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Roy Pierpoint
Helmet
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British United Kingdom
Date of Birth 15/05/1929[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début Race of Champions 1965
Championships 1 (1965)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Weybridge Engineering Co.
Bill Shaw Racing
SCA Freight Ltd.
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team Unknown
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
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Roy Pierpoint is a former British Saloon Car Championship champion and class winner, having won the championship in his debut year of 1965.[1] Pierpoint spent six years in the BTCC, competing from 1965 until 1971.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Pierpoint's career began at the age of twenty, when he entered a self built Fiat 1100 in a race at a BARC meeting.[2] Although his name dissappeared from entry lists after this, Pierpoint would re-emerge in 1962, entering numerous events organised by the BRDC.[2] He continued to enter the Brands Six Hour race after 1962, as well as hill climbs.[2]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Pierpoint's first chance to enter the BSCC came in 1965, when the Weybridge Engineering Company were looking for a driver for their Ford Mustang, built by Alan Mann Racing.[3] Their choice in Pierpoint proved to be ideal, as Pierpoint took the bright red machine to six wins that season, meaning he scored maximum points and took the title (despite being tied on points with Warwick Banks, although Pierpoint's dropped scores and the fact that he won races overall saw Pierpoint take the title).[3]

Pierpoint swapped the Mustang for a racing version of the Ford Falcon (named the Ford Falcon Sprint) for 1966.[4] His season was marked, however, by numerous retirements, which were caused (it would appear) by the supercharger which his car was fitted with.[4] Three further seasons with the Falcon saw Pierpoint finish fifth in the championship (his highest finish apart from his championship year), taking six further wins.

Pierpoint Falcon 1969

Pierpoint dragging the Chevrolet Camaro to victory at Silverstone in 1969.

The final year of his Falcon days saw Pierpoint switch to Bill Shaw Racing.[5] While racing for Bill Shaw, Pierpoint was given a Chevrolet Camaro to race with half way through the season, claiming his first victory in the car at Silverstone.[6] Pierpoint had been in contention to win the title that year, but the change of car meant that the two further wins he obtained that season were not added to his points tally.[7]

1970 and 1971 saw Pierpoint's interest in the championship wain, with two further podiums and a further points finish over the two years.[6] Tasked with breaking in the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28, Pierpoint's final years in the championship were plagued by retirements.[6] Pierpoint ended his BSCC career with a fourth place finish at the second round of 1971.[8]

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Roy Pierpoint's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Roy Pierpoint's best finish at that meeting.

Roy Pierpoint's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1965 Weybridge Engineering Co. 1st 48 Ford Mustang bgcolor="#FFA500" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|D 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 - - - -
1966 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC Ford Falcon Sprint R N 1 1 R N - - - -
1967 2 3 3 R N R 4 R - -
1968 5th 44 R 2 2 2 R 3 2 2 1 R -
1969 Bill Shaw Racing 8th 42 1 2 1 1 1* R 1 1 R 2 R
1970 bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC Chevrolet Camaro Z28 R 3 3 R 10** N R N R N
1971 SCA Freight N 4 N

* Pierpoint used a Chevrolet Camaro from that point forward in 1969.[5]

** Pierpoint used a Ford Mustang, working with Martin Thomas.[6]

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