Youngster wins three silver medals at Powerboat championship

It’s always good to see new talent coming through in British Powerboating, writes former Powerboat racer Richard Carr. Its positive news for all fans of fast moving sport when you hear about a 13 year old racer who is winning prizes left right and centre.

Jonathan Brewer from Lincoln has been racing Powerboats since he was 10 years old and is following in the footsteps of his father and grandparents. This season has been his most successful to date and has seen him win three silver medals against tough competition from Britain and Europe.

The final heat

Jonathan won the final heat of the 2015 UIM European GT15 Championships ahead of his main rival Thomas Mantripp, this was broadcast live on Sky Sports and made for great viewing. Jonathan went onto finish the season at the Powerboat GP Bedford Grand Prix, where he secured his third silver medal of the season.

Jonathan spoke to the press and explained: “It’s been a fantastic season and I’m really chuffed to have taken three silver medals. I couldn’t have done that without the support of all the Jelf Racing team and our sponsors, Peters & May Racing, and Castlemaine accountancy, as well as my family and friends.

“It’s going to be a long winter and I can’t wait to come back next year and hopefully secure the gold for the team.”

Jelf racing team

Jonathan’s manager Colin Jelf also spoke about Jonathan and the team, he said: “Jonathan and all of the Jelf Racing Team have had a fantastic season. Jonathan securing the triple silver medal position is a testament to how much he’s grown and developed as a racer this year. He’s listened to advise and learnt from mistakes and is proving he is a formidable young racer.

“He’s a valuable part of the team and the encouragement he offers to his fellow team mates is fantastic the whole team are really proud of Jonathan and his achievements and the way he conducts himself on and off the water.”

Like Jonathan, I’ll be looking forward to the start of the next season, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for this young talent. I hope I’ll be writing a lot more about Jonathan on the Richard Carr Racing Blog in 2016 and beyond.

About Richard Carr


Richard Carr, of Poole, is one of the UK’s most experienced and successful powerboat racers, who has competed in the sport globally.

He has won numerous domestic and international honours: he became British Class 1 Champion in 1991; and OPA 2007 Super Vee World Champion he was the winner of the coveted Needles Trophy and he also came second in the Cowes Torquay Cowes race in 1992. It was the year the race was controversially competed in the fog and it has been argued for many years that he actually won the race.

He is known in the sport for his aggressive racing character in rough seas and recently raced in the USA for Geico in 2011.

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