The 1962 World Sportscar Championship season was the 10th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1962 International Championship for GT Manufacturers, which was contested in three engine capacity divisions, and the 1962 Coupe des Sports, which was contested in three engine capacity divisions. The season ran from 11 February 1962 to 21 September 1962 over 15 events. For this season the FIA shifted the focus to production based GT cars and the World Sportscar Championship title was discontinued. This was also the first year that each class had its own championship, instead of a single overall title.
|1962 World Sportscar Championship|
Although composed of 15 races, each class did not compete in all events. Some events were for one class, while others were combined events.
|Rnd||Race||Circuit or Location||Competitors||Date|
|1||3 Hours of Daytona Continental||Daytona International Speedway||Both||11 February|
|2||Sebring 3 Hours||Sebring International Raceway||GT||23 March|
|3||12 Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||Both||24 March|
|4||Coppa Maifredi||Circuito del Garda||GT||1 May|
|5||Targa Florio||Palermo||Both||6 May|
|6||Berlin Grand Prix||AVUS||GT||13 May|
|7||International ADAC 1000km Nürburgring||Nürburgring||Both||27 May|
|8||24 Hours of Le Mans||Circuit de la Sarthe||Both||23 June|
|9||Trophée d'Auvergne||Charade Circuit||Both||15 July|
|10||Coppa Citta di Enna||Autodromo di Pergusa||GT||15 August|
|11||RAC Tourist Trophy||Goodwood Circuit||GT||18 August|
|12||International ADAC 500 km Nürburgring||Nürburgring||GT||2 September|
|13||Double 400 km||Bridgehampton||GT2.0||15 September|
|14||Double 400 km||Bridgehampton||GT+2.0||16 September|
|15||1000 km de Paris||Autodrome de Montlhéry||GT||21 October|
|Rnd||Circuit||Sportscar Winning Team||GT Winning Team||Results|
|Sportscar Winning Drivers||GT Winning Drivers|
|1||Daytona||#96 Frank Arciero||#18 NART||Results|
|Dan Gurney||Stirling Moss|
|2||Sebring||Did Not Participate||#8 Briggs Cunningham||Results|
|3||Sebring||#23 Scuderia SSS Venezia||#24 NART||Results|
| Jo Bonnier
| Phil Hill|
|4||Circuito del Garda||Did Not Participate||#56 No Team Name||Results|
|5||Palermo||#152 SEFAC Ferrari||#86 San Marco||Results|
| Willy Mairesse
| Giorgio Scarlatti|
|6||AVUS||Did Not Participate||#40 No Team Name||Results|
|7||Nürburgring||#92 SEFAC Ferrari||#51 Peter Nöcker||Results|
| Phil Hill
| Peter Nöcker|
|8||Le Mans||#6 SpA Ferrari SEFAC||#19 Pierre Noblet||Results|
| Phil Hill
| Pierre Noblet|
|9||Charade||#18 Essex Racing Team||#3 Scuderia SSS Venezia||Results|
|Alan Rees||Carlo Maria Abate|
|10||Pergusa||Did Not Participate||#58 Abarth||Results|
|11||Goodwood||Did Not Participat||#15 UDT-Laystall||Results|
|12||Nürburgring||Did Not Participate||#86 Abarth||Results|
|13||Bridgehampton (2.0)||Did Not Participate||#31 Chuck Cassel||Results|
|14||Bridgehampton (+2.0)||#3 NART||#17 Bob Grossman||Results|
|Pedro Rodríguez||Bob Grossman|
|15||Montlhéry||Did Not Participate||#1 NART||Results|
| Pedro Rodríguez|
All championships scored points to the top six competitors in each class, in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Constructors were only awarded points for their highest finishing car. Other finishers from the same manufacturer were merely skipped in the points count.
Only the best 5 results counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counted towards the championship total are listed in italics.
