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Avd Rennsport-Trophäe um den Bilstein Pokal - Grosser Preis von Deutschland

Hockenheim Motodrom, BRD

Date: 30/7/1977
Track length: 6.789 m
Attendance: 37.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 15 (div. 1), 23 (div. 2)
Finishers: 9 (div. 1), 10 (div. 2)

Pole position: Schurti in 2.02,2 (div. 1); Ickx in 2.08,9 (div. 2)
Fastest lap: Wollek in 2.03,9 (div. 1); Ickx in 2.10,4 (div. 2)

Distance: 20 laps (DRM), 10 laps (Opel Kadett)
Average speed: 135,7 kmh (div. 1); 128,9 kmh (div. 2)
Weather: Rain showers
Ruleset: Group 5/76
Car info: 1977 Cars

Pictures

This support race to the German GP was held on saturday. Prestige was at stake, with most of the F1 grid watching the race.

Division 1
Apart from the usual suspects, Schnitzer presented a challenger for the Porsche 935: a turbocharged Toyota Celica, its engine surprisingly identical to a BMW 2-litre. 560 HP, 860 kg - but the car was untested and ran into all sorts of problems. Pole was clocked by Schurti, while teammate Dören slaugtered yet another turbo - number 25 in 18 months... Wollek qualified second, Stommelen third after trying a longtail-935.
The start was later than expected, rainshowers: slicks, then wets, finally slicks. Wollek seemed to jump the start but braked, Schurti was irritated and missed the start curve completely - he had to rejoin at the tail of the field.
Stommelen was in the lead now, followed by Wollek who had a close battle with Schenken. He dicided this in his favor, and passed Stommelen after a while when the bespectacled Gelo-driver lost a bit of power. At the finish, the order was Wollek, Stommelen and Schenken. Dören blew turbo number 16, by the way.

Division 2
Four weeks after the disappointing debut of the baby Porsche, they had improved the car considerably in the mean time. A smaller turbocharger and some other secret improvements - and Ickx was in better shape as well. Since Hockenheim was a track destined for the turbos, the order after qualifying was Ickx, Hennige and Krebs. Even a longtail on the Zakspeed Escort could not improve matters. Fastest of the non-turbo cars was Surer, despite the forthcoming penalty from his Norisring driving: his license would be suspended - for two months, and loss of all his championship points. A harsh verdict, even his competitors found. Later in the year, he would get his points back - apart from the Norisring.
One minute behind division 1, the 2-litres take the start, minus Krebs who lost his engine in the warm-up. Ickx took the lead, Hennige followed but spun after a touch of Junior. Heyer was the only one who was more or less capable of following Ickx, but he retired after 10 laps - blown engine. Ickx won with ease, but behind him the Junior-trio fought it out with Grohs and Hahne. Grohs fell back with power loss, Hahne lost his clutch. Hezemans, who had been able to keep his position between Heyer but in front of the Juniors retired after his Belt-driven BDA was just a DA now. Finally, the Juniors finished in the order Winkelhock-Cheever-Surer - but way behind Ickx. And not without incidents: Cheever wasn’t happy the way Winkelhock had driven, and when Surer came close the Swiss driver found himself in the catch fencing after a bump from the American...

PS: the #18 on the division 2 grid is missing; I was at Hockenheim at the time, and I have an unclear recollection of seeing Klaus Ludwig in the second Hezemans/Grab car. Perhaps he clocked 18th time?


