Brands Hatch 2009
Local race driver Ben Whibley had to pull out all the stops to maintain his position as joint top of the leader board in the Caterham Academy at Brands Hatch at the weekend. The drama started on Friday practice when a fellow competitor lost control at the famous Paddock hill Bend and hit Ben's car wrecking two wheels and some bodywork. The damage was repaired only for Ben to have serious problems with his brakes which continued to hamper his practice sessions.
In qualifying Ben managed to get fourth place on the grid his worst position of the year. To make matters worse when the red lights went out and the race started he had a problem with the gearbox stuck in third and dropped to 15th!
The race had to be re started following a horrendous accident that saw several cars badly damaged and one of the competitors, Mark Greenlees had to visit the medical center. Thankfully he was not badly hurt.
When the race restarted Ben fought his way back to the front beating the lap record on the way. He finished second 1.5 seconds behind winner Lee Wiggins. Ben shares the top slot on the table with equal points with Lee with just one round to go at Mallory park in September.