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Silverstone

Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, Northampton, Great-Britain

Date: 8/10/1989
Track length: 4.778 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 33
Starters: 33?
Finishers:

Pole position: Jones in 1.45,46
Fastest lap: Rouse in 1.38,32

Distance: 15 laps
Average speed:
Weather:
Ruleset: Group A
Car info:  

 

For the second race in succession wet conditions influenced qualifying. This time though it never got totally dry and Karl Jones scored his only BTCC pole – and infamously was missing from the Autosport front cover picture showing just about every other RS500 in the field that day!

From third on the grid Robb Gravett moved into an immediate lead from Karl Jones who lost to Tim Harvey and then Andy Rouse by Becketts. Of the front three though it was soon apparent that Rouse was in command dragging Harvey with him to lead from Gravett which lasted until the midway point. By then serious lappery of the slower cars had begun costing both the leading drivers a bit of momentum. Gravett took second and started attacking Rouse for the lead making a decisive move on lap 12 of the 15 lapper. The Trakstar man outbraked the Kaliber car going down the inside of the left hand part of the Bridge chicane only to be hit by Rouse on the right hand part. Both drivers blamed the other for the contact made. It moved Andy Rouse into a relative secure first and eventual victory while Gravett had to drag his car out of a half spin. This gave Tim Harvey the opportunity to move up to second and with Gravett in tow that was how they finished. Laurence Bristow was a lonely fourth while Chris Hodgetts, despite flat spotted front tyres from lap 1, brought the JQF/Fina car an excellent fifth.
The reason for the flat spot was a dice for first lap positions that saw Karl Jones going a bit wide into Bridge and then Laurence Bristow hitting Graham Goode from behind. Goode spun and faced the remaining pack to be hit frontally by Dave Brodie – two top Sierras already gone. Even before this Guy Edwards was close to bring that tally to three as he slid off the circuit at Maggots but held it to finish an eventual sixth. Mike Smith was seventh lacking grip while Sean Walker stole eight on the final lap from Karl Jones who suffered a broken damper.
A new class record for fastest lap still only yielded one bonus point for James Weaver to add to his nine for class B victory and loosing out to John Cleland in the championship by one point. Frank Sytner started the race playing with the privateer cars before slotting in behind Weaver. Ian Forrest again looked good for a third but went off in first lap fluids left from the Sierra melee and flat spotted a tyre. A pit stop put paid to any top result leaving third to Godfrey Hall.
John Cleland won his 11th class C victory and took the championship with Jeremy Rossiter for once taking second in class as Louise Aitken-Walker retired.
Ray Armes once again took class D from Tony Crudgington.

The Terry Drury Racing team was back up to three cars at Silverstone. Mike O'Brien finished 12th beaten by Weaver and Sytner, while results of the other two cars are unknown. Jon Dooley with an Alfa Romeo sticker on the front and Andrew Hepworth in the other running Whale Club of the World stickers on his.

After the race Andy Rouse protested the two Trakstar Sierra of Robb Gravett on 16 points. Rouse's version of the protest was to get an idea of how to build his own cars for 1990, while the Trakstar were disappointed as they had already voluntarily had their cars scrutineered on the Tuesday before the race. Race day driving behaviour was another disappointment for the Trakstar twin. The car was declared legal.(Jesper O. Hansen/ten-tenths.com)


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 1 Kaliber Ford Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andy Rouse, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.41,24 2 1.45,86 1.37,32  
2 2 7 Labatt’s Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Tim Harvey, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.42,45 7 1.49,29 1.37,81  
3 3 21 Trakstar Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Robb Gravett, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.43,53 3 1.46,08 1.37,33  
4 4 6 Labatt’s Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Laurence Bristow, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 24.46,51 9 1.49,85 1.37,85  
5 5 25 JQF Engineering
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Chris Hodgetts, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.04,56 4 1.47,54 1.39,08  
6 6 10 Kaliber Ford Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Guy Edwards, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.07,45 6 1.48,83 1.38,81  
7 7 20 Trakstar Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Mike Smith, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.08,15 5 1.47,58 1.39,42  
8 8 5 FAI Auto Parts
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Sean Walker, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.16,69 11 1.50,39 1.40,00  
9 9 28 Lee Asquith Motorsport/ Duckhams
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Karl Jones, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 25.19,16 1 1.45,46 1.39,74 Damper
10 1 32 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3 Evo
James Weaver, GB
2332 L4 B 15 laps, 26.22,52 13 1.51,59 1.43,01  
11 2 33 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3 Evo
Frank Sytner, GB
2332 L4 B 15 laps, 26.22,74 15 1.54,07 1.43,51  
12 10 17 Terry Drury Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Mike O'Brien, GB
1993 tc L4 A 15 laps, 27.22,23 27 2.00,50 1.43,50  
13 3 43 John Maguire Racing
BMW M3 Evo
Godfrey Hall, GB
2332 L4 B 14 18 1.55,70 1.45,59  
14 4 44 BRR Motorsport
BMW M3 Evo
John Llewelyn, GB
2332 L4 B 14 19 1.56,45 1.44,88  
15 5 31 John Maguire Racing
BMW M3 Evo
John Clark, GB
2332 L4 B 14 21 1.58,42 1.44,88  
20 1 56 Vauxhall Motorsport
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
John Cleland, GB
1998 L4 C 14 17 1.55,04 1.49,48  
  2 57 Vauxhall Motorsport
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Jeremy Rossiter, GB
1998 L4 C          
  3 55 Listers of Coventry for Volkswagen
VW Golf GTI 16V
John Morris, GB
1781 L4 C          
  4 63 Monorep Ltd Vauxhall Opel Main Dealer
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1998 L4 C          
21 1 75 PG Tags Racing
Honda Civic Si AT
Ray Armes, GB
1590 L4 D 14 23 1.59,36 1.51,15  
  2 88  
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Tony Crudgington, GB
1587 L4 D          
  3 85 Rayscar
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Les Liddiard, GB
1587 L4 D          
  4 81 Wembon Motors
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Tony Dolley, GB
1587 L4 D          
    16 Terry Drury Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jon Dooley, GB
1993 tc L4 A          
    18 Terry Drury Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andrew Hepworth, GB
1993 tc L4 A          
    3 Listerine Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Mike Newman, GB
1993 tc L4 A   12      
    35 Prodrive
BMW M3 Evo
Ian Forrest, GB
2332 L4 B   20     Tire, pit stop
       
BMW M3 Evo
Unknown
2332 L4 B   22      
DNF   58 Vauxhall Motorsport
Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
Louise Aitken-Walker, GB
1998 L4 C 13        
DNF   77 Five Star Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Geoff Kimber-Smith, GB
1587 L4 D         Gearbox
DNF   2 Arquati Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jerry Mahoney, GB
1993 tc L4 A 10 14 1.51,96 1.39,79 Accident
DNF   4 Listerine Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Graham Goode, GB
1993 tc L4 A   8 1.49,63   Accident
DNF   19 Brodie Brittain Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Dave Brodie, GB
1993 tc L4 A   10 1.49,97   Accident