The first round of the AquaX USA Championships kicked off to an exciting but turbulent start in Daytona Beach, Florida yesterday.
The first round of the P1 AquaX USA Championships got off to an exciting, but turbulent start yesterday as former multi World and National jet ski champion Eric Logopoulos battled through the six to eight foot high surf conditions to take the first race win of the season.
The thirty five year old from Sarasota, Southwest Florida rode his Sea-Doo RXPX to a flawless victory to take the checkers and the lead of the 300 class ahead of Kevin Wassum and Jeff Thornton. “It was awesome out there today. That was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”, commented Lagopoulos after receiving his medal for his first heat win.
Ron Levy from Miami also showed his merit by winning his first ever race to take the win in the 250 class. Levy rode a smart race aboard his brand new Yamaha FX SHO to hold off Greg Broche and Sean Hagen. Ron Levy, fondly known as Ron Jon, won his entry place to the AquaX Championships after winning a slalom competition in Tampa Bay several weeks before. “That was the best fun ever, and I can’t wait for tomorrow.” said an ecstatic Levy.
Ashley Sponaugle, the only female racer in the competition took a battering in the surf but impressed the crowds by her tenacity to beat the conditions “It was rough, I am battered and bruised and will probably sleep for a solid 16 hours after that but I had a great time and I will be ready to race again tomorrow!” Said Sponaugle
The gnarly conditions meant the race was delayed for a short period while officials reduced the size of the track. “The conditions were pretty radical out there today, but our water rescue team are confident and we were able to adapt the course and manage the conditions to give these guys a good race and keep them safe.” said Glyn Ovens, Head Marshal for AquaX.
Race two kicks off at 11am this morning, followed by the P1 Superstock powerboats with race three planned for a 2.00pm start.
Sunday 16th June – Revised Timetable
11.00 AquaX Race 2
12.00 Superstock Race 1
1.00 Superstock Race 1
2.00 AquaX Race 2