1989 World Sportscar Championship season

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1989 World Sportscar Championship season
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Sauber Mercedes won the 1989 World Sports Prototype Championship for Teams with the Sauber C9 Mercedes, as seen here at the Nürburgring in August 2009
Silk Cut Jaguar placed 4th in the Teams Championship with the Jaguar XJR9 (above) & XJR11
Aston Martin placed 6th in the Teams Championship with the Aston Martin AMR1

The 1989 World Sportscar Championship season was the 37th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1989 FIA World Sports Prototype Championship, which was open to Group C1 Sports Prototypes, Group C2 Sports Prototypes and IMSA GTP cars. The championship was contested over an eight round series which ran from 9 April to 29 October 1989.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
1 Japan WSPC Suzuka (480 km) Suzuka Circuit 9 April
2 France Coupe de Dijon (480 km) Dijon-Prenois 21 May
3 Spain Trofeo Repsol (480 km) Circuito Permanente Del Jarama 25 June
4 United Kingdom Brands Hatch Trophy (480 km) Brands Hatch 23 July
5 Germany International ADAC Trophäe (480km) Nürburgring 20 August
6 United Kingdom Wheatcroft Gold Cup (480 km) Donington Park 3 September
7 Belgium Coupes de Spa (480km) Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 17 September
8 Mexico Trofeo Hermanos Rodriguez (480 km) Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez 29 October

Results[edit]

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Outright Winning Team Group C2 Winning Team Results
Outright Winning Drivers Group C2 Winning Drivers
1 Suzuka Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Results
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Italy Mauro Baldi
Spain Fermín Velez
United Kingdom Nick Adams
2 Dijon-Prenois Germany Joest Racing United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Results
France Bob Wollek
Germany Frank Jelinski
Spain Fermín Velez
United Kingdom Nick Adams
3 Jarama Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Results
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Germany Jochen Mass
Spain Fermín Velez
United Kingdom Nick Adams
4 Brands Hatch Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Results
United Kingdom Kenny Acheson
Italy Mauro Baldi
Spain Fermín Velez
United Kingdom Nick Adams
5 Nürburgring Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Team Mako Results
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Germany Jochen Mass
United Kingdom James Shead
Canada Robbie Stirling
6 Donington Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Tiga Race Team Results
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Germany Jochen Mass
Finland Jari Nurminen
United Kingdom Tony Trevor
7 Spa-Francorchamps Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Team Mako Results
United Kingdom Kenny Acheson
Italy Mauro Baldi
United Kingdom James Shead
Canada Robbie Stirling
8 Hermanos Rodriguez Germany Team Sauber Mercedes United Kingdom Team Mako Results
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Germany Jochen Mass
Mexico Andres Contreras
Mexico Giovanni Aloi

World Sports Prototype Championship for Drivers[edit]

