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Old 9 Jan 2010, 10:07 (Ref:2610373)   #1
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1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship - Discussion & Results

Time for the 1988 season. Information gathered from mainly late 1988 Autosport magazines including their most valuable seasonal review, a few YouTube clips, a points chart I was mailed some time ago and various pictures to be found around the net and not least other threaths on ten-tenths and TNF. I'm looking forward to your contributions - they're needed - but should make for some time well spend.

1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship intro
Same class structure as in 1987:
Class A: above 2500 cc
Class B: 2001-2500 cc
Class C: 1601-2000 cc
Class D: under 1600 cc

Points for the top-6 in each class according to 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 points with an additional point for fastest lap in the race.

Late in 1987 it was announced that highlights of six races would be transmitted by the BBC, while Ford announced a bonus for top-3 overall results by Ford drivers with £15,000 for first, £10,000 for second and £5,000 for third – can't find my reference for the Ford-part, though.

13 races on the schedule, but ended on 12 with the cancellation of the Birmingham round.

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Round 1 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 27th March 1988 held over x laps on the x.xxx miles Silverstone circuit.

As I only have top-6 overall results, I have listed the known drivers class-by-class.

Class A:
1./ #8 / Jerry Mahony / Dowson? / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / x laps / 25m02.12s
2./ #14 / Mike Newman / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m06.20s
3./ #17 / Bob Sands / CC / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m16.57s
? / #1 / Chris Hodgetts / MIL / A / Toyota Supra Turbo / 4th in class
? / #27/ Peter Buxtorf / Buxtorf / A / BMW 635CSi / 5th in class
? / #22 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 6th in class
DNF / #19 / Laurence Bristow / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired
DNF / #5 / Tim Harvey / Drury / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired
DNF / #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VL / retired
Fastest lap: Andy Rouse

Class B:
4./ #33 / Frank Sytner / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m32.38s / 1st in class
5./ #32 / Mike Smith / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m36.35s / 2nd in class
6./ #36 / Godfrey Hall / Maguire / B / BMW M3 / 25m54.60s / 3rd in class
? / #44 / Alan Minshaw / Minshaw / B / BMW M3 / 4th in class
? / #38 / Dave Wallis / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 5th in class
? / #39 / Lionel Wiffen / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 6th in class
Fastest lap: Frank Sytner

Class C:
DNS / #55 / James Shead / Maguire / C / VW Golf GTI 16V / did not start
Fastest lap: unknown if any driver started.

Class D:
? / #70 / Phil Dowsett / TOM'S GB / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1st in class
? / #63 / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 2nd in class
? / #? / Richard Belcher / unknown / Ford Escort RS1600i / 3rd in class
Fastest lap: Phil Dowsett

My notes tell me that the Jerry Mahony Arquati RS500 was run by Roger Dowson, who, as I have now learned, was involved with the Austin Rover Sport MG Metro Turbo programme of 1983-1984.

The Bob Sands RS500 has been identified on the RS500 forums as a CC Motorsport entry. As David Cook ran the 1989 Vauxhall Astra GTE BTCC campain, would that mean that 1988 was the final year of CC Motorsport?

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1988 Dunlop RAC BTCC Season Discussion & Results

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Round 1 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 27th March 1988 held over x laps on the x.xxx miles Silverstone CLUB circuit.

As I only have top-6 overall results, I have listed the known drivers class-by-class.

Class A:
1./ #8 / Jerry Mahony / Dowson/ARQUATI / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / x laps / 25m02.12s
2./ #14 / Mike Newman / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m06.20s
3./ #17 / Bob Sands / CC / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m16.57s
? / #1 / Chris Hodgetts / MIL / A / Toyota Supra Turbo / 4th in class
? / #27/ Peter Buxtorf / Buxtorf / A / BMW 635CSi / 5th in class
? / #22 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 6th in class
DNF / #19 / Laurence Bristow / Rouse/CAM SHIPPING / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired
DNF / #5 / Tim Harvey / Drury / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired
DNF / #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VL / retired
Fastest lap: Andy Rouse

Class B:
4./ #33 / Frank Sytner / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m32.38s / 1st in class
5./ #32 / Mike Smith / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m36.35s / 2nd in class
6./ #36 / Godfrey Hall / Maguire / B / BMW M3 / 25m54.60s / 3rd in class
? / #44 / Alan Minshaw / Minshaw / B / BMW M3 / 4th in class
? / #38 / Dave Wallis / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 5th in class
? / #39 / Lionel Wiffen / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 6th in class
Fastest lap: Frank Sytner

Class C:
DNS / #55 / James Shead / Maguire / C / VW Golf GTI 16V / did not start
Fastest lap: unknown if any driver started.

