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1958 British Saloon Car Championship

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1959

The 1958 BRSCC British Saloon Car Championship was the inaugural season of the championship. The series
Jack Sears 1958

The Austin A105 with which Jack Sears won the 1958 British Saloon Car Championship

was open to four seperate classes, up to 1200cc, 1201-1600cc, 1601-2700cc and 2701cc and above. Equal championship points were to be scored in each class, meaning any driver could win the championship without winning any races outright. The first ever round was held on 26 December 1957 at Brands Hatch. The final round of the year was held on 5 October back at Brands Hatch.

Jack Sears and Tommy Sopwith ended the final race on the same number of championship points. With this a possibility going into the final round it was initially suggested the champion would be decided by the toss of a coin. The idea was disliked by both drivers, and it was decided two identical looking Marcus Chambers-owned Riley One-Point-Five works rally cars would be brought along for a five lap shoot-out. To make the race fair, they raced five laps, switched cars, then raced five laps again with the driver who had the quickest combined time being crowned champion. In extremely wet conditions, the first head to head was won by Sopwith by 2.2 second and the second race was won by Sears by 3.8 seconds. This meant that Sears was crowned the first ever BSCC champion.

CalendarEdit

Overall winners of multi-class races in bold.

Round Circuit Date Class A Winner Class B Winner Class C Winner Class D Winner
1A Brands Hatch 7 April John Sprinzel Not contested Jack Sears Not contested
1B Brands Hatch 7 April Not contested Alan Foster Not contested Tommy Sopwith
NC Aintree Motor Racing Circuit 19 April Unknown Alan Foster Peter Blond Gawaine Baillie
2A Brands Hatch 20 April John Sprinzel Not contested Not contested Not contested
2B Brands Hatch 20 April Not contested Tommy Bridger Not contested Not contested
2C

Brands Hatch

20 April Not contested Not contested Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
NC Silverstone Circuit 3 May Graham Hill Les Leston Jeff Uren Mike Hawthorn
3A Mallory Park 11 May John Sprinzel Not contested Not contested Not contested
3B Mallory Park 11 May Not contested Les Leston Jeff Uren Gawaine Baillie
4A Brands Hatch 18 May John Sprinzel Not contested Not contested Not contested
4B Brands Hatch 18 May Not contested Tommy Bridger Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
NC Goodwood Circuit 26 May John Sprinzel Barney Everley Duncan Hamilton Duncan Hamilton
5A Brands Hatch 8 June John Sprinzel Not contested Not contested Not contested
5B Brands Hatch 8 June Not contested Tommy Bridger Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
NC Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit 29 June John Sprinzel Les Leston Edgar Wadsworth Tommy Sopwith
6 Crystal Palace 5 July George 'Doc' Shepherd Alan Foster Jeff Uren Tommy Sopwith
NC Silverstone Circuit 19 July Bob Gerard Les Leston Jack Sears Walt Hansgen
7 Brands Hatch 4 August John Sprinzel Alan Foster Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
8 Brands Hatch 30 August George 'Doc' Shepherd Les Leston Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
9 Brands Hatch 5 October George 'Doc' Shepherd Les Leston Jack Sears Tommy Sopwith
NC Brands Hatch 26 December George 'Doc' Shepherd Les Leston Jeff Uren Gawaine Baillie

Championship resultsEdit

Pos. Driver Car Team Class Points
1 Jack Sears Austin A105 Jack Sears C 48
2 Tommy Sopwith Jaguar 3.4 Litre Equipe Endeavour D 48
3 John Sprinzel Austin A35 Team Speedwell A 47
4 Doc Shepherd Austin A35 Team Speedwell A 41
5 Alan Foster MG Magnette Dick Jacobs B 40
6 Jeff Uren Jaguar 3.4 Litre Ford Zephyr Jeff Uren C 36

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