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Jordan Muckles goes back to his racing roots in Honda Youth RIB event

posted 24 Jul 2012, 13:05 by Lancashire Powerboat
Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC) driver Jordan Muckles will be hoping to use his home water advantage in the Honda Youth RIB Regional Final taking place at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens on Saturday 28th July.

Jordan, age 16 from Tyne and Wear is the reigning LPRC club champion in the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). He will be competing against the best of the all the rest with RYA affiliated clubs and sea cadets from across the region in this prestigious championship.

Jordan will be leaving his usual GT30 powerboat parked up on its trailer for the weekend. Instead he is going back to his powerboat racing roots and where his career all began by competing in the Honda Youth RIB event.

Jordan excelled in the RIB boat in 2007 and as a rookie driver in the class. He took to the sport like seasoned pro and stunned onlookers, officials, fellow competitors and spectators alike with his precision driving and boat handling skills. He fought off tough challenges and stiff competition from the most experienced drivers to win the National title. Alongside the title he also won a new RIB boat for his local fishing club, that he was a member of at the time. This year Jordan will be competing on behalf of Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club and he hopes to repeat the glory, take home the trophy and once again win the title and a new boat for his club.

Jordan commented on his chances: “Over the past 5 years I have not had many opportunities to practice in the RIB type boat but I have been building on my foundation boat handling skills and learning new racing skills in my GT30 powerboat. I plan to use all my previous knowledge of boat handling to put up a good challenge for the 2012 title. I am confident in my ability and I hungry for another win. I am really looking forward to getting back in a RIB and I am proud to be representing Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club (LPRC).”

Jordan’s father Neil Muckles said: “Both my wife Ada and I are really proud of Jordan. The first time he stepped into a boat he surprised everyone and picked it up so fast. With just a few hours training he did an excellent job, outclassed the competition and won the title in 2007. It was an amazing achievement for him. After this we had to do something about get more involved in powerboat racing, so now he takes part in the RYA National Powerboat GP Championship.”

Jordan is currently in third place in the National Championships after 4 rounds and is hoping to build on this and challenge for the title in the last two rounds being held over the coming months.

Jordan will join in other racers at the Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock in the hope of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club.

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda said: “Honda strives to be "a company that society wants to exist", and so as a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables we are delighted to be sponsoring the 11th year of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Inspiring and encouraging young people to discover and pursue a passion for boating, is as important as giving them the skills to do so in a safe and responsible way. We are proud together with the RYA to be doing both through this unique competition”.

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthribThe winner drivers from the Regional heat at Carr Mill will go on to take part in the finals in Southampton in mid September.