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1985 European Formula 3000 Championship

1985 FIA European Formula 3000 Championship
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The 1985 European Formula 3000 Championship was the inaugural season of the Formula 3000 category. The European Formula 3000 Championship replaced Formula Two as the official feeder series to Formula One. It was scheduled over 12 rounds and contested over 11 rounds. 14 different teams tried their luck with 33 different drivers and 7 different chassis. The series was won by the German Christian Danner driving for BS Automotive.[1]

Danner, who was laying second in the championship at the time, would graduate to Formula One when he made his Grand Prix debut for the German Zakspeed team at the 1985 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on 15 September, a week before he won the final round of the F3000 championship at Donington Park to clinch the title from Mike Thackwell.

Danner had the dubious honour of being the first in a long line of Formula 3000 champions who would fail to make an impact on Formula One, despite the championship being seen as the highest level FIA single seater championship behind Grand Prix racing. Only future champions Jean Alesi, Olivier Panis and Juan Pablo Montoya would actually go on to win a Formula One Grand Prix.

Contents

Drivers and teamsEdit

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
  Ralt Racing Ltd Ralt RB20 Cosworth 1   Mike Thackwell All
2   John Nielsen All
  Équipe Oreca March 85B Cosworth 3   Michel Ferté All
4   Pierre Chauvet 1, 10
  Olivier Grouillard 2-9
  Pascal Fabre 11
35   Alain Ferté 11
  Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH20 Cosworth 5   Philippe Streiff All
  BS Automotive March 85B Cosworth 7   Tomas Kaiser 1-4, 8-11
  Jean-Philippe Grand 5-6
  Philippe Alliot 7
8   Christian Danner All
  Onyx March 85B Cosworth 9   Emanuele Pirro All
10   Johnny Dumfries 1-4
  Mario Hytten 5-11
  Sanremo Racing March 85B Cosworth 13   Gabriele Tarquini All
14   Alessandro Santin 1-4, 8-11
  Ivan Capelli 5
  Aldo Bertuzzi 7
33   Roberto Del Castello 2-4
  Guido Daccò 5-11
  Lola Motorsport Lola T950 Cosworth 15   Alain Ferté 1-4
  Johnny Dumfries 6-7
  Philippe Streiff 8
  James Weaver 9-10
  Valentino Musetti 11
16   Mario Hytten 1
  Fulvio Ballabio 11
  PMC Motorsport Williams FW08 Cosworth 17   Thierry Tassin 1-2
18   Lamberto Leoni 1-2, 4-7
  Barron Racing Tyrrell 012 Cosworth 19   Claudio Langes 1-2
20   Roberto Moreno 1-4
  Corbari Italia Lola T950 Cosworth 21   Juan Manuel Fangio II 2-6
22   Mario Hytten 2-4
March 85B 21   Juan Manuel Fangio II 7-8
  Max Busslinger 9-10
  Stefano Livio 11
22   Alain Ferté 5-7
  Lamberto Leoni 8-11
  Ekström Racing March 85B Cosworth 23   Eric Lang 2, 11
  Eddie Jordan Racing March 85B Cosworth 25   Thierry Tassin 3, 6-7, 9-11
  Roger Cowman Arrows A6 Cosworth 26   Slim Borgudd 2, 4, 6, 11
  Genoa Racing March 85B Cosworth 34   Ivan Capelli 4, 6-11

Season reviewEdit

Rnd Track Date Laps Distance Time Speed Pole Position Fastest Lap Race Winner Report
1   Silverstone 24 March 44 207.64 km 1'07:41.01 183.976 km/h   Michel Ferté   John Nielsen   Mike Thackwell Report
2   Thruxton 7 April 54 204.768 km 1'05:00.83 188.912 km/h   Mike Thackwell   Christian Danner   Emanuele Pirro Report
3   Estoril 21 April 47 204.45 km 1'12:44.424 168.640 km/h   Mike Thackwell   Mike Thackwell   John Nielsen Report
  Nürburgring 28 April cancelled due to snow
4   Vallelunga 12 May 65 208.0 km 1'15:14.83 165.53 km/h   Mike Thackwell   Emanuele Pirro   Emanuele Pirro Report
5   Pau 27 May 72 198.72 km 1.30:28.63 131.781 km/h   Emanuele Pirro   Christian Danner   Christian Danner Report
6   Spa-Francorchamps 2 June 29 201.521 km 1'11:56.510 167.852 km/h   Michel Ferté   Mike Thackwell   Mike Thackwell Report
7   Dijon 30 June 55 209.0 km 1'08:54.10 181.998 km/h   John Nielsen   Thierry Tassin   Christian Danner Report
8   Pergusa-Enna 28 July 40 198.0 km 1'01:58.99 191,664 km/h   Mike Thackwell   Christian Danner   Mike Thackwell Report
9   Österreichring 17 August 31 184.202 km 0'53:56.114 204.915 km/h   Christian Danner   Mike Thackwell   Ivan Capelli Report
10   Zandvoort 24 August 48 204.096 km 1'15:19.023 162.589 km/h   Christian Danner   Christian Danner   Christian Danner Report
11   Donington Park 22 September 40 160.920 km 0'59:17.83 160.954 km/h   Mike Thackwell   Ivan Capelli   Christian Danner Report

