After a painful 1970 season, with many lessons learnt, Ford started the 1971 season as favorite. The Capri RS was lighter and far more powerful than the 1970 2300 GT; Alfa Romeo was robbed from its lightweight parts and had not gained much horsepower; and the fact that both cars raced in separate divisions now did not help since the arrival of the Escort RS. The Escort, fast but fragile and underfinanced, won its division twice, enough to make a tie with Alfa Romeo - but only for division 2, since the 1300 cc division 1 was always won by Alfa Romeo but for Spa. So Alfa Romeo were makes champion, though as a big consolation Glemser won the drivers' title.
The season started a bit unlucky for Ford at Monza, but from then on the Capris were unbeatable, and a new paint scheme improved self-confidence even further. But then Zandvoort - Quester in the heavy BMW was too fast for Ford, an epic battle was won by Schnitzer there.