1986 European Touring Car Championship season

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1986 European Touring Car Championship season
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The 1986 European Touring Car Championship was the 24th season the European Touring Car Championship.

The 1986 season had all the signed of being a classic year. Never before or since, have were so many works cars entered. Following Eggenberger Motorsport switch to Ford, becoming their works team, defending champions Volvo, turned to the Belgian outfit, RAS Sport. Tom Walkinshaw Racing normally entered three cars on behalf of Rover. The cars were a steady development from 1982, however still surprisingly competitive. Schnitzer Motorsport found some extra horsepower during the winter and became BMW’s frontrunner once again. Even, the Australian marque, Holden entered some races with the big Commodore, ahead of the 1987 World Touring Car Championship season. And this was only Division 3.[1]

Division 2 was contested by the BMW 325i’s against the Mercedes 190.[2]

Although the races proved to be very entertaining, behind the scenes, protest followed protest, with this time Volvo and Ford the victims. Illegal fuel, Volvo’s fuel tank a little oversize. This shouldn’t have happened, but it did.[3]

The final round at Estoril seemed to give Win Percy the title, who would pip Roberto Ravaglia by just one point. So Percy was champion – for just four weeks. Then, FISA remembered a rule change from the previous January, which stated the worst five results (opposite to the four of 1985) would be dropped from the overall standings. Ravaglia was champion instead.[4]

European Touring Car Championship[edit]

Champion: Italy Roberto Ravaglia

Runner Up: United Kingdom Win Percy [5]

Results[edit]

Date Round Circuit Winning drivers Winning team Winning car
23/03 Rd. 1 Italy Monza United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Win Percy
TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse
06/04 Rd. 2 England Donington Park United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Win Percy
TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse
13/04 Rd. 3 Germany Hockenheim Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
Sweden Thomas Lindström
RAS Sport Volvo 240 Turbo
04/05 Rd. 4 Italy Misano Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Gerhard Berger
Schnitzer BMW 635CSi
18/05 Rd. 5 Sweden Anderstorp Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Germany Armin Hahne
TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse
08/06 Rd. 6 Czechoslovakia Brno Sweden Ulf Granberg
Sweden Thomas Lindström
RAS Sport Volvo 240 Turbo
15/06 Rd. 7 Austria Österreichring Germany Armin Hahne
United Kingdom Win Percy
TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse
13/07 Rd. 8 Germany Nürburgring Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Schnitzer BMW 635CSi
02-03/08 Rd. 9 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps Austria Dieter Quester
Germany Altfrid Heger
Belgium Thierry Tassin
BMW Belgium/Schnitzer BMW 635CSi
15/06 Rd. 10 England Silverstone United Kingdom Jeff Allam
New Zealand Denny Hulme
TWR – Istel.ARF/BCA Rover Vitesse
14/09 Rd. 11 France Nogaro Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Gerhard Berger
Schnitzer BMW 635CSi
28/09 Rd. 12 Belgium Zolder Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
Sweden Thomas Lindström
RAS Sport Volvo 240 Turbo
12/10 Rd. 13 Spain Jarama Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Team Schnitzer BMW 635CSi
19/10 Rd. 14 Portugal Estoril Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra XR4Ti
Source:[6]

Table - Drivers[edit]

Place Driver Team Car Total
1 Italy Roberto Ravaglia Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 635CSi 211 (220)
2 United Kingdom Win Percy TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse 203 (247)
3 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw TWR – Bastos Texaco Racing Team Rover Vitesse 190 (218)
4 Germany Winfried Vogt Linder Rennsport BMW 325i 189 (221)
5 United Kingdom Markus Oestreich Linder Rennsport BMW 325i 161
6 Sweden Thomas Lindström RAS Sport Volvo 240 Turbo 149
7 Germany Ludwig Hölzl Toyota Corolla GT AE86 147 (157)
8 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto RAS Sport Volvo 240 Turbo 144 (147)
9= Denmark Erik Høyer Team Toyota Castrol Toyota Corolla GT AE86 143
Austria Dieter Quester Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 635CSi 143 (156)
etc.
Source:[7][8]

Table - Manufacturers[edit]

Place Manufacturer Division Total
1 Japan Toyota 1 180 (267)
2 Germany BMW 2 180 (254)
3 Germany BMW 3 160 (209)
4 United Kingdom Rover 3 157 (201)
5 Germany Mercedes-Benz 2 152 (198)
6 Sweden Volvo 3 132 (148)
7 Germany Audi 1 124 (148)
8 Germany Volkswagen 1 89 (95)
9 United States Ford 3 88 (93)
10 Italy Alfa Romeo 2 73 (83)
Source:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Touring Car championship - 1986". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ "European Touring Car championship - 1986". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "European Touring Car championship - 1986". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  4. ^ "European Touring Car championship - 1986". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  5. ^ "1986 European Touring Car Championship". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  6. ^ "European Touring Car championship - 1986". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  7. ^ "1986 European Touring Car Championship". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  8. ^ "European Touring Car Championship european-touring-car-championship 1986 | Motorsport". Driverdb.com. 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  9. ^ "1986 European Touring Car Championship". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-30.