Class D:
? / #70 / Phil Dowsett / TOM'S GB / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1st in class
? / #63 / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 2nd in class
? / #? / Richard Belcher / unknown/NORTH ESSEX? / Ford Escort RS1600i / 3rd in class
Fastest lap: Phil Dowsett

My notes tell me that the Jerry Mahony Arquati RS500 was run by Roger Dowson, who, as I have now learned, was involved with the Austin Rover Sport MG Metro Turbo programme of 1983-1984.

The Bob Sands RS500 has been identified on the RS500 forums as a CC Motorsport entry. As David Cook ran the 1989 Vauxhall Astra GTE BTCC campain, would that mean that 1988 was the final year of CC Motorsport?

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Jesper, whether it helps much I don't know but i've added a few things in bold for you. The opening round was held on the old club circuit, which was quite rare for the BTCC!

I think you are right about the Sands CC car. It didn't do the whole season, in fact I think it withdrew after the first handful of rounds. Anyone confirm this?

You may find the CC thread in History of further use chap:

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Round 1 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 27th March 1988 held over x laps on the x.xxx miles Silverstone circuit.

As I only have top-6 overall results, I have listed the known drivers class-by-class.
The circuit used was the Club circuit, measuring 2.587km. The race length was 25 laps. These results are courtesy of Motorsport, who carried top 10 results for the BTCC throughout 1988 and half-way through 1989:

PositionNumberDriverCarClassRace Time/Laps
18Jerry MahonyFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m02.12s
214Mike NewmanFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m06.20s
317Bob SandsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m16.57s
433Frank SytnerBMW M3B25m32.38s
532Mike SmithBMW M3B25m36.35s
643Godfrey HallBMW M3B25m37.07s
744Alan MinshawBMW M3B25m54.60s
81Chris HodgettsToyota Supra TurboA24 laps
927Peter BuxtorfBMW 635CSiA24 laps
1070Phil DowsettToyota Corolla FX GTD23 laps
1622Andy RouseFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 
DNF15Graham GoodeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 
DNF19Laurence BristowFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 

A brief synopsis of the race from the review video:

Rouse makes a fantastic start from the pole to comfortably lead fellow-front-row-starter Mahony into Copse. Bristow spins out of third into retirement at Copse and was followed into the gravel by a fast-starting Mike O'Brien, who would extract himself and rejoin at the tail of the field. Rouse's comfortable lead evaporates exiting Copse on lap 2 as a turbo hose blows off. The Kaliber Sierra would rejoin the race after repairs, setting the fastest Class A lap on the way to 16th place at the finish.
New-leader Mahony is passed by a flying Goode, the Listerine Sierra appearing to have more power than the white Arquati car. However, it's all for naught as Goode's car retires with what appear to be engine problems. From there, Mahony carries on to a comfortable win. Frank Sytner takes the Class B win, whilst James Kaye (Volkswagen Golf GTi) and Phil Dowsett take the C and D class honors.


Jesper, I should be able to help you out a bit with results and colour for 1988. I have the review video, a full collection of Motorsport from 1988, and full results for rounds 6, 7, 8 and 9 from Autosport.
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Added some info - lap times, positions and reasons for retirement. Confirmed that Wallis was a Drury entry, and Dowson ran Mahony's car. Hall's given time was that of Alan Minshaw. Rouse was a classified finisher.

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Round 1 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 27th March 1988 held over 25 laps on the x.xxx miles Silverstone circuit. 40.20miles.


Class A:
1./ #8 / Jerry Mahony / Dowson / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25 laps / 25m02.12s
2./ #14 / Mike Newman / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m06.20s
3./ #17 / Bob Sands / CC / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 25m16.57s
8 / #1 / Chris Hodgetts / MIL / A / Toyota Supra Turbo / 4th in class - 24 laps
9 / #27/ Peter Buxtorf / Buxtorf / A / BMW 635CSi / 5th in class - 24 laps
16 / #22 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 6th in class (classified 16th - 21 laps)
DNF / #5 / Tim Harvey / Drury / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired - 12 laps, gearbox
DNF / ? / Graham Hathaway / Hathaway / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired - 6 laps, turbo hose
DNF / ? / Graham Goode / Graham Goode Engineering / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired - 6 laps, engine
DNF / ? / Pete Hall / ARE (Rouse) / A / Ford Sierra RS500 COsworth / retired - 5 laps, diff
DNF / #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VL / retired - 2 laps, puncture
DNF / #19 / Laurence Bristow / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / retired - 0 laps, accident

Fastest lap: Andy Rouse - 57.78s

Bristow went off at the first corner on cold tyres, Mike O'Brien flat-spotted his tyres avoiding him. 2 laps later a tyre burst, putting him out.
Rouse was leading, but a turbo hose worked loose and he had to pit on two occasions to have it re-attached.


