Power aims to bounce back in South Wales
Mid Wales racing driver Ben Power is heading south – determined to bounce back from a last-lap crash which robbed him of his first win in the UK Legends Championship.
Until the dramatic incident at Mallory Park, caused by drivers close behind, Power, aged 21, was set for his most successful meeting since switching from rallycross three years ago.
Now, the man from Guilsfield, near Welshpool, heads to Pembrey aiming to do well on one of his favourite tracks.
“I always enjoy racing at Pembrey, so I’m keen to look at the positives now instead of dwelling on what happened at Mallory,” he said.
“We had superficial damage from getting shunted off the track, but the car is good as new now, and we’re keen to get going.”
The former British Junior Rallycross Champion would not only have won the final race, but would have been overall top points scorer on the day too, giving him the event win.
The Pembrey meeting takes place over two days at the Carmarthenshire circuit on October 8 and 9.
Legends racing originated on the US oval tracks, and the cars have an American look, being 5/8-scale replicas of classic US models. Guttercrest Racing runs a Ford Coupe 1937 replica, with a 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engine.
With identical cars and the fastest drivers having to start at the back of the grid, there is said to be more overtaking in a single Legends race than in a whole season of Formula 1. Motors TV broadcasts most rounds of the series.
Guttercrest Racing is backed by the family-owned aluminium guttering company Guttercrest, based in Oswestry. The team has further Welsh support from Cardiff-based PR consultancy Weltch Media, as well as Ripla Designs.
Guttercrest Racing is based in Welshpool, Powys, and competes in the UK Legends Car Championship throughout the UK.
Guttercrest Racing is backed by the family-owned aluminium guttering company Guttercrest, based in Oswestry. For 2011, the team has further support from Cardiff-based PR consultancy Weltch Media, as well as Ripla Designs.
Ben Power, aged 22, made his debut in the series in 2009 – finishing 8th overall and 2nd in the rookie table, having switched to the circuits after winning the Junior Rallycross crown in 2006 and Supermodifed Rallycross titles in 2007 and 2008. In 2010 he finished 10th overall, and in 2011 was 6th.
Further information on the Guttercrest Racing team is available at www.ben-power.co.uk