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1987 Dunlop RAC British Touring Car Championship - Discussion & Results

About to be ready for the first of twelve 1987 races. As I have a full set of 1987 Autosports I have not only results and grids - at times partly - but also reports regarding each race. Therefore an altered format for my presentation. Hope you will enjoy, learn, add, correct in the good spirit the last week has been experienced by me

1987 RAC Dunlop British Touring Car Championship

New head sponsor and a twelve round series compared to nine rounds in 1986. Four classes retained from the previous year but all of them alteret a bit towards bigger engine displacement. Class A was open for unlimited ccs for the first time since 1975?

Classes:
Class A: above 2500 cc
Class B: 2001-2500 cc
Class C: 1601-2000 cc
Class D: under 1600 cc (possible 1001-1600 cc)

Points distribution according to the F1 style 9-6-4-3-2-1 points scale for top-6 class finishes with an additional 1 point for fastest lap time. Fewer than four starters drops the maximum score, but more about that later.

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Round 1 – April 12 1987, Silverstone

Support race to the FIA International F3000 championship opening round and was the first meeting where the new left-right chikane before Woodcote was used, presumably replacing the Woodcote chikane. British F3, Formula Ford and Renault 5 Elf Turbo UK Cup also on the bill.

Tim Harvey taking the start only to loose his engine on the second lap, thus leaving Dennis Leech and Andy Rouse to fight over the lead untill the Ford settled things two thirds of the way for a premier BTCC win for the new Sierra RS Cosworth.
David Carvell won what was initially a four way battle for third in his Rover, while the Sierras of Peter Hall and Graham Goode clashed at the new chikane on the very last lap. This was still good enough to net forth and fifth as sixth placed Graham Scarborough had a misfire throughout most of the race.
In the classes Mark Hales was pushed in the early going but won convincingly in the end. Jon Dooley pushed the Escort over the early laps in his new Alfa 75 Turbo, only to fall off the pace with failing boost pressure. Alfa teammate Rob Kirby was a spectator as his 75 wasn't ready in time.
Colin Pearcy was only class C starter when a Renault 5 GT Turbo failed to make the start.
Chris Hodgetts led a 1-2-3 CHMS Toyota succes but only because Geoff Kimber-Smith dropped out from second late in the race.

Roger Saunders won the supporting Renault 5 cup-race only to be disqualified ”for having a modified wastegate valve seat and a machined carburettor” in his Bedford Tyres/Unique entered car, according to Autosport. Was this Saunders own team?
Of other tid-bits the 2009 World Touring Car Champion Gabriele Tarquini finished 10th in the F3000 race while fellow WTCC competitor Alain Menu finished 6th in the Formula Ford race. Gary Brabham won the F3 race.

Grid:
1.Andy Rouse, 1:39.87 – class A pole
2.Dennis Leech, 1:42.84
3.Tim Harvey, 1:42.93
4.Peter Hall, 1:43.68
5.Graham Scarborough, 1:44.72
6.Graham Goode, 1:45.62
7.David Carvell, 1:46.32
8.Mark Hales, 1:48.22 – class B pole
9.Chris Hodgetts, 1:49.74 – class D pole
10.Colin Pearcy, 1:51.87 – class C pole
11.Jon Dooley, 1:52.30
12.Alan Minshaw, 1:53.69
13.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 1:53.92
14.Tony Crudgington, unknown – DNS
15.Paul Longfield, 1:57.25
16.unknown Renault 5, unknown time – DNS
17.unknown Mitsubishi, unknown time – DNS
18.Kevin Eaton, 2:35.53

An educated guess would suggest that 18 cars were present for the first round of the 1987 British group A series, 15 of those started the race. From the race report a standing start from a 2-2-2-etc. grid format seems likely.

Result:
1./ #1 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 25m58.83s / FL
2./ #4 / Dennis Leech / Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26m00.43s
3./ #? / David Carvell / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26m20.88s
4./ #2 / Peter Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26m27.29s
5./ #6 / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26m36.48s
6./ #3 / Graham Scarborough / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 27m05.59s
7./ #? / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 15 laps / 27m33.56s / FL
8./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 15 laps / 27m34.28 / FL
9./ #31 / Jon Dooley / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 14 laps
10./ #? / Alan Minshaw / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps
11./ #55 / Colin Pearcy / Pearcy? / C / MG Metro Turbo / 14 laps / FL
12./ #? / Paul Longfield / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps
DNFs
#? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT /12 laps / engine
#? / Kevin Eaton / Eaton? / B / Nissan Bluebird Turbo / 2 laps / unknown
#8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 1 lap / engine
DNS's
#? / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / electrics
#? / Graham Rose? / unknown / A / Mitsubishi Starion Turbo / water leak / prod. Saloon
#? / unknown / unknown / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / unknown / cup car
DNA
#30 / Rob Kirby / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / car not ready

Championship positions – Autosport
1.Andy Rouse, 10 points
1.Chris Hodgetts, 10 points
3.Mark Hales, 7 points
4.Dennis Leech, 6 points
4.Alan Minshaw, 6 points
6.Colin Pearcy, 5 points
..the rest are my calculations
7.David Carvell, 4 points
7.Jon Dooley, 4 points
7.Paul Longfield, 4 points
10.Peter Hall, 3 points
11.Graham Goode, 2 points
12.Graham Scarborough, 1 point

Seems as if four starters appeared in a class a full set of 9 points for a class win were up for graps. Three starters would drop the winning points figure to 6, while 1 (perhaps 2) would result in 4 points for a win.

