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 United Kingdom Gordon Spice D 1–4, 6–11
2 United Kingdom Stuart Graham D 1–2
United Kingdom Phil Martin-Dye 3–11
Equipe Esso VMW Motors Ford Capri III 3.0S 3 United Kingdom Vince Woodman D All
4 United Kingdom Jonathan Buncombe D 2, 4, 6–7, 10
CSH Racing with Esso
and the Daily Mirror
Ford Capri III 3.0S 5 United Kingdom Charles Sawyer-Hoare D 1–4, 6–11
6 United Kingdom 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
TWR – Daily Express
Mazda Motorsport/TWR
Team BP
Rover 3500 S 9 United Kingdom Jeff Allam D All
10 United Kingdom Pete Lovett D 1, 5–11
Mazda RX-7 20 United Kingdom Win Percy C 1–10
25 United Kingdom Barry Sheene C 1
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson 8–11
Audi 80 GLE 42 United Kingdom Martin Brundle B All
43 United Kingdom Stirling Moss B All
Bestmoor Silencers Ford Capri III 3.0S 11 United Kingdom Graham Goode D 1, 3–4, 6–8, 11
Dennis Leech Ford Capri III 3.0S 13 United Kingdom Dennis Leech D 2–5, 8–10
Track Marshall Ford Capri III 3.0S 15 United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson D 1–7
Richard Grant Racing Ford Capri III 3.0S 16 United Kingdom 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  ? United Kingdom 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  ? United Kingdom Mike Buckley C 1–7, 9–11
James Burrows Toyota Celica 2000 LB  ? United Kingdom James Burrows C 3–4, 6, 8–11
Terry Nightingale Triumph Dolomite Sprint  ? United Kingdom Terry Nightingale C 5–9
Ian Stirling Talbot Avenger  ? United Kingdom Ian Stirling C 8
Hughes of Beaconsfield Toyota Celica ST 40 United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts B All
Toyota Corolla GT  ? United Kingdom Jonathan Buncombe B 8
United Kingdom Gordon Mayers 9
United Kingdom Dave Brodie 10–11
Morris Vulcan Ltd. Volkswagen Golf GTI 44 United Kingdom John Morris B All
Napolina Alfa Romeo Dealer Team Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint 51 United Kingdom Rob Kirby B 2–9, 11
Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti 81 United Kingdom Jon Dooley A All
Unknown Mitsubishi Lancer GSR 56 United Kingdom Barrie Williams B All
57 United Kingdom Dave Morgan B All
Andy Driver Volkswagen Golf GTI 66 United Kingdom 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  ? United Kingdom 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  ? United Kingdom John Spiller B 1–2, 4, 6, 8–9
John Tait Toyota Celica GT  ? United Kingdom John Tait B 1–2, 6, 8–9, 11
Terry Watts Talbot Sunbeam TI  ? United Kingdom Terry Watts B 8
Team Datapost Racing
with Hepolite and Esso
Austin Metro 1300 HLS 70 United Kingdom Alan Curnow A All
77 United Kingdom Richard Longman A All
 ? United Kingdom Tim Goss A 10
P.J. Green Racing Mini 1275GT 74 United Kingdom Tim Goss A 1–8
Julian May Racing Ford Fiesta 1.3 80 United Kingdom Terry Nightingale A 1–2, 4
United Kingdom Alex Moss 5
United Kingdom Julian May 8
Haynes Ford Fiesta 1.3 99 United Kingdom David da Costa A 1–7, 9–11
Everest Double Glazing Austin Metro 1300 HLS  ? United Kingdom Neil McGrath A 5–9, 11
Stuart Fowler Ford Fiesta 1.3  ? United Kingdom Stuart Fowler A 9
David Grimshaw Ford Fiesta 1.3  ? United Kingdom 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  ? United Kingdom Roger Saunders A 2–10
Icon Class
A Under 1300cc
B 1301–1600cc
C 1601–2500cc
D 2501–3500cc

Calendar & Winners[edit]

All races were held in the United Kingdom. Overall winners in bold.

