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June 05, 2008

Pickup Trucks and Legends Feature at Mondello


Mondello Park's busy car race season continues this weekend (7-8 June 2008) with a two day event featuring two of the most exciting and close fought UK championships, and the seasonal debut for the Dunlop Supercars, which will run for the first time with their new upgraded engine.

The Carlow Car club will be in charge for the visit of the UK based 'Pickup Truck Racing' and 'Legends' championships. Both series will be familiar to Irish spectators with the Legends having been regular visitors to the circuit since its re-development in 2001 and the Pickup's having made a spectacular return to Mondello last season after a ten year break. More than twenty visiting cars will contest each class with the legends racers being joined on the grid by four Irish drivers from the fledgling Irish Legends championship.

Both the Pickup Trucks and Legends are purpose built race cars with the trucks being a close relative of the Dunlop Supercar's. Pickup Truck bodies are fitted to identical spaceframe chassis with a two litre Vauxhall engine supplying the power. Overtaking is guaranteed as the grid is decided on championship positions with the series leader starting from the back of the grid in Saturdays first race. Even if the quicker drivers make it through to the front by the flag, they will have to do it all again on Sunday as the grid for race two will be the reverse of Saturday's finishing order.

The legends will race six times over the weekend with two heats and a final on each day. Like the Pickup's, close racing is facilitated by the Legends unique system of deciding the race grids. Drivers starting positions for race one are drawn from a hat, with the positions reversed for race two. the results of the two races are combined to get the starting order for the final, with the best finishers over the two races starting from the back of the grid.

A more conventional qualifying system will be used to determine the starting order for the highlight of the Irish classes, the Dunlop Supercars. Three races are scheduled for the popular class which should be even more exciting to watch than before due to an increase in engine power for this season. All of the top runners from last season are back with the addition of twice former champion Jonathan Fildes. The start of this years series had been delayed to allow all competitors to receive delivery of their upgraded engines so the championship is sure to get off to an exciting start this weekend.

Saturday's programme includes two races each for Stryker Sports Cars and Global Lights, as well as a single Formula Sheane race alongside the Supercars, Legends and Pickup's. Sunday's schedule sees the Pickup's, Legends, the second Formula Sheane encounter and race three for the Supercars, joined by Formula Libre, Porsche Open and Fiat Punto and Uno races.