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Mickel finishes 2nd place in UK National Legends Championship 2021

Vice-Champion John Mickel #4 (Horsham) was the only double victor in Kent, winning both Finals to conclude the season with a total of 13 victories and to finish the 2021 Championship in 2nd place

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Mickel finishes 2nd place in UK National Legends Championship 2021

Photo Credit: Mandy Newman


Vice-Champion John Mickel #4 (Horsham) was the only double victor in Kent, winning both Finals to conclude the season with a total of 13 victories and to finish the 2021 Championship in 2nd place behind victor Miles Rudman. Will Gibson took his seventh race win of the year in round 15 Heat Two, going on to seal a very competitive 3rd place championship finish.

Paul Simmons #51 agreed to start first few races from the rear of the grid to enable him to test his new car ahead of next season.

Mike Schlup #3, Director of Kalimex and promoter of the Kalimex/Mickel Motorsport Young Driver Programme was planning on making a bid for his highest ever race finish this season.

Oli Schlup #9 and Luke Ttakoushis #55 were both green Rookies, having only raced a handful of times, supporting the Kalimex/Mickel Motorsport Young Driver Programme were keen to get a pre-2022 season experience.

First win of year for Smith, victories too for Gibson and Mickel

Steve Whitelegg made the early running at the beginning of Heat One on Saturday morning, soaking up pressure from Smith and Nathan Anthony before the Safety Car was deployed in time for lap two. At the re-start on lap five, Smith grabbed the lead at Paddock Hill Bend.

Another Safety Car was required from laps seven to nine, leaving a two-lap sprint, and Smith aced the re-start before claiming his first win of the year by a tenth of a second with Whitelegg seeing off Mickel to retain second. Jack Parker, Anthony and Gibson completed the top six but Parker was later disqualified for an eligibility issue, elevating Rudman into sixth.

John Mickel

3rd

Oli Schlup

16th

Mike Schlup

17th

Paul Simmons

20th

Luke Ttakoushis

24th

 

Clark made a good start to Heat Two but Chris Needham soon took the lead ahead of Schlup, Rudman, Clark, Bird and Mickel. After taking second on lap two Rudman closed on Needham and Clark battled back into the top three, as Gibson continued to move up through the order.

Mickel’s championship bid took a big hit on lap seven when a tangle with Needham put the latter off into the gravel and retirement, with Mickel recovering to finish in 13th place. Gibson and Rudman remained glued together to the finish, Gibson taking a sensational seventh win, with Schlup sealing a superb first podium from Bird, Clark and Charlie Budd (Henley-on-Thames).

 

Mike Schlup

3rd

John Mickel

13th

Paul Simmons

14th

Oli Schlup

17th

Luke Ttakoushis

26th

 

Saturday’s round 15 Final delivered a great response from Mickel with his 12th race victory of the season, a Mickel Motorsport one-two with Paul Simmons just 0.2 seconds behind the team leader at the chequered flag. Simmons launched strongly at the beginning to slice through into the lead and, after an early Safety Car period, he stormed away at the re-start on lap five.

Mickel worked his way into second and passed Simmons for the lead on the sixth tour, and they duly pulled clear of the rest.

John Mickel

1st

Paul Simmons

2nd

Luke Ttakoushis

23rd

Mike Schlup

DNF

Oli Schlup

DNF

 

Rudman seals title, Clark grabs first 2021 win, Mickel doubles-up
Sunday’s racing didn’t begin how anyone wanted when Heat One was red flagged at the end of the opening tour due to an unfortunate multi-car tangle, triggered after Gibson was pushed wide onto the grass at Surtees, but thankfully all drivers emerged unscathed.

Following a single file re-start, contact put an end to Mickel’s title challenge leaving him requiring urgent work in the pits which left him a lap down and too far out of the points to make any further claim on the championship title. Schlup sealed another top finish in fourth place.

Mike Schlup

4th

Oli Schlup

15th

John Mickel

28th 

Paul Simmons

DNF

Luke Ttakoushis

DNF

 

Heat two on Saturday

John Mickel

4th  

Mike Schlup

19th

Oli Schlup

21st

Luke Ttakoushis

28th

Paul Simmons

DNF

 

Mickel became the only double race winner of the weekend with a great victory in the round 16 Final, fending off the ultra-quick Gibson during the last few laps. Jonty Norman (Wakefield) led the race initially before Simmons took over, but Mickel passed his team-mate at the start of lap three.

Following a mid-race Safety Car period, due to a car off in the barriers on the run up Hailwood Hill, Mickel controlled the action to soak up Gibson’s pressure. Smith capped a very strong event with third place, ahead of new champion Rudman, Simmons and Whitelegg.

John Mickel

1st  

Paul Simmons

5th

Mike Schlup

20th

Luke Ttakoushis

22nd

Oli Schlup

DNF

             

John Mickel – Rd15 Final and Rd16 Final Winner:
“The last race of the year at Brands always seems to be my lucky race, I think I’ve won four or five of them. At the end of the day, I think Will [Gibson] was the quicker car but I made my car twice as wide. I thought they’d all freight-train me and get past, so it’s great to end the year with another win to add to the one on Saturday. Thank you to all my sponsors who have been with us all year.”

Provisional 2021 Legends Cars National Championship with MRF Tyres Points:,

CHAMPION: Miles Rudman

8070pts;

2nd John Mickel

7510pts;

3rd Will Gibson

7105pts;

4th Jack Parker

6335pts;

5th Sean Smith

5755pts;

6th Steve Whitelegg

5345pts

 

Thanks to MRF Tyres and Legends Racing UK for the report extracts.

There was a fantastic atmosphere in both the VIP suite, where guests were soaking up the sun kissed action and in the garages amongst the crew who worked incredibly hard all weekend at whatever was thrown their way.

Thank you to every sponsor, every crew member and to all the family and friends who contribute to the Team to make it all happen!  It would not be possible without the support of so many, in so many different ways! THANK YOU!

The plans for 2022 are underway!

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