1967 World Sportscar Championship

The 1967 World Sportscar Championship season were the 15th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing. It featured the International Championship for Sports-Prototypes and the International Championship for Sports Cars.[1] The former was open to Group 6 Sports-Prototypes and the latter to Group 4 Sports Cars. The season ran from 4 February 1967 to 3 September 1967 and comprised 14 races in total.

This was the last championship season to include a hill climb event, due to safety concerns. Also, growing speed at Le Mans caused a controversial CSI decision to limit the engine capacity of Group 6 Sports-Prototypes to 3 litres, beginning in 1968.

1967 World Sportscar Championship
Previous: 1966 Next: 1968
Ferrari-330p3-2
Ferrari won the Manufacturers Championship with the 330 P3 (pictured) & 330 P4

Schedule

Although the season was composed of 14 races, not all races counted as rounds for both championships[2][3] and each class did not compete in all events. Some events also included classes for GT cars and Touring Cars although these cars were not eligible to score championship points.

ICSP Rd[2] ICSC
Div 1 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 2 Rd[2]
ICSC
Div 3 Rd[2]
Race Circuit or Location Competitors Date
1 - 1 1 United States 24 Hours of Daytona Daytona International Speedway All 4 February
5 February
2 - 2 2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway All 1 April
3 - 3 3 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza All 25 April
4 - 4 4 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps All 1 May
5 - 5 5 Italy Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie All 14 May
6 1 6 6 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 28 May
7 - 7 7 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe All 10 June
11 June
- 2 - - Germany Sports Car Grand Prix Hockenheimring Sports/GT 9 July
- 3 8 - Italy Mugello 500 km Mugello Circuit All 23 July
8 - 9 8 United Kingdom BOAC 500 (6 Hours) Brands Hatch Proto/Sports 30 July
- 4 - - Italy Coppa Citta di Enna Autodromo di Pergusa Proto/Sports 6 August
- 5 10 9 Austria Sports Car Grand Prix Österrich Zeltweg Airfield Sports 20 August
- 6 11 10 Switzerland Swiss Mountain Grand Prix Villars-sur-Ollon All 27 August
- 7 - - Germany 500 km Nürburgring Nürburgring All 3 September

Races

Chaparral 2F - Mike Spence - 1967
A Chaparral 2F competing in the Group 6 category at the 1967 1000km Nürburgring.
Race Circuit Prototype Winning Team Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Prototype Winning Drivers Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona Italy #23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom #11 J.W. Automotive United States #54 Jack Ryan Results
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
New Zealand Chris Amon
United States Dick Thompson
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United States Jack Ryan
United States Bill Bencker
2 Sebring United States #1 Ford Motor Co. Italy #19 Scuderia Brescia Corse United States #46 Robert Kirby Results
United States Mario Andretti
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Italy Umberto Maglioli
United States Robert Kirby
United States Alan Johnson
3 Monza Italy #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC France #33 Ford France United Kingdom Paul Vestey Results
Italy Lorenzo Bandini
New Zealand Chris Amon
France Jo Schlesser
France Guy Ligier
United Kingdom Paul Vestey
Portugal Carlos Gaspar
4 Spa United Kingdom #6 J.W. Automotive United Kingdom #41 Dawnay Racing United Kingdom #71 British Motor Co. Results
United States Dick Thompson
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
United Kingdom Roger Enever
United Kingdom Alec Poole
5 Piccolo delle Madonie Germany #184 Porsche System Eng. France #130 Ford France S.A. Germany #46 Porsche System Eng. Results
Germany Rolf Stommelen
Australia Paul Hawkins
France Jean-Michel Giorgi
France Henri Greder
France Bernard Cahier
France Jean-Claude Killy
6 Nürburgring Germany #17 Porsche System Eng. Germany #70 Scuderia Lufthansa Germany #75 IGFA Results
Germany Udo Schütz
United States Joe Buzzetta
Germany Hans-Dieter Dechent
Germany Robert Huhn
Germany Helmut Kelleners
Germany Jürgen Neuhaus
7 La Sarthe United States #1 Shelby-American Inc. Germany #37 Porsche System Eng. Switzerland #28 Scuderia Filipinetti Results
United States Dan Gurney
United States A. J. Foyt
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Netherlands Ben Pon
Switzerland Rico Steinemann
Switzerland Dieter Spoerry
8 Hockenheimring Did Not Participate Italy #3 Abarth Belgium #29 "Jean-Pierre" Results
Netherlands Toine Hezemans Belgium "Jean-Pierre"
9 Mugello Germany #1 Porsche System Italy #63 No Team Name Italy #133 No Team Name Results
Germany Gerhard Mitter
Germany Udo Schütz
Italy Leo Cella
Italy Giampiero Biscaldi
Italy Luigi Cabella
Italy Giovanni Marini
10 Brands Hatch United States #1 Chaparral Cars Inc. United Kingdom #72 A.G. Dean Racing Ltd. Did Not Participate Results
United States Phil Hill
United Kingdom Mike Spence
United Kingdom Tony Dean
Netherlands Ben Pon
11 Pergusa Switzerland #62 No Team Name Italy #80 Scuderia Brescia Corse Did Not Participate Results
Switzerland Dieter Spoerry Italy Nino Vaccarella
12 Zeltweg Did Not Participate Australia #5 Paul Hawkins Did Not Participate Results
Australia Paul Hawkins
13 Villars-sur-Ollon Germany #196 Porsche System Australia #160 OASC Did Not Participate Results
Germany Gerhard Mitter Australia Rudi Lins
14 Nürburgring France #2 Alpine Italy #42 Abarth United Kingdom #58 Motor Racing Stables Results
France Roger Delageneste Germany Ernst Furtmayer Japan Tetsu Ikuzawa

