“It was different to the other F3000 street race,” says Ron Tauranac. “Pau was somewhere you took your wife and stayed on after the race; Birmingham wasn’t!”
His marque scored a 1-2 at the inaugural event, but the Ralt performance everyone remembers came the following year.
“Roberto [Moreno] qualified on the fourth row after messing up his quickest run. Then we couldn’t get his engine started on the parade lap, so he had to start from the end of the pitlane.
“I was amazed by what happened. He rocketed up the field. At one point he caught [team-mate, Mauricio] Gugelmin in third and they were both stuck behind someone for 10 laps. After that. there wasn’t enough time to catch Stekino Modena.” Moreno’s fastest lap would stand as the all-time record. Justice was done in 1988, when he won comfortably en route to the title.