Local star seventh best in the world

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Local boy Jonathan Stevens, from Northamptonshire Hovercraft Club, has competed in the World Hovercraft Championship in Saalburg, Germany.

Jonathan, 13, qualified seventh on the grid and, in the first of four races to decide who would be World Junior Champion, Jonathan started the race well, moving into fifth on the first lap and holding the position throughout the race.

On the second lap of race two, a racer had an engine problem in front of Jonathan and stopped quickly, causing Jonathan to crash into him and put him out of the race and move Jonathan down to ninth, ending his podium hopes.

But once again Jonathan raced his way up to fifth in the third race before engine problems saw him slip back down to seventh.

In the final race, the 13-year-old started well again but history repeated itself as he dropped back to seventh.

Jonathan – in his first season – was pleased with his seventh in the world, although frustrated, as Lucas Hall became the Junior World Champion ahead of British racer Nils Atkins.

The next World Championships are in two years time with Jonathan hopeful of an improved result.

His is next racing is this weekend at Clayton House where he should secure his fourth in the British Championship.

Racing starts at 1.10pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday, entrance is £10 per car per day.