TEENAGE Powerboat sensation Jordan Muckles has scorched to victory in the Kingsbury Grand Prix in Warwickshire to confirm his huge potential.
The 17-year-old boy racer from Sunderland blew away all comers in the third round of the Powerboat GP RYA British Championships.
In the GT30 class, TopCat Racing’s Jordan turned up the heat from the word go – securing pole position and storming into an early lead – a position he comfortably retained over the course of a weekend’s racing.
The rest of the fleet were unable to match the youngster’s pace and it was clear from early on in the contest that they would be battling it out with each other for the remaining podium spots.
It was a fantastic result for young Jordan and all the more creditable given his dramatic exit last month in round two of the Championships when his boat flipped over at top speed mid-race.
Despite that setback, he now leads the Powerboat GP National GT30 Championship league, with only one more Grand Prix race to go on September 21.
This is Jordan’s first full season racing for the TopCat Team and his impressive results in the British Championships have led to him qualifying for the GT30 World Championships which will be held in Berlin at the end of September.
“Jordan proved to be the man to beat at Kingsbury, setting three straight Pole positions and three straight convincing wins,” said Mark Andrews, Topcat racing team manager.
“The whole team and team sponsors are jubilant with both Jordan’s outstanding driving and the performance of the new design GT30 hull.”
Jordan’s proud dad, Neil, said: “It’s a fabulous achievement.
“He doesn’t get the chance to practice much because of the costs and the distances involved.
“The nearest lake for powerboating of this standard is St Helen’s, Merseyside, a 200 mile round trip and that makes his success all the more remarkable.
“It would be difficult to do all of this without the help of a few determined sponsors, including Top Cat Racing, but especially our local sponsor, Mill View Social Club at Fulwell, who gave Jordan the money to buy his 2013 racing suit, helmet and boots.”
Jordan began his association with racing boats back in 2007 when he was Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion; he followed this by representing the UK in the UIM (Union International Motornautique) Formula Future World Championships where he won three gold medals in 2010.
During the Formula Future World Championships, Jordan had the opportunity to test a GT30 class boat, which is specially designed for youth powerboat racing, and less than a year later he was out racing in the British Championships and even won his very first race.
He was the RYA North East Young Sailor of the Year in 2010.