2016 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, Champion of Champions winner, Kamila Czartolomna, enjoyed a day of VIP hospitality at the British Touring Cars Championship at Thruxton over the weekend as her Champion of Champions prize.
Kamila, who has now won the champion of champions trophy two years in a row, swapped the throttle of the RIB for a place in the stands to watch Honda Racing’s Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden of team Halfords YUASA Racing battle it out around the Thruxton track.
Kamila: “To win two years in a row was a great achievement and definitely unexpected, particularly as I’m only four-foot-11-and-a-half and I was up against a lot of six-foot-tall lads who were much stronger than me! That made it a tough challenge and I was very proud to take the trophy again.
“It has been a wonderful day out and I was really happy to get that chance to meet Matt and Gordon and have a chat with them about racing.”
Matt Neal commented: “Simply through being involved with Honda, I’ve been able to have a go in their kit over the years, which is a mega experience! You don’t appreciate the demands of different disciplines until you actually try them out, and I couldn’t believe how battered around you get out on the water. Given the level of competition, for Kamila to do what she has done is amazing.”
Introduced in 2014 the Champion of Champions challenge sees the previous year’s winning club go head to head with the new National Champion for a perpetual trophy for the Club and a special prize for the winner.
2016 was the last year of competition for Kamila who has dominated the championship for a number of years. So who will be crowned the 2017 National Champion and compete for the Champion of Champions title?
For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship and for details of all the upcoming Area Finals and the National Final which takes place at the Southampton Boat Show in September visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib
The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is Britain’s leading programme introducing kids to powerboats and training them to be safe, proficient drivers and excellent boat handlers. Sponsored by Honda and Highfield, the Championship sees 8 – 16 year old Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) drivers demonstrate their skills with the goal of winning a Highfield 460 or a Honwave T40 for their club.
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