1976 World Sportscar Championship season

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1976 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1976 World Sports Car Championship season was part of the 24th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1976 World Championship for Sports Cars,[1] which was open to Group 6 cars,[2] officially referred to as "Two-Seater Racing Cars (Group 6)".[3] The championship was contested over a seven race series which ran from 4 April to 19 September and was won by Porsche.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Porsche won the championship with its 908/3 and 936 models. A 936 in 1977 livery is pictured above.
Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Germany ADAC Nürburgring 300 km Nürburgring April 4
2 Italy Trofeo Filippo Caracciolo (4 Hours) Autodromo Nazionale Monza April 25
3 Italy Trofeo Ignazio Giunti (500 km) Autodromo Dino Ferrari May 23
4 Italy Coppa Florio (4 Hours) Autodromo di Pergusa June 27
5 Canada Player's 200 Mosport August 22
6 France ACF 500 km of Dijon Dijon-Prenois September 5
7 Austria Elan Trophy (200 miles) Salzburgring September 19


Season results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning team Results
Winning drivers
Winning car
1 Nürburgring Germany #5 Joest Racing Results
Germany Reinhold Joest
Germany Porsche 908/3
2 Monza Germany #3 Martini Racing Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Porsche 936
3 Imola Germany #7 Martini Racing Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Porsche 936
4 Pergusa Germany #4 Martini Racing Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Germany Porsche 936
5 Mosport Germany #20 Martini Racing Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Porsche 936
6 Dijon Germany #6 Martini Racing Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Porsche 936
7 Salzburgring Germany #3 Martini Racing Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Porsche 936

† - In the race, Ickx finished behind two Group 7 CanAm cars, but these large capacity cars were not eligible for Group 6 championship points.

Results - 1976 World Championship for Sports Cars[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. 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 points finishes counted towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the total. Discarded points are shown within brackets in the table below.

Pos [1] Manufacturer [1] Rd 1 [1] Rd 2 [1] Rd 3 [1] Rd 4 [1] Rd 5 [1] Rd 6 [1] Rd 7 [1] Total [1]
1 Germany Porsche 20 20 20 20 20 (20) (20) 100
2= France Alpine 15 2 15 15 47
2= Italy Osella 10 10 15 12 47
4 United Kingdom Lola 15 3 6 8 8 40
5 United Kingdom March 10 1 3 12 4 30
6 United Kingdom Chevron 1 4 10 4 4 23
7 Italy Alfa Romeo 15 15
8 United Kingdom Mirage 12 12
9= Germany KMW [5] 4 4 8
9= United Kingdom McLaren 8 8
9= Switzerland Sauber 8 8
12 Italy Abarth 6 6
13 Switzerland Cheetah 2 2

FIA Cup for Cars up to 2 Litres[edit]

The 1976 FIA Cup for Cars up to 2 Litres was contested concurrently with the 1976 World Championship for Sports Cars.[8]

Position [8] Manufacturer [8] Nur [8] Mon [8] Imo [8] Ena [8] Mos [8] Dij [8] Sal [8] Total [8]
1 United Kingdom Lola 20 10 12 - 15 20 - 77
2 Italy Osella - 20 20 20 - 6 - 66
3 United Kingdom Chevron - - 6 8 20 15 12 61
4 United Kingdom March 15 8 8 15 - - - 46
5 Switzerland Sauber - - - - - - 20 20
6 Italy Abarth - - - - - - 15 15
7 United States Ford 12 - - - - - - 12

World Championship of Makes[edit]

For the 1976 season, the FIA chose to run two separate World Championships for "sportscars". Open-cockpit Group 6 cars would contest the new World Championship for Sports Cars, while production-based cars, including Group 5 Special Production Cars, would now contest the World Championship for Makes. Events in which both types of car ran, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, were not counted towards either championship. The World Championship for Makes was won by Porsche.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Results of the 1976 FIA International Championships - World Championship for Sports Cars, 1977 FIA Yearbook, pages 86 & 87
  2. ^ János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, Page 1040
  3. ^ 1976 FIA Yearbook, page 9
  4. ^ Automobile Year, 1976/77, pages 224 to 227
  5. ^ The 1977 FIA Yearbook results table shows this manufacturer as "BMW". János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999 (on page 1089) lists the championship place as awarded to "KMW" and (on pages 1055 to 1057) shows the 7th placed "Sports" car at both the Nürburgring and Monza rounds as a "KMW-Porsche SP30"
  6. ^ János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, Page 1079
  7. ^ János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, Page 1053
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Results of the 1976 FIA International Championships - FIA Cup for Cars up to 2 Litres, 1977 FIA Yearbook, page 87

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