1990 British Touring Car Championship season

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1990 BTCC season
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The 1990 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship season was the 33rd British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season and marked the last year of the Group A era. It was also the final year of the multi-class format.

Changes for 1990[edit]

  • Classes changed from four to two. Group A cars now ran alongside the all new 2 litre Touring Car Formula, with a view to a single class formula for 1991. This was to encourage new manufacturers to enter the series, with a more even field of cars and cheaper running costs. BMW and Vauxhall already entered works teams this year, with other manufacturers showing interest for future seasons.
  • One hour endurance races increased from one to two.

Season summary[edit]

The first race was won by Andy Rouse in his Ford Sierra RS500. He also won the first 1 Hour endurance race at Donington Park GP with David Sears. The next race at Thruxton was won by Robb Gravett. Gravett also won the next six races including the second 1 Hour endurance race at Brands Hatch with Mike Smith. Rouse won the Birmingham Superprix. This would be best remembered for the last lap accident between Frank Sytner and John Cleland. It would be the last time that the BTCC would race on the track. Gravett then won at Donington. The last two races, at Thruxton and Silverstone, were won by Rouse and Gravett. It was Gravett who won the championship, despite the team's struggle to run through the season on a low budget with no main sponsor.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds Endurance Drivers
ICS plc Ford Sierra RS500 1 England Andy Rouse A All England David SearsD
England Gary AylesB
Labatt's Team Ford Sierra RS500 3 England Tim Harvey A All Sweden Slim Borgudd
10 England Laurence Bristow A All Australia Tomas MezeraD
New Zealand Paul RadisichB
FAI Auto Parts Ford Sierra RS500 4 England Sean Walker A All England Ian Flux
Listerine Racing Team Ford Sierra RS500 5 England Mike Newman A 1, 3–6, 10–11, 13
England Andy Middlehurst 9
15 England Graham Goode A All England Mike NewmanD
England Dave BrodieB
Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 11 England Robb Gravett A All Sweden Stig BlomqvistD
England Mike SmithB
12 England Mike Smith A 1, 6, 13
14 England Graham Hathaway A 2 England Mike SmithD
Graham Hathaway Ford Sierra RS500 3–7, 9 England Vince WoodmanB
Brodie-Brittain Racing Ford Sierra RS500 20 England Dave Brodie A 8, 11–12
Stuart Donnan Ford Sierra RS500 21 England Stuart Donnan A 10, 13
Judge Developments Ford Sierra RS500 22 England Dennis Leech A 4–6, 9–11
Crypton Engineering Ford Sierra RS500 24 Italy Amato Ferrari A 9–10
Vauxhall Motorsport Vauxhall Cavalier 50 Scotland John Cleland B All England Chris Hodgetts
70 England Chris Hodgetts B 5–8, 10 England Bob BerridgeB
Scotland David Coulthard 9
England Bob Berridge 11
Germany Markus Oestreich 12–13
Hawaiian Tropic Ford Sierra Sapphire 51 England Ray Bellm B 1–4, 6 England James SheadD
England Chris Hodgetts 12–13
Ecosse Motorsport BMW M3 52 Scotland Ian Forrest B All Scotland Bernard HunterD
England Tony BridgeB
53 England Hugh Chalmers B 1–2, 4–5, 7, 10 Scotland Jimmy McRae
Scotland Jimmy McRae 3, 6
England John Llewellyn 8
Wales Karl Jones 9
Scotland Jim McGaughay 11, 13
England Chuck Nicholson 12
BMW Team Finance BMW M3 55 England Frank Sytner B All England Kurt Luby
56 England Kelvin Burt B 1, 13 England Kelvin Burt
England Kurt Luby 2–3, 6, 9–10, 12
England Tim Sugden 4–5, 7–8, 11
Techspeed Motorsport BMW 318is 57 England Nick Baird B 1–6, 8, 10–13 England David CarvellD
England Nigel CorryB
England Robin Brundle 7
HWR Motorsport Vauxhall Belmont 58 England Jeff Wilson B 11–13
BRR Motorsport BMW M3 59 England Ian Flux B 12–13
John Maguire Racing Mitsubishi Starion 60 England Mark Hales B All England Graham Scarborough
Pyramid Motorsport BMW M3 66 England Nick Whale B 1–3, 5–13 Netherlands Gerrit van Kouwen
77 England Godfrey Hall B 1–12 Scotland David Leslie
88 Scotland John Clark B 1, 3–11, 13 Scotland David LeslieB
Scotland David Leslie 12
Arquati Racing Team BMW M3 69 England Jerry Mahony B 1–6, 8 England Robbie StirlingD
BMW Team Sweden BMW M3 90 Sweden Nettan Lindgren B 1–2, 5–7, 9–13 Sweden Peggen Andersson
Vic Lee Motorsport BMW M3 99 England Jeff Allam B 3–13 England Vic LeeB
PG Tags Racing Honda Civic 100 England Ray Armes B 1–7, 9–13 England Jeremy Rossiter
Icon Class
A Group A (over 3000cc)
B 2 litre touring cars

