Rounds 1 & 2 Sponsored by K-Seal
The 2016 UK National Legends Championship got underway at Brands Hatch with Mickel Motorsport preparing four cars for the season opener.
John Mickel #4 – K-Seal
John Mickel returns in his #4 orange mean machine to defend his 2016, UK and World titles over the course of 8 weekends.
Paul Simmons #51 - Baileigh Industrial Ltd
Experienced Legends Driver, Paul Simmons, running in the #51, will be racing the black and perfectly fabricated Baileigh Industrial Ltd car.
Rickie Leggat #26 – Margrasil
Rickie Leggatt returns for his third season in Legends and is ready to hit the front runners this season in his Margrasil #26 car.
Mike Schlup #3 – K-Seal Guest Driver
Mike Schlup, MD of K-Seal, was keen to try his hand at Legends Racing following the K-Seal Team success in 2015 and is driving a replica of John Mickel’s #4 car.
With Hurricane Katie looming, the opening round saw gloomy skies and a slippery wet track. The first two races were under fierce weather conditions with visibility at a minimum. The high winds eventually dried the track for the final of round 1.
John Mickel showed his legendary race craft by finishing inside the top four places over the opening three races with a 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the final of Round 1 finishing in true style, pushing the leader over the finish line wishing there was still one lap to go! John Mickel and the K-Seal #4 Legend, finished in 2nd place overall on points on the day.
The #51 mean, black, Baileigh machine looked fast on track. With the very wet conditions, Paul got to grips with the new car and took a very respectably 9th and 11th place finish in the opening two races. In the final, Paul found his feet and was picking his way through the field. Having reached the top five leaders, he suffered a mechanical failure and had to retire.
Rickie, in the #26 Magrasil car, was using every moment from his previous two years’ experience to place him in three very commendable top ten finishes with a 4th in the final, which is his best race finish to date. Rickie collected the “Master of the Day” award.
Mike Schlup, in the #3 orange K-Seal car, was very excited about his Legends debut. Mike tested the limits of his car right from the outset, finishing his first race in the gravel outside the famous Paddock Hill Bend. He brought his K-Seal car home in very respectable position for race two and three finishing 19th and 17th.
The sun appeared bright and early but was threatened by heavy April showers.
John Mickel soon got into his stride collecting two wins in the first two races of Round 2. Race two saw a stunning Mickel Motorsport finish with three of the team drivers finishing in the top three places. At the start of the final, Mickel was poised on the grid with his sights set on a hat trick. As the highest point’s scorer on the day, he was placed at the rear of the field. The opening laps saw a huge downpour, flooding the track and scuppering John’s plans of a triple. He fought hard to keep the #4 K-Seal car at the front of the field, finishing in third place, and taking the overall points win on the day.
Paul Simmons came away from Brands Hatch having firmly got to grips with the Black Baileigh Industrial Ltd #51 car, taking a 4th in race 1 and a best ever, 2nd place finish in race two. Paul was then placed at the rear of the grid for the final, being one of the highest point’s scorers in race 1 & 2. Despite the wet conditions, he drove superbly, finishing 10th to take a third place podium for overall points on the day.
Rickie took to the track with further podium finishes in his sights but became victim to a spinning car, taking him out of race one. His second race saw him take 3rd and the final rewarded him a 7th place. Rickie was again awarded Master of the Day for his superb driving.
Mike Schlup collected a well-deserved award for “Rookie of the Day” having finished a commendable 14th, 17th and 11th place.
Rounds 3 & 4 are just a few days away and we are delighted to announce that they are supported by: