1981 British Saloon Car Championship season

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1981 British Saloon Car Championship
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The 1981 Tricentrol RAC British Saloon Car Championship, was the 24th season of the championship. Win Percy won his second consecutive drivers title in his Mazda RX-7.

Teams & Drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds
Gordon Spice Racing Ford Capri III 3.0S 1 England Gordon Spice D 1–4, 6–11
2 England Stuart Graham D 1–2
England Phil Martin-Dye 3–11
Equipe Esso VMW Motors Ford Capri III 3.0S 3 England Vince Woodman D All
4 England Jonathan Buncombe D 2, 4, 6–7, 10
CSH Racing with Esso
and the Daily Mirror
Ford Capri III 3.0S 5 England Charles Sawyer-Hoare D 1–4, 6–11
6 England Andy Rouse D All
Patrick Motorsport Rover 3500 S 7 Australia Brian Muir D All
8 United Kingdom Rex Greenslade D All
 ? South Africa Rad Dougall D 11
TWRDaily Express
Mazda Motorsport/TWR
Team BP
Rover 3500 S 9 England Jeff Allam D All
10 England Pete Lovett D 1, 5–11
Mazda RX-7 20 England Win Percy C 1–10
25 England Barry Sheene C 1
England Chuck Nicholson 8–11
Audi 80 GLE 42 England Martin Brundle B All
43 England Stirling Moss B All
Bestmoor Silencers Ford Capri III 3.0S 11 England Graham Goode D 1, 3–4, 6–8, 11
Dennis Leech Ford Capri III 3.0S 13 England Dennis Leech D 2–5, 8–10
Track Marshall Ford Capri III 3.0S 15 England Chuck Nicholson D 1–7
Richard Grant Racing Ford Capri III 3.0S 16 England Mike Kimpton D 1, 3–8
 ? United Kingdom Nick Whiting D 1–8, 10
Carroll Shelby Ford Capri III 3.0S 19 United Kingdom Wayne Wainwright D 2–5, 8
Unknown Ford Capri III 3.0S  ? England Tony Sugden D 8
Castrol Denmark Ford Escort RS2000  ? Denmark Erik Høyer C 5
John Bishop Triumph Dolomite Sprint  ? United Kingdom John Bishop C 5, 7, 10
Mike Buckley Ford Escort RS2000  ? England Mike Buckley C 1–7, 9–11
James Burrows Toyota Celica 2000 LB  ? England James Burrows C 3–4, 6, 8–11
Terry Nightingale Triumph Dolomite Sprint  ? England Terry Nightingale C 5–9
Ian Stirling Talbot Avenger  ? United Kingdom Ian Stirling C 8
Hughes of Beaconsfield Toyota Celica ST 40 England Chris Hodgetts B All
Toyota Corolla GT  ? England Jonathan Buncombe B 8
United Kingdom Gordon Mayers 9
England Dave Brodie 10–11
Morris Vulcan Ltd. Volkswagen Golf GTI 44 England John Morris B All
Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint 51 England Rob Kirby B 2–9, 11
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti 81 England Jon Dooley A All
Unknown Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 56 England Barrie Williams B All
57 England Dave Morgan B All
Andy Driver Volkswagen Golf GTI 66 England Andy Driver B 1, 3–6, 9, 11
Peter Buxtorf Volkswagen Scirocco GTI 69 Switzerland Peter Buxtorf B 1–8
Demon Tweeks Volkswagen Golf GTI  ? England Alan Minshaw B 2, 5–8, 10
Robin Carlisle Toyota Celica LB  ? United Kingdom Robin Carlisle B 5, 8–9, 11
Bill Postins Volkswagen Scirocco GTI  ? United Kingdom Bill Postins B 8
John Spiller Talbot Sunbeam TI  ? England John Spiller B 1–2, 4, 6, 8–9
John Tait Toyota Celica GT  ? England John Tait B 1–2, 6, 8–9, 11
Terry Watts Talbot Sunbeam TI  ? England Terry Watts B 8
Team Datapost Racing
with Hepolite and Esso
Austin Metro 1300 HLS 70 England Alan Curnow A All
77 England Richard Longman A All
 ? England Tim Goss A 10
P.J. Green Racing Mini 1275GT 74 England Tim Goss A 1–8
Julian May Racing Ford Fiesta 1.3 80 England Terry Nightingale A 1–2, 4
England Alex Moss 5
England Julian May 8
Haynes Ford Fiesta 1.3 99 England David da Costa A 1–7, 9–11
Everest Double Glazing Austin Metro 1300 HLS  ? England Neil McGrath A 5–9, 11
Stuart Fowler Ford Fiesta 1.3  ? England Stuart Fowler A 9
David Grimshaw Ford Fiesta 1.3  ? England David Grimshaw A 7–9
François Hamon Simca Rallye 3  ? François Hamon A 8
Colin Hawker Ford Fiesta 1.3  ? United Kingdom Colin Hawker A 2, 4–5
Sigma Austin Metro 1300 HLS  ? England Roger Saunders A 2–10
Icon Class
A Under 1300cc
B 1301–1600cc
C 1601–2500cc
D 2501–3500cc

Calendar & Winners[edit]

Overall winners in bold.

