On Saturday we revealed that Steve Michael, the UIM F1H2o veteran race commentator had been back behind the wheel of a British built RAY Formula Ford and today we can announce that British announcer and pundit, Jason Mantripp, has taken delivery of a brand new Mosquito Racing OSY-400 hull to herald his return to racing.
Mantripp who has recently recovered from a minor motorcycle accident and a boozy weekend in Blackpool with his lovely wife Mel, told me today:
On Saturday we had our Estonian built boat delivered which our Team51 will compete in next season.
Mantripp’s club, The Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Motor Boat, are hosting the UIM OSY 400 world championships in 2021 and it has given him the perfect excuse to return to racing on the water as opposed to talking about it:
In 2018 we sold our very successful boat with view to retire but after a trip to Abu Dhabi to commentate on the final UIM F2 race of the season I found myself missing the buzz of being on the water.
Team51 was founded in late 2003 after purchasing its first ever hull to go club racing for the 2004 season. Since then the team had had moderate success at both club and national level and peaking in 2016 winning the British championship.
In more recent times we have built a good relationship with Erko Abrams builder of Mosquito Racing hulls and also LAK racing propellers, both based in Estonia, who we believe to be the perfect match for our boat.
As we all know the world wide pandemic in 2020 has thrown a big spanner in the works as far as UK powerboat racing is concerned but it has given both myself and my team time to think regroup and put together a very strong package for the forthcoming season.
I would personally like to thank my team who have supported me through good and bad times also our sponsor BFS fabrication who have continued to contributed to our on going success So now we wait and see if we can race next year if so we are aiming to do our best to do our club and country proud by replicating what my good friend Sean Barnard did back in 2007 and win the world title on home waters.
As anyone who heard Mantripp commentating on the OSY-400 European Championship that were held in Kupiškis, Lithuania earlier this year will know that his passion for the class has remained and a sensational return to action was on the cards.