BRSCC takes back con­trol of Fi­es­tas

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The BRSCC has taken or­gan­i­sa­tion of its Fi­esta Cham­pi­onship in house for this sea­son.

The se­ries had been run by Kevin Shor­tis’s Ford Rac­ing UK com­pany but will now join the Fi­esta Ju­nior cat­e­gory as be­ing run by the club, af­ter con­cern over grid num­bers.

Club chair­man Bernard Cottrell said: “We took the Fi­esta Ju­niors back in house a cou­ple of years ago and that is mov­ing for­ward with great pace. We’ve got be­tween 13 and 17 en­tries this year and that might be in the 20s by the sum­mer when some more driv­ers turn 14.

“Fi­es­tas has strug­gled in the past cou­ple of years and we are hop­ing to turn that around and are try­ing to get grids back up again. Al Daly will be the new cham­pi­onship co­or­di­na­tor. He is quite well known and a re­spected for­mer driver.”

Cottrell added that the reg­u­la­tions will re­main un­changed and is hope­ful that a deal with Quaife to sup­ply driv­ers with new dif­fer­en­tials will boost en­tries.

Last month, our sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Au­tosport pro­duced a list of the best For­mula 1 driv­ers never to win a world cham­pi­onship grand prix (Fe­bru­ary 4 is­sue). Such lists are al­ways sub­jec­tive – even once the cri­te­ria is set, com­par­ing across eras is a chal­lenge – but they are great for stir­ring de­bate.

One of the stronger can­di­dates who missed out on mak­ing Au­tosport’s top 20 was Brian Red­man. In a lim­ited F1 ca­reer in which he never con­tested a full sea­son, the Bri­ton’s best re­sult was a third at the 1968 Span­ish GP in an un­com­pet­i­tive Cooper-maserati. But be­yond that, Red­man’s CV is a very fine one.

Red­man im­pressed along­side such names as Pedro Ro­driguez, Jo Sif­fert, Ron­nie Peter­son, Jacky Ickx – all GP win­ners – and fu­ture world cham­pion Mario An­dretti in the world sportscar cham­pi­onship. He raced for Porsche, John Wyer’s Gulf squad and Fer­rari (among oth­ers) and racked up 17 vic­to­ries.

Per­haps less well known on this side of the At­lantic, how­ever, are his scores of suc­cesses in Amer­ica. As well as vic­to­ries in both the Day­tona 24 Hours and Se­bring 12 Hours en­durance clas­sics, Red­man won the IMSA GTP crown in 1981 with Lola’s T600.

Even more im­pres­sively, Red­man be­came the man to beat in the com­pet­i­tive North Amer­i­can For­mula 5000 cham­pi­onship. The cars of the V8 cat­e­gory were al­most as rapid as the F1 ma­chines of the pe­riod, and at­tracted some big names, in­clud­ing An­dretti, Jody Scheck­ter and Al Unser. And Red­man ruled the roost.

Hav­ing (con­tro­ver­sially) scored his first win for Chevron at the end of 1972, Red­man won five rounds for Lola in 1973 de­spite not con­test­ing all the events. He then beat An­dretti to the 1974 and 1975 crowns, com­plet­ing the hat-trick in 1976. In all, he scored 16 vic­to­ries, more than any­one else in the se­ries’ his­tory.

One of the nicest and most help­ful driv­ers you could ever meet, Red­man re­acted en­thu­si­as­ti­cally when MN asked him for a few words on the three best cars of his ca­reer. In­stead of a cou­ple of lines on each, Brian chose to write a 2000-word ac­count, com­plete with anec­dotes, on three of the sport’s most suc­cess­ful cars. It seemed a no-brainer to print as much of it as pos­si­ble ( see page 20).

It also got me think­ing about some of the other great driv­ers who missed out. Per­haps sportscar and ral­ly­ing leg­end Vic El­ford should be the next man on our Great Cars list…

Tan­ner: “Once all the de­tail is fi­nalised and ap­plied, we then have to spend 24 hours pol­ish­ing it and ap­ply­ing the last lit­tle bits be­fore it is then sent to the client.”

Red­man was the man to beat in Amer­i­can F5000

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