FEB 05th 2016

Video: ‘Full Throttle’ – Group C beasts at Brands!

Relive some of the key moments from the seventh round of the 1988 FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship, the Brands Hatch 1000km.

Filmed from various vantage points around the Kent circuit by intrepid amateur cameraman Barry Price, there’s plenty of action featuring the world’s fastest endurance racers from the Group C1 and C2 brigade in what was Britain’s second championship qualifier of the season.

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The two 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 AEG Sauber Mercedes C9/88s of Jean-Louis Schlesser/Mauro Baldi and Schlesser (he was entered in both cars)/Jochen Mass lock out the front row but would lose out to the 7.0-litre V12 Silk Cut Jaguar XJR9 of Martin Brundle/John Nielsen/Andy Wallace in the five-and-a-half-hour enduro.

The #1 TWR Jaguar wins the race by a lap from the 3.0-litre turbo Blaupunkt-liveried Joest Racing Porsche 962C of Klaus Ludwig/Bob Wollek, with the best of the Saubers – the Baldi/Schlesser car – a further four laps adrift in third.

The biggest drama of the race, captured by Barry from the outside of Clearways, involves the two grumbling Saubers coming across the Roy Baker Racing Group C2 Tiga of Steve Hynes. Jochen Mass’s #62 car is eliminated in a sizeable smash, with the #61 sister car spinning to avoid the mess but continuing.

The two works Spice-Fords take an impressive fourth and fifth overall to dominate their class battle. Team owner Gordon Spice and Ray Bellm lead home the sister car of Almo Coppelli/Thorkild Thyrring.

Don’t worry about the random start footage of the Ford Fiesta support race at the 1m 20s mark – it only lasts for a few seconds!

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