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1987 World Touring Car Championship
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The 1987 World Touring Car Championship season was the inaugural World Touring Car Championship season. It commenced on 22 March 1987 and ended on 15 November after eleven races. The championship was open to Touring Cars complying with FIA Group A regulations. The Drivers title was won by Roberto Ravaglia and the Entrants title by Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra No 7.[1]

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Teams and driversEdit

 
The No.7 Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 of Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz at the 2011 Essen Motor Show. Eggenberger Motorsport won the 1987 WTCC Entrants Championship

Fifteen registered entries were received for the championship. Regulations imposed by last minute series promoter Bernie Ecclestone dictated that for teams to receive official points and prize money they must have paid the US$60,000 registration fee. This in fact saw a number of the top teams, most notably Tom Walkinshaw Racing who had been the team to beat in the 1984, 1985 and 1986 European Touring Car Championships, refuse to pay and virtually ignore the championship.

Among those who did commit to the championship were the Ford Europe backed Eggenberger Motorsport with their Texaco sponsored Ford Sierra turbo's, Andy Rouse's team who ran their own Sierra Cosworth, the factory backed BMW teams of West Germany's Schnitzer Motorsport and the Italian CiBiEmme and Bigazzi teams racing the new BMW M3 which had replaced the old 635 CSi as BMW's main challenger, and the Alfa Corse team with their factory Alfa Romeo 75 turbo's.

Although numerous other entries competed in races during the season only the following were eligible to score championship points. Ironically, two outright race winning teams in the championship were not eligible for championship points. Cars competed in three engine capacity divisions:

  • Division 1: up to 1600 cm3
  • Division 2: 1601 to 2500 cm3
  • Division 3: Over 2500 cm3
No. Team Car Div. Tyre Rounds Driver Rounds
1   Pro Team Italia/Imberti Maserati Biturbo 3 D 1, 3-4, 6-9   Bruno Giacomelli 1, 3-4, 6
  Armin Hahne 1, 3-4, 6-9
  Marcello Gunella 1, 4, 6
  Mario Hytten 7
  Nicola Tesini 7
  Kevin Bartlett 8-9
2   Pro Team Italia/Imberti Maserati Biturbo 3 D 3   Mario Hytten 3
  Marcello Gunella 3
4   Pro Team Italia/Imberti Maserati Biturbo 3 D 9   Marcello Gunella 9
  Nicola Tesini 9
  Stefano Livio 9
6   Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P All   Steve Soper 1-10
  Klaus Niedzwiedz 1-3, 11
  Pierre Dieudonné 4-10
  Philippe Streiff 5
  Klaus Ludwig 11
7   Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P All   Klaus Ludwig 1-10
  Pierre Dieudonné 1-3, 11
  Klaus Niedzwiedz 4-10
  Thierry Boutsen 5
  Steve Soper 11
8   Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 3 P 11   Armin Hahne 11
  Bernd Schneider 11
8   Andy Rouse Engineering Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P 1-7   Andy Rouse 1-7
  Thierry Tassin 1-7
  Win Percy 5
40   Schnitzer BMW M3 2 Y All   Ivan Capelli 1-5
  Roberto Ravaglia 1, 3-6, 8, 11
  Roland Ratzenberger 2, 7, 9-10
  Emanuele Pirro 5-6, 8
  Markus Oestreich 7, 9-11
  Dieter Quester 11
42   CiBiEmme Sport BMW M3 2 P All   Riccardo Patrese 1
  Johnny Cecotto All
  Gianfranco Brancatelli 2-11
  Mauro Baldi 5
43   Bigazzi BMW M3 2 P All   Luis Pérez-Sala 1-2, 4-7, 11
  Olivier Grouillard 1-2, 4-8, 10-11
  Winfried Vogt 3, 5, 8-10
  Markus Oestreich 3
  Altfrid Heger 8-9
46   Schnitzer BMW M3 2 Y All   Emanuele Pirro 1-3, 7, 9-11
  Roland Ratzenberger 1, 3-8
  Roberto Ravaglia 2, 6-7, 9-11
  Markus Oestreich 4-6, 8
  Dieter Quester 5
75   Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-7   Alessandro Nannini 1-3
  Michael Andretti 1
  Jacques Laffite 2-7
  Paolo Barilla 4-7
  Jean-Louis Schlesser 5
76   Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-7   Giorgio Francia 1-4
  Paolo Barilla 1-2
  Jean-Louis Schlesser 3-4
  Walter Voulaz 5-7
  Marcello Cipriani 5-7
  Massimo Siena 5
77   Brixia Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-7   Rinaldo Drovandi 1-7
  Gabriele Tarquini 1-2, 4-7
  Claudio Langes 3, 5
78   Brixia Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-7   Carlo Rossi 1-7
  Alessandro Santin 1-7
  Giacomo Bossini 5
79   Albatech Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-7   Walter Voulaz 1-4
  Marcello Cipriani 1-4
  Alessandro Nannini 5
  Giorgio Francia 5-7
  Jean-Louis Schlesser 5
  Nicola Larini 6-7
80   Q-Racing Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P 1-4, 6-7   Thomas Lindström 1-4, 6-7
  Mikael Naebrink 1-4
  Steven Andskar 6-7
100   Alfa Corse
  Alfa Romeo Benelux
  Scuderia Autolodi Corse S.r.l.
Alfa Romeo 33 1 P 3-11   Carlo Brambilla 3-7
  Giovanni Maggiorelli 3
  Luis Villamil 4
  Alain Thiebaut 5-7, 11
  Daniele Toffoli 5, 7-10
  Giorgio Francia 8-11

