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Old 27 Jan 2010, 19:10 (Ref:2620505)   #31
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Australian Auto Action quoted early in 1989 that DJR were planning another attack on the TT later in the year. The same magazine also mentions in another issue (perhaps when reporting Gravett's round 1 win?) that Johnson & Bowe were possible starters in the Donington 1hr race in the second Trakstar Sierra (with Gravett/Smith teaming up in the other)

A shame neither came off...


On another matter, why the switch to rolling starts for 1989?
For the crowd. Rolling starts should provide more entertainment was the official line, while a lot of team and car owners were praising rolling starts for being friendlier to transmission (and check books) and giving the cars more of chance to spread out before any potential panel beating first corners.

I think the economy bit makes sence, but personally I have always thought standing starts to create the more exitement.

Exciting news about the possible Johnson/Bowe appearence for a BTCC race.

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Round 6 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday June 4th 1989 over 25 laps of the 1.908 miles/3.071 kms Silverstone National Circuit.

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:13,47 1:13,54 25 31:02,55
2. 2. 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:12,69 1:13,70 25 31:04,01
3. 3. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:12,48 1:13,82 25 31:04,30
4. 4. 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:14,00 1:13,85 25 31:12,10
5. 5. 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:13,89 1:14,55 25 31:22,23
6. 6. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:12,72 1:13,66 25 31:23,33
7. 7. 15 Chris Hodgetts Brooklyn/Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 11. 1:14,40 1:14,82 25 31:30,59
8. 8. 19 Dave Brodie Brodie Brittain Racing A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:13,74 1:14,74 25 31:38,80
9. 9. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 12. 1:14,84 1:15,42 25 31:39,79
10. 10. 9 Mark Rennison Rennison/Shell + Skipper's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 15. 1:15,40 1:15,85 25 31:56,19
11. 11. 25 Gerrit van Kouwen JQF/Fina Unleaded A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 14. 1:15,26 1:15,41 25 32:01,22
12. 12. 28 Karl Jones Lee Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:14,31 1:15,59 24
13. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 16. 1:15,64 1:16,51 24
14. 13. 18 Robin Donovan Drury/Blue Hawk A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 18. 1:15,87 1:15,55 24
15. 2. 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution 21. 1:17,47 1:17,93 24
16. 3. 44 John Llewellyn BRR/Johnston's + IMF B BMW M3 Evolution 20. 1:17,07 1:17,76 24
17. 4. 43 Godfrey Hall Maguire/Godfrey Hall BMW B BMW M3 Evolution 22. 1:17,68 1:18,51 24
18. 5. 31 John Clark Maguire/Aberdeen Airways + Esso B BMW M3 Evolution 23. 1:18,89 1:18,05 24
19. 1. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 25. 1:20,89 1:21,29 23
20. 1. 70 Phil Dowsett PDR-Toyota/AJG Transport D Toyota Corolla GT 26. 1:21,19 1:23,36 23
21. 2. 55 John Morris Morris/Lister's + Tyre Sales C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V 28. 1:21,99 1:22,32 23
22. 3. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V 29. 1:22,47 1:22,56 23
23. 2. 77 Mark Goddard Five Star/Duckhams D Toyota Corolla GT 33. 1:28,02 1:24,59 22
24. 3. 88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT 30. 1:23,61 1:26,13 22
DNF DNF 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine + Texaco A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:13,15 1:15,13 18 Turbo
DNF DNF 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:14,18 1:15,01 16 Turbo
DNF DNF 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 24. 1:19,61 1:19,76 14 hub
DNF DNF 16 David Pinkney Drury/Warrenty Holdings A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:15,04 1:15,66 12 Pick-up
DNF DNF Tony Dolley Dolley/Wembdon Motors D Toyota Corolla GT 32. 1:27,70 1:30,36 8 cam belt
DNF DNF 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 17. 1:15,68 1:17,43 2 engine
DNS DNS 17 Mike O'Brien Drury/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 19. 1:16,82 Did not qualify
DNS DNS Tomas Mezera Trident/Nokia Mobira + Campari A Maserati Biturbo 27. 1:21,53 driveshaft
DNS DNS Les Liddiard Liddiard D Toyota Corolla GT 31. 1:25,36 withdrawn

