A TEENAGER has sped ahead in the fast-paced world of powerboat racing to win the first round of a national championship.
Jordan Muckles, 15, already has three world titles under his belt.
But the schoolboy is slowing down for nobody and is now looking forward to the next round of the 2011 RYA British GT30 Powerboat Championships with the hope of scooping a second win.
Jordan, who attends Monkwearmouth School, said: “I never expected to go out and win the first round of the championship. There’s some very good racers in the fleet and I’ve not had the boat very long let alone been racing.
“People have been saying that I’m a natural at racing so we will see what happens with the next one.”
Jordan’s interest in GT30 racing was sparked at the Royal Yachting Association’s Honda Youth RIB Championship last August where Jordan won his three awards.
Jordan, who lives in Fulwell with his family, said: “At the Formula Future Worlds in Lancashire it was arranged that people could test a number of different powerboats I test drove the GT30 and must have had at least six goes throughout the week. I just couldn’t get enough.”
He added: “I knew straight away it was the next class for me because I really enjoyed the feel of being in it.”
Jordan has the support of family, friends and his Monkwearmouth school pals are always keen to hear his latest results.
He said: “They are interested in what my results are. They look forward to hearing about them.”
Jordan’s dad, Neil, who has supported Jordan’s unusual hobby from day one, is thrilled with his son’s latest triumph in powerboat racing.
Neil, 44, who is a florist, said: “It’s unreal. It’s only his third time in this boat and he’s racing against people who have been doing it for years.
“People can’t believe it. He’s taken to it straight away.”
Since scooping three titles at the Royal Yachting Association’s Honda Youth RIB Championship, Jordan has received some sponsorship and his GT30 powerboat has been decorated in graphics by Discount Vehicle Lettering Company as well and has also received the backing of Pro-Rig Marine incase of any technical problems with his boat.
Jordan is now hoping to secure more sponsorship to help with the costs of the boat.
Jordan said: “It’s a long season and I’ve been told anything can happen in powerboat racing and usually does.
“At the moment I’ll focus on the next race and gaining the experience to compete in the World Championships in June and then we’ll go from there.
“I’ve definitely been bitten by the racing bug and hopefully if I can get sponsorship I can progress into a higher class in the future.
“I’d definitely recommend anyone to try out circuit racing. It is a fun, safe sport, which is all about enjoyment. “But there’s a lot of hard work and commitment required. I owe my parents and sponsors a lot for giving me this opportunity”