Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft

Thriller - 1973 index

The 1973 championship saw works entries from Ford and BMW, complete with team tactics and more publicity. The desired Porsche works entry did not materialize (neither would it in the future); but as Schickentanz proved, a well-prepared Carrera shoud have been a force to be reckoned with. But Kremer turned to the GT championship instead.
As ever, the privateers were outsiders only. Basche, with some works support, stayed in contention to the end but was unable to get the upper hand over the combined Ford/Zakspeed force. The last title candidate, Harald Menzel, was never a factor in the championship - his BMW works drive turned into a nightmare and destroyed his career. So Glemser became champion, going steady in his immaculate Zakspeed Escort - his team laying the groundstone for a succesfull time in this championship.

People like Stuck, Heyer and Glemser now were stars in Germany - another one would race a works Capri in 1974, after a problematic 1973 season in a private car: a young man called Klaus Ludwig.

Like last year, points were awarded too for Germans in two international events - one down from 1972.

The races:

The cars

Final classification

DRM 1972-1976 index