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Brno 2 hours

Masaryk-Ring, Brno, Czechoslovakia

Date: 21/5/1972
Track length: 13.941 m
Attendance: 100.000
Entries accepted: 18 (Div. 2 and 3)
Starters: 17 (Div. 2 and 3), 25 (Div. 1)
Finishers: 13 (Div. 2 and 3), 12 (Div. 1)

Pole position: Mass in 4.59,1 (div. 2 and 3), Larini in 5.32,8 (div. 1)
Fastest lap: unknown

Distance: 2 hours
Average speed: 167,280 kmh (div. 2 and 3), 140,110 kmh (div. 1)
Weather: cloudy, rain at the end (div. 1), drizzle at the start (div. 2)
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1972 Cars

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Brno, firm entry in the ETCC once again, wasn’t changed at all. Still fast, still dangerous.

Saturday practice for division 1 started wet. After 30 minutes, an accident occurred, which took the lives of a commissar and Autodelta driver Luigi Rinaldi. Rinaldi spun in the fast right hander, caused by aquaplaning, and crashed into the timing tower on the finish line. Unfortunately, when Larini had a big moment a little earlier on the same spot, it frightened a few officials, who moved to a safer spot - but not all. Six of them were left - five escaped through the door; the sixth one was badly injured and died later in hospital.

Division 2 and 3 took it a little easier, warned by the accident, but Mass damaged his suspension (this could be repaired in time for the second session) and Walter Brun destroyed one Schnitzer coupé. Brun, for the first time in Brno and warned by Josef Schnitzer to take it easy on the wet track, tried to stay in front of a closing Lauda (Alpina), missed his braking point, left the road and produced a double salto, landing on the roof, just missing a light standard. In the afternoon, BMW’s new bonus system (50.000 DM for a victory, 10.000 DM for place 1-3 on the starting grid) paid off since BMW at least forced Ford to go out again to claim the expected 1-2. Lauda (the only reason Alpina went to Brno) was third. In division 2, another 10.000 DM was paid to Pankl for second place behind Birrell.

The division 1 race saw four Alfas in front followed by two Fiats. Autodelta had not withdrawn after the fatality, to keep title chances intact. Grano drove like a man possessed, getting as high as second before he had to retire, just like Dona, with gearbox troubles. Mike Parkes of Filipinetti was frustrated by the Fiat company, being not very helpful and slow in homologation questions - still no five speed gearbox homologated.
Wendlinger (father of) stayed on slicks when the rain came half an hour before the end, just missing second but still splitting the Autodelta team.

For division 2 and 3, 3 warm-up laps were held, to give everybody an idea where the track was wet or dry. Fitzpatrick and Glemser choose slicks, the others intermediates. After 30 minutes, the Capris were in front of Fitzpatrick, then Birrell, Peltier and Pankl. Lauda was already missing: a valve rocker had broken. The order stayed the same until just before the end, when both Capris had to take on fuel. The windows were cleaned as well, unfortunately the emergency switch of Mass’s car was twisted, so Mass had to do a lap with a misfiring engine. First, the battery was replaced until the switch was found guilty. It was too late, Fitzpatrick had taken second.


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 51 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Gianluigi Picchi, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 21 laps, 2:05.20,7 2 5.35,3    
2 2 52 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Massimo Larini, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 20 1 5.32,8    
3 3 73 Alfa Romeo - Hubert Ascher Tirol
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Karl Wendlinger Jr, A
1290 L4 Div. 1 20 6 5.53,6    
4 4 58 Scuderia Brescia Corse
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Vincenzo Loda ("Enzo"), I
1290 L4 Div. 1 20 7 5.57,1    
5 5 57 Auto Skoda Mladá Boleslav
Skoda 120 S
Jaroslav Bobek, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 19        
6 6 90 Auto Skoda Mladá Boleslav
Skoda 110 L
Milan Zid, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 19        
7 7 78 Metalex Racing Team Praha
Skoda 110 L
Vaclav Chlustina, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 18        
8 8 56 Auto Skoda Mladá Boleslav
Skoda 120 S
Václav Bobek, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 17 15 6.20,4    
9 9 81  
Skoda 110 L
Petr Voltr, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 17        
10 10 77  
NSU 1200 TT
Peter Wisskirchen, D
1296 L4 Div. 1 17        
11 11 84 ASK Havirov
Skoda 110 L Rallye
Zdenek Kec, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 17        
12 12 87  
Renault R 8 Gordini
Jirí Hák, CS
1255 L4 Div. 1 10        
DNF     Shell-Berre/Ecurie Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Daniel Dupré, F
1296 L4 Div. 1 19   6.43,9   Out of fuel
DNF     Mineif-Trivellato
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Manfred Mineif, D
1290 L4 Div. 1 1 8 6.02,0   Driveshaft
       
