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Rolling Start for Mickel Motorsport at Oulton Park

The 2018 UK National Legends Championship got underway at Oulton Park last weekend with Mickel Motorsport racing three cars for the season opener.

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Rolling Start for Mickel Motorsport at Oulton Park

Press Release 21st March 2018

John Mickel #4 – K-Seal

John Mickel returned to the track in his re livered #4 K-Seal machine to defend his 2017, UK record third title over the course of 9 weekends throughout 2018.

Paul Simmons #51 - Baileigh Industrial Ltd

Experienced Legends Driver, Paul Simmons returns in the #51 black and perfectly fabricated Baileigh Industrial UK machine.

Mike Schlup #3 – K-Seal Guest Driver

Mike Schlup, MD of K-Seal, returns to increase his experience in Legends Racing in his #4 reversed livery car.

Round 1

With snow impeding the racing all day, the opening round saw gloomy skies and a slippery cold and wet track.  Visibility was low and drivers were forced to wipe snow from their visors.

John Mickel showed his legendary race craft throughout the day hitting the front of the pack on every race, but the wet conditions favoured the other driver’s set ups. Despite a red flag stoppage following a roll on corner 1 of race 1, John still managed to clinch a 2nd place finish. He drove hard to finish 5th in race 2 which saw two yellow flag stoppages and despite a surge through the pack from 22nd position on the start grid, he finished 6th in the Final, with just 1.8 seconds dividing the top 9 drivers over the finish line.

This places him in 4th position in the Championship after the completion of Round 1.  The points, however are very tight and with 8 weekends, 16 race days and 48 races still left to run, with up to 200 points per race on offer, this is a solid start for the him.

The #51 mean, black, Baileigh machine looked fast on track. With the very wet conditions, Paul got to grips with the car and took a very respectable 11th and 7th place finish in the opening two races and 10th in the Final. These solid performances leave Paul positioned 8th in the UK Championship standings.

Mike Schlup, in the #3 new blue and orange livery K-Seal Legend, tested the limits of his car right from the outset giving him a 16th in race 1, a DNF in race 2 and a 26th in the very hectic Final. Mike now stands in a very respectable 20th place in the Championship with 29 drivers contesting for the points.

Championship Points after Round 1

Position

Driver

Points

1

Jack Parker – 13

540

2

Will Gibson – 57

500

3

Steve Whitelegg – 66

490

4

John Mickel – 4

485

5

Miles Rudman – 7

460

6

Ben Power – 55

390

7

Connor Mills – 82

355

8

Paul Simmons – 51

330

8

Neil Shenton – 35

330

10

Sean Smith – 21

295

11

Marcus Pett – 79

240

11

John Patterson – 73

240

13

Nathan Antony – 29

230

14

Sy Harraway (r) – 83

180

15

Sebastien Kluyskens – 17

175

16

Giles Verleyen – 33

130

17

Robert King – 74

110

18

Rickie Leggatt – 26

80

19

Stephen Treherne – 12

70

20

Mike Schlup – 3

65

21

James Hall-Morton (r) – 32

60

22

Paul Simkiss – 99

50

23

Bill Read – 67

30

24

Miikka Riihimaa – 113

25

24

Jonty Norman – 43

25

24

Nick Bridgeman – 68

25

27

Phil Turner (r) – 247

15

27

Nic Grout – 44

15

29

Jean Michel Poncelet – 65

0

 

Matthew Pape – 24

0 Not in championship

 

Guy Fastres – 48

0 Not in championship

 

Gerard McCosh – 69

0 Not in championship

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