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Round 2 – Good Friday April 17 1987, Oulton Park

New chikane introduced at Foulstons, so a new set of lap records will be established on the 4.456 km circuit.

This and the following race clashed with round 2 of the WTCC at Jarama held over the same weekend, depriving the Brits of Andy Rouse. Chris Hodgetts managed to squeeze in all three races though. Dennis Leech was at home nursing a hand that somehow got involved with a lawnmover (!), while Toyota drivers Tony Crudgington and Geoff Kimber-Smith hadn't sorted out their engine troubles from the opening round only five days earlier and was on the missing list as well. This would make the three CHMS Corollas the sole class D entries, with Hodgetts joined by Chuck Nicholson and Alex Moss for this race. Colin Pearcy was also missing from action, reason unknown.
The second Alfa 75 Turbo was ready though adding Rob Kirby to the field as would now former Renault Cup racer Roger Saunders. A third new entry was the Alan Docking run Holden Commodore VK for Mike O'Brien. The car had raced in the hands of Allan Grice back in Australia only five weeks earlier. The Mike Newman BMW 635CSi had been on British soil for some considerably longer time and would also see it's first 1987 race here at Oulton Park. This still only managed to end with 14 starters for the race.

Grid:
1.Mike O'Brien, 1:45.53 – class A pole
2.Tim Harvey, 1:45.92
3.Mike Newman, 1:47.97
4.David Carvell, 1:48.18
5.Graham Scarborough, 1:48.88
6.Graham Goode, 1:49.49
7.Peter Hall, 1:50.20
8.Chris Hodgetts, 1:50.40 – class D pole
9.Chuck Nicholson, 1:53.88
10.Jon Dooley, 1:55.76 – class B pole
11.Roger Saunders, 2:02.67 – class C pole
? Mark Hales, no time – 10 second delay at start
? Alex Moss, no time – 10 second delay at start
? Rob Kirby, no time – 10 second delay at start

Mike O’Brien took advantage of his pole and horse power to lead away from the grid, but was harassed by fellow front row man Tim Harvey. The Rover, with its front spoiler askew, was all over the back of the Holden Commodore and made a decisive move at the right hand Knickerbrook on lap 2. Harvey would soon be alone in front as the Australian V8 machine became a V7 and O’Brien an early retiree.
This left Mike Newman and his BMW 635 CSi in second, with David Carvell, Graham Goode and Graham Scarborough contesting third in the early laps. Goode brought the Listerine Sierra into contention by leaving this group and hunting down Newman, who he deposed of at mid-distance and even started to make in rows into Tim Harvey’s race lead. A couple of quick circuits by Harvey settled the matter. Mike Newman held on to third at the finish, but had Graham Scarborough and a slow starting Peter Hall on his tail by then. David Carvell fought deteriorating tyres and dropped out of this battle and finished a lonely sixth.
As at Silverstone Mark Hales finished best of the rest, but only when Chris Hodgetts decided to play a little with his teammates Chuck Nicholson and Alex Moss near the end of the race. The Alfa Romeo Dealer Team was up to two cars with Rob Kirby joining in a second 75 Turbo, but retired after but two laps with a melted piston, leaving Jon Dooley to challenge Mark Hales for class B honours. He did fine until a couple of wheel bolts left early in the race and had to settle for 12th and last beaten by lonely class C competitor Roger Saunders.

Results:
1./ #8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 14 laps / 25m36.81s / class winner - FL
2./ #6 / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 14 laps / 25m39.55s
3./ #10 / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 14 laps / 25m50.13s
4./ #3 / Graham Scarborough / Letchworth Roofing / A / Rover Vitesse / 14 laps / 25m51.43s
5./ #2 / Peter Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 14 laps / 25m53.49s
6./ #? / David Carvell / Appleyard / Rover Vitesse / 14 laps / 26m14.76s
7./ #? / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 14 laps / 26m48.72s / class winner – FL
8./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps / 27m12.91s / class winner - FL
9./ #? / Chuck Nicholson / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps / 27m13.17s
10./ #? / Alex Moss / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps / 27m13.62s
11./ #45? / Roger Saunders / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 13 laps / class winner – FL
12./ #31 / Jon Dooley / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 13 laps
DNFs
#7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 4 laps / overheating
#30 / Rob Kirby / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 2 laps / piston

Championship standing – my notes
1.Chris Hodgetts, 17 points (10+7)
2.Mark Hales, 14 points (7+7)
3.Andy Rouse, 10 points (10+0)
3.Tim Harvey, 10 points (0+10)
5.Graham Goode, 8 points (2+6)
6.5. Jon Dooley, 8 points (4+4)
7.Dennis Leech, 6 points (6+0)
7.Alan Minshaw, 6 points (6+0)
9.David Carvell, 5 points (4+1)
9.Peter Hall, 5 points (3+2)
9.Colin Pearcy, 5 points (5+0)
9.Roger Saunders, 5 points? (0+5?)
13.Mike Newman, 4 points (0+4)
13.Graham Scarborough, 4 points (1+3)
13.Paul Longfield, 4 points (4+0)
13.Chuck Nicholson, 4 points (0+4)
17.Alex Moss, 3 points (0+3)

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The stature of the British Saloon/Touring Car Championship as seen through Autosport. I have a full set of 1982 and 1987 and most copies from late 1988-2000. In '82 race reports were usually up front spanning 2-3 pages including separate qualifying and race results. By early 1987 this was reduced to reports and results squeezed into a pair of columns, sometimes just before the international second tier series. As the season progressed - as the actual racing proved to be quite good - the reports grew back to the sort of 1982 standard and stature, but is this rightly assumed?