Round Circuit Date Class A Winner Class B Winner Class C Winner Class D Winner
1 A England Mallory Park, Leicestershire 22 March Not contested. England Win Percy England Andy Rouse
B England Jon Dooley England John Morris Not contested.
2 England Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 29 March England Alan Curnow England Martin Brundle England Mike Buckley England Andy Rouse
3 A England Oulton Park, Cheshire 17 April Not contested. England Win Percy England Gordon Spice
B England Jon Dooley England Chris Hodgetts Not contested.
4 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 20 April England Richard Longman England Chris Hodgetts England Win Percy England Vince Woodman
5 A England Brands Hatch, Kent 25 May Not contested. England Win Percy United Kingdom Nick Whiting
B England Neil McGrath England Barrie Williams Not contested.
6 England Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 21 June England Neil McGrath England Chris Hodgetts England Win Percy England Pete Lovett
7 England Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 18 July England Jon Dooley England Chris Hodgetts England Win Percy England Pete Lovett
8 A England Donington Park, Leicestershire 16 August Not contested. England Win Percy England Pete Lovett
B England Richard Longman England Chris Hodgetts Not contested.
9 England Brands Hatch, Kent 31 August England Richard Longman England Chris Hodgetts England Win Percy England Jeff Allam
10 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 20 September England Richard Longman England Martin Brundle England Win Percy England Jeff Allam
11 England Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 4 October England Jon Dooley England John Morris England Mike Buckley England Jeff Allam

Championship Standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Points were awarded on a 9, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 basis to the top six finishers in each class, with one bonus point for the fastest lap in each class. In races where a class had less than four starters, points would be awarded to the top two finishers (6 & 4 respectively) with one point for the fastest lap. A driver's best nine scores counted towards the championship, dropped scores are shown in brackets. Positions are shown as overall/class.