Class B:
4./ #33 / Frank Sytner / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m32.38s / 1st in class
5./ #32 / Mike Smith / Prodrive / B / BMW M3 / 25m36.35s / 2nd in class
6./ #36 / Godfrey Hall / Maguire / B / BMW M3 / 25m37.07s / 3rd in class
7 / #44 / Alan Minshaw / Minshaw / B / BMW M3 / 25m54.60s / 4th in class
12 / #38 / Dave Wallis / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 5th in class - 23 laps
13 / #39 / Lionel Wiffen / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 6th in class - 23 laps

Fastest lap: Frank Sytner - 1m00.07s

Class C:
15 / #50? / James Kaye / Minshaw / C / VW Golf 1.8 GTi 16v / 1st in Class (22 laps)
DNS / #55 / James Shead / Maguire / C / VW Golf GTI 16V / did not start

Fastest lap: James Kaye - 1m07.41s

Shead's engine blew in practice. Kaye's had done the same on the dyno, so he was in his Prodsaloon car while the grpA engine was rebuilt.

Class D:
10 / #70 / Phil Dowsett / TOM'S GB / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1st in class (23 laps)
11 / #63 / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 2nd in class (23 laps)
14 / #? / Richard Belcher / CHMS / Ford Escort RS1600i / 3rd in class (22 laps)
DNF / #? / Kevin Eaton / MIL Motorsport / Toyota Corolla GT / retired - 4 laps, puncture

Fastest lap: Phil Dowsett - 1m04.07s

Eaton and Belcher had a coming together. Belcher spun, and Eaton retired as a result of the contact.
Grid - Top 10 Rouse (A pole 57.86s), Mahony, Goode, Bristow, Hall, Sands, O'Brien, Sytner (B pole 59.71s), Newman, Hall;
11th to 20th - Harvey, Smith, Hodgetts, Minshaw, Buxtorf, Hathaway, Dowsett (D pole 1m04.42), Crudgington, Belcher, Shead (C pole 1m06.77s (DNS);
21st -to 24th - Wallis, Eaton, Kaye, Wiffen
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Old 9 Jan 2010, 11:15 (Ref:2610399)   #6
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Everything will be appreciated, chunterer. Seeing the Dowson/Arquati entry for Jerry Mahony is in fact more userfriendly than just Dowson. Since I always associate Laurence Bristow with the Rouse-Labatt's car of 1989-90, it is nice to be made aware that he raced in CAM Shipping colours in 1988. I will give this a try in my next installment.

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Round 2 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 1st April 1988 over x laps on the x.xxx miles Oulton Park circuit.

Class A:
1./ #22 / Andy Rouse / Rouse-Kaliber / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / ? laps / 31m54.36s
2./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking-Swan? / A / Holden Commodore VL / ? laps / 32m09.06s
3./ #8 / Jerry Mahony / Dowson-Arquati / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / ? laps / 32m40.10s
? / #5 / Tim Harvey / Drury-Istel / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 4th in class
? / #14 / Mike Newman / Goode-Listerine / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 5th in class
? / #27 / Peter Buxtorf / Buxtorf / A / BMW 635CSi / 6th in class
DNF / #19 / Laurence Bristow / Rouse-CAM Shipping / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
DNA / #6 / Steve Soper / Eggenberger-Texaco / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / Dock strike
Fastest lap: Laurence Bristow

Class B:
? / #33 / Frank Sytner / Richards-Mobil / B / BMW M3 / 1st in class
? / #44 / Alan Minshaw / Minshaw-Demon Tweeks / B / BMW M3 / 2nd in class
? / #36 / Godfrey Hall / Maguire / B / BMW M3 / 3rd in class
? / #32 / Mike Smith / Richards-Mobil / B / BMW M3 / 4th in class
Fastest lap: Frank Sytner

Class C:
? / #? / James Kaye / unknown / B / Honda Prelude? / ? in class
DNF / #48 / Andrew Jeffrey / Jeffrey?-Specialist Cars Aberdeen / VW Golf GTI 16V
Fastest lap: unknown

Class D:
? / #70 / Phil Dowsett / TOM's GB / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1st in class
? / #60 / Mark Hales / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 2nd in class
? / #77 / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 3rd in class
Fastest lap: Phil Dowsett

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I think you are right about the Sands CC car. It didn't do the whole season, in fact I think it withdrew after the first handful of rounds. Anyone confirm this?
Yes, it disappeared mid-season, and was up for sale for the latter part of the year. Ad says 4 events from new - it was built new for '88, and had a Rouse engine and suspension.

