This weekend (15/16 September) Kent based powerboat racing team Jelf Racing head to Stewartby, Bedford in a bid for Powerboat GP podiums at the penultimate event of the season as they compete at the Bedford Grand Prix.
Jelf Racing team will be represented in five of the British championship classes and will be looking to secure podium places in each class.
First in action is the team’s youngest member George Elmore who will be looking to close the gap on rival Harvey Smith as they both search for their first British Championship titles in the GT15 class. George claimed the Powerboat GP British RYA Sprint Championship back in August, despite pressure from fellow competitors Aidan Fleet and Ethan Goodfellow.
This weekend all the youngsters in GT15 class will be looking to fight for podium places and looking to secure the Bedford GT15 Grand Prix title. George knows the competition will be tough this weekend but the youngster will be high in confidence following recent performances and will be looking to prove himself to the team and his fellow competitors.
Next in action will be the team’s GT30 driver Jonathan Brewer. Jonathan Brewer has his work cut out for him trying to catch championship leader Thomas Mantripp, in what’s been one of the most intense battles of the season both of the youngsters have pushed each other to the limits and look set to continue their battle right down to the final chequered flag of the season.
Next in action will be the team’s T850 drivers, Nigel Edwards and Jason Brewer. Nigel Edwards is currently battling for second place in the championship campaign with Steve Cash as both drivers try to stop Bill Owen from securing his 11th championship title. Meanwhile Brewer has been plagued with problems so far this season and will be looking to put the troubles behind him and searching for a podium finish.
Following a bronze medal at the European F4 Championships Ben Jelf will be looking to put Championship leader Ben Morse under pressure in a bid to stop Morse from claiming his 16th British title. Jelf has really got to grips with his new hull over the last couple of events, really getting the best out of his setup. Morse holds. 26 point lead over Ben Jelf and Rob Veares currently sat in second but all three racers are aware of the pressures of racing and how easily the smallest mistake can cost person the championship so with 62 points still up for grabs Jelf will be remaining clam and focussed on his own race and letting to get the job done.
The final racer in action for the team is team manger Colin Jelf who currently leads the 2017 F2 Championship campaign, but faces stiff competition from Sprint Champion Paul Balfour as he looks to secure the title for the team. Colin certainly has his work cut out for him if he’s to hold onto his lead and following engine problems at the sprint championship and then flipping his boat in the F2 international race in Lithuania he will be hoping his run of bad luck is firmly behind him and hoping to end the season on a high with podium finishes at both of the final events of the season and hopefully the championship top spot.
The team will be in action on the water action from 10.30 on both Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September starting with qualifying and then with each class competing over three heats to find the 2017 Powerboat GP Bedford Grand Prix winners.
Nikki is the Sponsorship and PR Manager for the Jelf Racing Powerboat Team.
She was a Powerboat Racing Senior Administrator at the Royal Yachting Association for 6 years.
Nikki reports on the Jelf Racing Team and international F4 racing.