1980 World Sportscar Championship season

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1980 World Sportscar Championship season
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Lancia won the 1980 World Championship for Makes as well as the Division 2 title with its Montecarlo
Porsche won Division 1 of the 1980 World Championship for Makes with the 935

The 1980 World Sportscar Championship season was the 28th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1980 World Championship for Makes which was contested as a series running under both Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) regulations. It ran from 2 February 1980 to 28 September 1980, and comprised 11 races, including races run with Camel GT Championship.

A World Challenge for Endurance Drivers was also held over an eleven round series, six of which were run concurrently with rounds of the World Championship for Makes.[1] The Challenge was not awarded World Championship status, but would be promoted the following season and join the Championship for Makes.

The 16 combined events made for one of the most gruelling and varied championships in the history of motor racing. Some events, notably Le Mans and Daytona featured prototype sports cars. Others like the second shorter Daytona race and the Spa 24 Hour were touring car events with the rest consisting mostly of Grand Touring sportscars. Some of the European races featured Sports 2000 open bodied sports cars, but nothing larger than two litres engine capacity. No single driver started more than ten of the 16 races, with the Monza 1000 and the Riverside 5 Hour both occurring on the same day (and strangely both events counting towards the drivers title) no driver could attempt all 16. With over 1100 drivers competing it was one of the largest entries in the history of the sport.

The World Championship of Makes was contested in two classes, under and over 2000 cc of engine capacity. At the end of the championship Lancia and Porsche had won the two classes respectively with the same pointscore. The tie was broken in favour of Lancia, a fitting reward for the Italian manufacturer who had fielded a factory team of two or three Lancia Montecarlos across the European races featuring Formula One drivers and World Rally Champions like Riccardo Patrese, Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto, Piercarlo Ghinzani, Walter Röhrl and Markku Alén, as well as providing support to the Jolly Club team's Montecarlo who made trips to North America when the factory team did not.

In the World Endurance Challenge, only three drivers competed in ten races over the season and two of them were rewarded with first and second in the Challenge. American John Paul, Sr. won the series despite collecting only one win, the final race; the Road America 500 co-driving with his son, John Paul, Jr. in their Porsche 935. Paul raced a variety of Porsches, 935s and a 930 as well as a Mazda RX-3 at the 6 Hours of Daytona touring car race. British driver John Fitzpatrick was just five points behind Paul at seasons finish despite taking three race wins at Sebring, Riverside and Mosport. He had used Porsche 935s and an AMC Spirit in his championship chase. Porsche 935 and Mazda RX-3 racer Dick Barbour finished third, four points behind Fitzpatrick.

Two drivers lost their lives during the season. Martin Raymond was killed in a Chevron B36 at Brands Hatch and Manuel Quintana died in a qualifying accident at Sebring in his Porsche 911.

Schedule[edit]

The following 16 races made up the 1980 World Championship for Makes and World Challenge for Endurance Drivers.

Makes
Rnd
Drivers
Rnd
Race Circuit Date
1 1 United States 24 Hour Pepsi Challenge Daytona International Speedway 2 February
3 February
2 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 6 Hours Brands Hatch 16 March
2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 22 March
3 Italy Mugello 6 Hours Mugello Circuit 13 April
4 3 Italy 1000 km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 27 April
4 United States Riverside 5 Hours Riverside International Raceway 27 April
5 5 United Kingdom Silverstone 6 Hours Silverstone Circuit 11 May
6 6 West Germany 1000 km Nürburgring Nürburgring 25 May
7 7 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 14 June
15 June
8 United States 6 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway 29 June
8 United States 6 Hours of Watkins Glen Watkins Glen International 6 July
9 Belgium Spa 24 Hours Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 26 July
27 July
9 10 Canada Molson Canadian 1000 (6 Hours) Mosport Park 17 August
10 Italy 6 Hours of Vallelunga Vallelunga Circuit 7 September
11 United States Road America 500 Road America 31 August
11 France 1000 km Dijon Dijon-Prenois 28 September

Season results[edit]

Although a multitude of classes contended for the Championship for Makes, only the overall race winners are listed here.