CalendarEdit

Drivers in Italics were listed as a driver in the car but did not actually drive that car in the race.

Round Date Country Track,
Event
Overall winner Winner championship Report
# Driver - Laps / Car # Driver - Laps, overall position
1 22 March   Italy Monza
Monza 500
5   Allan Moffat
  John Harvey
86 laps / Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
79   Walter Voulaz
  Marcello Cipriani
79 laps, 7th / Alfa Romeo 75
Report
2 19 April   Spain Jarama
Jarama 4 Hours
46   Emanuele Pirro
  Roberto Ravaglia
  Roland Ratzenberger
150 laps / BMW M3
46   Emanuele Pirro
  Roberto Ravaglia
  Roland Ratzenberger
150 laps / BMW M3
Report
3 10 May   France Dijon
Burgundy 500
42   Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Johnny Cecotto
112 laps / BMW M3
42   Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Johnny Cecotto
112 laps / BMW M3
Report
4 12 July   Germany Nürburgring
Nürburgring Touring Car Grand Prix
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
  Pierre Dieudonné *
111 laps / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
  Pierre Dieudonné *
111 laps / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Report
5 1-August 2   Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
Spa 24 Hours
48   Eric van de Poele
  Jean-Michel Martin
  Didier Theys
481 laps / BMW M3
43   Luis Pérez-Sala
  Olivier Grouillard
  Winfried Vogt
473 laps, Runner-up / BMW M3
Report
6 16 August   Czechoslovakia Brno
Grand Prix Brno
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
93 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
93 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
7 6 September   United Kingdom Silverstone
RAC Tourist Trophy
48   Enzo Calderari
  Fabio Mancini
105 laps / BMW M3
46   Emanuele Pirro
  Roberto Ravaglia
  Roland Ratzenberger *
105 laps, Runner-up / BMW M3
Report
8 4 October   Australia Mount Panorama
Bathurst 1000
10   Peter McLeod
  Peter Brock
  David Parsons
  Jon Crooke *
158 laps / Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
42   Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Johnny Cecotto
154 laps / 7th / BMW M3
Report
9 11 October   Australia Calder Park
Calder 500
6   Steve Soper
  Pierre Dieudonné
  Klaus Niedzwiedz *
120 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
6   Steve Soper
  Pierre Dieudonné
  Klaus Niedzwiedz *
120 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
10 26 October   New Zealand Wellington
Wellington 500
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
150 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
7   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
150 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
11 15 November   Japan Fuji
InterTEC 500
6   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
112 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
6   Klaus Ludwig
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
112 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report

Note: "Overall winner" in the above table refers to the overall race winner and "Winner championship" refers to the highest placed entry which had been registered for the championship.

Results and standingsEdit

RacesEdit

StandingsEdit

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver Car  
ITA
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
GER
 
