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4 Ore di Jolly Club

Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Italy

Date: 23/3/1969
Track length: 10.000 m
Attendance: unknown
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: Div. 1: 18
Finishers: Div. 1: 8, rest unknown

Pole position: van Lennep
Fastest lap: Toine Hezemans in 3.28,5 (Div. 2 and 3)

Distance: 4 hours
Average speed: 137,169 kmh (div. 1), 158,262 kmh (div. 2), 163,426 kmh (div. 3)
Weather: Fog, rain showers and cold
Ruleset: Group 5/68
Car info: 1969 Cars

 

The 1969 European Touring Car Challenge commenced on a cold March day at the long variant of Monza.

First race was confined to 1-litre cars and, as expected, proved to be an Abarth benefit. With Arturo Merzario and Johannes Ortner trying to use the same piece of the track in lap 1 the race started with a bang - Merzario polished the guard rails but could continue until he was sidelined with an engine problem. Ortner spun a few times, and the pits were frequently visited by some of the cars. Abt’s engine needed a service (new plugs and a dry distributor cap) while Searle stranded out of fuel.
Dutch private entrant Ed Swart won easily by nearly a lap, despite he too needed two pit stops to change plugs. There were only seven finishers.

More excitement was promised in the over 1000 cc race for Divisions II and III cars. There were works cars from Alfa Romeo and BMW plus strong representation from BMW and Porsche private owners. Favourite Gijs van Lennep took the lead but crashed in the chicane, he retired his Porsche 911 on the spot, allowing fellow Dutchman Toine Hezemans into the lead, while Bonomelli was blackflagged for missing the very same chicane.
Hezemans dominated the race until the three-hour mark when he blew up (broken con rod), letting an Alpina-entered BMW 2002 TI (Huber/Neuhaus) into the lead from Quester's troublesome works 2002 TI which eventually dropped to sixth place overall with ignition troubles. Italian Guzzi’s Porsche took second place behind the Alpina BMW while third was the Division II winner, the Autodelta Alfa Romeo of Dini/"Riccardone".


Division 1
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 9 Team Radio Veronica
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC Gr. 5
Ed Swart, NL
982 L4 Div. 1 549 km        
2 2 8  
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC Gr. 5
Johannes Ortner, A
982 L4 Div. 1 538 km        
3 3    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC Gr. 5
Gianfranco Palazzoli ("Pal Joe"), I
Piero Botalla, I
982 L4 Div. 1 538 km        
4 4    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC Gr. 2
Vincenzo Cazzago ("Pooky"), I
"Amled", I
982 L4 Div. 1 526 km        
5 5    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC Gr. 2
Sandro Tucci, B
Giovanni "Nanni" Galli, I
982 L4 Div. 1 521 km        
6 6    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC Gr. 2
Mario Favaretto, I
Luciano Pasotto ("White"), I
847 L4 Div. 1 503 km        
7 7    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC Gr. 2
Fulvio Tandoi, I
847 L4 Div. 1 357 km        
DNF   4 Romeo Ferraris
Fiat Abarth 850 TC Gr. 5
Gianbattista Guarneri ("Gibi"), I
847 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   8 Abarth & Cie
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
Johann Abt, D
982 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   6 Abarth & Cie
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC
Arturo Merzario, I
982 L4 Div. 1         Engine
DNF      
BMC Mini Cooper S 970
Robin Searle, GB
999 L4 Div. 1         Out of fuel

Division 2 and 3
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 53 BMW-Alpina
BMW 2002 TI
Gunther Huber, A
Jürgen Neuhaus, D
1990 L4 Div. 3 656 km        
2 2    
Porsche 911
Cesare Guzzi, I
Maurizio Zanetti, I
1991 B6 Div. 3 652 km        
3 1 36 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Spartaco Dini ("Paco"), I
Carlo Benelli ("Riccardone"), I
1570 L4 Div. 2 633 km        
4 2   Conrero Squadra Corse
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Paolo de Leonibus, I
Alberto Ruiz Giménez, E
1570 L4 Div. 2 629 km        
5 3 55  
BMW 2002 TI
Jorge de Bagration, E
Ugo Locatelli, I
1990 L4 Div. 3 626 km        
6 4 51 BMW AG
BMW 2002 TI
Dieter Quester, A
1990 L4 Div. 3 620 km        
7 3 19  
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Enrico Pinto, I
Massimo Larini, I
1290 L4 Div. 2 618 km        
8 5    
Porsche 911
Michele Licheri, I
Pietro Monticone, I
1991 B6 Div. 3          
9 4    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Jacques Demoulin, B
Christine Beckers ("Christine"), B
1290 L4 Div. 2          
10 5    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
R. Carlo Cremascoli, I
1290 L4 Div. 2          
11 6    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Alessandro Moncini ("Moncini"), I
"Giacomini", I
1570 L4 Div. 2          
17 6/1    
Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint
Luigi Colzani, I
2584 L6 Div. 3          
    35 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Teodoro Zeccoli, I
Carlo Facetti, I
1570 L4 Div. 2         Differential
DNF     Conrero Squadra Corse
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Carlino Magnoni, I
Luigi Cabella, I
1570 L4 Div. 2         Head gasket
DNF     BMW AG
BMW 2002 TI
Hubert Hahne, D
1990 L4 Div. 3 ca. 85 km       Fuel pump or ignition
DNF     SRT Holland
Porsche 911
Toine Hezemans, NL
Bob van der Sluis, NL
1991 B6 Div. 3 ca. 500 km     3.28,5 Blown engine
DNF     Dutch National Racing Team
Porsche 911
Gijs van Lennep, NL
1991 B6 Div. 3 ca. 5 km 1     Accident
DSQ      
Porsche 911
Ennio Bonomelli, I
1991 B6 Div. 3         DSQ: Missed the chicane
DNF     Alpina
BMW 1600 TI
Gerold Pankl, A
Peter Peter, A
1573 L4 Div. 2 ca. 65 km        
DNF      
Porsche 911
Jean-Pierre Hanrioud, F
1991 B6 Div. 3          
DNF   45 Frami Racing Holland
Ford Cortina Mk 2 Lotus
Frans Lubin, NL
1594 L4 Div. 2         Engine in practice; raced 1 lap on 3 cylinders to earn starting money only.
DNS   44 Frami Racing Holland
Ford Escort TC
Han Akersloot, NL
Yvette Fontaine, B
1594 L4 Div. 2         Engine in practice
DNS     McNamara Racing
Chevrolet Camaro
Helmut Marko, A
4949 V8 Div. 3         Differential