Next up is Silverstone, where the BSCC circus runs in support to the BRDC International Trophy European Formula 2 Championship opener. Percy avenges his Mallory defeat by securing pole in the Mazda, but gearbox failure for the Japanese machine hands victory to Rouse and the Juicy Jeans Capri. Second goes to Rouse’s former boss Gordon Spice in his self-run Capri, with Vince Woodman making at a Ford 1-2-3 in his Equipe Esso example. Best of the Rovers, which had yet to exert their authority over the Capris, was the TWR car of Jeff Allam.
On to Oulton Park and Percy is again on pole. This time, the Mazda holds together to record its maiden series victory from a horde of Capris – the cars of Spice, Rouse, Woodman and Whiting. The Patrick Motorsport Rovers of Rex Greenslade and Brian Muir took fifth and sixth.
The final part of this early-season review takes the cars to the Hampshire speedbowl of Thruxton. It’s a happy hunting ground for the Capris, with Spice, Woodman and Jonathan Buncombe locking out the top-three spots on the grid. Woodman gets the jump at the start and heads off to his first win for nearly two years, while Spice and Rouse complete the podium. With the best Rover taking fifth, behind Percy’s Mazda, nobody thought at the time that the big V8 would in fact win five of the seven remaining rounds that season.