1961 World Sportscar Championship season

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1961 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1961 World Sportscar Championship season was the ninth season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1961 World Sports Car Championship,[1] which was contested over a five race series [1] that ran from 25 March to 15 August 1961. The title was won by Italian manufacturer Ferrari.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Ferrari won the 1961 World Sports Car Championship with their 250 TR61 (pictured) and Dino 246S models
Maserati placed second with their Tipo 61 (pictured) and Tipo 63 models
Porsche placed third with their 718 RS61 model (pictured)
Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 25 March
2 Italy Targa Florio Palermo 30 April
3 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 28 May
4 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 10-11 June
5 Italy 4 Hours of Testa Rosa Pescara Circuit 15 August

Season results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Winning Drivers Winning Car Results
1 Sebring Italy #14 Scuderia Ferrari United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Ferrari 250 TR61 Results
2 Palermo Italy #162 Scuderia Ferrari Germany Wolfgang von Trips
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Ferrari Dino 246SP Results
3 Nürburgring United States #1 Camoradi USA United States Masten Gregory
United States Lloyd Casner
Maserati Tipo 61 Results
4 La Sarthe Italy #10 Scuderia Ferrari United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Ferrari 250 TR61 Results
5 Pescara Italy #4 Scuderia Centro Sud Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti
Ferrari 250 TR61 Results

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Points were awarded for the top 6 places, in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1, however manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car in each race, with no points awarded for places filled by other cars from the same manufacturer..

Only half points were awarded at the Pescara race as it was staged over a four hour duration, which was less than the FIA’s minimum requirement of six hours or 1000km.

Only the best 3 results out of the 5 race season counted towards the championship totals of each manufacturer. Discarded points are shown within brackets.


Pos [1] Manufacturer [1] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Italy Ferrari 8 8 (6) 8 (4) 24
2 Italy Maserati 3 8 3 (2) 14
3 Germany Porsche 2 6 (1) (2) 3 11
4 Italy O.S.C.A. 1 1

The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the nett points totals of their respective manufacturers in the 1961 World Sports Car Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Previous FIA Championship Winners, World Sports Car Championship (Makes), FIA Yearbook, 1974

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