Jeff Allam

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Jeff Allam (born 19 December 1954 in Epsom, London, England), is a former British racing driver who made his name in Saloon Car racing. He now works as a dealer principal for Allam Motor Services in Epsom and Dorking which are a Skoda, Alfa Romeo and Kia dealership.

Racing career[edit]

Starting in kart racing he soon progressed to saloon car racing winning regularly in Vauxhalls. He first entered the British Saloon Car Championship in 1978 driving a Ford Capri 3.0, finishing 2nd in class. In 1979 he repeated this with another 2nd place in class. In 1981 he drove a TWR Rover Vitesse and again in 1982, this time winning the class title.

His success continued afterwards, winning the new Group A class at the 1984 Bathurst 1000 in Australia driving a TWR Rover partnered by regular ETCC co-driver Armin Hahne from Germany. This was followed in 1986 when he won the prestigious ETCC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone in a TWR prepared Rover along with co-driver, former Formula One World Champion Denny Hulme. He was then champion in the TVR Tuscan Challenge in 1989.

Allam continued to be a regular at the Bathurst 1000 after his 1984 class win. In 1985 he was lead driver in the 2nd TWR Jaguar XJS with Aussie Ron Dickson, qualifying a fine second behind team boss Walkinshaw, but was out on lap 3 after broken headlight glass found its way into the Jaguar's V12 engine causing enough damage to stop the car. TWR itself dominated the 1985 race with the teams 3rd car (driven by Hahne and Aussie John Goss) winning with Walkinshaw and Win Percy finishing 3rd in the lead car after late race problems which saw a split oil line. He missed both 1986 and 1987, before returning in 1988 with Walkinshaw to drive the new Fuel injected Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV. The race ended early for the duo when the suspension collapsed under the Boss after just 5 laps. After driving a Rover, Jaguar and a Holden in Australia's Great Race, Allam drove a Ford Sierra RS500 in 1989 for Dick Johnson Racing. He finished 8th in 1989 before recording his best finish in 1990, again in a Johnson Sierra, when he partnered Kiwi racer Paul Radisich to second place. Ironically, the winner of the 1990 Bathurst 1000 was the Holden Racing Team VL Commodore SS Group A SV driven by Allan Grice and Allam's long time TWR team mate Win Percy. The Winning Commodore was in fact the same car (rebuilt) that Allam was to drive with Walkinshaw in the 1988 race.

In 1990 Allam returned to the British Touring Car Championship (formerly the British Saloon Car Championship) driving a BMW M3 in the 2.0l class, placing 6th in the series. In 1991 he drove for the works Vauxhall team in a Vauxhall Cavalier finishing sixth. He stayed with the Vauxhall team a further three years, finishing in 4th place with two race wins in 1992 and a 9th place finishing in 1993.[1] In 1994 he placed 10th overall and was replaced the following year by James Thompson. He made a one-off comeback to the BTCC in 1995 replacing the injured Thompson at Knockhill.

His final year in racing was in the 1995 Australian Super Touring Car Series where placed 7th in the championship in a Ford Mondeo. In 1996 he was Appointed Arbiter of BTCC by TOCA.

In 2004 he was selected to drive in the BTCC Masters event at Donington Park. a race which was set up by the director of TOCA Alan J. Gow featuring former champions and legends. Driving the same SEAT Leon Cupras, he finished 8th out of a field of sixteen drivers.

