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500 km di Vallelunga

Autodromo Vallelunga, Italy

Date: 5/6/1988
Track length: 3.222 m
Attendance: unknown
Entries accepted:
Starters: 24
Finishers: 15

Pole position: Niedzwietz/Dieudonné in 1.19,23
Fastest lap: Niedzwietz/Dieudonné in 1.20,76

Distance: 500 km
Average speed: 135,599 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1988 Cars

 

Niedzwiedz again blasted off the line to lead through the opening laps with Brancatelli and Pirro in hot pursuit. Contact in the course of the opening lap delayed Brancatelli and had Pirro heading for the pits for body repairs and fresh tires. With Pirro out of contention, Brancatelli settled down to the task of catching Niedzwiedz, an objective he achieved when the leader slowed with a suspected punctured tyre. Once the initial surge of action died away, the two Sierras settled down for the run to the mid-race pit stops which would decide the outcome of the race. Soper was scheduled to take over from Niedzwiedz, but when Brancatelli appeared unannounced ahead of the German, Soper jumped in. Within yards of leaving the pits, he realised that the car was mortally wounded with an overheated engine, the alternator bracket had broken some time prior to the pit stop but Brancatelli was oblivious to the fact, leaving Soper with no alternative but to return to the pits and retirement. Dieudonné took over from Niedzwiedz and went on to the win despite losing a rear wheel. Ravaglia moved into Schnitzer's second car after Pirro's early problem to take second with van de Poele. Laffite and Vogt initially took third for Bigazzi before it was discovered that Laffite had exceeded the maximum allowable time in the car and was disqualified, handing third to team-mates Martin and Thatcher. (AS)



Division 1, 2 and 3
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 1 Eggenberger Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Klaus Niedzwiedz, D
Pierre Dieudonné, B
(Steve Soper, GB)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 157 1 1.19,23    
2 1 56 Schnitzer
BMW M3
Roberto Ravaglia, I
Eric Van de Poele, B
(Volker Strycek, D)
2332 L4 Div. 2 157 5 1.21,33    
DQ   52 Bigazzi
BMW M3
Winfried Vogt, D
Jacques Laffite, F
(Mark Thatcher, GB)
2332 L4 Div. 2 157 4 1.20,46   Too many laps (105) by Laffite
3 2   Bigazzi
BMW M3
Jean-Michel Martin, B
Mark Thatcher, GB
2332 L4 Div. 2 154 6 1.21,44    
4 3 57? Schnitzer
BMW M3
Emanuele Pirro, I
Volker Strycek, D
(Roberto Ravaglia, I)
2332 L4 Div. 2 154 3 1.20,03    
5 2   Bornebusch Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Kaj Bornebusch, S
Ulf Larsson, S
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 153 7 1.22,09    
6 4   Lingmann
BMW M3
Herbert Lingmann, D
Ludwig Hölzl, D
2332 L4 Div. 2 149 12 1.24,86    
7 5   Külker Racing
BMW M3
József Cserkúti, H
Marco Curti ("Spiffero"), I
2332 L4 Div. 2 149 10 1.23,92    
8 3   Bemani Toyota Schweiz
Toyota Supra 3.0i MA70
Philippe Müller, CH
Ruedi Schmidlin, CH
2954 L6 Div. 3 144 9 1.22,98    
9 1 122 FINA Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Pierre Fermine, B
Serge De Liedekerke, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 141 19 1.28,87    
10 2   FINA Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Guy Katsers, B
Jean-Claude Burton, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 141 18 1.28,68    
11 4   Pro Team Italia
BMW 635 CSi
Giancarlo Naddeo, I
Daniele Gasparri, I
3475 L6 Div. 3 139 17 1.27,90    
12 6   Wollstadt Racing
BMW M3
Johannes Wollstadt, D
Heinz Wirth, D
2332 L4 Div. 2   16 1.26,07    
13 3   Seikel Motorsport
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Giuseppe Quargentan, I
Giovanni da Schio, I
1587 L4 Div. 1   22 1.31,49    
14 4    
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Eddy Van Esch, B
Noël Van Den Eeckhout, B
1587 L4 Div. 1   23 1.31,65    
15 5   Seikel Motorsport
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Stanislav de Angelis, I
Dagmar Suster, YU
(Peter Seikel, D)
1587 L4 Div. 1   21 1.31,12    
DNF   2 Eggenberger Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Steve Soper, GB
Gianfranco Brancatelli, I
(Pierre Dieudonné, B)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 147 2 1.19,37   Overheating engine
DNF     Jolly Club
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Romeo Camathias, I
Roberto Castagna, I
Roberto Orlandi, I
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   8 1.22,73    
DNF     Camac Racing
BMW M3
Antonio Albacete Jr., E
José Angel Sasiambarrena, E
2332 L4 Div. 2   11 1.24,59    
DNF     Conquista
Maserati Biturbo 331 B25
Thomas Lindström, S
Bernard Santal, CH
2491 tc V6 Div. 3   13 1.24,95    
DNF     úAMK
BMW M3
Oldrich Vanícek, CS
Vlastimil Tomásek, CS
2332 L4 Div. 2   14 1.25,51   Tyre, accident
DNF      
BMW M3
Milos Bychl, CS
Peter Faubel, D
2332 L4 Div. 2   15 1.25,99    
DNF      
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Georg Alber, D
Antonín Charouz, CS
1587 L4 Div. 1   20 1.29,84   Exhaust
DNF     Camac Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Pedro Carvalho, P
Alberto Ruiz-Thiery, E
1587 L4 Div. 1   24 1.32,17