A few thoughts about Brian Chatfield, too. He did have quite a few cars at his disposion, some with a historic record, but that also meant that they were obsolete when he raced them in the BTCC - did he have a money tree or a rich uncle? I remember him from the late 80s/early 90s when he seemed to have specialised in ancient group 2 or 5 BMWs, running in various modified saloon/Thunder Saloon series.
The story of his 1985 GAA engine block in his Capri makes me wonder why he would pull such a stunt, but then again, I don't know the person or his personality - or if that explains his moves.

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Round 2 – Good Friday April 17 1987, Oulton Park

This and the following race clashed with round 2 of the WTCC at Jarama held over the same weekend, depriving the Brits of Andy Rouse. Chris Hodgetts managed to squeeze in all three races though. Dennis Leech was at home nursing a hand that somehow got involved with a lawnmover (!), while Toyota drivers Tony Crudgington and Geoff Kimber-Smith hadn't sorted out their engine troubles from the opening round only five days earlier and was on the missing list as well. This would make the three CHMS Corollas the sole class D entries, with Hodgetts joined by Chuck Nicholson and Alex Moss for this race. Colin Pearcy was also missing from action, reason unknown.
According to my version of the result (from acombination of this Autosport report, and the Motoring News report, Alan Minshaw also appeared here in free practice at least, and possibly in official qualifying in one of the CHMS Corollas- I think the Nicholson car. He may well have qualified (I have a time of 1m57.41 recorded) but clearly didn't race. I wonder, was this an insurance policy for the team to have 3 drivers present and qualified in case Chris couldn't get back from Jarama in time, or was there some question over who would race the Nicholson car
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Round 1 – April 12 1987, Silverstone

Support race to the FIA International F3000 championship opening round and was the first meeting where the new left-right chikane before Woodcote was used, presumably replacing the Woodcote chikane. British F3, Formula Ford and Renault 5 Elf Turbo UK Cup also on the bill.

Roger Saunders won the supporting Renault 5 cup-race only to be disqualified ”for having a modified wastegate valve seat and a machined carburettor” in his Bedford Tyres/Unique entered car, according to Autosport. Was this Saunders own team?

Grid:
1.Andy Rouse, 1:39.87 – class A pole
2.Dennis Leech, 1:42.84
3.Tim Harvey, 1:42.93
4.Peter Hall, 1:43.68
5.Graham Scarborough, 1:44.72
6.Graham Goode, 1:45.62
7.David Carvell, 1:46.32
8.Mark Hales, 1:48.22 – class B pole
9.Chris Hodgetts, 1:49.74 – class D pole
10.Colin Pearcy, 1:51.87 – class C pole
11.Jon Dooley, 1:52.30
12.Alan Minshaw, 1:53.69
13.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 1:53.92
14.Tony Crudgington, unknown – DNS
15.Paul Longfield, 1:57.25
16.unknown Renault 5, unknown time – DNS
17.unknown Mitsubishi, unknown time – DNS
18.Kevin Eaton, 2:35.53

An educated guess would suggest that 18 cars were present for the first round of the 1987 British group A series, 15 of those started the race. From the race report a standing start from a 2-2-2-etc. grid format seems likely.

Result:
1./ #1 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 25m58.83s / FL
2./ #4 / Dennis Leech / Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26m00.43s
3./ #? / David Carvell / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26m20.88s
4./ #2 / Peter Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26m27.29s
5./ #6 / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26m36.48s
6./ #3 / Graham Scarborough / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 27m05.59s
7./ #? / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 15 laps / 27m33.56s / FL
8./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 15 laps / 27m34.28 / FL
9./ #31 / Jon Dooley / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 14 laps
10./ #? / Alan Minshaw / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps
11./ #55 / Colin Pearcy / Pearcy? / C / MG Metro Turbo / 14 laps / FL
12./ #? / Paul Longfield / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps
DNFs
#? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT /12 laps / engine
#? / Kevin Eaton / Eaton? / B / Nissan Bluebird Turbo / 2 laps / unknown
#8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 1 lap / engine
DNS's
#? / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / electrics
#? / Graham Rose? / unknown / A / Mitsubishi Starion Turbo / water leak / prod. Saloon
#? / unknown / unknown / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / unknown / cup car
DNA
#30 / Rob Kirby / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / car not ready
From my notes, the mystery prodsaloon Starion might have been the car of Graham Rose- who I must admit to knowing absolutely nothing about.
I don't have any indication of who the Renault was- maybe Saunders?