First BTCC race on the newly styled Silverstone National Circuit. Tim Harvey taking the start from pole man Andy Rouse, both of them soone to be joined by Robb Gravett for a three way battle for the lead. With 30 cars on the grid traffic became a matter that slightly delayed both Rouse and Harvey while under pressure from Gravett who would take the lead midway through. Robb Gravett would just keep out of touch for the remaining laps while Tim Harvey managed to keep Andy Rouse at bay in the fight over second. Laurence Bristow was looking healthy in fourth back a stuck throttle made him spin down to sixth behind Mike Smith and Sean Walker in the sole surviving Graham Goode car, Goode and Mike Newman retiring in latter third of the race with turbo problems after good early runs. Chris Hodgetts lacked horsepower in seventh but won the battle with Dave Brodie, while behind Jerry Mahony strugled with new Pirelli tyres having switched from Dunlops. Mark Rennison scored his first BTCC result in 10th.
Frank Sytner was leading class B when his engine broke after but 2 laps, leaving an easy victory to James Weaver. Ian Forrest would take his privateer colleagues one by one for second ahead of John Llewellyn and the two Maguire cars of Godfrey Hall and John Clark.
In class C John Cleland broke a hub forcing him out of another victory, leaving it to Louise Aitken-Walker to take the spoils, while the Golfs of John Morris and Alan Minshaw battled throughout the race for eventual second.
Phil Dowsett utterly dominated class D winning from Mark Goddard (substituting for Geoff Kimber-Smith for unknown reasons) and Tony Crudgington.

Robb Gravett did the first qualifying session in Mike Smith's car as his own car wasn't quite ready after the Thruxton shunt earlier in the week.

Guy Edwards' car was also ready after it's Thruxton shunt, but then Edwards crashed the Andy Rouse car during practice for Silverstone. This forced Rouse to race the Edwards car.

Only when Les Liddiard withdrew from unspecified reasons was the Sierra of Robin Donovan allowed to take the start.

On June 10th Nigel Mansell and Jerry Mahony is scheduled to perform at the Lancashire Police Open Day in Preston. Mahony will bring along his RS500.

Andy Rouse has been announced as co-driver to Peter Brock at the Bathurst 1000 race.

Dave Brodie's has been disqualified from his victory at Thruxton round 3 because of illegal fuel.

JQF Engineering expects to have their new self build RS500 ready for the Silverstone GP support race for Gerrit van Kouwen.

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With several weeks to the Silverstone GP support race here's what Autosport wrote in Pit & Paddock

15 June 1989
Rally preparation specialist R-E-D investigating both the BTCC and Production Saloon Car scene.

22 June 1989
Missing

29 June 1989
Dave Brodie has now been excluded from the second Thruxton race. This time over octane levels from a fuel sample and stands to loose four maximum scores equal to 40 points!

6 July 1989
Nothing

13 July 1989
Fuel samples taken from the Trakstar Sierras at the Silverstone June 4th race has been declared legal.

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Round 7 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday July 16th 1989 over 15 laps of the 4.778 kms Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esuNExxpza8

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:37,72 1:38,82 15 24:55,19
2. 2. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:38,70 1:39,38 15 25:07,15
3. 3. 10 Guy Edwards Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:39,10 1:39,41 15 25:07,75
4. 4. 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:38,53 1:39,91 15 25:13,24
5. 5. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:38,56 1:39,95 15 25:14,16
6. 6. 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:39,36 1:40,15 15 25:20,71
7. 7. 25 Gerrit van Kouwen JQF/Fina Unleaded A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:40,76 1:39,90 15 25:21,04
8. 8. 15 Chris Hodgetts Brooklyn Motorsport A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:39,41 1:40,69 15 25:25,70
9. 9. 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:40,37 1:41,27 15 25:31,48
10. 10. 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:39,69 1:41,20 15 25:45,99
11. 11. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 11. 1:40,54 1:41,31 15 25:47,17
12. 12. 28 Karl Jones Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 12. 1:40,66 1:41,93 15 25:52,04
13. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 14. 1:42,91 1:44,05 15 26:22,33
14. 13. 17 Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 17. 1:43,56 1:44,38 15 26:35,07
15. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 16. 1:43,49 1:44,52 15 26:37,23
3. 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution
18 Robin Donovan TDR/Blue Hawk A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
4. 30 Barrie Williams Alan Minshaw/Demon Tweeks B BMW M3 Evolution
5. 44 John Llewellyn BRR B BMW M3 Evolution
21. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 25. 1:48,30 1:49,58 14
22. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
23. 3. 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
24. 4. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
25. 1. 75 Ray Armes PG Tags Racing D Honda Civic Si 30. 1:51,50 1:52,81 13
2. 70 Phil Dowsett PDR-Toyota/AJG Transport D Toyota Corolla GT
5. 53 Mike Jordan Eurotech C Peugeot 309 GTI
3. Les Liddiard D Toyota Corolla GT
4. 77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT
5. 88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT
6. 81 Tony Dolley Dolley D Toyota Corolla GT
DNF DNF 26 Nick May Trident/Campari + Nokia Mobira A Maserati Biturbo
DNF DNF 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:39,40 1:40,36 5 engine
DNF DNF 55 John Morris Morris/Listers C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V 1 accident damage
DNF DNF 31 John Clark B BMW M3 Evolution 0 0:00,00 accident
DNF DNF 43 Godfrey Hall Maguire/Godfrey Hall BMW B BMW M3 Evolution 18. 1:45,29 0 0:00,00 transmission

