Ben Jelf has taken another step up in his racing career at Coniston this week, he is breaking British records in a F2 Molgaard hull.
The current UIM F2 World Speed Record was set at 132.18 mph in 2013 by Keith Whittle.
It was certainly a day to remember, just seconds after passing the timing gate and setting the record, Whittle’s Pepstar Dragon hull dramatically took off and proceeded to perform an acrobatic aerial display.
Being that Whittle was running on a British RYA licence, not only did he set the World Record but also captured the National F2 record.
In 2015 Matt Palfreyman used the same hull and set a stunning 137.9 mph, only to fail technical inspection when it was found that the Mercury Optimax flywheel cover was missing.
Yesterday at Coniston it was announced that Whittle’s 5 year old National Record had been ‘frozen’, although few knew about it.
The reason given was that in 2017 a weight increase of 20 kilos was introduced for British F2 boats.
With the record up for grabs, Jelf established a new National speed of 110.60 mph yesterday afternoon, this morning, the 18 year old raised it to 115.87 mph.
To put the speed into perspective, Alex Carella set 116.196 mph in his Victory F2 hull at the Tonsberg Speed Run back in August.
Whittle told me today:
Records are there to be broken, it makes sense that my national speed was frozen due to the weight penalty, however I’m not sure how my World Record stands.
Ben Jelf has only competed in club racing at Oulton Broad in his F2 hull and can’t challenge for the International record, however, he is more than satisfied with his achievement so far:
It’s not easy to break that 100 mph I’ve had to wait until I was 18 and allowed into a boat capable of the speeds required.
It’s been a great achievement for the team and who know’s there may be more speed to find later in the week.
Photo: Rob Clifford
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.