Young powerboater focuses on British championship

Eleven-year-old Ben Jelf hopes to kick start new season with a win in the first round of the British Championship

Ben Jelf, 11-year-old World Powerboat Racing Champion,

from Maidstone, Kent, begins his battle to become 2012 British RYA GT15

Champion this Bank Holiday weekend.

Following his success in the 2011 season that saw him

crowned British, world and European champion, Jelf will compete in the first of

five rounds in the national championship series, at Lowestoft and Oulton Broad

Motor Boat Club, and hopes to move one step closer to adding his fifth

consecutive British RYA Championship title to his list of successes.

A total of seven youngsters aged between 9-16 have

signed up for the event, which looks to be one for the most exciting yet.

After a long winter of training Jelf says he can’t wait

to get back in the boat, commenting, “I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend. Everybody’s looked really good in testing and training so there should be some really strong competition in the championship this year.

“Testing hasn’t been going so great recently and we’ve

been having a few engine problems but with the support of the rest of team Jelf

and my sponsors Tohatsu Marine UK, and BS

Marinesport I’m sure we’ll resolve the issues for the best possible result this