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Kaliber Touring Car Raceday

Thruxton, Great-Britain

Date: 2/5/1988
Track length: 3.791 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 28
Starters: 25
Finishers: 19

Pole position: Soper in 1.20,86
Fastest lap: Rouse in 1.21,51 = 167,45 kmh

Distance: 17 laps
Average speed: 165,21 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1988 Cars

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The last time Steve Soper had raced at Thruxton was in 1984. Then, as a member of the TWR Rover team, he was the up-and-comer. He was still, at that stage, the reigning British champion and Rover needed him to give its flagging title defence a boost. A privateer was showing them up. The offender? One Andy Rouse. On that occasion, Soper triumphed. May 1988 and once again Rouse was in one corner and Soper, returning to the BTCC for the first time since, in the other. What wasn't new though was the result. Although they fought hard over the opening laps, Soper's better tyre choice paid off. Rouse had to cede his lead and pit as the Texaco Eggenberger runner cantered into the distance. Rouse at least had the consolation of fastest lap, and second overall but the "newcomer" had stolen his thunder. It was a race which exacted a heavy toll on tyres, Jerry Mahoney taking third, Mike O'Brien the first non-RS500 in fourth and Frank Sytner fifth, just holding off Mike Smith at the line. It was a race of fine drives, by Mike Newman, Graham Goode, Karl Jones, Robb Gravett and Dennis Leech to name but a few although all were to end their races in the background. In the end, Soper hugged the spotlight. (MN)


Touring Cars class A-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 6 Eggenberger Motorsport/Texaco
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Steve Soper, GB
1993 tc L4 A 17 laps, 23.32,64 1 1.20,86    
2 2 22 Kaliber Ford Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andy Rouse, GB
1993 tc L4 A 17 laps, 24.08,11 2 1.21,36 1.21,51  
3 3 8 Arquati UK Ltd.
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jerry Mahoney, GB
1993 tc L4 A 17 laps, 24.15,57 10 1.24,72    
4 4 7 Alan Docking Racing/Autoglass
Holden VL Commodore
Mike O'Brien, GB
4980 V8 A 17 laps, 24.20,92 6 1.24,43    
5 1 33 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Frank Sytner, GB
2332 L4 B 17 laps, 24.30,71 11 1.24,74    
6 2 32 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Mike Smith, GB
2332 L4 B 17 laps, 24.31,03 14 1.25,69 1.24,34  
7 3 43 John Maguire Racing - Godfrey Hall Ltd
BMW M3
Godfrey Hall, GB
2332 L4 B 16 16 1.26,07    
8 4 44 Demon Tweeks
BMW M3
Alan Minshaw, GB
2332 L4 B 16 20 1.29,84    
9 5 5 Terry Drury Racing Cars
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tim Harvey, GB
1993 tc L4 A 16 13 1.25,18    
10 6 16 Asquith/Duckhams Racing with Karl Jones
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Karl Jones, GB
1993 tc L4 A 16 8 1.24,67    
11 7 15 Listerine Goode Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Graham Goode, GB
1993 tc L4 A 16 3 1.22,48    
12 5 38 Terry Drury Racing Cars
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Dave Wallis, GB
1598 tc L4 B 16 25 1.33,02    
13 1 55 John Maguire Racing-David Sutton Motorsport
VW Golf GTI 16V
James Shead, GB
1781 L4 C 16 22 1.31,48    
14 1 63  
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Tony Crudgington, GB
1587 L4 D 15 21 1.30,68 1.32,04  
15 2 50 Demon Tweeks
VW Golf GTI 16V
John Brindley, GB
1781 L4 C 15 28 2.06,02 1.31,13  
16 3 48 Specialist Cars Aberdeen Ltd
VW Golf GTI 16V
Andrew Jeffrey, GB
1781 L4 C 15 24 1.32,56    
17 8 19 Baynard Cars Ltd.
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Laurence Bristow, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 12 1.24,91    
18 2 70 TOM's GB
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Phil Dowsett, GB
1587 L4 D 14 23 1.32,30    
19 9 14 Burlington Wallcoverings Ltd.
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Mike Newman, GB
1993 tc L4 A 14 4 1.23,28    
NRF 3 74 North Essex Motorsport
Ford Escort RS 1600i
Vic Lee, GB
1598 L4 D 7 27 1.42,24   Clutch
DNF   21 Kaliber Ford Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Guy Edwards, GB
1993 tc L4 A 13 9 1.24,72   Engine
DNF   4 Demon Tweeks
Rover Vitesse
Dennis Leech, GB
3532 V8 A 11 5 1.23,75   Accident
DNF   27  
BMW 635 CSi
Peter Buxtorf, CH
3475 L6 A   18 1.28,01   Accident
DNF   10 Industrial Control Services Ltd.
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Robb Gravett, GB
1993 tc L4 A 4 7 1.24,59   Overheating
DNF   17 CC Motorsport/Crystal Facilities Ltd
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Bob Sands, GB
1993 tc L4 A 2 15 1.25,77   Accident
DNS   77 AGK Motorsport
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoff Kimber-Smith, GB
1587 L4 D   19 1.28,91   Gearbox
DNS   20 Soans Ford Main Dealer
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Graham Hathaway, GB
1993 tc L4 A   17 1.27,50   Engine
DNS   39 Terry Drury Racing Cars
Ford Escort RS Turbo
Lionel Wiffen, GB
1598 tc L4 B   26 1.36,60   Gearbox