Weltch Media-backed racing driver Ben Power was lucky to walk away with just bumps and bruises after a crash in a National Legends Car racing championship event at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Ben has been a contender for the hotly-contested televised series behind former world champion, John Mickel, throughout the season, but now has to settle for second place.
Despite some issues with the car in the first two races on day one at Snetterton, he finished 10th and 7th, and then finished a close 2nd in the final.
In race one on the second day, he had a big impact into the wall. He was squeezed onto the grass and then crossed the track between two cars.
Luckily, he suffered only bruising and the team was able to repair the car for the next race.
In race two he lost his brake pedal and finished 7th, but had better luck in the final – taking the lead several times, before ending in 3rd place.
“It was a real mixed weekend,” said Ben. “The crash could have been a lot worse, so I’m very happy I was able to walk away from that – even though it left me very sore.
“Unfortunately, the results have meant I can’t now challenge for the overall title, but there is still second place to fight for.”
The series concludes at Brands Hatch in November.
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.
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