Thanks for posting this- although I've got the race results for the whole season, some of them are missing times, qualifying times etc, and the original source material I used for my notes is stored 200 miles away...
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Round 3 – Easter Monday March 20 1987 Thruxton

Third race within 8 days.

17 cars turned up for the third round of the 1987 BTCC. This was reduced to 15 when series leader Chris Hodgetts crashed his Corolla during qualifying and Rob Kirby loost the engine in his Alfa 75. The Hodgetts accident would start a session of musical chairs within the CHMS team, with Paul Longfield handing over his car to the boss, only for Longfield himself replacing Alex Moss in the third team car.

Grid:
1.Dennis Leech, 1:25.59 – class A pole
2.Graham Scarborough, 1:26.21
3.David Carvell, 1:26.73
4.Tim Harvey, 1:27.00
5.Mike O'Brien, 1:27.12
6.Mike Newman, 1:27.24
7.Peter Hall, 1:28.33
8.Chris Hodgetts, 1:28.52 – class D pole
9.Graham Goode, 1:29.78
10.Mark Hales, 1:31.00 – class B pole
11.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 1:31.70
12.Jon Dooley, 1:33.05
13.David Grimshaw, 1:35.49 – class C pole
14.Paul Longfield, 1:38.62
15.Roger Saunders, 1:47.97
16.Rob Kirby, no time – piston

15 drivers and their teams headed off for 16 laps into the unknown regarding tyre wear on the new surface. From pole Dennis Leech lead away to a start to finish win with his nearest challengers gradually falling off. Graham Scarborough and Mike Newman was disputing second position from the first lap with Scarborough the winner thus giving him opportunity to haunt Leech for the lead. It ended at Allard on lap 5 at which point Newman was already on a down slide eventually finishing seventh with the remains of his tyres. This graduated Tim Harvey as nearest challenger for the lead, only to find himself in tyre trouble and pit bound for a new set of rear covers. The stop only made matters worse for the front tyres and at lap 10 Tim joined the list of retirees.
David Carvell made a bit for the lead midway through the race but found the two class C Renaults in his path which gave Graham Goode a chance to catch up. So he did and within a lap the Sierra was in second to the finish. A tyre troubled Mike O’Brien was a distant fourth while Chris Hodgetts, Class D contender and spare car et all, was fifth ahead of an anominous Peter Hall in the sole ICS Sierra.
While Hodgetts was harassing the big boys fellow Corolla contender Geoff Kimber-Smith spent the race challenging Mark Hales and his Turbo Escort for eight overall with Paul Longfield a distant 10th – Alex Moss never made the trip. Roger Saunders won the Renault class C by default as David Grimshaw was disqualified for a fire extinguisher infringement, while Jon Dooley finished as tail end Charly for the second race in a row. This time it was tyre related.

Results:
1./ #4 / Dennis Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:16.12 / class winner
2./ #6 / Graham Goode / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:20.67
3./ #? / David Carvell / RW Potter / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:25.86
4./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 16 laps / 23:40.46 - FL
5./ #? / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 23:48.45 / class D winner – FL (car intended for Paul Longfield)
6./ #2 / Peter Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 16 laps / 23:59.98
7./ #? / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 16 laps / 24:03.91
8./ #? / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 16 laps / 24:19.44 / class B winner – FL
9./ #? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 24:20.08
10./ #? / Paul Longfield / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 24:50.21 / (car intended for Alex Moss, who did not arrive)
11./ #45 / Roger Saunders / Saunders? / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 15 laps / class C winner – FL
12./ #31 / Jon Dooley / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 15 laps
DSQ
#? / David Grimshaw / unknown / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 15 laps / fire extinguisher infringement
DNFs
#8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 10 laps / handling
#3 / Graham Scarborough / Letchworth Roofing / A / Rover Vitesse / 4 laps / unknown
DNSs
#30 / Rob Kirby / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / piston
#66? / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / accident

Points – my notes
1.Chris Hodgetts, 24 points (10+7+7)
2.Mark Hales, 19 points (7+7+5)
3.Dennis Leech, 15 points (6+0+9)
4.Graham Goode, 14 points (2+6+6)
5.Jon Dooley, 11 points (4+4+3)
6.Andy Rouse, 10 points (10+0+0)
6.Tim Harvey, 10 points (0+10+0)
8.David Carvell, 9 points (4+1+4)
9.Paul Longfield, 7 points (4+0+3)
9.Peter Hall, 7 points (3+2+2)
11.Alan Minshaw, 6 points (6+0+0)
12.Colin Pearcy, 5 points (5+0+0)
12.Roger Saunders, 5 points (0+0+5)
12.Mike Newman, 5 points (0+4+1)
15.Chuck Nicholson, 4 points (0+4+0)
15.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 4 points (0+0+4)
15.Mike O'Brien, 4 points (0+0+4)
15.Graham Scarborough, 4 points (1+3+0)
19.Alex Moss, 3 points (0+3+0)

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Round 3 – Easter Monday March 20 1987 Thruxton

