1989 British Touring Car Championship

The 1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship was the 32nd season of the championship. This season was the final year of the four separate class format, with the championship changing to just two classes for 1990. There were a total of thirteen rounds with the best eleven scores for each driver counting towards the championship. The title was won by John Cleland with a works Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V.[1][2]

Teams & DriversEdit

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds Endurance Drivers
Group A
Kaliber Racing Ford Sierra RS500 1   Andy Rouse All   Win Percy
10   Guy Edwards 1-11, 13   Johnny Dumfries Win Percy1
  David Sears 12
Arquati Racing Team Ford Sierra RS500 2   Jerry Mahony All   Gary Ayles
Listerine Racing Team Ford Sierra RS500 3   Mike Newman All   Alistair Lyall
4   Graham Goode All   Alistair Lyall
FAI Auto Parts Ford Sierra RS500 5   Sean Walker All   Damon Hill
Labatt's Team Ford Sierra RS500 6   Laurence Bristow All   Tiff Needell
7   Tim Harvey 1-9, 11-13   David Sears
  Tomas Mezera 10
Mark Rennison Ford Sierra RS500 9   Mark Rennison 3, 5-6
Graham Hathaway Racing Ford Sierra RS500 14   Graham Hathaway 1, 4-5, 10, 12   Dave Wallis
Brooklyn Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 15   Chris Hodgetts 1-7, 11-12   David Leslie
Terry Drury Racing Ford Sierra RS500 16   Dave Pinkney 1-10   Graham Scarborough
  Jon Dooley 13
17   Mike O'Brien 1-3, 5-13
18   Robin Donovan 1-9   Mike O'Brien
  Andrew Hepworth 13
Brodie-Brittain Racing Ford Sierra RS500 19   Dave Brodie 1-6, 8-10, 12-13   Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Trakstar Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 20   Mike Smith 1-8, 10-13   Mike Wilds
  Will Hoy 9
21   Robb Gravett All   Jeff Allam
Bornebusch Racing Ford Sierra RS500 22   Kaj Bornebusch 1-2
JQF Engineering Ford Sierra RS500 25   Gerrit van Kouwen 1-11   Pierre Dieudonné
  Tomas Mezera 12
  Chris Hodgetts 13
Trident Motorsport Maserati Biturbo 26   Tomas Mezera 3, 6
  Nick May 5, 7-8, 10-11, 13
  John Lepp 9
  Vic Lee 12
Asquith Autosport Ford Sierra RS500 28   Karl Jones All   Vic Lee
Group B
Demon Tweeks BMW M3 30   James Kaye 1
  Barrie Williams 7
  Alan Minshaw 11-12
John Maguire Racing BMW M3 31   John Clark 1-4, 6-11, 13   Andrew Jeffrey
43   Godfrey Hall 1-8, 10-13   Lionel Abbott
BMW Team Finance BMW M3 32   James Weaver All   Steve Soper
33   Frank Sytner All   Will Hoy
Ian Forrest BMW M3 35   Ian Forrest All   Bernard Hunter
Nettan Lindgren BMW M3 37   Nettan Lindgren 1-2, 7-11
BRR Motorsport BMW M3 44   John Llewellyn All   Gerry Marshall
Group C
Demon Tweeks Volkswagen Golf GTI 50   Alan Minshaw 1-10   John Brindley
Team Eurotech Peugeot 309 GTi 53   Mike Jordan 1-4, 7, 11   Peter Tyson
John Morris Volkswagen Golf GTI 55   John Morris 1, 3-8, 10-13   Barrie Williams
Vauxhall Motorsport Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v 56   John Cleland All   Ian Flux
57   Jeremy Rossiter 7-13
58   Louise Aitken-Walker 2-13   Vince Woodman
Monorep Vauxhall Astra GTE 16v 63   Tony Lanfranchi 10, 12-13
Group D
Phil Dowsett Toyota Corolla FX GT 70   Phil Dowsett 1-2, 4-7,   Mark Goddard
Rayscar 10-11
PG Tags Racing Honda Civic Si 75   Ray Armes 7-13
Five Star Racing Toyota Corolla GT 77   Geoff Kimber-Smith 1-5, 7-13   Barbara Cowell
  Mark Goddard 6
Tony Dolley Toyota Corolla FX GT 81   Tony Dolley 1-3, 5-7, 10-13
Les Liddiard Toyota Corolla FX GT 85   Les Liddiard 2-7, 10-13   Steve King
Tony Crudgington Toyota Corolla GT 88   Tony Crudgington 2-13   Chuck Nicholson

