1988 International Gold Cup

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The 13th round of the 1988 B.A.R.C./B.R.D.C. Lucas Formula Three British Championship, saw the series visit Oulton Park for the 23rd International Gold Cup, on 21 August. [1]



A total of 33 F3 cars were entered for this round of the British F3 Championship. Come race weekend only 27 arrived in Cheshire for qualifying. [2]


JJ Lehto took pole position for Pacific Racing Team in their Toyota-engined Reynard 883, averaging a speed of 109.608mph. [3]


The race was held over 20 laps of the Oulton Park circuit. Gary Brabham took the winner spoils for the Bowman Racing team, driving their Ralt-Volkswagen RT32. The Aussie won in a time of 30:29.17mins., averaging a speed of 108.967mph. Brabham’s victory will 21 years after his father, Sir Jack Brabham, last won the Gold Cup. Second place went to JJ Lehto in Pacific Racing Team’s Reynard-Toyota 883, who was only 1.4 of a second behind. Another son of a famous racer, Damon Hill completed the podium for the Cellnet Ricoh Racing/Intersport Racing Team in his Toyota engined Ralt RT32. Completing the Brabham family domination of the race, Gary’s younger brother, David won the National Class, also in a Jack Brabham Racing prepared Ralt-Volkswagen. [4]



Class winners in bold

Pos. No. Class Driver Entrant Car - Engine Time, Laps Reason Out
1st 5 A Australia Gary Brabham Bowman Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT32 30:29.17
2nd 9 A Finland JJ Lehto Pacific Racing Team Reynard-Toyota 883 30:30.57
3rd 29 A England Damon Hill Cellnet Ricoh Racing / Intersport Racing Ralt-Toyota RT32 30:44.36
4th 2 A Northern Ireland Eddie Irvine West Surrey Racing Ralt-Alfa Romeo RT32 30:48.54
5th 24 A Switzerland Philippe Favre Alan Docking Racing Reynard-Alfa Romeo 883 30:52.68
6th 27 A England Jason Elliott Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 883 30:55.10
7th 11 A Portugal Antonio Simoes West Surrey Racing Ralt-Alfa Romeo RT32 31:09.10
8th 30 A England Phil Andrews Middlebridge Racing Reynard-Toyota 883 31:11.81
9th 4 A Netherlands Peter Kox Cellnet Ricoh Racing / Intersport Racing Ralt-Toyota RT31 31:12.37
10th 28 A England Perry McCarthy Madgwick Motorsport Reynard-Alfa Romeo 883 31:12.79
11th 59 Nat. Australia David Brabham Jack Brabham Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT31 31:23.72
12th 61 Nat. Republic of Ireland Rowan Dewhurst Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 31:24.82
13th 14 A France Raphaël Real del Sarte TechSpeed Racing Reynard-Toyota 883 31:25.37
14th 51 Nat. England Alistair Lyall Swallow Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 31:34.84
15th 15 A United States John Hotchkiss TechSpeed Racing Reynard-Toyota 883 31:44.38
16th 77 Nat. England Scott Stringfellow Jim Lee Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 31:44.72
17th 68 Nat. England Don Hardman Industrial Process Reynard-Volkswagen 853/863 19
18th 86 Nat. England Geoffrey Janes Autospeed Tyres Reynard-Volkswagen 863 19
DNF 58 Nat. England John Penfold Jack Brabham Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT31 18 Suspension
DNF 54 Nat. England Gary Ward RGS Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT31 13 Suspension
DNF 26 A Switzerland Alain Menu Harvey Office Furniture Ralt-Volkswagen RT32 7 Crash
DNF 1 A England Paul Warwick Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 883 7 Crash
DNF 16 A England Ross Hockenhull Bowman Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT32 3 Crash
DNF 71 Nat. Sweden Robert Amrén Alan Docking Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 3 Crash
DNF 85 Nat. England Robert Murphy Jim Lee Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 0 Spin
DNS 18 A England John Alcorn Middlebridge Racing Reynard-Toyota 883
DNS 52 Nat. Australia Tomas Mezera Peter Lea Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873
  • Fastest lap: JJ Lehto, 1:30.68ecs. (109.874mph)