1987 World Touring Car Championship

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1987 World Touring Car Championship
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The 1987 World Touring Car Championship season was the inaugural World Touring Car Championship season. It commenced on 22 March 1987 and ended on 15 November after eleven races. The championship was open to Touring Cars complying with FIA Group A regulations. The Drivers title was won by Roberto Ravaglia and the Entrants title by Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra No 7.[1]

Teams and drivers[edit]

The No.7 Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS500 of Klaus Ludwig and Klaus Niedzwiedz at the 2011 Essen Motor Show. Eggenberger Motorsport won the 1987 WTCC Entrants Championship

Fifteen registered entries were received for the championship. Regulations imposed by last minute series promoter Bernie Ecclestone dictated that for teams to receive official points and prize money they must have paid the US$60,000 registration fee. This in fact saw a number of the top teams, most notably Tom Walkinshaw Racing who had been the team to beat in the 1984, 1985 and 1986 European Touring Car Championships, refuse to pay and virtually ignore the championship.

Among those who did commit to the championship were the Ford Europe backed Eggenberger Motorsport with their Texaco sponsored Ford Sierra turbo's, Andy Rouse's team who ran their own Sierra Cosworth, the factory backed BMW teams of West Germany's Schnitzer Motorsport and the Italian CiBiEmme and Bigazzi teams racing the new BMW M3 which had replaced the old 635 CSi as BMW's main challenger, and the Alfa Corse team with their factory Alfa Romeo 75 turbo's.

Although numerous other entries competed in races during the season only the following were eligible to score championship points. Ironically, two outright race winning teams in the championship were not eligible for championship points. Cars competed in three engine capacity divisions:

  • Division 1: up to 1600 cm3
  • Division 2: 1601 to 2500 cm3
  • Division 3: Over 2500 cm3
No. Team Car Div. Tyre Driver
1 Italy Pro Team Italia/Imberti Maserati Biturbo 3 D Italy Bruno Giacomelli
Germany Armin Hahne
Italy Marcello Gunella
Switzerland Mario Hytten
Italy Nicola Tesini
Australia Kevin Bartlett
6 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P United Kingdom Steve Soper
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
7 Switzerland Eggenberger Motorsport Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P United Kingdom Andy Rouse
Belgium Thierry Tassin
West Germany Klaus Ludwig
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
8 United Kingdom Andy Rouse Engineering Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
3 P West Germany Klaus Ludwig
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
United Kingdom Andy Rouse
Belgium Thierry Tassin
United Kingdom Win Percy
West Germany Armin Hahne
West Germany Bernd Schneider
40 West Germany Schnitzer BMW M3 2 Y Italy Ivan Capelli
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
Italy Emanuele Pirro
42 Italy CiBiEmme Sport BMW M3 2 P Italy Riccardo Patrese
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Italy Mauro Baldi
43 Italy Bigazzi BMW M3 2 P Spain Luis Pérez-Sala
France Olivier Grouillard
West Germany Winfried Vogt
46 Germany Schnitzer BMW M3 2 Y Italy Emanuele Pirro
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
West Germany Markus Oestreich
Austria Dieter Quester
75 Italy Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Italy Alessandro Nannini
United States Michael Andretti
France Jacques Laffite
Italy Paolo Barilla
Italy Giorgio Pianta
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Italy Nicola Larini
76 Italy Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Italy Giorgio Francia
Italy Paolo Barilla
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Italy Giorgio Pianta
Italy Alessandro Nannini
77 Italy Brixia Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Italy Rinaldo Drovandi
Italy Claudio Langes
Italy Gabriele Tarquini
78 Italy Brixia Corse Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Italy Carlo Rossi
Italy Alessandro Santin
79 Italy Albatech Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Italy Walter Voulaz
Italy Marcello Cipriani
Italy d'Avanzo
Italy Massimo Siena
80 Sweden Q-Racing Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2 P Sweden Thomas Lindström
Sweden Mikael Naebrink
100 Italy Alfa Corse
Belgium Alfa Romeo Benelux
Italy Scuderia Autolodi Corse S.r.l.
Alfa Romeo 33 1 P Italy Carlo Brambilla
Italy Giovanni Maggiorelli
Spain Luis Villamil
Belgium Alain Thiebaut
Italy Daniele Toffoli
Italy Giorgio Francia

Calendar[edit]

Drivers in Italics were listed as a driver in the car but did not actually drive that car in the race.

