1970 Austrian 1000km

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The 1970 Austrian 1000km was an endurance race held at the Österreichring, near Zeltweg, Austria on October 11, 1970. It was the tenth and final round of the 1970 World Sportscar Championship season.[1]

John Wyer's factory supported Gulf-Porsche team won again, they had won 7 of 10 races in the season, and on top of that, works Porsche prototypes won 2 more races. Jo Siffert and Brian Redman won their third race together with their Porsche 917K; they faced intense opposition from 2 factory teams with revised and improved cars- Jacky Ickx and Peter Schetty in a Ferrari 512M and later in the race, an Alfa Romeo T33/3-71 driven by Andrea De Adamich and Henri Pescarolo. But Porsche also had made revisions to their machines- they brought to the scenic Österreichring new 5-liter engines for 3 of their 917K's. The engine in the Rodriguez/Kinnunen 917K blew up on the 5th lap while Rodriguez was driving; the Ickx/Schetty 512M's electrics failed on the 54th lap, and although the engine in the Siffert/Redman car was running on 11 cylinders and the De Adamich/Pescarolo Alfa Romeo was catching them at 15 seconds a lap, the engine in the Alfa expired; but they finished 2nd on distance already covered and won the 3 liter prototype class.

The 1970 WSC was utterly dominated by Porsche. They had won every race in the season except Sebring; and they would go on to dominate the next season as well. But new rules for 1972 banning engines in prototypes larger than 3 liters made the 917's and 512's (the 512's were only run by Ferrari for this year; they decided to build a 3 liter car, the 312PB for the new regulations) obsolete, and Porsche pulled out of endurance racing and did not return until 1976.

Official results[edit]

The Österreichring (1969-1976)
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
5.0
23 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Porsche 917K Porsche 5.0L Flat-12 170
2 P
3.0
3 Italy Autodelta SpA Italy Andrea De Adamich
France Henri Pescarolo
Alfa Romeo T33/3-71 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 168
3 P
3.0
6 Germany Martini International Racing France Gerard Larrousse
Austria Rudi Lins
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 167
4 S
5.0
21 Austria Porsche Salzburg United Kingdom Vic Elford
United Kingdom Richard Attwood
Porsche 917K Porsche 5.0L Flat-12 162
5 P
3.0
5 Germany Martini International Racing Germany Reinhold Jöst
Austria Gerold Pankl
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 162
6 P
3.0
12 Austria Bosch Racing Team Wien Austria Niki Lauda
Austria Peter Peter
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 162
7 S
5.0
25 Germany Gelo Racing Germany Georg Loos
Germany Franz Pesch
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 156
8 P
2.0
7 United Kingdom Max Wilson United Kingdom Max Wilson
United Kingdom Mac Daghorn
Lola T210 Ford 1.6L I4 153
9 S
2.0
14 Italy Scuderia Brescia Corse Italy Luigi Moreschi
Italy "Pam"
Abarth 2000 OT Abarth 1.6 I4 149
10 S
2.0
14 Austria Bosch Racing Team Austria Lambert Hofer
Austria Werner Riedl
Porsche 910 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 146
11 S
5.0
24 United Kingdom Team Snake Speed United States David Weir
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.9L V8 141
12 GT
2.0
51 Germany Peter-Ernst Strähle / Schüler Germany Günter Steckkönig
Germany Stephen Behr
Porsche 914/6 GT Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 139
13 S
2.0
32 Austria Bosch Racing Team Austria Kurt Rieder
Austria Otto Stuppacher
Austria Siegfried Pust
Porsche 906 Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 139
14 GT
2.0
49 Switzerland Squadra Tartaruga Switzerland Ernst Seiler
Switzerland Peter Ettmüller
Porsche 914/6 GT Porsche 1.9L Flat-6 137
15 GT
2.5
53 Italy Jolly Club Italy Mario Ilotte
Italy Mario Ruspa
Porsche 911 Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 137
16 GT
2.5
43 Germany Peter-Ernst Strähle / Schüler Germany Roland Bauer
Germany Dieter Schmid
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 136
17 P
2.0
9 Switzerland Charles Graemiger Switzerland Charles Graemiger
Switzerland Richard Vogel
Chevron B8 BMW 1.8L I4 135
18 GT
2.5
41 Switzerland Wicky Racing Team France Sylvain Garant
France Jean-Marie Masoneri
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 133
19 GT
2.5
46 Germany Kremer Racing Germany Erwin Kremer
Germany Günther Huber
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L Flat-6 124

Disqualified[edit]

Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
P
3.0
3 Italy Autodelta SpA Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United States Masten Gregory
Alfa Romeo T33/3-71 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8

Did Not Finish[edit]

Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
P
3.0
1 Italy Autodelta SpA Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United States Masten Gregory
Alfa Romeo T33/3-71 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 60
S
5.0
31 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Belgium Jacky Ickx
Switzerland Peter Schetty
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 53
S
5.0
22 United Kingdom John Wyer Automotive Engineering Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Finland Leo Kinnunen
Porsche 917K Porsche 5.0L Flat-12 4
P
3.0
4 Italy Autodelta SpA Italy Teodoro Zeccoli
Italy Carlo Facetti
Alfa Romeo T33/3-71 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 0

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole position: #22 John Wyer Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K (Pedro Rodriguez/Leo Kinnunen) - 1:40.48 (131.656 mph/211.881 km/h)
  • Fastest lap: #31 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512M (Jacky Ickx)- 1:40.0 (132.051 mph/212.514 km/h)
  • Time taken for winning car to cover scheduled distance: 5 hours, 8 minutes and 4.67 seconds
  • Average Speed: 195.592 km/h (121.535 mph)
  • Weather conditions: Sunny

References[edit]


World Sportscar Championship
Previous race:
Watkins Glen 6 Hours
1970 season Next race:
1971 1000km of Buenos Aires