As F1H2O’s season opener approaches, Britain’s Ben Jelf prepares

British Powerboat Racer Ben Jelf is braced and ready for the 2023 F1H2O World Championship Opener in Lake Toba, Indonesia (24-26 February)

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  • Jelf will once again join Portugal's Duarte Benavente in the F1 Atlantic Team as they looked to get this year’s season off to a flying start. Jelf from Maidstone is the youngest British Driver to compete in the F1H2O World championship and from a family rich in racing prowess the youngster will be looking to make an impact in the pinnacle class in Powerboat Racing. 2022 saw Ben compete in the final two Rounds of the championship in Sharjah in December finishing 15th in his first race in the boat and quickly getting to grips with the Dragon F1 Hull to work his way up to a 7th place finish in the second race.

On the upcoming adventure, the youngster had this to say “I’m so excited to able to race again with F1 Atlantic Team. There are so many people to thank for the opportunity and I hope I can reward them with doing well. To say the competition is World class is an understatement these are the very best drivers in the World so the competition is extremely tough.”

He continued ” I’m still getting to grips with the boat and the team still has a lot of work to do but we will do our best to get a good result and build from there for the rest of the season! We are currently looking for partners and sponsors to come aboard on this campaign to hopefully boost British Sport once more on this World Stage.”

Pole position and starting line-ups are determined by a three-tiered qualifying session, Q1, Q2, and Q3 preceding each Grand Prix race. State-of-the-art timing equipment records the performances of each boat to decide the final classification and starting positions.

The Grand Prix race is usually held on lakes, rivers, protected bays or inland waterways. Every race circuit is different in size but is generally about 2000 meters in distance with approximately 40 laps of the course being raced. Each circuit has at least one long straightaway and several tight turns mostly left with one or two right turns. The turns produce a G-force of up to 4.5 on the driver, which means his weight is multiplied 4.5 times as he makes a tight U-turn at over 100 mph.

Jelf Racing History

The Jelf racing team is one of the most successful powerboat racing teams in the World, securing many World, European, Continental & British titles.

The team has spanned 3 generations of the Jelf family and has been racing now for 55 years.

The team has competed in many different classes of powerboat over the years that have included, including JT250, GT15, GT30, F4, F1, & F2 as well as Offshore Racing.

In 2008, Colin Jelf made history by becoming the first driver to win the UIM F2 World Championship 3 times in a row.

In 2011 Ben Jelf followed in his father’s history-making footsteps to become the first ever UIM GT15 European Champion, and the youngest British Powerboat driver to ever win a World Championship when he secured the GT15 World Championship.

Ben’s 2011 achievements also saw him become Britain’s youngest-ever World Speed Record holder as he achieved a new record of 43.11mph at Coniston Records Week in November.

 17-year-old George Elmore has followed in his Uncle, Cousin, and Sister’s Footsteps before him and is the youngest member of the team competing in the GT30 class George like his family before he boasts his own silver in the form of the British GT30 Championship crown and formally GT15 Championship

2022 has seen George Secure the GT30 British Sprint Championship and Ben Jelf secure his 16th British Championship Title in securing the 2022 F2 British Championship in his inaugural season. Following several years of success for the team. Ben Jelf once more entered the Record Books in 2018 as the Youngest Racer to Break the 100mph Speed Record Barrier and was awarded the coveted K7 Gold Star like his father and grandfather before him

For more information, to arrange an interview, or to find out how the team gets on please contact Nikki Drummond on 07984 177360 or email jelfracing@gmail.com

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