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Oulton Park

Oulton Park, Cheshire, Great-Britain

Date: 17/4/1981
Track length: 2.662 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 17 (race 1);
Finishers:

Pole position: Percy in 1.07,17 (race 1); Hodgetts? (race 2)
Fastest lap: Percy in 1.08,08 (race 1); Hodgetts in 1.10,33 (race 2)

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 139,03 kmh (race); 131,00 kmh (race 2)
Weather:
Ruleset: Group 1B
Car info: 1981 Cars

Pictures

"I was lucky! I flat spotted a tyre on the first lap so I started to use the engine as a brake, to avoid doing it again. Now that's something you should never, ever do with a rotary but fortunately it all held together!" So quipped a delighted Win Percy after taking the Tom Walkinshaw Racing Mazda RX7 to its first outright victory in the Tricentrol Saloon Car Championship at Oulton Park on Good Friday. Percy led from start to finish but took the chequered flag only just over a second ahead of the duelling Capris of Gordon Spice and Andy Rouse. Initially in a position to challenge for second place, the engine in Rouse's Daily Mirror/Juicy Jeans Capri wouldn't allow him to maintain Spice's pace and the Southam driver had to resign himself to third place.
The remaining finishers in the first half dozen, the Capris of Vince Woodman and Nick Whiting and the Rover of Rex Greenslade, were rather far apart having disentangled themselves from various disputes, although the other Patrick Motorsport Rover of Brian Muir had all but climbed in through the rear hatch of its sister car by the end!
Chris Hodgetts' Hughes of Beaconsfield Toyota won the "tiddlers" race with such contemptuous ease, that the only problem he had was staying awake! To keep up the concentration, he "slipped in a couple of quick ones" which finally left the class record at 1.10.33s.


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   Mazda Motorsport/TWR
Mazda RX-7
Win Percy, GB
2 x 573 R2 C 20 laps, 22.58,52 1 1.07,17    
2 1   Gordon Spice Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V6 D 20 2 1.07,88    
3 2   CSH Racing with Esso and the Daily Mirror
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Andy Rouse, GB
2993 V6 D 20 3 1.08,30    
4 3   Equipe Esso VMW Motors
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Vince Woodman, GB
2993 V6 D 20 4 1.08,94    
5 4   Richard Grant Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Nick Whiting, GB
2993 V6 D 20 7 1.09,13    
6 5   Patrick Motorsport
Rover 3500 S
Rex Greenslade, GB
3495 V8 D 20 8 1.09,37    
7 6   Patrick Motorsport
Rover 3500 S
Brian Muir, AUS
3495 V8 D   6 1.09,11    
8? 7?   Carroll Shelby
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Wayne Wainwright, GB
2993 V6 D   9 1.09,38    
9? 8?   Track Marshall
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Chuck Nicholson, GB
2993 V6 D   11 1.09,81    
10? 9?    
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Graham Goode, GB
2993 V6 D   10 1.09,53    
11? 10?   Gordon Spice Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Phil Martin-Dye, GB
2993 V6 D   12 1.10,17    
12? 11?    
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Dennis Leech, GB
2993 V6 D   13 1.10,24?    
  2   Park West Motorsd and Supreme Carpets
Toyota Celica 2000 LB
James Burrows, GB
1968 L4 C   17      
      Richard Grant Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Mike Kimpton, GB
2993 V6 D   15 1.11,25    
DNF     CSH Racing with Esso and the Daily Mirror
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Charles Sawyer-Hoare, GB
2993 V6 D 10 14 1.10,49   Broken camshaft
DNF     TWR - Daily Express
Rover 3500 S
Jeff Allam, GB
3495 V8 D   5 1.08,98   Rear wheel
DNF      
Ford Escort II RS 2000
Mike Buckley, GB
1993 L4 C   16 1.14,24    
DNS?   2 Gordon Spice Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Phil Martin-Dye, GB
2993 V6 D          

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   Hughes of Beaconsfield/Toyota GB
Toyota Celica ST
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1588 L4 B 20 laps, 24.22,94     1.10,33  
2 2 43 Team BP Audi
Audi 80 GLE
Stirling Moss, GB
1588 L4 B          
3 3 56 The Colt Car Co Ltd
Mitsubishi Lancer GSR
Barrie Williams, GB
1597 L4 B          
4 1 74? Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Jon Dooley, GB
1286 B4 A       1.13,44  
5 4   Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint
Rob Kirby, GB
1498 B4 B          
6 2 70 Team Datapost Racing with Hepolite and Esso
Austin Metro 1300 HLS
Alan Curnow, GB
1275 L4 A          
7 3   P.J. Green Racing
Mini 1275 GT
Tim Goss, GB
1275 L4 A          
8 5   John Noyes Racing
VW Scirocco GTI
Peter Buxtorf, CH
1588 L4 B          
9 6 57 The Colt Car Co Ltd
Mitsubishi Lancer GSR
David Morgan, GB
1597 L4 B         Incliding 1 minute penalty for jumping the start; 4th on the road
10 4   Sigma
Austin Metro 1300 HLS
Roger Saunders, GB
1275 L4 A 19        
11 7 66  
VW Golf GTI
Andy Driver, GB
1588 L4 B 19        
12 8 42 Team BP Audi
Audi 80 GLE
Martin Brundle, GB
1588 L4 B 18       Jammed throttle
13 5 77 Team Datapost Racing with Hepolite and Esso
Austin Metro 1300 HLS
Richard Longman, GB
1275 L4 A 16       Fuel pump
    99 Haynes
Ford Fiesta 1.3
David da Costa, GB
1298 L4 A