I think it reappeared in '89 as the first JQF/Fina car for Gerrit van Kouwen (before they brought out the "active" car mid-season) and also reappeared in '90 for a handful of outings with Stuart Donnan, before he Thundersaloon-ed it.


Other info for round 1 - Karl Jones was supposed to be there in the Asquith RS500, but a dock strike stopped some wheels arriving, and the team didn't think the car would be competitive on what it had (16s, as Avon tyres wouldn't fit the 17s they had) so they delayed until round 2 at Oulton. Geoff Kimber-Smith didn't have his Corolla ready in time - suspension issues.

Mike O'Brien was planning to debut an updated ex-Brock VL-SS Commodore at round 2.
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Round 2 of 13 of the 1988 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship held on Sunday 1st April 1988 over x laps on the x.xxx miles Oulton Park circuit.

Class A:
1./ #22 / Andy Rouse / Rouse-Kaliber / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / ? laps / 31m54.36s
2./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking-Swan? / A / Holden Commodore VL / ? laps / 32m09.06s
Think the car may have been entered under Autoglass?
3./ #8 / Jerry Mahony / Dowson-Arquati / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / ? laps / 32m40.10s
? / #5 / Tim Harvey / Drury-Istel / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 4th in class
Istel backing came later in the year, IIRC Tim's car was almost plain white in the first few rounds? Needs confirming though.
? / #14 / Mike Newman / Goode-Listerine / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / 5th in class
? / #27 / Peter Buxtorf / Buxtorf / A / BMW 635CSi / 6th in class
DNF / #19 / Laurence Bristow / Rouse-CAM Shipping / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth
DNA / #6 / Steve Soper / Eggenberger-Texaco / A / Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth / Dock strike
Fastest lap: Laurence Bristow

Class B:
? / #33 / Frank Sytner / Richards-Mobil / B / BMW M3 / 1st in class
Not completely sure but I think the works cars were entered under the Team BMW GB with Mobil 1 banner?
? / #44 / Alan Minshaw / Minshaw-Demon Tweeks / B / BMW M3 / 2nd in class
? / #36 / Godfrey Hall / Maguire / B / BMW M3 / 3rd in class
Hall had sponsorship from Mila, but that might not have been until later in season Jesper.
? / #32 / Mike Smith / Richards-Mobil / B / BMW M3 / 4th in class
Fastest lap: Frank Sytner

Class C:
? / #? / James Kaye / unknown / B / Honda Prelude? / ? in class
Fairly sure he was in a Golf 16v, likely the Demon Tweeks car?DNF / #48 / Andrew Jeffrey / Jeffrey?-Specialist Cars Aberdeen / VW Golf GTI 16V
This was also a John Maguire entry.
Fastest lap: unknown

Class D:
? / #70 / Phil Dowsett / TOM's GB / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1st in class
? / #60 / Mark Hales / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 2nd in class
? / #77 / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 3rd in class
AGK Motorsport might have been his 'official' entry.
Fastest lap: Phil Dowsett

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The circuit used was the Club circuit, measuring 2.587km. The race length was 25 laps. These results are courtesy of Motorsport, who carried top 10 results for the BTCC throughout 1988 and half-way through 1989:

PositionNumberDriverCarClassRace Time/Laps
18Jerry MahonyFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m02.12s
214Mike NewmanFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m06.20s
317Bob SandsFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A25m16.57s
433Frank SytnerBMW M3B25m32.38s
532Mike SmithBMW M3B25m36.35s
643Godfrey HallBMW M3B25m37.07s
744Alan MinshawBMW M3B25m54.60s
81Chris HodgettsToyota Supra TurboA24 laps
927Peter BuxtorfBMW 635CSiA24 laps
1070Phil DowsettToyota Corolla FX GTD23 laps
1622Andy RouseFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 
DNF15Graham GoodeFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 
DNF19Laurence BristowFord Sierra Cosworth RS500A 

A brief synopsis of the race from the review video:

Rouse makes a fantastic start from the pole to comfortably lead fellow-front-row-starter Mahony into Copse. Bristow spins out of third into retirement at Copse and was followed into the gravel by a fast-starting Mike O'Brien, who would extract himself and rejoin at the tail of the field. Rouse's comfortable lead evaporates exiting Copse on lap 2 as a turbo hose blows off. The Kaliber Sierra would rejoin the race after repairs, setting the fastest Class A lap on the way to 16th place at the finish.
New-leader Mahony is passed by a flying Goode, the Listerine Sierra appearing to have more power than the white Arquati car. However, it's all for naught as Goode's car retires with what appear to be engine problems. From there, Mahony carries on to a comfortable win. Frank Sytner takes the Class B win, whilst James Kaye (Volkswagen Golf GTi) and Phil Dowsett take the C and D class honors.