1Drove car illegally.

CalendarEdit

All races were held in the United Kingdom. Overall winners in bold.

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Class A Winner Class B Winner Class C Winner Class D Winner
1 Oulton Park (International), Cheshire 24 March   Andy Rouse   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   James Weaver   John Cleland   Geoff Kimber-Smith
2 Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix), Northamptonshire 9 April   Andy Rouse   Robb Gravett   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Phil Dowsett
3 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 1 May   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   Tim Harvey   Frank Sytner   Louise Aitken-Walker   Phil Dowsett
4* Donington Park (National), Leicestershire 7 May   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   Laurence Bristow Tiff Needell   Frank Sytner Will Hoy   John Cleland Ian Flux   Phil Dowsett Mark Goddard
5 Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire 29 May   Dave Brodie   Robb Gravett   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Tony Crudgington
6 Silverstone Circuit (National), Northamptonshire 4 June   Andy Rouse   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   James Weaver   Louise Aitken-Walker   Phil Dowsett
7 Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix), Northamptonshire 16 July   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Ray Armes
8 Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent 23 July   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   James Weaver   John Cleland   Ray Armes
9 Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, Norfolk 6 August   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   James Weaver   John Cleland   Ray Armes
10 Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent 20 August   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Phil Dowsett
11 Birmingham Superprix, Birmingham 28 August   Robb Gravett   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Geoff Kimber-Smith
12 Donington Park (Grand Prix), Leicestershire 17 September   Robb Gravett   Robb Gravett   Tim Harvey   James Weaver   John Cleland   Ray Armes
13 Silverstone Circuit (Grand Prix), Northamptonshire 8 October   Karl Jones   Andy Rouse   Andy Rouse   James Weaver   John Cleland   Ray Armes
  • 1 hour endurance race.

