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1000 km Kyalami

Kyalami, South-Africa

Date: 6/11/1976
Track length: 4.104 m
Attendance: 80.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 51
Finishers: unknown

Pole position: Heyer/Ludwig in 1.32,4
Fastest lap: unknown

Distance: 1000 km
Average speed: 149,9 kmh
Weather: Mostly dry, a few drops of rain
Ruleset: Group 5/76
Car info:  


The 1976 Kyalami 1000 km got the yearly German invasion they hoped for. In return of starting money, airline tickets and free hotels, a number of good entries turned up. Last year's winner Zakspeed came with two cars (a Ford entry this time) and BMW Motorsport entered the Faltz- and Hermetite group 5 CSL's. Another Escort, the Grab car from the DRM, a Wisell Camaro and an Autodelta Alfetta completed the European list. The BMW took the lead after the start, followed by the Zakspeed twins, fifth was the Camaro - which wouldn't last long anyway.

The Grab Escort did not even survive the formation lap - a valve spring broke. After 98 laps, the Hermetite car stopped with a fuel leak which could not be repaired. That lifted Hezemans/Schenken into third - until lap 100, that is, when they had to give up with a damaged differential. The car in the lead had its troubles, too. After four hours, the clutch gave up - the car was stuck in fourth gear. When Heyer came too close, Grohs put the rev limiter out of action to gain a little top speed. More time was lost with a switch to rain tires - when the rain eased, they had to change back. The Escort too had troubles; a short circuit meant frequent visits to the pits, to repair rear lights and brake lights - disqualification was just around the corner. Finally, the BMW won with four laps in hand over the Escort; and the Camaro finished a highly creditable third.

Division 1 and 2
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
1 1 3/9? BMW Motorsport/Faltz-Alpina
Harald Grohs, D
Jody Scheckter, ZA
Gunnar Nilsson, S
3498 L6 Overseas/Div. 2 243 laps, 6:40.13,75 2 1.32,5    
2 1 6 Ford
Ford Escort II RS
Hans Heyer, D
Klaus Ludwig, D
1997 L4 Overseas/Div. 1 239 1 1.32,4    
3 2   Chevrolet Dealer Team
Chevrolet Camaro
Reine Wisell, S
Stuart Graham, GB
5736 V8 Overseas/Div. 2 229 5 1.35,9    
4 2   Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
Arturo Merzario, I
Spartaco Dini ("Paco"), I
1985 L4 Overseas/Div. 1 228        
5 1   Salora/Castrol
BMW 530i US
Eddie Keizan, ZA
Ian Scheckter, ZA
2985 L6 SA modified 228        
6 4   Win Lighters/DNRT
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Huub Vermeulen, NL
Dave Charlton, ZA
2 x 491 R2 Overseas/Div. 2 221        
7 5    
Ford Capri III 3.0S
Holman “Les” Blackburn, GB
Guy Tunmer, ZA
2993 V6 Overseas/Div. 2 210        
8 2   BIC/Castrol
BMW 530i US
Alain Lavoipierre, ZA
Tony Martin, ZA
2985 L6 SA modified 210        
9 3    
Ford Cortina V6
Tim Mackintosh, ZA
Evan Boddy, ZA
2993 V6 SA modified 209        
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Adrian Woodley, ZA
John Gibb, ZA
2 x 491 R2 Group 1 206        
Mazda RX-2
Willie Hepburn, ZA
Koos Swanepoel, ZA?
2 x 491 R2   205        
CL 1    
Ford Escort 1.6 GT
Brian Cook, ZA
Phil Adams, ZA?
1599 L4            
CL 1    
Ford Escort 1.3 GT
Mike O'Sullivan, ZA
Ronnie van der Merwe, ZA
1298 L4            
CL 1    
Ford Escort 1.1
Barry Flowers, ZA
Paul Rowlings, ZA
ca. 1100 L4            
CL 1    
Fiat 132 GLS
Errol Shearsby, ZA
Don Bruins, ZA?
ca. 1800 L4 SA modified          
CL 1    
Alfa Romeo Giulia Super
Robin Ellis, ZA
Giovanni Piazza-Musso, ZA?
1570 L4            
CL 1    
Fiat 124 Special T
Peter Pfumfei, ZA?
Phil Webb, ZA?
1592 L4            
Alfa Romeo Alfetta
Arnold Chatz, ZA
Geoff Mortimer, ZA
1779? L4 SA modified          
Mazda RX-2
Hennie van der Linde, ZA
Colin Burford, ZA
2 x 491 R2 SA modified          
Chevrolet 4100
Buck Nel, ZA?
Derick Ziman, ZA?
4100? L6? SA modified          
Datsun 1200 GX
George Santana, ZA
Basil van Rooyen, ZA
ca. 1300 L4 SA modified          
Alfa Romeo Alfetta
Jan Hettema, ZA
Roy Klomfass, ZA
  L4 Group 1          
Alfa Romeo Alfetta
Louis Cloetel, ZA?
Desiré Wilson, ZA
  L4 Group 1          
Datsun 140Y
Sarel van der Merwe, ZA
Jochi Kleint, D
ca. 1600 L4 Overseas/Div. 1         Blown engine
DNF     BMW Motorsport/Hermetite
John Fitzpatrick, GB
Ronnie Peterson, S
3498 L6 Overseas/Div. 2 98 3     Fuel tank
DNF     Team Zakspeed
Ford Escort II RS
Toine Hezemans, NL
Tim Schenken, AUS
1997 L4 Overseas/Div. 1 100 4 1.37?   Differential
DNF   8 Grab Ford Siegen
Ford Escort II RS
Werner Schommers, D
Reinhold Jöst, D
1997 L4 Overseas/Div. 1   6     Valve spring