1973 World Sportscar Championship season

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1973 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1973 World Sportscar Championship season was the 21st season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1973 World Championship for Makes and the 1973 Cup for GT Cars which were contested concurrently over a ten race series.[1] The World Championship for Makes, which was open to Group 5 Sports Cars and Group 4 GT Cars,[2] was won by Matra and the Cup for GT Cars, which was open only to Group 4 GT Cars,[3] was won by Porsche.

Schedule[edit]

Matra won the 1973 World Championship for Makes
Ferrari placed second in the championship
Porsche placed third in the championship

The following races counted towards the 1973 World Championship for Makes and the 1973 Cup for GT Cars.

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 United States 24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway 3 February
4 February
2 Italy Vallelunga 6 Hours Vallelunga 25 March
3 France Dijon 1000 Kilometres Dijon-Prenois 15 April
4 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 25 April
5 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 May
6 Italy Targa Florio Palermo 13 May
7 Germany ADAC 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 27 May
8 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 9 June
10 June
9 Austria Austrian 1000km Österreichring 24 June
10 United States Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 21 July

† - No GT entries were received for the Österreichring event. The Buenos Aires 1000 km, scheduled to be held on 21 October,[4] was canceled six weeks after the running of the Watkins Glen 6 Hours.[5]

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona United States #59 Brumos Porsche United States #22 North American Racing Team Results
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Peter Gregg
France François Migault
United States Milt Minter
2 Vallelunga France #5 Equipe Matra-Simca Germany #9 Martini Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
Germany Willi Kauhsen
United States George Follmer
3 Dijon-Prenois France #2 Equipe Matra-Simca Germany #26 Martini Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
Switzerland Herbert Müller
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep
4 Monza Italy #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Germany #84 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Erwin Kremer
Germany Clemens Schickentanz
5 Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom #5 Gulf Racing Germany #40 Martini Racing Results
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
Germany Reinhold Joest
United States George Follmer
6 Palermo Germany #8 Martini Racing Italy #106 Scuderia Brescia Corse Results
Switzerland Herbert Müller
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep
Italy Giovanni Borri
Italy Mario Barone
7 Nürburgring Italy #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Germany #55 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Switzerland Paul Keller
Germany Jürgen Neuhaus
Germany Clemens Schikentanz
8 La Sarthe France #11 Equipe Matra-Simca France #39 Automobile Charles Pozzi Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
France Claude Ballot-Léna
United Kingdom Vic Elford
9 Österreichring France #11 Equipe Matra-Simca None Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
10 Watkins Glen France #33 Equipe Matra-Simca United States #16 Toad Hall Motor Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
United States Milt Minter
United States Michael Keyser

World Championship for Makes[edit]

Pos Make [1] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total [1]
1 France Matra 20 20 12 12 20 20 20 124
2 Italy Ferrari 15 15 15 20 10 20 15 (12) (15) 115
3 Germany Porsche 20 8 (3) (3) 8 20 10 10 (3) 6 82
4 United Kingdom Mirage 8 20 10 10 48
5 United Kingdom Lola 6 6 10 6 8 36
6 United Kingdom Chevron 1 4 2 10 12 1 30
7 Italy Alfa Romeo 8 1 4 4 17
8 Italy Lancia 15 15
9 United States Chevrolet 12 2 14
10 France Ligier 3 3

Championship points were awarded for the top 10 finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 but only for the highest placed car of each make.[6] The 7 best results were retained [7] for each make. Discarded points are shown in the above table within brackets.

Cup for GT Cars[edit]

Pos Make [1] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Total [1]
1 Germany Porsche (12) 20 20 20 20 20 20 (15) 20 140
2 Italy Ferrari 20 20 40
3 United States Chevrolet 15 8 15 38
4 Italy Alfa Romeo 10 10

No GT entries were received for Round 9.

The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the nett pointscores of their respective makes.

World Championship for Makes[edit]

Cup for GT Cars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Results of the 1973 FIA International Championships, 1974 FIA Yearbook, pages 105-106
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 259
  3. ^ János L Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 885-886
  4. ^ Automobile Year, 1972/73, page 25
  5. ^ Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 163
  6. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 260
  7. ^ Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 237

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