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Bank Holiday Championship Raceday

Thruxton, Great-Britain

Date: 30/5/1983
Track length: 3.862 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 21
Finishers: 15

Pole position: Lovett in 1.27,59
Fastest lap: Allam in 1.28,79 = 153,72 kmh

Distance:
Average speed: 148,86 kmh
Weather: Overcast
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1983 Cars

 

Overcoming the handicap of a practice accident, Peter Lovett led last Monday's Trimoco Group A race at Thruxton (the fifth round in the series) from start to finish, thereby maintaining the works-backed TWR Rover team's 100% British Group A record. In the best race in the championship to date, albeit courtesy of some fine midfield battles, Lovett's team-mate Jeff Allam stormed through the field after a pit stop to take second, with Charles Sawyer-Hoare completing a Rover top three after a steady run. Andy Rouse took Pete Hall's Alfa GTV6 to a second consecutive class win in fourth place overall, while the smallest division fell to Alan Curnow's Escort RS1600i after some stirring racing in this section during the early laps. Tony Pond was again impressive in the MG Metro Turbo, finishing second in class, sixth overall after a superb battle with Hamish Irvine's Mazda RX7, which was only vanquished in the closing laps. The other top six finisher, one place ahead of Pond, was Graham Goode's Ford Capri. Sadly, the first signs of acrimony this year showed its head briefly during the day; firstly, when homologation paper hassles forced Team Toyota GB to scratch Win Percy's Celica Supra, and secondly when the RAC Technical Commission declared itself unhappy about the specification of certain cars after the race. Nonetheless, the Action on the track was proof that Group A can produce the sort of racing that spectators love; long may it continue to flourish in such a vein. (MN)


Touring Cars class A-C
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
DSQ - 3 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Pete Lovett, GB
3532 V8 A 25 laps, 38.12,44 1 1.27,59 1.29,06 Disq: Technical infringements
DSQ - 2 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso
Rover Vitesse
Jeff Allam, GB
3532 V8 A 25 laps, 38.25,76 2 1.27,79 1.28,79 Disq: Technical infringements; Pit stop (jammed throttle)
3 3 10 Equipe Esso / Daily Mirror
Rover Vitesse
Charles Sawyer-Hoare, GB
3532 V8 A 25 laps, 38.32,01 5 1.29,89 1.29,81  
4 1 34 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Andy Rouse, GB
2491 V6 B 25 laps, 38.41,02 6 1.29,94 1.30,70  
5 4 12 Graham Goode Racing
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Graham Goode, GB
2993 V6 A 25 laps, 38.49,70 9 1.31,81 1.31,05  
6 2 35 Unipart with Daily Express
MG Metro Turbo
Tony Pond, GB
1275 tc L4 B 25 laps, 39.05,25 7 1.30,05 1.31,82  
7 3 30  
Mazda RX-7
Hamish Irvine, GB
2 x 573 R2 B 25 laps, 39.12,65 14 1.32,83 1.32,03  
8 1 66 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alan Curnow, GB
1598 L4 C 25 laps, 39.25,29 10 1.32,31 1.32,98  
9 5 11 GM Dealer Sport
Opel Monza 3.0E
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
2998 L6 A 25 laps, 38.26,74 4 1.29,64 1.31,58 Pit stop (wheel)
10 2 77 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Richard Longman, GB
1598 L4 C 25 laps, 39.32,76 12 1.32,34 1.32,91  
11 3 86 Demon Tweeks Racing
VW Golf GTI
Alan Minshaw, GB
1588 L4 C 24 laps, 38.17,28 11 1.32,32 1.33,09  
12 4 69 Brooklyn Motorsport
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1598 L4 C 24 laps, 38.23,03 13 1.32,52 1.34,04  
13 5 78 Unipart with Daily Express
MG Metro
Patrick Watts, GB
1275 L4 C 24 laps, 38.43,90 19 1.36,05 1.35,57  
14 6 74  
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Lionel Abbott, GB
1598 L4 C 24 laps, 39.50,02 21 1.36,72 1.36,48  
15 7 67 Ordibell UK Ltd.
VW Golf GTI
Alan Greenhalgh, GB
1588 L4 C 22 laps, 38.32,01 17 1.35,31 1.35,45 Pit stop
DNF   60 Volkswagen Sport
VW Scirocco GTI
John Morris, GB
1588 L4 C 17 15 1.33,55 1.33,16 Accident
DNF   9 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Mike Newman, GB
2993 V6 A 10     1.30,81  
DNF   72 LLoyds of Stafford
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Rob Hall, GB
1598 L4 C 6 16 1.33,95 1.33,78 Oil loss
DNF   64 RZ Racing
Toyota Corolla GT
Tony Crudgington, GB
1588 L4 C 4 20 1.36,26 1.35,67 Accident
DNF   31 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Jon Dooley, GB
2491 V6 B 4 8 1.30,76 1.31,13 Bent rocker and valve
DNF   84 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team with Hampshires of Dorking
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Andrew Thorpe, GB
1498 B4 C 1 18 1.35,81   Spin, broken driveshaft
DNF   83 Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti
Rob Kirby, GB
1498 B4 C 1 22 no real time   Misfire
DNF   6  
Rover Vitesse
Dennis Leech, GB
3532 V8 A   3 1.29,42   Gear linkage
DNS   1 Hughes of Beaconsfield/Toyota GB
Toyota Celica Supra MA61
Win Percy, GB
2759 L6 A   (8) 1.30,29   Homologation issues