1970 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps

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The 1970 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps was an endurance race held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on May 17, 1970. It was the sixth round of the 1970 International Championship for Makes.[1]

Pre-race[edit]

Prior to Formula One boycotting and then cancelling the 1969 Belgian Grand Prix because of the dangers of the ultra-high speed 8.7 mi (14.1 km) Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the track was fitted with Armco barriers and was generally made safer. The layout had not been changed, however- and the circuit was still extremely fast and demanding; racing records were smashed at this race by the prototypes. The old Spa layout was just about flat out for the entire 8.7 mile distance; the circuit sped into the rural countryside; whereas now, the circuit stays inside a part of the mountainous Ardennes forest. Lost corners like Burnenville, Malmedy, the infamous Masta Kink, Stavelot and La Carriere were all 180+ mph and corners like Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and Clubhouse were 150+ mph. So every corner except the ultra-slow La Source hairpin was extremely fast and there was never any let-up for the cars on this circuit aside from La Source- and to add to the mental challenge, most of those corners had to be taken just slightly under flat out. Spa was the fastest circuit in Europe at that time, and the great mental challenge of this legendary Belgian circuit in those days was that every corner was just as important as the other- if a driver lifted even just a little bit through any of the high-speed bends, they would lose 2-3 seconds from their lap time, just from having done the slightest little motion that would affect how they were driving. And worse- if a driver made even the slightest mistake, they were very likely to have a huge, catastrophic high speed accident which in those safety-absent days almost always meant serious injury or death.

The works Porsche teams brought the 917K's back into action for this race. They had used the new 908/03's previously at the Targa Florio.

In qualifying, pole position went to the Gulf-Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen, followed by the other Gulf-Porsche 917K of Jo Siffert/Brian Redman, the works Ferrari 512S of Jacky Ickx/John Surtees, a privately entered 917K of Helmut Kelleners/Jürgen Neuhaus, and another works Ferrari 512S of Ignazio Giunti/Nino Vaccarella. Rodriguez averaged over 157 mph (253 km/h)- a new average speed record on road circuits.

Race[edit]

It rained before the start of the race, but by the time the race started, the track was already drying. At the start, Siffert and Rodriguez were banging wheels going into Eau Rouge, with Siffert coming out best. Ickx then passed Rodriguez, and he started to push Siffert hard, and Siffert responded by keeping Ickx's pace. Ickx then passed Siffert, and after Redman switched with Siffert, the Englishman passed the Belgian; the 917 having superiority on the high speed corners of Spa. After some problems with his car, Rodriguez lapped Spa at 3:16.5 (3 seconds faster than the pole time Rodriguez had set), which was the fastest ever lap of the Spa circuit and on any road course in the world, averaging 160.513 mph (258.321 km/h). Once the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix was held 3 weeks later (a race that Rodriguez won for BRM), Formula One cars struggled to get within 12 seconds of this time; although there was a chicane at Malmedy Corner just for the F1 race. But the Rodriguez/Kinnunen 917K went out with gearbox problems; and the Siffert/Redman 917K took victory, followed by the Ickx/Surtees 512S. The Giunti/Vaccarella Ferrari was 4th and the Kelleners/Neuhaus Porsche finished 17th. This was the 4th victory in a row for Wyer's team, so far they had won 5 of the 6 races in the championship.

This event set a record for the fastest ever road race in history, and the record would be broken twice more in successive years at the same circuit; and the eventual record stood for decades.

Official results[edit]

