The North Western Centre of the BRSCC staged a two day meeting at Anglesey on 8/9th August in which the National Legends Championship featured prominently. The cream of the categories from the North West racing scene provided supporting events and the nationwide MG Trophy contenders also visited Wales.

This years’ Legends UK series has been dominated by John “Jon” Higgins and Lee Fitzpatrick. These two were frequently in close combat during the two heats and a final which were stage on Saturday when the full International Circuit was in use. They often found themselves duelling wheel-to-wheel on the run up to Rocket. Having each taken a heat victory, it was Higgins who came out on top in the final by a third of second.

The action switched to the flowing Coastal Layout on Sunday on which Higgins took the chequered flag first in both heats although in the second outing it wasn’t until the very last lap that he got the better of Lawrence Davey. Things didn’t go so well for the three-time National Champion in the final when he was nudged into a spin early on. This put him some-way down the order when the red flags were displayed after Nick Brace ran wide onto the grass exiting Church and was launched into a series of rolls. Towards the end of the 6 lap re-started contest another movement saw Higgins finish a lowly 16th leaving Fitzpatrick to take the win.

In the Post 89 category of the Creative LED Solutions sponsored North West FF1600s Neil Patten was unbeatable on Saturday. He didn’t enjoy such success on Sunday when he collided with the pit-wall having had to take avoiding action when Simon Kinsey spun at the bottom of the Corkscrew. Steve Roberts took the second set of laurels as convincingly as Patten had done the day before.

The drivers of the Pre 90 NWFF1600s staged a couple of excellent races during the course of the weekend with multi-car scraps at the head of the field in both. When the flag fell on Saturday and Sunday, Ian Parkington and Nigel Thompson respectively were ahead.

Simon Robinson crossed the line first in both BRS Recovery Ford XR Challenge encounters but was only declared the winner on one occasion because in the second race for these Ford hatchbacks he was adjudged to have jumped the start. Even with the 10-second penalty added to his time the championship leader still beat everyone except Michael Blackburn who was announced as the victor.

Aside from the Legends three other categories guested at this BRSCC organised meeting. The ex-DTM Astra of series sponsor Ric Wood had the legs of all the other Performance & Economy Chip Tuning Sports/Saloon entrants although poor getaways off the grid meant Wood had to do a fair amount of overtaking following every start. Sunday’s Sports/Saloon thrash had to be restarted after a sizeable incident brought the BRSCC Marshals and Rescue Units into action.

The MG Trophy is the premier racing category of the MG Car Club. This series had two races on Saturday and in each the ZR hatchback of pole-sitter Chris Bray was beaten off the line by the TF two-seater of Paul Luti nonetheless Both times Bray caught and passed his rival to take the spoils.

There was one round of the Cockshoot Cup (North West’s own MG Championship) and this went the way of Rob Griffiths in his heavily modified Midget.

Full results of the meeting can be found at Click Here

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