Pos [1][2] Driver [1][2] Car Team Japan
SUZ
France
DIJ
Spain
JAR
United Kingdom
BHC
Germany
NÜR
United Kingdom
DON
Belgium
SPA
Mexico
MEX
Points [1][2]
1 France Jean-Louis Schlesser Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes 1 2 1 3 1 1 23 1 115
2 Germany Jochen Mass Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes - 2 1 3 1 1 23 1 107
3 Italy Mauro Baldi Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes 1 3 4 1 2 2 1 27 102
4 United Kingdom Kenneth Acheson Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz Sauber Mercedes 2 3 4 1 2 2 1 27 97
5 Germany Frank Jelinski Porsche 962C Joest Racing 3 1 - 2 23 4 2 3 84
6 France Bob Wollek Porsche 962C Joest Racing 3 1 - 2 23 4 2 31 72
7 Argentina Oscar Larrauri Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 8 36 3 - 6 5 4 2 54
8 France Patrick Tambay Jaguar XJR-9 &
Jaguar XJR-11
Silk Cut Jaguar 25 26 2 5 10 27 34 6 30
= Netherlands Jan Lammers Jaguar XJR-9 &
Jaguar XJR-11
Silk Cut Jaguar 25 26 2 5 10 27 34 6 30
10 United Kingdom Andy Wallace Jaguar XJR-9 &
Jaguar XJR-11
Silk Cut Jaguar 5 29 6 24 5 19 32 5 30
11 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Nissan R89C Nissan Motorsport - 15 8 - - 3 3 12 27
= United Kingdom Julian Bailey Nissan R89C Nissan Motorsport - 15 8 35 24 3 3 12 27
13 Norway Harald Huysman Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 27 9 11 16 12 5 37 2 25
14 France Henri Pescarolo Spice SE88C Ford Cosworth &
Porsche 962C
France Prototeam &
Joest Racing
- 8 - 30 20 8 6 3 24
15 United Kingdom Brian Redman Aston Martin AMR1 Aston Martin - 17 - 4 8 7 7 8 24
16 Denmark John Nielsen Jaguar XJR-9 &
Jaguar XJR-11
Silk Cut Jaguar 5 29 6 24 5 - 32 - 22
17 United Kingdom David Leslie Aston Martin AMR1 Aston Martin - - - 4 8 6 28 8 22
18 Switzerland Walter Brun Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 17 13 - 6 4 26 24 7 20
= Spain Jesús Pareja Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 17 13 - 6 4 26 24 7 20
20 Denmark Thorkild Thyrring Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth Spice Engineering - - 4 - 34 28 5 10 19
21 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Toyota 88C & Toyota 89CV Toyota Team Tom's 19 4 10 23 7 10 8 24 19
22 United Kingdom Tiff Needell Porsche 962GTI Richard Lloyd 18 5 - 26 15 11 35 4 18
= United Kingdom Derek Bell Porsche 962GTI Richard Lloyd 18 5 - 26 15 11 - 4 18
= South Africa Wayne Taylor Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth Spice Engineering 27 32 4 31 34 28 5 - 18
25 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Porsche 962CK6 Porsche Kremer &
Porsche Kremer Racing
28 29 7 32 3 12 10 DNS 17
= South Africa George Fouche Porsche 962CK6 Porsche Kremer &
Porsche Kremer Racing
13 18 7 - 3 12 10 - 17
27 United Kingdom Geoff Lees Toyota 88C & Toyota 89CV Toyota Team Tom's 19 4 - - 7 - 8 - 17
28 France Pascal Fabre Cougar C22S Porsche Courage Competition 14 6 9 7 9 9 27 25 16
29 France Jean-Louis Ricci Porsche 962C Joest Racing 29 7 - 30 20 8 6 - 13
30 France Alain Ferté Spice SE88C Ford Cosworth & Jaguar XJR-9 France Prototeam &
Silk Cut Jaguar
- 8 - 28 - 19 - 5 11
31 Japan Toshio Suzuki Nissan R88C Nissan Motorsport 4 - - - - - - - 10
= Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Nissan R88C Nissan Motorsport 4 - - - - - - - 10
= Austria Roland Ratzenberger Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 23 - - - - - 4 - 10
34 Austria Franz Konrad Porsche 962C & Porsche 962CK6 Repsol Brun Motorsport &
Porsche Kremer
15 27 - 16 6 - - 9 8
35 Sweden Stanley Dickens Porsche 962C & Aston Martin AMR1 Porsche Almeras &
Aston Martin
7 35 11 - - 29 7 - 8
36 Belgium Herve Regout Cougar C22S Porsche Courage Competition - - - 7 9 9 27 - 8
37 Japan Hitoshi Ogawa Toyota 89CV Toyota Team Tom's 6 - - - - - - - 6
= France Jean-Louis Bousquet Cougar C22S Porsche Courage Competition - 6 - - - - - - 6
= Italy Paolo Barilla Toyota 89CV Toyota Team Tom's 6 - - - - - - - 6
= Republic of Ireland Michael Roe Aston Martin AMR1 Aston Martin - - - - - 6 - - 6
41 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Porsche 962C Porsche Almeras 7 - - - - - - - 4
= FranceClaude Ballot-Lena Porsche 962C Joest Racing 29 7 14 15 19 23 31 - 4
= United Kingdom David Sears Aston Martin AMR1 Aston Martin - - - - - 7 - - 4
44 Spain Fermin Velez Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth Chamberlain Engineering 22 11 13 8 29 15 13 14 3 [3]
= United Kingdom Nick Adams Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth Chamberlain Engineering 22 11 13 8 29 15 13 14 3 [3]
= Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport 8 - - - - - - - 3
= Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Mazda 767B Mazdaspeed - 10 - 13 13 17 9 13 3
= Belgium Pierre Dieudonne Mazda 767B Mazdaspeed - 10 - 13 13 17 9 13 3
49 Belgium Uwe Schäfer Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport - - - 9 12 29 37 - 2
= Belgium Bernard de Dryver Cougar C22S Porsche Courage Competition - - 9 - - - - - 2
= Japan Masanori Sekiya Porsche 962CK6 Porsche Kremer 9 - - - - - - - 2
= Japan Hideki Okado Porsche 962CK6 Porsche Kremer 9 - - - - - - - 2
= Austria Walter Lechner Porsche 962C Repsol Brun Motorsport - - - 9 - - - - 2
= Germany Manuel Reuter Porsche 962CK6 Porsche Kremer - - - - - - - 9 2
55 Chile Eliseo Salazar Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth Spice Engineering 31 - 20 25 26 25 25 10 1
= France Jean-Marie Almeras Alméras Porsche 962C Porsche Almeras - 19 12 10 14 - 21 15 1
= Japan Akihiko Nakaya Porsche 962C Obermaier Primagaz 10 - - - - - - - 1
= France Jacques Alméras Porsche 962C Porsche Almeras - 19 12 10 14 - 21 15 1
= United Kingdom John Watson Toyota 89CV Toyota Team Tom's - - - 23 - 10 - 24 1
= Germany Harald Grohs Porsche 962C Obermaier Primagaz 10 - - - - - - - 1
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (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)

