JIM NOONE has called time on his illustrious boat racing career after finishing second in the European Championships.

The 65-year-old from Barugh Green was taking part in the European FR1000 Inboard Hydroplane Championship in Halbendorf, Germany.

He has been racing internationally since 1986 and has captured two World Championships, one European Championship and two European silver medals.

Noone said: “If you are going to retire then best to do it at the top.

“After 37 years of international racing, I decided to retire and winning the last heat was emotional for all concerned.

“I have really enjoyed my career but you have to call it a day sometime.

“I still hold the speed record for the class at 114.77mph.

“I have a couple of interesting projects in the near future so total retirement is not happening and I hope to keep an interest in the sport as class representative in the international council of motorboat racing, the UIM.”