Results:
1./ #4 / Dennis Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:16.12 / class winner
2./ #6 / Graham Goode / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:20.67
3./ #5 / David Carvell / RW Potter / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:25.86
4./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 16 laps / 23:40.46 - FL
5./ #66? / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 23:48.45 / class D winner – FL (car intended for Paul Longfield)
6./ #2 / Peter Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 16 laps / 23:59.98
7./ #10 / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 16 laps / 24:03.91
8./ #38 / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 16 laps / 24:19.44 / class B winner – FL
9./ #71? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 24:20.08
10./ #? / Paul Longfield / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 24:50.21 / (car intended for Alex Moss, who did not arrive)
11./ #45 / Roger Saunders / Saunders? / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 15 laps / class C winner – FL
12./ #31 / Jon Dooley / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 15 laps
DSQ
#? / David Grimshaw / unknown / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 15 laps / fire extinguisher infringement
DNFs
#8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 10 laps / handling
#3 / Graham Scarborough / Letchworth Roofing / A / Rover Vitesse / 4 laps / unknown
DNSs
#30 / Rob Kirby / Dooley / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / piston
#66? / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / accident


Added missing race numbers in bold. No idea which numbers ended up on the CHMS Corollas, I'm assuming Hodgetts ran with his regular #66
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Round 4 – Monday May 25 1987, Thruxton

After a five week break the British touring car fraternity was at it again, and as at the previous round Thruxton was the scene. Andy Rouse was back in the second ICS Ford Sierra RS Cosworth in a much respected shared third within the class A championship with Tim Harvey. New on the scene was Bill Griffin in an ex-Jean-Louis Schlesser Rover Vitesse that had previously seen action in the 1985 French series, and thus the Griffin entry was still sporting the distinct white and Day-Glo red Marlboro paint job. This made it a season record of 10 cars in the top division. Class B was still about Mark Hales and his Terry Drury Escort RS Turbo and the two Alfa Romeo 75 Turbos. This time Jon Dooley would be the spectator with a broken engine. Roger Saunders would be the lonely Class C contender in his Renault now upgraded to full group A specification, while Chris Hodgetts would concentrate on just one Corolla, but joined by fellow Toyota contenders Geoff Kimber-Smith and Tony Crudgington. After a 18 month lay off Phil Dowsett would make it the crucial maximum point scoring forth class C contender with the Julian May run Ford Escort RS1600i.

Grid:
1./ #1 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 1:22.58 / class A pole
2./ #8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 1:24.55
3./ #4 / Dennis Leech / Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 1:25.13
4./ #5 / David Carvell / Richard Potter / A / Rover Vitesse / 1:25.74
5./ #6 / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 1:26.12
6./ #3 / Graham Scarborough / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 1:26.15
7./ #10 / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 1:26.47
8./ #2 / Pete Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 1:26.51
9./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 1:26.98
10./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1:27.49 / class D pole
11./ #? / Bill Griffin / Griffin? / A / Rover Vitesse / 1:28.65
12./ #38 / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 1:29.30 / class B pole
13./ #71? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1:29.71
14./ #? / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 1:30.53
15./ #31 / Jon Dooley / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 1:30.89
16./ #30 / Rob Kirby / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 1:31.40
17./ #? / Phil Dowsett / North Essex Racing / D / Ford Escort RS1600i / 1:32.26
18./ #45 / Roger Saunders / Saunders? / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 1:34.43 / class C pole

Come race day and it was the Tim Harvey Rover that took the lead from the pole sitting Ford Sierra of Andy Rouse. The front row twins would have a dog fight through out the whole race with Harvey leading the first two thirds. Rouse made a successive bid for the lead on lap 9 only to face the Vitesse tail lights four laps later. Harvey had obviously learned a thing about tyre choices from the previous round, but was still the looser to a late race Rouse attack. Andy put in a decisive last lap to leave Tim a healthy three seconds adrift in second. Rover men David Carvell and previous round winner Dennis Leech was at it for third. Suffering from some wrong noises from the rear axle, Leech finally lost the battle in a last lap clash with Carvell. While Leech was busy pointing his car in the right position, Carvell crossed the line in third. Fifth went to an unspectacular Mike O’Brien and his Australian Commodore beating a once again tyre troubled Mike Newman. Class A contenders Graham Scarborough and the misfiring Ford Sierra of Peter Hall made it to the line too but in a distant seventh and eleventh overall. After a pair of fine second place finishes, Graham Goode lost his turbo and retired midrace, while Bill Griffin lasted a few laps longer before his engine expired.
Among the rest Geoff Kimber-Smith did the best beating Chris Hodgetts. Hodgetts held the initial lead but was beaten by tyre wear and once again followed the taillights of the class B winning Mark Hales Escort to the flag. Rob Kirby would do what Alfa Romeo teammate Jon Dooley did in practice retiring with a broken turbo. Tony Crudgington finished third in class D beating Escort mounted Phil Dowsett in the process. Class C winner Roger Saunders managed a finish in between the two to add another unchallenged win.

