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Our Legends Car racing partner James Holman achieved a second-place finish in an Irish Legends Car Championship race at Mondello Park at the weekend (June 9).

The Suffolk-based driver was runner-up in the second heat behind new championship leader Geoff Richardson, after a heavy shower had dampened the track.

Earlier, he finished fifth in the opening heat, and went on to take sixth place in the final race.

To provide an extra challenge, the races were run in reverse direction – anti-clockwise – at the County Kildare circuit.

It was James’s first full race day of the season, as his opening round at Kirkistown, County Down, in April, was hampered by a throttle issue, and a fifth place in the first race gave him his only points of the day.

“The second race was great – the car was handling beautifully, and I closed in on the leader with two laps to go but I made a small error and dropped back. I’m looking forward to going in the direction where I know I’m quick!”

James is racing as part of the Samsport team in the fast-growing Irish Legends Car Championship. A former rookie of the year and championship runner-up in the hotly contested UK Legends Car series, Suffolk-based James switched to the Irish series to save costs.

He finished runner-up in Ireland in 2016 and was fourth last season, despite missing the opening round due to the birth of his son.

Legends Car racing originated on the US oval tracks, and the cars have an American look, being 5/8-scale replicas of classic US models. Samsport Racing runs a Ford Coupe 1934 replica, with a 1250cc Yamaha motorcycle engine.

The Samsport team is sponsored by Taylor’s Antiques, Stillorgan Motors, and Walker Vehicle Rentals, with additional support from us at Weltch Media.

Photo by James Foley.

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