1968 World Sportscar Championship season

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1968 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1968 World Sportscar Championship season was the 16th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing and featured the 1968 International Championship for Makes and the 1968 International Cup for GT Cars.[1] The former was contested by Group 6 Sports Prototypes, Group 4 Sports Cars and Group 3 Grand Touring Cars [2] and the later by Group 3 Grand Touring Cars only. The two titles were decided over a ten race series which ran from 3 February 1968 to 29 September 1968.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 United States 24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway 3 February
4 February
2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 23 March
3 United Kingdom BOAC 500 (6 Hours) Brands Hatch 7 April
4 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 25 April
5 Italy Targa Florio Palermo 5 May
6 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 19 May
7 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 26 May
8 United States Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 14 July
9 Austria 500km of Zeltweg Zeltweg Airfield 25 August
10 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 28 September
29 September

† - These races were contested by Sports Prototypes and Sports Cars only. GT cars did not participate.

‡ - The 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally scheduled to be run 15 June and 16, but was delayed due to a workers strike in France.

Season results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona Germany #54 Porsche Engineering United States #31 Sunray DX Oil Company Results
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Jochen Neerspasch
United States Jerry Grant
United States Dave Morgan
2 Sebring Germany #49 Porsche Engineering United States #3 Sunray DX Oil Company Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Germany Hans Herrmann
United States Hap Sharp
United States Dave Morgan
3 Brands Hatch United Kingdom #4 John Wyer Automotive None Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
4 Monza United Kingdom #40 John Wyer Automotive Germany #68 IGFA Results
Australia Paul Hawkins
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Germany Dieter Glemser
Germany Helmut Kelleners
5 Palermo Germany #224 Porsche Engineering Switzerland #82 Ecurie Les Corsaires Results
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Italy Umberto Maglioli
Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Pierre Greub
Switzerland Edgar Berney
6 Nürburgring Germany #2 Porsche Engineering Germany #110 Sepp Gregor Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Sepp Gregor
Germany Malte Huth
7 Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom #33 John Wyer Automotive Germany #63 IGFA Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Germany Dieter Glemser
Germany Helmut Kelleners
8 Watkins Glen United Kingdom #5 John Wyer Automotive United States #59 Brumos Porsche Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
United States Peter Gregg
United States Bert Everett
9 Zeltweg Germany #1 Porsche Engineering None Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
10 La Sarthe United Kingdom #9 John Wyer Automotive Belgium #43 Jean-Pierre Gaban Results
Mexico Pedro Rodriguez
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Jean-Pierre Gaban
Belgium Roger van der Schrick

Manufacturers Championships[edit]

International Championship for Makes[edit]

Points were awarded for overall placings gained by the top 6 finishers from Groups 6, 4 & 3 at each round in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1 . Manufacturers were only given points for their highest finishing car; any other cars from that manufacturer were merely skipped in the points standings.

Cars from other than Groups 6, 4 & 3 were ignored in the awarding of points for the overall championship.

Only the best 5 round results for each make counted towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the total. Relinquished points are shown within brackets.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total
1 United States Ford 9 9 (4) 9 9 (2) 9 45
2 Germany Porsche 9 9 6 (6) 9 9 (6) (3) (4.5) (6) 42
3 Italy Alfa Romeo 3 6 2 1.5 3 15.5
4= United States Chevrolet 4 4
4= United States Howmet 4 4
4= France Alpine-Renault 4 4
7 Italy Ferrari 2 2
8 United Kingdom Lola 1 1

† - Round 9 was awarded only half points due to its short distance.

International Cup for GT Cars[edit]

Points were awarded for Group placings gained by the top six GT finishers at each round in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only given points for their highest finishing car; any other cars from that manufacturer were merely skipped in the points standings.

Only the best 5 round results for each make counted towards the title, with any other points earned not included in the total. Relinquished points are shown within brackets.

The GT class did not participate in Rounds 3 and 9.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 10 Total
1 Germany Porsche (6) (6) 9 9 9 9 9 (9) 45
2 United States Chevrolet 9 9 6 24
3 United Kingdom MG 1 2 6 9
4 Italy Lancia 4 4
5 Italy Fiat 1 1

Car Details[edit]

The following models contributed to the nett points totals of their respective manufacturers.

International Championship for Makes[edit]

International Cup for GT Cars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 124 & 125
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 259

External links[edit]