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Mid Wales racer clocks third track record of the year
Mid Wales racing driver, Ben Power, set his third track record of the season, when he competed in the National Legends Car Championship at Pembrey.
However, Power, aged 24, from Guilsfield, near Welshpool, missed out on championship honours, as the title was secured by defending champion Dean Brace.
In the first race, Power came from near the back of the grid up to second place, at one point challenging for lead, only to be on the wrong side at the hairpin and dropped to fourth. He won race two by five seconds and in the final, again he came from the back to finish fifth, recording the fastest lap of the day in final.
On day two, he finished fourth in heat one, struggling on the wrong tyres, and was running well in heat two before being taken off late in the race, with no time to recover.
The final became a thrilling three-way battle with eventual winner Dean Brace and James Holman. Power finished second behind Brace, and set another lap record - his third this year.
The results also extended second-placed Power's lead over third-placed Holman in the championship.
"It was certainly an eventful weekend," said Power, who has been aiming to improve on his third place in last year's championship. "It was great to take a win, and the final scrap with Dean and James was quite something!
"Now we head to Brands Hatch and will be looking to end the season with more success." .
There are two rounds remaining, held on the same weekend:
1-2 November - Rounds 15 and 16, Brands Hatch.
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 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 consultancy Weltch Media, and Ripla Designs.
Ben Power, aged 24, 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. In 2010, he finished 10th overall, in 2011 he was 6th , in 2012, 4th, and in 2013 3rd.
Further information on the Guttercrest Racing team is available at www.ben-power.co.uk