1973 World Sportscar Championship

1973 World Sportscar Championship
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The 1973 World Sportscar Championship season was the 21st season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1973 World Championship for Makes and the 1973 Cup for GT Cars which were contested concurrently over a ten race series.[1] The World Championship for Makes, which was open to Group 5 Sports Cars and Group 4 GT Cars,[2] was won by Matra and the Cup for GT Cars, which was open only to Group 4 GT Cars,[3] was won by Porsche.

ScheduleEdit

 
Matra won the 1973 World Championship for Makes
 
Ferrari placed second in the championship
 
Porsche placed third in the championship
 
Porsche won the 1973 Cup for GT Cars with 911S and Porsche 911 Carrera RSR (pictured)

The following races counted towards the 1973 World Championship for Makes and the 1973 Cup for GT Cars.

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1   24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway 3 February
4 February
2   Vallelunga 6 Hours Vallelunga 25 March
3   Dijon 1000 Kilometres Dijon-Prenois 15 April
4   1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 25 April
5   1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 May
6   Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie 13 May
7   ADAC 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 27 May
8   24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 9 June
10 June
9   Austrian 1000km Österreichring 24 June
10   Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 21 July

† - No GT entries were received for the Österreichring event. The Buenos Aires 1000 km, scheduled to be held on 21 October,[4] was canceled six weeks after the running of the Watkins Glen 6 Hours.[5]

ResultsEdit

RacesEdit

Rnd Circuit Sportscar winning team GT winning team Results
Sportscar winning drivers GT winning drivers
Sportscar winning car GT winning car
1 Daytona   #59 Brumos Porsche   #22 North American Racing Team Results
  Hurley Haywood
  Peter Gregg
  François Migault
  Milt Minter
  Porsche 911 Carrera RSR   Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
2 Vallelunga   #5 Equipe Matra-Simca   #9 Martini Racing Results
  Henri Pescarolo
  Gérard Larrousse
  Willi Kauhsen
  George Follmer
  Matra-Simca MS670   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
3 Dijon-Prenois   #2 Equipe Matra-Simca   #26 Martini Racing Results
  Henri Pescarolo
  Gérard Larrousse
  Herbert Müller
  Gijs van Lennep
  Matra-Simca MS670   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
4 Monza   #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC   #84 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
  Brian Redman
  Jacky Ickx
  Erwin Kremer
  Clemens Schickentanz
  Ferrari 312PB   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
5 Spa-Francorchamps   #5 Gulf Racing   #40 Martini Racing Results
  Derek Bell
  Mike Hailwood
  Reinhold Joest
  George Follmer
  Mirage M6 Ford Cosworth   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
6 Targa Florio   #8 Martini Racing   #106 Scuderia Brescia Corse Results
  Herbert Müller
  Gijs van Lennep
  Giovanni Borri
  Mario Barone
  Porsche 911 Carrera RSR   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
7 Nürburgring   #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC   #55 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
  Brian Redman
  Jacky Ickx
  Paul Keller
  Jürgen Neuhaus
  Clemens Schikentanz
  Ferrari 312PB   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
8 La Sarthe   #11 Equipe Matra-Simca   #39 Automobile Charles Pozzi Results
  Henri Pescarolo
  Gérard Larrousse
  Claude Ballot-Léna
  Vic Elford
  Matra-Simca MS670B   Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
9 Österreichring   #11 Equipe Matra-Simca None Results
  Henri Pescarolo
  Gérard Larrousse
  Matra-Simca MS670 None
10 Watkins Glen   #33 Equipe Matra-Simca   #16 Toad Hall Motor Racing Results
  Henri Pescarolo
  Gérard Larrousse
  Milt Minter
  Michael Keyser
  Matra-Simca MS670   Porsche 911 Carrera RSR

World Championship for MakesEdit

Pos Make [1] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total [1]
1   Matra 20 20 12 12 20 20 20 124
2   Ferrari 15 15 15 20 10 20 15 (12) (15) 115
3   Porsche 20 8 (3) (3) 8 20 10 10 (3) 6 82
4   Mirage 8 20 10 10 48
5   Lola 6 6 10 6 8 36
6   Chevron 1 4 2 10 12 1 30
7   Alfa Romeo 8 1 4 4 17
8   Lancia 15 15
9   Chevrolet 12 2 14
10   Ligier 3 3

Championship points were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 but only for the highest placed car of each make.[6] The 7 best results were retained [7] for each make. Discarded points are shown in the above table within brackets.

Cup for GT CarsEdit

Pos Make [1] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total [1]
1   Porsche (12) 20 20 20 20 20 20 (15) 20 140
2   Ferrari 20 20 40
3   Chevrolet 15 8 15 38
4   Alfa Romeo 10 10

No GT entries were received for Round 9.

The carsEdit

The following models contributed to the nett pointscores of their respective makes.

World Championship for MakesEdit

Cup for GT CarsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Results of the 1973 FIA International Championships, 1974 FIA Yearbook, pages 105-106
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 259
  3. ^ János L Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 885-886
  4. ^ Automobile Year, 1972/73, page 25
  5. ^ Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 163
  6. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 260
  7. ^ Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 237

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