Drivers Championship points were awarded for the top 10 finishers in each race in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 with the following exceptions:

  • No points were awarded if the car did not complete 90% of the distance covered by the winning car
  • Any driver failing to complete 30% of the distance covered by the car which he or she was driving was not eligible for points
  • Any driver competing in more than one car was not eligible for points

Only the best six races results were counted for each driver, any additional points being disregarded (as shown in the above table within brackets)

World Sports Prototype Championship for Teams[edit]

Pos [1] Team [1] Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total [1]
1 Germany Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9 Mercedes M119 5.0L Turbo V8 20 (15) 20 20 20 20 20 (20) 120
2 Germany Joest Racing Porsche 962C Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 12 20 15 10 15 12 84
3 Switzerland Repsol Brun Motorsport Porsche 962C Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 (3) (2) 12 6 10 8 10 15 61
4 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-9
Jaguar XJR-11
Jaguar 7.0L V12
Jaguar JV6 3.5L Turbo V6
8
15

8

8
8
47
5 Japan Nissan Motorsport Nissan (March) R88C
Nissan (March) R88V
Nissan R89C
Nissan VRH30T 3.0L Turbo V8
Nissan VG30 3.0L Turbo V6
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
10



3


12


12
37
6 United Kingdom Aston Martin Aston Martin AMR1 Aston Martin RDP87 6.0L V8
Aston Martin RDP87 6.3L V8
10
3
6

4

3
26
7 Japan Toyota Team Tom's Toyota 88C
Toyota 89C-V
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.2L Turbo I4
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8

6
10

1

4

1

3
25
8 Germany Porsche Kremer Porsche 962CK6 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 2 4 12 2 20
9 United Kingdom Spice Engineering Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8 10 8 1 19
10 United Kingdom Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 962C GTi Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 8 10 18
11 France Courage Compétition Cougar C22S Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 6 2 4 2 2 16
12 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Spice SE86C
Spice SE89C
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8

3
3
13 France Porsche Alméras Montpellier Porsche 962C Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 4 1 5
14 France France Prototeam Spice SE88C Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 3 3
15 Japan Mazdaspeed Mazda 767
Mazda 767B
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
1

2
3
16 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 962CK6 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 1 1
=16 Germany Obermaier Primagaz Porsche 962C Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 1 1

Teams Championship points were awarded for the top 10 outright finishers in each race in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 with the following exceptions:

  • Only the highest placed car from each team was eligible to score points, with no points awarded for positions filled by any other cars from the same team.
  • No points were awarded if the car did not complete 90% of the distance covered by the winning car

Group C1, Group C2 and IMSA GTP cars were all eligible to score points.

Only the best six race results could be retained by each team.[1]

FIA Cup for C2 Drivers[edit]

The FIA Cup for C2 Drivers was won jointly by Nick Adams and Fermin Velez [1] driving a Spice SE89C Ford Cosworth for Chamberlain Engineering.

Points towards the FIA Cup for C2 Drivers were awarded on the same basis as for the World Sports Prototype Championship for Drivers, but only to drivers of Group C2 cars.

FIA Cup for C2 Teams[edit]

Pos [1] Team [1] Chassis Engine Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total [1]
1 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Spice SE86C
Spice SE89C
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20

20

20

20
(10)

12

15
(3)
107
2 United Kingdom Team Mako Spice SE88C Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 10 15 20 15 20 20 100
3 United Kingdom PC Automotive Spice SE88C
ADA 02B
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 12
12
15
12

10
61
4 France France Prototeam Spice SE88C Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 15 15 8 12 8 58
5 United Kingdom Tiga Race Team Tiga GC289 Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 10 10 20 4 44
6 Italy Porto Kaleo Team Tiga GC286
Tiga GC288
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
8

3

10

12
33
7 United Kingdom Roy Baker Racing
United Kingdom GP Motorsport
Spice SE87C
Tiga GC289
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 12
6
6
24
8 Switzerland Pierre-Alain Lombardi Spice SE86C
Spice SE88P
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
Buick 3.0L V6
4

15
19
9 France Automobiles Louis Descartes ALD C289
ALD C2
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
BMW 3.0L I6
8
8
10 France Didier Bonnet Tiga GC289
ALD C2
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
BMW 3.0L I6
3
3

Points towards the FIA Cup for C2 Teams were awarded on the same basis as for the World Sports Prototype Championship for Teams, but only to teams competing with Group C2 cars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 1990 FIA Yearbook, "Red section", pages 61-63
  2. ^ a b c Drivers Championship results below 36th position are from János L. Wimpffen, The Other Side of Stuttgart, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 1628-1664
  3. ^ a b Time and Two Seats shows Velez and Adams scoring a total of 5 championship points even though they are only credited with one point scoring result, an 8th place at Brands Hatch

Further reading[edit]

  • Automobile Year 1989/90
  • Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide To International Motor Racing, 1995, pages 261-262 & 302-303
  • János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999

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