Championship standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 9 6 4 3 2 1

Final point standingsEdit

Pos Driver Car(s) SIL
 
THR
 
EST
 
VAL
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
DIJ
 
PER
 
ÖST
 
ZAN
 
DON
 
Pts
1   Christian Danner March 85B-Cosworth 4 6 9 3 1 3 1 3 16 1 1 51 (52)
2   Mike Thackwell Ralt RB20-Cosworth 1 2 NC Ret Ret 1 2 1 9 2 Ret 45
3   Emanuele Pirro March 85B-Cosworth 7 1 4 1 2 Ret Ret 2 4 5 Ret 38
4   John Nielsen Ralt RB20-Cosworth 2 NC 1 2 Ret Ret 3 Ret 2 4 13 34
5   Michel Ferté March 85B-Cosworth 3 3 2 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 4 17
6   Gabriele Tarquini March 85B-Cosworth 5 5 3 Ret DNS 4 13 4 13 Ret Ret 14
7   Ivan Capelli March 85B-Cosworth Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 1 DNS 3 13
8   Philippe Streiff AGS JH20-Cosworth Ret Ret 10 5 5 Ret 9 Ret 5 3 5 12
9   Alain Ferté Lola T950-Cosworth 8 12 7 Ret 10
March 85B-Cosworth Ret 2 4 6
10   Mario Hytten Lola T950-Cosworth 9 10 Ret Ret 8
March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret 12 5 10 Ret 2
11   Lamberto Leoni Williams FW08-Cosworth NC 16 Ret 3 Ret 15 8
March 85B-Cosworth Ret 3 11 11
12   Olivier Grouillard March 85B-Cosworth 8 6 4 4 Ret 7 8 8 7
13   Guido Daccò March 85B-Cosworth DNS 5 5 6 12 6 7 6
14   Tomas Kaiser March 85B-Cosworth 10 4 DSQ 8 Ret 11 9 8 3
15   Roberto Moreno Tyrrell 012-Cosworth 6 Ret 5 9 3
16   Johnny Dumfries March 85B-Cosworth Ret 7 Ret 6 1
Lola T950-Cosworth Ret 10
17   Thierry Tassin Williams FW08-Cosworth NC 13 1
March 85B-Cosworth Ret Ret Ret 6 8 Ret
18   Juan Manuel Fangio II Lola T950-Cosworth Ret 11 Ret Ret 6 1
March 85B-Cosworth 14 Ret
19   Philippe Alliot March 85B-Cosworth 6 1
 —   Alessandro Santin March 85B-Cosworth Ret 9 Ret Ret 7 7 7 9 0
 —   Roberto Del Castello March 85B-Cosworth 14 8 7 0
 —   James Weaver Lola T950-Cosworth 14 10 0
 —   Slim Borgudd Arrows A6-Cosworth DNQ 10 Ret Ret 0
 —   Pascal Fabre March 85B-Cosworth 10 0
 —   Eric Lang March 85B-Cosworth 11 12 0
 —   Aldo Bertuzzi March 85B-Cosworth 11 0
 —   Max Busslinger March 85B-Cosworth 15 12 0
 —   Fulvio Ballabio Lola T950-Cosworth 14 0
 —   Claudio Langes Tyrrell 012-Cosworth Ret 15 0
 —   Val Musetti Lola T950-Cosworth 15 0
 —   Stefano Livio March 85B-Cosworth 16 0
 —   Pierre Chauvet March 85B-Cosworth DNS Ret 0
 —   Jean-Philippe Grand March 85B-Cosworth DNS Ret 0
Pos Driver Car(s) SIL
 
THR
 
EST
 
VAL
 
PAU
 
SPA
 
DIJ
 
PER
 
ÖST
 
ZAN
 
DON
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1985 Formula 30000 season". F3000 results. Retrieved 10 February 2013.