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Silverstone, Northampton, Great-Britain

Date: 8/6/1986
Track length: 4.718 m
Entries accepted: 16
Starters: 15
Finishers: 13

Pole position: Rouse in 1.37,44
Fastest lap: Rouse in 1.37,64 = 173,97 kmh

Distance: 15 laps
Average speed: 169,42 kmh
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1986 Cars


The third round of the RAC British Saloon Gar Championship turned out to be something of a 'blue' weekend for the Industrial Control Services team. For Andy Rouse, it was a chance to reassert himself after Mike Newman's victory last time out, the Ford Sierra Turbo out front from pole all the way to the chequer. For ICS boss Peter Hall it was another matter.
On the first ever all ICS front row, Hall was a little chocked after the race, his challenge fading with a misfire. The second practice session was something of a sombre affair for the saloon boys following, as they did, the curtailed F3 period. However, with his first session misfire cured, legacy of the Thruxton race, Rouse posted his pole time, having shown Hall the way round for several laps. The Vitesse then went off on its own to haul itself up onto the front row of the grid ahead of the Connells/Castrol Vitesse of Neil McGrath.
McGrath, deputising for the absent Mike O'Brien, was playing himself back into the Rover, a first session quickie spoiled when a rocker shaft went. An engine and differential change was required.
Of the other Class A runners, Mike Newman's Thruxton victorious Burlington Wallcoverings 635 was back on the third row, and Brian Chatfield wheeling out the ex-Gordon Spice Capri again. One man not making the start, however, was Dennis Leech.
Richard Longman's Datapost/Esso RS Turbo led the B-men with a second row slot, the Thruxton fuel vaporisation problems hopefully cured on both the red cars, the fuel lines relocated. Alan Curnow, somewhat out of luck recently, placed eighth, despite an electrical misfire. Things were looking up in the Terry Drury camp, Mark Hales' Motor/Duckhams RS Turbo up in sixth, despite a slipping clutch and then an oil breather pipe blowing its contents everywhere in the second.
Both John West Alfa 75s were present, Rob Kirby quicker than team mate Jon Dooley, despite going backwards on settings in the second session. Turbo homologation is severely needed.
Class C, as ever, was headed by Chris Hodgetts, the Team Toyota/Duckhams Corolla afflicted by a pitch in oversteer. A change of springs proved incorrect for the second session.
Tony Crudgington led the chase, his Clausthaler car now shod with Kevlar rubber. A depressed Paul Taft, and Alastair Davidson followed.
In all, 16 cars practised, Tony Lanfranchi's Prodsaloon Nova entering Class D.
Rather overcast for the race, Rouse led from the green, McGrath plunging between the Vitesse and Sierra. Newman's getaway was sensational, however, the BMW zipping to the left and up into third, demoting McGrath. And then came the straight: back into fourth...
Then fifth a lap later when Longman shot past.
At the front the first three made a splendid sight coming through Woodcote for the first time, Hall ahead of McGrath. Neil then demoted Hall, and took off after Rouse, shadowing the Sierra throughout.
If truth be told, the race was rather processional. Jon Dooley blew up spectacularly through Woodcote, while Hales' promising run ended while sixth with wheel bearing failure.
In Class C, however, Crudgington made spectacular inroads to Hodgetts' lead. After an appalling start Tony set fastest lap as he closed in on Chris (his rear left tyre shot) but nearly chucked it all away on the last lap when he spun at Stowe, giving the leaders a worrying moment as they were lapping him.
Class B was Longman's preserve throughout, the RST up into third overall by the end. And in the absence of challengers, Class D went to Lanfranchi, Esq. (MN)

Touring Cars class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 1 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Ford Sierra XR4 TI
Andy Rouse, GB
2320 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.03,97 1 1.37,44 1.37,64  
2 2 7 Linden Racing/Connels Estate Agents
Rover Vitesse
Neil McGrath, GB
3532 V8 A 15 laps, 25.05,91 3   1.38,30  
3 1 44 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Richard Longman, GB
1598 tc L4 B 15 laps, 25.45,40 4   1.41,78  
4 3 2 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Rover Vitesse
Pete Hall, GB
3532 V8 A 15 laps, 25.53,18 2   1.39,42 Misfire
5 2 33 Royal Mail Datapost
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Alan Curnow, GB
1598 tc L4 B 15 laps, 26.00,08 8   1.42,39  
6 4 5 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
BMW 635 CSi
Mike Newman, GB
3475 L6 A 15 laps, 26.04,89 5   1.42,59  
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Brian Chatfield, GB
2993 V6 A 15 laps, 26.52,01 13   1.45,21 Dsq: car underweight
7 1 66 Team Toyota GB / Duckhams
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1587 L4 C 14 laps, 25.07,24 7   1.46,15  
8 2 69 Brooklyn Motorsport / ECS
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Paul Taft, GB
1598 L4 C 14 laps, 25.25,25 14   1.47,08  
9 3 62  
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Tony Crudgington, GB
1587 L4 C 14 laps, 25.43,24 10   1.45,69  
10 3 30 John West Foods - Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo 75 V6
Rob Kirby, GB
2491 V6 B 14 laps, 25.58,94 9   1.45,39  
11 4    
Ford Fiesta XR2
Alastair Davidson, GB
1599 L4 C 13 laps, 26.20,33 15   1.59,14  
12 1   Monorep Ltd Vauxhall Opel Main Dealer
Vauxhall Nova Sport
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1297 L4 D 12 laps, 25.29,44 16   2.05,44  
DNF   38 Terry Drury Racing
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Mark Hales, GB
1598 tc L4 B 10 6   1.42,22 Wheel bearing
DNF   31 John West Foods - Alfa Romeo Dealer Team
Alfa Romeo 75 V6
Jon Dooley, GB
2491 V6 B 7 11   1.45,15 Head gasket
DNS   4  
Rover Vitesse
Dennis Leech, GB
3532 V8 A   12     Blown engine