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Brands birthday bonanza for Ben

Created on 04/04/2018 @ 23:40
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Local racer Ben Power celebrated his 28th birthday with two race wins, as the UK National Legends Car Championship with MRF Tyres moved to the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

He would have been in with a chance of three wins but slowed down when running second with a lap to go, thinking the race was over.

Power, from Guilsfield, was in second place in the opening heat as he crossed the line after the ninth lap, but mistakenly slowed down, which allowed others to pass, and he ended up finishing 10th.

“That was stupid – I just miscounted,” he explained. “It all started really well but then I made an absolute idiot, April Fool’s move and finished a lap early when I was in second! I fought back with two wins after that, though, which were great.”

The next day’s races were plagued by rain and delays, but started well for Power, who took second place in heat one after a huge wheel-to-wheel battle with reigning champion John Mickel and Steve Whitelegg.

He then placed fifth in heat two, and was second in the final, two seconds behind race winner Will Gibson, to finish as the day’s overall winner on points.

“There are so many quick guys coming through now,” he said. “The series is more open than ever, so it’s great to be at the sharp end, and enjoying some competitive battles.”

The points championship now stands as follows: 1st Miles Rudman, 1480pts; 2nd Ben Power, 1410pts; 3rd John Mickel, 1405pts; 4th Steve Whitelegg, 1345pts; 5th Jack Parker, 1315pts; 6th Will Gibson, 1225pts.

The meeting is due to be broadcast on Motorsport TV on a date yet to be confirmed.

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 (by Rodney Tietjen, MotorsportAction): Ben Power in action in the Guttercrest Racing Legends Car (No 55).

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