Ex-champ Fountain re­turns

Autosport (UK) - - CLASSIFIEDS - GRA­HAM KEILLOH

Ex-leg­ends cham­pion Rob Fountain made a sur­prise re­turn to the se­ries at Snet­ter­ton last week­end, the first time he had com­peted in any rac­ing since win­ning his Leg­ends ti­tle in 2000.

Af­ter win­ning the crown he quit rac­ing im­me­di­ately to con­cen­trate on his work and has only com­peted in the oc­ca­sional track­day since.

“I turned 40 this year so I could say it’s a lit­tle bit of a midlife cri­sis!” said Fountain, who found the se­ries to be very sim­i­lar to 18 years ago. “With work com­mit­ments I’d al­ways kept an eye on the Leg­ends. And now I’ve been able to have a lit­tle bit of free time – I’ve got a fam­ily now – so I thought it’s the right stage to come back and have a lit­tle go.”

He came within a single lap of bring­ing the car home in all six Snet­ter­ton races, achiev­ing a best re­sult of 11th, be­fore stop­ping on the last lap in the fi­nal race when run­ning sev­enth as his en­gine let go. Fountain hopes to com­pete in the next Leg­ends round.

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