Win Percy

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Winston Percy
Win Percy Jaguar Heritage Racing 2012.jpg
Win Percy in 2012
Nationality English
Born (1943-09-28) 28 September 1943 (age 72)
Tolpuddle, Dorset
BTCC record
Teams Toyota
Mazda
Jaguar
Rover
Nissan
Drivers
championships
3
Debut season 1975
Best championship position 1st
(1980, 1981, 1982)

Winston "Win" Percy (born 28 September 1943, near Tolpuddle, Dorset) is a former motor racing driver from England. He competed in many classes of motorsport during his long career, but is perhaps most famous as one of the greats of touring car racing. Joe Saward of Autosport magazine once described him as being "often regarded as the World's Number One Touring Car Driver".[1] Percy was British Touring Car Champion three times, and at the time of his retirement was the most successful non-Antipodean driver ever to compete in Australia's premier national motorsport event: the Bathurst 1000km.[1]

The early years[edit]

Percy found his way into motor sport through his first employment as a motor mechanic at his local garage. His first race was in 1964, in a local time-trial event driving his own road-going Ford Anglia 1200. He won, beating drivers of far more powerful cars in the process. While initially he pursued competitive driving as a hobby, his innate talent quickly resulted in many high-placed finishes in national-level races, including taking all three victories in the 1973 televised rallycross races at Cadwell Park. On the back of these results he turned professional in 1974, driving Spike Andersons Samuri Datsun 240Z in the British Modified Sports Car Championship. Once again, he won.

Enter the BTCC[edit]

The following year saw Win Percy enter the British Touring Car Championship for the first time, a race series that he would come to dominate in the years ahead. His first race in the BTCC would also be the first time he encountered Tom Walkinshaw, after Percy had not only won his class in the Toyota he was driving, but also put up a spirited attack on Walkinshaw's Ford Escort in the class above. In 1983, Percy won the Willhire 24 Hour in a Porsche 928S.

He stuck with Toyota for the next four years, but the Walkinshaw-Percy partnership finally came together in the same team when Walkinshaw offered Percy a drive in his Tom Walkinshaw Racing-run Mazda RX-7 for the 1980 season. True to form, Percy won the 1980 Championship for TWR, and then went on to repeat the feat in the following year. Owing to a misunderstanding of Walkinshaw's off-beat sense of humour, Percy agreed to move back to Toyota for 1982. This did little to stop his march to championship glory however, as he once again won the BTCC crown for the 1982 season in the Toyota Corolla.

The World Stage[edit]

The Rover Vitesse of Tom Walkinshaw and Win Percy at the Nürburgring in 1985.

Despite remaining with Toyota during the 1983 BTCC season, Percy maintained his links to TWR with occasional drives in their Jaguar XJS coupé, and Walkinshaw managed to tempt him back full-time in 1984. However, rather than a return to the BTCC, TWR entered the big Jaguars for Walkishaw and Percy in the European Touring Car Championship. The team won, Walkinshaw also taking the drivers' title. The following year saw the team switch to works-backed Rover Vitesse cars, again competing for the ETCC title. Walkinshaw and Percy this time took joint third in the drivers' championship. Along the way they scored victories in seven of the 500 km rounds: Donington; Silverstone; Monza; Vallelunga; Nogaro; the Österreichring; and Salzburg. 1985 also saw the Walkinshaw-Percy partnership in Australia for the first time, in an XJS, for the 1985 Bathurst 1000 where they finished third.

Once again, the TWR Vitesse cars were entered for the ETCC in 1986. However, 1986 also saw TWR running Jaguar's works C1 entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race; Percy was a natural choice for one of the driving slots. Percy's Jaguar XJR-6 lasted for 10 of the 24 hours, partnered by Gianfranco Brancatelli and Hurley Haywood at the wheel, before a drive-shaft failure dropped the car out of the race from second place. Percy entered Le Mans again the following year, but suffered a horrific crash when a tyre exploded at full speed (approximately 240 mph (386 km/h)) on the long Mulsanne Straight, tearing off the rear bodywork and flipping the car into the air "up above the trees".[2] The wreckage finally came to a halt 600 m down the road but, despite almost obliterating the vehicle, Percy walked away from the crash with nothing more than a badly battered helmet.

Percy contested the 1988 European Touring Car Championship driving a Nissan Skyline HR31 with Allan Grice.

He continued to race in national and international competitions with a variety of teams until the end of the decade winning the 1989 Spa 24 Hours race in an Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500.

Australia[edit]

Percy managed and drove for the Holden Racing Team in 1990

Percy co-drove in the Australasian rounds of the 1987 World Touring Car Championship with Allan Grice in a Holden Commodore VL, and again at the 1988 Bathurst 1000. In 1989, Percy contested the Australian endurance races with Perkins Engineering.

In 1990, at the behest of Tom Walkinshaw, Percy formed the works Holden Racing Team to contest the Australian Touring Car Championship. Racing on the largely unfamiliar Australian race tracks, Percy as both team manager and lead driver put in a strong showing against the Ford Sierra RS500s and Nissan Skylines to be the highest placed Commodore driver, finishing 8th in the series with a best finish being 3rd in at the Lakeside round. This was despite being forced to miss Round 6 of the series at Mallala when he and his wife were back home in England following the tragic death of their son in a car accident.

