Our Legends car racer, Ben Power, regained his track record at Snetterton in Norfolk, as he continued his campaign in the National Championship.
Ben, aged 24, from Guilsfield, near Welshpool, is aiming to improve on his third-place in the final championship standings last season.
His lap record from last year was broken, but he managed to break it back in the last race of the two-day meeting.
In race 1, he struggled for grip on new tyres and finished sixth; but he led much of race 2, and was in front as the pack entered the last lap, but following cars used his slipstream to get past and he finished a disappointing fifth.
He was leading the final race, but lost second gear and fell back to finish sixth.
The team fitted a new engine for the second day of races, but again he struggled for pace from the back of the field in the opening race, and lost more time avoiding an early incident, ending up a disappointing seventh.
He was involved in a race-long dog fight for the lead in the second heat, but again lost out and ended up fourth.
In the final, he dropped to the very back early on in a cloud of oil smoke, but recovered well to finish third, regaining his lap record in the process.
“Overall, it was a fairly disappointing weekend,” said Power. “Regaining the lap record was a great achievement, but we need more consistently high finishes in the final rounds.”
There are four rounds remaining over two further weekend meetings:
4-5 October – Rounds 13 and 14, Pembrey;
1-2 November – Rounds 15 and 16, Brands Hatch.
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.
Photo by Rodney Tietjen.