European Touring Car Championship

Power In The Darkness - 1980 index

The championship refused to die; although its backbone, the BMW 3.0 CSL was no longer homologated, many hopefuls soldiered on and a few of them a full season, like Eggenberger with his 320s. The RCV team had a new BMW 635 CSi, to be shared with Grano, who brought BMW Italia money too. Zakspeed had pulled the plug, and AMG Mercedes entered only a few races. Along the way, we lost a handful of races too: the traditional Zandvoort round, present from 1963, was scratched.

After 9 rounds, we had drivers champions Kelleners and Müller Jr, and the manufacturers honour went to Audi, who won all rounds in their 1600 cc class.
Only one year to go in group 2... group A would be lot better.

The races:

The cars

The pictures

Final classification

1976-1981 index