This championship was for all GT class cars over 2000 cc. GT +2.0 did not participate in Rounds 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 13.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 1||Rd 3||Rd 5||Rd 7||Rd 8||Rd 9||Rd 11||Rd 14||Rd 15||Total|
This championship was for all GT class cars under 2000 cc but above 1000 cc. GT 2.0 did not participate in Rounds 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 14.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 1||Rd 3||Rd 5||Rd 7||Rd 8||Rd 9||Rd 11||Rd 13||Rd 15||Total|
This championship was for all GT class cars under 1000 cc. GT 1.0 only participated in Rounds 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, and 13.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 2||Rd 4||Rd 6||Rd 10||Rd 12||Rd 13||Total|
This championship was for all Sportscar class cars under 3000 cc. Sportscars only scored points in Rounds 3, 5, and 7.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 3||Rd 5||Rd 7||Total|
This championship was for all Sportscar class cars under 2000 cc but above 1000 cc. Porsche was the only manufacturer to finish a race in this class in the three scoring rounds, and were declared the champion.
This championship was for all Sportscar class cars under 1000 cc. Sportscars only scored points in Rounds 3, 5, and 7.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 3||Rd 5||Rd 7||Total|
The 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 30th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 23 and 24 June 1962. It was the eighth round of the new 1962 International Championship of Manufacturers.1962 Targa Florio
The 46° Targa Florio took place on 6 May 1962, on the Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie, (Sicily, Italy). Ferrari received a double victory, with a Porsche finishing third. It was part of the World Sportscar Championship as well as the Grand Touring championship.Carlo Maria Abate
Carlo Maria Abate (10 July 1932 – 29 April 2019) was an Italian auto racing driver. He was one of the best Ferrari 250 GTO specialists. Abate preferred to be addressed as "Carlo Mario Abate" instead of his christened name.
Abate raced mostly for the private Italian team Scuderia Serenissima of Count Giovanni Volpi, but also for Scuderia Centro Sud, Scuderia Ferrari and the Porsche factory team. In 1959 he won the Mille Miglia with G. Balzarini.
He won one of the rounds of 1962 World Sportscar Championship: Trophée d'Auvergne on 15 July 1962.In 1962 he tried participating in Formula One races, entering the 1962 Naples Grand Prix in a Porsche, finishing fourth. After crashing his Lotus 18/21 at his next race at Reims-Gueux, he withdrew his entry to his first World Championship event, the 1962 French Grand Prix, and later also entered and withdrew from 1962 German Grand Prix. He returned to the track for the 1962 Mediterranean Grand Prix, where he came third. The following year, he drove a Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper to fifth place in the 1963 Imola Grand Prix, and came third at Syracuse. After withdrawing his entry to the 1963 Italian Grand Prix, he retired from the sport at the end of the year, his greatest year, culminating with a win at the Targa Florio in a factory Porsche with Jo Bonnier.Abate later became the director of a private clinic.Driver deaths in motorsport
Due to the inherently dangerous nature of auto racing, many individuals, including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators, have been killed in crashes related to the sport, in races, in qualifying, in practice or in private testing sessions. Deaths among racers and spectators were numerous in the early years of racing. However advances in safety technology, and specifications designed by sanctioning bodies to limit speeds, have reduced deaths in recent years. Spectacular accidents have often spurred increased safety measures and even rules changes. Widely considered to be the worst accident amongst them is the 1955 crash at Le Mans that killed driver Pierre Levegh and approximately 80 spectators with over 100 being injured in total.
This is a list alphabetically sorted, and structured after the kind of competition, of the more notable drivers, excluding motorcycle riders. In addition, several famous racing drivers have been killed in public road crashes; see List of people who died in road accidents.List of 1962 motorsport champions
This list of 1962 motorsport champions is a list of national or international auto racing series with a Championship decided by the points or positions earned by a driver from multiple races.
Some titles may be from single events.
World Sportscar Championship seasons