Battle of Britain triumph delights power boater Toleman

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Michael Toleman was ‘chuffed to bits’ after winning the Battle of Britain and Lions trophies at Oulton Broad.

The power boater, from Drinkstone, finished level on points with Scott Curtis to win the Lions Trophy at the end of August, before clocking an impressive 1,084 points to claim the prestigious Battle of Britain Trophy earlier this month.

The two victories capped an impressive first season of inshore racing for the Bury St Edmunds man, who finished second in the overall championship at Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club.

“I was chuffed to bits to win the Lions Trophy and the Battle of Britain,” he said.

“The last one is a very prestigious one as everyone wants to get there hands on the Battle of Britain trophy.

“There was 1,000 people watching us and it was absolutely fantastic. I’d never done inshore racing before so to hit 110mph is something I’m not used to.”

Toleman’s run of success in this year’s championship, which concluded with the Battle of Britain race earlier this month, began with a fourth place finish in the Daily Mirror Festival Trophy back in June.

A second place finish in the Lowestoft Speed Shield was then followed by third in the Tomax Trophy and second in the Wherry Hotel Trophy.

Another podium finish came in the Tom Percival Trophy when Toleman crossed the line in third, before he ended the season in style with the two race victories.

With the season now over, Toleman has decided to donate one of his trophies to the motor boat club in memory of his brother Gary.

“It will be called the Gary Toleman Memorial Trophy,” he explained. “The trophy will be awarded to an individual who helps out during the year, doing things such as putting the boats out or running the committee.”