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Ben powers back to championship lead

Created on 25/07/2017 @ 08:29
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Local racing driver Ben Power has regained his lead in the MRF National Legends Car Championship with a stunning performance at Donington Park circuit.

Power, aged 27, from Guilsfield, won four of the weekend’s six races, and finished second in another.

He only missed out on Sunday’s final race, when he got caught up in an accident and had to retire with car damage.

“What a brilliant weekend,” said Power. “One of the best I’ve had in Legends. It was a great way to bounce back from our problems at the last round. The car was superb in all conditions, it’s just a shame what happened in the final on Sunday.

Power won both heats on Saturday, ahead of Will Gibson in the first race, and ahead of defending champion John Mickel in the second.

In the rain-affected final, he had to settle for second behind Jack Parker, and ahead of Belgian visitor Guy Fastres.

On Sunday, he finished ahead of Tom Grainger in heat one and Steve Whitelegg in heat two, but the final was again hit by rain.

Power had to retire after suffering front-end damage in an accident, leaving Will Gibson to take the honours, ahead of Jack Parker and Mickel.

Provisional points standings:

1 Ben Power – 4930pts

2  John Mickel – 4790

3 Jack Parker – 4185

4 Steve Whitelegg – 3955

Paul Simmons – 3605

The formula 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 1934 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.

Guttercrest Racing is backed by the family-owned aluminium guttering company Guttercrest, based in Oswestry. The team has further support from award-winning Cardiff-based PR and communications consultancy Weltch Media.

PICTURE: Ben Power in action in the Guttercrest Racing Legends Car.


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