Britain's premier saloon car race, the Diners Club International Tourist Trophy, has been won by Belgian drivers Eddy Joosen and Raymond van Hove in a BMW.
MV & CU Car No.2 BMW with Belgian driver Eddy Joosen at wheel (eventual winner).
GV Car rounding chicane.
GV Number 4 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Tony Dron and Jac??? Nellemann.
TO GV Cars rounding bend.
GV Car No.25 driven by Stuart Graham and John Cooper (Ford Capri) entering pits for wheel change. (2 SHOTS)
MV Car No.32 driven by David Palmer and Syd Fox, Mazda RX 3, in pits.
SV Car No.18 Ford Capri driven by Holman Blackman and Gordon Bruce leaving pits.
GV Car No.2, lapping slower cars.
GV Cars including No 7 driven by Brian Redman and clemens Schickentanz in a Mercedes.
GV Chequered flag waving as winner No.2 crosses line, (2 SHOTS)
MV Spectators look on as winners Joosen and Raymond van hove receive trophy.
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: Britain's premier saloon car race, the Diners Club International Tourist Trophy, has been won by Belgian drivers Eddy Joosen and Raymond van Hove in a BMW. Held at Silverstone on Sunday (17 September), the 107-lap event counted towards the International European Touring Championship and attracted a large contingent of drivers from outside Britain.
SYNOPSIS: The event was to prove a comfortable win for Joosen and van Hove in car number two. But earlier, sporting pundits had expected the Continental attack to be led by the newly-crowned European Touring Car champion, Umberto Grano of Italy. Driving a BMW Italia CSL, he had won six of the ten events held before the Tourist Trophy. However, a mechanical defect, reportedly a broken rocker arm, put Grano and his British teammate Tom Walkinshaw out of the race.
Many other vehicles found the three-hour event hard going and several were forced into the pits - some for simple wheel-changes but others for more serious repairs.
Meanwhile the Belgian team of Joosen and van Hove continued to out-pace other competitors - including one of long distance racing's most successful drivers, Briam Redman of Britain, who was eventually forced out by a mechanical failure.
The Belgians took home the trophy after winning with a clear two-lap lead over their nearest competitors, Helmut Kelleners of Germany and Swiss team-mate Edy Brandenberger.