Last weekend saw the opening round of the British RYA Circuit Powerboat Championships hit Oulton Broad with a splash. Talented Youngster Ben Jelf, fresh from being crowned World Champion, secured the fastest qualifying lap with an incredible 53-second performance.
Jelf, who is only 11 years old, is aiming for the double glory of being both World and British Champion, and judging by last weekend’s performance, it looks like he’s off to a flying start. Ben took the lead from the off and held it against all comers, right down to the chequered flag.
Fifth Gear presenter Tiff Needell was on hand to present the prizes as hundreds of spectators cheered. Ben told Powerboat World: ‘Everyone raced really well this weekend and it looks like it will be a very exciting season with lots of tough races throughout the year. We’d been having problems with the engine in pre-season testing but I’ve got a great team and sponsors behind me helping every step of the way.’
This year’s powerboat season is set to be one of the best yet, as enthusiasts from all over the world gear up for fierce competition. So next time you feel the need for speed, head down to Oulton Broad Marina – just follow the roar of the engines!