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. 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|
Although the season was composed of 14 races, not all races counted as rounds for both championships 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.
Div 1 Rd
Div 2 Rd
Div 3 Rd
|Race||Circuit or Location||Competitors||Date|
|1||-||1||1||24 Hours of Daytona||Daytona International Speedway||All||4 February|
|2||-||2||2||12 Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||All||1 April|
|3||-||3||3||1000km Monza||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||All||25 April|
|4||-||4||4||1000km Spa||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||All||1 May|
|5||-||5||5||Targa Florio||Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie||All||14 May|
|6||1||6||6||1000km Nürburgring||Nürburgring||All||28 May|
|7||-||7||7||24 Hours of Le Mans||Circuit de la Sarthe||All||10 June|
|-||2||-||-||Sports Car Grand Prix||Hockenheimring||Sports/GT||9 July|
|-||3||8||-||Mugello 500 km||Mugello Circuit||All||23 July|
|8||-||9||8||BOAC 500 (6 Hours)||Brands Hatch||Proto/Sports||30 July|
|-||4||-||-||Coppa Citta di Enna||Autodromo di Pergusa||Proto/Sports||6 August|
|-||5||10||9||Sports Car Grand Prix Österrich||Zeltweg Airfield||Sports||20 August|
|-||6||11||10||Swiss Mountain Grand Prix||Villars-sur-Ollon||All||27 August|
|-||7||-||-||500 km Nürburgring||Nürburgring||All||3 September|
|Race||Circuit||Prototype Winning Team||Sportscar Winning Team||GT Winning Team||Results|
|Prototype Winning Drivers||Sportscar Winning Drivers||GT Winning Drivers|
|1||Daytona||#23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC||#11 J.W. Automotive||#54 Jack Ryan||Results|
| Lorenzo Bandini
| Dick Thompson
| Jack Ryan|
|2||Sebring||#1 Ford Motor Co.||#19 Scuderia Brescia Corse||#46 Robert Kirby||Results|
| Mario Andretti
| Nino Vaccarella
| Robert Kirby|
|3||Monza||#3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC||#33 Ford France||Paul Vestey||Results|
| Lorenzo Bandini
| Jo Schlesser
| Paul Vestey|
|4||Spa||#6 J.W. Automotive||#41 Dawnay Racing||#71 British Motor Co.||Results|
| Dick Thompson
| Jackie Oliver
| Roger Enever|
|5||Piccolo delle Madonie||#184 Porsche System Eng.||#130 Ford France S.A.||#46 Porsche System Eng.||Results|
| Rolf Stommelen
| Jean-Michel Giorgi
| Bernard Cahier|
|6||Nürburgring||#17 Porsche System Eng.||#70 Scuderia Lufthansa||#75 IGFA||Results|
| Udo Schütz
| Hans-Dieter Dechent
| Helmut Kelleners|
|7||La Sarthe||#1 Shelby-American Inc.||#37 Porsche System Eng.||#28 Scuderia Filipinetti||Results|
| Dan Gurney
A. J. Foyt
| Vic Elford
| Rico Steinemann|
|8||Hockenheimring||Did Not Participate||#3 Abarth||#29 "Jean-Pierre"||Results|
|9||Mugello||#1 Porsche System||#63 No Team Name||#133 No Team Name||Results|
| Gerhard Mitter
| Leo Cella
| Luigi Cabella|
|10||Brands Hatch||#1 Chaparral Cars Inc.||#72 A.G. Dean Racing Ltd.||Did Not Participate||Results|
| Phil Hill
| Tony Dean
|11||Pergusa||#62 No Team Name||#80 Scuderia Brescia Corse||Did Not Participate||Results|
|Dieter Spoerry||Nino Vaccarella|
|12||Zeltweg||Did Not Participate||#5 Paul Hawkins||Did Not Participate||Results|
|13||Villars-sur-Ollon||#196 Porsche System||#160 OASC||Did Not Participate||Results|
|Gerhard Mitter||Rudi Lins|
|14||Nürburgring||#2 Alpine||#42 Abarth||#58 Motor Racing Stables||Results|
|Roger Delageneste||Ernst Furtmayer||Tetsu Ikuzawa|
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.
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. 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||Manufacturer||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total|
This championship was for all Prototype class cars under 2000 cc.
|Pos||Manufacturer||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total|
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. 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.
|Division I (1300cc)|
|Division II (2000cc)|
|Division III (+2000cc)|
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.
World Sportscar Championship seasons