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Jory-Leigh out of Cowes after riding accident

Shelley Jory-Leigh, one the most successful lady racers in the modern age of offshore powerboat racing, has been forced out of competing in next month’s Cowes Torquay Cowes race.

Jory-Leigh was training for the Magnolia Cup horse event to be held at Goodwood later this month when she suffered some bad injuries to her face and teeth while riding her horse.

The hardy racer had wanted to race in Blastoff Racing, an Ilmor powered Cougar RIB, but medical advice has advised against it.

Blastoff Racing’s Cougar R12 Viper RIB – Photo: Malc Attrill

In 2016 she steered her her team to second place overall in the classic race with an average speed of just 37.43 mph in horrendous sea conditions.

Shelley with the Blastoff Racing Team of Will-Stevens and Dorian-Griffith in 2016

We wish Shelley a speedy recovery.

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