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SKF Trophy Snetterton

Snetterton, Great Britain

Date: 9/4/1971
Track length: 4.358 m?
Entries accepted:
Starters: 16
Finishers: 9

Pole position: Fitzpatrick in 1.37,0
Fastest lap: Muir in 1.36,6

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed:
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1971 Cars


SKF-sponsored, the 20 lap thrash was the second points qualifier for the RAC championship, for Group 2 saloon cars over 2000 cc and 1301-2000 cc. The result was a race that became a procession after some promising practice times. Brian Muir in the Wiggins Teape/Gartlan prepared Camaro, now with 5.7-litre of Chevrolet power, set the first ever 100 mph+ lap for a saloon car at Snetterton, recording 1.36,6 and pulverising the Pierpoint-Gardner best by 3.2s! John Fitzpatrick (1.7 Team Broadspeed-Castrol Escort BDA) gave his class record an even bigger bashing, taking exactly seven seconds off Craft's previous record; Fitzpatrick also finished second overall, despite a flat rear tyre - a truly remarkable performance.

Touring Cars class C-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1   Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Brian Muir, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 32.51,6 2 1.37,2 1.36,6  
2 1   Team Broadspeed Castrol
Ford Escort RS 1600
John Fitzpatrick, GB
1701 L4 C 20 laps, 33.19,8 1 1.37,0 1.38,4  
3 2   Ovaltine Racing
Chevrolet Camaro
Martin Thomas, GB
5736 V8 D 20 5      
4 3   Castrol-Leechtune
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Dennis Leech, GB
ca. 5000 V8 D 20 3      
5 4   SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Roy Pierpoint, GB
5736 V8 D 20 4      
6 2   Wylie's of Glasgow
Ford Escort RS 1600
Keith Greene, GB
1800 L4 C 20        
7 5    
Ford Mustang Boss 302
Martin Birrane, IRL
ca. 5000 V8 D 19        
8 3   John Willment Racing
Ford Escort TC
Mike Crabtree, GB
1594 L4 C 19        
9 4   Willy Kay
Ford Escort TC
Willy Kay, GB
1594 L4 C 18        
DNF     Mobil Racing
Ford Escort TC
Zekia Redjep, CY
1594 L4 C 3       Accident
DNF     Geoffrey Nicklin
Ford Escort TC
Baillie Russell, GB
1594 L4 C 14        
DNF     D.J. Bond
Ford Escort TC
Terry Harmer, GB
1594 L4 C 9       Final drive
DNF     Terry Drury Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600
Terry Croker, GB
1701? L4 C 6       Engine
DNS     Ford Motor Company
Ford Capri RS 2600
Gerry Birrell, GB
2873 V6 C         Valve spring
Ford Escort TC
John Bloomfield, GB
1594 L4 C         Con rod bolt
DNS     Luton Motor Corporation
Ford Escort TC
Rod Mansfield, GB
1594 L4 C         Engine