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Mallory Park

Mallory Park, Leicester, Great-Britain

Date: 2/7/1978
Track length: 2.173 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters:
Finishers:

Pole position: Walkinshaw in 0.52,7 (race 1); Lloyd in 0.55,9 (race 2)
Fastest lap: Walkinshaw in 0.52,4 (race 1); Lloyd in 0.55,7 (race 2)

Distance: 20 laps, stopped after lap 18 lap for race 1
Average speed: 146,17 kmh (race 1); 136,70 kmh (race 2)
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1978 Cars

 

Race 1
With rain clouds threatening, the big saloons came to the grid for their twenty lapper, Gordon Spice making the best start to lead the fifteen strong field away into the long sweeping right-hander at Gerards. Allam held an early second, but Walkinshaw soon forced the dynamic looking black BMW past and almost immediately mounted a concerted attack on Spice, who was just beginning to get into the groove. Lap three saw Walkinshaw squirt the BMW past Spice into the lead at the Esses, and just a couple of laps later Craft edged past both Marshall and Woodman in the same lap, the latter dropping behind the Triplex car not long afterwards.
On the fourteenth tour, Spice took his red Capri past Walkinshaw on the run up to Devils Elbow from the hairpin and instantly pulled out a marginal cushion. But the race took a turn for the worse within minutes of the lead changing, because David Piper, that grand old man from sports car racing, careered into the hairpin barriers with his Dolomite. From the track side, it looked as though he had first missed his braking point, but the car simply failed to slow down on its destruction course, so a brake failure of some description would seem to be the cause.
Piper was out of the car almost as soon as it came to rest and moments later a small fire started under the engine. The marshals, although quick on the scene, managed to use up their whole supply of foam in getting the fire under control and in doing so flooded the track. But overtaking was near-nigh impossible by now, because the rest of the track had been laden with an oil slick. The race was sensibly stopped at eighteen laps so that the crippled and very sorry looking Dolomite could be moved and the track degreased.
Spice had won from Walkinshaw, who set fastest lap for the second week running, and Allam, while Craft closed in on them towards the end. A battle between Lawrence and Muir was nipped in the bud, so to speak, by the early finish, and Dron and Percy finished behind the battling Capris but still ahead of Barrie Williams. Marshall retired with a brake problem just a lap after Woodman disappeared.

Race 2
Apart from a fraught opening lap at the hairpin, the smaller Tricentrol race wasn't really exceptional value. Richard Lloyd won with ease in his black and red liveried VW from Win Percy's Toyota Celica. The last named car came under increasing pressure from Richard Longman's Mini towards the end, the longer the Mini left its near side wheel off the ground at Shaws Corner, the closer it seemed to get to the Bradshaw Celica until the drive disappeared on the penultimate lap, “I don't really know why!"


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   Gordon Spice Group
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 18 laps, 16.03,1 2 0.52,8    
2 2   BMW (GB)
BMW 530i
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
2985 L6 D 18 1 0.52,7 0.52,4  
3 3   Allam Motor Services Ltd. Racing with Nu-Luxe Foam
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Jeff Allam, GB
2993 V6 D 18 3 0.52,9    
4 4   Gordon Spice Group
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Chris Craft, GB
2993 V6 D 18 8      
5 5   Carrier Properties Ltd.
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Derek Lawrence, GB
2993 V6 D 18 10      
6 6   Browne & Day Ltd.
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Brian Muir, AUS
2993 V6 D 18 7      
7 1   Leyland Cars
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tony Dron, GB
1998 L4 C 17 laps, 15.21,6 4 0.53,2 0.53,4  
8 2   Way Valley Racing / Bradshaw Plant Hire
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Win Percy, GB
1998 L4 C 17 ?      
9 7   BMW (GB) Racing with Toleman
BMW 530i
Barrie Williams, GB
2985 L6 D 17 9      
  3   Wadham Stringer Equipe Esso
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Roger Saunders, GB
1998 L4 C 17 12      
      Stratstone Ltd.
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tim Goss, GB
1998 L4 C 17 13      
      Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Jon Dooley, GB
1962 L4 C 17 14      
DNF   14 Triplex Safety Glass
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Gerry Marshall, GB
2993 V6 D   5     Brakes
DNF     Equipe Esso
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Vince Woodman, GB
2993 V6 D   6      
DNF     Ian Bracey
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
David Piper, GB
1998 L4 C   11     Brakes, accident

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   Richard Lloyd Racing Ltd.
VW Golf GTI
Richard Lloyd, GB
1588 L4 B 20 laps, 19.04,3 1 0.55,9 0.55,7  
2 2   Way Valley Racing / Bradshaw Plant Hire
Toyota Celica GT
Win Percy, GB
1588 L4 B 20 3 0.56,7    
3 3    
VW Golf GTI
Martin Grant-Peterkin, GB
1588 L4 B 20 4      
4 4   John Brundle Motors Ltd.
Toyota Celica GT
Martin Brundle, GB
1588 L4 B 20 6      
5 1   Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Rex Greenslade, GB
1286 B4 A 20 laps, 19.44,8 5   0.58,1  
  2    
Simca Rallye 3
Rodney Posner, GB
1294 L4 A 20 8      
  3    
Mini 1275 GT
James Burrows, GB
1275 L4 A 20 9      
  4?   Stanfield and White (Caravan Hire) Ltd.
Chrysler Avenger 1300 GT
John Spiller, GB
1295 L4 A          
  5?    
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Malcolm Wayne, GB
1286 B4 A          
      Patrick Motorsport
Mini 1275 GT
Tom Pitcher, GB
1275 L4 A   7      
DNF     Patrick Motorsport
Mini 1275 GT
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A 18 2 0.56,6