Paul Musselle bags trophy at Croft Circuit: Live on ITV4 with the Legends Elite Cup.
Revving Engines, Thrills, and Spins – Legends Elite Cup Roars at Croft Circuit!
The Legends European Championship descended upon the Croft Circuit in Lincolnshire, and delivered a motorsport extravaganza unlike any other!! Joined by the British Touring Car Championship, Formula 4, the Mini Challenge, and the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB, this high-octane weekend sent over 80,000 fans at the circuit and countless viewers at home on ITV4 into a frenzy.
Leading the pack, the number 28 Giggabox car, driven by the tenacious Paul Musselle, was set to leave a mark at the race track. With six races spanning the weekend, fans were treated to four-wide racing and jaw-dropping overtakes that left them breathless as well as bagging Paul, the Gerard McCosh trophy for his successes.
Challenging Weather and Unyielding Spirit
The weekend started with a bang as Paul Musselle secured pole position twice. However, the fierce competition and the ever-changing weather made it anything but smooth sailing for the Giggabox team. The Mickel Motorsport mechanics worked tirelessly to keep the car in peak condition amidst the challenging conditions.
Saturday – A Day of Grit and Determination
The first day of racing tested Paul‘s mettle, but he wasn‘t one to back down from a challenge.
Starting from P22 in Race 1, Paul showcased his skill as he battled through the pack, eventually finishing 24th despite a gearing issue leading to spins on the hairpin coming out of the chicane.
In Race 2 mechanical troubles prevented Paul from starting, but he remained undeterred.
An unfavourable first two races put Paul in pole position going into Race 3, but hopes were high for a dominant performance. A daring overtaking attempt on car 46 resulted in a spin-out at the hairpin corner, pushing him to the back of the grid. Chaos ensued with car 98 making contact with the championship leader, Jack Parker, causing a 3-car pile-up. The race concluded under the safety car, leaving fans eager for more.
Sunday – From the Back Row and moving up
Sunday promised redemption for Paul, and he delivered a gripping display of determination and skill.
A grid draw placed Paul on the back row alongside James Newbury. Despite starting from a disadvantageous position, Paul battled fiercely, climbing up to finish 22nd, enduring the sodden track as nearly 25% of racers did not finish.
As the lights went out, Paul launched from pole position, but Robert Barrable from POB Racing claimed an early lead. Paul held his ground in third place before unpredictable showers added an element of chaos. Teammate Mike Schlup‘s unfortunate spin-out resulted in a DNF. This followed a second spin by Daniel Pooley coming out of the chicane and another by Rob Fountain at the first corner. As a result, the race was put under a yellow flag. Through the highs and lows, Paul valiantly fought for a higher position, settling for a weekend-best 11th place. With so many spins, the red flag was waved; The cars returned to the pits to the celebrating Mickel Motorsport and Giggabox team.
Unfortunately, due to a devastating crash in the Porsche Sprint Challenge, the final Legends race couldn’t take place as planned, leaving fans yearning for more action as the weekend was brought to a close.
A Standout Weekend and Paul bags Trophy at Croft Circuit
Despite the hurdles, Paul Musselle and the Giggabox team stood tall. Winning the Gerard McCosh Trophy for exceptional achievement in Round 8 was a testament to Paul‘s grit and skill.
Bring on Knockhill Circuit!
The entire Giggabox team couldn‘t be prouder of Paul‘s outstanding performance. As the excitement settles, gear up for the next thrilling event at Knockhill Circuit, where the Legends European Championship will be featured alongside the British Touring Car Championship. Mark your calendars for the 12th and 13th of August, and don‘t miss the adrenaline-pumping action streamed on ITV4!
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