Division 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 51 Vaillant Kremer Team
Porsche 935 K2
Bob Wollek, F
2857 tc B6 Division 1 20 laps, 43.35,9 2 2.02,6 2.03,9  
2 2 66 Gelo Racing Team
Porsche 935
Rolf Stommelen, D
2857 tc B6 Division 1 20 laps, 43.37,8 3 2.03,0    
3 3 67 Gelo Racing Team
Porsche 935
Tim Schenken, AUS
2857 tc B6 Division 1 20 laps, 43.51,9 4 2.03,6    
4 4 70 Vaillant Kremer Team
Porsche 935 K2
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2857 tc B6 Division 1 20 laps, 44.25,6 5 2.04,3    
5 5 52 Jägermeister Max Moritz Team
Porsche 935
Manfred Schurti, FL
2857 tc B6 Division 1 20 laps, 44.29,2 1 2.02,2    
6 6 55  
Porsche 935
Franz Konrad, A
2857 tc B6 Division 1 19 6 2.07,5    
7 7 59 Hahn Sportwagen GmbH
Porsche Carrera RSR
Armin Jahn, D
2994 B6 Division 1 19 9 2.18,1    
8 8 60 IRS Firestone M&H Racemaster
Porsche 934/5
Volkert Merl, D
2993 tc B6 Division 1 18 10 2.19,0    
9 9 57 Pallvano Corse
Porsche 934
Angelo Pallavicini, CH
2993 tc B6 Division 1 18 11 2.19,8    
DNF   69 Autohaus Max Moritz
Porsche Carrera RS
Gerhard Fetzer, D
2994 B6 Division 1 17 14 2.28,2    
DNF   58 Pallvano Corse
Porsche Carrera RSR
Marco Vanoli, CH
2994 B6 Division 1 16 15 2.29,7    
DNF   54  
Porsche 935
Peter Hähnlein, D
2857 tc B6 Division 1 14 12 2.24,4    
DNF   53 Autohaus Max Moritz
Porsche 934/5
Edgar Dören, D
2993 tc B6 Division 1 12 7 2.13,8   Turbo
DNF   56 Optische Werke Rodenstock
Toyota Celica 2000 LB Turbo
Harald Ertl, A
2090 tc L4 Division 1 4 13 2.27,4   Rear axle
DNF   61  
Porsche 934/5
Dieter Schornstein, D
2993 tc B6 Division 1 1 8 2.17,8    
DNS   68 Jägermeister Max Moritz Team
Porsche Carrera RSR
Ekkehard Schimpf, D
2994 B6 Division 1         Engine

Division 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 40 Martini Racing Team
Porsche 935/2
Jacky Ickx, B
1428 tc B6 Division 2 19 laps, 43.46,0 1 2.08,9 2.10,4  
2 2 13 BMW Junior Team
BMW 320
Manfred Winkelhock, D
1998 L4 Division 2 19 laps, 44.37,4 7 2.14,3    
3 3 11 BMW Junior Team
BMW 320
Eddie Cheever, USA
1998 L4 Division 2 19 laps, 44.38,4 5 2.13,6    
4 4 12 BMW Junior Team
BMW 320
Marc Surer, CH
1998 L4 Division 2 18 4 2.13,6    
5 5 2 Mampe Ford Zakspeed
Ford Escort II RS
Armin Hahne, D
1975 L4 Division 2 18 8 2.14,5    
6 6 21 HAT-Freizeit Racing Team
BMW 320
Mario Ketterer, D
1998 L4 Division 2 18 11 2.16,7    
7 7 14 Jägermeister BMW Faltz
BMW 320
Harald Grohs, D
1998 L4 Division 2 18 10 2.15,2    
8 8 4 Team Warsteiner GS Tuning
BMW 320
Jörg Obermoser, D
1998 L4 Division 2 18 12 2.17,0    
9 9 8 Fruit of the Loom - Heidegger Team
BMW 320
Peter Schneeberger, D
1998 L4 Division 2 17 16 2.23,7    
10 10 17 Team Sonnenschein Batterien
Ford Escort II RS
Bernd Ringshausen, D
1975 L4 Division 2 17 17 2.25,7    
DNF   3 Toshiba Büromaschinen Zakspeed
Ford Escort II RS
Thomas Betzler, D
1975 L4 Division 2 16 13 2.17,9    
DNF   16 Autohaus Max Moritz
VW-Porsche 914/6
Dieter Ankele, D
1991 B6 Division 2 16 22 2.32,4    
DNF   29 MSC Stadt Allendorf
BMW 2002
Horst Dietz, D
1990 L4 Division 2 16 24 2.35,8    
DNF   32 Kneipp-Sanatorium “Sonnenhof”
BMW 2002
Rudolf Gülker, D
1990 L4 Division 2 15 26 2.40,50    
DNF   7 Optische Werke Rodenstock
BMW 2002 Turbo
Peter Hennige, D
1428 tc L4 Division 2 14 2 2.11,7   Electrics
DNF   15 Valvoline Team Hatje BMW Tuning
BMW 2002
Willi Hatje, D
1990 L4 Division 2 13 21 2.31,6    
DNF   33 Bergischer Motorclub e.V.
VW-Porsche 914/6
Hans-Günther Agosti, D
1991 B6 Division 2 13 23 2.34,4    
DNF   19  
BMW 320
Karl-Heinz Becker, D
1998 L4 Division 2 12 15 2.23,3    
DNF   1 Mampe Ford Zakspeed
Ford Escort II RS
Hans Heyer, D
1975 L4 Division 2 9 6 2.14,0   Engine
DNF   22 Harald Müller
BMW 2002
Peter Becker, D
1990 L4 Division 2 9 19 2.28,1    
DNF   38 Kamei Autoextras
VW Golf
Bernd Renneisen, D
1596 L4 Division 2 9 25 2.36,5    
DNF   10 Ford Grab Weisberg Werkzeuge
Ford Escort II RS
Toine Hezemans, NL
1975 L4 Division 2 5 9 2.15,1   Engine
DNF   20 HAT-Freizeit Racing Team
BMW 320
Reinhold Hohmann, D
1998 L4 Division 2 5 14 2.18,2    
DNS   6 Optische Werke Rodenstock
BMW 2002 Turbo
Albrecht Krebs, D
1428 tc L4 Division 2   3 2.12,0   Engine (warmup)
DNS   31  
BMW 2002
Hannes Pennartz, D
1990 L4 Division 2   20 2.29,5    

