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24 h Spa-Francorchamps

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Date: 1/8/1992 to: 2/8/1992
Track length: 6.939 m
Attendance: 100.000
Entries accepted: 72
Starters: 60
Finishers: 29 (28 classified)

Pole position: Joosen/Hahne/Béguin in 2.30,69 = 166,610 kmh
Fastest lap: Olofsson in 2.35,04

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed: 149,235 kmh
Weather: Sunny and hot with a rain storm
Ruleset: Group A, DTM, Belgian Procar, Group N
Car info:  

Pictures

When daylight reappeared on Sunday morning, it was a dramatic race so far. It had been very hot so rivers nearly succumbed from the heat; the leading Nissan exploded in a ball of fire in the pit lane and a rain storm washed some cars off the track. On midnight, the leading Schnitzer car had retired and now the Heger/Winkelhock/van de Poele car was in the lead - but it was closely followed by the Bigazzi cars. BMW team manager Surer let it go, and early in the morning the Schnitzer crew get the message that the oil pressure is zero in car #3. False alarm, and around ten Soper in Bigazzi #5 has a misunderstanding with a backmarker, causing repairs and a delay of one lap. The Schnitzer crew signals “SLOW” to the lead car, but Charly Lamm predicts: the 22nd hour is the most critical moment!
And indeed, the clock signals 13:50 when #3 starts to smoke. Winkelhock comes in - it is a drive shaft, it takes them just over four minutes to replace it despite the air jacks not working. When the Schnitzer car hits the track again, its lead of 2 laps is reduced to 3 seconds. Bigazzi stops for the last time, Soper gets in and 1:09 behind the leader the Brit lets the car fly. Schnitzer has to stop for fuel as well, and while van de Poele rises to the occasion and is a s quick as Soper when he is signalled to slow down; with reduced speed, it should be enough to get to the line. A game of poker, especially since the radio of #3 doesn’t work anymore.
“L6+50”: he is 50 seconds ahead, six laps to go; “L3+36”; and then van de Poele loses 13 seconds in one lap. Soper is close now, he dims his lights (to disguise or to give the engine a few HP, who knows) and then he passes the Schnitzer car forcefully after shoving him through bus stop chicane. The last signal now shows “ATTACK” to van de Poele, but it is too late - he comes in second, only 0,48 secs behind. The Belgian collapses - he is exhausted, which explains that he couldn’t fight Soper in the end.
A BMW 1-2-3, but Schnitzer the less happy of teams.


