1960 1000 km Nürburgring
The VI. Internationales ADAC 1000 Kilometer Rennen took place on 22 May, on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, (West Germany). It was the fourth round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. This was also the third round of the FIA GT Cup.
A massive total of 85 racing cars were registered for this event, of which 73 arrived for practice and 67 started the long distance race on the 14.174 mile German circuit. David Brown won the event in 1957 and again in 1958 and 1959 but had withdrawn from Sports Car racing, leaving its lead driver, Stirling Moss without a works drive. He hope to complete his hat-trick of race wins on the Nordschleife, laid with the American outfit, Camoradi USA with their Maserati Tipo 61. As for championship leaders, Porsche, this was their home event arrived with two different cars; 356A and 718 RS 60 for their squad of drivers led by Olivier Gendebien and Jo Bonnier.
Scuderia Ferrari would head the Italian challenge. Ferrari had four works 250 TR 59/60s in the Eifel mountains, Cliff Allison, Willy Mairesse, Phil Hill and Wolfgang von Trips were amongst the squad of drivers. They were joined a fleet of privateer drivers in their Alfa Romeos, Porsche 356A Carreras Oscas and other mainline sports and GT cars.
With each lap over 14 miles in length, the race covered a total of 44 laps, or 1,000 miles, the Nordschleife was a fearsome thing to behold. A crowd of approximately 250,000 in attendance came to witness the race, despite a day of rain.
As for the race, victory went to the Maserati Tipo 61 of Moss and Gurney, gaining the Englishman his third win in a row in the mountains. The winning partnership, won in a time of 7hr 31:40.5 mins., averaging a speed of 82.843 mph. The margin of triumph over the Porsche of Bonnier/Gendebein was 2 mins 52secs., who were followed home by their teammates Brooks/Behra who were a 4min 27s adrift of the Aston. The first of the Porsche came home in fourth, with Umberto Maglioli/Hans Herrmann winning their class. The Moss’s pace was so quick that his fastest lap of the race, was faster that Behra’s pole lap by over five seconds. The race continued for another hour to allow the other classes/division to try and complete the full 1000 km.
Class Winners are in Bold text.
|Sports 3000||5||Maserati Tipo 61||Moss / Gurney|
|Sports 2000||21||Porsche 718 RS 60||Bonnier / Gendebien|
|Sports 1600||36||Porsche 718 RSK||Walter / Losinger|
|Sports 1150||53||Lola-Climax Mk.1||Vögele / Ashdown|
|Sports 850||62||D.B-Panhard HBR5||Bartholoni / Vinatier|
|Grand Touring +2000||77||Ferrari 250 GT LWB||Abate / Davis|
|Grand Touring 2000||83||Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth GTL||Strähle / Walter|
|Grand Touring 1300||117||Lotus Elite||Stacey / Wagstaff|
Standings after the race
FIA World Sportscar Championship
- Note: Only the top five positions are included in this set of standings.
Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 3 results out of the 5 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.
- http://www.racingsportscars.com/race/ Nurburgring-1960-06-22.html
|World Sportscar Championship|
|1960 season||Next race:|
24 Hours of Le Mans
|FIA GT Cup|
12 Hours of Sebring
|1960 season||Next race:|
6 Hours of Hockenheim