Bob Berridge won round four of the FIA cup, for Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars series at the Nurburgring on July 13, but it was1995 champion Martin Stretton in Simon Bull’s ex-Jackie Stewart Tyrrell 005 who astounded 90,000 spectators at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix meeting.
In a air engineered by its original designer, Derek Gardner, Stretton was closest to Berridge’s 1983 RAM 01 in qualifying and was leading the race when suspension failure ended his superb run.
Berridge, recovering from a poor start, went on to lead home Steve Hitchins (Lotus 78) and Mike Wrigley (Tyrrell 012), a 1-2-3 for Empress Racing-prepared cars.
Empress boss Richard Salisbury was elated at the result. “This has been an unforgettable week. More people watched us unload the truck than l’ve seen at some race meetings at home.”
Swiss Urs Eberhardt was second when gearbox problems forced him out. Team mate Michael Schryver guided his Lotus 72 home in a classwinning fourth, ahead of the duelling Helen Bashford (Shadow DN9) and Bill Hall (Fittipaldi F8C). Roger Earl claimed Class B honours for the first time in his ex-Patrick Depailler Tyrrell 008.