proved to be an interim year for the championship. The 2002 Turbo BMW
was no longer allowed, as was the Porsche 911 which was now (only) a
GT. BMW wasn't ready for an alternative, Ford did make an effort but
the 2300 GT was unreliable and did not have enough power. What was left
was Alpina attacking the 1600 cc class (with the surprise that nobody
bothered with the probably superior Escort TC), Abart could use its TCR
again and Alfa Romeo had homologated a lightweight 1750 GTV which was
named 2000 GTAm - the latter piloted by Italians and Porsche star Toine
Hezemans. The latter won the championship after a tough battle with
Abt's Abarth - all the tricks were used to deprive the opposition from
points, which at the time was criticized but today would't even raise
So Hezemans was the smiling champion, Alfa Romeo satisfied with the title and BMW got the makes title because of the Alpina 1600 race wins.
1971 Ford would have learned its lesson - times would change.