Battle of to great racing stars: Roberto Ravaglia, one of the greatest touring car racers in the history of tin-top motorsport, will make his Goodwood Members’ Meeting debut on March 18-19, going wheel to wheel with Austrian Formula 1 hero, Gerhard Berger, in the Gerry Marshall Trophy.
The legendary Italian, who took two European Championship titles and lifted the inaugural World Touring Car crown with BMW in the 1980s, will tackle the two-driver, two-part event alongside James Vickers in a Belga-liveried 3-litre Ford Capri, a car with superb history.
Commissioned by 1978 Spa 24 Hours winner Gordon Spice for the ’79 Belgian classic, chassis CC13 was built by Dave Cook and Peter Clark of CC Racing and was immediately a front-runner. Spice’s team-mate Alain Semoulin ‘got involved in someone else’s accident’, which dropped the car down the order while repairs were effected. An epic charge back by Spice, during which he set the race’s fastest lap, brought fifth place.
Having raced in a selection of historic series in the intervening period, the Capri is now in the custodianship of James Vickers. Still resplendent in its period Belga livery and having had a comprehensive restoration, CC13 will be a star attraction in the Gerry Marshall Trophy, especially with Signor Ravaglia at the wheel.
Roberto Ravaglia’s major victories include:
1985 Spa 24 Hours
1986 European Touring Car Champion
1987 World Touring Car Champion; Macau Guia
1988 European Touring Car Champion; Spa 24 Hours
1989 German Touring Car Champion (DTM); Nürburgring 24 Hours
1990 Italian Touring Car Champion
1991 Italian Touring Car Champion
1993 Italian Touring Car Champion
1994 Spa 24 Hours
1995 Nürburgring 24 Hours
Photos: Courtesy – FOS