Percy won the 1990 Bathurst 1000 and finished second in 1991, both times with Allan Grice as his co-driver. At the end of 1991 he returned to England. After a relatively quiet year in which he did little racing, Percy returned to Australia in 1992 to drive the new 1993 spec Holden VP Commodore alongside Grice at both the Sandown 500 and the Bathurst 1000, finishing 5th outright and first in Class C for the new spec cars at the latter.

Percy continued to contest the Australian endurance events, driving for the Holden Racing Team in 1993, Wayne Gardner Racing in 1994 and 1995, and John Faulkner Racing in 1997.

After 1991 he led a peripatetic lifestyle, with drives in many series around the world. He contested the 1993 BTCC in a Nissan Primera. Despite acting as team manager in the Mazda entry for the 1994 BTCC, and chief tester and latterly team manager for Harrier between 1995 and 1997, he managed to squeeze in the Jaguar XJ220's first race win.

In the late 1990s he became a familiar figure on the historic motorsport stage, often seen getting his Jaguar D-type XKD 505 very sideways in fiercely contested historic sports car races. More often than not Percy would emerge victorious. In 2002, driving XKD 505, he won all four races at the Le Mans Classic meeting. Sadly, this spectacle was not to last long.

Accident[edit]

In the summer of 2003 Win Percy suffered a serious accident in his garden. He was taken to hospital, where a medical error led to him being paralysed from the waist down. Win Percy sued the West Dorset General Hospital NHS Trust and received an out of court settlement of £1.55 million (estimated General Damages £90,000) in April 2008.[3] No longer able to compete, he is still a regular visitor to motor racing events around Britain.

Career Results[edit]

Results sourced from Driver Database.[4]

Season Series Position Car Team
1975 British Saloon Car Championship 2nd Toyota Celica GT Samurai Racing with Toyota GB
1976 British Saloon Car Championship 2nd Toyota Celica GT Samurai Racing with Toyota GB
1979 British Saloon Car Championship 5th Toyota Celica GT Hughes of Beaconsfield
1980 British Saloon Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1981 World Championship for Drivers and Makes 157th Mazda RX-7 Mazdaspeed
1981 British Saloon Car Championship 1st Mazda RX-7 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1982 British Saloon Car Championship 1st Toyota Celica GT Toyota GB
1983 British Touring Car Championship 16th Toyota Celica GT Toyota GB
1984 European Touring Car Championship 7th Jaguar XJS Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1984 British Touring Car Championship 12th Toyota Celica Supra Toyota GB
1985 European Touring Car Championship 3rd Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1985 Australian Endurance Championship 23rd Jaguar XJS JRA Ltd
1986 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 6th Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1986 European Touring Car Championship 2nd Rover Vitesse Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1987 British Touring Car Championship 22nd Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Industrial Control Services Ltd.
1987 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 4th Jaguar XJS Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1987 World Touring Car Championship NC Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
Andy Rouse Engineering
Roadways Racing
1987 World Sportscar Championship NC Jaguar XJR-8
Ecosse C286 Ford
TWR Silk Cut Jaguar
Ecurie Ecosse
1988 European Touring Car Championship 40th Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Europe
1988 British Touring Car Championship 45th Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Europe
1988 World Sportscar Championship NC Nissan R88C Nissan Motorsports
1988 Asia-Pacific Touring Car Championship NC Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV ICL Racing
1989 Nissan Mobil 500 Series 9th Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Nissan Motorsport Australia
1990 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Holden Racing Team
1990 Australian Endurance Championship 8th Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV Holden Racing Team
1991 Australian Touring Car Championship 8th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV Holden Racing Team
1991 Australian Endurance Championship 8th Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV Holden Racing Team
1993 British Touring Car Championship 12th Nissan Primera eGT Nissan Castrol Racing
1996 Eurocar V8 Championship 11th

Complete World Touring Car 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 DC Points
1987 United Kingdom Andy Rouse Engineering Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA
Ret
BNO NC 0
Ford Sierra RS500 SIL
Ret
Australia Roadways Racing Holden VL Commodore SS Group A BAT
Ret
CLD
Ret
WEL
Ret
FJI