Not eligible for points.
DDonington Park only.
BBrands Hatch only.

Calendar[edit]

Overall winners in bold.

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Class A Winner Class B Winner
1 England Oulton Park (International), Cheshire 13 April England Robb Gravett England Tim Harvey England Andy Rouse England Kelvin Burt
2* England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 29 April England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Andy Rouse
England David Sears
England Frank Sytner
England Kurt Luby
3 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 28 May England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett Scotland John Cleland
4 England Silverstone Circuit (National), Northamptonshire 10 June England Andy Rouse England Tim Harvey England Robb Gravett England Frank Sytner
5 England Oulton Park (International), Cheshire 1 July England Mike Newman England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Frank Sytner
6 England Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix), Northamptonshire 15 July England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Kurt Luby
7* England Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent 22 July England Robb Gravett England Andy Rouse England Robb Gravett
England Mike Smith
England Frank Sytner
England Kurt Luby
8 England Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Norfolk 5 August England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett Scotland John Cleland
9 England Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent 23 August England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett Scotland John Cleland
10 England Birmingham Superprix, Birmingham 27 August England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Andy Rouse England Kurt Luby
11 England Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 16 September England Andy Rouse England Andy Rouse England Robb Gravett England Frank Sytner
12 England Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 23 September England Robb Gravett England Robb Gravett England Andy Rouse Sweden Nettan Lindgren
13 England Silverstone Circuit (National), Northamptonshire 7 October England Tim Harvey England Andy Rouse England Robb Gravett Scotland John Cleland
  • * 1 hour endurance races.

Driver Standings/Results[edit]

