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Ingliston

Ingliston, near Edinburgh, Great-Britain

Date: 18/8/1974
Track length: 1.658 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 13 (C-D);
Finishers:

Pole position: Lloyd in 0.58,0 (C-D); Rouse in 0.58,8 (A-B)
Fastest lap: Walkinshaw in 0.57,6 (C-D); Walkinshaw in 0.57,6 (A-B)

Distance: 25 laps
Average speed: 101,74 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1974 Cars

 

Race 1
With the tight Ingliston circuit restricted to only 16 starters the organisers very sensibly split the entry for this round of the Castrol Anniversary Gp1 championship into two parts.
Richard Lloyd was one to be caught out in practice, though he put the Simoniz Racing Camaro on pole with a lap in 58.0s before he went straight on at the Hairpin, possibly through brake fade, and removed a considerable length of steel barrier. When his car appeared on Sunday for the race (which was surprising enough anyway), it looked distinctly dog-eared at the front end. Returning to his homeland, the scene of his Scottish Formula Ford Championship win in 1969, Tom Walkinshaw was in cracking form with the Boreham-built Shellsport Capri 3000. Using his local knowledge he took the other front row slot with a time only 0.2s slower than Lloyd. Stuart Graham did not enter his Camaro with which he leads his class in the series; presumably he thought the long run North was not worth it, especially with Brands Hatch only a week away.
With the aid of a bit of creeping that earned him a ten second penalty from the timekeepers, Hanson shot past Walkinshaw as they left the grid, squeezing him out in the Esses to lead the first lap from the Capri, Lanfranchi, Lloyd, Blackburn and Fletcher. Walkinshaw took a dim view of that on his home circuit, and when they reappeared he had the Opel firmly behind him. After half a dozen laps Lloyd fell away as his battered bodywork gouged a huge groove on the very edge of his offside front tyre.
So Walkinshaw, his Capri dented from early contact with Lloyd and Hanson, came home 5.4s ahead of the Opel with the BMW another 2.8s down. When Hanson's penalty had been accounted for, however, Lanfranchi naturally moved up to second place with Hanson third. As Lloyd slowed with his ravaged tyre Woodman reeled him in, but Lloyd had things under control and kept perhaps 50 yards in front.

Race 2
While a lot of spins took place, everyone did manage to get round a few times without spinning and, by slipping in a few laps on intermediates as the line dried out near the end, Andy Rouse eventually headed practice times with a lap in 58.8s. Second fastest, just 0.2s slower was Barrie Williams' Castrol-sponsored Mazda. Handley's 59.6s earned him a place on the second row with Hine (59.8s) for company. Walkinshaw managed only 60.6s in the Escort RS2000 usually raced by Alan Foster, but that was a lot more competitive than this type usually is and he was fifth fastest.
Bernard Unett sat alongside him in the 1600 cc class leading Avenger GT entered by the Chrysler Dealer Team; his best was a 60.6s too.
As the front row men dwelt on the blocks Handley nipped through to lead the pack into the Esses with Walkinshaw edging the Escort up to second as they disappeared from sight round the pavilion. When they swung left back into the Arena these two had Williams' Mazda right on their tail, then came a small gap to Rouse, Hine and Marshall. The Magnum lasted no longer than the Hairpin next time round, its clutch finally packing up altogether, so Dron moved into the first six with Lyon next.
Walkinshaw took the lead from Handley at the Hairpin on the third circuit but could not shake off his pursuers and as Rouse tagged onto this bunch it looked like the best Gp1 race yet seen. Dron challenged Hine but then fell back again, but ahead of them the scrap redoubled it intensity as Williams passed Handley on lap four.
Very slowly the leading quartet spaced themselves out a little more, but it was still fairly frantic when Williams pulled over onto the narrow verge as he completed his 12th lap: the Mazda had broken a half shaft. After that Walkinshaw slowly pulled away, and driving superbly in a car hitherto reckoned to have no chance, he won by 5.7s. Handley came second and the ebullient cornering of Rouse kept him third, a couple of seconds ahead of Hine who had had a relatively undisturbed race. Dron and Lyon were next, then came the titanic battle for the 1600 class.
Unett had made a poor start from the line and was then punted sideways onto the grass halfway round the opening lap, so that first past time past the stands he was last but one with Jenny Birrell heading the class from Markey and Bell. By lap 10 Unett was on the lady's tail with Bell backing up close behind, and on the 12th lap Unett got past. By lap 15 Bell had passed Jenny Birrell too, so that Unett ultimately won the class by 3.6s from team-mate Bell with Jenny a not-too-distant third in Halesfield Motors' Avenger and Clark's misfiring Alfa a lonely fourth.


