Date: Wed 11 Oct 2017

Port Balis to host climax of the Euro Tour

Catalonia has been making headlines for the past two weeks and its set to stay in the news as we head to Port Balis near Barcelona for this weekend’s Euro Tour finale.

The two-day event (October 14 & 15) will be the final round of this year’s inaugural European race series and more than 70 jet ski racers from the UK, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany and the host country will be battling for championship titles in seven individual classes.

“The number of riders and countries who will be represented in Spain reflects the rapidly growing interest in P1 AquaX racing across Europe” said Lisa Barsby, Global Head of the race series.

“The launch of the Euro Tour this year followed on from establishing successful AquaX series in the UK, United States and Malaysia, and the fact that strong performances on the Tour will be rewarded with places at the P1 AquaX World Championship at Key West, Florida in December has attracted a high-quality field.”

The three-round European series kicked off in Agon-Coutainville in Normandy in June and then headed across the English Channel to Milford Haven in Wales the following month. The racing format follows the US series where competitors are divided into two categories – Enduro and Sprint – depending upon the personal watercraft they ride and style of riding they enjoy.

Hosting P1 AquaX’s first ever visit to Catalonia will be the Club Nautico El Balis, situated on the picturesque Costa Dorada north-east of Barcelona.

Estibaliz Amatriain, Director of Operations at the Club, commented: “With our fine, sandy beaches either side of the harbour, excellent marina facilities, shops and restaurants, and great viewing from the pier and beach, the thousands of visitors we expect here this weekend will enjoy two days of outstanding marine motorsport in a superb setting. Founded in 1966, the Club’s original focus was on sailing but we are now hugely experienced in organising and hosting a wide variety of sports and social events.”

The Enduro Pro class will be fiercely contested with a number of riders, including Jordan Lambert and Tim Batte, battling for podium places behind runaway leader Joe Harvey, who has already claimed the UK title this season.

French riders Thomas Batisse and Toni Luciano will be looking to be crowned champions in the Amateur 300 and 200 classes respectively, while Britain’s Simon Gill will be hoping to retain his lead in the Sprint class.

The race programme this weekend will feature three Enduro races and four races for the Sprint riders, and all the action will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

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