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Our Legends Car racing partner Ben Power was the highest-placed British driver in the final round of the 2012 UK series at Brands Hatch – and finished a career-high fourth in the championship.
Ben finished second overall behind Belgium’s Guy Fastres at the final meeting of the year, ensuring the 22-year-old from Mid Wales finished fourth in the hotly-contested series.
“The weather was terrible, but I’ve really got the hang of driving these cars in the wet now,” he said. “Consistency is the key, and with a third, fourth and fifth in the three races, only Guy performed better.”
Overall, the season has been the best ever for the Welshpool and Oswestry-based Guttercrest team. Ben recorded his first race wins in Legends Cars, and for a while he was second in the championship behind long-time leader and now champion Lawrence Davey, from East Sussex.
The UK Legends series visits tracks in England, Wales and Scotland, including famous circuits such as Brands Hatch and Silverstone. It features top drivers from around the UK and the continent, including several ex-world champions.
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.