The 3rd annual P1 AquaX Whiting Grand Prix opened up with a bang as some of the top PRO/AM racers from across the USA and Canada met for a serious showdown. 300 Class and JetX racer, Jay Edworthy, was the favorite coming into the event as the defending champion of the North East region.
However, Edworthy took a few spills during his first race, which hurt his chances of a race win. Eric Lagopoulos led the pack for the majority of the race with Chris Saxon and AquaX newcomer, Tyler Hill, hot on his heels the entire race. Saxon kept the pressure on Lagopoulos and managed to pass the former AquaX champion late in the race, while Hill pulled off an impressive third place in the first race. Canadian Dave Davidson worked his way through the pack and finished in a respectable fourth.
Race two saw Lagopoulos take the holeshot and manage to fend off Hill and Saxon with a comfortable lead. The battle going on for second between Hill and Saxon is where the race took place, Hill managed to keep Saxon at bay with his strongest AquaX finish yet. Saxon took third with Edworthy rebounding from a rocky first race with a solid fourth place in the second race.
Sunday brought an unfortunate end to Tyler Hill’s hot streak, as he suffered mechanical issues, which ruled him out of the rest of the weekend’s action. Lagopoulos and Saxon, again, battled for first and second place, Dave Davidson capitalized on Hill’s misfortune by bringing Canada a third-place finish. Lagopoulos maintained a strong race four until Saxon, managed to pass Lagopoulos for the win, but it was not enough to take Lagopoulos off the overall top spot for the weekend. Saxon brought home second place overall with Dave Davidson finishing a solid third. Rip-It and SeaDoo racer, Anthony Radetic finished fourth overall, his strongest finish at an AquaX event yet.
The 200 Class overall win went to another AquaX Enduro newcomer, Errol Lange, who made his runabout racing debut this weekend. Lange, predominantly a stand-up racer, stated: “I had a great experience for my first P1 AquaX Race! The transition from closed course to endurance was smooth, thanks to the P1 staff and fellow racers.”
When asked how he prepared for the transition Lange replied: “I spent some time training on my Kawasaki STX15F with Jason Lester from the St. Pete/Clearwater team in preparation to racing my first runabout endurance race and the rough conditions in Whiting. Such a great experience and I’m really stoked for Chicago.
“Much thanks to Jason Lester and Ray C’s Extreme and Dave Rossi for providing me the Kawasaki STX-15F to compete on.”
The next round will be the Chicago Grand Prix which will feature round four of the Pro Enduro class and the second round of the North East Region Pro/Am class, 1-2 September at the 31st Street Harbor, Chicago.