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SWIMMING: West Hatch student crowned county champion


3.13pm - 28th February 2017

YEAR 8 West Hatch High School swimmer Ryan Davis was crowned Essex County Champion in the 200m Freestyle at the Essex County Swimming Championships.
The event was held over three weekends at the London Aquatic Centre and Basildon Sporting Village. 
Ryan was also a silver medallist at 1,500m Freestyle and bronze medallist at 100m and 400m Freestyle. 
He also achieved six further top ten finishes at other strokes and distances. 
His next major competition is the East Region championships, involving swimmers from six counties, at the end of May.


MOTOR RACING: Ben secures team place


10.17am - 25th January 2017

WALTHAM Abbey racing driver Ben Green has been signed by Century Motorsport for the GT4 Supercup 2017 following a successful first year.
Ben started racing in hire karts at Brentwood Karting in 2011 where he spent 18 months before moving on to owner driver racing at Rye House, Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows. 
Racing in the Junior Subaru class in the Kent Cup championship he won his first year in 2013. 
A team of drivers entered the Sodi World Series competition, which featured hire kart racing on an international level with the team finishing eighth in the world. 
In 2014 Ben and his school team won the BSKC (British Schools Karting Championship). 
In 2015 he moved up to the Kickstart Ginetta Junior Championship which featured ten race meetings throughout the year, all of them supporting the British Touring Car Championship. Ben had several top ten finishes. 
Last year Ben took the leap into the Ginetta GT4 Supercup series and secured a double podium at Knockhill Racing circuit (third places) and a podium at Donnington Race Circuit (third) helping him to eighth in the Ginetta Cars standings for the year. Ben also competed in his first international race, in the V de V Championships, Estoril, Portugal, with Ginetta Cars and Century Motorsport. 
Already this year he took a second place with Century Motorsport at the Dubai 24 Hours. 
Ben said: "I'm very excited to be committed to racing with Century Motorsport for 2017 in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. 
I have already had success with the team at Estoril and Dubai in the last few months and this has set me up nicely for the season this year. 
"A massive thanks goes to Greg Mcilwraith, Marshal Monster Sport and all who have helped me as part of Super Green Racing, I wouldn't be in the position I am without the hard work put in by everyone who has been involved in the team over the last four years. 
"Now the focus goes towards Brands Hatch where we have the first round of the championship.Ē 
Century Motorsport team principal Nathan Freke said: "Ben caught our eye for a while as a very competitive package and that was confirmed when he joined us in Estoril in our Ginetta G57-P2 late last year, but even more so behind the wheel of our podium-finishing Ginetta G55 at the Dubai 24H earlier this month. 
"After an incident during the night, we all had to put in qualifying- style laps to get ourselves back up the order and Ben certainly didnít disappoint. 
"If we can take this type of pace and consistency into the championship this year, I donít see why we canít challenge for the title.Ē


MOTOR RACING: Endurance success for Ben


6.48pm - 17th January 2017

WALTHAM Abbey racing driver Ben Green helped his Century Motorsport team clinch the runners-up spot in the GT4 race at the 2017 Dubai 24-Hour event. 
The race was part of the 24 Hour Endurance Championships at the Dubai Autodrome.
Ben, 18, behind the wheel of a Ginetta G55, was joined by Scottish BTCC driver Aiden Moffat, Jack Mitchell and Nathan Freke. 
Ben said: "I had a fantastic weekend with Century Motorsport, my second endurance race with the team. "Through all the practice sessions we showed our pace was strong and carried this into the race. 
"Contact with another car while leading the race cost us a lot of time but we fought back to recover as much time as possible. 
"Both the team and I were very happy and proud of the final result.Ē


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