1972 World Sportscar Championship

The 1972 World Championship for Makes and International Grand Touring Trophy seasons were the 20th season of the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for FIA Group 5 Sports Cars and FIA Group 4 Grand Touring Cars. It ran from 9 January 1972 to 22 July 1972, and was composed of 11 races.

1972 World Sportscar Championship
Previous: 1971 Next: 1973

Schedule

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 Argentina 1000km of Buenos Aires Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez 10 January
2 United States Daytona 6 Hours Daytona International Speedway 6 February
3 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 25 March
4 United Kingdom BOAC 1000km Brands Hatch 16 April
5 Italy 1000km Monza Autodromo Nazionale Monza 25 April
6 Belgium 1000km Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 7 May
7 Italy Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie 21 May
8 Germany ADAC 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 28 May
9 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 10 June
11 June
10 Austria Austrian 1000km Österreichring 25 June
11 United States Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen International 22 July

† - Sportscars only, GT class did not participate.

Season results

Points were awarded to the top 10 finishers in the order of 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only given points for their highest finishing car; any other cars from that manufacturer were merely skipped in the awarding of points.

Races

Rnd Circuit Sportscar Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Sportscar Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Buenos Aires Italy #30 SpA Ferrari SEFAC None Results
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
Australia Tim Schenken
2 Daytona Italy #2 SpA Ferrari SEFAC United States #59 Brumos Porsche Results
United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Peter Gregg
3 Sebring Italy #2 SpA Ferrari SEFAC United States #57 Dana English Results
United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United States Dave Heinz
United States Robert R. Johnson
4 Brands Hatch Italy #11 SpA Ferrari SEFAC None Results
United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
5 Monza Italy #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy #44 Ugo Locatelli Results
Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy Ugo Locatelli
Italy "Pal Joe"
6 Spa-Francorchamps Italy #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC France #42 Claude Dubois Results
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Italy Arturo Merzario
France Jean-Marie Jacquemin
Belgium Yves Deprez
7 Targa Florio Italy #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy #38 Ennio Bonomelli Results
Italy Arturo Merzario
Italy Sandro Munari
Italy Pino Pica
Italy Gabriele Gottifredi
8 Nürburgring Italy #3 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Germany #55 Kremer Porsche Racing Results
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
Australia Tim Schenken
Germany Erwin Kremer
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
9 La Sarthe France #15 Equipe Matra-Simca Shell France #18 Charles Pozzi Results
France Henri Pescarolo
United Kingdom Graham Hill
France Claude Ballot-Léna
France Jean-Claude Andruet
10 Österreichring Italy #1 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Germany #33 Sachs Racing Results
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Alex Janda
Switzerland Hans Schulze-Schwering
11 Watkins Glen Italy #85 SpA Ferrari SEFAC United States #22 North American Racing Team Results
United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United States Peter Gregg

Manufacturers Championships

Overall Manufacturers Championship

Group 5 Sports Cars and Group 4 Grand Touring Cars were awarded points for the overall championship, but the GT class also had their own separate award.

Cars participating in races that were not included in the Sports or GT classes (such as Group 2 Touring Cars) were skipped when awarding points for the overall championship.

Only the best 8 points finishes counted towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the total. Discarded points are shown in brackets.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 Italy Ferrari 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 (8) (20) (20) 160
2 Italy Alfa Romeo 12 12 12 12 15 12 10 85
3 Germany Porsche 6 4 8 (2) 15 3 8 (2) 12 (1) 10 66
4 United Kingdom Lola 4 6 6 4 8 10 6 4 48
5 United Kingdom Chevron 8 3 12 8 8 2 41
6 United Kingdom Mirage 10 10 12 32
7 France Matra-Simca 20 20
8 United States Chevrolet 3 10 1 14
9 Italy De Tomaso 8 4 12
10 Italy Tondelli 6 6
11 Italy Abarth 4 4

GT Manufacturers Trophy

The GT class did not participate in Rounds 1 and 4. Only the best 7 finishes counted.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Rd 10 Rd 11 Total
1 Germany Porsche 20 15 15 20 20 (6) 15 15 120
2 Italy Ferrari 6 12 6 20 20 64
3 Italy De Tomaso 20 20 3 20 63
4 United States Chevrolet 15 20 4 10 49
5 Italy Alfa Romeo 8 8
6 Germany Opel 6 6

References

  • Automobile Year, 1972/73

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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.

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