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Alcoa European Gran Turismo Meeting

Thruxton, Great-Britain

Date: 5/8/1973
Track length: 3.792 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 15
Finishers: 10

Pole position: Ballot-Lena in 1.25,0
Fastest lap: Ballot-Lena in 1.38,4 = 138,73 kmh

Distance: 40 laps
Average speed: 134,410 kmh
Weather: Rain
Ruleset: Group 4/71
Car info:  

 

Rallying experience was a pro in the very wet race. After the dry practice, it became a Porsche affair since the only De Tomaso present was a DNS after piston failure in practice, Ballot-Lena was fastest.

The race took place in heavy rain, in the lead after lap 1 was Haldi, followed by Ballot-Lena and the Kremer drivers, who did not have the same sort of experience in these atrocious conditions.

After four laps, Ballot-Lena outbraked Haldi, helped by his Firestone tires, and was never challenged to the flag. The others were in trouble; Ekberg started with a double pirouette in lap 6, and apart from Ballot-Lena everybody else followed this example one or more times. Fortunately, only Klauke was injured, the only under 2-litre starter suffering a broken hand after hitting the armco. The numerous spins mixed up the order apart for the first for, who could keep their position: Ballot-Lena wins, Haldi second, followed by the Kremer pair of Schickentanz and Keller.


Race
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 15  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
2940 B6 Group 4 3000 40 laps, 1:07.42,2 1 1.25,0 1.38,4  
2 2 29 Porsche Club Romand
Porsche Carrera RSR
Claude Haldi, CH
2940 B6 Group 4 3000 40 laps, 1:07.49,0 4 1.26,4    
3 3 33 Porsche Kremer
Porsche Carrera RSK
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2940 B6 Group 4 3000 40 laps, 1:08.13,4 2 1.25,4    
4 4 38 Porsche Kremer
Porsche Carrera RSK
Paul Keller, CH
2940? B6 Group 4 3000 40 laps, 1:08.17,4 3 1.25,8    
5 5 20 Team Kubero Racing
Porsche Carrera RSR
Kurt Simonsen, S
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 38 9 1.28,6    
6 6 27 Porsche Club Romand
Porsche Carrera RSR
Bernard Chenevière, CH
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 38        
7 7 28 Porsche Club Romand
Porsche Carrera RSR
William Vollery, CH
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 38        
8 8 35  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Eugen Kiemele, D
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 38        
9 9 18  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Charles Geeraerts, B
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 38        
10 1 48 JCB
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Peter Brown, GB
4390 V12 Group 4 +3000 38        
DNF   14 Crowne Racing
Porsche Carrera RSR
Martin Birrane, IRL
2808 B6 Group 4 3000 34 8 1.28,6    
DNF   9  
Porsche 911 T
Horst Klauke, D
1991 B6 Group 4 2000 34       Accident
DNF   36  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Ennio Bonomelli, I
2808 B6 -3000 11 6 1.28,0    
DNF   22  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Bengt Ekberg, S
2808 B6 -3000 7 5 1.26,8    
DNF   39 Gelo Racing Team
Porsche Carrera RSR
Georg Loos, D
2808 B6 -3000 3 7 1.28,6    
DNS   45 Jolly Club
De Tomaso Pantera
Christiano del Balzo ("Gero"), I
5763 V8 +3000         Broken engine