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P1 AquaX – Torquay

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Torquay on the English Riviera hosted Round 2 of the P1 AquaX Jet Ski Championship over the weekend of the 13th and 14th July and the crowds on Haldon Pier were treated to some fast and furious racing around a challenging course.

There are only 3 rounds in the UK championship – Round 1 was held a few weeks ago at Colwyn Bay and the final round will be held at Porthcawl on the 27th July.

The P1 AquaX racing series is run world wide with Championships in America and across Europe as well as the UK Championship.

Racing is divided up into 6 classes with 38 riders taking part in Torquay.

For Pro Enduro, AM 300 and AM 200, there are 3 heats, all the other classes have 4 heats each race weekend. The weather was kind to the racers with both days warm and sunny, although for the final heats on Sunday, the sea conditions started to get choppy.

This produced the weekends most serious injury – Harry Rickaby came off his Sea-Doo Spark in heat 4 of the Sprint SE Class and sustained some facial injuries which necessitated a hospital visit. However, he still won the Class by virtue of winning the first 3 heats of the weekend.

Harry’s girlfriend took to the podium to accept his trophy whilst he was at A&E. The busiest racer of the weekend was Mollie Fearn.

She competes in the Pro Sprint class. However, after her sister Abbie sustained some injuries in heat 1 of the Sprint SE class on Saturday, Mollie took over Abbie’s Sea-Doo Spark picking up a fourth and two third positions, finishing sixth overall.

Mollie finished second overall in the Pro Sprint class after finishing second in all four heats – great consistency and a fantastic weekend for her. With 25 points awarded for each heat win, there is all to race for in every class at the final British Championship round at Porthcawl.

More photographs from Nigel Cole.

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