DTM, FISA Group A, Procar, FISA Group N
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 5 BMW Fina Bastos Team/Bigazzi
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Steve Soper, GB
Christian Danner, D
Jean-Michel Martin, B
2492 L4 DTM 513 laps, 24:01.11,0 2 2.31,56    
2 2 3 BMW Fina Bastos Team/Schnitzer
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Altfrid Heger, D
Eric Van de Poele, B
Joachim Winkelhock, D
2492 L4 DTM 513 laps, 24:01.59,0 4 2.31,91    
3 3 6 BMW Fina Bastos Team/Bigazzi
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Armin Hahne, D
Bernard Béguin, F
Eddy Joosen, B
2492 L4 DTM 503 1 2.30,69    
4 1 21 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera 2
Georges Cremer, B
Philip Verellen, B
Thierry Van Dalen, B
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 485 14 2.41,86    
5 2 25 Porsche Zentren Moritz
Porsche Carrera 2
Harald Grohs, D
Olaf Manthey, D
Uwe Alzen, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 482 8 2.37,11    
6 3 28 Roock Racing
Porsche Carrera 2
Michael Bartels, D
Jürgen Barth, D
Manfred Bobach, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 481 13 2.41,70    
7 4 35 Cobras Organisation
Porsche Carrera 2
Jean-Pierre Jarier, F
Pierre Yver, F
Dominique Dupuy, F
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 477 24 2.46,95    
8 5 34 Racing Team Trommelke
Porsche Carrera RS
Patrick Schreurs, B
Alfons Taels, B
Paul Simons, B
3600? B6 Procar Div. 1 470 23 2.46,91    
9 4 8  
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Christian Hauser, L
René Schenk, L
K.H. Vlazik, CS
2492 L4 DTM 467 16 2.43,54    
10 6 40 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera 2
Joël Gouhier, F
Jack Leconte, F
Pierre De Thoisy, F
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 463 25 2.47,41    
11 7 27 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera 2
Nico Demuth, L
Jean-Marie Dumont, L
Romain Wolff, L
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 457 29 2.49,28    
12 8 37  
Porsche Carrera 2
André Gahinet ("Segolen"), F
Didier Caradec, F
Alain Sturm, F
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 453 33 2.51,42    
13 1 59 Emosport
Opel Astra GSi 16V
Benoit Galand, B
Bernard Munster, B
Damien Chaballe, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2 452 35 2.53,07    
14 9 26 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera RS
Graham Moore, AUS
Michel Delcourt, B
Wolfgang Haugg, D
3600? B6 Procar Div. 1 449 26 2.47,43    
15 1 75 Seikel Motorsport
Honda Civic V-TEC
Peter Seikel, D
Fred Rosterg, D
Lothar Schörg, A
1595 L4 A/Div. 1 446 45 2.55,31    
16 10 22 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera 2
Daniël Herregods, B
Philippe Bervoets ("Davit"), B
De Craene, B
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 444 19 2.45,81    
17 4 48 Bychl Euroracing
BMW M3 ?Sport Evo
Marc Gindorf, D
Anette Meeuvissen, D
Jürgen Weis, D
2492 L4 A/Div. 2 443 22 2.46,68    
18 1 41  
BMW M3
Werner Kather, D
Barrie Williams, GB
Nigel Corner, GB
2332 L4 N/2500 441 54 2.59,22    
19 2 51 Peugeot Talbot Belgique
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Pierre Van Vliet, B
Michel Lizin, B
Jean-Paul Prossnitz, B
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2 438 47 2.55,84    
20 1 15 Nismo
Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
Raymond Coronel, NL
Roeland Reinders, NL
Tom Langeberg, NL
2568 tc L6 N/+2500 436 41 2.53,74    
21 11 31  
Porsche Carrera 2
E. Polst, A
Georg Rumpler, A
G. Spindeler, A
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 435 34 2.51,73    
22 12 32 Excelsior
Porsche Carrera 2
Cyril Raes, B
Bernard Lievens, B
Depuysseleyr, B
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 420 20 2.46,08    
23 1 70 Seikel Motorsport
Honda Civic V-TEC
Henny Hemmes, NL
Hild, D
Müller, D
