Soper vs Rouse - Brands Hatch 1988

An excellent battle from the BTCC @ Brands Hatch, 1988 between Steve Soper in the Eggenberger Sierra Cosworth RS500 and Andy Rouse in the Rouse Engineering Sierra Cosworth RS500. My apologies for the audio-sync (or lack of it)

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