12th July 1980
The fifth race for the Procar series in England in 1980 was staged over 20 laps at 4.206 km each. The winner mastered the race distance of 84.12 km at an average speed of 165.28 km/h.
Start in Brands Hatch 1980
Grand Prix stars in front: the Procar race at Brands Hatch was firmly in the hands of the Grand Prix stars, after Marc Surer collided with Pironi and withdrew at the second turn. Reutemann and Jones provided a double win for Williams, the Australian was now in intermediate standings in second place.
4 of the 5 team cars remained optically unchanged after the Norisring. F1 drivers from Ligier and Williams qualified again. A rookie was able to try his luck in M1: Alan Prost drove for McLaren F1, achieving the fifth fastest practice time on the Friday. However, this was to remain his only Procar performance.
Shortly after the start in the 1st turn, Paddock Hill, pole man Marc Surer and Pironi collided. The Swissman slid into the green with the “Pooh M1” – withdrawal! Behind that, major chaos broke out. Stuck too, who previous just wanted to reach the finish line, spun in the Ron Dennis “Project Four Racing M1”, without colliding into anything. Until the last on the field, Walter Nußbaumer, managed to hit him in the rear on the right.
The unlucky driver at Brands Hatch
With a dented wing and damaged wheel rim, Stuck rushed along the field. Reutemann and Burger benefited from the situation. Followed by Prost, Jones and Laffite, both made a comeback from the first lap. The Australian, Jones, continued to attack and was able to overtake Bürger in lap 3. Shortly, after he had to withdraw due to transmission failure. Strietzel Stuck began a great catch up race, which was even received applause from the English spectators. By half-time, the order was as follows: Reutemann, Jones, Pironi, Laffite, Heyer, Prost and Stuck. Heyer in a Denim M1 and Prost delivered a duel well worth watching. However, the order remained unchanged. Reutemann crossed the finish line ahead of Jones, by a difference of 4 seconds. John Watson, the driver of the “Dr. Marco racing car” by Jo Gartner, came 8th. This time the F1