Britain’s best and most cost-effective big grid racing, the Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres, will be back with an absolute bang in 2021 after officially revealing an expanded 54-race schedule across nine race weekends.
While all dates do, of course, remain provisional, championship owner Phil Cooper and organising body the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) are delighted to announce a bumper calendar for the ever-popular category – with five dates alongside the British Truck Racing Championship.
Along with three visits to the ‘home’ of Legends Cars racing in the UK, Brands Hatch in Kent, the thrill a minute championship will also make a very welcome return to Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park – back on the calendar for the first time since 2017 – and a trip north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland.
Rounds one and two of the 2021 season will take place at Brands, as support to the trucks, across the weekend 10th/11th April ahead of the visit to Cadwell a fortnight later which comes ahead of a five week break in the calendar.
Knockhill in Fife will welcome the National Championship for rounds five and six on 29th/30th May as part of a BARC-run meeting, and there will then be another break of five weeks before the second visit to Brands on 3rd/4th July as part of the huge American Speedfest 8 event.
Croft in North Yorkshire will host the fifth race meeting of the campaign on 7th/8th August and two weeks later there will be the yearly visit to Donington Park’s National Circuit for the hugely popular Convoy in the Park festival.
The championship run-in through September, October and November will see the Legends Cars visit Snetterton in Norfolk, Pembrey in South Wales and Brands Hatch – all as support to the behemoths of the British Truck Racing Championship. The season finale will be on 6th/7th November.
Despite a challenging 2020 for motorsport as a whole due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Legend Cars National Championship still delivered very strong and immensely competitive grids throughout the truncated season – plus the absolute best in wheel-to-wheel action.
Ahead of 2021, championship owner Phil Cooper says the phone has been ringing off the hook with enquiries for full-season entries from current and former Legends Cars racers, as well as a range of prospective newcomers from a variety of different disciplines.
“It’s fantastic to be able to reveal such an exciting provisional calendar for 2021, and I must thank the team at the BARC for their hard work”, Cooper commented, “We’re delighted to have put together an expanded nine event championship and we’re all looking forward to a big 54-race season and the prospect of a capacity grid – I’m receiving so many enquiries from drivers.
“Brands Hatch keeps the traditional championship curtain-raiser and championship finale dates, and we’re very happy to be part of the mid-summer American Speedfest again. Of course, tracks like Croft, Donington, Snetterton and Pembrey are absolute staples for us and provide superb action.”
Cooper added: “It’s equally fantastic to add both Cadwell and Knockhill to the calendar for 2021, we’re only going back to Knockhill because it’s a BARC event and not an SMRC one. We really do have a sensational championship in store for next season.”
Provisional 2021 Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres Calendar
10/11 April – Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent*
24/25 April – Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire
29/30 May – Knockhill Circuit, Fife
3/4 July – Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent**
7/8 August – Croft Circuit, North Yorkshire
21/22 August – Donington Park National Circuit, Leicestershire*
18/19 September – Snetterton 300 Circuit, Norfolk*
9/10 October – Pembrey Circuit, Wales*
6/7 November – Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent*
*events supporting the British Truck Racing Championship
**American Speedfest 8