Ben Tuck lies third in the BRSCC Mazda MX5 championship after a flying start to the season.
Pole position, the fastest lap of the weekend and fourth and sixth places finishes in front of the International GT paddock were the highlights of a hugely successful event at Brands Hatch for the Sandy racer at the weekend.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the championship were run on the iconic GP circuit in support of the prestigious Blancpain International GT Sprint series.
His team pulled out all the stops to set the car up and cure the suspension problems that plagued his performance at Silverstone in Rounds 1 and 2.
Qualifying was to be a huge challenge as the packed itinerary meant that early practice was dropped. Despite the challenges,
Ben blitzed the session topping the timing sheets even after having a huge slide through the Druids hairpin. It was only eight race events ago that Ben started his first ever qualifying session in motor racing and went on to out-qualify both his team mates.
The lights went out for Race 1 and Ben took off followed by 38 other top MX 5 racers and what followed was one of the classic MX 5 races of recent years. The top five shared the lead several times, with yellow flags and spins punctuating the action. As the pack sped across the line Ben took fourth spot just losing the podium place only a matter of yards from the line and claiming second fastest lap, falling short of fastest by 5 thousandths of a second.
Encouraged by the race pace of his Mazda and spurred on by the tantalising proximity of a win, Ben lined up for Race 2 in fourth ready to take the fight to the competition.
It proved to be equally as exciting as Race 1. As the fighting continued to the line Ben took sixth position but this time topped the fastest lap sheet almost two tenths of a second faster than the race winner and claiming fastest lap of the weekend.
In just 10 months Ben has progressed from a complete novice, to the Championship’s fastest driver and has turned his rookie season into a realistic Championship title bid.
Ben is now looking for investment to propel him onto higher levels of racing and can offer a wide range of exclusive benefits to partners and sponsors.
He next races at Castle Combe on May 25. You can follow Ben on Facebook - Ben Tuck Racing, on Twitter - @BTuckRacing and the Internet - www.bentuck.com