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Nürburgring Nordschleife, BRD

Date: 5/8/1973
Track length: 22.835 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 45/46?
Finishers: 32

Pole position: Menzel in 8.32,1 = 160,53 kmh
Fastest lap: Menzel in 8.27,8 = 161,89 kmh

Distance: 6 laps = 137,01 km
Average speed:
Weather: Sunny, later rain
Ruleset: Group 2/70, group 4/71
Car info: 1973 Cars

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The support race for the Grand Prix had a big entry, but as usual only a handful of favourites. Menzel was back in the coupé, Heyer had an almost new Capri and there was a single 3-liter Carrera for Steckkönig since Kremer was competing in Britain, giving up any chances for Schickentanz in the DRM. In division 2 things were nor different; two Zakspeed cars against Basche; Kelleners was only fifth in practice, behind guest Emanuelsson in his fast Escort.
Brave privateers like Fritzinger, Weiss, Ludwig, Schommers, Obermoser and Krebs would only score if something drastic would happen to the works teams.

On race day, the sun came out late but just in time to move the intermediates back to the pits. Menzel took the lead, Heyer missed his first standing start and was passed by Brasta. Ridder went out with a blown engine, Leibold had a broken clutch on his old Escort.
After lap 1, Menzel was still in the lead, followed by Heyer - it would remain that way for the rest of the race. Fritzinger went into third, until his wishbone broke, like in the six hour race - even his underbody rear spoiler could not prevent his retirement. Odenthal retired with rear axle trouble, Obermoser punctured, and Schommers and Kautz had a close fight - too close in fact, Schommers winning in the end, reaching the finish in fifth place with a damaged car. He was lead by Glemser, Basche, Emanuelsson who was still learning the circuit and Kelleners. For the spectators a dull race, with a lonely car in sight every few minutes.


Division 1 and 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 3 BMW Motorsport
BMW 3.0 CSL
Harald Menzel, D
3331 L6 Div. 1 6 laps, 51.14,5 1 b1 8.32,1    
2 2 1 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600 LW
Hans Heyer, D
2983 V6 Div. 1 6 laps, 51.45,6 2 b2 8.38,5    
3 3 5  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Günther Steckkönig, D
2940 B6 Div. 1 6 laps, 52.38,5 3 b3 8.49,4    
4 1 35 Schwabengarage Zakspeed RTL
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dieter Glemser, D
1975 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 53.44,4 a1 8.59,0    
5 4 6 Brasta Racing
Ford Capri RS 2600
Boo Johansson ("Boo Brasta"), S
2940? V6 Div. 1 6 laps, 54.12,3 b4      
6 2 31 GS Tuning
BMW 2002
Dieter Basche, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 54.17,5 a2 9.00,3    
7 3 37 Timex Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Bo Emanuelsson, S
1996 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 54.31,2 a4      
8 4 32 Koepchen BMW Tuning
BMW 2002
Helmut Kelleners, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 54.54,1 a5      
9 5 14 General Anzeiger
Ford Capri RS 2600
Klaus Ludwig, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 6 laps, 55.16,2 b11      
10 6 7 Grab Ford Siegen
Ford Capri RS 2600
Karl-Ludwig Weiss, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 6 laps, 55.45,8 b6 9.14,1    
11 5 44 MSC Lennep
Ford Escort RS 1600
Werner Schommers, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 56.51,0 a26 9.07,0    
12 7 9 Martini BMW
BMW 3.0 CSL
Heinz Becker, D
3003? L6 Div. 1 6 laps, 57.15,4 b13      
13 8 19  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Hans-Peter Ziegler, D
2808 B6 Div. 1 6 laps, 57.34,6 b9      
14 6 54  
BMW 2002
Emil Dimmendaal, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 58.20,6 a9      
15 7/1 74  
BMW 1602
Cleef Werner ("Heinz Werner"), D
1573 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 58.35,1 a23      
16 8/2 69 Rheydter Club für Motorsport
BMW 1602
Walter Prüser, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 58.37,4 a21      
17 9/3 61  
BMW 1602
Dieter Hegels, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 58.41,9 a10      
18 9 12 Faltz-Alpina Essen
BMW 2800 CS
Karl-Heinz Müller, D
2996 L6 Div. 1 6 laps, 59.12,3 b12      
19 10 21  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Karl-Josef Römer, D
2808 B6 Div. 1 6 laps, 59.36,1 b10      
20 10 52  
Opel Ascona 19 S
Otto Kälberer, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 1:00.17,2 a11      
21 11 43 Mascotte Racing Team
Porsche 911
Walter aus der Au, CH
1991 B6 Div. 2 6 laps, 1:00.24,1 a16      
22 12/4 63 Teppich Hassler Racing
BMW 1602
Urs Knecht, CH
1573 L4 Div. 2 6 laps, 1:00.27,9 a17      
23 13 39  
VW-Porsche 914/6
Ekkehard Schimpf, D
1991 B6 Div. 2 6 laps, 1:00.50,0 a15      
24 11 8 Team Europa-Möbel
Ford Capri RS 2600
Klaus Fritzinger, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 5 b8 9.25   Wishbone
25 14/5 62  
BMW 1602
Helmut Lenze, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 5 a13      
26 15 48  
BMW 2002
Karl-Heinz Schrey, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 5 a19      
27 16 45 Mannheim-Heidelberg-Sports-Touring-Club
BMW 2002
Frank Lampe, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 5 a22      
28 17 34 Team Zakspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Hartmut Kautz, D
1975 L4 Div. 2 5 a3 9.05,1    
29 18 40 Formel Rennsport Club der Schweiz
VW-Porsche 914/6
Hans Stähli, CH
1991 B6 Div. 2 5 a25      
30 19/6 67  
BMW 1602
Elmar Helmut Clever, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 5 a18      
31 20/7 73  
Opel Ascona 16 S
Klaus Arendt, D
1584 L4 Div. 2 5 a27      
32 21/8 68  
Ford Escort TC
Hans Schiffer, D
1594 L4 Div. 2 5 a20      
DNF   16 Rallye Gemeinschaft Ulm
Porsche Carrera RSR
Eberhard Sindel, D
2808 B6 Div. 1 4 b7      
DNF   15 Formel Rennsport Club der Schweiz
Porsche Carrera RSR
Peter Bernhard, CH
2808 B6 Div. 1 4 b5      
DNF      
Porsche Carrera RSR
Horst Kloft, D
2808 B6 Div. 1 4 b15      
DNF      
BMW 2002
Albrecht Krebs, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4 a6      
DNF   50  
BMW 2002
Thomas Betzler, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4 a14      
DNF      
Ford Capri RS 2600
Waltraud Odenthal, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 2 b14 >10.00   Rear axle
DNF   17 Scuderia Colonia
Ford Capri RS 2600
Willi Krumbach, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 2 b16      
DNF   36 Team Europa-Möbel
Ford Escort RS 1600
Jörg Obermoser, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 2 a7     Tire
DNF   38 Eichberg Racing
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dieter Gartmann, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 2 a12      
DNF   42  
BMW 2002
Horst Bonefeld, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 2 a24      
DNF   51 Ford Gerstmann Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Karl-Heinz Leibold, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 1 a8     Clutch
DNF   46 MCS
Opel GT
Jürgen Ditzinger, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2   a28      
DNF   20  
Opel Commodore GS 2800
Hans-Wilhelm Ridder, D
2998 L6 Div. 1   ? 9.07,6   Blown engine
DNS?   11 Steinmetz Automobiltechnik
Chevrolet Camaro
Peter Hoffmann, D
  V8 Div. 1   ?      

Remarks: a div 2 practice position b div 1 practice position