1965 World Sportscar Championship

The 1965 World Sportscar Championship season was the 13th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing. It featured the 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers and the 1965 International Trophy for GT Prototypes.[1] The season ran from 28 February 1965 to 19 September 1965 and comprised 20 races.

The International Championship for GT Manufacturers was contested by Grand Touring Cars in three engine capacity divisions. The Over 2000cc division was won by Shelby ahead of Ferrari, while Porsche prevailed in the 2000cc division and Abarth-Simca took the 1300cc division. The International Trophy for GT Prototypes was won by Ferrari, ahead of Porsche and Ford.

1965 World Sportscar Championship
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Shelby Cobra Daytona (1965-05-23)
A Shelby Cobra Daytona competing in the 1965 International Championship for GT Manufacturers


Although composed of 20 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 Continental 2000 km of Daytona Daytona International Speedway Both 28 February
2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway Both 27 March
3 Italy Gran Premio Shell Coppa Bologna Autodromo Dino Ferrari GT 11 April
4 Italy Coppa Inter-Europa Autodromo Nazionale Monza GT 25 April
5 Italy 1000km Monza Both
6 United Kingdom RAC Senior Service Tourist Trophy Oulton Park Both 1 May
7 Italy Targa Florio Palermo Both 9 May
8 Belgium 500km of Spa-Francorchamps Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Both 16 May
9 Germany Intl. ADAC 1000 Kilometres Rennen Nürburgring Nürburgring Both 23 May
10 Italy Mugello 500 km Mugello Circuit GT 6 June
11 Germany Internationales Alpen-Bergpreiss Rossfeld GT 13 June
12 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe Both 19 June
20 June
13 France 12 Hours of Reims Reims-Gueux Both 4 July
14 Italy Corsa della Mendola Bolzano GT 4 July
15 Germany Bergpreis Freiburg-Schauinsland Schauinsland GT 8 August
16 Italy Coppa Citta di Enna Autodromo di Pergusa GT 15 August
17 Switzerland Grosser Bergpreis der Schweiz Villars GT 29 August
18 Germany 500 km Nürburgring Nürburgring GT 5 September
19 United States Double 500 km Bridgehampton GT2.0 19 September
20 Both


Race results

Date Round Circuit/Location Winning driver(s) Winning team Winning car
28/02 Rd. 1 United States Daytona United Kingdom Ken Miles
United States Lloyd Ruby
Shelby American Ford GT [2]
27/03 Rd. 2 United States Sebring United States Jim Hall
United States Hap Sharp
Chaparral Cars Chaparral-Chevrolet 2A
11/04 Rd. 3 Italy Imola Italy Herbert Demetz Abarth Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero
25/04 Rd. 4 Italy Monza Germany Klaus Steinmetz Abarth Abarth-Simca 1300 Bialbero
25/04 Rd. 5 Italy Monza United Kingdom Mike Parkes
France Jean Guichet
SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 275 P2
01/05 Rd. 6 United Kingdom Oulton Park New Zealand Denny Hulme Sidney Taylor Racing Brabham-Climax BT8
09/05 Rd. 7 Italy Targa Florio Italy Nino Vaccarella
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 275 P2
16/05 Rd. 8 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps Belgium Willy Mairesse Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 250 LM
23/05 Rd. 9 Germany Nürburgring United Kingdom John Surtees
Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
SEFAC-Ferrari Ferrari 330 P2
06/06 Rd. 10 Italy Mugello Italy Mario Casoni
Italy Antonio Nicodemi
Montegrappa Ferrari 250 LM
13/06 Rd. 11 Germany Rossfeld Germany Gerhard Mitter Porsche System Porsche 908/4 Bergspyder
19-20/06 Rd. 12 France Le Mans Austria Jochen Rindt
United States Masten Gregory
United States Ed Hugus
North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 LM
04/07 Rd. 13 France Reims Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
France Jean Guichet
North American Racing Team Ferrari 365 P2
04/07 Rd. 14 Italy Bolzano Italy Herbert Demetz Abarth Abarth-Simca 2000 GT
08/08 Rd. 15 Germany Schauinsland Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari Ferrari Dino 206P
15/08 Rd. 16 Italy Enna-Pergusa Italy Mario Casoni Ferrari 250 LM
29/08 Rd. 17 Switzerland Ollon-Villars Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Scuderia Sant Ambroeus Ferrari Dino 206P
05/09 Rd. 18 Germany Nürburgring Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Mauro Bianchi
Automobiles Alpine Alpine-Renault M65
19/09 Rd. 19 United States Bridgehampton United States Herb Wetanson Wetson’s Drive-Ins Porsche 904 GTS
19/09 Rd. 20 United States Bridgehampton United States Hap Sharp Chaparral Cars Chaparral-Chevrolet 2A