1595 L4 Procar Div. 2/1600 446 59 3.00,74    
24 3 62 Toyota Racing
Toyota MR2 SW20
Kaori Okamoto, J
Morio Nitta, J
Keiichi Suzuki, J
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2 443 52 2.58,73    
25 1 45  
Mazda RX-7
? Christian Cremer, B
Dirk Van Rompuy, B
Eddy Willems, B
2 x 654? R2 Procar Div. 1/3000? 412 32 2.50,56    
26 2 12  
Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
A. Bernadet, F
Jean-Francois Guittard, F
Xavier Tourlière, F
1779 tc L4 N/+2500 383 61 3.00,95    
27 4 68 Toyota Racing
Toyota MR2 SW20
Michel Legourd, B
José Close, B
Michel Lambermont, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2 362 49 2.58,16    
28 5 67  
Fiat Tipo 16V
Vincent Dupont, B
Marc Mathay, B
Philippe Huart, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2 359 43 2.54,49    
NC   33 Nationale Renstal U.R.R.T.
BMW M5
André Carlier, B
Jutta? Kleinschmidt, D
Phillips, B
3453 L6 Procar Div. 1   37 2.53,19    
DNF   44 Bychl Euroracing
BMW M3
Luigi Taverna, I
Massimo Piacentini, I
Roberto Ragazzi, I
2332 L4 N/2500   60 3.00,77   Accident
DNF   20  
Porsche Carrera 2
Andy Bovensiepen, D
Didier De Radigues, B
Fritz Kreutzpointner, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   17 2.43,90   Fuel system
DNF   39 Obermaier Racing GmbH
Porsche Carrera 2
? Rini van de Velden, NL
Jürgen von Gartzen, D
Walter Hering, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   15 2.43,16   Rear suspension
DNF   50 Peugeot Talbot Belgique
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Bertrand Gachot, B
Eric Hélary, F
Pascal Witmeur, B
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2   36 2.53,12   Oil loss
DNF   56 Nationale Renstal U.R.R.T.
Opel Kadett GSi 16V
Alain Thiebaut, B
Giovanni Bruno, B
Marc Piessens, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2   55 3.00,00   Oil sump
DNF   47 Slick 50 Team Deutschland
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Bernd Effinger, D
Helmut Hennes, D
Michael Wollgarten, D
2492 L4 A/Div. 2   21 2.46,59   Engine
DNF   36 Cobras Organisation
Porsche Carrera 2
Ludovic Broissiat, F
Patrick Camus, F
Guy Martinolle, F
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   28 2.49,27   Accident
DNF   24 Porsche Zentren Moritz
Porsche Carrera 2
Frank Biela, D
Frank Jelinski, D
Wolfgang Kaufmann, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1 319 9 2.39,54   Accident
DNF   73 Écurie Azur
Citroën AX Sport
G. Brieven, B
Leo Princen, B
Thierry de Bonhomme, B
ca. 1300 L4 Procar Div. 2/1600   58 3.00,66   Engine
DNF   72  
Honda Civic VT-i
Gassely, F
"Lautry", F
Roger Plichet, F
1595 L4 Procar Div. 2/1600   56 3.00,07   Accident
DNF   57 Nationale Renstal U.R.R.T.
Opel Kadett GSi 16V
Philip Dermagne, L
Jean-Jacques Dermagne, L
Armand Akillian, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2   44 2.55,01   Accident
DNF   61 Toyota Racing
Toyota MR2 SW20
Masahiro Matsunaga, J
Hideo Uehara, J
Junko Mihara, J
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2   39 2.53,34   Engine
DNF   66 Belgian Audi VW Club
VW Golf GTI 16V
Michel Plennevaux, B
Philippe Plennevaux, B
Stephane Cohen, B
1781 L4 Procar Div. 2   46 2.55,74   Clutch
DNF   4 BMW Fina Bastos Team/Schnitzer
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Johnny Cecotto, YV
Marc Duez, B
Roberto Ravaglia, I
2492 L4 DTM   3 2.31,67   Gearbox
DNF   29 BMS Group Team
Porsche Carrera 2
R. Benoy, L
L. Franck, L
Maarten Mus, NL
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   48 2.57,24   Accident
DNF   38 Ecurie Biennoise
Porsche Carrera 2
Sandro Angelastri, CH
Bruno Eichmann, CH
Enzo Calderari, CH
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   12 2.41,08   Disqualified
DNF   23 Porsche Club of Belgium
Porsche Carrera 2
Frans Lubin, NL
Jean-Marie Pirnay, B
Jean-Paul Libert, B
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   27 2.49,20   Accident
