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24 h Spa-Francorchamps

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Date: 25/7/1964 to: 26/7/1964
Track length: 14.100 m
Attendance: 45.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 55
Finishers: 24

Pole position: Whitmore in 4.46,1 = 176,420 kmh
Fastest lap: Böhringer in 4.46,3 = 177,296 kmh

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed: 164,8 kmh
Weather: Nice
Ruleset: Group 2/63
Car info: 1964 Cars

 

After eleven years, 24h racing returned to Spa once again. But this time for touring cars instead of sports cars. In 1953, the coupes du Roi was won by a team of Fiat 1100 touring cars, so these cars were by no means new to Spa. Touring car racing became increasingly popular in Belgium, with races at Zolder and Brussels. When Paul Frère and Lucien Bianchi came a close second in the touring car class of the Nürburgring 12 hours 1963, this was the start of the idea to get a big touring car race in Belgium. With help from Hubert de Harlez, the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps was revived - for touring cars.

Despite the fact that the Spa race was no part of the young European Touring Car Championship, the entry was pretty good. Cars were allowed from 850 cc to 3000 cc, ruling out Jaguar or American cars, but including cars from Mercedes, BMW, Lancia, Citroën (rally cars!), Alfa Romeo and Ford. The Whitmore Lotus Cortina was fastest in practice, but since the car was not expected to last 24 hours (and certainly not with that pace) nobody was too worried - and the grid was determined by capacity rather than practice times.

The Lotus Cortina pitted after 2.5 hours with a broken clutch. Now the lead was taken by the Böhringer/Glemser Mercedes, followed by team-mates Crevits/Gosselin but the pair was split soon afterwards by the BMW of Hahne/Aaltonen. The remaining Lancia's, the Alfa 2.6 and the other Cortinas were never far behind either. At 10 PM disaster struck, when Piero Frescobaldi left the road at Malmedy, loosing his life.
The last remaining Lancia was withdrawn as a sign of respect. Sunday morning, the Linge/Lang Mercedes retired with a broken gearbox. The standard Lotus Cortina of Ickx/Pilette lost a wheel but could continue after a long stop.

The second place BMW now had brake troubles and lost three laps in the pits; and less than an hour before the end, the leaders Böhringer/Glemser came in with brake troubles too. They had to borrow a disc from the retired #101 car, but since that car was not in the pit area the swap was illegal and the leading car was disqualified.

New leaders Crevits/Gosselin had their share of troubles too; the famous ZF 5-speed gearbox was reduced to a 2-speed box - but despite the efforts of the BMW, Crevits/Gosselin stayed in front and won. The "Coupe du Roi" team prize, for the team which got the car closest together at the finish, was won by Glas which pipped the VW team close to the end. In general the first touring car 24 hour race was a success - for which Frescobaldi paid with his life. It was the sort of tension that the Spa race would have during most of its life.