Touring Cars class C-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1   Shellsport
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
2993 V6 C 25 laps, 24.26,4 2 0.58,2 0.57,6  
2 2   Van Der Steen
BMW 3.0 CSi
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
2985 L6 C 25 laps, 24.34,6 6 0.59,4    
3 3   Dealer Opel Team
Opel Commodore GS/E
Peter Hanson, GB
2784 L6 C 25 laps, 24.31,8 + 10 second penalty for jumping the start 3 0.58,4    
4 1   A.J. Rivers Simoniz Racing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Richard Lloyd, GB
5736 V8 D 25 laps, 24.43,9 1 0.58,0    
5 2   VMW Motors - Team Esso Uniflo
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Vince Woodman, GB
5736 V8 D 25 4 0.59,0    
6 4   Hermetite Products
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Holman “Les” Blackburn, GB
2993 V6 C 25 5 0.59,2    
7 3   Glazepta Products Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Jon Fletcher, GB
5736 V8 D 25 7 0.59,4    
       
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Alan Foster, GB
2993 V6 C   9      
      Adlards of Brixton
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Ian Phillips, GB
2993 V6 C   10      
       
Ford Capri
Rod Birley
  V6 C   11      
       
Ford Escort Mk.I RS 2000
Gordon Dawkins, GB
1993 L4 B (!)   12      
      Penthouse Racing
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Wendy Markey, GB
2 x 491 R2 B (!)   13      
DNF      
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Les Nash, GB
5736 V8 D 18 8   0.58,0 Transmission

Touring Cars class A-B
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1   London Sportscar Centre
Ford Escort Mk.I RS 2000
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
1993 L4 B 25 laps, 24.29,4 5 1.00,6 0.57,6  
2 2   Roller Chain Distributors Ltd
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
John Handley, GB
1998 L4 B 25 laps, 24.35,1 3 0.59,6    
3 3   Team Broadspeed Castrol
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Andy Rouse, GB
1998 L4 B 25 1 0.58,8    
4 4   Bill Shaw Racing/Shellsport
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
John Hine, GB
1998 L4 B 25 4 0.59,8    
5 5   Team Broadspeed Castrol
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tony Dron, GB
1998 L4 B 25 10      
6 6   Roger Clark Cars/Esso Uniflo
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV
John Lyon, GB
1962 L4 B 25 8      
7 1   Chrysler Dealer Team
Hillman Avenger 1600 GT
Bernard Unett, GB
1594 L4 A 25 laps, 25.11,4 6 1.00,6 0.59,0  
8 2   Chrysler Dealer Team
Hillman Avenger 1600 GT
Roger Bell, GB
1594 L4 A 25 laps, 25.15,0 16   0.59,0  
9 3   Halesfield Motors (Telford) Ltd.
Hillman Avenger 1600 GT
Jenny Birrell, GB
1594 L4 A 25 7      
  4   Roger Clark Cars/Esso Uniflo
Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior
Stan Clark, GB
1570 L4 A   11     Misfire
       
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Tim Stock, GB
2279 L4 B   12      
      Dealer Team Toyota
Toyota Celica GT
John Markey, GB
1588 L4 A   14      
       
VW Passat TS
Melvyn Adams, GB
1470   A   15      
DNF     Team Castrol
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Barrie Williams, GB
2 x 491 R2 B 12 2 0.59,0   Halfshaft
DNF      
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Gerry Marshall, GB
2279 L4 B   9     Clutch
DNF     Shellsport Arden
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Rob Mason, GB
1998 L4 B 13 13     Oil leak
DNQ      
Ford Escort Mk.I RS 2000
Gordon Dawkins, GB
1993 L4 B (!)         Started in other race
DNQ     Penthouse Racing
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Wendy Markey, GB
2 x 491 R2 B (!)         Started in other race