is the race for the remaining podium spots that is leaving people guessing as Rob Long’s pair of third-places, and Cameron Greens second and fourth sees them close the gap on Harry Robinson in second, only seven points separate the three.

In the Sprint AM class, leader Mollie Fearn wasn’t able to make this weekend’s racing and Reanna Wilson has taken the opportunity to close Fearn’s lead to 11 points with one race to go tomorrow. Wilson crossed the line fourth in the opening race before being victorious in race two.

Third in the overall standings, Dylan Green, mirrored Wilson’s performance with a win in race one before coming fourth in race two. Second in both races was Sam Harding while Michael Pritchard finished the day with a pair of thirds.

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