The 12-year old from Maidstone in Kent was the only representative from Great Britain to travel to Osthammar in Sweden for the UIM World Championship, where 20 international teams had assembled to contest the title. The reigning European Champion was faced with having to qualify even to be able to defend his 2011 World title and in some of the worst conditions he’d witnessed, he came 13th in a very close field with less than three seconds separating the top 15 boats.

In the race events themselves, Ben got stronger throughout the four heats, progressing through the field to lead the final race from start to finish. With the best three results to count, he was announced runner up, taking a well deserved silver world medal to join his 2012 European gold.

GT15 podiumOn being ranked number one in Europe and number two in the world, the 12-year old was moderately upbeat: “Of course I’d have liked to have won the World title again. We all go out there to win but Morgan (the overall winner) thoroughly deserved it. He raced really well and was great to race against.”

Nikki Drummond RYA Powerboat Racing Officer said: “When you look at what Ben has achieved in the last two weeks and how far he’s travelled to do it, you have to remember that he is only 12 years old. Taking the European title and silver at the World championships is an enormous achievement and throughout it all, he’s represented the Sport of Powerboat Racing, the RYA and Great Britain with maturity and prowess. He has a very bright future ahead of him and he’s certainly done us all proud.”

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