Jelf Racing Powerboat Team has secured their third British title of the season at the Bedford GP as Ben Jelf claimed the 2015 Powerboat GP RYA GT30 Championship.
Competing at the final round of the championship Ben who is one of four racers of the Jelf Racing Team once more led the way at the Bedford GP securing pole position from his closest rival with over a second and reaching speeds of 40mph.
Ben then went on to dominate over all three heats of the weekend leading from the start to the chequered flag in some very testing conditions that pushed all of the racers to their limits. But Ben prevailed and this weekend’s win saw him win every Powerboat Grand Prix title of the 2015 season to compliment his Powerboat GP RYA British Sprint title making a double British crown for the teenager.
Ben also represented the team in the F4 catamaran class but unfortunately things didn’t quite go to plan for the youngster who despite securing a strong second place in qualifying was forced to sit out the rest of the weekend’s racing after a collision on the start of heat 1 with Sam Whittle saw Ben’s boat damaged and unrepairable for the rest of the weekends racing.
Junior Jelf racers George Elmore and Jonathan Brewer were both back in action for the final round of the GT15 Championship fighting for the final honours in the 2015 campaign. Rival Thomas Mantripp all but had the British Championship wrapped up and in the bag but it wasn’t going to stop Jonathan from attempting to claim the final Powerboat GP crown.
Another strong performance from the Jelf youngsters but George Elmore had problems on the start during two of the heats meaning he had to settle for mid fleet finishing positions and had to settle for 7th overall in the British Championship but is showing great promise and developing his racing skill with every race.
Jonathan once more bore down on Thomas Mantripp trying to pass the championship favourite at every turn a bad start in the final heat saw Jonathan left on the start line and left with a lot of work to do to pass Elliot Fleet and Harvey Smith. The youngster used his recent experience from the European championships to work his way back up to second and with it taking a silver medal in the British Championship overall to accompany his Silver RYA British Sprint Championship medal and European Silver Medal with both Jelf youngsters securing their most successful season finishes to date.
The final member of the Jelf Racing Team in action was Colin Jelf in the F2 Class and there was another championship still up for grabs to compliment his 2015 Powerboat GP RYA British F2 Championship from the team’s last visit to Bedford.
The F2 Competition has been one of the most thrilling competitions of the season with the final weekend set to be no different. Less than a second separated the top three of Paul Balfour, Steve Hoult and Colin Jelf during qualifying and looked to pave the way for three nail biting heats. First blood went to Championship leader but focussed and on home water Colin Jelf had the championship challenge in his sights as he took the second heat win.
Back on pole position for heat 3 Jelf took the lead but on the second lap disaster struck as Colin lost his prop and prop shaft forcing him to retire and watch the rest of the race from the centre of the course and his double championship campaign sink with his propeller. Despite this misfortune Colin’s recent form was enough to see him secure the silver medal in the Powerboat GP RYA British F2 Championship and bringing more medal glory to a fantastic finish for the team.
Although the season is now over the teams attentions have already turned to the 2016 season and the team will soon be back in action as they begin preparations for next year.