Result:
1./ #1 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 16 laps / 22:45.29 / FL
2./ #8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 22:48.53
3./ #5 / David Carvell / Richard Potter / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:08.17
4./ #4 / Dennis Leech / Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:21.59
5./ #7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 16 laps / 23:40.70
6./ #10 / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 16 laps / 23:43.00
7./ #3 / Graham Scarborough / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 16 laps / 23:53.47
8./ #71? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 23:59.34
9./ #38 / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 16 laps / 24:04.25 / FL
10./ #2 / Pete Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 16 laps / 24:07.21
11./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 16 laps / 24:08.23 / FL
12./ #? / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 15 laps
13./ #45 / Roger Saunders / Saunders? / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 15 laps / FL
14./ #? / Phil Dowsett / Julian May / D / Ford Escort RS1600i / 15 laps
DNFs
#? / Bill Griffin / Griffin? / A / Rover Vitesse / 9 laps / engine
#? / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 7 laps / turbo
#30 / Rob Kirby / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 6 laps / turbo
DNS
#31 / Jon Dooley / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / turbo

Championship standings:
1.Chris Hodgetts, 31 points (10+7+7+7)
2.Mark Hales, 24 points (7+7+5+5)
3.Andy Rouse, 20 points (10+0+0+10)
4.Dennis Leech, 18 points (6+0+9+3)
5.Tim Harvey, 16 points (0+10+0+6)
6.Graham Goode, 14 points (2+6+6+0)
7.David Carvell, 13 points (4+1+4+4)
7.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 13 points (0+0+4+9)
9.Jon Dooley, 11 points (4+4+3+0)
10.Pete Hall, 7 points (3+2+2+0)
10.Paul Longfield, 7 points (4+0+3+0)
12.Alan Minshaw, 6 points (6+0+0+0)
12.Mike Newman, 6 points (0+4+1+1)
12.Mike O'Brien, 6 points (0+0+4+2)
15.Colin Pearcy, 5 points (5+0+0+0)
15.Roger Saunders, 5 points (0+0+5+0)
17.Graham Scarborough, 4 points (1+3+0+0)
17.Chuck Nicholson, 4 points (0+4+0+0)
17.Tony Crudgington, 4 points (0+0+0+4)
20.Alex Moss, 3 points (0+3+0+0)
20.Phil Dowsett, 3 points (0+0+0+3)


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Round 5 – Sunday June 7 1987, Silverstone

The entry list was virtually a copy of the previous Thruxton date two weeks earlier, making it five Rovers and a Commodore to make up the V8 brigade with Mike Newman’s 635 adding another normally aspirated class A car against the three Turbo Sierras of Andy Rouse, Peter Hall and Graham Goode. In class B both Alfa Romeos were sort of running against Mark Hales, while Roger Saunders once again was sole class C contender. Among the toddlers it was another Chris Hodgetts vs. Geoff Kimber-Smith Corolla battle against Tony Crudgington and Phil Dowsett. Hodgetts making things busy by also racing at the Zolder ETCC meeting as well.

Grid:
1.Andy Rouse, 1:40.01 – class A pole
2.Tim Harvey, 1:42.17
3.Graham Goode, 1:43.41
4.Pete Hall, 1:44.50
5.David Carvell, 1:44.98
6.Mike Newman, 1:45.68
7.Graham Scarborough, 1:45.83
8.Mike O'Brien, 1:46.11
9.Dennis Leech, 1:46.37
10.Chris Hodgetts, 1:50.13 – class D pole
11.Jon Dooley, 1:51.72 – class B pole
12.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 1:51.87
13.Mark Hales, 1:52.50
14.Tony Crudgington, 1:53.18
15.Rob Kirby, 1:57.20
16.Roger Saunders, 1:57.31 – class C pole
17.Phil Dowsett, 1:57.89
18.Bill Griffin, 2:05.88

In a repeat performance from the opening round Tim Harvey started proceedings by squeezing Andy Rouse up against the pit wall and took the lead while Mike O’Brien blew the clutch and retired on the spot. The frantic battle for the lead between Harvey and Rouse allowed Graham Goode, Peter Hall and Dennis Leech to join in on the fun with the occasional swapping of paint. It was lap 7 when the Rover V8 engine spluttered immediately allowing Rouse, Leech and Hall through. Peter Hall was soon to loose out with a spin at Club repeating the feat on two consecutive laps! At the first spin Graham Goode was delayed. Hall team mate and race leader Andy Rouse pitted into retirement on lap 13 with a blown turbo, leaving the lead and victory to Tim Harvey. Dennis Leech was second nursing a front tyre cut into by dented bodywork. This allowed Graham Goode to close right up to the black Rover at the finish. David Carvell was a fine if lonesome forth ahead of Mike Newman who just managed to keep onto fifth from a hard charging Peter Hall, who had the honour of posting the fastest race lap. Bill Griffin was final class A finisher just outside the points in seventh position.
Jon Dooley lead away in class B only for his gearbox to blow on lap two, while Rob Kirby was unceremoniously punted into the barriers at Stowe while being lapped by Dennis Leech mid race. This left Mark Hales unopposed to a fifth class B win on the trot and best of the rest in eight. Chris Hodgetts brought order back to class D by winning with a four second margin over Geoff Kimber-Smith. Phil Dowsett broke the Corolla stranglehold by beating Tony Crudgington in the fight for third in class sandwiching class C winner Roger Saunders in the process.