Spa-Francorchamps in 1970
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
5.0
24 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 71
2 S
5.0
20 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom John Surtees
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 71
3 S
5.0
28 Austria Porsche Salzburg United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Kurt Ahrens, Jr.
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 70
4 S
5.0
22 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Ignazio Giunti
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 68
5 S
5.0
43 Finland Racing Team AAW Finland Hans Laine
Netherlands Gijs Van Lennep
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 68
6 S
5.0
29 Austria Porsche Salzburg United Kingdom Richard Attwood
Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 68
7 S
5.0
21 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Switzerland Peter Schetty
Italy Arturo Merzario
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 66
8 S
5.0
23 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps United Kingdom Derek Bell
Belgium Hughes de Fierlant
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 64
9 P
3.0
6 Germany Martini International Racing France Gérard Larrousse
Austria Rudi Lins
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 64
10 S
5.0
33 Sweden Ecurie Bonnier Sweden Jo Bonnier
Sweden Reine Wisell
Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 5.0L V8 63
11 P
3.0
5 Germany Martini International Racing Germany Hans-Dieter Dechent
Austria Helmut Marko
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 62
12 S
2.0
31 United Kingdom John L'Amie United Kingdom John L'Amie
United Kingdom Brian Nelson
Porsche 910 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 59
13 P
2.0
15 Germany Hans-Dieter Blatzheim Germany Hans-Dieter Blatzheim
Germany Ernst Kraus
Porsche 907 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 59
14 S
2.0
32 United Kingdom Paul Vestey United Kingdom Peter Sadler
United Kingdom Paul Vestey
Porsche 910 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 56
15 P
2.0
14 Belgium Levi's International Racing Belgium Yves Deprez
Belgium Julien Vernaeve
Chevron B16 Mazda 1.0L 2-Rotor 55
16 GT
+2.0
59 Switzerland Bernard Cheneviére Switzerland Bernard Cheneviére
Switzerland Claude Haldi
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 55
17 S
5.0
30 Germany Gesipa Racing Team Germany Helmut Kelleners
Germany Jürgen Neuhaus
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 54
18 GT
+2.0
53 Germany Kremer Racing Germany Erwin Kremer
Germany Karl von Wendt
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 54
19 GT
2.0
95 France Jean-Marie Jacquemin France Jean-Marie Jacquemin
France Bernard Palayer
Alpine A110/1300S Renault 1.3L I4 52
20 GT
2.0
52 Belgium Jean-Pierre Gaban Belgium G. van Butsel
Belgium Robert Moerenhout
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 52
21 GT
2.0
60 Switzerland Georges Duvingeaud Switzerland Georges Duvigneaud
Switzerland Camille Demoulin
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 50
22 P
3.0
37 United Kingdom Tony Goodwin United Kingdom Tony Goodwin
United Kingdom Peter Taggart
Chevron B6/8 BMW 1.9L I4 48

Not Classified[edit]

Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
GT
2.0
58 Switzerland Andre Wicky Racing Team France Sylvain Garant
Italy Mario Ilotte
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 41

Did Not Finish[edit]

Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
S
5.0
25 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Finland Leo Kinnunen
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L Flat-12 44
S
2.0
40 United Kingdom Worcestershire Racing Association United Kingdom James Tangye
United Kingdom Paul Ridgway
Chevron B8 BMW 1.9L I4 40
P
2.0
10 United Kingdom Philips Autoradio Racing United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Germany Roger Enever
Astra RNR2 Ford 1.6L I4 37
GT
2.0
51 Belgium Jean-Pierre Gaban Belgium Jean-Pierre Gaban
Belgium Willy Braillard
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 33
S
5.0
35 Belgium Racing Team VDS Belgium Teddy Pilette
Belgium Gustave Gosselin
Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 5.0L V8 31
S
2.0
39 United Kingdom Intertech Steering Wheels United Kingdom Angus Clydesdale
United Kingdom John Markey
Chevron B8 BMW 1.9L I4 22
S
2.0
38 United Kingdom Martin Blackie United Kingdom Martin Blackie
United Kingdom Peter Humble
Chevron B8 BMW 1.9L I4 18
GT
+2.0
54 Switzerland Jacques Rey Switzerland Jacques Rey
Switzerland Edgar Berney
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 12
P
2.0
12 United Kingdom Stanley Robinson United Kingdom Stanley Robinson
United Kingdom John Blanckley
Unipower GT BMC 2.0L I4 10
S
2.0
41 United Kingdom Worcestershire Racing Association United Kingdom John Bamford
United Kingdom Peter Creasey
Chevron B8 BMW 1.9L I4 10
P
3.0
7 United Kingdom Keith Grant United Kingdom Keith Grant
United Kingdom Gerry Marshall
Brabham BT8 Climax 2.7L V8 4
S
5.0
35 Switzerland Racing Team VDS Switzerland Gérard Pillon
Switzerland Louis Morand
Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet 5.0L V8 2

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole position: #25 John Wyer Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K (Pedro Rodriguez) - 3:19.8 (157.861 mph/254.054 km/h)
  • Fastest lap: #25 John Wyer Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K (Pedro Rodriguez)- 3:16.5 (160.513 mph/258.321 km/h)
  • Time taken for winning car to cover scheduled distance: 4 hours, 9 minutes and 47.8 seconds
  • Average Speed: 240.46 km/h (149.419 mph)
  • Weather conditions: Cloudy, wet at start; later drying

References[edit]


World Sportscar Championship
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Targa Florio
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1000km of Nürburgring