Weltch Media-backed racing driver Ben Power secured third place in the National Legends Car championship, with two race wins in the season finale at Brands Hatch.
Ben, aged 25, has been a contender for the hotly-contested televised series with world champion John Mickel, and James Holman, throughout the season, but had to settle for third place.
On the first day of the two-day meeting at Brands Hatch, he finished sixth and first in the heats, and fifth in the final to place third overall in some very wet conditions.
The next day he won the first race, but a diesel spill from a lorry on to the track caused a two-hour delay. When racing resumed, the track was slippery for the second race, making visibility and overtaking especially hard. Power finished 10th , and due to the lost time, the final race was cancelled, giving him second place overall on the day, and third place in the final championship table for the season.
“It was a frustrating finish to an eventful season,” said Power. “We were in contention for the title for a lot of the year, but we’ve had a few setbacks and a couple of crashes that didn’t help.
“Going to Brands, although John Mickel had already secured the championship, we felt we could still grab second; but the conditions made it tough, and with the last race cancelled, it was impossible to get the points to close the gap.”
Ben made his debut in the Legends Car 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.
His progress in Legends racing has seen him climb from a 10th place finish in the 2010 championship to 6th in 2011, 4th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, and 2nd in 2014.
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.