BEL
 
CZE
 
GBR
 
MPC
 
CPR
 
NZL
 
JAP
Points
1   Roberto Ravaglia BMW M3 DSQ 1st Ret 2nd Ret 4th 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 269
2   Klaus Ludwig Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 4th 4th 1st Ret 1st 4th DSQ 5th 1st 1st 268
  Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 5th 3rd 1st Ret 1st 4th DSQ 5th 1st 1st 268
4   Emanuele Pirro BMW M3 DSQ 1st Ret 2nd Ret Ret 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 244
5   Pierre Dieudonné Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 4th 4th Ret Ret 2nd 7th DSQ 1st 3rd 4th 193
  Steve Soper Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 5th 3rd Ret Ret 2nd 7th DSQ 1st 3rd 4th 193
7   Olivier Grouillard BMW M3 DSQ 3rd 4th 1st 3rd Ret 2nd Ret 6th 164
8   Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 DSQ 6th 1st Ret Ret 5th Ret 1st 4th Ret 5th 158
  Gianfranco Brancatelli BMW M3 6th 1st Ret Ret 5th Ret 1st 4th Ret 5th 158
10   Roland Ratzenberger BMW M3 DSQ 2nd Ret 3rd 6th 4th Ret Ret 3rd 4th 146
11   Luis Pérez-Sala BMW M3 DSQ 3rd 4th 1st 3rd Ret 6th 134
12   Giorgio Francia Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
Alfa Romeo 33
Ret Ret 6th 7th 5th Ret 2nd Ret 6th 5th 130
13   Markus Oestreich BMW M3 DSQ Ret 3rd 6th Ret Ret Ret 3rd 4th 3rd 118
14   Daniele Toffoli Alfa Romeo 33 Ret 9th Ret 6th 5th 8th 99
15   Walter Voulaz Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 1st 7th 10th Ret 4th 9th 8th 94
  Marcello Cipriani Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 1st 7th 10th Ret 4th 9th 8th 94
17   Jacques Laffite Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 10th 7th 6th 3rd 8th 5th 86
18   Carlo Rossi Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2nd Ret 9th 9th Ret 7th 3rd 80
  Alessandro Santin Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2nd Ret 9th 9th Ret 7th 3rd 80
20   Armin Hahne Maserati Biturbo
Ford Sierra RS500
4th DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11th 6th Ret Ret 7th 79
21   Winni Vogt BMW M3 DSQ Ret 1st 2nd Ret Ret 70
22   Paolo Barilla Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret Ret 6th 3rd 8th 5th 67
23   Ivan Capelli BMW M3 DSQ 2nd 2nd Ret 60
24   Alessandro Nannini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 3rd 10th 7th 5th 59
25   Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Ret 8th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret 58
  Thierry Tassin Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Ret 8th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret 58
27   Rinaldo Drovandi Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 8th 8th 2nd 10th Ret 54
  Jean-Louis Schlesser Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 6th 7th 3rd 54
29   Alain Thiebaut Alfa Romeo 33 Ret 9th 8th 45
30   Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 8th 2nd 10th Ret 43
31   Bruno Giacomelli Maserati Biturbo 4th DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11th DNQ 42
  Marcello Gunella Maserati Biturbo 4th Ret 11th 42
33   Claudio Langes Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 8th 2nd 41
34   Dieter Quester BMW M3 6th 3rd 39
35   Altfrid Heger BMW M3 DSQ 2nd Ret 30
  Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 2nd 30
  Thomas Lindström Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 9th 12th 10th Ret 6th DNS 30
38   Michael Andretti Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 3rd 24
39   Carlo Brambilla Alfa Romeo 33 Ret Ret 9th 22
  Massimo Siena Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 4th 22
41   Mario Hytten Maserati Biturbo 6th 21
  Nicola Tesini Maserati Biturbo 6th 21
43   Steven Andskär Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 6th DNS 16
  Bernd Schneider Ford Sierra RS500 7th 16
44   Mikael Naebrink Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 9th 12th 10th Ret 14
45   Bruno di Gioia Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 11th 3
  Gerard Févrot Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 11th 3
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)

Note: Race placings in the above table refer to the relative placings gained by registered championship entries and does not include other competitors.

Point system: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 awarded to the top ten finishers for both outright and divisional results. Therefore, a driver could be awarded up to 40 points in a race. Points were only allocated to drivers of cars registered for the World Championship.

Entrants ChampionshipEdit

Position Entrant Division Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 Eggenberger Texaco Ford No 7 [1] 3 - 30 25 40 - 40 30 - 23 40 25 253
2 Schnitzer BMW M3 No 46 2 - 40 - 27 12 25 40 - 35 35 35 249
3 Eggenberger Texaco Ford No 6 2 - 23 32 - - 30 16 - 40 27 40 208
4 Schnitzer BMW M3 No 40 3 - 30 30 35 - - - 24 27 25 27 198
5 Bigazzi BMW M3 No 43 2 - 24 - 22 40 32 - 30 - - 16 164
6 CiBiEmme Sport BMW M3 No 42 2 - 16 40 - - 20 - 40 22 - 20 158


Point system: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 awarded to the top ten finishers for both outright and divisional results. Therefore, an entry could be awarded up to 40 points in a race. Points were allocated only to entries which were registered for the World Championship.

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