The UK Legends Cars National Championship have confirmed one of the biggest prizes in club motorsport with a mouthwatering test in Handy Motorsport’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship podium-finishing Toyota Avensis up for grabs.
In what is widely regarded as one of the most competitive and cost-effective club championships in the country, all drivers will be able to battle for the prize.
Drivers will be scored in a number of areas round-by-round with a standalone league table established to decide who will scoop the fully-funded test.
In full, the prize structure will be:
• First Prize – 10 laps behind the wheel of Handy Motorsport’s BTCC Toyota Avensis, following 15 laps of instruction as passenger to touring car race winner Rob Austin
• Second Prize – 15 passenger laps alongside Austin in the BTCC Toyota
• Third Prize – 10 passenger laps alongside Austin in the BTCC Toyota
Commenting on the prize, Legends Cars National Championship owner Phil Cooper said: “We are understandably thrilled with the prize package we’ve been able to put in place with the help of Simon Belcher and his Handy Motorsport team. I honestly can’t think of a comparable prize in club motorsport, it’s a huge development for the championship.
“Being able to offer a BTCC test, with tutoring from a driver as talented as Rob Austin, really does add an extremely impressive string to the Legends Cars bow. We’re intending to make 2017 our best season yet, this announcement is obviously an incredible and unprecedented start in helping to make that happen!”
Handy Motorsport’s Team Principal Simon Belcher and Legends importer added: “We are delighted to be working with Legends Cars with this fantastic prize. The unique thing is the drivers will be scored in several areas, it won’t just be on championship points like other BTCC prize drives.
“Everyone has a chance, not just the few in with a shout of the title. This prize rewards the most complete and passionate drivers wanting to progress.”
Having competed at the 2016 series finale, two-time BTCC race winner Austin is full of praise for the Legends championship.
“Legends Cars is a great championship and is a great place to hone close, competitive racing skills for aspiring BTCC racers,” said Austin. “I had the chance to drive one of these great cars at Brands Hatch in November, they are a huge amount of fun and provide very close racing.”