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1967 World Sportscar Championship
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Ferrari won the Manufacturers Championship with the 330 P3 (pictured) & 330 P4

The 1967 World Sportscar Championship season were the 15th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing. It featured the International Championship for Sports-Prototypes and the International Championship for Sports Cars.[1] The former was open to Group 6 Sports-Prototypes and the latter to Group 4 Sports Cars. The season ran from 4 February 1967 to 3 September 1967 and comprised 14 races in total.

This was the last championship season to include a hill climb event, due to safety concerns. Also, growing speed at Le Mans caused a controversial CSI decision to limit the engine capacity of Group 6 Sports-Prototypes to 3 litres, beginning in 1968.

ScheduleEdit

Although the season was composed of 14 races, not all races counted as rounds for both championships[2][3] and each class did not compete in all events. Some events also included classes for GT cars and Touring Cars although these cars were not eligible to score championship points.

ICSP Rd[2] ICSC
Div 1 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 2 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 3 Rd[2]
Race Circuit or Location Competitors Date
1 - 1 1   24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway All 4 February
5 February
2 - 2 2   12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway All 1 April
3 - 3 3   1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza All 25 April
4 - 4 4   1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps All 1 May
5 - 5 5   Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie All 14 May
6 1 6 6   1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 28 May
7 - 7 7   24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe All 10 June
11 June
- 2 - -   Sports Car Grand Prix Hockenheimring Sports/GT 9 July
- 3 8 -   Mugello 500 km Mugello Circuit All 23 July
8 - 9 8   BOAC 500 (6 Hours) Brands Hatch Proto/Sports 30 July
- 4 - -   Coppa Citta di Enna Autodromo di Pergusa Proto/Sports 6 August
- 5 10 9   Sports Car Grand Prix Österrich Zeltweg Airfield Sports 20 August
- 6 11 10   Swiss Mountain Grand Prix Villars-sur-Ollon All 27 August
- 7 - -   500 km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 3 September

RacesEdit

 
A Chaparral 2F competing in the Group 6 category at the 1967 1000km Nürburgring.
Race Circuit Prototype Winning Team Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Prototype Winning Drivers Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona   #23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC   #11 J.W. Automotive   #54 Jack Ryan Results
  Lorenzo Bandini
  Chris Amon
  Dick Thompson
  Jacky Ickx
  Jack Ryan
  Bill Bencker
2 Sebring   #1 Ford Motor Co.   #19 Scuderia Brescia Corse   #46 Robert Kirby Results
  Mario Andretti
  Bruce McLaren
  Nino Vaccarella
  Umberto Maglioli
  Robert Kirby
  Alan Johnson
3 Monza   #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC   #33 Ford France   Paul Vestey Results
  Lorenzo Bandini
  Chris Amon
  Jo Schlesser
  Guy Ligier
  Paul Vestey
  Carlos Gaspar
4 Spa   #6 J.W. Automotive   #41 Dawnay Racing   #71 British Motor Co. Results
  Dick Thompson
  Jacky Ickx
  Jackie Oliver
  Mike Salmon
  Roger Enever
  Alec Poole
5 Piccolo delle Madonie   #184 Porsche System Eng.   #130 Ford France S.A.   #46 Porsche System Eng. Results
  Rolf Stommelen
  Paul Hawkins
  Jean-Michel Giorgi
  Henri Greder
  Bernard Cahier
  Jean-Claude Killy
6 Nürburgring   #17 Porsche System Eng.   #70 Scuderia Lufthansa   #75 IGFA Results
  Udo Schütz
  Joe Buzzetta
  Hans-Dieter Dechent
  Robert Huhn
  Helmut Kelleners
  Jürgen Neuhaus
7 La Sarthe   #1 Shelby-American Inc.   #37 Porsche System Eng.   #28 Scuderia Filipinetti Results
  Dan Gurney
  A. J. Foyt
  Vic Elford
  Ben Pon
  Rico Steinemann
  Dieter Spoerry
8 Hockenheimring Did Not Participate   #3 Abarth   #29 "Jean-Pierre" Results
  Toine Hezemans   "Jean-Pierre"
9 Mugello   #1 Porsche System   #63 No Team Name   #133 No Team Name Results
  Gerhard Mitter
  Udo Schütz
  Leo Cella
  Giampiero Biscaldi
  Luigi Cabella
  Giovanni Marini
10 Brands Hatch   #1 Chaparral Cars Inc.   #72 A.G. Dean Racing Ltd. Did Not Participate Results
  Phil Hill
  Mike Spence
  Tony Dean
  Ben Pon
11 Pergusa   #62 No Team Name   #80 Scuderia Brescia Corse Did Not Participate Results
  Dieter Spoerry   Nino Vaccarella
12 Zeltweg Did Not Participate   #5 Paul Hawkins Did Not Participate Results
  Paul Hawkins
13 Villars-sur-Ollon   #196 Porsche System   #160 OASC Did Not Participate Results
  Gerhard Mitter   Rudi Lins
14 Nürburgring   #2 Alpine   #42 Abarth   #58 Motor Racing Stables Results
  Roger Delageneste   Ernst Furtmayer   Tetsu Ikuzawa

