ETC Drivers 1984     
Jeff Allam

Jeff Allam  (20,3kB)

Jeff Allam.

Age: 29
DoB: 19-12-1954
Born: Epson

Despite his youth, Jeff has more Rover racing miles under his belt than any other driver, for Jeff has raced the works cars since their 1980 debut.
In the past four seasons he has won countless races, taken the class overall once in 1982 and finished fourth overall in the title fight last year.

Like fellow Rover driver Peter Lovett and Steve Soper, Jeff's career away from the race tracks concerns cars.
Lovett runs a specialist dealership, Soper is a trader, and Jeff looks after the car and van rental side of the family dealership. His grounding in the trade came after studying Motor Technology at college and working for a Ford main dealer.

Three years racing karts preceded his circuit racing debut in a homebuilt Vauxhall Viva special saloon in 1972.
After three seasons he moved up to a Vauxhall Magnum production racer in which he was runner-up in the 1975 BBC Radio 1 series.

His debut in the RAC British Saloon Car Championship came in 1977, still in a Vauxhall Magnum, and he finished second in class, despite racing against drivers with far more experience than he.
In 1978, he switched to a Ford Capri in the series, finishing second in class after two outright victories, winning a Grovewood Award as one of the most promising young British drivers. It's an accolade rarely bestowed on saloon car drivers. The following year, 1979, Jeff repeated his '78 efforts - second in class in a Ford Capri.

He was a natural choice when the Rover programme was launched in 1980. Victory at the British Grand Prix round at Brands Hatch was the highlight of the first season. In 1981, with a further developed car, Jeff finished second in class to team-mate Lovett, having won three rounds of the championship.

There was a nail-biting-end to the 1982 season when Jeff just managed to beat Capri driver Vince Woodman on a tie-breaker to finally win the class outright.
Last year it was a Rover benefit, Jeff scoring two of the team's 11 wins, along with four fastest laps. This time, however, Jeff had to be content with third in class behind Soper and Lovett... but at least all three were Rover mounted.

Long distance racing has always fascinated Jeff.
He shared a Mazda sports car with Steve Soper and James Weaver in last year's Le Mans classic, the trio taking the difficult car to a second in class, and has driven in no fewer than 6 editions of the Spa 24 Hours saloon classic, his best result being 3rd with a Rover Vitesse in the 1983 event.

By concentrating on the European Touring Car Championship this year Jeff will be able to combine his skill as a distance driver with his vast experience with the Rover.

Jeff Allam  (20,3kB)

Jeff Alam and Gerard Berger


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