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1984 Brands Hatch 1000Kms

British Aerospace 1000 kms

Sunday, July 29, 1984
Round:
5
Laps:
238
Fastest Lap:
Palmer and Wollek, 1m21.03
Country:
Britain
Circuit:
1984 season:
Report

Fine Canon team win

The 1984 World Endurance Championship events are, generally, spaced out a month apart as the teams wished, but with a fine sense of timing F1SA allowed the BRSCC organised, British Aerospace-sponsored Brands Hatch 1,000 Kms race to be held on July 29th, just a week before the Mosport 1,000 Kms. A few teams, notably John Fitzpatrick's Skoal Porsches, decided to do both but for most it was a choice, and the "home" event in Kent won the day. Although not a round of the Manufacturers' Championship the race qualified for Drivers' Championship points so apart from Derek Bell and Jacky lckx (both of whom were racing in America) all the top names were there.

Right from the start of the weekend Richard Lloyd's Canon/GTI Engineering team showed a clear superiority over its rivals, arriving at the circuit with a small wing mounted above the nose of the 956. It may have been partly psychological, but Jonathan Palmer and Jan Lammers found that the Porsche was perfectly balanced on the hilly circuit where others found their cars understeering. Palmer's pole position time of 1 min 17.32 sec was within 0.1 sec of his qualifying time for the Grand Prix the week before, though far removed from Piquet's time.

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