DATE VENUE CLUB RACE # QUAL/F-LAP RESULT
APRIL 17th SILVERSTONE BARC W. WOOLS R3 19 Q1 56.6 1st ( 1st in class )
APRIL 23d SNETTERTON BARC W. WOOLS R4 19 Q1 1m 09.2 1st ( 1st in class )
MAY 2nd CADWELL PARK BRSCC-N SPORTS GT 9 Q1 1m 43.6 1st ( 1st in class )
MAY 8th MALLORY PARK BARC W. WOOLS R5 19 Q8 48.7 1st ( 1st in class )
MAY 15th DONINGTON PARK BARC SPORTS GT 9 Q10 1st ( 1st in class )
MAY 22nd BRANDS HATCH BARC W. WOOLS R6 19 Q1 48.61 1st ( 1st in class )
MAY 30th OULTON PARK OP Racing SPORTS GT 9 Q3 3rd ( 3rd in class )
JUNE 5th SNETTERTON BARC W. WOOLS R7 19 Q1 1m 09.6 DNF - 3 laps
JUNE 26th DONINGTON PARK BARC W. WOOLS R8 19 Q1 1m 14.5 2nd ( 2nd in class )
JULY 3rd MALLORY PARK BARC W. WOOLS R9 19 Q2 9th ( 5th in class )
AUGUST 14th DONINGTON PARK BRSCC SPORTS GT 9 Q2 3rd ( 3rd in class )
AUGUST 21st SNETTERTON BARC W. WOOLS R10 19 Q3 2nd ( 2nd in class )
SEPTEMBER 4th BRANDS HATCH BARC W. WOOLS R11 19 Q5 6th ( 4th in class )
SEPTEMBER 18th MALLORY PARK BRSCC SPORTS GT 9 Q3 3rd ( 3rd in class )
SEPTEMBER 25th THRUXTON BARC W. WOOLS R12 19 Q3 2nd ( 2nd in class )
OCTOBER 9th DONINGTON PARK BARC W. WOOLS R13 19 Q? 1m 13.6 1st ( 1st in class )
OCTOBER 15th SILVERSTONE SUNBAC F. LIBRE race 19 Q2 2nd ( 2nd in class )
OCTOBER 16th THRUXTON BARC W. WOOLS R14 19 Q2 2nd ( 2nd in class )

1988 BARC Wendy Wools class winner

For 1988 Tony was back in the John Leek-built chassis #1 but it was all change. The Lotus Esprit bodywork had been removed and a new Skoda Coupe body fitted instead. The 2 bodies use very close wheelbases about 96 inches. The reason for the switch was the decline of the Donington GT Championship as Tony reasoned on going back into Saloon racing and returning to the long running BARC national championship still sponsored by Wendy Wools.
Having seen Tony race the Esprit in 1987 I hadnt realised at the time in 1988 that he was still in the same car when that lovely sporty wedge Esprit body had gone and the rather dated, boxy Skoda shape was his 'new' car .
Having missed the 2 opening rounds the Skoda made its debut at Silvestone on April 17th ( photo below ). Between BARC rounds Tony did some BRSCC Sports GT rounds too and the combination got off to a fantastic start by winning the first 6 races contested , 4 Barc and 2 BRSCC races.
The outright Wendy Wools title was out of reach as the 1000cc class king and reigning Champion Ginger Marshall already had a head start and raked up 66 points to retain it. Tony though took the 'big' class with 50 points and second overall behind Marshall , beating class rival Brian Chatfield ( BMW ) by 15 points. Chris Maries won some of the mid-season rounds in his XR3 V8 to add to the mix. Along the way Tony broke the Donington lap record for special saloons with a 1 minute 14.52 ( 94.54 mph ) as indeed did smaller class winners Enderby and Marshall on the day I witnessed the racing.
18 starts in the 1988 season saw 17 finishes with 7 outright wins.

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April 17th 1988 - Tony debuts the Skoda body on the same John Leek chassis that he ran with Esprit boywork the previous 5 seasons. Here on his way to outright victory in the Wendy Wools round at Silverstone , the first of 6 consecutive wins.

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