Class 3-9
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1 102 Daimler Benz A.G.
Mercedes 300 SE
Robert Crevits, B
Taf Gosselin, B
2996 L6 class 7 281 laps, 3962 km 6 4.56,0 4.51,0  
2 1 204 BMW AG
BMW 1800 TI
Hubert Hahne, D
Rauno Aaltonen, SF
1773 L4 class 6 280 laps, 3948 km 4 4.55,0 4.49,0  
3 2 106  
Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint
Giancarlo Galimberti, I
Carlo Facetti, I
2584 L6 class 7 269 laps, 3793 km 9 5.04,3 4.51,0  
4 1 311  
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Lucien Bianchi, B
Fernand Masoero, F
1570 L4 class 5 265 laps, 3737 km 10 5.04,7 5.02,0  
5 2 309 Jolly Club
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Andrea de Adamich, I
Gino Munaron, I
1570 L4 class 5 264 laps, 3722 km 30 5.35,0 5.01,0  
6 2 210 Écurie Nationale Belge
Volvo 122 S
Georges Hacquin, B
Henri Quernette, B
1778 L4 class 6 248 laps, 3497 km 27 5.29,7 5.28,0  
7 3 209 Écurie Nationale Belge
Volvo 122 S
Jean-Pierre Ackermans ("Jipéa"), B
"Caddy", B
1778 L4 class 6 247 laps, 3483 km 28 5.31,2 5.26,0  
8 1 404 Hans Glas GmbH
Glas 1204 TS
Gerhard Bodmer, D
Dieter Schmid, D
1189 L4 class 4 245 laps, 3455 km 22 5.22,7 5.18,0  
9 3 305 Longbacon Engineering
Ford Lotus Cortina
Kelly, GB
Ted Lund, GB
Alan Mann, GB
1594 L4 class 5 242 laps, 3412 km 25 5.25,5 5.14,0  
10 4 211 Écurie Nationale Belge
Volvo 122 S
Freddy? Rousselle, B
Romedenne, B
1778 L4 class 6 242 laps, 3412 km 29 5.33,5 5.31,0  
11 5 201 Ecurie Paris - Île de France
Citroën DS 19
Guy Verrier, F
Alain Bertaut, F
1911 L4 class 6 238 laps, 3356 km 32 5.37,5 5.37,0  
12 2 405 Hans Glas GmbH
Glas 1204 TS
Georges Lambrechts, B
Charles Mombaerts, B
1189 L4 class 4 233 laps, 3285 km 34 5.39,4 5.39,0  
13 1 504 B.A.T.
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Julien Vernaeve, B
Paddy Hopkirk, IRL
999 L4 class 3 232 laps, 3271 km 40 5.50,8 5.41,0  
14 4 304 Ford Motor Cy. Belgium
Ford Lotus Cortina
Jacky Ickx, B
Teddy Pilette, B
1594 L4 class 5 231 laps, 3257 km 21 5.20,1 5.25,0  
15 5 308 Jolly Club
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Francesco de Leonibus, I
Riccardo di Bona, I
1570 L4 class 5 228 laps, 3215 km 19 5.18,0 5.19,0  
16 3 408 G. Marquet
Morris Mini Cooper S
Xavier Boulanger, B
Cl. Gilmont ("Gil"), B
1275 L4 class 4 228 laps, 3215 km 54 6.51,3 5.30,0  
17 6 313 Ets d’Ieteren
VW 1500 S
Guy? Sanders, B
Paul Nokin, B
1493 B4 class 5 227 laps, 3201 km 48 6.11,1 6.06,0  
18 7 315 Ets d’Ieteren
VW 1500 S
Ben Pon, NL
C. De Moffarts, B
1493 B4 class 5 227 laps, 3201 km 49 6.11,7 6.09,0  
19 4 403 Squadra Hanseat
Glas 1204 TS
Günther Isenbügel, D
Helmut Rathjen, D
1189 L4 class 4 223 laps, 3144 km 37 5.46,2 5.46,0  
20 2 508  
Alpine A 108
Jean-Marie Sachet, F
Claude Levasseur, F
904/997 L4 class 3 223 laps, 3144 km 45 6.02,9 6.01,0  
21 3 501  
Opel Kadett
Chris Tuerlinx, B
Martin Baeten, B
993 L4 class 3 216 laps, 3046 km 51 6.19,5 6.15,0  
22 4 506 B.A.T.
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
Nicolas Koob, L
Raymond Schweich, L
999 L4 class 3 209 laps, 2947 km 41 5.51,0 5.45,0  
23 5 510  
NSU Prinz 1000
Jean-Marie Lagae, B
Jean Carpentier, F
996 L4 class 3 207 laps, 2919 km 53 6.49,5 6.34,0  
24 6 502  
Opel Kadett
Nederth
Eggerth
993 L4 class 3 205 laps, 2890 km 55 7.15,2 6.27,0  
NC   314 Ets d’Ieteren
VW 1500 S
Wim De Jonghe, B
Eddie Meert, B
1493 B4 class 5 225 laps 50 6.12,5 6.09,0  
NC   316 Ets d’Ieteren
VW 1500 S
Jacques Thenaers, B
Jean-Pierre Gaban, B
1493 B4 class 5 225 laps 46 6.05,2 6.07,0  
NC   216  
Peugeot 404
Roland Hanser, F
Armsbuster
1618 L4 class 6 215 laps 47 6.10,2 6.05,0  
NC   406  
Austin Mini Cooper S
Hughes de Fierlant, B
Maurice Damseaux, B
Vandenhautte, B
1275 L4 class 4 199 laps 38 5.47,3 6.13,0  
