Grips with per­haps the Blue Oval’s most dom­i­nant tour­ing car

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Pirelli and Yoko­hama was vi­tal to Gravett’s 1990 BTCC ti­tle.

Even af­ter his short run, Jor­dan can see why. “If you went too hard over a lap or two it’d be the be­gin­ning of the end of the tyres,” he says. “I bet they were be­ing very care­ful to look af­ter tyres.

“That re­ally puts an em­pha­sis on what brutes they were. The car’s not all over the place, but be­cause you’re us­ing all of the road – nor­mally in a big op­po­site lock – I would think it made rac­ing them quite hard. The cars would be mov­ing around so much.”

Jor­dan has ex­pe­ri­ence of a wide range of tour­ing car eras, from Austin A40s and Lo­tus Corti­nas of the ’50s and ’60s all the way up to the cur­rent NGTC rac­ers. Just be­fore the Sil­ver­stone test, he had driven a Gor­don Spice Ford Capri, which dom­i­nated the BTCC just a few sea­sons be­fore the RS500 ar­rived.

He is im­pressed by how far things had de­vel­oped be­tween the two iconic Fords. “This com­pletely moves the goal­posts,” he says. “It sur­prised me how quick it was. Peo­ple al­ways go on about the RS500 and you look at it and think it’s just a beefed-up Sierra. It’s quicker than I thought.

“I can see why peo­ple rave about RS500S now. It’s nice when some­thing gen­uinely sur­prises you.” ■

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