Son of world champion breaks world speed record at Coniston

Ben Jelf, the son of the first triple F2 World Champion and current World Champion, has broken the GT150 class world speed record at the Coniston Powerboat Records Week in Cumbria at the age of just 11

Jelf was already the youngest World and European Powerboat Racing Champion before setting the new world speed record of 43.11mph.

As well as trying to break the speed record, Ben managed to raise £2000 for the Everyman Cancer Campaign.

In an interview with the RYA, he said, “At one point I was going to give up but I just kept on trying. It takes lots of concentration when you’re speeding along but it makes me really excited too.”

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He also managed to set a new British record

for the S250 Class of 31.92mph during the week.

Ben followed his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps into powerboat racing. Both of his grandfathers suffered with prostate cancer, which inspired him to raise money and awareness for the charity.

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