Wisbech man wins two British jet ski titles

British champion James Bushell.
British champion James Bushell.
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Jet ski ace James Bushell triumphed over adversity in the British Championship, coming home with two titles under his belt despite suffering 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.

James Bushell in action in the British Championships. Picture: John Dunbar

James Bushell in action in the British Championships. Picture: John Dunbar

But the championship titles were hard won, with Bushell experiencing difficulties with his runabout machine in every round.

In the Spark class, he actually crossed the finish line in the final round on a borrowed Sea-Doo.

Bushell, who hails from Wisbech and is a partner in Tattershall and Tallington-based 158 Performance, said: “I’m really pleased to have come home to Cambridgeshire with both titles, but I couldn’t have done so without so much support from 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.”

Despite already having a trophy room full to bursting, Bushell’s ambition doesn’t end there. The man deemed “one of the most dominant sportsmen in the world” by the BBC is now heading to the USA, where he hopes to spread more British sporting prowess.

He added: “I’m jetting off to 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 Runabout GP title in the IJSBA World Championships.

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.”

Bushell’s final big race of the year will come in December, when he will defend his Kings Cup title in Thailand.