Rnd Circuit Overall Winning Team Results
Overall Winning Drivers
1 Daytona West Germany #2 LM Joest Racing Results
West Germany Reinhold Joest
West Germany Rolf Stommelen
West Germany Volkert Merl
2 Brands Hatch Italy #19 Lancia Corse Results
Italy Riccardo Patrese
West Germany Walter Röhrl
3 Mugello Italy #33 Lancia Corse Results
Italy Riccardo Patrese
United States Eddie Cheever
4 Monza United Kingdom #34 Alain de Cadenet Results
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
South Africa Desiré Wilson
5 Silverstone United Kingdom #8 Alain de Cadenet Results
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
South Africa Desiré Wilson
6 Nürburgring West Germany #31 Liqui Moly Joest Racing Results
West Germany Rolf Stommelen
West Germany Jürgen Barth
7 La Sarthe France #16 Jean Rondeau Results
France Jean Rondeau
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
8 Watkins Glen Italy #31 Lancia Corse Results
Italy Riccardo Patrese
West Germany Hans Heyer
9 Mosport United States #6 Dick Barbour Racing Results
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
10 Vallelunga Italy #42 Giorgio Francia Results
Italy Giorgio Francia
Italy Roberto Marazzi
11 Dijon Germany #1 Sportwagen Team Results
West Germany Jürgen Barth
France Henri Pescarolo

Although a multitude of classes contended for the World Challenge for Endurance Drivers, only the overall race winners are listed here.

Rnd Circuit Overall Winning Team Results
Overall Winning Drivers
1 Daytona West Germany #2 LM Joest Racing Results
West Germany Reinhold Joest
West Germany Rolf Stommelen
West Germany Volkert Merl
2 Sebring United States #6 Dick Barbour Racing Results
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United States Dick Barbour
3 Monza United Kingdom #34 Alain de Cadenet Results
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
South Africa Desiré Wilson
4 Riverside United States #6 Dick Barbour Racing Results
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United States Dick Barbour
5 Silverstone United Kingdom #8 Alain de Cadenet Results
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
South Africa Desiré Wilson
6 Nürburgring West Germany #31 Liqui Moly Joest Racing Results
West Germany Rolf Stommelen
West Germany Jürgen Barth
7 La Sarthe France #16 Jean Rondeau Results
France Jean Rondeau
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
8 Daytona United States #78 Performance Innovations Results
United States Rob McFarlin
United States Hurley Haywood
9 Spa-Francorchamps Belgium #3 Belga Castrol Team Results
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Philippe Martin
10 Mosport United States #6 Dick Barbour Racing Results
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
11 Road America United States #18 JLP Racing Results
United States John Paul, Jr.
United States John Paul, Sr.

World Championship for Makes - Results[edit]

The World Championship for Makes was only open to select categories of cars. This included the FIA's Group 5 Special Production Cars, Group 4 Grand Touring Cars, Group 3 Series Production Grand Touring Cars, Group 2 Touring Cars, and Group 1 Series Production Touring Cars. An overall championship was awarded as well as two class titles: Division 1, for cars over 2000 cc and Division 2 for those under 2000 cc.

Points were awarded for the top ten finishers in each division in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1, with only the best eight results out of the eleven races being counted.[2] Only the best placed entry of each make in each division was eligible to score points, with no points awarded for other placings.

Overall Championship[edit]

The overall championship was to be awarded to the make achieving the highest net point score in either Division. The resultant tie between Porsche and Lancia was decided in Lancia’s favour due to the greater number of Division victories scored by the Italian make.[3]

Division 1 : Over 2000 cc[edit]

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total [3]
1 Germany Porsche 20 20 (15) 20 20 20 20 20 20 (15) (20) 160
2 Italy Lancia 20 20 40
3 Italy Ferrari 12 12
4 Germany BMW 4 4
5 Germany Opel 3 3

Division 2 : Under 2000 cc[edit]

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total [3]
1 Italy Lancia 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 (20) (20) 160
2 Germany BMW 15 12 12 20 59
3= Germany Porsche 15 15
3= Italy Fiat 15 15
5 United States Ford 4 4
6 Germany Opel 1 1

World Championship for Makes - The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the net points scored by makes in the 1980 championship.

Division 1[edit]

Division 2[edit]

World Challenge for Endurance Drivers - Results[edit]

The World Challenge for Endurance Drivers was won by John Paul Sr. from John Fitzpatrick and Brian Redman.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1980 World Challenge for Endurance Drivers – race results Retrieved on 22 December 2009
  2. ^ Seasonal Survey, Beta follows Alfa, Autosport, 29 January 1981, page 33
  3. ^ a b c János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, page 1288
  4. ^ 1980 World Challenge for Endurance Drivers - points table Retrieved on 22 December 2009

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