Following his impressive return to the top of the MRF Legends Cars National Championship title standings three weeks ago at Donington Park, form driver Ben Power (Guilsfield, Powys) has also moved into pole position for the category’s headline grabbing end-of-season prize BTCC test.
Boosting his season tally of wins to 12 last time out during the fifth event of the immensely competitive MRF Legends Cars campaign, Power’s performance on and off track and his high levels of sportsmanship have all contributed to his move to the head of the standalone prize league table.
Announced at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham at the beginning of January, the incredible fully-funded test at the wheel of Handy Motorsport’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship podium-finishing Toyota Avensis truly is an outstanding prize.
Power holds a slim advantage of just three points over MRF Legends Cars mainstay Nathan Anthony (Horley), who actually led the way from Power by five points after the previous event at Croft. The top three in the test battle are covered by a mere eight points with Steve Whitelegg (Bury) third.
Jack Parker (Wolverhampton) is well within touch in fourth place, just 20 points adrift of first place, with Gary Whitelegg (Handforth) fifth and reigning MRF Legends Cars National Championship title holder John Mickel (Horsham) rounding out the top six – only 30 points shy of Power.
Will Gibson (Camberley) was allocated the highest number of points overall from the judging panel after the Donington weekend, an emotional event which delivered his first ever car racing victory in the rain-lashed Sunday Final. As he is only contesting a part campaign this year, though, Gibson isn’t in a realistic position to challenge the upper order in the prize BTCC test table.
Points are awarded to each competitor linked to sportsmanship, presentation and on-track performance. The unique scoring format, which is separate from the main championship battle, affords drivers who aren’t necessarily in the running for the MRF Legends Cars crown to stand a chance of claiming the coveted post-season touring car test.
“Ben [Power] had a fantastic weekend at Donington and it’s no surprise to see that reflected in his move to the top of the BTCC prize test table”, commented MRF Legends Cars National Championship owner Phil Cooper, “It’s incredibly close, though, with Nathan [Anthony] and Steve [Whitelegg] just a few points behind. The touring car prize is certainly continuing to capture everyone’s imagination!”
Easily one of the biggest prizes in club level motorsport, the panel of judges comprises former Legends racers Simon Belcher and Dave Newsham, BTCC team owner and competitor respectively, and fellow touring car star Rob Austin – another with relevant Legends Cars race experience.
Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the sixth race meeting of the 2017 MRF Legends Cars National Championship season over the weekend 9th/10th September.
BTCC Prize League Table
1st Ben Power, 294pts; 2nd Nathan Anthony, 291pts; 3rd Steve Whitelegg, 286pts; 4th Jack Parker, 274pts; 5th Gary Whitelegg, 268pts; 6th John Mickel, 264pts; 7th Miles Rudman, 256pts 8th Sean Smith, 221pts; 9th Paul Simmons, 220pts; 10th Robert King, 213pts