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 109.608 mph.[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 108.967 mph. 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 United Kingdom Damon Hill Cellnet Ricoh Racing / Intersport Racing Ralt-Toyota RT32 30:44.36
4th 2 A United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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. United Kingdom 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. United Kingdom Scott Stringfellow Jim Lee Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 31:44.72
17th 68 Nat. United Kingdom Don Hardman Industrial Process Reynard-Volkswagen 853/863 19
18th 86 Nat. United Kingdom Geoffrey Janes Autospeed Tyres Reynard-Volkswagen 863 19
DNF 58 Nat. United Kingdom John Penfold Jack Brabham Racing Ralt-Volkswagen RT31 18 Suspension
DNF 54 Nat. United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Paul Warwick Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 883 7 Crash
DNF 16 A United Kingdom 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. United Kingdom Robert Murphy Jim Lee Racing Reynard-Volkswagen 873 0 Spin
DNS 18 A United Kingdom 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. (109.874 mph)