AN Ashton teenager is making waves on the international circuit in powerboat racing.
Ben Morse, 19 , has been racing powerboats for 10 years and recently made the move up from monohull racing to catamaran racing.
He is no stranger to International competitions having competed in several European and World Championships and won 4 bronze medals in the monohull classes.
Speaking after the championships, Morse said: “The trip to Sweden, to compete in the last round of the 2013 F4s World Championships was the only way to find out how competitive I am compared to the current drivers, some of whom I raced against in the monohull classes.”
Ben qualified impressively and managed two ninth-placed finishes before wanting to make a big push on the third.
Morse continued: “Then it all went wrong. I had turned with another boat close on my outside but I caught his sponson and found myself being launched high into the air.
“Somehow I remained upright, and nose dived into the water which cut the power to my engine.
“Fortunately I didn’t crash into anyone else and although both boats were quite badly damaged taking us out of the competition, neither of us drivers were hurt”.
The F4s boats have a safety cell built into them and the drivers are strapped into the cells.
In spite of the incident, Ben thoroughly enjoyed the experience and proved that he will be a competitive international driver.
He is now hoping to compete in the World Series in 2014 which will include a UK race at the National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierpoint near Nottingham. Morse is a member of the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club.