International Championship for GT Manufacturers

Position Manufacturer Points [4]
Division 1 : 1300cc
1 Abarth-Simca 67.5
2 MG 41.5
3 Fiat-Abarth 26.7
4 Alfa Romeo 14.2
5 Alpine 9.7
6 Triumph 9.6
7 Lancia 4.0
Austin 4.0
9 Lotus 1.0
Marcos 1.0
Division 2 : 2000cc
1 Porsche 96.3
2 Alfa Romeo 45.2
3 MG 19.8
4 Triumph 8.0
5 Abarth-Simca 7.0
6 Lotus 5.8
7 Volvo 3.9
Division 3 : Over 2000cc
1 Shelby 90.0
2 Ferrari 71.3
3 Austin-Healey 8.1
4 Jaguar 7.2
5 Chevrolet 2.6
6 Sunbeam 1.6

International Trophy for GT Prototypes

Position Manufacturer Points [4]
1 Ferrari 58.5
2 Porsche 30.4
3 Ford 19.6
4 Iso 3.9


  1. ^ Denis Jenkinson, The Automobile Year Book of Sports Car Racing, 1982, page 222
  2. ^ Entries for the fourth annual Daytona Continental, 1965 Daytona Speedweeks Program No 2, 15-28 February 1965, www.racingsportscars.com Retrieved 8 June 2015
  3. ^ "World Sportscar Championship (page 2) - Championships". Racing Sports Cars. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
  4. ^ a b János L Wimpffen, Time And Two Seats, 1999, Page 611

External links

12 Hours of Reims

The 12 Hours of Reims (official name: 12 Heures internationales de Reims) were a sports car endurance racing series held from 1953 to 1967 at the Reims (Gueux) circuit in the Marne district of the Champagne region in north-eastern France. The 1926 Coupe d’Or was the first 12-hour endurance race held at Reims and is considered to be the direct ancestor of the modern endurance series.

Denny Hulme

Denis Clive Hulme (18 June 1936 – 4 October 1992), commonly known as Denny Hulme, was a New Zealand racing driver who won the 1967 Formula One World Drivers' Championship for the Brabham team. Between his debut at Monaco in 1965 and his final race in the 1974 US Grand Prix, he started 112 Grand Prix, resulting eight victories and 33 trips to the podium. He also finished third in the overall standing in 1968 and 1972.Hulme showed versatility by dominating the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) for Group 7 sports cars. As a member of the McLaren team that won five straight titles between 1967 and 1971, he won the individual Drivers' Championship twice and runner-up on four other occasions.Following his Formula One tenure with Brabham, Hulme raced for McLaren in multiple formats—Formula One, Can-Am, and at the Indianapolis 500. Hulme retired from Formula One at the end of the 1974 season but continued to race Australian Touring Cars.

Hulme was nicknamed 'The Bear', because of his "gruff nature" and "rugged features"; however, he was also "sensitive (...) unable to express his feelings, except in a racing car". During the early part of his career, Denny preferred to race bare foot as he believed that it gave him a better feel of the throttle. This changed in 1960 when he started competing in the more highly regulated European championships. During his career, Hulme drove the most powerful cars of his era. He raced in F1, F2, Indycars, saloon/touring cars, CanAm and endurance races, all during the same season. After retiring from F1, he even drove in truck races.

Hulme's death by heart attack, whilst driving a BMW M3 during the Bathurst 1000 in Australia, made him the seventh former Formula One champion to die, and the first to die of natural causes (versus three racing incidents, two incidents on public roads and one incident involving aircraft).

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.

Ferrari 250

The Ferrari 250 is a series of sports cars and grand tourers built by Ferrari from 1953 to 1964. The company's most successful early line, the 250 series includes many variants designed for road use or sports car racing. 250 series cars are characterized by their use of a 3.0 litres (2,953 cc) Colombo V12 engine designed by Giaoccino Colombo. They were replaced by the 275 and 330 series cars.

Günter Klass

Günter "Bobby" Klass (13 June 1936 in Stuttgart – 22 July 1967 near Florence) was a versatile German racing driver, competing in hillclimbing, rallying, and the World Sportscar Championship as factory driver for Porsche and the Scuderia Ferrari.

List of 1965 motorsport champions

This is a list of the winners of national and international auto racing championships and series which were contested during 1965.

Shelby Daytona

The Shelby Daytona Coupe (also referred to as the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) is an American sports-coupé related to the AC Cobra roadster, loosely based on its chassis and drive-train. It was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class. Just six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built between 1964 and 1965, as Shelby was reassigned to the Ford GT40 project to compete at the 24 hours of Le Mans, again to beat Ferrari in the highest level prototype class. With the Shelby Daytona, Shelby became the first American constructor to win a title on the international scene at the FIA World Sportscar Championship in 1965. The Shelby Daytona has recently been chosen for historic preservation as a significant vehicle in the history of auto racing.


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