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Int. 9. ADAC-Sauerland-Bergpreis

Sauerland, BRD

Date: 7/10/1973
Track length: 3.500 m
Attendance: 30.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 29
Finishers: 26

Pole position: Heyer in 1.48,44
Fastest lap: Strenzel in 1.56,86

Distance: Hillclimb; 2 runs of 3,5 km
Average speed:
Weather: Rain
Ruleset: Group 2/70, group 4/71
Car info: 1973 Cars

 

Tire temperature was the key point for this all decisive last round of the DRM. Basche, Heyer and Glemser fought for the title - factory Ford against tuner BMW. German engineering was called for to counter the specific problems of a late-season hill climb. Four minutes would decide about the championship.
So Ford brought two giant sort of pressure-cookers - which did only heat the tires to 65 degrees Celsius against the desired 90 degrees. Zakspeed had brought a complete sauna, could heat their own tires quickly to 100 degrees and was able to heat the works team’s tires too. Fritzinger brought a heater, which worked fine, and Erwin Kremer created a grill-type of tire heating.
BMW stood there empty-handed. Basche only complained about all the fuzz, Alpina thought Ertl would heat the tires while climbing the mountain, and Menzel was not part of the championship anyway.

Schommers tried without heating, was fastest in the unofficial and illegal practice on Friday night, but crashed his car the next day. Fastest in division 2 was Glemser, then Basche, Kelleners, Kautz and May. Division 1 saw Menzel fastest initially, but Heyer finally went a little faster. Schickentanz was third in front of team-mate Keller, fifth was hill climb crack Stenzel, who sandbagged: he braked just before the finish. Ertl was disappointing, missing a corner.

Unlike the sunny practice, race day had rain in store, which made tire heating even more desirable. Basche exchanged his Dunlops for Firestones, feeling bad about it. But it was in vain: his BMW climbed misfiring all the way only to fifth in class. Heyer chose the wrong tires in run 1, the second was better, but not good enough: only fifth in class too. Glemser however was fastest in run 1, in the second run he missed a gear but it was sill enough for second in class and the title - his second after 1969 with the Escort TC.

After the race the winning car, Stenzel’s Carrera RSR, was stolen.


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 1 205 Fox Racing Team
Porsche Carrera RSR
Reinhard Stenzel, D
2940 B6 Div. 1 3.54,10 b5      
2 2   Porsche Kremer
Porsche Carrera RSK
Paul Keller, CH
2940 B6 Div. 1 3.59,79 b4      
3 1 243 Koepchen BMW Tuning
BMW 2002
Helmut Kelleners, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.03,07 a3      
4 2 246 Schwabengarage Zakspeed RTL
Ford Escort RS 1600
Dieter Glemser, D
1975 L4 Div. 2 4.04,34 a1      
5 3   BMW Motorsport
BMW 3.0 CSL
Harald Menzel, D
3498? L6 Div. 1 4.04,48 b2      
6 4   Manfred Weissmann Racing Speyer
Porsche Carrera RSR
Günther Steckkönig, D
2940 B6 Div. 1 4.05,57 b8      
7 5 213 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600 LW
Hans Heyer, D
2999 V6 Div. 1 4.07,61 1b1      
8 6 214  
Ford Capri RS 2600
Klaus Fritzinger, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 4.07,82 b6      
9 3   Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2002
Wolfgang May, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.09,91 a5      
10 4   Team Zakspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Hartmut Kautz, D
1975 L4 Div. 2 4.13,95 a4      
11 7   Porsche Kremer/Oldenkott Tobacco and Pipes Racing
Porsche Carrera RSK
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2940 B6 Div. 1 4.13,99 b3      
12 5   GS Tuning
BMW 2002
Dieter Basche, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.09,91 a2      
13 8    
Porsche Carrera RSR
Jürgen Konrad, D
2940? B6 Div. 1 4.17,87 b11      
14 6   Irmscher Tuning
Opel Kadett
Helmut Mander, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.18,87 a6      
15 9   General Anzeiger
Ford Capri RS 2600
Klaus Ludwig, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 4.20,05 b10      
16 7   GS Tuning
BMW 2002
Wilfried Vogt, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.20,13 a7      
17 8 238 ITT Schaub Lorentz Autosuper
Alpine A 110
Werner Haug, D
1860 L4 Div. 2 4.20,27 a12      
18 9   Matthes Racing GmbH
BMW 2002
Jürgen Pohlmann, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 4.20,33 a8      
19 10   Grab Ford Siegen
Ford Capri RS 2600
Karl-Ludwig Weiss, D
2940 V6 Div. 1 4.21,32 b9      
20 10    
Porsche 911
Hans Hargarten, D
1991 B6 Div. 2 4.22,42 a9      
21 11    
Porsche
Serge Bolomey, CH
2494? B6 Div. 1 4.22,66 b14      
22 12 201 Jägermeister Alpina Racing
BMW 3.0 CSL
Harald Ertl, A
3498 L6 Div. 1 4.23,32 b7      
23 13   Ford Timm Racing
Ford Capri RS 2600
Heiko Heinemann, D
2940? V6 Div. 1 4.31,97 b15      
24 14   Ford Odenthal
Ford Capri RS 2600
Waltraud Odenthal, D
2940 V6 Div. 1 4.32,90 b12      
25 15    
BMW 3.0 CSL
Siegfried Müller Sr, D
3303 L6 Div. 1 4.43,71 b13      
26 11    
BMW
Hans-Lothar Koch, D
1990? L4 Div. 2 5.11,78 a14      
DNF     Matthes BMW Tuning
BMW
Wolfgang Wasum, D
1990? L4 Div. 2 1 run a10      
DNF     Reifag Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Werner Boller, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2 1 run a11      
DNF      
BMW
Herbert Hilger, D
1990? L4 Div. 2 1 run a13      
DNS      
Porsche Carrera RSR
Claude Haldi, CH
2940 B6 Div. 1         Engine
DNS      
Ford Escort RS 1600
Werner Schommers, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2         Accident in practice