1997 FIA GT Championship season

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1997 FIA GT Championship season
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The 1997 FIA GT Championship season was the first season of FIA GT Championship motor racing. It featured a series for Grand Touring style cars broken into two classes based on power and manufacturer involvement, called GT1 and GT2. The series began on 13 April 1997 and ended on 26 October 1997 after 11 rounds.

The FIA GT Championship replaced the BPR Global GT Series in 1997, although the rules stayed mostly the same.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Germany Hockenheim 4 Hours Hockenheimring 13 April
2 United Kingdom British Empire Trophy (4 Hours) Silverstone Circuit 11 May
3 Finland Helsinki 3 Hours Helsinki street course 25 May
4 Germany Nürburgring 4 Hours Nürburgring 29 June
5 Belgium Spa 4 Hours Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 20 July
6 Austria Zeltweg 4 Hours A1-Ring 3 August
7 Japan POKKA Suzuka 1000km Suzuka Circuit 24 August
8 United Kingdom Donington 4 Hours Donington Park 14 September
9 Italy Mugello 4 Hours Mugello Circuit 28 September
10 United States Sebring 3 Hours Sebring International Raceway 18 October
11 United States Laguna Seca 3 Hours Laguna Seca Raceway 26 October

Season results[edit]

Rnd Circuit GT1 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team Results
GT1 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers
1 Hockenheimring Germany #8 BMW Motorsport France #51 Viper Team Oreca Results
Finland J.J. Lehto
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Philippe Gache
2 Silverstone Germany #9 BMW Motorsport France #52 Viper Team Oreca Results
Netherlands Peter Kox
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
United Kingdom Justin Bell
United States Tommy Archer
3 Helsinki Germany #8 BMW Motorsport Germany #56 Roock Racing Results
Finland J.J. Lehto
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
Portugal Ni Amorim
4 Nürburgring Germany #11 AMG Mercedes Germany #56 Roock Racing Results
Germany Bernd Schneider
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
Portugal Ni Amorim
5 Spa Germany #8 BMW Motorsport France #52 Viper Team Oreca Results
Finland J.J. Lehto
United Kingdom Steve Soper
United Kingdom Justin Bell
Belgium Marc Duez
6 A1-Ring Germany #12 AMG Mercedes Germany #57 Roock Racing Results
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Germany Bernd Mayländer
France Stéphane Ortelli
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
7 Suzuka Germany #10 AMG Mercedes France #51 Viper Team Oreca Results
Italy Alessandro Nannini
Germany Marcel Tiemann
Germany Bernd Schneider
Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Philippe Gache
8 Donington Germany #11 AMG Mercedes France #51 Viper Team Oreca Results
Germany Bernd Schneider
Austria Alexander Wurz
Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Philippe Gache
9 Mugello Germany #8 BMW Motorsport France #52 Viper Team Oreca Results
Finland J.J. Lehto
United Kingdom Steve Soper
United Kingdom Justin Bell
Italy Luca Drudi
10 Sebring Germany #11 AMG Mercedes France #51 Viper Team Oreca Results
Germany Bernd Schneider
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Philippe Gache
11 Laguna Seca Germany #11 AMG Mercedes Germany #56 Roock Racing Results
Germany Bernd Schneider
Germany Klaus Ludwig
France Stéphane Ortelli
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann

Drivers Championship[edit]

Bernd Schneider won the GT1 Drivers Championship at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR

Points were awarded to the top 6 finishers in each class in the order of 10–6–4–3–2–1. Drivers who do not drive the car for a prescribed minimum distance were not awarded points.

GT1 Standings[edit]

Pos Driver Team Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 Germany Bernd Schneider Germany AMG-Mercedes 6 10 6 10 10 10 10 10 72
2= United Kingdom Steve Soper Germany BMW Motorsport 10 4 10 4 10 4 3 4 10 59
2= Finland JJ Lehto Germany BMW Motorsport 10 4 10 4 10 4 3 4 10 59
4 Germany Klaus Ludwig Germany Kremer Racing
Germany AMG-Mercedes

10

2

10

6

3

10

10
51
5= Germany Marcel Tiemann Germany AMG-Mercedes 6 6 10 6 6 34
5= Italy Alessandro Nannini Germany AMG-Mercedes 6 6 10 6 6 34
7 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 6 3 3 2 2 4 1 1 2 3 27
8= Netherlands Peter Kox Germany BMW Motorsport 10 3 3 2 2 6 26
8= Italy Roberto Ravaglia Germany BMW Motorsport 10 3 3 2 2 6 26
10 Austria Alexander Wurz Germany AMG-Mercedes 6 6 3 10 25
11 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 6 3 2 4 1 1 2 3 22
12 France Bob Wollek Germany Schübel Rennsport
Germany Porsche AG
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4

