The MRF UK Legends Cars National Championship is to once again offer one of the biggest prizes in club motorsport in 2018, a prize test in a current Dunlop MSA British Touring Car.
Announced at the Autosport Show International, drivers will battle it out for an exclusive test with HMS Racing in the brand new Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Running to the same format as last year’s scoring system, where drivers are graded on performance, presentation and sportsmanship by a panel of judges each race weekend, at the end of the season a standalone points table – away from the main championship – will determine the eventual winner.
Legends vice-champion Ben Power was the recipient of the award in 2017, receiving expert help from BTCC race-winner Rob Austin in the teams Toyota Avensis. Elsewhere, Steve Whitelegg and Nathan Anthony, who finished second and third in the final table, had passenger laps alongside Austin.
"We’re absolutely elated, not only to continue with the amazing BTCC prize test with HMS Racing but to actually enhance the prize package further to allow more MRF Legends Cars drivers to get the experience of being with a top, race-winning touring car team”, said Cooper.
“Even more exciting is the fact the eventual winner will get to drive the team’s absolutely glorious new Alfa Romeo – what a prize! Last year’s offering was incredible but for 2018 we’ve raised the bar, it’s easily one of the biggest and best prizes in club-level motorsport. I have to say, on behalf of the championship, a huge thank you to Simon Belcher and HMS for making this happen.”
HMS Racing Team Principal, Simon Belcher, added: “When we announced the 2017 prize this time last year it got a lot of attention and proved to be a major draw for drivers, so hopefully the enhancements we’ve made for this year will make it even more eye-catching. There’s also the added excitement of our brand new Alfa Romeo this time.
“The scoring system worked very well and Ben Power was an extremely deserving winner, with Steve Whitelegg and Nathan Anthony in second and third equally deserving. It gives every single driver in the championship a chance to potentially win the test and we believe that’s a far better way of doing things than just awarding the prize to the champion.
"We’re delighted to be providing this prize once again and looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.”
The 2018 edition of the championship is set to play out over some of the UK's top venues, with no less than 51 races set to be run.