Results

Manufacturers' Championship

1967 Porsche 910
Porsche placed second in the Manufacturers Championship with the 910.
Ford GT40 Mark IV
Ford placed third in the Manufacturers Championship with the Mk II and Mk IV (pictured).

All championships scored points to the top six competitors in each class, in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Only the best five finishes counted towards the championship, with skipped points marked in parentheses.

Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car, but other finishers from the same manufacturer could prevent competitors from scoring points. For example, at Daytona, Ferrari scored a 1-2-3 result with 9 points awarded in the P+2.0 category, followed by two 2000cc Porsche prototypes which received 3 points (plus 9 in the P2.0 Division), and the 6th-best prototype, a Ford Mk.II in 7th overall, collected a single point.

Prototypes over 2000 cc

This championship was for all Prototype class cars over 2000 cc.

Controversy arose about the Mirage of John Wyer, which had won at Spa. As it was a modified Ford GT40 with Ford engines, Ford argued that it should count towards Ford's tally.[4] As the CSI declined and Ford had no remaining chances to defend the championship prior to the final round at Brands Hatch, Ford did not send its prototypes.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1 Italy Ferrari 9 9 4 (3) 6 6 34
2 Germany Porsche (3) 4 4 6 9 9 (2) (4) 32
3 United States Ford 1 9 1 (1) 2 9 22
4= United Kingdom Mirage 9 9
4= United States Chaparral 9 9
6 United Kingdom Lola 3 3
7 Italy Alfa Romeo 2 2

Prototypes under 2000 cc

This championship was for all Prototype class cars under 2000 cc.

Pos[5] Manufacturer[5] Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Total[5]
1 Germany Porsche 9 9 9 9 9 (9) (9) (6) 45
2 United Kingdom Lotus 9 9
3 Italy Alfa Romeo 4 3 7
4= France Alpine 2 4 6
4= United Kingdom Chevron 2 4 6
6 Italy Ferrari 4 4

International Championship for Sports Cars

Ford GT 40
Ford won the Over 2000cc Division of the International Championship for Sports Cars with the GT40.

Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 for the first six positions in each relevant division at each race except for the Swiss Mountain Grand Prix at which half points were awarded.[3] Only the highest placed car from each manufacturer in each division was eligible to score points for its manufacturer. Not all race results could be counted towards the championship totals and discarded points are shown within brackets in the table below.

Pos.[5] Manufacturer[5] Day Seb Mon Spa Tar Nur LeM Hoc Mug Bra Per Zel Vil Nur Total[5]
  Division I (1300cc)                              
1 Abarth - - - - - - - 9 9 - 9 9 (4.5) 9 45
2 Diva - - - - - 9 - - - - - - - 3 12
3 Austin-Healey - - - - - - - - 4 - - - - - 4
4 Saab - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1
5 Triumph - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division II (2000cc)                              
1 Porsche - 9 9 - - 9 9 - 9 9 - 9 (4.5) - 63
2 Alfa Romeo - - - - - 6 - - 3 - - - - - 9
3 Lotus - - - - - - - - - - - - 0.5 - 0.5
  Division III (+2000cc)                              
1 Ford 9 9 9 9 9 9 - - - (6) - (9) - - 54
2 Ferrari 4 - 4 - - 3 - - - 9 - 4 4.5 - 28.5
3 Shelby - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - 6[6]
  Austin-Healey - - - - 6 - - - - - - - - - 6

Notes and references

  1. ^ Denis Jenkinson, The Automobile Year Book of Sports Car Racing, 1982, page 222
  2. ^ a b c d e János L Wimpffen. Time and Two Seats, 1999, page 708
  3. ^ a b Introduction: Starting the 1967 Season Retrieved from www.imca-slotracing.com on 21 February 2009
  4. ^ http://www.imca-slotracing.com/1967-PART3.htm
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1967 World Sportscar Championship tables Retrieved from wspr-racing.com on 21 February 2009
  6. ^ The points table at wspr-racing.com shows Shelby scoring only 3 points but gives its championship total as 6 points.

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Alfa Romeo Tipo 33

The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 was a sports racing prototype raced by the Alfa Romeo factory-backed team between 1967 and 1977. These cars took part for Sport Cars World Championship, Nordic Challenge Cup, Interserie and CanAm series. A small number of road going cars were derived from it in 1967, called Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

With the 33TT12 Alfa Romeo won the 1975 World Championship for Makes, and with the 33SC12 the 1977 World Championship for Sports Cars, taking the first place in all eight of the championship races.