Andy Rouse revenged his defeat from the previous round with a resounding victory. Tim Harvey challenged him early on but was soon demoted to third by Robb Gravett. The Trakstar team had Kiwi engine guru Neal Lowe of the Dick Johnson team in hand, but had issues over what could and what could not be modified regarding air intakes and filters. This left Gravett and Mike Smith down on power compared to the Rouse cars, but a first corner spin cost Smith all chances of a decent finish. His fight back through the field was one of the highligts of the race though. Harvey was soon in tyre troubles and further demoted to forth by Guy Edwards but held station ahead of Laurence Bristow. Graham Goode took the final point for sixth loosing teammate Mike Newman after an early off course excursion.
James Weaver and Frank Sytner had little drama in winning a one-two class B battle after early challenger Barrie ”Whizzo” Williams spun out of contention in the Demon Tweeks M3. Godfrey Hall would be left on the start line when his transmission failed while John Clark was another first lap casualty spinning and collected by class runner John Morris.
This left fellow Golf runner Alan Minshaw in forth in class C behind the now three Vauxhall Astras. John Cleland picked up another win from Louise Aitken-Walker and new driver Jeremy Rositer.
Ray Armes finally debuted the Graham Goode prepared Honda Civic Si to take a convincing class D victory from usual winner Phil Dowsett.

Unfortunately Autosport only brings partial results from the race – a trend to be continued throughout the season. So any help with filling out the missing results will as usual be much appreciated.

The YouTube clip does give a nice view of both the Trident Maserati wearing #26 and the Tony Dolley Corolla AE82 carrying #81. The Dolly-Colly is basically white with red and yellow bumpers while the Les Liddard car looks similar but with all red bumpers, but what number?

Debut of the Ray Armes Honda run as PG Tags Racing. The car was build by Graham Goode and Goode was soon to be seen as team in the Autosport result tables, but I thought the car was actually run by Trakstar ..or was that only from 1990?

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Round 8 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday July 23rd 1989 over 17 laps on the 4.182 kms Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

The race clashed with the Spa 24 hour race as usual and for the second week running the BTCC was support to a FIA World Championship race – this time the Group C cars.

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:31,71 1:32,97 17 26:39,01
2. 2. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:32,70 1:33,27 17 26:40,88
3. 3. 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:33,47 1:33,28 17 26:46,12
4. 4. 10 Guy Edwards Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:35,05 1:34,13 17 27:01,52
5. 5. 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:33,96 1:34,42 17 27:04,69
6. 6. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:34,45 1:34,17 17 27:18,04
7. 7. 28 Karl Jones Les Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:34,70 1:34,52 17 27:25,47
8. 8. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 14. 1:36,11 1:35,74 17 27:26,24
9. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 15. 1:36,41 1:36,59 17 28:08,19
10. 9. Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:35,64 1:37,05 17 28:21,50
11. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 17. 1:36,85 1:38,23 17 28:22,70
12. 3. 44 John Llewellyn BRR/Johnston's B BMW M3 Evolution 19. 1:37,44 1:38,52 16
13. 4. 37 Nettan Lindgren Lindgren B BMW M3 Evolution 23. 1:41,27 1:39,30 16
14. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 22. 1:40,91 1:40,15 16
15. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 28. 1:43,30 1:40,79 16
16. 3. 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 24. 1:42,15 1:41,17 16
17. 1. 75 Ray Armes PG Tags Racing D Honda Civic Si 25. 1:42,69 1:42,52 16
5. 31 John Clark B BMW M3 Evolution
4. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
2. 77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT
DNF DNF 88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT puncture
DNF DNF 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:33,33 1:33,96 14 head gasket
DNF DNF 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine + Texaco A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:35,03 1:35,16 10 battery
DNF DNF 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:34,45 1:35,50 9 turbo boost
DNS DNS 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution accident
DNS DNS 43 Godfrey Hall Maguire/Godfrey Hall BMW B BMW M3 Evolution accident
DNS DNS 19 Dave Brodie Brodie Brittain Racing A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth engine

Race shortened from 20 to 17 laps after a massive collision betwin class B runners Godfrey Hall and Ian Forrest. Hall spun off at Paddock Hill Bend, likely on oil, and send bouncing back on the track to be collected by a hapless Forrest. Both cars were damaged beyond immediate repair and Hall likely missed the next few rounds as a result.

