Robb Gravett

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Robb Gravett (born 10 May 1956) is a British retired racing driver and team owner. He started his motorsport career on two wheels, racing Moto Cross at the age of 12. By 15, he was already British champion, but decided to switch to four wheeled racing in his early 20s. Robb began racing cars in 1978, eventually entering the British Touring Car Championship in 1987.

He won the 1987 Willhire 24 Hour co-driving with Graham Hathaway, and went on to win the 1990 British Touring Car Championship winner with his own Trakstar team, in a Ford Sierra RS500 built by Australian team Dick Johnson Racing who it was widely acknowledged built the fastest Group A Ford Sierra's in touring car racing.

Gravett, who was born in London, co-founded Trakstar in 1989 with Mike Smith – Robb finished 2nd in his class that year, behind Andy Rouse's Sierra. In 1990 he won 9 races in the sole Trakstar entry. There were 4 different classes of cars racing for the same title in those days, each scoring points based on where they finished among their own class. Robb dominated his class and won the championship outright, the only driver to take the overall title in the Sierra RS500.

The championship changed to a single-class in 1991, and Trakstar ran factory backed Sierra Sapphires that year with sponsorship from Shell Oil, however Gravett was short on good results. Originally planned to be one of two cars run by the team, a second bodyshell was built but never completed. The Sierra Sapphire arrived late and had not turned a wheel before the first round at Silverstone. This led to a difficult development period and the team experimented with different engine and gearbox configurations in an effort to catch up. The car was down on power and difficult to set up.[1] Results started to come towards the end of the year but it was too late. Unable to find a title sponsor, the team struggled with lack of funds throughout the year and by the end of the season were forced into administration.[1]

Gravett joined the factory Peugeot squad for 1992 and 1993, and he managed to finish 2nd at Brands Hatch in 1993. Steve Soper had made a forceful move on him on the last lap, but was given a penalty and placed in third. He didn't have a drive in 1994, and returned a year later as an independent driver. Despite occasionally humbling the manufacturer teams (included a then best 3rd overall finish at Snetterton for an independent, and winning the Total sponsored 1997 Independent BTCC Championship in a Graham Hathaway prepared Honda Accord). He drove for Brookes Motorsport in his final year of racing, finishing second in the Independents' Cup.

Gravett is now running a driver safety driving programme called "Ultimate Car Control UK Ltd" with the head office at Crowthorne in Berkshire and regional centres across the county.

He is now divorced.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 1996 onwards all races) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded – 1987–1989 in class) (* signifies that driver lead feature race for at least one lap – 1 point given in 1998 only)

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 26 Overall
Pos
Pts Class
Pos
1987 Graham Hathaway Racing Ford Sierra RS500 A SIL OUL THR THR SIL SIL
Ret
BRH SNE DON OUL DON SIL NC 0 NC
1988 ICS plc Ford Sierra RS500 A SIL OUL THR
Ret
DON
10
THR
15
SIL
2
SIL
5
BRH
11
SNE
2
BRH
Ret
BIR
C
DON SIL 22nd 14 8th
1989 Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL
1
SIL
2
THR
5
DON
2
THR
Ret
SIL
1
SIL
2
BRH
1
SNE
1
BRH
Ret
BIR
5
DON
2
SIL
3
4th 74 2nd
1990 Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 A OUL
12
DON
2
THR
1
SIL
1
OUL
1
SIL
1
BRH
1
SNE
1
BRH
1
BIR
Ret
DON
1
THR
3
SIL
1
1st 207 1st
1991 Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra Sapphire SIL
20
SNE
13
DON
Ret
THR
14
SIL
181
BRH
9
SIL
Ret
DON
1

9
DON
2

4
OUL
9
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

2
DON
7
THR
9
SIL
13
11th 28
1992 Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 SIL
15
THR
Ret
OUL
Ret
SNE
Ret
BRH
11
DON
1

10
DON
2

Ret
SIL
15
KNO
1
KNO
2
PEM
10
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

Ret
DON
11
SIL
16
24th 1
1993 Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 405 Mi16 SIL
Ret
DON
Ret
SNE
7
DON
14
OUL
DNS
BRH
1

DSQ
BRH
2

16
PEM
11
SIL
9
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

DNS
OUL
Ret
BRH
2
THR
4
DON
1

17
DON
2

13
SIL
DNS
13th 34
1994 Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Ghia THR BRH
1
BRH
2
SNE SIL
1
SIL
2
OUL DON
1
DON
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL KNO
1
KNO
2
OUL BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
DON
1

11
DON
2

Ret
28th 0
1995 Roy Kennedy Racing Vauxhall Cavalier 16v DON
1

19
DON
2

15
BRH
1
BRH
2
THR
1
THR
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON
1
DON
2
20th 13
Foesport Ford Mondeo Ghia SIL
13
KNO
1

10
KNO
2

14
BRH
1

19
BRH
2

13
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

Ret
OUL
1

16
OUL
2

DNS
SIL
1

15
SIL
2

Ret
1996 Team Dynamics Ford Mondeo Si DON
1

12
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

15
THR
1

13
THR
2

14
SIL
1

19
SIL
2

Ret
OUL
1

16
OUL
2

15
SNE
1
SNE
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

18
KNO
1

15
KNO
2

16
OUL
1
OUL
2
THR
1
THR
2
DON
1
DON
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
24th 0
1997 Rock-It Cargo Honda Accord DON
1
DON
2
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

10
THR
1

16
THR
2

16
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

13
OUL
1

14
OUL
2

13
DON
1

17
DON
2

Ret
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

14
KNO
1

13
KNO
2

10
SNE
1

14
SNE
2

13
THR
1

16
THR
2

Ret
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

14
SIL
1

16
SIL
2

14
18th 3
1998 Brookes Motorsport Honda Accord THR
1

17
THR
2

16
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

12*
DON
1

15
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

17
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

16
DON
1

8
DON
2

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

14
SNE
1

13
SNE
2

9
THR
1

16
THR
2

Ret
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

12
BRH
1

16
BRH
2

12*
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

12
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
19th 7
  1. ^ – Race was stopped due to heavy rain. No points were awarded.

Complete Japanese Touring Car Championship results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 DC Pts
1990 Napolex Racing Team Ford Sierra RS500 JTC-1 NIS SUG SUZ TSU SEN FUJ
Ret
NC 0

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1988 Australia Shell Ultra Hi Racing Australia John Bowe
New Zealand Neville Crichton
Ford Sierra RS500 A 27 DNF DNF
1989 Australia Shell Ultra Hi Racing United Kingdom Jeff Allam Ford Sierra RS500 A 158 8th 8th
1990 New Zealand Mark Petch Motorsport Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli Ford Sierra RS500 1 118 DNF DNF
1998 United Kingdom Brookes Motorsport United Kingdom Lee Brookes Honda Accord ST 49 DNF DNF

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Allan McNish
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

1990
Succeeded by
David Coulthard
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Cleland
British Touring Car Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Will Hoy