Unstoppable Russell Marmon bids for the AquaX title in Cowes
Marmon Goes For Glory In Cowes As AquaX Field GrowsOrganisers of the thrilling P1 AquaX Championship, the only Jet-Ski racing series to compete on the sea, are expecting a swell in numbers for the latest round of the 2011 season in Cowes on the Isle of Wight later this month, Saturday, 27 August, with an expanding grid of riders set to take part.Over the course of the first three events, Kawasaki rider Russell Marmon (Christchurch, Dorset) has been the class of the field in the headline Elite 300 category and is undefeated as he prepares for the two half-hour races which will form part of the prestigious British Powerboat Festival.Should Marmon continue his incredible streak - which barring any mechanical issues is certainly a distinct possibility - he can seal the 2011 P1 AquaX title in Cowes but the event will undoubtedly be a major test for all concerned.In the AM 300 class, things are very tight at the top of the standings with Dave Huddleston (Milton Keynes) just six points clear of Paul Attiwell (Oxford) after the leader suffered an engine failure last time out in Plymouth enabling fellow Kawasaki Ultra 250 rider Attiwell to do the double. Third placed Matt Shipley (Eastbourne, Sussex) another Kawasaki ace, is also well in the mix just six more points adrift.Duncan Johnstone (Fareham, Hampshire) has been replicating Marmon's dominance in AM 200 and he can claim that class title in the Isle of Wight after an unbroken run of wins in Southampton, Jersey and Plymouth on his Yamaha FX160 - a remarkable season to date for the racing rookie.Of the new contingent expected to boost the grid in Cowes, Andy Steele (Southampton) is aiming to give friend and fellow Solent Skiers club member Johnstone a run for his money in the AM 200 category. The 47-year-old, a Marine Engineer by trade, will be up against some of the top riders in the UK and the opportunity to be involved was simply too good to miss.Due to the nature of his work though, Steele finds it almost impossible to set aside the time to be able to get involved in championship racing so in order to make the upcoming AquaX race meeting he's taken a month off!"It's very difficult to get the time to compete so I'm really going out there to enjoy this and have a lot of fun", he said, "You never get a chance to ride for a full half-hour in a club event so that's why I really wanted to have a go at this. It'll come down to a stamina thing, I don't know if I'll be fit enough to finish the races but I'll be giving it a go. Hopefully I can try and give Duncan a run for his money in Moto One!"
AquaX will be based on the beach at Egypt Point throughout Saturday, 27 August, with official practice and Superpole qualifying scheduled to commence at 10.00 with the first half-hour race getting underway at 13.15 and race two set to follow at 15.15.
Away from the race action, more outstanding entertainment will be supplied by 17-year-old British Freestyle Champion Jack Moule will be wowing the crowds with a series of sensational acrobatic displays at Egypt Point.Provisional AquaX Timetable - Cowes, Isle of Wight: Saturday 27 August09.15 -09.45 Riders launch and prepare to leave for racecourse10.00 - 11.00 AquaX Official Practice and Superpole Qualifying12.45 - 13.00 Riders leave for racecourse13.00 - 13.15 Freestyle featuring British Champion Jack Moule13.15 - 13.45 AquaX Race One13.45 - 14.00 Freestyle featuring British Champion Jack Moule 15.00 - 15.15 Freestyle featuring British Champion Jack Moule15.15 - 15.45 AquaX Race Two16.00 - 16.15 AquaX Podium on the beach immediately after racing finishes