With Lowe still present in the Trakstar camp and engine legalities sorted Robb Gravett dominated the event winning his third victory of the season. Team mate Mike Smith was also on a high and finished a season best of third only beaten by a tyre conservative Andy Rouse. Tim Harvey was initially in the fight for third but a collision with Smith in the original start left him with a damaged radiator and eventual blown head gasket. This left fourth for Guy Edwards ahead of Mike Newman. Laurence Bristow, starting from pitlane, drove with command and finished an excellent if a little unrevarding sixth.
James Weaver and Frank Sytner once again delivered the goods for BMW in class B although Sytner was almost stopped by fuel supply issues late in the race.
In class C John Cleland was running a bit conservative, informed that Louise-Aitken Walker had the bonus point for fastest lap, and then upped the ante a tad for another victory.
With Phil Dowsett off to Spa class D was down to just three starters and no points for an eventual fuel starved but winning Ray Armes. Geoff Kimber-Smith was only other finisher when Tony Crudgington retired curtesy of a puncture.

Ian Forrest is repeatedly entered as a Prodrive driver in the Autosport results, his car being a former Prodrive car, but always thought it was his own team running the car.

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Round 9 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday August 6th 1989 over 20 laps of the 3.085 kms Snetterton circuit.

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:06,24 1:07,50 20 22:44,75
2. 2. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:07,34 1:07,58 20 22:45,03
3. 3. 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:07,34 1:07,61 20 22:45,75
4. 4. 20 Will Hoy Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:08,25 1:07,59 20 22:51,00
5. 5. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:08,11 1:07,76 20 23:02,23
6. 6. 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:08,04 1:08,30 20 23:06,53
7. 7. 25 Gerrit van Kouwen JQF/Fina Unleaded A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:08,92 1:08,59 20 23:12,33
8. 8. 19 Dave Brodie Brodie Brittain/Hillstone A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:08,41 1:09,14 20 23:24,78
9. 9. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 15. 1:09,19 1:09,57 20 23:41,94
10. 10. 17 Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 14. 1:09,02 1:09,14 20 23:49,51
11. 11. 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine + Texaco A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:08,51 1:10,60 20 23:57,97
12. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 17. 1:10,18 1:10,76 19
13. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 16. 1:09,95 1:11,32 19
14. 3. 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution 21. 1:12,04 1:12,00 19
15. 4. 44 John Llewellyn BRR/Neeps B BMW M3 Evolution 19. 1:11,57 1:12,32 19
16. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 22. 1:12,74 1:14,01 19
17. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
18. 3. 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
19. 1. 75 Ray Armes Goode/PG Tags D Honda Civic Si 25. 1:15,24 1:15,59 18
5. 37 Nettan Lindgren B BMW M3 Evolution 20.
4. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT
77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT
unknown A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 11.
unknown A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 12.
unknown A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 18.
24 John Lepp Trident/Nokia Mobira + Campari A Maserati Biturbo
DNF DNF 28 Karl Jones Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:08,10 1:08,39 16 engine
DNF DNF 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:07,87 1:09,23 3 misfire

Robb Gravett winning his fourth victory of the season but this time it was real close. The Trakstar car running on an unfamiliar Yokohama compound didn't know exactly what to expect from the tyres he raced them only as hard as he had to and had Andy Rouse all over him. Things eased off slightly towards the end as Tim Harvey momentarily went past Rouse on lap 18. In the end status quo remained covering the three some by just a second.
Will Hoy, substituting a recently ankle operated Mike Smith, in the second Trakstar car was a slendid fourth in unfamiliar enviroments from a tyre troubled Laurence Bristow. Sean Walker took the final point in sixth after an early off course excursion. Karl Jones looked set for that point only to blow an engine on lap 17. Gerrit van Kouwen finished seventh in his first try with the now active suspensioned JQF RS500 but with failing boost.
Another Weaver-Sytner show case in Class B with Ian Forrest taking third. John Clark seemed destined for third but a slow puncture caused a spin into retirement. As first privateer John Llewellyn sported a six speed gearbox but that caused him problems in the race leaving him fourth.
In Class C the order was once again John Cleland, Louise Aitken-Walker and Jeremy Rositer in the three Dave Cook Vauxhalls and again Alan Minshaw making sure that any points were distributed.
Ray Armes took another pointless Class D victory, even bothering with rebuilding the car from a Friday practice accident.