Driver Standings/ResultsEdit

Overall
DC
Class
Pos
Driver Class OUL SIL THR DON THR SIL SIL BRH SNE BRH BIR DON SIL Pts
1 1   John Cleland C 15 19 19 9 15 Ret 21 14 16 14 16 17 20 110
2 1   James Weaver B 6 13 8 11 8 13 13 9 12 7 11 12 10 109
3 1   Andy Rouse A Ret 1 Ret Ret 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 78
4 2   Robb Gravett A 1 2 5 2 Ret 1 2 1 1 Ret 5 2 3 74
5 2   Louise Aitken-Walker C 20 15 12 16 19 22 15 17 15 17 18 Ret 72
6 2   Frank Sytner B 10 Ret 7 6 19 Ret 15 11 13 9 12 13 11 70
7 1   Phil Dowsett D Ret 21 17 13 Ret 20 26 16 Ret 56
= 3   Tim Harvey A 2 16 1 3 2 2 4 Ret 3 2 1 2 56
9 2   Tony Crudgington D Ret 20 15 20 24 29 Ret 22 Ret 24 25 37
= 3   John Llewellyn B 14 24 26 7 13 16 19 12 15 19 14 15 14 37
11 4   Ian Forrest B Ret 18 18 8 Ret 15 17 DNS 14 10 13 14 35
12 4   Laurence Bristow A NC 3 Ret 1 18 6 5 6 5 2 3 10 4 32
13 3   Ray Armes D 25 17 19 Ret Ret 21 21 31
= 5   Godfrey Hall B 12 15 9 Ret 12 17 Ret DNS 15 13 31
15 4   Geoff Kimber-Smith D 18 Ret DNS Ret 22 28 20 23 20 20 22 Ret 30
16 3   John Morris C Ret 16 Ret 17 21 Ret 20 19 Ret 23 27
17 4   Jeremy Rossiter C 23 16 18 Ret 18 19 22 26
18 5   Les Liddiard D 26 25 Ret DNS DNS 27 21 23 26 25
19 6   Tony Dolley D 19 25 22 Ret 30 21 DNQ DNQ 27 22
= 5   Alan Minshaw C Ret 22 24 16 Ret 22 24 19 21 Ret 22
21 5   Sean Walker A 5 NC 4 4 6 5 9 Ret 6 4 8 5 8 17
22 6   Mark Goddard D 13 23 15
23 6   Mike Jordan C 16 23 21 14 Ret DNS 15
24 6   Mike Newman A 4 8 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret 5 Ret 5 22 7 DNS 14
25 6   Nettan Lindgren B NC 17 18 13 20 17 Ret 12
= 7   John Clark B Ret Ret 14 Ret 18 Ret 18 Ret 18 Ret 15 12
27 7   Mike Smith A 7 10 10 Ret 5 4 10 3 Ret Ret 9 7 10
28 8   Tiff Needell A 1‡ 9
= 8   Will Hoy B 6 9
= 7   Ian Flux C 9 9
= 7   Tony Lanfranchi C 21 20 24 9
32 9   Guy Edwards A Ret 7 13 DSQ DNS DNP 3 4 Ret 7 6 8
33 10   Karl Jones A Ret 11 2 Ret 4 12 12 7 Ret Ret DNQ 8 9 7
= 11   David Sears A 3‡ 4 7
35 13   Jeff Allam A 2‡ 6
= 9   Gerry Marshall B 7 6
= 8   Vince Woodman C 12 6
= 8   Chuck Nicholson D 15 6
= 12   Graham Goode A Ret 4 DNS DNQ 10 Ret 6 Ret 11 6 9 6 Ret 6
= 14   Chris Hodgetts A 8 6 Ret DNQ Ret 7 8 4 11 5 6
41 15   Jerry Mahony A 3 27 6 Ret Ret 9 11 8 9 8 10 Ret Ret 5
42 16   Tomas Mezera A Ret DNS 3 Ret 4
= 10   Bernard Hunter B 8 4
= 9   Peter Tyson C 14 4
= 11   Steve Soper B 11 4
= 17   Gerrit Van Kouwen A Ret 9 Ret 5 7 11 7 7 Ret 6 4
47 18   Damon Hill A 4‡ 3
= 19   Will Hoy A 4 3
= 10   John Brindley C 16 3
51 12   James Kaye B 17 2
= 20   Pierre Dieudonné A 5‡ 2
= 13   Alan Minshaw B DNQ 16 2
53 21   Andrew Gilbert-Scott A 10 1
= 14   Barrie Williams B 20 1
55 22   Graham Hathaway A 9 Ret DNS 13 Ret 0
= 23   Robin Donovan A Ret Ret 12 Ret 9 14 Ret 0
= 24   Mike O'Brien A 13 14 11 Ret Ret DNQ 14 10 10 12 DNQ Ret 12 0
= 25   Mark Rennison A Ret DNS 10 0
= 26   Kaj Bornebusch A 11 12 0
= 27   David Pinkney A DNQ Ret 23 Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret 0
= 28   Nick May A 21 Ret ? DNQ 0
= 29   John Lepp A 27 0
  Vic Lee A Ret‡ DNQ 0
  Lionel Abbott B Ret‡ 0
  Mike Wilds A Ret‡ 0
  Dave Wallis A Ret‡ 0
  Andrew Jeffrey B Ret‡ 0
  Barrie Williams C Ret‡ 0
  Alistair Lyall A Ret‡ 0
  Graham Scarborough A Ret‡ 0
  Win Percy A Ret‡ 0
  Gary Ayles A Ret‡ 0
  Steve King D Ret‡ 0
  Barbara Cowell D Ret‡ 0
  Johnny Dumfries A DSQ‡ 0
  Andrew Hepworth A ? 0
  Jon Dooley A ? 0
  David Leslie A DNQ‡ 0
  Dave Brodie A DNA 5 DSQ 10 DSQ 8 DNS 8 11 NC Ret -37
Overall
DC
Class
Pos
Driver Class OUL SIL THR DON THR SIL SIL BRH SNE BRH BIR DON SIL Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver Second place
Bronze Third place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)
  • Note: bold signifies pole position, italics signifies fastest lap in class (1 point given).

