European Touring Car
Championship 1986


The 1986 promised to be a classic season, and in fact it was. Never before or after, so many works cars were netered. Defending champions Volvo, left in the cold by Eggenberger, turned to the Belgian RAS team, which had made a name for themselves in the small class. Eggenberger became Ford's works team, with the Sierra XR4 TI and some impressive driver pairings. Rover, having missed the 1985 championship, normally entered three cars, sometimes with good old Denny Hulme. The cars were a steady development from 1982, stil surprisingly competitive. Schnitzer BMW, supposed to have a lost year before the M3 was homologated, found some horsepower during the winter, and became frontrunners once again. If this wasn't entertaining enough, the Australian GM brand Holden entered some races with the big Commodore, in view of the 1987 World Championship.

And this was only division 3. Division 2 was contested by the BMW 325i's against the Mercedes 190, entered by Merecedes France, Carlsson and sometimes AMG.

Although the races proved to be very entertaining, behind the scenes a war raged like never before. Protest followed protest, with this time Volvo and Ford the victims. Illegal fuel, Volvo's fuel tank a little oversize, it shouldn't have happened but it did.

The last race seemed to give, unexpectedly, Percy the title, who would pip Ravaglia for just one point. So Rover's Win Percy was champion - for four weeks. Then, FISA remembered the bulletin 204 (january 1986) where was stated that the 5 worst results (opposite to the 4 of 1985) would be scratched from the championship. Guess what? BMW's Ravaglia was champion now...

At the end of the year, Volvo and Rover withdrew from touring car racing.

In 1987, apart from the ETC, a true World Championship would be organised. With works teams from Holden, Ford, BMW, Alfa Romeo and Maserati (!) it promised to be a great championship indeed.


The cars of 1986


Toyota Corolla GT Bemani
Engine Toyota 4 in line
Bore and stroke 81,0 x 77,0
Size 1587 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 4
Power ca. 150 HP
Details Fuel injection
Transmission 5-speed
Weight
Brakes f/r disc /
Wheels f/r
Tyres Dunlop

Alfa Romeo 75 V6 Luigi
Engine Alfa Romeo V6
Bore and stroke 88,0 x 68,3
Size 2491 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power
Details Fuel injection
Transmission Alfa Romeo 5-speed
Weight
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Pirelli

Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Works
Engine Alfa Romeo 4 in line
Bore and stroke 80,0 x 88,5
Size 1779 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 300 HP
Details 1 KKK turbocharger, Bosch fuel injection
Transmission Alfa Romeo 5-speed
Weight ca. 990
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 8,75 x 16 / 8,75 x 16
Tyres Pirelli

BMW 325i Linder
Engine BMW 6 in line
Bore and stroke 84,0 x 75,0
Size 2494 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 250 HP/7100
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 976
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 9 x 16 / 9 x 16
Tyres Pirelli

Mazda 929 Beek Auto Racing
Engine Mazda rotary 2-rotor
Bore and stroke -
Size
Cams -
Valves per cilinder -
Power 288 HP/7300
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission 5-speed
Weight 1040 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r x 16 / x 16
Tyres Dunlop

Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 AMG
Engine Mercedes 4 in line
Bore and stroke 95,5 x 80,25
Size 2299 cc
Cams 2 OHC
Valves per cilinder 4
Power 260 HP/7750
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission 5-speed
Weight 1020 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 8,5 x 16 / 9 x 16
Tyres Pirelli

BMW 635 CSi Schnitzer
Engine BMW 6 in line
Bore and stroke 92,6 x 86,0
Size 3475 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 334 HP/7100
Details Bosch fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1185
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r 9,5 x 17 / 9,5 x 17
Tyres Pirelli

Ford Sierra XR4 TI Eggenberger
Engine Ford Merkur 4 in line
Bore and stroke 96,48 x 79,3
Size 2320 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power ca. 340 HP
Details 1 Garrett turbo
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Pirelli

Holden VK Commodore Grice
Engine Holden V8
Bore and stroke
Size 4900 cc
Cams 1 OHV
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 415 HP/
Details 1 quad carburettor
Transmission
Weight 1325 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Yokohama

Rover Vitesse TWR
Engine Rover V8
Bore and stroke 89,4 x 71,1
Size 3532 cc
Cams 1 OHV
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 340 HP
Details Lucas fuel injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r
Tyres Dunlop

Volvo 240 Turbo RAS
Engine Volvo B21ET 4 in line
Bore and stroke 92,3 x 80,0
Size 2141 cc
Cams 1 OHC
Valves per cilinder 2
Power 350 HP/
Details 1 Garrett turbo, water injection
Transmission Getrag 5-speed
Weight 1065 kg
Brakes f/r disc / disc
Wheels f/r x 16 / 11 x 16
Tyres Pirelli


Championship table

Drivers
Final classification
Points
Monza
Doning-ton
Hockenheim
Misano
Ander-storp
Brno
Zeltweg
Nürburg-ring
Spa
Silver-stone
Nogaro
Zolder
Jarama
Estoril
1 Ravaglia
211
-
21
-
29
-
(7)
16
29
16
21
29
21
29
(2)
2 Percy
203
29
29
(13)
(16)
21
21
29
(13)
-
16
(2)
16
21
21
3 Walkinshaw
190
29
29
(13)
16
21
21
-
(13)
-
16
(2)
16
21
21
4 Vogt
189
23
21
-
22
20
20
(2)
(15)
22
20
(15)
21
-
20
5 Oestreich
161
23
21
-
22
-
-
-
-
22
20
12
21
-
20
6 Lindström
149
6
-
29
6
-
29
-
-
-
13
21
29
16
-
7 Hölzl
147
10
-
12
20
-
20
15
20
20
10
20
-
-
(10)
8 Cecotto
144
6
-
29
21
-
16
-
(3)
4
2
21
29
16
-
9 Høyer
143
-
-
6
-
20
15
20
15
-
15
8
20
12
12
Quester
143
16
-
21
13
7
(4)
16
(7)
29
21
10
10
(1)
(1)

Manufacturers
Final classification Div.
Points
Monza
Doning-ton
Hockenheim
Misano
Ander-storp
Brno
Zeltweg
Nürburg-ring
Spa
Silver-stone
Nogaro
Zolder
Jarama
Estoril
1 Toyota 1
180
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
(20)
(20)
(20)
(12)
(15)
2 BMW 2
180
20
20
(12)
20
20
20
(12)
(15)
20
20
(15)
20
20
(20)
3 BMW 3
160
(12)
(15)
15
20
(10)
(6)
15
20
20
15
20
15
20
(6)
4 Rover 3
157
20
20
(10)
(12)
20
15
20
(12)
(8)
20
(2)
12
15
15
5 Mercedes 2
152
15
15
20
15
(8)
(10)
20
15
(8)
(10)
20
(10)
15
12
6 Volvo 3
132
(6)
12
20
15
(3)
20
-
(3)
(4)
10
15
20
12
8
7 Audi 1
124
15
-
15
12
8
(8)
-
12
10
(8)
12
(8)
20
20
8 Volkswagen 1
89
6
12
12
-
-
10
-
10
6
(6)
-
10
15
8
9 Ford 3
88
(3)
6
12
(1)
-
(1)
-
15
6
8
10
3
8
20
10 Alfa Romeo 2
73
10
6
-
(4)
10
-
4
(3)
15
4
(3)
8
8
8

 

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