Overall
DC
Class
Pos
Driver Class OUL
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SNE
England
BRH
England
BIR
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
Pts
1 1 England Robb Gravett A 12 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Ret 1 3 1 207
2 1 England Frank Sytner B 6 6 9 6 8 Ret 4 7 8 Ret 7 10 8 180
3 2 England Andy Rouse A 1 1 10 3 2 2 Ret 16 2 1 2 1 2 173
4 3 England Tim Harvey A 4 Ret 2 Ret 3 3 2 2 3 4 3 2 15 132
5 2 Scotland John Cleland B 7 Ret 7 7 Ret 9 Ret 6 7 Ret 12 Ret 7 128
6 3 England Jeff Allam B 8 8 11 10 8 10 9 7 9 11 9 124
7 4 England Sean Walker A Ret 4 5 2 4 Ret 3 4 4 2 6 Ret Ret 96
8 4 England Godfrey Hall B DNS 7 12 10 12 11 6 15 12 9 11 12 92
9 5 England Laurence Bristow A 3 3 4 4 5 4 Ret 3 5 DNS Ret Ret 6 88
10 5 Sweden Nettan Lindgren B 8 9 Ret 13 7 11 10 10 5 Ret 82
11 6 England Graham Goode A Ret 5 6 Ret 7 5 Ret 5 6 DNS 4 4 3 72
12 6 England Tim Sugden B 9 9 5 8 8 67
13 7 England Kurt Luby B Ret 11 8 10 6 16 60
14 7 England Mike Newman A 2 Ret 11 17 Ret 3 5 4 53
15 8 Scotland Ian Forrest B 9 Ret 14 13 18 Ret 10 Ret 14 14 Ret 8 10 47
16 9 England Chris Hodgetts B 15 12 Ret 11 8 7 13 46
17 10 England Nick Whale B DSQ 8 13 14 14 13 Ret 16 11 13 Ret 14 43
18 11 England Mark Hales B Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 17 9 9 15 12 15 17 Ret 28
19 12 England Kelvin Burt B 5 12 26
20 8 England Graham Hathaway A Ret 3 5 6 DNP Ret DNS 26
21 13 England Hugh Chalmers B Ret 10 14 13 11 15 23
22 14 England Nick Baird B 11 NC 15 15 Ret 15 14 DNS 16 18 17 16
23 15 England Jerry Mahony B Ret 11 Ret 12 Ret 18 12 DNA 16
24 16 Germany Markus Oestreich B 6 Ret 15
25 9 England Mike Smith A Ret 6 5 14
26 10 England Dennis Leech A DNP 10 7 19 DNS Ret DNS 11
27 17 Scotland John Clark B DNS NC Ret Ret Ret NC Ret 17 13 14 16 10
28 11 England Dave Brodie A DNS Ret 9 8
29 12 Italy Amato Ferrari A Ret 5 8
30 18 England Ian Flux B Ret 11 8
31 19 England Ray Armes B Ret 12 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18 16 17 14 Ret 7
32 20 England Ray Bellm B 10 Ret DNS DNS DNP DNA DNS 6
33 21 Scotland David Coulthard B 13 4
34 22 England John Llewellyn B 13 3
35 23 England Chuck Nicholson B 13 3
36 24 England Robin Brundle B 12 2
37 25 Scotland Jimmy McRae B Ret 16 2
38 26 Scotland David Leslie B 15 1
England Jeff Wilson B DNS Ret Ret 0
England Stuart Donnan A Ret Ret 0
Scotland Jim McGaughay B Ret Ret 0
England Andy Middlehurst A Ret 0
England Bob Berridge B Ret 0
Wales Karl Jones B DNP 0
Overall
DC
Class
Pos
Driver Class OUL
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
OUL
England
SIL
England
BRH
England
SNE
England
BRH
England
BIR
England
DON
England
THR
England
SIL
England
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)
  • Note: bold signifies pole position in class, italics signifies fastest lap in class.

Endurance drivers results[edit]

Driver Class DON
England
BHI
England
England Kurt Luby B 6 4
England Mike Smith A Ret 1
England David Sears A 1
Scotland David Leslie B 7 6/NC
Sweden Slim Borgudd A Ret 2
England Kelvin Burt B Ret 5
Sweden Stig Blomqvist A 2
England Ian Flux A 4 3
Netherlands Gerritt van Kouwen B 8 13
Australia Tomas Mezera A 3
Sweden Peggen Andersson B 9 7
England Mike Newman A 5
England Vic Lee B 8
England Graham Scarborough B Ret 9
Scotland Jimmy McRae B 10 11
England Tony Bridge B 10
England Robbie Stirling B 11
England Jeremy Rossiter B 12 Ret
England Nigel Corry B 12
England David Carvell B NC
England Chris Hodgetts B Ret Ret
England James Shead B Ret
England Bernard Hunter B Ret
England Dave Brodie A Ret
England Gary Ayles A Ret
England Vince Woodman A Ret
New Zealand Paul Radisich A Ret
England Bob Berridge B Ret
Driver Class DON
England
BHI
England

Note: All endurance drivers were ineligible to score points.

External links[edit]

http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/showthread.php?t=120658