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Brands Hatch Motor Show 200

Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 19/10/1975
Track length: 4.206 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters:
Finishers:

Pole position:
Fastest lap: Graham in 1.41,8 = 150,81 kmh

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 146,45 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1975 Cars

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The last round of the RAC Touring Car Championship, which reverted to its former name as the Southern Organs money dried up. Stuart Graham, Andy Rouse and Win Percy were all there, tied on 75 points, but Rouse (Leyland ST Dolomite) held the advantage with a greater number of class wins.

Stuart Graham, out for the last time in his immaculate Brut Camaro with the 7.4-litre engine installed, claimed pole position at 1.42,2. Richard Lloyd was busy confusing everyone, for the oil pump failed on his usual Simoniz Camaro so he switched to Brian Pepper's 5.7-litre Camaro instead, Pepper feeling the effects of flu and deciding not to race. Elsewhere in the order Bill Gubelmann had the bearings run on his Capri so Whizzo Williams, who was to have raced the Capri, was slotted into Lloyd's Simoniz car to start from the back of the grid.

Stuart Graham had the race in his pocket, and didn't need to extend himself in the slightest to win. Vince Woodman's VMW Racing Camaro was easily second, ahead of Lloyd in Pepper's car, for the opening laps, but when a front damper broke on Woodman's car he fell back very quickly and Lloyd was through to second place on lap eight.

Brian Muir headed Andy Rouse for all except the last 20 yards, the 20 yards that mattered, Rouse's silver Ralph Broad-tuned car lunging at Muir's time and again without success. Williams had started from the back of the grid without practice, and despite having to learn the car (with hardly any oil pressure) was soon climbing the lap charts, happily puffing out clouds of smoke as he went. An eventual sixth place was his reward.

Bob Ridgard's Camaro was a strong midfield runner early in the race, until a trailing exhaust lost him two laps in the pits, and then, on the very last lap, Ridgard was almost the cause of a potentially controversial end to the championship. With seconds to go he crashed heavily at Clearways, apparently after a steering failure, and the yellow flags were brandished at Muir and Rouse as they approached the last corner. Coming on to the top straight, well past the accident, Muir pulled over and Rouse stormed by to win the class, all beautifully stage-managed. . . except that, technically, they were still under yellows until the start/finish line, the next marshals' post! No one was cad enough to protest, and Sid Offord firmly dismissed any thought of official action ("This is show business, let's face it") so Andy Rouse and Leyland Triumph claimed the title, very well deserved too.

Despite his broken damper, Woodman just held off the battling Dolomites, and behind Williams in sixth place were John Handley's Commodore and John Hine's Ford Capri, the last unlapped runners.


Touring Cars class A-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   FabergĂ© Racing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Stuart Graham, GB
7443 V8 A 20 laps, 34.56,8 1 1.42,2 1.41,8  
2 2 12 General Relays
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Richard Lloyd, GB
5736 V8 A 20 laps, 35.19 6 1.47,6   Set a 1.44,8 in Pepper’s car - in which he raced
3 3 5 VMW Motors - Team Esso Uniflo
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Vince Woodman, GB
7443 V8 A 20 2 1.43,2    
4 1 40 Triumph Team Piranha
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Andy Rouse, GB
1998 L4 C 20 laps, 35.47,0 4   1.46,0  
5 2 49 Shellsport
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Brian Muir, AUS
1998 L4 C 20 3      
6 4   Think Automotive/Simoniz Racing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Barrie Williams, GB
7443 V8 A 20 26 no time    
7 1   Dealer Opel Team
Opel Commodore GS/E
John Handley, GB
2784 L6 B 20 laps, 36.03,8 7 1.47,6 1.47,0  
8 2   Adlards of Brixton
Ford Capri II 3.0 GT
John Hine, GB
2993 V6 B 20 laps, 36.03,8 9 1.48,0    
9 5    
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Roger Payne, GB
5736 V8 A 19 11      
10 3 42 Allen of Romford
Ford Escort Mk.I RS 2000
Allan Wilkinson, GB
1993 L4 C 19 8 1.47,8    
11 3    
Ford Capri 3000 GT
Stuart Rolt, GB
2993 V6 B 19 15      
12 4   Ottershaw Motors
Opel Commodore GS/E
Shaun Jackson, GB
2784 L6 B 19 16      
  4   London Sportscar Centre
Ford Escort Mk.I RS 2000
Alan Foster, GB
1993 L4 C 19 17      
  1 63 Samuri Racing with Toyota GB
Toyota Celica GT
Win Percy, GB
1588 L4 D 19 laps, 35.35,4 14   1.50,8  
  2   Penthouse Racing
Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior
Stan Clark, GB
1570 L4 D 19 20 1.54,6    
  3   Samuri Racing with Toyota GB
Toyota Celica GT
Brian Cutting, GB
1588 L4 D 19 19 1.53,6   Puncture
  5   Tensile Structures
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Martin Thomas, GB
1998 L4 C   18      
  4 62 Elf Racing
Renault R 17 TS
Maggie Anderson, GB
1565 L4 D 19 23      
  5    
Opel Commodore GS/E
Stuart Patterson, GB
2784 L6 B   24      
DNF      
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Bob Ridgard, ZA
5736 V8 A 19? 10     Accident
DNF     Triumph Team Piranha
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Roger Bell, GB
1998 L4 C   5     Blown engine
DNF     V.W. Derrington
Hillman Avenger 1600 GT
David Vizard, GB
1594 L4 D 10 22     Blown engine
DNF     Team Castrol
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Peter Slade, GB
2 x 491 R2 C   21      
DNF     Tinsley Robor Group
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Bob Saunders, GB
1998 L4 C   13      
DNF     MacMillan Racing
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
John Olding, GB
5736 V8 A   12      
DNF     Wisharts Garages
Ford Capri II 3.0 GT
Jody Carr, GB
2993 V6 B   26      
DNS      
Hillman Avenger 1600 GT
Patrick Cobb, GB
1594 L4 D   25      
DNS     Wisharts Garages
Ford Capri II 3.0 GT
Bill Gubelmann, USA
2993 V6 B     no time   Bearings