Round Circuit Date Class A Winner Class B Winner Class C Winner Class D Winner
1 A Mallory Park, Leicestershire 22 March Not contested. United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Andy Rouse
B United Kingdom Jon Dooley United Kingdom John Morris Not contested.
2 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 29 March United Kingdom Alan Curnow United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Mike Buckley United Kingdom Andy Rouse
3 A Oulton Park, Cheshire 17 April Not contested. United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Gordon Spice
B United Kingdom Jon Dooley United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts Not contested.
4 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 20 April United Kingdom Richard Longman United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Vince Woodman
5 A Brands Hatch, Kent 25 May Not contested. United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Nick Whiting
B United Kingdom Neil McGrath United Kingdom Barrie Williams Not contested.
6 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 21 June United Kingdom Neil McGrath United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Pete Lovett
7 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 18 July United Kingdom Jon Dooley United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Pete Lovett
8 A Donington Park, Leicestershire 16 August Not contested. United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Pete Lovett
B United Kingdom Richard Longman United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts Not contested.
9 Brands Hatch, Kent 31 August United Kingdom Richard Longman United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Jeff Allam
10 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 20 September United Kingdom Richard Longman United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Win Percy United Kingdom Jeff Allam
11 Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire 4 October United Kingdom Jon Dooley United Kingdom John Morris United Kingdom Mike Buckley United Kingdom 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 SIL1 OUL2 THR BRA SIL SIL DON BRA THR SIL Pts
1 United Kingdom Win Percy C 2/1 (Ret) 1/1 4/1 2/1 4/1 4/1 1/1 2/1 2/1 78
2 United Kingdom Chris Hodgetts B (Ret) Ret 1/1 11/1 8/4 12/1 ?/1 1/1 8/1 ?/4 7/2 74
3 United Kingdom Jon Dooley A 4/1 13/2 4/1 ?/2 6/3 ?/2 ?/1 (10/4) (16/3) ?/3 10/1 65
4 United Kingdom John Morris B 1/1 8/2 ?/? ?/2 5/3 13/2 ?/2 2/2 9/2 (?/3) 6/1 60
5 United Kingdom Richard Longman A Ret 15/3 13/5 ?/1 7/4 ?/? ?/2 6/1 14/1 ?/1 11/2 58
6 United Kingdom Pete Lovett D 5/4 4/3 1/1 1/1 2/1 3/2 3/2 2/2 52
7 United Kingdom Jeff Allam D 8/7 4/4 Ret 5/4 3/2 Ret 2/2 Ret 1/1 1/1 1/1 50
8 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Alan Curnow A Ret 12/1 6/2 ?/3 ?/? ?/4 ?/6 7/2 15/2 ?/2 12/3 48
10 United Kingdom Gordon Spice D 11/9 2/2 2/1 2/2 2/2 Ret 5/4 4/3 7/6 Ret 38
11 United Kingdom Vince Woodman D 3/2 3/3 4/3 1/1 7/6 5/4 Ret Ret Ret 4/3 4/4 35
12 United Kingdom Neil McGrath A 3/1 18/1 ?/3 8/3 DNS 13/4 33
13 United Kingdom Dave Morgan B Ret 24/? 9/6 18/4 2/2 16/4 ?/4 3/3 12/3 ?/2 9/4 33
14 United Kingdom Mike Buckley C 10/2 ?/1 Ret ?/? 8/2 NC Ret 23/3 ?/3 17/1 31
15 United Kingdom Martin Brundle B 2/2 6/1 12/8 ?/5 Ret Ret Ret 4/4 DSQ 10/1 Ret 30
16 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom David da Costa A 5/2 ?/4 ?/? ?/4 4/2 ?/? Ret 17/4 ?/6 16/5 24
19 United Kingdom Stirling Moss B 3/3 22/6 2/2 Ret Ret 15/3 ?/? 9/6 DNS ?/5 14/5 20
20 United Kingdom Roger Saunders A 26/? 10/4 ?/6 10/5 ?/3 ?/4 ?/5 19/5 ?/5 19
21 United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson C 8/2 6/2 8/2 Ret 18
22 United Kingdom Tim Goss A 7/4 ?/6 7/3 ?/? 11/6 ?/? ?/5 ?/? ?/4 14
23 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom James Burrows C ?/2 ?/? DNS Ret Ret DNS 21/2 9
26 United Kingdom Terry Nightingale A 6/3 ?/5 ?/5 8
27 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Jonathan Buncombe D 5/5 ?/? Ret 6/5 6/5 6
30 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Phil Martin-Dye D 11/10 ?/? 6/5 10/9 Ret 10/8 7/5 ?/? Ret 4
36 United Kingdom John Spiller B ?/5 DNS ?/6 ?/6 ?/? 21/7 4
37 United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson D 6/5 ?/? 9/8 7/6 13/10 7/6 ?/? 4
38 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom John Tait B ?/6 25/? ?/? ?/? 24/8 20/9 1
44 United Kingdom Dennis Leech D ?/? 12/11 ?/? ?/? 13/11 10/6 Ret 1
45 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Andy Driver B DSQ 11/7 ?/? DSQ ?/? Ret 19/8 0
49 United Kingdom Colin Hawker A DNS ?/? 12/7 0
50 United Kingdom Alex Moss A 13/8 0
51 United Kingdom Tony Sugden D 11/9 0
52 United Kingdom Gordon Mayers B 25/9 0
53 United Kingdom Stuart Graham D Ret ?/? 0
54 United Kingdom Dave Brodie B ?/? Ret 0
55 United Kingdom Jonathan Buncombe B ?/? 0
56 United Kingdom Bill Postins B ?/? 0
57 United Kingdom Terry Watts B ?/? 0
NC United Kingdom Barry Sheene C Ret 0
NC United Kingdom Stuart Fowler A Ret 0
NC United Kingdom Julian May A DNS 0
Pos Driver Class MAL SIL OUL THR BRA SIL SIL DON BRA THR SIL Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (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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