Elliot ready to make a splash at the Sprint Championships

Action from last year's Sprint Championship PNL-140730-101026002
Action from last year's Sprint Championship PNL-140730-101026002

Junior GT15 racer Elliot Fleet is targeting top honours at the Powerboat GP RYA Sprint Championships at Stewartby Lake at the weekend.

The 12-year-old speedster, who lives in Ampthill, has had a fabulous season so far in the National Championship, having taken third place the first round at Lowestoft and second place in Lancashire.

He then continued his fight for podium positions at the next two rounds in the West Midlands during July but just missed out on a podium place on both occasions.

However, his earlier results leave him in good stead to take the fight for third overall in the Championship at the final round at the end of September at his home club.

In the meantime, his focus is firmly fixed on this weekend’s Sprint Championship, which is a one-off annual event where the winner of the meeting takes the National Sprint title.

Competition is strong, with Elliot’s club-mates Ben Jelf and Thomas Mantripp both major title contenders.

Thomas will be defending the Sprint title from 2013 and is also currently leading the National Championship, with Ben hot on his heels.

Another local driver, Nigel Edwards from Kempston, will be hoping to the take T850 Monohull Sprint title back home with him.

He has taken two podium positions at national rounds this season and has his sights firmly set on the Sprint title.

In the F2 class –the headline racing series of the event – where semi-pro drivers race catamarans at speeds in excess of 120mph, the Jelf Racing Team hope to out in force with brothers Colin and Owen both expected to do well.

Mark Williams will look to put his recent mechanical issues behind him as the ex-F4 World Champion competes in his first year in the class.

The Championship will be held at the Stewartby Watersports Club in Green Lane.

Car parking will be available at Kimberley College and will cost £5 per car.

Entry to the event will be by programme only and these will cost £5 each and can be purchased on the gate. Children go free when accompanied by an adult.

Members of Stewartby Powerboat and Hydroplane Racing Club can enter for free but must show their member’s card, and parking charges will still apply.