Jesper, I should be able to help you out a bit with results and colour for 1988. I have the review video, a full collection of Motorsport from 1988, and full results for rounds 6, 7, 8 and 9 from Autosport.
Thank you, William, for the review and your results table - that would be my preferred method of presenting the results too, but haven't found a way around that yet, but will give it a go soon. Didn't know there was a 1988 video review? Of all rounds?

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Didn't know there was a 1988 video review? Of all rounds?

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Yes, you'll find some on ebay I suspect. I had mine from new and it's quite a long runner!!

There's some '87 reviews that have been converted to DVD on there too, likely home converted versions but the one I brought plays properly. That might also be of interest to you.
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I think you are right about the Sands CC car. It didn't do the whole season, in fact I think it withdrew after the first handful of rounds. Anyone confirm this?

You may find the CC thread in History of further use chap:

http://tentenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112579
The Bob Sands CC Motorsport car only did the first four rounds AFAIK- (3rd at Silverstone, DNFs at Oulton & Thruxton, and 6th, sharing with Richard Jones at the Donington 1-hour race) but I don't think it was seen again- unless he appeared at the British GP support, which I think is one that's missing from my notes of 1988's results.
IIRC, a good pic of the car (which I think is only about the second pic I've ever seen of it on the web!) turned up on the Autosport Nostalgia Forum's RS500 thread a few weeks back- think I posted a link to it in 'our' RS500 thread.
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Added some info - lap times, positions and reasons for retirement. Confirmed that Wallis was a Drury entry, and Dowson ran Mahony's car. Hall's given time was that of Alan Minshaw. Rouse was a classified finisher.

Does that mean that Minshaw completed the race in 25:37.07 and that Godfrey Hall had an elapsed time betwin the Mike Smith time of 25:36.35 and 25:37.07? Close race, then!

Grid - Top 10 Rouse (A pole 57.86s), Mahony, Goode, Bristow, Hall, Sands, O'Brien, Sytner (B pole 59.71s), Newman, Hall;
11th to 20th - Harvey, Smith, Hodgetts, Minshaw, Buxtorf, Hathaway, Dowsett (D pole 1m04.42), Crudgington, Belcher, Shead (C pole 1m06.77s (DNS);
21st -to 24th - Wallis, Eaton, Kaye, Wiffen
Thank your updates, Tim. From your grid I would assume 24 cars and drivers were present for the opening round of which 23 started. Looking back a year there were 15 starters with an additional 3 non-starters, making 1989 looking a lot healthier.

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Everything will be appreciated, chunterer. Seeing the Dowson/Arquati entry for Jerry Mahony is in fact more userfriendly than just Dowson. Since I always associate Laurence Bristow with the Rouse-Labatt's car of 1989-90, it is nice to be made aware that he raced in CAM Shipping colours in 1988. I will give this a try in my next installment.

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Four Rouse-run Sierras appeared in '88- the Kaliber pair for Rouse and Guy Edwards, Pete Hall's ICS car (taken over by Robb Gravett & Mark Hales after mid-season) and the CAM Shipping car for Bristow. From memory, Bristow's car sometimes appeared on entry lists as being entered by 'Baynard Cars'
A (not particularly good) pic from the TT- I think the Shell Gemini backing might have been a one-off for this race, as Gravett shared the car with Bristow
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The Bob Sands CC Motorsport car only did the first four rounds AFAIK- (3rd at Silverstone, DNFs at Oulton & Thruxton, and 6th, sharing with Richard Jones at the Donington 1-hour race) but I don't think it was seen again- unless he appeared at the British GP support, which I think is one that's missing from my notes of 1988's results.
IIRC, a good pic of the car (which I think is only about the second pic I've ever seen of it on the web!) turned up on the Autosport Nostalgia Forum's RS500 thread a few weeks back- think I posted a link to it in 'our' RS500 thread.
I have quietly been guessing that the few Bob Sands/CC Motorsport races of 1988 could have been due to the dissolvement of the Peter Clarke and David Cook partnership, as Cook was race ready with Vauxhall for 1989.

Looking through late '88 Autosports that same shot seems to appear (haven't checked) in b/w in a sales advert. "Our" RS500 thread as the original, the first

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