|Date of Birth||02/05/1928|
|Date of Death||18/08/2008|
|Début||Brands Hatch 1958|
|Championships||0 (6th 1962)|
|Previous Teams||Alan Fraser|
|Total Entries||0 (0 Starts)|
|Wins||0 (0 in Class)|
Peter Munro Jopp was a former British Saloon Car Championship driver and close friend of Les Leston. Jopp took one victory during his BSCC career, although his career was largely dominated by his career in endurance races.
Background[edit | edit source]
Jopp first came to motorsport in 1952, running in a 500cc Cooper championship, before entering his first sports car race in 1955. Jopp entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year, and in 1956 won his class in the legendary race. He continued to race sports cars through out his BSCC career, meaning his early phase of racing in the championship was limited to the final meetings of the year.
BTCC History[edit | edit source]
Jopp's first race came at the final meeting of 1958, when he entered a Jaguar 2.4 litre, the car he entered alongside Gawaine Baillie in the Tour de France that year, entering in Class C. Although he was powerless to prevent Jack Sears taking victory (which would ultimately result in the infamous duel for the title with Tommy Sopwith), Jopp finished second in class. 1959 also saw Jopp compete, although that season also saw him compete at the final two rounds. Two fourth place finishes resulted, with Jopp using a Riley 1.5.
1960 saw Jopp run a car on behalf of Volvo, using a Volvo 122 S in the 1600+ class for the second half of the year. Two retirements were countered with a podium at his first race that year, although he would not score any points as 1600+ class cars were not eligable for the championship. Jopp would not appear in 1961, focusing instead on his endurance career.
Jopp returned in 1962, taking to the championship for a full season. Five podiums from the first six meetings, using an Alan Fraser prepared Sunbeam Rapier Series IIIA, was topped by his one and only victory at Brands Hatch. This result gave Jopp sixth in the final standings, and second in his class, his best finish in the championship. For 1963, Jopp ran his Rapier alongside a second car run be his friend Les Leston. The pair proved virtually inseparable, with Jopp frequently finishing immediately behind Leston in races. However, Jopp's interest in the championship wained halfway through the year, leaving the championship after the fifth meeting to focus again on endurance racing.
BTCC Record[edit | edit source]
A table containing Peter Jopp's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Peter Jopp's best finish at that meeting.
|Peter Jopp's BTCC Record|
|1958||bgcolor="Purple" style="color:white; border-radius:7px;"|NC||Jaguar 2.4 litre||bgcolor="#008000" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|C||N||2||-|
|1959||Riley 1.5||bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B||N||4||4||-||-||-|
|1960||Volvo 122 S||1600+||N||3||R||5||R||-||-|
|1962||Alan Fraser||6th||32||Sunbeam Rapier||bgcolor="#214B9B" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|B||2||3||3||3||R||2||1||5||-||-|
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