Anglesey Circuit will be the venue for an absolute bumper Legends Cars spectacular next weekend, 22nd/23rd April, when the MRF Legends Cars National Championship competitors travel to North Wales for round two of the season – and they’re bringing some other friends along for the party!
Set to feature well over 40 cars, next weekend’s event will not only mark the second instalment of 2017 for the MRF Legends Cars National Championship, there will also be separate races for the Scottish Legends and Irish Legends as part of the standalone one-off ‘Nations Cup’.
No fewer than 14 races in total featuring Legends Cars are part of the mouth-watering Anglesey timetable. There are six for the National Championship, six for the combined Scottish and Irish grid, plus a special ‘Legends Challenge’ at the end of each day where the top five racers from each of the National, Scottish and Irish entries will compete for the right to be declared Nations Cup Champion.
Looking forward to next weekend’s triple helping of Legends action, MRF Legends Cars National Championship owner Phil Cooper said: “Everyone can’t wait for the Nations Cup event, it adds even more excitement to an already fantastic race meeting and means the Anglesey spectators are in for an absolute treat with 14 races in total from the Legends competitors.
“It’s great for the National Championship to be racing alongside our friends from the Scottish and Irish categories, and we’re certainly expecting some vintage Legends Cars action. In terms of our main National Championship races, the first round at Brands Hatch was outstanding and definitely set the scene for a classic year. I think we can safely say there will be more of the same at Anglesey!”
Reigning champion John Mickel (Horsham) leads the way at the top of the championship table as the series heads into Wales and across the Menai Strait onto the isle of Anglesey. After securing three race wins at Brands Hatch when the season got off to a terrific start three weeks ago, the Mickel Motorsport driver will, as always, be one to beat next weekend.
Second in the standings, after a tremendous showing at Brands, is WTBS Motorsport’s Steve Whitelegg (Bury) who will arrive at Anglesey just 40 points shy of Mickel thanks to a brace of victories last time out during a very consistent outing overall.
As well as getting his title bid off to an excellent start, Whitelegg was also awarded the highest points allocation in the standalone league table which will ultimately decide who wins a prize British Touring Car Championship test at the end of the season.
Unprecedented at this level of motorsport, the BTCC test – provided by top team Handy Motorsport, whose team principal Simon Belcher is a graduate of Legends Cars racing – adds yet more gravitas to the championship’s standing.
Powys-based Ben Power (Guilsfield), the third of the Brands Hatch race winners, is next-up in the driver standings and will certainly receive plenty of ‘home’ support during the Anglesey weekend as he seeks to close the 45-point gap to Whitelegg.
Fourth in the championship standings is Jack Parker (Wolverhampton), fifth is Masters class leader Paul Simmons (Lingfield) and rounding out the overall top six is Rookie pace-setter Miles Rudman (Sutton Coldfield).
Just outside the coveted top six is Nathan Anthony (Horley) who, despite a weekend at Brands which wasn’t without its problems for his iconic Se-Van, is only 35 points adrift of Rudman. Tom Grainger (Sidcup), Belgium’s Jean-Michel Poncelet and Rick Leggatt (Worthing) complete the overall top 10.
Opening qualifying for the MRF Legends Cars National Championship at Anglesey will get underway at 09.25 next Saturday, 22nd April, with Heat One starting at 12.10, Heat Two beginning at 14.25 and the day’s Final following at 16.30. On Sunday, 23rd April, Heat One begins at 10.10, Heat Two is scheduled for 12.25 and the Final will begin at 14.40.
The Scottish and Irish Legends Cars will race at 12.35, 14.50 and 16.55 on the Saturday while on day two they will race at 10.35, 12.50 and 15.50. For the Nations Cup, Saturday’s ‘Legends Challenge’ encounter will start at 18.15 with Sunday’s challenge race timetabled for 16.40.
For full live timing from the event visit www.tsl-timing.com