Two British Championships for Wisbech jet ski ace James Bushell

James Bushell. Picture: JOHN DUNBAR PHOTOGRAPHY.

James Bushell. Picture: JOHN DUNBAR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech jet ski ace James Bushell triumphed over adversity in the British Championship, coming home with two titles under his belt despite technical difficulties in every round.

Bushell sped to victory in the sixth and final round of the event, at Doncaster Lakeside, claiming the top title in both the Sea-Doo Spark and Runabout GP classes.

It was another story with the Spark class, with Bushell’s Sea-Doo performing beautifully right up until the final round, when disaster struck.

As the last race of the Spark class loomed, Bushell’s own craft was out of the running and he crossed the finish line on a borrowed Sea-Doo.

Bushell said: “I’m really pleased to have come home with both titles, but I couldn’t have done so without so much support – massive thanks to all my supporters and sponsors.

“We had issues with our machine in every round, but I managed to pull things back and win in the final round, thanks to being able to borrow someone else’s Spark. Luke, if you’re reading this, thank you!”

Despite already having a trophy room full to bursting, Bushell’s ambition doesn’t end there. He is now heading to the USA, where he hopes to spread more British sporting prowess.

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He said: “I’m jetting off to Naples, Florida, for the first ever American Pro Cross World Championships. It’s a new event, so we’re not really sure what to expect, other than some amazing competition from all over the globe.

“I always appreciate an opportunity to compete against riders who push me to go beyond my best, so I’m looking forward to some really great racing.”

Just 10 days later, Bushell will be racing in Arizona, where he will defend his current Runabout GP title in the IJSBA World Championship.

He said: “Obviously, I’ll be looking to come back with the trophy, though I’ll be racing against some of the best riders in the world who want to get their hands on it just as much.

“All I can really say is that I will race hard and do my very best on the day – and I hope I’ll be able to make my country proud.”