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Round 7 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday July 16th 1989 over 15 laps of the 4.778 kms Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esuNExxpza8

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:37,72 1:38,82 15 24:55,19
2. 2. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:38,70 1:39,38 15 25:07,15
3. 3. 10 Guy Edwards Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:39,10 1:39,41 15 25:07,75
4. 4. 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:38,53 1:39,91 15 25:13,24
5. 5. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:38,56 1:39,95 15 25:14,16
6. 6. 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:39,36 1:40,15 15 25:20,71
7. 7. 25 Gerrit van Kouwen JQF/Fina Unleaded A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:40,76 1:39,90 15 25:21,04
8. 8. 15 Chris Hodgetts Brooklyn Motorsport A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:39,41 1:40,69 15 25:25,70
9. 9. 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:40,37 1:41,27 15 25:31,48
10. 10. 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:39,69 1:41,20 15 25:45,99
11. 11. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 11. 1:40,54 1:41,31 15 25:47,17
12. 12. 28 Karl Jones Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 12. 1:40,66 1:41,93 15 25:52,04
13. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 14. 1:42,91 1:44,05 15 26:22,33
14. 13. 17 Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 17. 1:43,56 1:44,38 15 26:35,07
15. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 16. 1:43,49 1:44,52 15 26:37,23
16. 14. 16 Dave Pinkney TDR/Warranty Holdings AFord Sierra RS500 Cosworth17     
17. 3. 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution
18?. 4. 37 Nettan Lindgren Nettan Lindgren B BMW M3       
19?. 5. 44 John Llewellyn BRR B BMW M3 Evolution
20.? 6. 30 Barrie Williams Alan Minshaw/Demon Tweeks B BMW M3 Evolution
21. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 25. 1:48,30 1:49,58 14
22. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
23. 3. 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
24. 4. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
25. 1. 75 Ray Armes PG Tags Racing D Honda Civic Si 30. 1:51,50 1:52,81 13
26. 2. 70 Phil Dowsett PDR-Toyota/AJG Transport D Toyota Corolla GT
27. 3. Les Liddiard D Toyota Corolla GT
28. 4. 77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT
29. 5. 88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT
30. 6. 81 Tony Dolley Dolley D Toyota Corolla GT
            
DNF? 53 Mike Jordan Eurotech C Peugeot 309 GTI
DNF 18 Robin Donovan TDR/Blue Hawk A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
DNF DNF 26 Nick May Trident/Campari + Nokia Mobira A Maserati Biturbo
DNF DNF 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:39,40 1:40,36 5 engine
DNF DNF 55 John Morris Morris/Listers C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V 1 accident damage
DNF DNF 31 John Clark B BMW M3 Evolution 0 0:00,00 accident
DNF DNF 43 Godfrey Hall Maguire/Godfrey Hall BMW B BMW M3 Evolution 18. 1:45,29 0 0:00,00 transmission
            


Unfortunately Autosport only brings partial results from the race – a trend to be continued throughout the season. So any help with filling out the missing results will as usual be much appreciated.

The YouTube clip does give a nice view of both the Trident Maserati wearing #26 and the Tony Dolley Corolla AE82 carrying #81. The Dolly-Colly is basically white with red and yellow bumpers while the Les Liddard car looks similar but with all red bumpers, but what number?

Debut of the Ray Armes Honda run as PG Tags Racing. The car was build by Graham Goode and Goode was soon to be seen as team in the Autosport result tables, but I thought the car was actually run by Trakstar ..or was that only from 1990?

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Yes, the gaps in the Autosport results are frustrating.... I've got more complete versions of some, which were from a combination of Autosport and Motoring News reports, so I'll fill in what I can. My version ofthis one disagrees slightly with yours, mainly on the Class B M3s, but I'm not 100% certain mine is correct either...

Re the Rossiter Astra- As I said a few posts back, I think this was the ex-rallycar used by Louise A-W in the early races. Louise's 'new' car was possibly Cleland's early-season mount, with JC getting a new car mid-season.

The rallycar was always easy to tell from the other two team cars because it was LHD and had a different paintjob- the same colours, but different lettering and logos- no prominent 'Vauxhall' logos on the sides, a large Mobil 1 decal in their place etc. The car carried additional decals for Rossiter's sponsor, 'Spax Shock Absorbers'.

