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Keith Prowse Raceday

Thruxton, Great-Britain

Date: 9/5/1976
Track length: 3.792 m
Entries accepted:

Pole position:
Fastest lap: Rouse in 1.33,2

Distance: 22 laps
Average speed: 144,00 kmh
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1976 Cars


With the circuit very oily and the sun still very hot many drivers were concerned about overheating of engines and tyres, particularly some of the Capris. Tom Walkinshaw had dashed back from Silverstone via helicopter to take up his grid position in the Team Castrol Capri, which had been one whole second slower than the Leyland Dolomite Sprint of Andy Rouse.

Walkinshaw was in a determined mood, though, and the Capri stole the lead at Campbell first time round by dint of putting two wheels on the grass. Unfortunately Dave Brodie's Mazda could not start from its second-row position. The car had one of Eric Cook's gearboxes fitted after practice problems, but with Patrick Cobb's Toyota ramming it forcibly from behind, Brodie shot away with all the rear end pushed in.

First time through Club Walkinshaw led Gordon Spice (Capri), Rouse, Colin Vandervell (Capri), Steve Thompson (Dolomite), Chris Craft (Capri), Richard Lloyd (Opel), Gerry Marshall (Magnum), Holman Blackburn (Capri) and Martin Thomas (Dolomite). By the third lap Rouse was through to second, and the 1.4s gap to Walkinshaw was cut to nothing within two laps as Rouse broke the class record during the chase. Rouse led over the line only once but the Dolomite was more agile and would power past in the complex, only to be retaken at Village, Towards the end the Dolomite slowed marginally with a power loss, leaving Walkinshaw with a narrow victory.

Spice took charge of the second bunch and opened a small gap on Vandervell, Thompson, Craft, Lloyd and Marshall. Thompson departed from the fray spectacularly on lap seven with a spin at Cobb (the shock absorbers having gone off), while Marshall dropped back because of a faulty rev counter. Spice was caught by lap 14 and three laps later Craft usurped him from third. Then Spice spun at Club whilst overtaking a backmarker, dropping to sixth. That left just Vandervell to harry Craft, since Lloyd had dropped back after spinning the Ottershaw Opel on lap 14. Craft pulled away in the closing stages to secure third, with Vandervell, Lloyd, Spice and Marshall taking the next places.

Win Percy had his customary comfortable win in the 1600 class, while his team mate Barrie Williams spun at Club but continued at unabated pace. Bernard Unett put up another faultless performance in the 1300 class to keep Chrysler's championship hopes very much alive.

Touring Cars class A-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   Team Castrol
Ford Capri II 3.0
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
2993 V6 D 22 laps, 34.45,4 2   1.33,6  
2 1   British Leyland
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Andy Rouse, GB
1998 L4 C 22 laps, 34.46,4 1   1.33,2  
3 2   Tricentrol
Ford Capri II 3.0
Chris Craft, GB
2993 V6 D 22        
4 3   Triplex
Ford Capri II 3.0
Colin Vandervell, GB
2993 V6 D 22        
5 4   Ottershaw Motors
Opel Commodore GS/E
Richard Lloyd, GB
2784 L6 D 22        
6 5   Wisharts Garages
Ford Capri II 3.0
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 22        
7 2   Dealer Team Vauxhall
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Gerry Marshall, GB
2279 L4 C 22        
  3   Mazda Dealer Team
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Dave Brodie, GB
2 x 491 R2 C 22        
  1   Samuri Racing with Toyota GB
Toyota Celica GT
Win Percy, GB
1588 L4 B 22 laps, 36.13,0     1.37,0  
  2   Samuri Racing with Toyota GB
Toyota Celica GT
Barrie Williams, GB
1588 L4 B 22        
  1   Mopar
Hillman Avenger 1300
Bernard Unett, GB
1295 L4 A 20 laps, 34.54,6     1.42,8  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A 20        
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
John Myerscough, GB
1186 B4 A 20        
Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior
Peter Hilliard, GB
1290 L4 A       1.42,8  
Toyota Celica GT
Patrick Cobb, GB
1588 L4 B         Accident?
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Martin Thomas, GB
1998 L4 C          
      Hermetite Products
Ford Capri II 3.0
Holman “Les” Blackburn, GB
2993 V6 D          
DNF     British Leyland
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Steve Thompson, GB
1998 L4 C 6       Spin