Pos Driver Class MAL
England
SIL1
England
OUL2
England
THR
England
BRA
England
SIL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BRA
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 England Win Percy C 2/1 (Ret) 1/1 4/1 2/1 4/1 4/1 1/1 2/1 2/1 78
2 England Chris Hodgetts B (Ret) Ret 1/1 11/1 8/4 12/1 ?/1 1/1 8/1 ?/4 7/2 74
3 England Jon Dooley A 4/1 13/2 4/1 ?/2 6/3 ?/2 ?/1 (10/4) (16/3) ?/3 10/1 65
4 England John Morris B 1/1 8/2 ?/? ?/2 5/3 13/2 ?/2 2/2 9/2 (?/3) 6/1 60
5 England Richard Longman A Ret 15/3 13/5 ?/1 7/4 ?/? ?/2 6/1 14/1 ?/1 11/2 58
6 England Pete Lovett D 5/4 4/3 1/1 1/1 2/1 3/2 3/2 2/2 52
7 England Jeff Allam D 8/7 4/4 Ret 5/4 3/2 Ret 2/2 Ret 1/1 1/1 1/1 50
8 England Andy Rouse D 1/1 1/1 3/2 3/3 Ret 3/3 3/3 3/2 5/4 5/4 Ret 49
9 England Alan Curnow A Ret 12/1 6/2 ?/3 ?/? ?/4 ?/6 7/2 15/2 ?/2 12/3 48
10 England Gordon Spice D 11/9 2/2 2/1 2/2 2/2 Ret 5/4 4/3 7/6 Ret 38
11 England Vince Woodman D 3/2 3/3 4/3 1/1 7/6 5/4 Ret Ret Ret 4/3 4/4 35
12 England Neil McGrath A 3/1 18/1 ?/3 8/3 DNS 13/4 33
13 England Dave Morgan B Ret 24/? 9/6 18/4 2/2 16/4 ?/4 3/3 12/3 ?/2 9/4 33
14 England Mike Buckley C 10/2 ?/1 Ret ?/? 8/2 NC Ret 23/3 ?/3 17/1 31
15 England Martin Brundle B 2/2 6/1 12/8 ?/5 Ret Ret Ret 4/4 DSQ 10/1 Ret 30
16 England Barrie Williams B Ret Ret 3/3 14/3 1/1 Ret ?/3 5/5 13/4 Ret 8/3 30
17 United Kingdom Nick Whiting D 4/3 Ret 5/4 6/5 1/1 6/5 5/4 6/5 16/? 25
18 England David da Costa A 5/2 ?/4 ?/? ?/4 4/2 ?/? Ret 17/4 ?/6 16/5 24
19 England Stirling Moss B 3/3 22/6 2/2 Ret Ret 15/3 ?/? 9/6 DNS ?/5 14/5 20
20 England Roger Saunders A 26/? 10/4 ?/6 10/5 ?/3 ?/4 ?/5 19/5 ?/5 19
21 England Chuck Nicholson C 8/2 6/2 8/2 Ret 18
22 England Tim Goss A 7/4 ?/6 7/3 ?/? 11/6 ?/? ?/5 ?/? ?/4 14
23 England Rob Kirby B ?/3 5/4 ?/? 9/5 ?/5 ?/? ?/? 18/5 15/6 14
24 Switzerland Peter Buxtorf B ?/4 ?/4 8/5 ?/? ?/? ?/? ?/5 Ret 10
25 England James Burrows C ?/2 ?/? DNS Ret Ret DNS 21/2 9
26 England Terry Nightingale A 6/3 ?/5 ?/5 8
27 England Terry Nightingale C 14/4 ?/2 NC DNS Ret 7
28 Australia Brian Muir D Ret Ret 7/6 9/8 11/8 Ret ?/? 4/3 Ret Ret Ret 6
29 England Jonathan Buncombe D 5/5 ?/? Ret 6/5 6/5 6
30 England Charles Sawyer-Hoare D 9/8 7/6 Ret 10/9 9/8 7/6 7/6 11/7 9/7 5/5 5
31 England Alan Minshaw B 21/5 14/6 ?/? ?/6 ?/? ?/6 5
32 United Kingdom John Bishop C 9/3 NC Ret 4
33 South Africa Rad Dougall D 3/3 4
34 United Kingdom Ian Stirling C 14/3 4
35 England Phil Martin-Dye D 11/10 ?/? 6/5 10/9 Ret 10/8 7/5 ?/? Ret 4
36 England John Spiller B ?/5 DNS ?/6 ?/6 ?/? 21/7 4
37 England Chuck Nicholson D 6/5 ?/? 9/8 7/6 13/10 7/6 ?/? 4
38 England Mike Kimpton D ?/? ?/? ?/? 5/4 14/10 ?/? Ret 3
39 United Kingdom Rex Greenslade D Ret 14/? 6/5 ?/? 10/7 8/7 ?/? Ret Ret Ret Ret 2
40 Denmark Erik Høyer C 15/5 2
41 England Graham Goode D 7/6 10/9 8/7 ?/? ?/? 9/7 Ret 1
42 United Kingdom Robin Carlisle B ?/? ?/? 20/6 18/7 1
43 England John Tait B ?/6 25/? ?/? ?/? 24/8 20/9 1
44 England Dennis Leech D ?/? 12/11 ?/? ?/? 13/11 10/6 Ret 1
45 England David Grimshaw A Ret ?/? 22/6 1
46 François Hamon A ?/6 1
47 United Kingdom Wayne Wainwright D DNS 8/7 ?/? 12/9 12/10 0
48 England Andy Driver B DSQ 11/7 ?/? DSQ ?/? Ret 19/8 0
49 United Kingdom Colin Hawker A DNS ?/? 12/7 0
50 England Alex Moss A 13/8 0
51 England Tony Sugden D 11/9 0
52 United Kingdom Gordon Mayers B 25/9 0
53 England Stuart Graham D Ret ?/? 0
54 England Dave Brodie B ?/? Ret 0
55 England Jonathan Buncombe B ?/? 0
56 United Kingdom Bill Postins B ?/? 0
57 England Terry Watts B ?/? 0
NC England Barry Sheene C Ret 0
NC England Stuart Fowler A Ret 0
NC England Julian May A DNS 0
Pos Driver Class MAL
England
SIL
England
OUL
England
THR
England
BRA
England
SIL
England
SIL
England
DON
England
BRA
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole in class
Italics - Fastest lap in class

Notes:

1.^ – Class A pole position for round 2 is unknown.
2.^ – Class A & B pole positions for round 3 are unknown.

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