I'd always thought the 1989 Honda was run by Goode, as suggested in Autosport- the 4-door car in 1990 was definitely Trakstar though- I've got a pic of it in the paddock at Brands sharing the Trakstar awning with Gravett's RS500

I think the Liddiard Corolla ran as #85
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Round 8 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday July 23rd 1989 over 17 laps on the 4.182 kms Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

The race clashed with the Spa 24 hour race as usual and for the second week running the BTCC was support to a FIA World Championship race – this time the Group C cars.

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:31,71 1:32,97 17 26:39,01
2. 2. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:32,70 1:33,27 17 26:40,88
3. 3. 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:33,47 1:33,28 17 26:46,12
4. 4. 10 Guy Edwards Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:35,05 1:34,13 17 27:01,52
5. 5. 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:33,96 1:34,42 17 27:04,69
6. 6. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:34,45 1:34,17 17 27:18,04
7. 7. 28 Karl Jones Les Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:34,70 1:34,52 17 27:25,47
8. 8. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 14. 1:36,11 1:35,74 17 27:26,24
9. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 15. 1:36,41 1:36,59 17 28:08,19
10. 9. Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass + Swan National A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 13. 1:35,64 1:37,05 17 28:21,50
11. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 17. 1:36,85 1:38,23 17 28:22,70
12. 3. 44 John Llewellyn BRR/Johnston's B BMW M3 Evolution 19. 1:37,44 1:38,52 16
13. 4. 37 Nettan Lindgren Lindgren B BMW M3 Evolution 23. 1:41,27 1:39,30 16
14. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 22. 1:40,91 1:40,15 16
15. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 28. 1:43,30 1:40,79 16
16. 3. 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 24. 1:42,15 1:41,17 16
17. 1. 75 Ray Armes PG Tags Racing D Honda Civic Si 25. 1:42,69 1:42,52 16
5. 31 John Clark B BMW M3 Evolution
4. 50 Alan Minshaw Demon Tweeks/Castrol C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
2. 77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT
DNF DNF 88 Tony Crudgington Crudgington D Toyota Corolla GT puncture
DNF DNF 7 Tim Harvey Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:33,33 1:33,96 14 head gasket
DNF DNF 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine + Texaco A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:35,03 1:35,16 10 battery
DNF DNF 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:34,45 1:35,50 9 turbo boost
DNS DNS 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone + Drambuie B BMW M3 Evolution accident
DNS DNS 43 Godfrey Hall Maguire/Godfrey Hall BMW B BMW M3 Evolution accident
DNS DNS 19 Dave Brodie Brodie Brittain Racing A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth engine
            

Race shortened from 20 to 17 laps after a massive collision betwin class B runners Godfrey Hall and Ian Forrest. Hall spun off at Paddock Hill Bend, likely on oil, and send bouncing back on the track to be collected by a hapless Forrest. Both cars were damaged beyond immediate repair and Hall likely missed the next few rounds as a result.

With Lowe still present in the Trakstar camp and engine legalities sorted Robb Gravett dominated the event winning his third victory of the season. Team mate Mike Smith was also on a high and finished a season best of third only beaten by a tyre conservative Andy Rouse. Tim Harvey was initially in the fight for third but a collision with Smith in the original start left him with a damaged radiator and eventual blown head gasket. This left fourth for Guy Edwards ahead of Mike Newman. Laurence Bristow, starting from pitlane, drove with command and finished an excellent if a little unrevarding sixth.
James Weaver and Frank Sytner once again delivered the goods for BMW in class B although Sytner was almost stopped by fuel supply issues late in the race.
In class C John Cleland was running a bit conservative, informed that Louise-Aitken Walker had the bonus point for fastest lap, and then upped the ante a tad for another victory.
With Phil Dowsett off to Spa class D was down to just three starters and no points for an eventual fuel starved but winning Ray Armes. Geoff Kimber-Smith was only other finisher when Tony Crudgington retired curtesy of a puncture.

Ian Forrest is repeatedly entered as a Prodrive driver in the Autosport results, his car being a former Prodrive car, but always thought it was his own team running the car.

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I was at this one, but unfortunately don't have a more complete version of the results either....
The reference to Prodrive entering Forrest's car is interesting- I think Forrest might have been getting some help and technical support from Prodrive, but I don't know if it was enough to make it an official Prodrive entry....?
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I was at this one, but unfortunately don't have a more complete version of the results either....
The reference to Prodrive entering Forrest's car is interesting- I think Forrest might have been getting some help and technical support from Prodrive, but I don't know if it was enough to make it an official Prodrive entry....?
But how was the weather? Looks like it was hott from pictures and describtion.

