Just three days since the Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres departed Brands Hatch after the fourth event of the 2022 season, the stars of the all-action category are already preparing to head to Anglesey in North Wales for rounds eight and nine of the campaign this coming weekend.
With no time to rest, and a very quick turnaround for the teams and drivers, the Legends Cars make a welcome return to Anglesey as part of the BRSCC organised race meeting which will take place on the venue’s 2.1-mile International GP Circuit on Saturday, 18th June, and Sunday, 19th June.
The past weekend’s racing at Brands Hatch’s huge American Speedfest event resulted in three more wins for reigning champion, and current points leader, Miles Rudman (Lichfield) while Will Gibson (Camberley) was every bit as impressive with three victories of his own.
Such were the points hauls of Rudman, five-time former champion John Mickel (Horsham) and Gibson during rounds six and seven, the top three in the standings are pretty much status quo compared to how they began the weekend.
Rudman leads by 490 points from Mickel, while Gibson – who has the most wins so far this year with eight – is just 50 points behind him. As usual this weekend on the Isle of Anglesey, there will be three races each day with two Heats and a Final per round.
Fourth in the championship is Steve Whitelegg (Bury), the top driver from the ‘Gerard McCosh Napoleon Award’ class – formerly the Masters Cup. Last weekend Whitelegg raced to three overall podiums and he is certainly a man on the move as the championship progresses.
Completing the top six are Marcus Pett (Boston), who has one win under his belt this year, and Jack Parker (Wolverhampton). The consistent Chris Brockhurst (Westgate) is seventh while ninth placed Charlie Budd (Henley-on-Thames) will be aiming to continue the momentum which delivered a first top three result last Sunday. With Andy Bird (Calne) absent, eighth is Budd’s for the taking.
The big grids in Legends Cars don’t just deliver quantity, they’re packed with quality and this year’s Rookie Class battle is perhaps the most exciting and eye-catching in the category’s history. Oli Schlup (Cuckfield) is the highest placed Rookie in the overall standings in 13th position, and the son of series mainstay Mike Schlup (Cuckfield) has been a regular in the top 10 in the races.
His two main rivals are Ben Higgins (Powys) and Luke Simmons (Lingfield), the latter another second-generation Legends Cars racer – son of multiple Masters Champion Paul Simmons (Lingfield). Like Schlup Jnr, both have been a thorn in the side of the established upper order and Higgins actually took a best-yet outright fourth place finish at Brands. He was also top Rookie on both days in Kent.
For the first time, the coming weekend’s action at Anglesey is set to be live streamed by Digitex TV on the Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres Facebook page and a newly created Legends Cars YouTube channel HERE
All of the Legends Cars broadcasts this season, which feature on the Freesports HD channel and via Amazon and a range of other platforms home and abroad, are sponsored by Parc Lane Cars – the business of racing brothers Mark Beaty (Gosforth) and Kieran Beaty (Hexham). Mark is the highest placed of the siblings in the championship, currently in 14th position.
It’s also important to note the 2022 season is the first in which Legends Cars is being partnered by SulNOx, with the company’s fuel conditioner being utilised in all cars as the championship leads moves to achieve cleaner and greener racing.
Looking ahead to Anglesey’s action, Legends Cars Championship owner Phil Cooper said: “It’s a very quick turnaround for the drivers and teams, two race meetings in the space of a week, but we’re all looking forward to joining the BRSCC at Anglesey for six fabulous races. The championship has delivered some fantastic competition so far this year, and it won’t be any different this weekend.
“The battle between the top three looks set to rage right to the end of the season, which is what we like to see, but both John [Mickel] and Will [Gibson] do have some ground to make up on Miles who is again leading the way. There are so many drivers who could fight for wins, and plenty of past race winners who are yet to take a victory in 2022, so there is a huge amount to play for.”
Qualifying ahead of round eight will begin at 09.00 on Saturday, 18th June, with Heat One starting at 13.05, Heat Two following at 14.45 and the Final getting underway at 17.20. On Sunday, 19th June, qualifying will commence at 10.00, Heat One at 12.20, Heat Two at 14.35 and the round nine Final ends the weekend’s action at around 17.20.
Provisional 2022 Legends Cars National Championship Points (after Rd7):
1st Miles Rudman, 3540pts; 2nd John Mickel, 3050pts; 3rd Will Gibson, 3000pts;
4th Steve Whitelegg, 2590pts; 5th Marcus Pett, 2495pts; 6th Jack Parker, 2100pts