Although only eight cars took the grid this was to be a thrilling race.
It was dry and bright, but the track was still damp away from the racing
line, when the red lights went out just after 10.15. David Thomas got a
fantastic start from the outside of the second row, benefiting from being
on the dry line, to head the field into the first corner. Mark Osborne got
of his front row position a little to promptly for the Clerk of the Course
and was penalised 10 seconds.
David Thomas led Roger Stanford across the line at the end of the first
lap. They were followed by Mark Osborne, as yet unaware of his penalty,
Steve Primett, David Hall (Firenza), Neil Bray and David Howard in his
Next time round David Howard managed to pass Neil on braking for Honda
(the last bend) when Neil had to touch the brakes as he was so close
behind David Hall.
By lap five David Thomas was having to work very hard to stay in front
of Roger Stanford. Roger was definitely faster, but whatever part of the
track he needed there was a blue and white Capri in the way. Behind the
leading battle came Steve Primett who now had a small gap on Mark Osborne.
Then there was a sizeable gap to the Hall - Howard - Bray battle where the
order changed again when Neil passed David Howard again in the complex
after the pits.
On lap six Roger passed the pits jammed right up Dave Thomas's boot
lid, but the action was behind. Neil touched the rear of David Hall's car
going round Honda, sending Neil into a huge spin onto the grass. David
Hall continued OK and how David Howard, who was following Neil, didn't hit
him nobody will never know but he didnít! Neil stopped just before the
tyre wall but it took a long time to get sufficient grip on the wet grass
to regain the circuit and Tony Crates went past.
Starting their last lap the four leading cars were nose to tail, in the
order Thomas, Stanford, Primett, Osborne. They were 20 seconds in front of
David Howard who had established a gap on David Hall who now had Tony
Crates only 3 seconds behind with Neil was a long way back after his spin.
With half a lap to go Steve Primett got alongside Roger Stanford, they
touched wheels, launching Steve over the kerb. He didn't spin but the
incident allowed Mark Osborne to slip by into third on the road although
his penalty would push him back to fourth. And that's how it ended, apart
from Tony Crates dropping right back but still staying well ahead of Neil.
Dave Thomas was a worthy winner, displaying superb racecraft to hold
the faster Roger Stanford at bay for the whole race after his fantastic
start. Steve Primett set the fastest lap of the race on lap six, and
possibly was the fastest man on the track towards the end, but had no
chance of passing the two wily old foxes in front of him.
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(NB:- David Howard was driving Escort RS2000 in Class C not
The weather was fine, and the track dry, when the red lights went out.
Don Hughes left his second row grid slot like a rocket to take the lead as
the field rounded Dibeni for the first time, ahead of Roger Stanford
(BMW), pole sitter Steve Cripps (Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000) and Mark Fowler
(Capri). Neil got of the line well and tried to get by David Thomas who
was immediately ahead of him on the grid. David was having none of that
and Neil had to ease off and take to the grass to avoid contact. Alongside
him David Howard was able to take advantage of the confusion, getting his
Escort up to sixth just behind Jim McLouglin and ahead of David Thomas who
re-passed around the back of the circuit.
Neil lost a place at the end of the second lap when Jeremy Knight
powered his Capri alongside the Fiesta on the end of the Pit Straight,
took the inside line and Neil decided to let discretion take the place of
valour and allowed the Capri past on the brakes. Come the next lap Mark
Fowler, whose Capri is on song again after having engine issues for a few
races, did exactly the same thing to Steve Cripps to move up to third
place. Neil wasnít going to give up and pushed the Capri very hard, having
a major moment at Honda in the process.
At the half way point Don Hughes had pulled out a three second
advantage over Roger Stanford who had Mark Fowler right behind him. The
battle wasnít for position though, as it was announced that Roger had been
penalised 10 seconds for a start line infringement. After a gap came four
more Capriís Martin West and Dave Thomas, a gap then Jim McLoughlin and
As the race drew to a close Roger Stanford drew closer to Don Hughes
but there was no catching the Golf, who went on to take the second
consecutive win by a class D car. After his penalty, Roger was relegated
to fourth behind Mark Fowler and Steve Cripps. Martin West had a good race
to finish fifth but David Thomas slipped back into the clutches of Jim
McLoughlin and David Margalies who entertained us with a three Capri
battle for many laps, Jimís Ric Wood engine banging and spitting flame on
David Howard slipped back after his good start but finished ahead of
Jeremy Knight who finished just a second ahead of Neil, David Scriven and
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(NB:- David Howard was driving an Escort RS2000 in Class C
not as shown. Jeremy Knight was driving a Capri in Class B not as shown).
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