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It was- absolutely perfect weather. The only downside was that I had great racing to watch, perfect weather- and something went wrong with my camera, so most of the photos I took that weekend are unuseable....
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Round 7 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday July 16th 1989 over 15 laps of the 4.778 kms Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

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...Debut of the Ray Armes Honda run as PG Tags Racing. The car was build by Graham Goode and Goode was soon to be seen as team in the Autosport result tables, but I thought the car was actually run by Trakstar ..or was that only from 1990?
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The 1989 PG Tags Honda Civic was built and run for Ray Armes by Graham Goode Racing (who were also responsible for his Golf GTI prodsaloon the previous year, and Renault 5 Turbo Cup car the year before that).
Trackstar re-built this into a two litre four door car for the 1990 season.
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The 1989 PG Tags Honda Civic was built and run for Ray Armes by Graham Goode Racing (who were also responsible for his Golf GTI prodsaloon the previous year, and Renault 5 Turbo Cup car the year before that).
Trackstar re-built this into a two litre four door car for the 1990 season.
Thank you for clarifying the matter, VIVA GT. I have wondered what the homologation issues were, because in Japan Honda Civic teams obviously raced as hard as ever during the first part of 1989!

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Thank you for clarifying the matter, VIVA GT. I have wondered what the homologation issues were, because in Japan Honda Civic teams obviously raced as hard as ever during the first part of 1989!

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Good question. I had always thoughts that the deal had just come together later than hoped with the eye mainly on 1990.....

However he ended up with less than half a season's racing out of it because the change to 2 litres for the smaller class for the following year made the whole project highly expensive and unfortunate. Ray was left with a car unsuitable for the 2-litre regs.

Had the Group A classes continued, that car would have cleaned up in the baby class for a few years I reckon and many many more people would've entered them!
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Round 10 of 13 of the 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday August 20th 1989 over 15 laps of the 4.182 kms Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

36 cars on the grid likely in a 2-2-2-etc. grid formation for a rolling start.

Pos.Cl.#DriverTeam/sponsorCat.CarGridTimeFastest lapLapsTimeNotes
1. 1. 1 Andy Rouse Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 1. 1:32,62 1:33,34 15 23:34,11
2. 2. 6 Laurence Bristow Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 4. 1:32,91 1:33,64 15 23:49,33
3. 3. 7 Tomas Mezera Rouse/Labatt's A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 5. 1:32,95 1:34,35 15 23:53,29
4. 4. 5 Sean Walker Goode/FAI + Moss Security A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 7. 1:33,48 1:34,53 15 23:54,95
5. 5. 4 Mike Newman Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 16. 1:35,23 1:34,73 15 23:57,04
6. 6. 3 Graham Goode Goode/Listerine A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 11. 1:34,41 1:34,85 15 23:58,86
7. 1. 32 James Weaver Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 13. 1:34,67 1:36,02 15 24:37,83
8. 7. 2 Jerry Mahony Dowson/Arquati + Evans Halshaw A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 15. 1:34,96 1:36,22 15 24:44,82
9. 2. 33 Frank Sytner Prodrive/BMW Finance + Mobil B BMW M3 Evolution 14. 1:34,83 1:37,74 15 24:47,03
10. 3. 35 Ian Forrest Prodrive/Novafone B BMW M3 Evolution 20. 1:37,80 1:37,97 15 25:00,01
11. 8. 19 Dave Brodie BBR/Hillstone A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 3. 1:32,81 1:34,05 14
12. 9. Mike O'Brien TDR/Autoglass A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 17. 1:36,56 1:36,75 14
13. 10. 14 Graham Hathaway Hathaway/Soans A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 18. 1:37,41 1:40,15 14
14. 1. 56 John Cleland Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 24. 1:39,03 1:40,17 14
15. 2. 58 Louise Aitken-Walker Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 26. 1:40,82 1:41,12 14
16. 1. 70 Phil Dowsett Rayscar/Zen Discotheque D Toyota Corolla GT 29. 1:42,43 1:42,42 14
4. Nettan Lindgren B BMW M3 Evolution
5. John Clark B BMW M3 Evolution
6. John Llewellyn BRR B BMW M3 Evolution
3. 55 John Morris Morris/Listers C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V
4. Tony Lanfranchi C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V
20. 2. 77 Geoff Kimber-Smith Five Star Racing D Toyota Corolla GT 32. 1:43,95 1:43,73 14
3. Tony Dolley Dolley D Toyota Corolla GT
DNF DNF 20 Mike Smith Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 6. 1:33,17 1:34,07 9 accident
DNF DNF 10 Guy Edwards Rouse/Kaliber A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 12. 1:34,60 1:34,38 9 accident
DNF DNF 75 Ray Armes Goode/PG Tags D Honda Civic Si 27. 1:41,74 1:42,15 7 tie rod
DNF DNF 25 Gerrit van Kouwen JQF/Fina Unleaded A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 10. 1:34,27 1:34,85 6 engine
DNF DNF 16 David Pinkney TDR/Warrenty Holdings A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 9. 1:33,95 1:34,67 4 accident
DNF DNF 21 Robb Gravett Trakstar/Cartel + NEC + Shell A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 2. 1:32,80 1:33,37 4 gearlever
DNF DNF 28 Karl Jones Lee-Asquith/Duckhams A Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth 8. 1:33,81 1:40,99 1 1:40,99 engine
DNF DNF 57 Jeremy Rossiter Dave Cook/VDS + Mobil C Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V 0 0:00,00 accident
DNF DNF 50 Alan Minshaw Alan Minshaw/Demon Tweeks C Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V engine

