1963 European Touring Car Challenge
|1963 European Touring Car Challenge|
The 1963 European Touring Car Challenge was the inaugural season of what would become the European Touring Car Championship. On 16 June 1963, the first race was staged on the classic Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. After a hillclimb event at Mont Ventoux, the challenge headed to England for two races, as classes were divided between events at Brands Hatch and Mallory Park. Round five was hosted by the brand new Zolder circuit, then the challenge crossed the border into the Netherlands and on to Zandvoort. Another hillclimb at the Timmelsjoch for round seven, and the final would be held behind the Iron Curtain, in Hungary.
Although the challenge was a success, the point scoring systems used wasn’t. The first challenge left us with five drivers sharing the top position, with Peter Nöcker, being declared the champion. This was because there was up to nine classes, all having their own separate race winners. This point system would remain right up to 1988, when the ETCC stopped.
The challenge had a lot of competitive cars, unfortunately not many of them in the same class. On the other hand, speed differences were not that large, so a Mini was sometimes able to outpace many bigger cars.
European Touring Car Challenge
Champion: Peter Nöcker
Runner Up: Wolf-Dieter Mantzel
|Date||Round||Circuit/Hillclimb||Classes||Winning driver(s)||Winning team||Winning car|
|16/06||Rd. 1||Nürburgring||Class 1-9|| Peter Lindner
|Peter Lindner Racing||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2|
|23/06||Rd. 2||Mont Ventoux||Class 2-9||Leo Cella||Driver||Lancia Flavia Coupé|
|06/07||Rd. 3||Brands Hatch||Class 4-9|| Roy Salvadori
|Tommy Atkins||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2|
|13/07||Rd. 4||Mallory Park||Class 2-3||Björn Rothstein||Driver||Saab 96 Sport|
|25/08||Rd. 5||Zolder||Class 2-3||Gösta Karlsson||Gösta Karlsson||Saab 96 Sport|
|Class 4-5||Rob Slotemaker||Downton Engineering||Austin Mini Cooper S|
|Class 6-9||Peter Nöcker||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2|
|01/09||Rd. 6||Zandvoort||Class 1-3||Gösta Karlsson||Driver||Saab 96 Sport|
|Class 4-6||Rob Slotemaker||Downton Engineering||Austin Mini Cooper S|
|Class 7-9||John Sparrow||John Sparrow||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2|
|15/09||Rd. 7||Timmelsjoch||Class 2-9||Peter Nöcker||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2|
|22/09||Rd. 8||Népliget Park, Budapest||Class 2-9|| Luigi Cabella
|HF Squadra Corse||Lancia Flaminia|
|1||Peter Nöcker||Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mark 2||60|
|2||Wolf-Dieter Mantzel||DKW F12||60|
|3||Hubert Hahne||BMW 700||60|
|4||Rob Slotemaker||Austin Mini Cooper S
|5||Tom Trana||Volvo 122S||60|
|6||Gösta Karlsson||Saab 96 Sport||58|
|7||Björn Rothstein||Saab 96 Sport||56|
|8=||Luigi Cabella||Lancia Flaminia||54|
|Leo Cella||Lancia Flaminia|
|Jochen Neerpasch||Volvo 122S|
|Jürgen Grähser||BMW 700|
|John Aley||Austin Mini Cooper S|
Morris Mini 850
|13||Ernst Furtmayr||Alfa Romeo Giulia TI||52|
|14||John Thurston||Morris Mini Cooper S
DKW Junior de Luxe
Morris Mini 850
|15||Hans Braun||NSU Sport Prinz||46|
|16||Loek Nerden||Austin Mini Cooper||43|
|17||Bill Blydenstein||Vauxhall VX4/90||41|
|18||Leo Hans von Veh||BMW 700||40|
The first five drivers finished level on points; the overall result of the Nürburgring was decisive… another contemporary report mentions "the ones with the most victories, Nöcker, Mantzel and Hahne were classified in the order of who had the biggest winner margin over second in class".
- "European Touring Car championship - 1963". Touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
- "European Touring Car Championship - Championships". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-13.