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Reinhard Kern, CH
1290 L4 Div. 1   10 6.05,5    
DNF     Trivellato Racing Team
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Jacopo "Pino" Trivellato, I
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   71 Shell-Berre/Ecurie Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Jean-Claude Boucher, F
1296 L4 Div. 1 18? 13 6.17,3   Accident
DNF   61 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 Rallye
Gérard Pillon, CH
Mario Radicella, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 15 9 6.03,1   Gearbox
DNF   60 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Walter Dona, I
1290 L4 Div. 1   14 6.18,9   Gearbox
DNF   59 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Umberto Grano, I
1290 L4 Div. 1   4 5.39,6   Gearbox/oil loss
DNF   65 Trivellato Racing Team
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Cosimo Turizio, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 8 5 5.49,3   Transmission
DNF   62 Trivellato Racing Team
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Germano Prenol ("Willer"), I
1290 L4 Div. 1 5 12 6.13,0   Accident
DNF   64 Trivellato Racing Team
Fiat 128 coupé 1100
Giuseppe Gallo ("Girasole"), I
1148 L4 Div. 1 5 11 6.11,0   Transmission
DNF   53 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani, I
(Carlo Facetti, I)
1290 L4 Div. 1 14 3 5.36,3   Two broken wheels, shock absorber and driveshaft
DNS   91  
Skoda 110 L
Zdenek Ponec, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1          
DNS   55 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Rinaldi, I
1290 L4 Div. 1         Fatal accident in practice

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 1 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Dieter Glemser, D
2940 V6 Div. 3 24 laps, 2:03.56,4 2 5.00,1    
2 2 5 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2996 L6 Div. 3 23 4 5.05,8    
3 3 2 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jochen Mass, D
2940 V6 Div. 3 23 1 4.59,1    
4 1 24 Ford Köln
Ford Escort RS 1600
Gerry Birrell, GB
1855 L4 Div. 2 23 laps, 2:03.33,9 5 5.08,3    
5 4 7 Précision Liegeoise
BMW 2800 CS
Alain Peltier, B
2996 L6 Div. 3 22 6 5.12,0    
6 2 21 BMW-Alpina
BMW 2002
Gerold Pankl, A
1990 L4 Div. 2 22 7 5.23,6    
7 3 38  
BMW 2002
Sepp Manhalter, A
1990 L4 Div. 2 21 10 5.37,9    
8 4 26  
BMW 1600 TI
Otto Brindl, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 21 13 6.04,3    
9 5 30 PAMK Klatovy
BMW 2002 TI
Zdenek Halada, CS
1990 L4 Div. 2 20 11 6.00,4    
10 6 29  
BMW 2002 TI
Thord Hollström, S
1990 L4 Div. 2 20 12 6.02,4    
11 7 31 Jolly Club
Ford Escort RS 1600
Martino Finotto, I
1800? L4 Div. 2 19 8 5.29,2    
12 8 22 Badener R.C.
Ford Escort RS 1600
Wolfgang Stumpf, A
1800? L4 Div. 2 17 17 6.25,9    
NC 9 27 Max Bulla Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Johann Schnabl, A
1700 L4 Div. 2 4 14 6.04,6    
    28  
BMW 2002
Rudolf Schmutz, CH
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   8  
Chevrolet Camaro
Robert Eberhard, D
5000 V8 Div. 3 16 16 6.10,7   Blown engine
DNF   39 Auto Fox Wiesbaden
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Harald Ertl, A
1985 L4 Div. 2 5 15 6.09,1   Clutch
DNF   34 Team Alfa Wiener
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Heinz Derflinger, A
1985 L4 Div. 2 3 9 5.31,6    
DNF   6 BMW-Alpina
BMW 2800 CS
Niki Lauda, A
2996 L6 Div. 3 1 3 5.02,4   Gearbox
DNF/DNS?   41  
Renault R 12 Gordini
Zdenek Ponec, CS
1565 L4 Div. 2          
DNS   4 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
Walter Brun, CH
2996 L6 Div. 3         Accident in practice

Remarks: Points for driver championship: pos. 1-6 Glemser-Pankl; 7: Picchi, 8: Mannhalter, 9: Brindl, 10: Wendlinger (Larini??)