‡ Endurance driver.

Championship resultsEdit

Driver's championship
Pos. Driver Car Class Points
1   John Cleland Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 110
2   James Weaver BMW M3 B 109
3   Robb Gravett Ford Sierra RS500 A 79
4   Louise Aitken-Walker Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 72
5   Frank Sytner BMW M3 B 70
6   Tim Harvey Ford Sierra RS500 A 60
7   Phil Dowsett Toyota Corolla FX GT D 56
8   John Llewellyn BMW M3 B 37
8   Tony Crudgington Toyota Corolla GT D 37
10   Ian Forrest BMW M3 B 35
11   Laurence Bristow Ford Sierra RS500 A 34
12   Godfrey Hall BMW M3 B 31
12   Ray Armes Honda Civic Si D 31
14   Geoff Kimber-Smith Toyota Corolla GT D 30
15   John Morris Volkswagen Golf GTI C 27
16   Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS500 A 26
16   Jeremy Rossiter Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 26
18   Les Liddiard Toyota Corolla FX GT D 25
19   Alan Minshaw Volkswagen Golf GTI C 22
19   Tony Dolley Toyota Corolla FX GT D 22
21   Sean Walker Ford Sierra RS500 A 17
22   Mike Jordan Peugeot 309 GTI C 16
22   Mike Newman Ford Sierra RS500 A 16
24   Mark Goddard Toyota Corolla FX GT D 15
25   John Clark BMW M3 B 12
25   Mike Smith Ford Sierra RS500 A 12
25   Nettan Lindgren BMW M3 B 12
28   Guy Edwards Ford Sierra RS500 A 11
29   Karl Jones Ford Sierra RS500 A 10
30   Ian Flux Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 9
30   Tiff Needell Ford Sierra RS500 A 9
30   Tony Lanfranchi Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 9
30   Will Hoy BMW M3 B 9
34   David Sears Ford Sierra RS500 A 7
34   Graham Goode Ford Sierra RS500 A 7
36   Vince Woodman Vauxhall Astra GTE 16V C 6
36   Jeff Allam Ford Sierra RS500 A 6
36   Gerry Marshall BMW M3 B 6
36   Chuck Nicholson Toyota Corolla GT D 6
36   Chris Hodgetts Ford Sierra RS500 A 6
41   Jerry Mahony Ford Sierra RS500 A 5
42   Tomas Mezera Ford Sierra RS500 A 4
42   Steve Soper BMW M3 B 4
42   Peter Tyson Peugeot 309 GTI C 4
42   Gerrit Van Kouwen Ford Sierra RS500 A 4
42   Bernard Hunter BMW M3 B 4
47   Damon Hill Ford Sierra RS500 A 3
47   John Brindley Volkswagen Golf GTI C 3
47   Will Hoy Ford Sierra RS500 A 3
50   Pierre Dieudonné Ford Sierra RS500 A 2
50   James Kaye BMW M3 B 2
50   Alan Minshaw BMW M3 B 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BTCC :: Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship". Archived from the original on 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-06-30. Official 1989 BTCC standings
  2. ^ "1989 Esso RAC British Touring Car Championship - Discussion and results - TenTenths Motorsport Forum".

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