MOTORSPORT: Historic second place for Tilley

Benn Tilley in action.
Benn Tilley in action.
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Local racing driver Benn Tilley picked up a podium placing at the Donington Historic Festival at the weekend.

The 17 year-old from Bourne drove a 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior single seater car loaned to him by a friend of his dad’s and did well to qualify third out of the 33 entries.

In the big race on Saturday, he made a slow start but after six laps was bang on the pace and he picked his way through the field for a second-place finish.

He said: “It was the first time I had driven the car and it was a little more difficult to get off the grid than the Formula Ford I’m used to. Hopefully I will get another chance to race the car later on in the month at the Silverstone meeting.”