Results:
1./ #8 / Tim Harvey / Maguire / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26:01.15
2./ #4 / Dennis Leech / Leech / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26:02.29 / class A win
3./ #6 / Graham Goode / Goode / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26:02.66
4./ #5 / David Carvell / Potter / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 26:29.95
5./ #10 / Mike Newman / Newman / A / BMW 635CSi / 15 laps / 26:40.71
6./ #2 / Pete Hall / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 15 laps / 26:40.82 – FL
7./ #? / Bill Griffin / Griffin? / A / Rover Vitesse / 15 laps / 27:07:45
8./ #38 / Mark Hales / Drury / B / Ford Escort RS Turbo / 15 laps / 27:40.95 / class win – FL
9./ #66 / Chris Hodgetts / Hodgetts / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 15 laps / 27:47.30 / class win – FL
10./ #71? / Geoff Kimber-Smith / Kimber-Smith / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 15 laps / 27:51.71
11./ #? / Phil Dowsett / North Essex Racing / D / Ford Escort RS1600i / 14 laps
12./ #45 / Roger Saunders / Saunders? / C / Renault 5 GT Turbo / 14 laps / class winner – FL
13./ #? / Tony Crudgington / Crudgington / D / Toyota Corolla GT / 14 laps
DNFs
#1 / Andy Rouse / Rouse / A / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth / 13 laps / turbo
#30 / Rob Kirby / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 8 laps / accident
#3 / Graham Scarborough / unknown / A / Rover Vitesse / 1 lap / unknown
#31 / Jon Dooley / ARDT / B / Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo / 1 lap / gearbox
#7 / Mike O'Brien / Docking / A / Holden Commodore VK / 0 laps / clutch

Championship standings
1.Chris Hodgetts, 41 points (10+7+7+7+10)
2.Mark Hales, 31 points (7+7+5+5+7)
3.Tim Harvey, 25 points (0+10+0+6+9)
4.Dennis Leech, 24 points (6+0+9+3+6)
5.Andy Rouse, 20 points (10+0+0+10+0)
6.Geoff Kimber-Smith, 19 points (0+0+4+9+6)
7.Graham Goode, 18 points (2+6+6+0+4)
8.David Carvell, 16 points (4+1+4+4+3)
9.Jon Dooley, 11 points (4+4+3+0+0)
10.Pete Hall, 9 points (3+2+2+0+2)
11.Mike Newman, 8 points (0+4+1+1+2)
12.Paul Longfield, 7 points (4+0+3+0+0)
12.Tony Crudgington, 7 points (0+0+0+4+3)
12.Phil Dowsett, 7 points (0+0+0+3+4)
15.Alan Minshaw, 6 points (6+0+0+0+0)
15.Mike O'Brien, 6 points (0+0+4+2+0)
17.Colin Pearcy, 5 points (5+0+0+0+0)
17.Roger Saunders, 5 points (0+0+5+0+0)
19.Graham Scarborough, 4 points (1+3+0+0+0)
19.Chuck Nicholson, 4 points (0+4+0+0+0)
21.Alex Moss, 3 points (0+3+0+0+0)

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I will probably be off line for some days - computer related issues it seems. Please do keep up with additions, deletions, corrections or what ever takes you.

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Mike O'Brien won at Snetterton soon after.

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Just to keep the thread ticking over- I don't have the full race report, but I think this is most of the result, plus my own thoughts on the entry. I'm missing the qualifying times and some of the race times

Round 6, Silverstone, 12 July 1987 British GP support. 15 laps.

As usual in this period, the GP support brought out a quite a few extra cars. Several were making their first appearances of the year, including the return of Dave Brodie's Starion, Brian Chatfield debuting an ex-TWR Bastos Rover, Karl Jones in a Duckhams-backed Escort RS Turbo and Alan Minshaw's Golf (Did Minshaw run his Group A Golf here, or his Prodsaloon? Similarly, was Jones in his regular Prodsaloon Escort, or a Group A example?)
Rob Kirby's troublesome Alfa was back in 1986 V6-spec, rather than as the 75 Turbo seen in earlier races.
The debutants also included a couple of very significant additions to the entry list- the debut of Frank Sytner's Prodrive M3 and Tiff Needell in the TOM'S GB front-drive Corolla. Both would have a major impact in their respective classes in the future.
A number of Prodsaloon Cosworths, Renault 5 Turbo Cup cars and Paul Harmer's Prodsaloon Astra also joined the party

There were also a couple of significant absentees from the originally published entry list- TWR originally entered two cars, one of their so far unraced Commdores for Walkinshaw, and a Rover for Jeff Allam. Tom and Jeff went instead to the Nurburgring WTCC round with the VL. As I remember, this turn of events was rumoured in the previews for both races in either Autosport or MN
Andy Rouse was also absent on WTCC duty, but his ICS Cosworth was present, in the hands of Win Percy, who qualified on pole,from the returning Brodie, and the Rovers of Tim Harvey and Dennis Leech. Fastest class B runner was Sytner in 5th. I think Hodgetts was fastest 1600, but I don't know who took Class C pole

The race went to Percy, Sytner taking Class B, Roger Saunders Class C, and Hodgetts Class D.

