UK National Legends Cars Championship vice-champion Ben Power has been awarded a prize test in the HMS Racing Toyota Avensis piloted by Rob Austin in this years British Touring Car Championship.
The standalone prize, judged separately from championship points, took into account factors such as performance, presentation and sportsmanship, and was aimed at rewarding the most ‘complete’ driver in the field over the course of the season.
Power, who missed out on a maiden title success to defending series winner John Mickel, still amassed 14 race victories in a hugely successful campaign en route to second in the standings.
He will now take to the wheel of Rob Austin’s outgoing BTCC chariot at Silverstone GP over the off-season.
He will also be given the benefit of passenger laps with Austin before getting behind the wheel himself. His closest rivals for the award, Steven Whitelegg and Nathan Anthony, will also receive passenger laps for their efforts.
With a proven pedigree in preparing future BTCC drivers such as Simon Belcher and Dave Newsham, the test could give Power the lift he needs to race at a higher level in the future.
“I’m so grateful to Phil Cooper at MRF Legends Cars, Simon [Belcher] at HMS and the other judges, Rob [Austin] and Dave Newsham”, commented Power.
“I’m a huge fan of the BTCC and I’ve always aspired to race in touring cars, I’d love to compete on the package at some point in the future and climb the ladder like former Legends racers Simon and Dave.
“There’s no car I’d rather drive for my first BTCC test, Rob [Austin] obviously won the final round of the touring cars this year in the Toyota so I can’t wait to have the opportunity to drive it and couldn’t ask for a better introduction as Rob is a top-notch driver. To me, there are a lot of similarities with touring cars and Legends with the 30 car grids, close action and overtaking – I can’t wait!”