Make Ford
Model Ford Sierra Sapphire
Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Chassis No
Built By Andy Rouse Engineering
Date Built 1990
Current Status

History

The first of Andy Rouse built cars built to the BTCC's new 2-litre regulations.

The car first appeared in 1990 driven by Ray Bellm but after a string of problems Bellm quit the team and the car was taken over by Chris Hodgetts for a couple of rounds at the end of the season.

Jim Wheals purchased the car at the end of the season in a part-exchange deal for his Road Saloons winning Rover SD1. Wheals had intended to race in the 1991 BTCC but ultimately only managed a couple of Thundersaloons races with the car.

Wheals did eventually appear in the 1993 BTCC at Snetterton but his debut soon came to an end with a blown engine. Wheals advertised for a sponsor to help pay for the damaged engine but eventually ended up trading the car in another part-exchange deal, this time for Bob Berridge's Production series Porsche 911. Berridge would campaign the car for most of the remainder of the season with little success.

Fitted with an RS Cosworth engine and run in the Formula Saloons series in the early 2000's by Steve Papworth

The subsequent history is not known

Pictures

Jim Wheals

Race History

Ford
#51 Ford Sierra Sapphire - Hawaiian Tropic
Ray Bellm
Ford
#51 Ford Sierra Sapphire - Hawaiian Tropic
Chris Hodgetts
Ford
#26 Ford Sierra Sapphire - Jim Wheals
Jim Wheals
Ford
#35 Ford Sierra Sapphire - Bob Berridge
Bob Berridge
Ford
Ford Sapphire Cosworth
Steve Papworth
Ford
#6 Ford Sapphire Cosworth
Steve Papworth
Ford
#16 Ford Sapphire Cosworth
Steve Papworth

Race Results

Date Venue Driver Vehicle Pos
1990 British Touring Car Championship
13 Apr 1990 Great BritainOulton Park Ray Bellm #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire 10
28 May 1990 Great BritainThruxton Ray Bellm #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNS
10 Jun 1990 Great BritainSilverstone Ray Bellm #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNS
15 Jul 1990 Great BritainSilverstone Ray Bellm #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNQ
16 Sep 1990 Great BritainDonington Park Ray Bellm #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNS
23 Sep 1990 Great BritainThruxton Chris Hodgetts #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire 7
07 Oct 1990 Great BritainSilverstone Chris Hodgetts #51 Ford Sierra Sapphire 13
1993 British Touring Car Championship
03 May 1993 Great BritainSnetterton Jim Wheals #26 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
13 Jun 1993 Great BritainBrands Hatch (1) Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
13 Jun 1993 Great BritainBrands Hatch (2) Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNS
11 Jul 1993 Great BritainSilverstone Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
08 Aug 1993 Great BritainOulton Park Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
22 Aug 1993 Great BritainBrands Hatch Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DSQ
30 Aug 1993 Great BritainThruxton Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
12 Sep 1993 Great BritainDonington Park (1) Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire 18
12 Sep 1993 Great BritainDonington Park (2) Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire DNF
19 Sep 1993 Great BritainSilverstone Bob Berridge #35 Ford Sierra Sapphire 20
2001 Formula Saloon Championship
13 May 2001 Great BritainRockingham Steve Papworth Ford Sapphire Cosworth 11
2002 Formula Saloon Championship
08 Sep 2002 Great BritainBrands Hatch (1) Steve Papworth #6 Ford Sapphire Cosworth 8
08 Sep 2002 Great BritainBrands Hatch (2) Steve Papworth #6 Ford Sapphire Cosworth DNF
2003 Formula Saloon Championship
31 Aug 2003 Great BritainBrands Hatch (1) Steve Papworth #16 Ford Sapphire Cosworth 11
31 Aug 2003 Great BritainBrands Hatch (2) Steve Papworth #16 Ford Sapphire Cosworth DNS