Andy Rouse and Robb Gravett at it again but the Trakstar man had to retire with a broken gear lever after only four laps. Dave Brodie was among the two in the opening moments of the race but was soon overtaken by Laurence Bristow but midrace the situation was reverced once again, Brodie taking Mike Smith through with him. Guy Edwards was next in line to pass Bristow and soon had an eye on Mike Smith in third. Smith and Edwards then tripped over the lapped Corolla of Geoff Kimber-Smith with both Sierras retiring on the spot. For Brodie the race was soon over too as he pitted with ruined tyres. This left the Labatt's cars of Laurence Bristow and Tomas Mezera, Tim Harvey at the Nürburgring racing a factory Spice, in second and third. Graham Goode cars took the remaining points positions with Sean Walker heading Mike Newman and Graham Goode.
In the classes there were little surprises. James Weaver taking his obligatory victory and fastest lap in class B as did John Cleland in class C. Ray Armes lead class D once again but retired with a broken tie rod leaving victory to Phil Dowsett.

This 10th Ford victory is reported to have secured the blue oval of the manufactures championship. Does anyone know of any further details?

Andy Rouse has been disqualified from the Silverstone R7 and Brands Hatch R8 for turbo housing irregularities, but plans to appeal. The engine was sealed at the GP support race and run at the following weeks Brands Hatch meeting. From my interpretation he stands to loose points for a victory and a second and 2x2 maximum score penalties, described in the article as loosing 56 points from his current 55 tally. Given that the official BTCC site seems to recognise these disqualifications by 2010 but that Rouse ran #1 on his car in 1990, I'm a little confused. The Autosport review does say the Class A results are undecided as of late December 1989. Help requested.

Phil Dowsett rumoured to be driving a Toyota Supra Turbo in 1990. But why?

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I assume it would be partly because the 1600cc Corolla was going to be obsolete at the end of the year. Why go down a path proven to be a dead-end instead of developing a 2L Toyota for the new regulations, I don't know. Money, probably.

As an aside, the Dowsett, Dolley, and Lilliard Corollas were all sold to Australia at the end of the year. In fact, Bob Holden's existing AE86 Liftback Corollas were painted to match the Dolley and Lilliard cars!

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Smith and Edwards then tripped over the lapped Corolla of Geoff Kimber-Smith with both Sierras retiring on the spot.
On this incident, Brodie had just passed the Corolla on the inside approaching Westfield and Smith was about to follow him through. However, as he turned in to the corner the Cartel Sierra snapped sideways, a left-rear suspension failure pitching him off into the gravel. Kimber-Smith, faced with the red-and-white car spinning across his bows, could do nothing but crash into tail of the Sierra, but was able to continue with damage to his front left. Bristow eased off to avoid becoming involved but caught a closely-following Edwards unawares, the Kaliber driver electing to spin off in avoidance.

Edwards had just survived a near miss on the Brabham Straight at the start of the lap. Ray Armes had parked the Honda Civic on the edge of the track on the inside of the straight, rather than pulling onto the verge closer to the pit wall. Pulling out to pass the Labatt's Sierra, Edwards was suddenly faced with the rapidly-approaching rear of the parked Civic. Edwards only just avoided what would have been a very big accident.

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I'm as confused as you! I was under the impression that the matter was resolved in Rouse's favour, and am surprised that an official BTCC page would show the disqualifications/points penalty if this was the case. I'll have a look through my early 1990 Auto Actions to see if it mentions anything. The RAC was pretty busy that winter, with both the Rouse matter and the protracted resolution to the 1989 British F3 Championship to keep them occupied!
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