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GP Automobil-Club der Schweiz

Hockenheim Motodrom, BRD

Date: 27/8/1972
Track length: 6.789 m
Attendance: 20.000
Entries accepted: 37
Starters: 31
Finishers:

Pole position: Müller in 2.23,4
Fastest lap: Fitzpatrick in 2.24,9 = 168,7 kmh

Distance: 2 heats of 20 laps
Average speed:
Weather: Dry
Ruleset: Group 4/71
Car info:  

 

The Swiss (!) round of the GT championship took place at Hockenheim. An interesting entry, consisting not only of Porsches but many Corvettes, two Ferrari’s and a De Tomaso too.

Müller took the lead in heat 1, but had to retire after only 3 laps. Now Kretschi took over, but when his Corvette’s brakes weakened Fitzpatrick took over in lap 15, followed four laps later by Neuhaus. Kretschi eventually retired on the last lap.

The grid of heat 2 (20 cars) was formed by the outcome of heat 1. Neuhaus lead after lap 1, followed by Haldi, Ekberg, Schickentanz and Fitzpatrick, the surprising order initiated by a spin of Wetzel in the first chicane.
Fitzpatrick soon closed in on Neuhaus, and finally won heat 2. The final standings were obvious, it seemed; Fitzpatrick first, then Neuhaus and Schickentanz. But the Swiss organisers wanted the first four cars to be weighted. Fitzpatrick: OK. Neuhaus: too light, disqualified. Schickentanz: too light, disqualified. Ekberg: OK.

Both disqualified cars were obtained from the works originally, but notwithstanding doubts about the procedure both cars were out. Schickentanz appealed but withdrew, Neuhaus appealed too but to no avail. Three hours after the finish, Haldi’s car was weighted as well, being the new third. Unsurprisingly, the car was legal.


Heat 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 10 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2462 B6 +2000 10 laps 2 2.24,9    
2   12 Nolte
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Neuhaus, D
2492 B6 +2000 10 3 2.26,2    
3   2  
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Curt Wetzel, D
7000? V8 +2000 10       1 minute penalty (included??)
4     Dahl Kanal
Porsche 911 S
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2492 B6 +2000 10        
5   16  
Porsche 911 S
Bengt Ekberg, S
2492 B6 +2000 10        
6      
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Ernst Seiler, CH
4390 V12 +2000 10        

Heat 2
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 10 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2462 B6 +2000 10 laps        
2   12 Nolte
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Neuhaus, D
2492 B6 +2000 10        
3     Dahl Kanal
Porsche 911 S
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2492 B6 +2000 10        
4   16  
Porsche 911 S
Bengt Ekberg, S
2492 B6 +2000 10        
5   2  
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Curt Wetzel, D
7000? V8 +2000 10        
3      
Porsche 911 S
Claude Haldi, CH
2492 B6 +2000 10        

Final classification
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 10 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2462 B6 +2000 20 laps, 1:38.03,1 2 2.24,9    
DSQ   12 Nolte
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Neuhaus, D
2492 B6 +2000 20 laps, 1:38.13,4 3 2.26,2   dsq: too light (936 kg / 960 homologation)
DSQ     Dahl Kanal
Porsche 911 S
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2492 B6 +2000 20 laps, 1:38.58,9 6     dsq: too light (948 kg / 960 homologation)
2   16  
Porsche 911 S
Bengt Ekberg, S
2492 B6 +2000 20 laps, 1:39.32,1 8      
3      
Porsche 911 S
Claude Haldi, CH
2492 B6 +2000 20 laps, 1:39.50,5 5      
4   2  
Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Curt Wetzel, D
7000? V8 +2000 20 laps, 1:40.24,2        
5 5   Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
Erwin Kremer, D
2462 B6 +2000          
6 6    
Porsche 911 S
Thomas Datzmann, D
2492 B6 +2000          
7 7 29  
Porsche 911 S
Eberhard Sindel, D
2492 B6 +2000          
8 1    
Porsche 911 T
Manfred Laub, D
1991 B6 -2000          
9 2    
Porsche 911 S
Wilhelm Siegle, D
1991 B6 -2000          
10 8    
Porsche 911 S
Theo Hofer, CH
2492 B6 +2000          
11 3    
VW-Porsche 914/6
Gerhard Fetzer, D
1991 B6 -2000          
12 9    
Porsche 911 S
Pierre Greub, CH
2494 B6 +2000          
13 10    
Porsche 911 S
Eugen Kiemele, D
2492 B6 +2000          
14 1    
Alpine A 110 1600S
Kurt Pfunder, D
1565 L4 -1600          
15/NRF 11    
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Ernst Seiler, CH
4390 V12 +2000         Engine
16 12    
Porsche 911 S
Charles Geeraerts, B
2494 B6 +2000          
17/NRF 13    
Chevrolet Corvette
Joe Kretschi, CH
7000? V8 +2000   4      
18/NRF 4    
Porsche 911 S
Emilio Pegger, CH
1991 B6 -2000          
19/NRF      
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Thomas Betzler, D
1570 L4 -1600          
20/NRF 14    
Porsche 911 S
Hermann Schaffert, CH
2494 B6 +2000          
DNF   8  
De Tomaso Pantera
Herbert Müller, CH
5763 V8 +2000 3 1 2.23,4   Engine
DNF     Strähle KG
Porsche 911 S
Günther Steckkönig, D
2494 B6 +2000   7      
DNF      
Porsche 911 T
Hartmut Kautz, D
2494 B6 +2000          
DNF      
Chevrolet Camaro
Peter Hoffmann, D
  V8 +2000          
DNF      
Porsche 911 S
Richard Leder, D
1991 B6 -2000          
DNF      
VW-Porsche 914/6
Hermann Dorner, D
1991 B6 -2000          
DNF      
VW-Porsche 914/6
Jean-Bernard Canonica, CH
1991 B6 -2000          
DNF      
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Vincenzo Guidi, D
1570 L4 -1600          
DNF      
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA
Armin Vogt, D
1570 L4 -1600          
DNS?      
Porsche 911 S
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
2492 B6 +2000          
DNS?      
Chevrolet Corvette
Marie-Claude Charmasson ("Beaumont"), F
7000? V8 +2000          
DNS?      
Chevrolet Corvette
Jean Selz, CH
7000? V8 +2000          
DNS?      
Chevrolet Corvette
Tony De Lorenzo, USA
7000? V8 +2000          
DNS?      
Chevrolet Corvette
Urs Zondler, CH
7000? V8 +2000          
DNS?      
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Jacques Rey, CH
4390 V12 +2000          
DNS?      
Porsche 911 S
Paul Keller, CH
2492 B6 +2000          
DNS?      
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Barth, D
2492 B6 +2000          
DNS?      
Porsche 911
Jean-Marie Jacquemin, B
  B6 +2000          
DNS?      
Porsche 911 S
Ennio Bonomelli, I
2492 B6 +2000