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Oulton Park

Oulton Park, Cheshire, Great-Britain

Date: 1/4/1983
Track length: 2.662 m
Entries accepted: 21
Starters: 20

Pole position: Soper
Fastest lap: Allam in 1.08,29 = 140,45 kmh

Distance: 20 laps
Average speed: 138,92 kmh
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1983 Cars


Tom Walkinshaw Racing's trio of Rover Vitesses found the dry racing conditions at Oulton Park on Good Friday as much to their liking as the deluge in which the opening Trimoco RAC British Saloon Car Championship round was run at Silverstone 12 days previously. Minus competitive opposition at this stage of the year - the much-vaunted BMWs and Win Percy's Toyota Celica Supra are, as yet, unready even if the latter was due to be homologated on raceday - it is a one-horse race for overall honours at the moment... No, credit where credit's due, it is a three-horse affair for the blue Sanyo Rovers of Jeff Allam and Peter Lovett and the yellow Hepolite example of Silverstone master Steve Soper are, at least, fiercely competitive among themselves.
Again Soper charged through to claim pole position and again all three Rover drivers ran away and hid from meagre opposition. Allam, whose engine virtually died as he left the line, howled after his front-row compatriots having been swallowed by the 20-car pack, catching them half way through the race.
Thereafter he timed his attack to perfection, relieving Lovett of the lead at Lodge on the penultimate lap. The Vitesses crossed the finishing line as one, half a minute elapsing before the hard-trying Jon Dooley brought the Alfa Romeo GTV6 in fourth overall and best of the 2.5-litre class threesome. John Morris' pretty VW Scirocco was in among the bigger cars as usual and, with its transmission problems seemingly overcome, was quicker than the Escort RS1600is and VWs throughout both days. (MN)

Touring Cars class A-C
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
DSQ - 2 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Jeff Allam, GB
3532 V8 A 20 laps, 23.15,70 3   1.08,29 Disq: Technical infringements
DSQ 2 3 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Pete Lovett, GB
3532 V8 A 20 laps, 23.15,89 2     Disq: Technical infringements
DSQ 3 4 Hepolite Glacier Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Steve Soper, GB
3532 V8 A 20 laps, 23.16,26 1     Disq: Technical infringements
4 1 31 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Jon Dooley, GB
2491 V6 B 20 laps, 23.46,97 9   1.10,19  
5 4 11 GM Dealer Sport
Opel Monza 3.0E
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
2998 L6 A 20 laps, 23.54,52 5      
6 2 30  
Mazda RX-7
Hamish Irvine, GB
2 x 573 R2 B 20 laps, 24.09,22 7      
7 3 34 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Pete Hall, GB
2491 V6 B 20 laps, 24.09,96 8      
8 1 60 Volkswagen Sport
VW Scirocco GTI
John Morris, GB
1588 L4 C 20 laps, 24.21,74 10   1.11,51  
9 2 77 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Richard Longman, GB
1598 L4 C 19 12      
10 3 72 LLoyds of Stafford
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Rob Hall, GB
1598 L4 C 19 11      
11 5 9 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Mike Newman, GB
2993 V6 A 19 6      
12 4 86 Demon Tweeks Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alan Minshaw, GB
1598 L4 C   15      
13 5 83 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud TI 1.5
Rob Kirby, GB
1498 B4 C   16      
14 6 69 Brooklyn Motorsport
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1598 L4 C   17      
    78 Unipart with Daily Express
MG Metro
Patrick Watts, GB
1275 L4 C   19      
    66 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alan Curnow, GB
1598 L4 C   13      
    84 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team with Hampshires of Dorking
Alfa Romeo Alfasud TI 1.5
Andrew Thorpe, GB
1498 B4 C   18      
    70 Julian May Racing
Ford Fiesta XR2
Jock Robertson, GB
1599 L4 C   21      
    67 Ordibell UK Ltd.
Alan Greenhalgh, GB
1588 L4 C   14      
DNS   10 Equipe Esso / Daily Mirror
Rover Vitesse
Charles Sawyer-Hoare, GB
3532 V8 A   4     Engine in warmup
DNS   74  
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Lionel Abbott, GB
1598 L4 C   20     Car unsorted