ETC Drivers 1984    
Peter Lovett

Jeff Allam  (20,3kB)

Peter Lovett.

Age: 34
DoB: 06-03-1950
Born: Leicester

Like Jeff Allam, Peter has been a long serving Rover racer, and in fact managed to win the class in the 1981 British Saloon Car Championship - his inaugural year - and wound-up runner-up to Steve Soper last year.
With Soper concentrating on Europe in '84, Peter aspires to the overall crown this year.

Although he had dabbled in motor sports for many years and was one of that band of faithful Britons who tackled Le Mans year after year, Peter first started to make a name for himself on the home scene in 1978 when he drove a Triumph Dolomite Sprint to finish second in class in the RAC British Saloon Car Championship.

The following season he started a link with Tom Walkinshaw Racing that continues today. He contested the BMW County Championship in a TWR-prepared 323i, entered by his family business, Dick Lovett Specialist Cars.
He also ran an ex-Tom Walkinshaw BMW 530i in Group 2 trim in British rounds of the European Touring Car Championship, but the car was uncompetitive and the team achieved only limited success.

In 1980 he shared a Porsche 935 with Dudley Wood and John Cooper at Le Mans. The team were lying seventh until the car gave trouble, while his other long distance event that year was in a Mazda RX-7 in the Spa 24 Hours when, sharing with Win Percy, the team was holding down a strong ninth place until a wheel fell off.

For Peter, 1980 was a distinct Mazda year. He was co-opted into the TWR run team to help Win Percy to the first of his championship hat-tricks in the British Saloon Car Championship.
Peter drove the second RX-7 in the final three rounds of the series and came second in class on each occasion.

That showing led to his appearance in the 1981 TWR-run Rover team.
Driving alongside Jeff Allam, Peter won three races in the V8-powered car, with a further three second places.
That was enough to clinch the class.. much to his own surprise.

Things didn't go quite so well in 1982, as Peter only re-joined the team part-way through the season and so could only hope to help Allam on his way to the BSCC overall class. Peter nonetheless managed two wins.

Last year, Peter again showed his mettle to wind up just six points behind Soper in the overall stakes. He recorded four wins and two fastest laps on his way to 62 points in the provisional results.

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