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Carlton Colville powerboat ace sets sights on world record

PUBLISHED: 04:15 20 October 2017

Local powerboat racer Thomas Mantripp has had a season to remember. Picture: John Soanes

Local powerboat racer Thomas Mantripp has had a season to remember. Picture: John Soanes

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Powerboat racer Thomas Mantripp (16) from Carlton Colville has exceeded expectations by becoming the RYA British GT30 champion at the first time of asking.

The Pakefield High school student made the switch from the junior GT15 class this season and now competes against adults.

He said: “To become the British champion is a dream come true. Both myself and my dad have worked extremely hard to make this happen.”

This tops off an incredible year for Thomas who has taken the UK Masters championship, the British Sprint title as well as a creditable bronze medal in the European Championship.

Attention now switches to the annual powerboat records week at Coniston Water in November where Thomas will be attempting the outright world speed record for the GT30 class. He added: “I am confident it is possible and just hope the weather and water conditions are kind.”

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