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Daily Express International Trophy

Silverstone, Northampton, Great-Britain

Date: 19/3/1978
Track length: 4.719 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 25
Finishers:

Pole position:
Fastest lap: Marshall in 1.59,22 = 142,44 kmh

Distance: 15 laps (reduced from 20 laps because of the conditions)
Average speed: 139,19 kmh
Weather: Wet
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1978 Cars

 

Tony Dron shrugged off a stiff practice challenge from the latest Ford Capri 3, and the worry of a Goodyear revival in Gp1 Touring Car racing, to give Leyland Cars and Dunlop a resounding victory at Silverstone. Dron's Dunlop-shod, Triumph Dolomite Sprint - a brand new car built by Ralph Broad - was on pole position for the opening round of the Tricentrol/RAC British Saloon Car Championship after Saturday practice and, in the race, which was reduced from 20 to 15 laps because of atrocious wet weather conditions and a delayed programme; Dron simply pulverised the opposition. The red, white and blue Dolomite disappeared into the clouds of spray and was never seen again, except by those being lapped. Those that hadn't been lapped, and there weren't many, slithered about hopelessly in Dron's wake, most of them taking time out for at least a couple of spins on the streaming track. In spite of flu that laid him low before the race, Dron won by 22s.
It was Gerry Marshall in the Triplex Capri who survived two wild moments at Abbey to claim a distant second place, while Gordon Spice salvaged third, in his new, Goodyear-shod Capri 3. Jeff Allam, like Marshall, a Vauxhall defector having his first Gp1 outing in a Capri, finished a sensible fourth, with an enthusiastic Barrie Williams wheel-waving his Dolomite into fifth. Richard Lloyd took a class winning eighth in a new Golf GTI and Richard Longman backed up Dron's effort for Leyland by winning the smallest class in ninth overall.


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   Leyland Cars
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tony Dron, GB
1998 L4 C 15 laps, 30.30,60 1 1.43,39 1.59,44  
2 1 14 Triplex Safety Glass
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Gerry Marshall, GB
2993 V6 D 15 laps, 30.53,28 7   1.59,22  
3 2   Gordon Spice Group
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 15 2      
4 3   Allam Motor Services Ltd. Racing with Nu-Luxe Foam
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Jeff Allam, GB
2993 V6 D 15 4      
5 2   Ian Bracey
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Barrie Williams, GB
1998 L4 C 15 11      
6 4   Equipe Esso
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Vince Woodman, GB
2993 V6 D 15 9      
7 3   Dick Lovett Specialist Cars
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Pete Lovett, GB
1998 L4 C 15 10      
8 1   Richard Lloyd Racing Ltd.
VW Golf GTI
Richard Lloyd, GB
1588 L4 B 14 13   2.07,03  
10 1   Patrick Motorsport
Mini 1275 GT
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A 14     2.11,75  
  4   Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Jon Dooley, GB
1962 L4 C 15 12      
  2   John Brundle Motors Ltd.
Toyota Celica GT
Martin Brundle, GB
1588 L4 B 14        
  3    
VW Scirocco GTI
Jim Marsden, GB
1588 L4 B 14        
  4    
VW Scirocco GTI
Brian Pepper, GB
1588 L4 B 14        
  2    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior
John Myerscough, GB
1290 L4 A 14        
  3    
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Malcolm Wayne, GB
1286 B4 A 14        
       
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Gordon Miles, NZ
2993 V6 D   11      
DNF     Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Rex Greenslade, GB
1286 B4 A 14       Accident
DNF     Browne & Day Ltd.
Ford Capri II 3.0S
Martin Thomas, GB
2993 V6 D   6     Wipers
DNF     Stratstone Ltd.
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Tim Goss, GB
1998 L4 C         Accident
DNF     BMW (GB)
BMW 530i
Andy Rouse, GB
2985 L6 D   8     Accident
DNF     Gordon Spice Group
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Chris Craft, GB
2993 V6 D 2 3     Wipers
DNF     FabergĂ© Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Stuart Graham, GB
2993 V6 D 2 5     Accident (damage)
DNS     The London Sportscar Centre
Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300
Alan Foster, GB
2279 L4 C         Engine
DNS   T Browne & Day Ltd.
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Brian Muir, AUS
2993 V6 D   6     (probably set Thomas’ practice time!)