Phil Pope - Pro Enduro class winner
Pro Sprint winner - Simon Gill
Lucy Barrow - Colwyn Jetski Club member
The country’s leading professional and amateur jet ski riders were in Colwyn Bay at the weekend for the opening round of the P1 AquaX UK race series.
The event served up two days of fast and furious sprint and endurance racing, with the racers having to contend with challenging conditions in the strong wind and heavy rain on the opening day.
Councillor Louise Emery, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member, said: “We’re thrilled to have been part of the P1 AquaX UK series. To see the fast-growing and exciting championship in Colwyn Bay highlighted that Conwy County is the right environment to stage great events.”
Supporting the race weekend were Colwyn Bay Watersports, a community interest company founded in 2012 to realise the potential of the superb new facilities at Porth Eirias, and the local Jet Ski Club. Two of its members – Lucy Barrow and Derek Turner competed in the Sprint class.
Phil Pope from Derbyshire showed why he is a multiple UK champion with a clean sweep of victories in the Pro Enduro class over Joe Harvey and Richard Cable.
Harvey maintained a strong second but it was Cable who came back after a disastrous start in race 1, which saw him tangled up in a mark to claim third by 1 point over Tim Batte.
Welsh amateur riders James Roberts and Nigel Williams impressed in the 300 class, with James recording his first overall win the AquaX championships. Brand new rider Ethan Winchester took a surprise third. "I really enjoyed it out there today", enthused Winchester. I've come from motocross and this has given me push to compete again."
The age-old battle between Duncan Johnstone and Dave Lee raged on in the AM 200 class, with Lee taking two out of the three wins to secure himself the lead in the championship.
In the sprint division Simon Gill started where he left off at the end of 2018 firmly at the pointed end of the Pro Sprint class, although Mollie Fearn won race 3 after Gill made an error on the final lap. Harry Robinson finished third.
Sparks were flying in the Sprint SE class with Harry Rickaby, Elliot Cable and Bailey Gibson going head to head in a 3-way battle for win, yet despite a gallant attempt from Cable and Gibson, Rickaby was too strong and takes the lead going into the second event in Torquay, next month. Cable finished in second with Gibson taking third.
AquaX EuroTour Junior Sprint Champion, Jack Wells made the move the AM Sprint class to take on and conquer the experience of Kevin Pope to win both races. To be fair to Pope, he was doing double duty racing in both the 4 and 2 stroke Sprint classes. But still, Wells made his mark today as a future star of wave racing. Pope finished in second with Colwyn Jetski club riders, Lucy Barrow and Derek Turner taking. third and fourth respectively.
Lisa Barsby, Global Head of P1 AquaX and herself a former world champion jet skier, commented: “This was our first visit to North Wales and Porth Eirias is a great venue for our UK series. We have enjoyed working with the local community and hope to be back next year.”
For the full results from the weekend visit our results page