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Securicor Omega Express Raceday

Donington Park National Circuit, Derby, Great-Britain

Date: 28/7/1991
Track length: 3.149 m?
Attendance: 32.000
Entries accepted:
Starters: 18 (race 1); 15 (race 2)
Finishers: 14 (race 1); 10 (race 2)

Pole position: Cleland
Fastest lap:

Distance: 2 races of 25 laps, second race redflagged after 7 laps and restarted over 12 laps.
Average speed:
Weather: Hot
Ruleset: Class 2
Car info: 1991 Cars

 

18 cars for this first double-header round with Cleland and his new Dunlop radials on pole. He led after the start, but an error allowed Hoy and Soper to go through, while Ayles and Allam tangled so the Toyota had to call it a day. The other Toyota with Rouse was on great form (and had lots of top speed) and passed Cleland too, he was now third behind Hoy and Soper. Soon, Rouse sailed by Soper who let him go, and a little later Hoy had to give in as well when he missed a gear. Or was the problem bigger than that? He dropped back and retired, while the battle for third was now between Cleland and Palmer.
After 15 minutes for a quick service, it was time for race 2.
The start was for Rouse and he was followed by Cleland in his tail-happy Cavalier, Soper and the rest of the 15-car grid. In a spectacular move, Cleland got past Rouse and a little later Soper did the same. But Rouse played a waiting game, and when Soper got wide he slipped through. Moments later Cleland missed the apex too, and Rouse was in the lead again, while Cleland dropped to fifth. But it wasn’t over yet, Soper taking first again, then Rouse and Bellm in third, using the special Yokohamas destined for Hoy who was in the pits, pondering about missed gears and overrevved engines. Now Bellm dropped back unexpectedly, letting the Vauxhalls and Harvey through.
Then, as if this wasn’t enough, Whale lost his oil at McLeans, spun on it and he and Hales ended in the gravel trap while Baird only spun but could continue. Then the head of the field approached, oil flags waved but Rouse lost it but missing the two stationary cars unlike Allam: both he and Cleland slammed into Whales’ car, with Bellm bringing up the rear. Harvey spun too, and then Odor came round, getting through just between the Cavalier/BMW/Mitsubishi pile and Harvey. The race was redflagged, and efforts were made to get some cars going again. The race was restarted with Rouse, Soper, Palmer, Bellm, Harvey, Bristow, Middlehurst, Gravett, Odor and Baird while Hales and Forrest started from the pit lane.
Rouse took the lead again, followed by Soper, Harvey and Bellm. An attack of Harvey against Soper ended in tears, while Soper was passed by Bellm and Palmer - and Cleland was making up ground, with a smoking rear wheel. Action all over the place! Finally, on aggregate it was Rouse who won ahead of Bellm and Palmer.


Race 1
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   3 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
Toyota Carina II
Andy Rouse, GB
1998 L4   25 laps 4      
2   44 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Steve Soper, GB
1998 L4     2      
3   5 Dave Cook Racing Services / Vauxhall Dealer Sport
Vauxhall Cavalier GSi
John Cleland, GB
1998 L4     1      
4   22 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Jonathan Palmer, GB
1998 L4     8      
5   6 Dave Cook Racing Services / Vauxhall Dealer Sport
Vauxhall Cavalier GSi
Jeff Allam, GB
1998 L4     6      
6   12 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Securicor
BMW M3
Ray Bellm, GB
1998 L4     9      
7   99 Graham Goode Racing
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Andy Middlehurst, GB
1993 L4     11      
8   9 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Labatt’s
BMW M3
Laurence Bristow, GB
1998 L4     13      
9   1 Shell Team Trakstar Ford
Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth
Robb Gravett, GB
1993 L4     12     Accident
10   23 Castrol Janspeed Racing
Nissan Primera ZX
Kieth Odor, GB
1998 L4     10      
11   66 Auto Trader Techspeed Team
BMW M3
Nick Whale, GB
1998 L4     15      
12   77 Auto Trader Techspeed Team
BMW M3
Nick Baird, GB
1998 L4     14      
13   45 Drambuie Racing
BMW M3
Ian Forrest, GB
1998 L4     17      
14   88 John Maguire Racing/ Mitsubishi Motors with Firestone
Mitsubishi Galant 2.0 GTi-16v
Mark Hales, GB
1997 L4     18      
DNF   4 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Labatt’s
BMW M3
Tim Harvey, GB
1998 L4     5     Accident, tires
DNF   11 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Securicor
BMW M3
Will Hoy, GB
1998 L4     3     Engine
DNF   2 Pyramid Motorsport
BMW M3
Frank Sytner, GB
1998 L4     16     Engine?
DNF   33 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
Toyota Carina II
Gary Ayles, GB
1998 L4     7     Accident

Race 2
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   3 Kaliber ICS Team Toyota
Toyota Carina II
Andy Rouse, GB
1998 L4   19 laps 1      
2   12 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Securicor
BMW M3
Ray Bellm, GB
1998 L4     6     Gear lever
3   22 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Jonathan Palmer, GB
1998 L4     4      
4   1 Shell Team Trakstar Ford
Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth
Robb Gravett, GB
1993 L4     9      
5   9 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Labatt’s
BMW M3
Laurence Bristow, GB
1998 L4     8      
6   4 Vic Lee Motorsport/Team Labatt’s
BMW M3
Tim Harvey, GB
1998 L4     15      
7   99 Graham Goode Racing
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Andy Middlehurst, GB
1993 L4     7      
8   23 Castrol Janspeed Racing
Nissan Primera ZX
Kieth Odor, GB
1998 L4     10      
9   77 Auto Trader Techspeed Team
BMW M3
Nick Baird, GB
1998 L4     12     Spun on oil
10   5 Dave Cook Racing Services / Vauxhall Dealer Sport
Vauxhall Cavalier GSi
John Cleland, GB
1998 L4     3     Accident damage; puncture; pit stop
NC   45 Drambuie Racing
BMW M3
Ian Forrest, GB
1998 L4     13      
DNF   44 Prodrive/BMW Finance Racing with Mobil 1
BMW M3
Steve Soper, GB
1998 L4     2     Holed piston
DNF   6 Dave Cook Racing Services / Vauxhall Dealer Sport
Vauxhall Cavalier GSi
Jeff Allam, GB
1998 L4     5     Accident (spun on oil)
DNF   88 John Maguire Racing/ Mitsubishi Motors with Firestone
Mitsubishi Galant 2.0 GTi-16v
Mark Hales, GB
1997 L4     14     Accident (spun on oil); spun again
DNF   66 Auto Trader Techspeed Team
BMW M3
Nick Whale, GB
1998 L4     11     Accident (spun on oil)