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The Group C Years: A Fans Journey, 1987 Brands Hatch 1000km

Photography by Nigel Barrett

Round 7 of a 10 round World Sportscar Championship came to the UK on 26 July 1987 for the Shell Gemini 1000 km of Brands Hatch.

Jaguar dominated the Championship with their TWR-run XJR8s losing only two races, one of which was Le Mans!

Raoul Boesel would end the season as World Drivers Champion and would take the win at Brands Hatch en route to that title alongside John Nielsen.

Race result

1st: #4 Boesel / Nielsen Jaguar XJR-8 Silk Cut Jaguar 238 5:33:48.510 1001.071 kms 179.936 1st C1
2nd: #15 Baldi / Dumfries Porsche 962 C GTi Liqui Moly Equipe/BLR 238 5:35:01.510 2nd C1
3rd: #5 Lammers / Watson Jaguar XJR-8 Silk Cut Jaguar 229 3rd C1 1:16.440
4th: #7 Stuck / Bell Porsche 962 C Joest Racing 228 4th C1
5th: #2 Mass / Larrauri Porsche 962 C Brun Motorsport 228 5th C1
6th: #10 Nissen / Weidler Porsche 962 C Porsche Kremer Racing 225 6th C1
7th: #102 Mallock / Leslie Ecosse C286 Ford Swiftair Ecurie Ecosse 221 1st C2
8th: #111 Spice / Velez Spice SE87C Ford Spice Engineering 220 2nd C2
9th: #1 T Pareja / Brun Porsche 962 C Brun Motorsport 219 7th C1
10th: #101 Duez / Wilds Ecosse C286 Ford Swiftair Ecurie Ecosse 219 3rd C2
11th: #117 Hoy / Schanche Argo JM19B Zakspeed Team Lucky Strike Schanche 213 4th C2 1:24.350
12th: #106 Randaccio / Gellini / Barberio Tiga GC85 Ford Kelmar Racing Team 211 5th C2
13th: #118 Nicholson / Ricci / Iacobelli Spice SE86C Ford Chamberlain Engineering 201 6th C2
14th: #114 Thyrring / Musetti Tiga GC287 Ford Turbo Team Tiga Ford DK 182 7th C2
15th: #27 Adams / Foulston Spice SE86C Hart Chamberlain Engineering 181 8th C2
16th: #171 Fyda / Jacobsen / Sebastiani Tiga GC286 Ford Turbo Cee Sport Racing 171 9th C2

NC
#178 Thomann / Ferrarin / Tremblay ALD 02 BMW Louis Descartes 144 C2
#198 Andrews / Kimpton / Rossiter Tiga GC286 Ford RBR 139 C2

DNF
#123 Sheldon / de Henning Tiga GC287 Porsche Turbo Charles Ivey Racing 187 Accident C2
#121 Wood / Los / Weaver Tiga GC287 Ford Cosmik-GP Motorsport 150 Suspension C2
#177 Heuclin / Lacaud / Descartes ALD 03 BMW Louis Descartes 117 Gearbox C2
#104 Mundas / Walker / Seher URD C81 BMW URD-Junior Team 97 Accident C2
#115 Needell / Harrower ADA 02 Ford ADA Engineering 90 Steering C2
#116 Frey / Taverna / Lavaggi Alba AR3 Ford Techno Racing 82 Accident C2
#200 Leim / Donovan Argo JM19 Porsche Turbo Dahm Cars Racing 54 Gearbox C2
#188 Hickman / Payne Ceekar 83J-1 Ford Ark Racing with Arthur Hough 10 Suspension C2
#191 Piper / Catlow Royale RP40 Ford PC Automotive 6 Suspension C2

DNS
42 Jaussaud / Lempereur / Rossiaud Sauber C8 Mercedes Del Bello Racing Accident in practice C1