1974 World Sportscar Championship season

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1974 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1974 World Sportscar Championship season was the 22nd season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1974 World Championship for Makes [1] and FIA Cup for GT Cars [1] which were contested concurrently over a ten race series [1] from 25 April to 9 November 1974. The World Championship for Makes, which was open to Group 5 Sports Cars and Group 4 GT Cars,[2] was won by Matra [1] and the FIA Cup for GT Cars by Porsche.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Matra won the championship with its MS670s
Gulf Ford placed second with its GR7s
Porsche placed third with its Carrera (pictured) & 908/3 models
Alfa Romeo placed fourth with its 33TT12s

The 1974 World Championship for Makes and FIA Cup for GT Cars were contested concurrently over a ten race series.[1]

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 25 April
2 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 5 May
3 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 19 May
4 Italy 1000 km Imola Autodromo Dino Ferrari 2 June
5 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 15 June
16 June
6 Austria 1000km Zeltweg Österreichring 30 June
7 United States Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 13 July
8 France 1000 km Le Castellet Circuit Paul Ricard 15 August
9 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 1000km Brands Hatch 29 September
10 South Africa Kyalami 6 Hours Kyalami 9 November

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Outright winning team GT winning team Results
Outright winning drivers GT winning drivers
Outright winning car GT winning car
1 Monza Italy #3 Autodelta SpA Germany #87 Gelo Racing Results
United States Mario Andretti
Italy Arturo Merzario
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Germany Georg Loos
Germany Jürgen Neuhaus
Alfa Romeo 33TT12 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
2 Spa-Francorchamps France #4 Equipe Gitanes Germany #53 Gelo Racing Results
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Germany Jürgen Barth
Matra-Simca MS670C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
3 Nürburgring France #1 Equipe Gitanes Germany #45 Gelo Racing Results
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Germany Jürgen Barth
Matra-Simca MS670C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
4 Imola France #2 Equipe Gitanes Germany #152 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
Germany Hans Heyer
Switzerland Paul Keller
Matra-Simca MS670B/C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
5 La Sarthe France #7 Equipe Gitanes France #71 Raymond Touroul Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
France Cyril Grandet
France Dominique Bardini
Matra-Simca MS670B Ferrari 365 GTB/4
6 Österreichring France #5 Equipe Gitanes Germany #33 Porsche Kremer Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
Germany Hans Heyer
Germany Erwin Kremer
Switzerland Paul Keller
Matra-Simca MS670B/C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
7 Watkins Glen France #1 Equipe Gitanes United States #59 Brumos Porsche Results
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Peter Gregg
Matra-Simca MS670C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
8 Le Castellet France #1 Equipe Gitanes Germany #57 Gelo Racing Results
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Australia Tim Schenken
Matra-Simca MS670C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
9 Brands Hatch France #1 Equipe Gitanes Germany #55 Gelo Racing Results
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Matra-Simca MS670C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
10 Kyalami France #2 Equipe Gitanes Germany #20 Gelo Racing Results
France Henri Pescarolo
France Gérard Larrousse
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Australia Tim Schenken
Matra-Simca MS670B/C Porsche 911 Carrera RSR

World Championship for Makes[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1.[3] Makes were only awarded the applicable points for their highest finishing car,[3] with no points awarded for positions gained by additional cars. No points were awarded for places gained by Touring Cars [4] or by any other cars from groups which were ineligible for the championship.

Only the best seven scores for each make counted towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the totals.[5]

Pos [1] Make [1] Rd 1 [1] Rd 2 [1] Rd 3 [1] Rd 4 [1] Rd 5 [1] Rd 6 [1] Rd 7 [1] Rd 8 [1] Rd 9 [1] Rd 10 [1] Total [1]
1 France Matra 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 (20) (20) 140
2 United Kingdom Gulf Ford (10) 15 10 10 10 12 12 12 81
3 Germany Porsche 8 12 8 15 15 10 68
4 Italy Alfa Romeo 20 15 15 15 65
5 United Kingdom Chevron 1 3 2 4 10 10 30
6 France Ligier 3 3 6 12
7 United Kingdom Lola 6 1 3 10
8 Italy Ferrari 8 8
9 United Kingdom March 3 3
10= France Alpine 1 1
10= Italy AMS 1 1
10= United Kingdom Ecosse 1 1

FIA Cup for GT Cars[edit]

In addition to being eligible for the overall championship, GT Cars also competed for their own award.[4]

Position [1] Make [1] Rd 1 [1] Rd 2 [1] Rd 3 [1] Rd 4 [1] Rd 5 [1] Rd 6 [1] Rd 7 [1] Rd 8 [1] Rd 9 [1] Rd 10 [1] Total [1]
1 Germany Porsche 20 20 20 20 (12) 20 20 20 (20) (20) 140
2 Italy Ferrari 20 20
3 Italy De Tomaso 10 10
4 United States Chevrolet 1 6 1 8
5 Germany BMW 3 3

The cars[edit]

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

World Championship for Makes[edit]

FIA Cup for GT Cars[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af 1974 FIA International Championships, 1975 FIA Yearbook, grey section, pages 89 & 90
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 259
  3. ^ a b Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 260
  4. ^ a b Janos L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, page 886
  5. ^ Automobile Year 1974/75, page 216