Date: Mon 04 Dec 2017

Amateur Internationals Preview: Who will take the crown?

With less than a week to go until the Amateur Internationals take place at the inaugural AquaX World Championships in Key West, let’s take a look at the contenders.

Thomas Batisse is Europe's main hope for victory

Thomas Batisse is Europe's main hope for victory

Racers from both the European and USA championships converge on South Florida for the second running of the Amateur Internationals after British racer Joe Harvey won the two-round championship in 2016.

Leading the USA challenge will be 300 class Amateur champion Cody Tetreault, who held off season-long rival Carlito Del Valle to land the title with room to spare at the final round in Ft Lauderdale. Del Valle will be looking to take revenge, whilst race winners on the season David Gorie, who won in Ft Lauderdale, and Sophie Francis will be looking to take advantage of any slip ups.

Jason Lester and Dave Davidson, podium finishers in the North East series, have also been closing the gap to the top guys and could make an impact, whilst Dean Harrison has been consistently inside the top ten since returning to the AquaX Tour.

Eric Diaz, reigning 200 class champ, is looking to double up in Key West

Eric Diaz, reigning 200 class champ, is looking to double up in Key West

Outsiders include newcomer Justin Taylor who finished 7th on debut last time out, Frank Silva who returns to AquaX after winning the P1 SuperStock series this season and Enrique Chia, who almost took victory in St Cloud early in the season.

The European challenge in the 300 class comes from Thomas Batisse, the European series 300 Amateur champion after taking a clean sweep of victories at all three rounds on the European Tour this season.

He is joined by Axel Tottewitz who completed his first race weekend in Port Balis, Spain in October and will be hoping to improve for that experience.

The 250 class will provide a straight shootout between two 2017 champions in Kevin Sullivan and Christian Daly. The former took the 250 Florida Series championship with ease, despite not being able to race in his class in Ft Lauderdale, whilst Daly took the North East Series championship and travelled down for Ft Lauderdale where he put in a flawless performance to take 75 points.

In the 200 class, 2017 US champion Eric Diaz will take on European runner-up and UK champion Carl Lofthouse in what could turn out to be a straight shootout. Jose Lius Gonzalez makes up the trio of challengers.

You can watch all the racing live over on our Facebook page on 9/10 December!

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