National title for Chris
PUBLISHED: 09:04 29 July 2011
Waterskier Chris Preece has secured the national open class waterski title, with three wins out of four rounds.
TWO skiers from Weston made the long journey to Hunstanton, Norfolk for the seventh round of the national waterski race championships.
The water was extremely rough, but due to three races already being cancelled this year, there was a lot of pressure for this race to run and this resulted in all races being shortened.
Simon Dowling, skiing in Formula 3 had a brilliant start, leading for most of the race, until his line snapped on the main straight. His team did a fantastic job sorting put the spare quickly and getting him going again.
Unfortunately this set back meant he finished second, which means going into the final round in August, at Brixham, the Formula 3 championship could not be any closer with both Simon and closest rival Martin Davies having two wins each.
Chris Preece, skiing in open class, had an awful start. By the time he was up skiing, he was at least two laps down on the rest of the field. Due to the rough conditions and lots of skiers falling off, Chris was able to make up the gap reasonably quickly.
About five minutes from the finish he took a big tumble, loosing his ski and goggles. This once again put him back down the field. Despite all the calamities, he still managed to finish first in his class which means he has secured the national open class title, with three wins out of four rounds.
The Weston skiers are now preparing for the final round of the European Cup race in Cardiff on August 6-7.