1967 World Sportscar Championship season

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1967 World Sportscar Championship season
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Ferrari won the Manufacturers Championship with the 330 P3 (pictured) & 330 P4

The 1967 World Sportscar Championship season were the 15th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing. It featured the International Championship for Sports-Prototypes and the International Championship for Sports Cars.[1] The former was open to Group 6 Sports-Prototypes and the latter to Group 4 Sports Cars. The season ran from 4 February 1967 to 3 September 1967 and comprised 14 races in total.

This was the last championship season to include a hill climb event, due to safety concerns. Also, growing speed at Le Mans caused a controversial CSI decision to limit the engine capacity of Group 6 Sports-Prototypes to 3 litres, beginning in 1968.

Schedule[edit]

Although the season was composed of 14 races, not all races counted as rounds for both championships[2][3] and each class did not compete in all events. Some events also included classes for GT cars and Touring Cars although these cars were not eligible to score championship points.

ICSP Rd[2] ICSC
Div 1 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 2 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 3 Rd[2]
Race Circuit or Location Competitors Date
1 - 1 1 United States 24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway All 4 February
5 February
2 - 2 2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway All 1 April
3 - 3 3 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza All 25 April
4 - 4 4 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps All 1 May
5 - 5 5 Italy Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie All 14 May
6 1 6 6 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 28 May
7 - 7 7 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe All 10 June
11 June
- 2 - - Germany Sports Car Grand Prix Hockenheimring Sports/GT 9 July
- 3 8 - Italy Mugello 500 km Mugello Circuit All 23 July
8 - 9 8 United Kingdom BOAC 500 (6 Hours) Brands Hatch Proto/Sports 30 July
- 4 - - Italy Coppa Citta di Enna Autodromo di Pergusa Proto/Sports 6 August
- 5 10 9 Austria Sports Car Grand Prix Österrich Zeltweg Airfield Sports 20 August
- 6 11 10 Switzerland Swiss Mountain Grand Prix Villars-sur-Ollon All 27 August
- 7 - - Germany 500 km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 3 September

Races[edit]

A Chaparral 2F competing in the Group 6 category at the 1967 1000km Nürburgring.
Race Circuit Prototype Winning Team Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Prototype Winning Drivers Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona Italy #23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom #11 J.W. Automotive United States #54 Jack Ryan Results
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
New Zealand Chris Amon
United States Dick Thompson
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United States Jack Ryan
United States Bill Bencker
2 Sebring United States #1 Ford Motor Co. Italy #19 Scuderia Brescia Corse United States #46 Robert Kirby Results
United States Mario Andretti
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Italy Umberto Maglioli
United States Robert Kirby
United States Alan Johnson
3 Monza Italy #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC France #33 Ford France United Kingdom Paul Vestey Results
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
New Zealand Chris Amon
France Jo Schlesser
France Guy Ligier
United Kingdom Paul Vestey
Portugal Carlos Gaspar
4 Spa United Kingdom #6 J.W. Automotive United Kingdom #41 Dawnay Racing United Kingdom #71 British Motor Co. Results
United States Dick Thompson
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
United Kingdom Roger Enever
United Kingdom Alec Poole
5 Piccolo delle Madonie Germany #184 Porsche System Eng. France #130 Ford France S.A. Germany #46 Porsche System Eng. Results
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Australia Paul Hawkins
France Jean-Michel Giorgi
France Henri Greder
France Bernard Cahier
France Jean-Claude Killy
6 Nürburgring Germany #17 Porsche System Eng. Germany #70 Scuderia Lufthansa Germany #75 IGFA Results
Germany Udo Schütz
United States Joe Buzzetta
Germany Hans-Dieter Dechent
Germany Robert Huhn
Germany Helmut Kelleners
Germany Jürgen Neuhaus
7 La Sarthe United States #1 Shelby-American Inc. Germany #37 Porsche System Eng. Switzerland #28 Scuderia Filipinetti Results
United States Dan Gurney
United States A.J. Foyt
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Netherlands Ben Pon
Switzerland Rico Steinemann
Switzerland Dieter Spoerry
8 Hockenheimring Did Not Participate Italy #3 Abarth Belgium #29 "Jean-Pierre" Results
Netherlands Toine Hezemans Belgium "Jean-Pierre"
9 Mugello Germany #1 Porsche System Italy #63 No Team Name Italy #133 No Team Name Results
Germany Gerhard Mitter
Germany Udo Schütz
Italy Leo Cella
Italy Giampiero Biscaldi
Italy Luigi Cabella
Italy Giovanni Marini
10 Brands Hatch United States #1 Chaparral Cars Inc. United Kingdom #72 A.G. Dean Racing Ltd. Did Not Participate Results
United States Phil Hill
United Kingdom Mike Spence
United Kingdom Tony Dean
Netherlands Ben Pon
11 Pergusa Switzerland #62 No Team Name Italy #80 Scuderia Brescia Corse Did Not Participate Results
Switzerland Dieter Spoerry Italy Nino Vaccarella
12 Zeltweg Did Not Participate Australia #5 Paul Hawkins Did Not Participate Results
Australia Paul Hawkins
13 Villars-sur-Ollon Germany #196 Porsche System Australia #160 OASC Did Not Participate Results
Germany Gerhard Mitter Australia Rudi Lins
14 Nürburgring France #2 Alpine Italy #42 Abarth United Kingdom #58 Motor Racing Stables Results
France Roger Delageneste Germany Ernst Furtmayer Japan Tetsu Ikuzawa

