The Kent based Jelf Racing Team this weekend (10/11 July) head to the third round of the 2015 Powerboat GP British Championship as they head to Kingsbury Waterpark in Warwickshire for the Kingsbury GP.
The three junior members of the Peters and May Racing team will be back in action as they search for further podium finishes whilst the senior drivers in the F2 Class will not compete due to water safety restrictions at the venue.
Ben Jelf (15, Maidstone) will be hoping to secure a hat trick of GP titles in the GT30 class, as he aims to continue his unbeaten form from the previous two rounds at Lancashire and Lowestoft. Ben’s faultless performances this season so far see him leading the championship heading into half way stage of the season and he will be aiming to sustain his lead on his fellow competitors.
Ben however knows it won’t be an easy task “It’s been over a month since the last Powerboat GP Championship round, and whilst the team have spent the time testing and preparing for the Kingsbury GP so will the other competitors. With competitors from all over the country competing you don’t know if they’ve found that extra speed during testing that they will bring to this round. So we’ll all have to remain focused on the task at hand and ensure we can get the best starts and cleanest lines into the turn and hopefully keep the competition at bay.” comments Ben.
Meanwhile in the GT15 Class Lincoln’s Jonathan Brewer will also be aiming for further glory as he heads in search of his second Grand Prix win. Heading into the weekend the youngsters’ confidence will be high following securing his first National win at the Lowestoft GP in May. But fierce adversary and reigning champion Thomas Mantripp will be looking to stop the Jelf Racing youngster at every turn of the course.
Also representing the team in the GT15 class is the youngest Jelf Racing team member George Elmore (10, Chatham) who will be looking to secure his first podium finish of the season after a strong performance at the last round and promising test sessions during the months break.
Team Manager and F2 Driver Colin Jelf had this to say in the build up to the Kingsbury GP “The last round of the championship was a success for the whole team and we’re looking to capitalise on that and the last months training to further the team’s achievements.”
“We’re heading into the half way in the season and it’s a pivotal point in the championship campaign, Races won or lost at this point could mean winning or losing the British Championship. The Boats are all performing well and the drivers have all been training hard and are focussed on the task ahead so now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens on race day.” Adds the former World Champion.
The team will be in action on both Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July as they compete during qualifying and then over three heats for the Powerboat GP Kingsbury GP Titles.