Beetle V8 60s Saloons

UK Special Saloon + Modsports Historical Database

1981 BRSCC Northern Special Saloons BRSCC Modified Sports Cars

TThe BRSCC-North club had run their own championship for saloons since 1967 with previous champions including Harry Radcliffe ,Ken Walker ,Doug Emms and reigning Champion Tony Sugden.

The same club had also run their own northern Modsport series since 1977. Terry Carthy winning in 1980. The 1981 season saw both series race in parallel on the same bill as a joint grid for the final time before changes in 1982 combined properly both into one. 1981 was also last year the Croft circuit was avaliable before closure. 

1981 Season  overview

R1 : Date : March 15th 1981 . Venue : CROFT    

Laps :     Pole :   Fastest Lap :  

R2 : Date : April 18th 1981 . Venue : AINTREE    

Laps : 10    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Simms 60.1 ( 98.24 mph ) Starters : 16

DNS from entry list : P.Barak ( Escort V8 ), S.Oliver ( Escort ), J.Radcliffe ( Escort ), A.Wearing ( Elan )

1981 results

CLASS STRUCTURE FOR BOTH SALOONS

SERIES AND MODSPORTS SERIES :

CLASS A : CARS OVER 2500cc

CLASS B : CARS 1501cc to 2500cc

CLASS C : CARS 1001cc to 1500cc

CLASS D : CARS up to 1000cc

 

POINT SCORING SYSTEM :

1st : 4

2nd : 3

3rd : 2

4th : 1

+ FASTEST LAP : 1

reduced points for reduced

number of starters per class

NivenAintree1981 Cadwell Aintree Croft

R4 : Date : May 10th 1981 . Venue : CROFT    

Laps :     Pole :    Fastest Lap :

R5 : Date : May 17th 1981 . Venue : CADWELL PARK    

Laps : 10    Pole : n/k   Fastest Lap : Sugden 1m. 34.2 ( 85.98 mph ) Starters : 14

DNS from entry list : J.Williams ( Elan ) ,I.Higgins ( Ginetta )

R6 : Date : June 14th 1981 . Venue : CROFT    

Laps : 10    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Jeff Wilson 68.9 secs ( 91.44 mph ) Starters : 17

DNS from entry list : M.Newman ( Firenza ) , F.Cliffe ( Jag E  ) , B.Dickens ( Elan ) , P.Berman ( Elan )

Aintree81PhilBarak

Geordie Phil Barak raced both his Escort V8 and then the ex-Gerry Marshall 'Baby Bertha' Vauxhall Firenza 5.0 during the 1981 season.

R3 : Date : April 20th 1981 . Venue : CROFT    

Laps :     Pole :    Fastest Lap :

R7 : Date : July 5th 1981 . Venue : CADWELL PARK    

Laps : 8    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Richard Simms 1min 35.5 secs ( 84.81 mph ) Starters : 13

DNS from entry list : D.Wild + R.Gibson ( Minis ) ,A.Wearing ( Elan ) ,T.Bloom ( Turner ) and 3 Midget driver names listed were replaced with 3 not listed.

R8 : Date : August 1st 1981 . Venue : AINTREE    

Laps : 10    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Mark Hales 62.2 secs ( 94.92 mph ) ,John Digby 62.5 secs ( 94.65 mph ) class record. Starters : 12

DNS from entry list : M.Sharpe ( Big Sam ),T.Sugden ( Esprit ),A.Gilbert ( Europa ),A.Wearing ( Elan ),

E.Adams + J.Read ( Davrians ) .

R9 : Date : August 31st 1981 . Venue : CROFT   Modsport result only

Laps : 12    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Dave Sheppard 1min 14.2 secs ( 84.90 mph ) class record. Starters : 13

DNS from entry list : P.Green ( MG ) , E.Adams , J.Firth , D.Ogden + I.Forrest ( Davrians ) .

R10 : Date : September 13th 1981 . Venue : CROFT  

Laps : 12    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Jeff Wilson  1min 07.6 secs . Starters : 18

DNS from entry list : J.Funnell ( Morris Minor )

R11 : Date : September 27th 1981 . Venue : CADWELL PARK  

Laps : 10    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Tony Dickinson  1min 33.2 secs ( 86.9 mph ) . Starters : 13

DNS from entry list : G.Potter ( Esprit ) , C.Thomas , N.Pennell ( Minis ) , A.Eisner ( Chevron B8 ! ) , I.Higgins , E.Falkous ( Ginettas ) , R.Dennard ( Davrian ).

R12 : Date : October 3rd 1981 . Venue : AINTREE  ( Modsport round only )

Laps : 12    Pole :    Fastest Lap : Andrew Wearing 62.5secs ( 94.31 mph ) . Starters : 13

DNS from entry list : S.Holden ( Triumph GT6 ) , J.Bradshaw ( Europa ) , E.Falkous ( Ginettas ) .

R13 : Date : October 18th 1981 . Venue : CROFT

Laps :     Pole :    Fastest Lap : n/k . Starters : n/k

DNS from entry list :

My thanks to Jon Jeffrey for providing so much of the information on this season. I hope to find the information to fill the missing gaps in results and any championship finishings soon.