1

2

4

3

6
21
13= Germany Bernd Mayländer Germany AMG-Mercedes 10 6 3 19
13= France Yannick Dalmas Germany Roock Racing
Germany Porsche AG
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4

4

3

6
19
15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Germany Porsche AG 3 2 4 1 2 3 1 2 18
16 Germany Ralf Kelleners Germany Roock Racing
Germany Porsche AG
2

6


3

4
15
17 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Germany Porsche AG 3 2 2 1 2 10
18 Denmark John Nielsen United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 4 4 1 9
19 Germany Thomas Bscher United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 4 4 8
20= Sweden Anders Olofsson United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 2 4 1 7
20= United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 3 3 1 7
22 France Stéphane Ortelli Germany Roock Racing 6 6
23= Australia David Brabham United Kingdom David Price Racing 4 4
23= United Kingdom Perry McCarthy United Kingdom David Price Racing 4 4
23= United Kingdom Allan McNish Germany Porsche AG 4 4
26= United Kingdom Ray Bellm United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 3 3
26= United Kingdom Gary Ayles United Kingdom Parabolica Motorsport 1 1 1 3
26= United Kingdom Chris Goodwin United Kingdom Parabolica Motorsport 1 1 1 3
29= Italy Andrea Boldrini United Kingdom GBF UK Ltd. 2 2
29= Italy Mauro Martini United Kingdom GBF UK Ltd. 2 2
29= Germany Ralf Schumacher Germany AMG-Mercedes 2 2
29= United Kingdom Geoff Lees United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff 1 1 2
33= Portugal Pedro Lamy Germany Schübel Rennsport
Germany Porsche AG
1

1
33= Italy Christian Pescatori Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 1 1
33= Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy BMS Scuderia Italia 1 1

GT2 Standings[edit]

Justin Bell won the GT2 Drivers Championship driving a Chrysler Viper GTS-R for Viper Team Oreca.

Teams Championship[edit]

AMG Mercedes won the GT1 Teams Championship
BMW Motorsport placed second in the GT1 Teams Championship
Porsche AG placed fourth in the GT1 Teams Championship

Points were awarded to the top 6 finishers in each class in the order of 10–6–4–3–2–1. All results obtained by a maximum of two cars per team were taken into account.

GT1 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Car Engine Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rd5 Rd6 Rd7 Rd8 Rd9 Rd10 Rd11 Total
1 Germany AMG Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR Mercedes-Benz 6.0L V12 6 16 8 19 16 19 6 10 10 110
2 Germany BMW Motorsport-Schnitzer McLaren F1 GTR BMW 6.0L V12 10 14 10 7 13 4 3 6 12 6 85
3 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR BMW 6.0L V12 10 3 7 2 2 5 1 1 2 4 37
4 Germany Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1
Porsche 911 GT1 Evo
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
3

2


4

1

2

7

4

12
35
5 Germany Roock Racing Porsche 911 GT1 Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6 2 6 8
6 United Kingdom David Price Racing Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8 4 4
7 United Kingdom Parabolica Motorsport McLaren F1 GTR BMW 6.0L V12 1 1 1 3
8 United Kingdom GBF UK Ltd. Lotus Elise GT1 Lotus 3.5L Turbo V8 2 2
9= Germany Schübel Rennsport Porsche 911 GT1 Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6 1 1
9= Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Porsche 911 GT1 Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6 1 1

GT2 Standings[edit]

Pos Team Car Engine Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rd5 Rd6 Rd7 Rd8 Rd9 Rd10 Rd11 Total
1 France Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R Chrysler 8.0L V10 16 14 6 16 10 14 14 10 16 10 126
2 Germany Roock Racing Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 4 6 10 10 1 10 8 9 11 4 10 83
3 Germany Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 2 4 3 2 3 1 15
4= Germany Krauss Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 1 4 3 3 2 13
4= Netherlands Marcos Racing International Marcos LM600 Chevrolet 5.9L V8 6 4 3 13
6 Austria Karl Augustin Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 2 2 2 2 8
7 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R Chrysler 8.0L V10 3 3 6
8= Italy Rennsport Italia Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 3 1 4
9= Germany Kremer Racing Kremer Racing Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 3 1 4
11= United Kingdom G-Force Strandell Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 3 3
11= United Kingdom Agusta Racing Team Callaway Corvette LM
Porsche 911 GT2
Chevrolet 6.3L V8
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6

2

1
3
13= Germany RWS-Brun Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 2 2
13= Switzerland Stadler Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 2 2
15= Germany Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 1 1
15= Germany Seikel Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 1 1
15= France Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 1 1
15= Germany Dellenbach Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6 1 1

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