Full result:

1./#1/Win Percy/Rouse-ICS/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth/15 laps/ 25m51.29
2./#9/Dave Brodie/BBW Turbosport/A/Mitsubishi Starion/15 laps/25m54.04
3./#33/Frank Sytner/Prodrive/B/BMW M3/15 laps/15 laps/25m56.23
4./#6/Graham Goode/Goode/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth/15 laps/25m58.41
5./#8/Tim Harvey/Maguire-Istel/A/Rover Vitesse/15 laps/26m00.63
6./#2/Pete Hall/Rouse-ICS/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth/15 laps/26m04.68
7./#4/Dennis Leech/Leech/A/Rover Vitesse/15 laps/26m04.96
8./#7/Mike O'Brien/Docking/A/Holden Commodore VK/15 laps/26m34.72
9./#3/Graham Scarborough/Letchworth Roofing/A/Rover Vitesse/15 laps/26m36.74
10./#10/Mike Newman/Newman/A/BMW635CSi/15 laps/26m41.48
11./#??/Brian Chatfield/Chatfield/A/Rover Vitesse/15 laps/26m45.63
12./#66/Chris Hodgetts/CHMS/D/Toyota Corolla GT/14 laps
13./#71/Geoff Kimber-Smith/AGK/D/Toyota Corolla GT/14 laps
14./#??/Will Hoy/CHMS/D/Toyota Corolla GT/14 laps
15./#30/Rob Kirby/ARDT/B/Alfa Romeo 75V6/14 laps
16./#70/Tiff Needell/TOM'S GB/D/Toyota Corolla GT (fwd)/14 laps
17./#??/Roger Saunders/UniqueAir/C/Renault 5GT Turbo/14 laps
18./#31/Jon Dooley/ARDT/B/Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
19./#74/Phil Dowsett/North Essex/D/Ford Escort RS1600i
20./#55/Colin Pearct/Smith & Latimer/C/MG Metro Turbo
21./#62/Tony Crudgington/Crudgington/D/Toyota Corolla GT
22./#42/Alan Minshaw/Demon Tweeks/C/VW Golf GTi
23./#??/Alex Postan/Postan/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
24./#??/David Grimshaw/Darlington Garages?/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
25./#??/Niki Phillips/Phillips/Renault 5GT Turbo
26./#??/Les Germain/Germain/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
27./#??/Anthony Pownall/Pownall/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
28./#??/Paul Harmer/Harmer/C/Vauxhall Astra GTE 8v (prodsaloon)

DNF
#16/Robb Gravett/Hathaway-Arquati/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth(prodsaloon)- overheating?
#22/Karl Jones/Asquith/B/Ford Escort RS Turbo- turbo failure?
#5/Dave Carvell/R.A. Potter/A/Rover Vitesse- ??
#18/Jerry Mahony/Dowson-Arquati/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (prodsaloon) -overheating?
#19/Dave Morgan/TCCS Racing/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (prodsaloon)- engine?
#38/Mark Hales/Drury/B/Ford Escort RS Turbo- 5 laps- overheating
#15/Mike Smith/Abbott Racing-Mobil 1/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (prodsaloon)- 4 laps- puncture
#32/Kevin Eaton/East Midlands Transport/B/Nissan Bluebird Turbo- gearbox

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Round 7, Brands Hatch 26/7/87. Not sure of the race distance, and I don't seem to have the grid or race times.

After the GP support, the entry reduced to more usual proportions, although there were still a few extra cars here at Brands

Result as far as I know

1./#8/Tim Harvey/Maguire-Istel/A/Rover Vitesse
2./#4/Dennis Leech/Leech/A/Rover Vitesse
3./#1/Andy Rouse/Rouse-ICS/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
4./#2/Pete Hall/Rouse-ICS/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
5./#7/Mike O'Brien/Docking/A/Holden Commodore VK
6./#??/Brian Chatfield/Chatfield/A/Rover Vitesse
7./#66/Chris Hodgetts/CHMS/D/Toyota Corolla GT
8./#71/Geoff Kimber-Smith/AGK/D/Toyota Corolla GT
9./#31/Jon Dooley/ARDT/B/Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
10./#??/Alex Moss/CHMS/D/Toyota Corolla GT
11./#55/Colin Pearct/Smith & Latimer/C/MG Metro Turbo
12./#??/Alan Minshaw/Demon Tweeks/C/VW Golf GTi
13./#??/Roger Saunders/UniqueAir/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
14./#38/Mark Hales/Drury/B/Ford Escort RS Turbo
15./#??/Peter? Gottlieb/Gottlieb/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
16./#??/Paul Harmer/Harmer/C/Vauxhall Astra GTE 8v (prodsaloon)

DQ#22/Karl Jones/Asquith/B/Ford Escort RS Turbo-any idea why he was disqualified?

DNF
DNF./#??/Les Germain/Germain/C/Renault 5GT Turbo
DNF./#18/Jerry Mahony/Dowson-Arquati/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth (prodsaloon)
DNF./#5/Dave Carvell/R.A. Potter/A/Rover Vitesse
DNF./#30/Rob Kirby/ARDT/B/Alfa Romeo 75V6
DNF./#33/Frank Sytner/Prodrive/B/BMW M3
DNF./#3/Graham Scarborough/Letchworth Roofing/A/Rover Vitesse
DNF./#6/Graham Goode/Goode/A/Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
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I'm taking my imaginary hat off for you, KA. Thank you for posting these two mid season race results. Especially as I didn't knew the full results of the GP support race anyway, but only had top 6 class results to go by. I will return in a short while and continue with results for the 1987 season. Untill then it's a merry Christmas to everybody.

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