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Marlboro BRDC Championship Finals meeting

Silverstone, Northampton, Great-Britain

Date: 13/10/1985
Track length: 4.719 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters:
Finishers:

Pole position: Rouse in 1.37,67
Fastest lap: Rouse in 1.38,45 = 172,54 kmh

Distance: 15 laps
Average speed: 170,4 kmh
Weather: Sunshine
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1985 Cars

 

Imagine this situation. Last week you sealed your third consecutive British Saloon Car title in front of a Grand Prix crowd. This week you have another race, the last of the season, but the title is yours so you can tootle round and enjoy your day. That is, of course, unless your name happens to be Andy Rouse. With the championship tucked safely away into his pocket it was a relaxed Rouse that drove a battling race with Dave Brodie for the full 15 lap race distance at Silverstone. Both men took turns at leading in a wonderful battle but, at the flag, it was the ICS Sierra turbo of Rouse that took the honours. Quite some distance behind came another battle, this time between the two Rover Vitesses of Neil McGrath and Dennis Leech, the latter finally coming out on top. Class B went the way of a delighted Rob Kirby after the only other class rivals, Richard Longman and Jon Dooley were eliminated by an accident and mechanical failure respectively. The smallest class saw Richard Belcher take his Ford Escort to the line first although, after practice, it was the Toyota Corolla of Geoff Kimber-Smith which led the way. It was the battle for the lead, in one of the best group A races this year which held the attention though and showed how worthy a champion Andy Rouse is. (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
1 1 1 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Ford Sierra XR4 TI
Andy Rouse, GB
2320 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.55,12 1 1.37,67 1.38,45  
2 2 5 Mitsubishi Colt Racing
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Dave Brodie, GB
1998 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.55,29 2 1.38,01    
3 3 4  
Rover Vitesse
Dennis Leech, GB
3532 V8 A 15 laps, 25.25,11 4 1.39,84    
4 4 11 Castrol Sport Racing with Connells Estate Agents plc
Rover Vitesse
Neil McGrath, GB
3532 V8 A 15 laps, 25.25,31 3 1.39,29    
5 5 2 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Rover Vitesse
Pete Hall, GB
3532 V8 A 15 laps, 25.37,25 7 1.40,90    
6 6 7 Team Toyota GB / Hughes of Beaconsfield
Toyota Celica Supra MA61
Barry Sheene, GB
2759 L6 A 15 laps, 25.46,41 9 1.41,09    
7 7 12 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
BMW 635 CSi
Mike Newman, GB
3475 L6 A 15 laps, 25.46,41 8 1.40,99    
8 1 32 John West Foods - Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Rob Kirby, GB
2491 V6 B 15 laps, 26.30,62 11 1.42,64 1.43,85  
9 8 6 Mitsubishi Colt Racing
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Kunimitsu Takahashi, J
1998 tc L4 A 15 laps, 26.38,32 13 1.45,45   Misfire
10 1 74 John Jeffreys Engineering
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Richard Belcher, GB
1598 L4 C 14 16 1.46,31    
11 2 66 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alan Curnow, GB
1598 L4 C 14 19      
12 3 85 Brooklyn Motorsport / ECS
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Alex Moss, GB
1598 L4 C 14 20      
13 4 79 Brooklyn Motorsport / ECS
Ford Escort RS 1600i
John Morris, GB
1598 L4 C 14 18 1.46,49    
14 5 77 AGK Motorsport
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoff Kimber-Smith, GB
1587 L4 C 14 12 1.44,88   Spin
DNF   62  
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Tony Crudgington, GB
1587 L4 C 7 17   1.46,33  
DNF   8  
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Brian Chatfield, GB
2993 V6 A 5 14     Electrics
DNF   70 North Essex Motorsport
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Patrick Watts, GB
1587 L4 C 4 21     Head gasket
DNF   30 John West Foods - Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV/6
Jon Dooley, GB
2491 V6 B   10 1.42,56   Propshaft
DNF   9 Sytner BMW Racing with GSI
BMW 635 CSi
Frank Sytner, GB
3475 L6 A   6 1.40,42   Accident
DNF   44 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Richard Longman, GB
1598 tc L4 B   5 1.40,10   Accident
DNS   69 Brooklyn Motorsport / ECS
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1598 L4 C   15 1.46,21   Engines