MOTORSPORT: Son of former Rugby mayor leads race series

Ben Gillias
Ben Gillias

Ben tops 52 drivers in Caterham Academy with two rounds to go

After five of the seven rounds of the 2016 Caterham Academy race programme, 30-year-old former Lawrence Sheriff pupil Ben Gillias and son of former Rugby Mayor and speedway rider, Councillor Tony Gillias, leads the way from the other 52 competitors.

The drivers are split into two groups, Green and White, to which Ben is allocated. Round 1 at the Aintree Sprint on April 27, saw him finish in second place but in Round 2 at the Cuborough Sprint on May 21, he took the win.

Round 3 at the Rockingham Indy circuit on June 11 saw Ben finishing 2nd, followed up by a Round 4 win at Snetterton on July 16.

After taking his third pole position out of three, on August 13 he was beaten by his arch rival, Jay McCormack into second place.

Ben said: “I shall be going one better at the next round at Croft on September 10, make no mistake!”

The final round is at Donington on October 15-16, which will be entertaining, with the championship on the line. Tony said: “It is my birthday on October 15 and what a great celebration it will be if Ben can pull off winning the championship.”

The top three standings after five rounds are:

Ben Gillias 120 points

Peter Spencer 116 points

Jay McCormack 114 points