DNF   400 B.A.T.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Claude Dubois, B
Yves Deprez, B
1275 L4 class 4   20 5.19,3 5.20,0 Transmission
DNF   401 B.A.T.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Philippe De Barsy
Carl Smet, B
1275 L4 class 4   26 5.29,2 5.17,0 Valve gear
DNF   407 Vitafoam
Morris Mini Cooper S
? Elizabeth Jones, GB
Harry Ratcliffe, GB
1275 L4 class 4 7 39 5.48,2 5.43,0 Engine blowup
DNF   503 B.A.T.
Morris Mini Cooper S 970
G. 't Kint de Roodebeeke, B
Paul Lucas, B
999 L4 class 3   44 5.58,9 5.51,0 DQ: Outside help
DNF   202 Ecurie Paris - Île de France
Citroën DS 19
Jean Demortier, B
Vittel, B
1911 L4 class 6   31 5.37,0 5.40,0 Head gasket
DNF   101 Daimler Benz A.G.
Mercedes 300 SE
Herbert Linge, D
Peter Lang, D
2996 L6 class 7   7 5.01,1 4.48,0 Gearbox
DNF   100 Daimler Benz A.G.
Mercedes 300 SE
Eugen Böhringer, D
Dieter Glemser, D
2996 L6 class 7   2 4.48,4 4.46,3 DQ; outside help
DNF   307 Jolly Club
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Andrea Vianini, I
Gianni Balzarini, I
1570 L4 class 5   15/14 5.06,9 4.48,0 Accident
DNF   306 Jolly Club
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Claudio Castellano, I
Sandro Arcioni, I
1570 L4 class 5   43 5.58,6 4.59,0 Accident
DNF   107  
Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint
Jean Rolland, F
Jean-Jacques Pagnon, F
2584 L6 class 7   16 5.08,3 4.58,0 Gearbox
DNF   310  
Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super
Gerard Sevaux, F
Georges Naneix, F
1570 L4 class 5   33 5.38,3 5.28,0 Engine
DNF   500  
Opel Kadett coupé
"Pat" Gautot, B
Bill Blydenstein, GB
993 L4 class 3   52 6.38,1 6.24,0 DQ:Car pushed
DNF   303 Ford Motor Cy. Belgium
Ford Lotus Cortina
Gilbert Stapelaere, B
Meuwissen, B
1594 L4 class 5   23 5.24,1 5.39,0 Gearbox
DNF   302 Alan Mann Racing
Ford Cortina GT
Tony Hegbourne, GB
Roy Pierpoint, GB
1541 L4 class 5   14/15 5.06,9 5.00,0 Fuel tank
DNF   300 Alan Mann Racing
Ford Lotus Cortina
Henry Taylor, GB
Peter Harper, GB
1594 L4 class 5   5 4.55,8 4.53,0 Engine
DNF   203 BMW AG
BMW 1800 TI
Heinz Eppelein, D
? Walter Schneider, D
1773 L4 class 6   8 5.03,5 5.00,0 Head gasket
DNF   206 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato
Piero Frescobaldi, I
Ferdinando Frescobaldi, I
1800 B4 class 6   17 5.10,4 5.01,0 Fatal accident (P. Frescobaldi)
DNF   105 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flaminia
Pascal Ickx, B
Georges Harris, B
2775 V6 class 7   13 5.06,1 5.07,0 Withdrawn
DNF   301 Alan Mann Racing
Ford Lotus Cortina
John Whitmore, GB
Frank Gardner, AUS
1594 L4 class 5   1 4.46,1 4.47,0 Clutch
DNF   213  
Volvo 122 S
Maurice Vandenbruwaene, F
André Buge, F
1778 L4 class 6   42 5.56,1 5.30,0 Accident
DNF   104 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flaminia
Ada Pace, I
Claudine Bouchet, F
2775 V6 class 7   18 5.12,5 5.17,0 Rear axle
DNF   103 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flaminia
Giorgio Pianta, I
Luciano Massoni, I
2775 V6 class 7   12 5.05,8 5.06,0 Engine
DNF   507 Emile Holvoet
DKW F12
Emile Holvoet, B
Hugo Schumacher, B
889 L3 class 3   36 5.43,2 5.50,0 Engine
DNF   200 Ecurie Paris - Île de France
Citroën DS 19
Jean-Claude Ogier, F
Patrick Vanson, F?
1911 L4 class 6   35 5.40,0 no time Accident
DNF   208 Écurie Nationale Belge
Volvo 122 S
Jacques Patte, B
? Dany Wauters, B
1778 L4 class 6   24 5.24,6 no time Accident
DNF   205 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato
Leo Cella, I
Marco Crosina ("M.C."), I
1800 B4 class 6   3 4.54,5 no time Accident
DNF   207 HF Squadra Corse
Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato
René Trautmann, F
Bruno Deserti, I
1800 B4 class 6   11 5.05,4 no time Accident

Remarks: King's cup: Glas