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The 1988 Lucas Supersprint was the eleventh and final round of the 1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship. It took place at Sandown Raceway, Victoria, Australia on 20 November 1988.

Due to being a short sprint and thus having a smaller points scale for the championship, several teams, most notably the Porsches of Brun Motorsport, Joest Racing, Kremer Racing, and Richard Lloyd Racing, opted not to attend this event.

Unlike the previous World Endurance Championship race held at Sandown in 1984 which included an invitation class for cars that competed in the Australian GT and Sports Car championships, the Lucas Supersprint was open to WSPC cars only. The only local entry was the Bernie van Elsen entered Veskanda Chevrolet driven by touring car stars John Bowe and Dick Johnson (Bowe was the car's driver when it dominated the 1986 Australian Sports Car Championship). The car was able to race as although it had been built to conform to Australia's Group A Sports Car rules, it also met the FIA's Group C rules as well as conforming to IMSA regulations.

Official resultsEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 75% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps Grid
Engine
1 C1 61   Team Sauber Mercedes   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Jochen Mass
Sauber C9 M 93 1
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
2 C1 62   Team Sauber Mercedes   Mauro Baldi
  Stefan Johansson
Sauber C9 M 93 2
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
3 C1 1   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Martin Brundle
  Eddie Cheever
Jaguar XJR-9 D 93 4
Jaguar 7.0L V12
4 C1 2   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Jan Lammers
  Johnny Dumfries
Jaguar XJR-9 D 92 3
Jaguar 7.0L V12
5 C2 111   Spice Engineering   Ray Bellm
  Gordon Spice
Spice SE88C G 88 5
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
6 C1 20   Team Davey   Neil Crang
  Tim Lee-Davey
Porsche 962C D 88 6
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
7 C2 115   ADA Engineering   Arthur Abrahams
  John Smith
ADA 03 G 88 12
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
8 C2 109   Kelmar Racing   Ranieri Randaccio
  Stefano Sebastiani
Tiga GC288 A 84 13
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
9 C2 127   Chamberlain Engineering   Andrew Miedecke
  Nick Adams
Spice SE86C A 82 11
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
10 C2 183   Walter Maurer Racing   Helmut Gall
  Walter Maurer
Maurer Lotec C87 ? 77 18
BMW 2.0L Turbo I4
11 C2 178   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Michel Lateste
  Louis Descartes
ALD 04 A 76 15
BMW M80 3.5L I6
12
NC
C2 198   Roy Baker Racing   Michael Hall
  John Bartlett
Tiga GC286 D 56 17
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
13
NC
C2 103   Spice Engineering   Eliseo Salazar
  Thorkild Thyrring
Spice SE88C G 54 9
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
14
DNF
C2 121   Cosmik GP Motorsport   Philippe de Henning
  Costas Los
Spice SE87C G 87 10
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
15
DNF
C2 124   MT Sport Racing   Jean Messaoudi
  Pierre-Francois Rousselot
Argo JM19C A 77 16
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
16
DNF
C1 40   Swiss Team Salamin   Giovanni Lavaggi
  Antoine Salamin
Porsche 962C G 41 14
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
17
DNF
C2 107   Chamberlain Engineering   Claude Ballot-Léna
  Jean-Louis Ricci
Spice SE88C A 14 7
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
DSQ C1 26   Bernie van Elsen   John Bowe
  Dick Johnson
Veskanda C1 D 87 8
Chevrolet 6.0L V8

† - The #26 Veskanda-Chevrolet of John Bowe and Dick Johnson was disqualified for using more fuel than the regulations allowed.

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - Jean-Louis Schlesser - Team Sauber Mercedes - 1:28.620
  • Fastest Lap - Jean-Louis Schlesser - Team Sauber Mercedes - 1:33.580
  • Average Speed - 144.355 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  • Australian Motor Racing Year, 1988/89. 18.
  • "FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1988". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  • "1988 Sandown Park Supersprint". Team Dan Motorsport Almanac. 30 December 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2008.
  • "Sandown Park 360km 1988 (Photo Archive)". Racing Sports Cars. 11 June 2006. Archived from the original on 8 January 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2008.


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