MacClugage makes it two wins from two on first day of Rip It Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix
Legendary personal watercraft racer Chris MacClugage took maximum points from the first two Pro Enduro races of the 2018 Rip It Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix.
The Broward Motorsports rider was dominant throughout the day, dealing well with the choppy conditions, which caused problems for so many riders across the two races, along with blustery winds and, for the majority of the day, overcast skies on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
MacClugage said: “My aim is to put the Monster Energy Broward Motorsports Yamaha, fuelled by Deans Team, on top of the podium this weekend. I haven’t had a race win all season and it’d be a good confidence booster to leave on a good note.
“Winning four out of four races is the aim. Fingers crossed everything goes well with my boat, I’ve got a great team behind me.”
MacClugage’s teammate, West Palm Beach native Eric Francis, had cause for celebration, as his title was all but confirmed, with two top three finishes leaving him all but confirmed as US National champion.
A fine crowd of PWC enthusiasts, saw fellow championship contender, and current world champion, Brian Baldwin have a day to forget, with a DNF in the first race, followed up by a second place, however he was further penalised two positions due to changing skis, which saw him drop to third place in the overall series standings.
Other professionals with strong finishes, included a third place for Mike Klippenstein, a former AquaX Champion, take a third overall, having made the long journey from Canada, for the season finale. AquaX UK Champion Phil Pope finished fourth overall despite sustaining an injury in the first race. Leader for Rookie of the Year, Christian Daly, had a good finish in the top seven on a replacement PWC in race two, having had initial disappointment in the first race with a DNF.
The Amateur 300 class saw George Holmquist take his first ever AquaX race win, while Justin Taylor was victor in the second race, but leading the field going into tomorrow’s final two races of the season is Yaniel Fiallo after he posted two solid seconds in conditions, again, that made the winners work hard for their valuable points, in the last event of the season. Scott Reeves took two straight wins in the Am200 class to reduce the points deficit on championship leader Jose Luis Gonzalez to 18 points.
In the Sprint races, winners included Jason Lester in the Sport/Spark section, and the Ski was dominated by Mike Klippenstein.
For more information, ahead of day two of the 2018 Rip It Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix, and to register for tickets, please visit: www.flgrandprix.com