start with some cars from the "Sekurit Pokal", or "Division 3" as it
was called, for cars up to 1600 cc. A short-lived initiative.
Top left is the 1300 BDA Escort of Ochsenfort; top right is Bernd Ringshausen, with a Mk2 1300 BDA Escort. He would promote himself to division 2 later in the season. Last one is the Spiess NSU of Wagenhäuser.
|Introduction of the eagerly-awaited Group 5 DRM of 1977! High expectations, and the entry was quite substantial, taken into account that the season started very early in the year, and that most cars were brand new...|
|Zakspeed entered two cars, for Heyer (1) and Hahne (2). Both cars were essentially updated 1976 cars, reliable but a bit heavy.|
GS team, top entries since 1973, had a single 320 for Obermoser - built
from a works kit like all the other 320's. Just visible is the #5 2002,
Obermoser's 1976 car updated with a Schnitzer body kit - nice but no
match for the real Group 5 cars. Betzler and his sponsor would deflect
to Zakspeed later in the season. Obermoser himself played no role in the 1977 DRM - his days were over.
|Schnitzer rebuilt their interesting 1976 2002's in turbo form - very quick cars but a little unreliable while constant driver changes did not help matters any further.|
|Peter Schneeberger entered another 320 with a Heidegger engine. He was to have a difficult season.|
|Hezemans in his self-built Escort; promising but the engine did not always deliver.||Eddie Cheever in the first of the works 320's. A bit wild at times.|
|Marc Surer, the most promising talent - until Norisring...||Newcomer Winkelhock progressed slowly to become a fine driver.|
|With a few mishaps, of course. It's a big step from a Scirocco...|
||Grohs drove the Faltz-320, a little disappointing.|
|The Dallara-Fiat X 1/9, the most beautiful car in the paddock; alas, it was under-financed and under-powered. And perhaps Wolf wasn't the big talent people said he was?|
|Another car with a Schnitzer body kit: Pennartz' 2002|
|A bunch of brand-new cars - and some updated ones.||One of those new 935's present: Wollek in a standard-935; that would soon change.|
|Another 935: the Max Moritz car of Schurti.|
|The second MM entry was a 934/5 for Dören, who couldn't do miracles in it.||The 1976 Kremer-built 935 changed hands to the Kannacher team. Not quite up to the standard 1977 935, unfortunately.|
|Alberto Zirkel with another Kannacher car, this a 934/5||And yet another 934/5: Volkert Merl|
|A Benelux entry - the De Tomaso Pantera in Group 4 form of Tricot.||Utz (Carrera RSR) leading Tricot.|