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

PUBLISHED: 09:08 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 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

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 19:05

Harry Tincknell and his Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team finished fifth in the latest round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring, Germany.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:01

Lyme Regis Lady Captain’s Day was a colourful occasion as teams of ‘tropically dressed’ ladies were out in force, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:34

Ottery St Mary ladies have begun pre-season training ahead of a new season of Westward Developments Devon League action.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36

Axe Cliff senior section contested their July Medal competition last Friday and there was a most unusual occurrence, writes Pete Motson.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:33

Ottery St Mary are well into their pre-season work and have their second warm-up game this weekend with a Saturday (July 22) visit to Yeovil-based Kingsbury.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:39

Axe Cliff ladies were in action in an away league match at Wrangaton, writes Pete Motson.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:50

Ottery men gained revenge for an early season drubbing when they overcame Feniton 43-17 in the Over-60s League, writes Michael Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:48

The past week was a very good one for the Chardstock bowlers with four wins in the five matches played, writes Vaughan Fletcher.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:47

The mists hovered above Haytor on Dartmoor until after the end of the Haytor Heller 10k run on Saturday evening, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Wed, 16:20

Dunkeswell bowlers have enjoyed encouraging results of late, writes Jose Williams.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications