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Jack Sears' 1958 Championship-winning Austin Westminster.

Jack Sears (born 16 February 1930) is a British former race and rally driver, and was one of the principal organisers of the 1968 London-Sydney Marathon. He was popularly known as "Gentleman Jack". His son David is also involved in motorsport.

He won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, driving an Austin Westminster. After finishing on joint maximum points with Tommy Sopwith, it was initially suggested the champion would be decided by the toss of a coin. The idea was very unpopular with both drivers and at the final meeting at Brands Hatch, with a draw being a likely possibility, two identical looking Marcus Chambers-owned Riley One-Point-Five works rally cars were brought along for a five lap shoot-out. To make the race fair, they raced five laps, switched cars, then raced five laps again with the driver who had the quickest combined time being crowned champion. In pouring rain, Sears became the first ever champion by 1.6 seconds.[citation needed]

He regained the title in 1963, driving a variety of cars including a Ford Cortina GT, a seven litre Ford Galaxie and a Lotus Cortina, which was used for the final two races.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ 1963 British Saloon Car Championship. Retrieved on 18 December 2006.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
British Touring Car Champion
1958
Succeeded by
Jeff Uren
Preceded by
John Love
British Touring Car Champion
1963
Succeeded by
Jim Clark
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