1962 World Sportscar Championship

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
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1962Ferrari250GTO
Ferrari won the over 2.0 litre GT class award with its 250 and 250 GTO (pictured)

Schedule

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 United States 3 Hours of Daytona Continental Daytona International Speedway Both 11 February
2 United States Sebring 3 Hours Sebring International Raceway GT 23 March
3 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway Both 24 March
4 Italy Coppa Maifredi Circuito del Garda GT 1 May
5 Italy Targa Florio Palermo Both 6 May
6 Germany Berlin Grand Prix AVUS GT 13 May
7 Germany International ADAC 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring Both 27 May
8 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe Both 23 June
24 June
9 France Trophée d'Auvergne Charade Circuit Both 15 July
10 Italy Coppa Citta di Enna Autodromo di Pergusa GT 15 August
11 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Goodwood Circuit GT 18 August
12 Germany International ADAC 500 km Nürburgring Nürburgring GT 2 September
13 United States Double 400 km Bridgehampton GT2.0 15 September
14 United States Double 400 km Bridgehampton GT+2.0 16 September
15 France 1000 km de Paris Autodrome de Montlhéry GT 21 October

Season results

Rnd Circuit Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona United States #96 Frank Arciero United States #18 NART Results
United States Dan Gurney United Kingdom Stirling Moss
2 Sebring Did Not Participate United States #8 Briggs Cunningham Results
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3 Sebring Italy #23 Scuderia SSS Venezia United States #24 NART Results
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
4 Circuito del Garda Did Not Participate Italy #56 No Team Name Results
Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
5 Palermo Italy #152 SEFAC Ferrari Italy #86 San Marco Results
Belgium Willy Mairesse
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti
Italy Pietro Ferraro
6 AVUS Did Not Participate Switzerland #40 No Team Name Results
Switzerland Robert Jenny
7 Nürburgring Italy #92 SEFAC Ferrari Germany #51 Peter Nöcker Results
United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Germany Peter Nöcker
Germany Wolfgang Seidel
8 Le Mans Italy #6 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Belgium #19 Pierre Noblet Results
United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Belgium Pierre Noblet
France Jean Guichet
9 Charade United Kingdom #18 Essex Racing Team Italy #3 Scuderia SSS Venezia Results
United Kingdom Alan Rees Italy Carlo Maria Abate
10 Pergusa Did Not Participate Italy #58 Abarth Results
Italy "Pam"
Italy Giancarlo Scotti
11 Goodwood Did Not Participat United Kingdom #15 UDT-Laystall Results
United Kingdom Innes Ireland
12 Nürburgring Did Not Participate Italy #86 Abarth Results
Germany Eberhard Mahle
13 Bridgehampton (2.0) Did Not Participate United States #31 Chuck Cassel Results
United States Bob Holbert
14 Bridgehampton (+2.0) United States #3 NART United States #17 Bob Grossman Results
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United States Bob Grossman
15 Montlhéry Did Not Participate United States #1 NART Results
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez

Manufacturers' Championship

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.

GT +2.0

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
1 Italy Ferrari 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 45
2 United Kingdom Jaguar 2 3 4 3 4 16
3 United States Chevrolet 4 2 3 9
4 Italy Lancia 4 4
5 United Kingdom Aston Martin 1 1

GT 2.0

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
1 Germany Porsche 6 9 9 9 9 9 3 9 9 45
2 Italy Alfa Romeo 9 4 6 2 4 4 4 2 27
3 United Kingdom Lotus 2 1 6 9 3 21
4 United Kingdom Morgan 1 6 7
5 France Abarth-Simca 4 4
6 United Kingdom Sunbeam 2 1 3
7 United Kingdom TVR 2 2
8 United Kingdom MG 1 1

GT 1.0

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
1 Italy Fiat-Abarth 9 9 9 9 9 9 45
2 South Africa GSM 2 3 5
3 United Kingdom Austin-Healey 4 4

Coupe des Sports

S 3.0

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
1 Italy Ferrari 9 9 9 27
2= United Kingdom Cooper 6 6
2= United Kingdom Aston Martin 6 6
4 Switzerland Cegga-Ferrari 4 4

S 2.0

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.

S 1.0

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
1 Italy Fiat-Abarth 9 4 13
2 United Kingdom Lotus 9 9
3= Italy O.S.C.A. 6 6
3= United Kingdom Austin-Healey 6 6
5 France D.B. 4 4

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1962 24 Hours of Le Mans

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.

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