Ben powers to Brands Hatch podium
Young racing driver Ben Power achieved a podium finish at Brands Hatch in the opening round of a top UK motor racing series.
The 21-year-old from Guilsfield, near Welshpool, took his new-look car to third place in the final at round one the televised CPC Legends Car Championship.
Following an early crash in the first heat, the former British Junior Rallycross Champion finished down the order in race two, after the car was hastily patched back together.
In the final, however, he held on for third place, after starting on pole, due to the Legendsâ€™ handicap system.
â€œOverall, it was a disappointing start for us,â€ he said. â€œThird place at Brands Hatch is a great achievement, of course, but we failed to pick up many points in the heats and that is a setback early in the season.â€
In round two the following day, Ben finished outside the top 10 in both heats but managed 9th place in the final.
When the team got the car home to Powys, the front corner of the chassis had been bent in the crash, which might explain its lack of performance through the weekend.
With the car now repaired, the team is set for the next outing at Donington Park on April 23 and 24.
Guttercrest Racing is managed by Benâ€™s father Nick, who also raced part of last season in a second team car.
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. Throughout 2011, Motors TV will show every round 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