1978 World Sportscar Championship season

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1978 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1978 World Sportscar Championship season was the 26th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1978 World Championship for Makes, which was contested from 4 February to 3 September 1978 over an eight race series.

The championship was open to cars in Groups 1 to 5,[1] i.e.:

Porsche was awarded the overall championship [4] and the Division 2 title for cars with an engine capacity of over 2 litres.[5] BMW was awarded the Division 1 title for cars with an engine capacity of up to 2 litres [5] and Porsche won the GT Cup.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Porsche won the championship with their 935 model (pictured in 1977)
Rnd Race name Circuit Date
1 United States 24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway 4 February
5 February
2 Italy 6 Hours of Mugello Mugello Circuit 19 March
3 France 6 Hours of Dijon Dijon-Prenois 16 April
4 United Kingdom 6 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone Circuit 14 May
5 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 28 May
6 Italy Misano 6 Hours Misano Circuit 25 June
7 United States Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 8 July
8 Italy 6 Hours of Vallelunga Vallelunga 3 September

Round results[edit]

Rnd Circuit Over 2.0 Winning Team Under 2.0 Winning Team Results
Over 2.0 Winning Drivers Under 2.0 Winning Drivers
Over 2.0 Winning Car Under 2.0 Winning Car
1 Daytona United States #99 Brumos Porsche None Results
United States Peter Gregg
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
None
Germany Porsche 935-77A None
2 Mugello Germany #12 Gelo Racing Team Germany #31 Faltz Preparation Results
Germany Hans Heyer
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Austria Dieter Quester
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i
3 Dijon Germany #2 Porsche Kremer Racing Italy #21 BMW Italia-Osella Results
France Bob Wollek
France Henri Pescarolo
Italy Giorgio Francia
United States Eddie Cheever
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i
4 Silverstone Germany #1 Martini Racing Belgium #53 BMW Belgium Results
Germany Jochen Mass
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Harald Grohs
Belgium Eddy Joosen
Germany Porsche 935-78 Germany BMW 320i
5 Nürburgring Germany #3 Gelo Racing Team Germany #34 BMW Motorsport GmbH Results
Germany Hans Heyer
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Austria Markus Höttinger
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i
6 Misano Germany #7 Porsche Kremer Racing Belgium #2 BMW Belgium Results
France Bob Wollek
France Henri Pescarolo
Germany Harald Grohs
Belgium Patrick Nève
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i
7 Watkins Glen Germany #30 Gelo Racing Team Germany #10 BMW Faltz Results
United States Peter Gregg
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Austria Dieter Quester
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i
8 Vallelunga Germany #3 Porsche Kremer Racing Switzerland #34 BMW Schweiz Results
France Bob Wollek
France Henri Pescarolo
Switzerland Marc Surer
Sweden Freddy Kottulinsky
Germany Porsche 935-77A Germany BMW 320i

Points system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 10 finishers in each division on a 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis. Manufacturers were only allocated points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by any other car from that manufacturer.

Only the best six points finishes could be retained towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the total.[5]

Championship results[edit]

The overall championship was awarded to the winner of Division 2 (Over 2000cc),[4] Porsche thus scoring their third straight World Championship for Makes victory.

Division 1 (Up to 2000cc)[edit]

Position [4] Manufacturer [4] Total [4]
1 BMW 120
2 Porsche 12
3 Fiat 10
4 Alpine 8
5 Volkswagen 6
6 Ford 4

Division 2 (Over 2000cc)[edit]

Position [4] Manufacturer [4] Total [4]
1 Porsche 120
2 De Tomaso 8
3 Chevrolet 4
4 Ferrari 3
= Lancia 3

GT Cup[edit]

Position [4] Manufacturer [4] Total [4]
1 Porsche 115
2 Lancia 20
= Chevrolet 20
4 Fiat 10
5 Alpine 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ János Wimpffen, 1978 - A German International Championship, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 1144 to 1145
  2. ^ a b c d e Contents, 1977 FIA Yearbook
  3. ^ a b c d e Contents, 1979 FIA Yearbook
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k János Wimpffen, 1978 Summary, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 1179 to 1180
  5. ^ a b c d World Championship for Makes 1978, 1979 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, pages 87 & 88

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