Ottery St Mary teenager looking to live life in the fast lane.

09:08 27 March 2014

Sidmouth driver Ben Pearson

Sidmouth driver Ben Pearson

Archant

Ottery St Mary-based Ben Pearson is making a big names for himself in the world of motor sport, writes Stephen Birley.

The 16-year-old is the son of Ian and Karen Pearson of Pearsons Newsagent’s in Ottery.

Ben, an apprentice at Lovells Garage in Ottery St Mary, began karting at the age of 12 and won over fifty trophies, before, a year ago, he stepped up into the Junior Ginetta class which is for drivers aged 14-17 and is covered live on ITV4 as a support race to the British Touring Cars, watched by some 20 million viewers over the season and average track attendance is nearly 40,000!

The championship consists of 10 rounds at different circuits; Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington, to name just three.

The first round of this season’s championships is this coming weekend (March 29 and 30) at Brands Hatch.

Each round consists of practice, qualifying and then two races with the second race being televised live on the Sunday at 3pm.

In his first year of racing in the Ginetta Junior championship Ben ended the campaign on a high, finishing as runner-up in the Winter Series held at Snetterton in Norfolk last November.

The winter series consisted of qualifying and two races on each day and the points added up over the four races decided the overall positions.

On day one he had his best qualifying of the season and was lined up in third spot on the grid out of 16.

Race one saw him make a poor start in the slippery conditions, but he recovered to finish fifth and then, in race two he was second to land his first podium place in his fledgling racing career!

The following day the youngster went one batter and qualified in second spot for the final two races.

The first race saw him make a flying start to lead at the first corner, but halfway round the first lap, a mistake saw him spin off and he rejoined the race in 12th!

A turbo-charged bid followed as he weaved his way past six cars setting the fastest lap in the process to finish a creditable sixth.

The final race of the weekend saw him bag another second finish to end the weekend as runner-up in the winter series and he retuned to his Ottery home with three trophies for his endeavours.

In the main Ginetta Junior championship the teenager finished eighth overall with a best finish of fifth in a Silverstone race.

This year, as the only South West based rider in the national competition, he is hoping to once again be amongst the challengers.

Ben is keen to find sponsors who are guaranteed high profile coverage. Any business or individual that would be interested is asked to contact his father Ian either on 01404 812649, or by email at pearsonsnews@hotmail.com

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 21:12
Sidmouth 2nds at home to Brixham 2nds. Ref shsp 0179-51-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Sidmouth Under-16s were involved in a thrilling 17-all draw when they played a midweek floodlit match at neighbouring Exmouth, writes Daryl Pearce.

Read more
Thu, 12:06

The Sidmouth Under-13 squadron ventured out to Mid Devon last Sunday for a tricky encounter with the mighty Crediton, who were eventually beaten 17-5.

Read more
Thu, 12:06

Crediton Under-9s powered their way to an 80-5 success on their visit to Crediton.

Read more
Thu, 12:06

As any sportsman will tell you it hurts to lose, it also hurts to lose by one point, it hurts even more to lose by one point in the last two minutes of a game and it hurts a lot to lose when it was the best team that lost, writes Robert Baugh.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition
Devon�s trusted business finder