THE LEGEND RETURNS
Three-time British Legends Champion, John “Jon” Higgins, will be out testing at Knockhill this Thursday (18th March) preparing to regain the crown he lost to Burnett Motorsport team-mate Lee Fitzpatrick last season.
Higgins magnanimously says, “We retained the title as a team… and that was the main aim for last year. Lee did a fantastic job and he was a pleasure to race against.” Looking back at 2009 John recalls, “I started really well and then lost a little bit towards the end of the season, so this time I’m hoping for a steady start and be really strong at the end of the 2010.”
Pressure of work means this week will be the first time Higgins has got behind the wheel over the winter however he is not too concerned as he has great faith in the talents of the Burnett squad, he told us, “Because the season is so long it’s not so much of an issue if you’re not completely on the pace from the first round as we have enough experience to get the car sorted within a short space of time.”
The 2010 campaign begins at Oulton Park on 27th March on the short Fosters circuit which will be in use for the first time for a couple of seasons. This compact layout is ideally suited for Legends and should produce plenty of frenetic action.
Once again Higgins’ car will be decorated in the iconic stars and stripes livery which he has used since he competed in Stock Rods on short ovals during the late 1980s. The hue of the colour scheme changed last year from Red, White and Blue to predominantly Green to reflect the environmentally friendly car recycling scheme of sponsors www.U-Pull-It.co.uk who will continue their backing after a successful debut in 2009.
In November John has plans to take on the World! As the Legends World Finals are returning to one of his favourite tracks – Infineon Raceway (formerly known as Sears Point) – Higgins has been tempted to head West in a bid to reclaim the ultimate accolade in Legends which he won in 2003. This was one of the highlights of his racing career “To be part of any formula that gets to race abroad is mega,” he enthuses, “especially when you get to go to America.”
Text: Dave Williams