DNF   53 Peugeot Talbot Belgique
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Bernard Castagné, F
Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer, B
Ivan Viaene, B
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2   40 2.53,62   Ignition
DNF   58 Emosport
Opel Astra GSi 16V
Bruno Illien, F
Bruno Thiry, B
Philippe Ménage, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2   31 2.49,91   Engine
DNF   1 Nismo
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Anders Olofsson, S
David Brabham, AUS
Masahiro Hasemi, J
2568 tc L6 A/Div. 3 102 6 2.33,70   Pit fire
DNF   17 Gitta Junkel
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Bram van Hilten, L
Jose Renato Chartier, L
Luc Frings, L
1993 tc L4 N/+2500   51 2.58,65   Fuel system
DNF   10 Giroix Racing
BMW M3 Sport Evo
T. Carugati, F
Jean-Denis Delétraz, CH
Pillon, F
2492 L4 DTM   11 2.40,98   Electrics
DNF   7 BMW Fina Bastos Team/CiBiEmme
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Fabien Giroix, F
Gabriele Tarquini, I
Thierry Tassin, B
2492 L4 DTM 86 5 2.32,01   Accident
DNF   49 Divinol Oils
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Georg Severich, D
Loris De Sordi, B
Christian Tant, F
2492 L4 A/Div. 2   18 2.44,45   Propshaft
DNF   43  
BMW M3
Damien Van de Poele, B
Ian Khan, GB
Masahiro Kimoto, J
2332 L4 N/2500   57 3.00,47   Engine
DNF   16 Ian Khan
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
Geoff Kimber-Smith, GB
Peter Buxtorf, CH
Vahsen, D
1993 tc L4 N/+2500   53 2.59,09   Fuel pump
DNF   60 Emosport
Opel Kadett GSi 16V
Tim Joosen, B
Didier Stassart, B
Michel Luxen, B
1998 L4 Procar Div. 2   50 2.58,19   Driveshaft
DNF   52 Peugeot Talbot Belgique
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Guy Katsers, B
Jean-Claude Burton, B
Pierre Fermine, B
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2   38 2.53,21   Engine
DNF   54 Peugeot Talbot Belgique
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Didier Noirhomme, B
Stephane De Groodt, B
Willy Maljean, B
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2   42 2.54,38   Engine
DNF   9 Bervid Sport Styling
BMW M3 Sport Evo
Václav Bervid, CS
P. Hanus, CS
Luc Pensis, B
2492 L4 DTM   7 2.36,12   Engine
DNF   14 Nismo
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Dirk Schoysman, B
Luis Perez Sala, E
Takayuki Kinoshita, J
2568 tc L6 N/+2500   30 2.49,77   Engine
DNS   30 Team Hezemans Rotax
Porsche Carrera 2
Jeroen Hin, NL
Mike Hezemans, NL
Wolfgang Land, D
3600 B6 Procar Div. 1   10 2.40,95   Accident
DNQ   18 Ecurie Baudouin Visétoise
Nissan Sunny N14 2.0 GTI-R
Bernard Dethier, F
Jean-Pierre Jacquemin, B
Philippe Havet, B
1998 tc L4 N/+2500   62 3.01,03   1st reserve
DNQ   76 Seikel Motorsport
Honda Civic V-TEC
Heinz-Josef Bermes, D
Elliot, GB
G. Green, AUS
1595 L4 A/Div. 1   62 3.01,48   2nd reserve
DNQ   77 Toyota Racing
Toyota Corolla GT
Peters, GB
B. Siderey-Smith, GB
J.W. Ward, GB
1587 L4 A/Div. 1   63 3.03,77   3rd reserve
DNQ   64 Ecurie Baudouin Visétoise
Renault Clio 16V
Georges Devrin, B
Etienne Baugnee, B
Maurice Devrin, B
ca. 2000 L4 Procar Div. 2   64 3.04,08    
DNQ   65 Nationale Renstal U.R.R.T.
Renault Clio 16V
Claude Corthals, B
Edouard Theyus, B
P. Merche, B
ca. 2000 L4 Procar Div. 2   65 3.04,12    
DNQ   78 Toyota Racing
Toyota Corolla GT
Jacky Delvaux, B
Edgar Gillessen, B
Guy Peters, B
1587 L4 A/Div. 1   66 3.05,26    
DNQ   55  
Peugeot 309 GTI 16V
Norbert Hartz, L
A. Majerus, L
Y. Wagner, L
1905 L4 Procar Div. 2   67 3.05,98    
DNQ   71 Ecurie Le Perron
Honda Civic VT-i
M. Libert, B
Michel Maillien, B
Sormani, F
1595 L4 Procar Div. 2/1600   68 3.06,45    
DNQ   11  
Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo
T. Cohet, F
Patrick Martins, F
Th. Soave, F
1779 tc L4 N/+2500   69 3.36,48    

Remarks: King's cup: BMW Bastos Fina