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Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain

Date: 28/8/1977
Track length: 4.206 m
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Pole position: Dron in 1.45,0
Fastest lap: Dron in 1.45,6 = 143,39 kmh

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 141,91 kmh
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1977 Cars


It was Tony Dron's 29th birthday on Monday and he celebrated that dubious occasion by placing the little Dolomite on pole position and then simply pulverised the opposition in the 20-lap Tricentrol round. Driving with his injured ankle heavily bandaged ("I now know it's broken") Dron snatched pole with a 1.45,0 best and then closed right up on Bernard Unett's overall championship lead with another well judged victory and another fastest lap. Vince Woodman's Ford Capri had been second fastest in practice with a 1.45,8 lap but within 10 laps of the race had been passed at Druids by Colin Vandervell's Capri which had rocketed through from the third row. Vandervell had a tough battle to get by Gerry Marshall's very sideways Vauxhall in the early laps yet, once through, the Triplex car pulled clear. Once passed Woodman, Vandervell found himself alone in second for most of the race while Marshall had to contend with a strong challenge from Jeff Allam's Magnum. Tyre wear was proving a major headache yet again for the Capri runners and so in the closing stages the battle was on again for second place as the bunch closed. Dron was over 10s clear in the nimble Sprint but Vandervell had Woodman breathing down his neck and Marshall was only a second clear of young Allam. With Tom Walkinshaw non-starting after handling problems in practice, it was left for the Capris of Stuart Graham, Gordon Spice and Phil Dowsett to take the next placings ahead of Holman Blackburn's Magnum which dropped back from sixth in the opening laps with a spin down the hill at Paddock. Apart from Vandervell and Marshall, the wildest dice was between Richard Longman and Bernard Unett for that all-important small class win. For nearly half the race Longman's Mini held the slenderest of leads, with Martin Brundle's Celica joining the fray, until Longman dropped back and Unett went on to claim Chrysler's points. With Dron and Vandervell winning the two larger classes it was left for Richard Lloyd to win the other one in his Golf GTI.

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   British Leyland
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tony Dron, GB
1998 L4 C 20 laps, 35.34,0 1 1.45,0 1.45,6  
2 1   Triplex
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Colin Vandervell, GB
2993 V6 D 20 laps, 35.44,6 7/8   1.46,2  
3 2   Esso Uniflo
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Vince Woodman, GB
2993 V6 D 20 2 1.45,8 1.46,2  
4 2   Dealer Team Vauxhall Castrol
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Gerry Marshall, GB
2279 L4 C 20        
5 3   Allam Motor Services
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Jeff Allam, GB
2279 L4 C 20        
6 3   Fabergé Racing
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Stuart Graham, GB
2993 V6 D 20        
7 4   Gordon Spice Group
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 20     1.46,2  
8 5   Stuart Patterson
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Phil Dowsett, GB
2993 V6 D 20        
9 4   Luton Products
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Holman “Les” Blackburn, GB
2279 L4 C 20        
Richard Lloyd, GB
1588 L4 B 20 laps, 37.22,2        
VW Scirocco GTI
Brian Pepper, GB
1588 L4 B 20     1.50,6  
Toyota Celica GT
Martin Brundle, GB
1588 L4 B 19        
  1   Mopar
Chrysler Avenger 1300 GT
Bernard Unett, GB
1295 L4 A 19 laps     1.52,6  
  2   Patrick Motor Group
Mini 1275 GT
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A 19        
  3   Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Rex Greenslade, GB
1286 B4 A 19        
DNS     BMW racing with Castrol
BMW 530i US
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
2985 L6 D         Handling