Round Date Country Track,
Event
Overall winner Winner championship Report
# Driver - Laps / Car # Driver - Laps, overall position
1 22 March  Italy Monza
Monza 500
5 Canada Allan Moffat
Australia John Harvey
86 laps / Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
79 Italy Walter Voulaz
Italy Marcello Cipriani
79 laps, 7th / Alfa Romeo 75
Report
2 19 April  Spain Jarama
Jarama 4 Hours
46 Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
150 laps / BMW M3
46 Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Roland Ratzenberger
150 laps / BMW M3
Report
3 10 May  France Dijon
Burgundy 500
42 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
112 laps / BMW M3
42 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
112 laps / BMW M3
Report
4 12 July  Germany Nürburgring
Nürburgring Touring Car Grand Prix
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné *
111 laps / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné *
111 laps / Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Report
5 1-August 2  Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
Spa 24 Hours
48 Belgium Eric van de Poele
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Didier Theys
481 laps / BMW M3
43 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala
France Olivier Grouillard
West Germany Winfried Vogt
473 laps, Runner-up / BMW M3
Report
6 16 August Czech Republic Czechoslovakia Brno
Grand Prix Brno
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
93 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
93 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
7 6 September  United Kingdom Silverstone
RAC Tourist Trophy
48 Switzerland Enzo Calderari
Italy Fabio Mancini
105 laps / BMW M3
46 Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Austria Roland Ratzenberger *
105 laps, Runner-up / BMW M3
Report
8 4 October  Australia Mount Panorama
Bathurst 1000
10 Australia Peter McLeod
Australia Peter Brock
Australia David Parsons
Australia Jon Crooke *
158 laps / Holden VL Commodore SS Group A
42 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
154 laps / 7th / BMW M3
Report
9 11 October  Australia Calder Park
Calder 500
6 United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz *
120 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
6 United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz *
120 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
10 26 October  New Zealand Wellington
Wellington 500
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
150 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
7 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
150 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report
11 15 November  Japan Fuji
InterTEC 500
6 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
112 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
6 West Germany Klaus Ludwig
West Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz
112 laps / Ford Sierra RS500
Report

Note: "Overall winner" in the above table refers to the overall race winner and "Winner championship" refers to the highest placed entry which had been registered for the championship.

Results and standings[edit]

Races[edit]

Standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver Car Italy
ITA
Spain
SPA
France
FRA
West Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
Czechoslovakia
CZE
United Kingdom
GBR
Australia
MPC
Australia
CPR
New Zealand
NZL
Japan
JAP
Points
1 Italy Roberto Ravaglia BMW M3 DSQ 1st Ret 2nd Ret 4th 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 269
2 Germany Klaus Ludwig Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 4th 4th 1st Ret 1st 4th DSQ 5th 1st 1st 268
Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 5th 3rd 1st Ret 1st 4th DSQ 5th 1st 1st 268
4 Italy Emanuele Pirro BMW M3 DSQ 1st Ret 2nd Ret Ret 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 244
5 Belgium Pierre Dieudonné Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 4th 4th Ret Ret 2nd 7th DSQ 1st 3rd 4th 193
United Kingdom Steve Soper Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
DSQ 5th 3rd Ret Ret 2nd 7th DSQ 1st 3rd 4th 193
7 France Olivier Grouillard BMW M3 DSQ 3rd 4th 1st 3rd Ret 2nd Ret 6th 164
8 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 DSQ 6th 1st Ret Ret 5th Ret 1st 4th Ret 5th 158
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli BMW M3 6th 1st Ret Ret 5th Ret 1st 4th Ret 5th 158
10 Austria Roland Ratzenberger BMW M3 DSQ 2nd Ret 3rd 6th 4th Ret Ret 3rd 4th 146
11 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala BMW M3 DSQ 3rd 4th 1st 3rd Ret 6th 134
12 Italy Giorgio Francia Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
Alfa Romeo 33
Ret Ret 6th 7th 5th Ret 2nd Ret 6th 5th 130
13 Germany Markus Oestreich BMW M3 DSQ Ret 3rd 6th Ret Ret Ret 3rd 4th 3rd 118
14 Italy Daniele Toffoli Alfa Romeo 33 Ret 9th Ret 6th 5th 8th 99
15 Italy Walter Voulaz Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 1st 7th 10th Ret 4th 9th 8th 94
Italy Marcello Cipriani Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 1st 7th 10th Ret 4th 9th 8th 94
17 France Jacques Laffite Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 10th 7th 6th 3rd 8th 5th 86
18 Italy Carlo Rossi Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2nd Ret 9th 9th Ret 7th 3rd 80
Italy Alessandro Santin Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 2nd Ret 9th 9th Ret 7th 3rd 80
20 Germany Armin Hahne Maserati Biturbo
Ford Sierra RS500
4th DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11th 6th Ret Ret 7th 79
21 Germany Winni Vogt BMW M3 DSQ Ret 1st 2nd Ret Ret 70
22 Italy Paolo Barilla Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret Ret 6th 3rd 8th 5th 67
23 Italy Ivan Capelli BMW M3 DSQ 2nd 2nd Ret 60
24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 3rd 10th 7th 5th 59
25 United Kingdom Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Ret 8th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret 58
Belgium Thierry Tassin Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Ford Sierra RS500
Ret 8th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret 58
27 Italy Rinaldo Drovandi Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 8th 8th 2nd 10th Ret 54
France Jean-Louis Schlesser Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 6th 7th 3rd 54
29 France Alain Thiebaut Alfa Romeo 33 Ret 9th 8th 45
30 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 8th 2nd 10th Ret 43
31 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Maserati Biturbo 4th DNQ Ret Ret Ret 11th DNQ 42
Italy Marcello Gunella Maserati Biturbo 4th Ret 11th 42
33 Italy Claudio Langes Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 8th 2nd 41
34 Austria Dieter Quester BMW M3 6th 3rd 39
35 Germany Altfrid Heger BMW M3 DSQ 2nd Ret 30
Italy Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 2nd 30
Sweden Thomas Lindström Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 9th 12th 10th Ret 6th DNS 30
38 United States Michael Andretti Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 3rd 24
39 Italy Carlo Brambilla Alfa Romeo 33 Ret Ret 9th 22
Italy Massimo Siena Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 4th 22
41 Switzerland Mario Hytten Maserati Biturbo 6th 21
Italy Nicola Tesini Maserati Biturbo 6th 21
43 Sweden Steven Andskär Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Ret 6th DNS 16
Germany Bernd Schneider Ford Sierra RS500 7th 16
44 Sweden Mikael Naebrink Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 9th 12th 10th Ret 14
45 Belgium Bruno di Gioia Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 11th 3
France Gerard Févrot Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo 11th 3
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Note: Race placings in the above table refer to the relative placings gained by registered championship entries and does not include other competitors.

Point system: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 awarded to the top ten finishers for both outright and divisional results. Therefore, a driver could be awarded up to 40 points in a race. Points were only allocated to drivers of cars registered for the World Championship.

Entrants Championship[edit]

Position Entrant Division Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 Eggenberger Texaco Ford No 7 [1] 3 - 30 25 40 - 40 30 - 23 40 25 253
2 Schnitzer BMW M3 No 46 2 - 40 - 27 12 25 40 - 35 35 35 249
3 Eggenberger Texaco Ford No 6 2 - 23 32 - - 30 16 - 40 27 40 208
4 Schnitzer BMW M3 No 40 3 - 30 30 35 - - - 24 27 25 27 198
5 Bigazzi BMW M3 No 43 2 - 24 - 22 40 32 - 30 - - 16 164
6 CiBiEmme Sport BMW M3 No 42 2 - 16 40 - - 20 - 40 22 - 20 158


Point system: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 awarded to the top ten finishers for both outright and divisional results. Therefore, an entry could be awarded up to 40 points in a race. Points were allocated only to entries which were registered for the World Championship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b FIA World Touring Car Championship 1987, Autosport, 14 January 1988

External links[edit]