Results[edit]

Manufacturers' Championship[edit]

Porsche placed second in the Manufacturers Championship with the 910.
Ford placed third in the Manufacturers Championship with the Mk II and Mk IV (pictured).

All championships scored points to the top six competitors in each class, in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Only the best five finishes counted towards the championship, with skipped points marked in parentheses.

Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car, but other finishers from the same manufacturer could prevent competitors from scoring points. For example, at Daytona, Ferrari scored a 1-2-3 result with 9 points awarded in the P+2.0 category, followed by two 2000cc Porsche prototypes which received 3 points (plus 9 in the P2.0 Division), and the 6th-best prototype, a Ford Mk.II in 7th overall, collected a single point.

Prototypes over 2000 cc[edit]

This championship was for all Prototype class cars over 2000 cc.

Controversy arose about the Mirage of John Wyer, which had won at Spa. As it was a modified Ford GT40 with Ford engines, Ford argued that it should count towards Ford's tally.[4] As the CSI declined and Ford had no remaining chances to defend the championship prior to the final round at Brands Hatch, Ford did not send its prototypes.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1 Italy Ferrari 9 9 4 (3) 6 6 34
2 Germany Porsche (3) 4 4 6 9 9 (2) (4) 32
3 United States Ford 1 9 1 (1) 2 9 22
4= United Kingdom Mirage 9 9
4= United States Chaparral 9 9
6 United Kingdom Lola 3 3
7 Italy Alfa Romeo 2 2

Prototypes under 2000 cc[edit]

This championship was for all Prototype class cars under 2000 cc.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1 Germany Porsche 9 9 9 9 9 (9) (9) (6) 45
2 United Kingdom Lotus 9 9
3 Italy Alfa Romeo 4 3 7
4= France Alpine 2 4 6
4= United Kingdom Chevron 2 4 6
6 Italy Ferrari 4 4

International Championship for Sports Cars[edit]

Ford won the Over 2000cc Division of the International Championship for Sports Cars with the GT40.

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 for the first six positions in each relevant division at each race except for the Swiss Mountain Grand Prix at which half points were awarded.[3] Only the highest placed car from each manufacturer in each division was eligible to score points for its manufacturer. Not all race results could be counted towards the championship totals and discarded points are shown within brackets in the table below.

Pos.[5] Manufacturer[5] Day Seb Mon Spa Tar Nur LeM Hoc Mug Bra Per Zel Vil Nur Total[5]


  Division I (1300cc)                              
1 Abarth - - - - - - - 9 9 - 9 9 (4.5) 9 45
2 Diva - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - 3 12
3 Austin-Healey - - - - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4
4 Saab - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1
5 Triumph - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division II (2000cc)                              
1 Porsche - 9 9 - - 9 9 - 9 9 - 9 (4.5) - 63
2 Alfa Romeo - - - - - 6 - - 3 - - - - - 9
3 Lotus - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division III (+2000cc)                              
1 Ford 9 9 9 9 9 9 - - - (6) - (9) - - 54
2 Ferrari 4 - 4 - - 3 - - - 9 - 4 4.5 - 28.5
3 Shelby - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - 6[6]
  Austin-Healey - - - - 6 - - - - - - - - - 6

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Denis Jenkinson, The Automobile Year Book of Sports Car Racing, 1982, page 222
  2. ^ a b c d e János L Wimpffen. Time and Two Seats, 1999, page 708
  3. ^ a b Introduction: Starting the 1967 Season Retrieved from www.imca-slotracing.com on 21 February 2009
  4. ^ http://www.imca-slotracing.com/1967-PART3.htm
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1967 World Sportscar Championship tables Retrieved from wspr-racing.com on 21 February 2009
  6. ^ The points table at wspr-racing.com shows Shelby scoring only 3 points but gives its championship total as 6 points.

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