List of 1967 motorsport champions

This list of 1967 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.

Mugello Circuit

Mugello Circuit (Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello) is a race track in Scarperia e San Piero, Tuscany, Italy. Its length is 5.245 km (3.259 mi). It has 14 turns and a long straight (1.141 km (1,247.813 yd)). The circuit stadium stands have a capacity of 50,000.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing host an annual event here (MotoGP and smaller classes). Also, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters hold an annual event. The track is property of Scuderia Ferrari which uses it for Formula One testing. The first race of the A1GP 2008/09 season was originally planned to be held at the Mugello circuit on 21 September 2008. However, the race had to be cancelled due to the delay in building the new chassis for the new race cars.

Udo Schütz

Udo Schütz (born January 1937) is a German entrepreneur, who was competing successfully with racing cars in the 1960s, and with yachts in the 1990s.

His career began in the early 1960s. With Anton Fischhaber and his #72 Porsche 904 he in 1965 won the GT 2.0 class at the 1000 km Nürburgring, finishing 11th overall, and soon was hired by the factory to represent Porsche in motorsport.

The 1967 World Sportscar Championship season began with two DNF in the USA, followed by an 8th at Monza, and he did not even start at Spa with his Porsche 906 being entered by a Portuguese team while other factory drivers already had the improved Porsche 910. Rather heavy and tall, dubbed the „Bull from Selters“ (his home town), Schütz was not well suited for the low race cars, especially when fitted with closed tops. For other tall drivers like Dan Gurney and Mike Parkes, special bubble roof extensions were added to Ford and Ferrari cars. Driving around Sicily for the 1967 Targa in regular traffic, with the street-legal 910 #184 and without a helmet, Schütz' head did not fit behind the wind screen. Paired with former Targa winner Umberto Maglioli, Schütz suffered yet another DNF, but two weeks later in Germany, Schütz won the 1000 km Nürburgring outright in 1967, paired with Joe Buzzetta on the #17 Porsche 910. Le Mans was yet another DNF, followed by his second world championship win, paired with Gerhard Mitter in a 910 at Mugello, then a Targa-like road race in Italy with eight laps of 66 km each. In Brands Hatch, he shared a 910 with Jochen Rindt, finishing 11th. Zeltweg was another DNF, in a 906 entered by Scuderia Lufthansa, and the penultimate round in Switzerland, the Hill Climb at Ollon-Villars, saw him finishing with a tiny Fiat-Abarth 1000cc at the lower end of the field.

For the 1968 World Sportscar Championship season, Schütz joined the Italian Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 factory team, scoring 5th place at the 24 Hours of Daytona, with the rest of the season being rather disappointing.

Schütz returned to Porsche for the 1969 World Sportscar Championship season and was paired there with Gerhard Mitter, mostly on a Porsche 908/02, fitted with spyder or long tail body. The season began at Daytona with a 24th place following camshaft trouble, and a 5th place at Sebring. In the third round at Brands Hatch they scored their first podium finish, beaten by two sister cars. The first Italian race, the 1000km Monza, ended with an engine failure, but the second one, in Sicily, with a triumph. They won the Targa Florio on the Porsche 908/2 #266 ahead of three sister cars. For the 1969 1000km Spa, a fast track like Monza and Le Mans, they opted to drive the powerful new Porsche 917 for the first time ever in a race, even though they had qualified it only at 8th, slower than their 908. The flat-12-cylinder engine failed in lap 1 before Schütz could take over from Mitter. At the Ring, Mitter/Schütz qualified 3rd in their 908/02, but due to suspension problems ended up 31st while the other 908s occupied the first five places. At the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mitter and Schütz were back in the 908. After 14 hours, in lap 199, Schütz at high speed crashed his #23 Langheck badly after a collision with the #64 sister car driven by Gérard Larrousse, getting ejected from the car when it rolled, surviving without severe injuries. Having already secured the championship, the Porsche System Engineering factory team did not participate in the penultimate round at Watkins Glen in mid July. Only three 908/02 cars were shipped overseas and entered by other teams, and Schütz was not among the drivers.

After his driving partner Gerhard Mitter died two weeks later in practice for the 1969 German Grand Prix, Schütz skipped the ultimate round in Zeltweg and retired, sticking to his decision even when Ferrari looked for experienced drivers for their Ferrari 512S multi-car effort in 1970. In total he won 50 races, three of them counting towards the world championship. He has won the German Sports car championship in 1966, scored 2nd with and for Porsche in the 1967 World Sportscar Championship season, finished 3rd with Alfa in 1968, and helped Porsche to finally secure the World Sportscar Championship in 1969.

He focused on his company Schütz Werke in his home town of Selters (Westerwald), which offers also containers. Thus, „Container“ was the name of his yacht with which he in 1993, together with Pinta and Rubin XII, won the Admiral's Cup for Germany. In 2008, Schütz had a new „Container“ built, with modern materials.

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