AvD Opel Pokal
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 1 130 MST Lufthansa
Opel Kadett GT/E
Rolf Rypka, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett 10 laps        
2 2 101  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Walter Röhrl, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
3 3 145 ACFL Sportteam Liechtenstein
Opel Kadett GT/E
Georg Eggenberger, CH
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
4 4 143 Colt Racing Team
Opel Kadett GT/E
Toni Ruokonen, SF
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
5 5 106  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Marketta Oksala, SF
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
6 6 156  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Heinz Kilp, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
7 7 133  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Rene Ramuz, CH
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
8 8 102  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Harald Grohs, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
9 9 121  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Franz Enghauser, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
10 10 144 Jorgen Hansen
Opel Kadett GT/E
Benny Hall, DK
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
11 11 116 OSFG Hegau-Bodensee
Opel Kadett GT/E
Hans Martin, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
12 12 142  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Hermann Pauly, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
13 13 128  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Hans Nagel, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
14 14 124 Private RG Spandau
Opel Kadett GT/E
Herbert Mittelstädt, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
15 15 137  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Johannes Breuer, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
16 16 138  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Franz Ottermeyer, A
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
17 17 118  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Karl-Heinz Barthelmess, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
18 18 122  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Wolfgang Kaus, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
19 19 109 Team Matter-Überrollbügel
Opel Kadett GT/E
Willi-Peter Pitz, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
20 20 154  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Eddy Joosen, B
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
21 21 104 Master-X RT
Opel Kadett GT/E
Manfred Trint, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
22 22 117  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Joachim Wolf, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
23 23 113  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Siegfried Widmann, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
24 24 148  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Francois Perret, CH
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
25 25 135  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Dieter Kraft, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
26 26 120  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Ernst Flacke, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
27 27 103  
Opel Kadett GT/E
Jürgen Barth, D
1897 L4 Opel Kadett          
DNF      
Opel Kadett GT/E
Jan Lammers, NL
1897 L4 Opel Kadett         Spun out

Remarks: Both divisions raced together, but division 2 started 60 seconds behind division 1.