Complete European Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)[5]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
1979 United Kingdom The Akai Golf Volkswagen Golf Mk1 MNZ VAL MUG BRA
DNS
JAR ZEL BRN NUR ZAN SAL PER NC 10
United Kingdom Browne & Day Ford Capri III 3.0S SIL
6
ZOL
1982 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJS MNZ VAL DON PER MUG BRN SAL NUR SPA
Ret
NC NA
United Kingdom Patrick Motorsport with Duckhams Oil Rover Vitesse SIL
15
ZOL
1983 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJS MNZ
DNS
VAL DON PER MUG BRN ZEL NUR SAL SPA
Ret
ZOL
8
NC NA
United Kingdom Team Toyota GB Toyota Celica Supra SIL
16
1984 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJS MNZ
Ret
VAL
11
DON
1
PER
3
BRN
2
ZEL
2
SAL
1
NUR
Ret
SPA
1
SIL
Ret
ZOL
4
MUG
Ret
7th 145
1985 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Rover Vitesse MNZ
1
VAL
1
DON
1
AND
Ret
BRN
8
ZEL
Ret
SAL
2
NUR
Ret
SPA
Ret
SIL
1
NOG
1
ZOL
Ret
EST
Ret
JAR
1
3rd 198
1986 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Rover Vitesse MNZ
1
DON
1
HOC
4
MIS
3
AND
2
BRN
2
ZEL
1
NUR
4
SPA
Ret
SIL
2
NOG
16
ZOL
3
EST
2
JAR
2
2nd 203
1988 United Kingdom Nissan Europe Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R MNZ DON
Ret
EST JAR DIJ
Ret
VAL NUR
19
SPA
6
ZOL
Ret
SIL
Ret
NOG
11
40th 45

Complete Australian Touring Car 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 DC Points
1990 Australia Holden Racing Team Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV AMA
14
SYM
9
PHI
7
WIN
Ret
LAK
3
MAL WAN
5
ORA
6
8th 32
1991 Australia Holden Racing Team Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV SAN
5
SYM
Ret
WAN
Ret
LAK
11
WIN
6
AMA
8
MAL
4
LAK ORA
8
8th 30

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Yojiro Terada
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
Mazda RX-7 IMSA GTO 25 DNF DNF
1986 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
United States Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 C1 154 DNF DNF
1987 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom John Watson
Jaguar XJR-8LM C1 158 DNF DNF
1988 Japan Nissan Motorsports Australia Allan Grice
United Kingdom Mike Wilds
Nissan R88C C1 344 14th 13th
1993 United Kingdom TWR Jaguar Racing Germany Armin Hahne
United Kingdom David Leslie
Jaguar XJ220 GT 6 DNF DNF
1995 United Kingdom PC Automotive Jaguar Switzerland Bernard Thuner
France Olindo Iaccobelli
Jaguar XJ220 GT1 123 DNF DNF

Complete Spa 24 Hour results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1979 United Kingdom Equipe Esso United Kingdom Vince Woodman
United Kingdom Jonathan Buncombe
Ford Capri III 3.0S +2500 NA DNF DNF
1980 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Pete Lovett Mazda RX-7 -2500 347 DNF DNF
1981 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing Belgium Marc Duez
United Kingdom Jeff Allam
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Mazda RX-7 -2500 445 4th 1st
1982 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJS Div. 3 NA DNF DNF
1983 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Switzerland Enzo Calderari
Jaguar XJS Div. 3 NA DNF DNF
1984 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
West Germany Hans Heyer
Jaguar XJS Div. 3 453 1st 1st
1985 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
West Germany Hans Heyer
Rover Vitesse Div. 3 86 DNF DNF
1986 United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
Belgium Eddy Joosen
Rover Vitesse Div. 3 383 DNF DNF
1987 United Kingdom Andy Rouse Engineering United Kingdom Andy Rouse
Belgium Thierry Tassin
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Div. 3 252 DNF DNF
1988 United Kingdom Nissan Motorsports Europe Australia Allan Grice
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R Div. 3 482 6th 4th
1989 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
West Germany Bernd Schneider
Ford Sierra RS500 Div. 3 481 1st 1st

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1985 United Kingdom JRA Ltd United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Jaguar XJS C 160 3rd 3rd
1987 Australia Roadways Racing Australia Allan Grice Holden VL Commodore SS Group A 1 96 DNF DNF
1988 Australia ICL Racing Australia Allan Grice Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV A 139 15th 11th
1989 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Neil Crompton Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV A 158 7th 7th
1990 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Allan Grice Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV A 161 1st 1st
1991 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Allan Grice Holden VN Commodore SS Group A SV A 160 2nd 2nd
1992 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Allan Grice Holden VP Commodore C 141 5th 1st
1993 Australia Holden Racing Team Australia Tomas Mezera Holden VP Commodore A 107 DNF DNF
1994 Australia Coca-Cola Racing Australia Russell Ingall Holden VP Commodore A 161 5th 5th
1995 Australia Coca-Cola Racing Australia Brad Jones Holden VR Commodore 161 5th 5th
1997 Australia John Faulkner Racing New Zealand John Faulkner Holden VS Commodore L1 154 5th 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BRDC Archive: Percy, Win". BRDC.co.uk. British Racing Drivers' Club. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. 
  2. ^ http://www.gearwheelsmag.co.uk/archive/win_percy_feature_17.htm
  3. ^ Janet Sayers and Mary Menjou (17 April 2008). "Win Percy v. West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust". Lexology - Kennedys Law LLP. 
  4. ^ Win Percy - Driver Database
  5. ^ European Touring Car Championship at History of Touring Car Racing

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Richard Longman
British Touring Car Champion
1980-1982
Succeeded by
Andy Rouse
Preceded by
Dick Johnson
John Bowe
Winner of the Bathurst 1000
1990
(with Allan Grice)
Succeeded by
Jim Richards
Mark Skaife