In May 2011 Jeff Allam was appointed as Driving Standards Advisor to the BTCC, assisting the Clerk of the Course in investigating on-track incidents between competitors. He previously held this role in the mid-late Nineties.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Saloon / Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1973–1990 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded ?–1989 in class)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 DC Pts Class
1977 Allam Motor Services Vauxhall Firenza Magnum C SIL
5
BRH
5
OUL
8†
THR
10
SIL
8
THR DON
4†
SIL
7
DON
5†
BRH
5
THR
7
BRH
4
4th 29 2nd
1978 Allam Motor Services Ford Capri II 3.0s D SIL
4
OUL
4†
THR
4
BRH
7†
SIL
3†
DON
3†
MAL
3†
BRH
1
DON
1†
BRH
3
THR
7
OUL
Ret†
NC 0 NC
1979 Allam Motor Services Ford Capri III 3.0s D SIL
3
OUL
5†
THR
5
SIL
1
DON
2
SIL
6
MAL
8†
DON
Ret
BRH
Ret
THR
2
SNE
1
OUL
2†
8th 45 2nd
1980 Triplex Esso Motor Team Rover 3500 S D MAL
Ret†
OUL
5†
THR
5
SIL
?
SIL
DNS
BRH
1
MAL
BRH
?
THR
3
SIL
Ret
NC 18 NC
1981 Tom Walkinshaw Racing Rover 3500 S D MAL
8†
SIL
4
OUL
Ret†
THR
5
BRH
3†
SIL
Ret
SIL
2
DON
Ret†
BRH
1
THR
1
SIL
1
7th 50 2nd
1982 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso Rover 3500 S A SIL
1
MAL
1†
OUL
5†
THR
4
THR
Ret
SIL
1
DON
2
BRH
3
DON
1
BRH
3
SIL
5
4th 60 1st
1983 Team Sanyo Racing with Esso Rover 3500 S A SIL
2
OUL
1
THR
2
BRH
2
THR
2
SIL
Ret
DON
Ret
SIL
3
DON
Ret
BRH
4
SIL
1
DSQ 53 DSQ
1986 TWR – Herbie Clips Rover Vitesse A SIL THR SIL DON BRH
1
SNE BRH DON SIL 18th 9 6th
1987 R. A. Potter Rover Vitesse A SIL OUL THR THR SIL SIL BRH SNE DON OUL
2‡
DON SIL 25th 7 11th
1989 Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL SIL THR DON
2‡
THR SIL SIL BRH SNE BRH BIR DON SIL 36th 6 13th
1990 Vic Lee Motorsport BMW M3 B OUL DON THR
8
SIL
8
OUL
11
SIL
10
BRH
8
SNE
10
BRH
9
BIR
7
DON
9
THR
11
SIL
9
6th 124 3rd
1991 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier SIL
2
SNE
4
DON
5
THR
2
SIL
21
BRH
5
SIL
8
DON
1

5
DON
2

Ret
OUL
Ret
BRH
1

8
BRH
2

Ret
DON
6
THR
10
SIL
8
6th 80
1992 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier SIL
3
THR
3
OUL
3
SNE
6
BRH
2
DON
1

5
DON
2

Ret
SIL
1
KNO
1

1
KNO
2

2
PEM
6
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

9
DON
14
SIL
2
4th 137
1993 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier SIL
5
DON
6
SNE
DNS
DON
2
OUL
3
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

3
PEM
10
SIL
18
KNO
1

6
KNO
2

6
OUL
6
BRH
15
THR
13
DON
1

11
DON
2

12
SIL
9
9th 67
1994 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 16v THR
14
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

5
SNE
6
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

9
OUL
6
DON
1

6
DON
2

3
BRH
1

19
BRH
2

10
SIL
7
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

5
OUL
12
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

Ret
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

9
DON
1

9
DON
2

13
10th 76
1995 Vauxhall Sport Vauxhall Cavalier 16v DON
1
DON
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
THR
1
THR
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON
1
DON
2
SIL KNO
1

8
KNO
2

12
BRH
1
BRH
2
SNE
1
SNE
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
25th 3
  1. ^ – Race was stopped due to heavy rain. No points were awarded.

† Events with 2 races staged for the different classes.

‡ Endurance driver.

Complete Australian Super Touring Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
1995 Ross Palmer Motorsport Ford Mondeo PHI
1
PHI
2
ORA
1

6
ORA
2

9
SYM
1

Ret
SYM
2

5
CAL
1

3
CAL
2

3
MAL
1

Ret
MAL
2

Ret
LAK
1

7
LAK
2

6
WIN
1

6
WIN
2

6
EAS
1
EAS
2
7th 62

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Pos Class No Team Co-Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1984 12* Group A 61 United Kingdom Mobil Rover Racing West Germany Armin Hahne Rover Vitesse 152
Rover 3.5L V8
1985 DNF C 9 United Kingdom JRA Ltd Australia Ron Dickson Jaguar XJS 3
Jaguar 5.3L V12
1988 DNF A 20 Australia Holden Special Vehicles United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 5
Holden 5.0L V8
1989 8 A 18 Australia Shell Ultra Hi Racing United Kingdom Robb Gravett Ford Sierra RS500 158
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1990 2 Div.1 18 Australia Shell Ultra Hi Racing New Zealand Paul Radisich Ford Sierra RS500 161
Cosworth YBD 2.0 L I4 Turbo
1994 8 A 9 Australia Allan Moffat Enterprises Australia Andrew Miedecke Ford EB Falcon 157
Ford 5.0L V8

* 1984 saw Allam and Armin Hahne finish 12th outright and 1st in class.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.btccpages.com/rounds/1993/ BTCC Pages 1993 table.