ResultsEdit

Manufacturers' ChampionshipEdit

 
Porsche placed second in the Manufacturers Championship with the 910.
 
Ford placed third in the Manufacturers Championship with the Mk II and Mk IV (pictured).

All championships scored points to the top six competitors in each class, in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Only the best five finishes counted towards the championship, with skipped points marked in parentheses.

Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car, but other finishers from the same manufacturer could prevent competitors from scoring points. For example, at Daytona, Ferrari scored a 1-2-3 result with 9 points awarded in the P+2.0 category, followed by two 2000cc Porsche prototypes which received 3 points (plus 9 in the P2.0 Division), and the 6th-best prototype, a Ford Mk.II in 7th overall, collected a single point.

Prototypes over 2000 ccEdit

This championship was for all Prototype class cars over 2000 cc.

Controversy arose about the Mirage of John Wyer, which had won at Spa. As it was a modified Ford GT40 with Ford engines, Ford argued that it should count towards Ford's tally.[4] As the CSI declined and Ford had no realistic chances to defend the championship without those points, Ford concentrated the solely on Le Mans and did not send its prototypes to the Nurburgring or Brands Hatch events.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1   Ferrari 9 9 4 (3) 6 6 34
2   Porsche (3) 4 4 6 9 9 (2) (4) 32
3   Ford 1 9 1 (1) 2 9 22
4=   Mirage 9 9
4=   Chaparral 9 9
6   Lola 3 3
7   Alfa Romeo 2 2

Prototypes under 2000 ccEdit

This championship was for all Prototype class cars under 2000 cc.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1   Porsche 9 9 9 9 9 (9) (9) (6) 45
2   Lotus 9 9
3   Alfa Romeo 4 3 7
4=   Alpine 2 4 6
4=   Chevron 2 4 6
6   Ferrari 4 4

International Championship for Sports CarsEdit

 
Ford won the Over 2000cc Division of the International Championship for Sports Cars with the GT40.

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 for the first six positions in each relevant division at each race except for the Swiss Mountain Grand Prix at which half points were awarded.[3] Only the highest placed car from each manufacturer in each division was eligible to score points for its manufacturer. Not all race results could be counted towards the championship totals and discarded points are shown within brackets in the table below.

Pos.[5] Manufacturer[5] Day Seb Mon Spa Tar Nur LeM Hoc Mug Bra Per Zel Vil Nur Total[5]
  Division I (1300cc)                              
1 Abarth - - - - - - - 9 9 - 9 9 (4.5) 9 45
2 Diva - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - 3 12
3 Austin-Healey - - - - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4
4 Saab - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1
5 Triumph - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division II (2000cc)                              
1 Porsche - 9 9 - - 9 9 - 9 9 - 9 (4.5) - 63
2 Alfa Romeo - - - - - 6 - - 3 - - - - - 9
3 Lotus - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division III (+2000cc)                              
1 Ford 9 9 9 9 9 9 - - - (6) - (9) - - 54
2 Ferrari 4 - 4 - - 3 - - - 9 - 4 4.5 - 28.5
3 Shelby - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - 6[6]
  Austin-Healey - - - - 6 - - - - - - - - - 6

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Denis Jenkinson, The Automobile Year Book of Sports Car Racing, 1982, page 222
  2. ^ a b c d e János L Wimpffen. Time and Two Seats, 1999, page 708
  3. ^ a b Introduction: Starting the 1967 Season Retrieved from www.imca-slotracing.com on 21 February 2009
  4. ^ http://www.imca-slotracing.com/1967-PART3.htm
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1967 World Sportscar Championship tables Retrieved from wspr-racing.com on 21 February 2009
  6. ^ The points table at wspr-racing.com shows Shelby scoring only 3 points but gives its championship total as 6 points.

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