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Nürburgring Nordschleife, BRD

Date: 9/7/1972
Track length: 22.835 m
Attendance: 90.000
Entries accepted: over 100
Starters: 84
Finishers: 35

Pole position: Stuck in 8.41,1
Fastest lap: Mass in 8.51,0

Distance: 6 hours
Average speed: 149,8 kmh
Weather: Sunny and very hot
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1972 Cars

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Had Zandvoort been the only straight defeat for Ford in 1971, this year’s Waterloo would be the home race of the ETCC for Ford. A fight was expected, but not a BMW victory in divisions 2 and 3.

Practice had shown Stuck as fastest in front of the other two works Capris; Schnitzer ran into handling problems despite the testing sessions earlier, experimenting even with a rear spoiler under the rear of the car. Still Stommelen managed 8.49,7, at the expense of a blown engine, just like the second car. Alpina had a trouble free run to 8.51,8 by the Dutch team of Hezemans/van Lennep. Division 2 saw Menzel in front, followed by Basche, Akersloot, Cramer and Finotto. Division 1 practice saw an Autodelta GTAJ up front, but second and third place were for the Filipinetti Fiats, rather encouraging. Not too fast but rather noisy were the Swiss rotary Mazda’s.
In the shadows of the big guns, a young man named Klaus Ludwig had to hurry back home, since he arrived with his private BMW 2002 all right, but forgot to take his driving suit and helmet. He rushed back home, 80 kilometres in an Alpine lent by a friend, grabbed his outfit, but had a massive accident on the way back, keeping him in hospital for a week. Still, his driving in practice had raised a few eyebrows.

Despite a few drops of rain, totally misplaced in the heat, everybody could start on slicks, apart from Kuhl who could not start at all, after destroying his car in practice at the Hohen Acht. The flag dropped on 11.00 in the morning, the field was lead by Hezemans, followed by Glemser, Soler-Roig, the order after lap 1 was still Hezemans in the lead, then Glemser, Mass and Stommelen, but Stommelen came in with a sticking throttle. Mineif’s Trivellato Fiat had retired with a broken half shaft.
Ford, full of optimism, they had not been defeated since Zandvoort 1971, but the smiles diminished a little when Soler-Roig went out on an oil trace. But the other two were leading now, followed closely by Hezemans and Stommelen. But after seven laps, Hezemans came in with oil loss. The car was topped up with oil and fuel, and van Lennep drove off, only to park the car after only one more lap. It was over. The remaining Munich cars were looked after by a full BMW management army, consisting of Neerpasch, rally boss Bein, Braungart and Staudenmaier, politically placed between the Schnitzer and Alpina pits.
But notwithstanding this, the Capris opened a gap. It became worse when Stommelen came in, with unpleasant noises. It continued until lap 18, when it had to give up with a blown head gasket.

But the race had not been run yet, the Nürburgring always full of surprises. First, Mass/Larrousse had a long stop (3.44 min) since the brakes had to be de-aerated; Stommelen, who had switched cars, now was second since he had been only one minute behind. Then disaster for the leading Stuck/Glemser car: oil loss, engine failure, out!

A nightmare scenario for Ford: BMW in the lead, only one surviving Capri, 2.14 minutes behind. The fight for the lead was still exciting, since division 2 had another BMW firmly in the lead, the GS car of Basche/Barth, who had taken over from Menzel/Matthews - they had a big off when the suspension broke. The Dutch Escort retired after a fascinating drive from the back of the field to 9th overall; another broken BDA for Jolly club, Finotto/Mohr retiring in 5th place. In division 1, the Autodelta team only lost one car (of the four), but all Fiat’s retired with problems like clutch, head gasket or an accident.
Ford signalled Larrousse to come in, so Mass could start the final attack, 2.48 minutes in arrears. Schnitzer would have to come in for fuel, so it might still be possible. Stommelen came in, Fitzpatrick too over and still had a lead of 1.45 min. Two laps from the end, the lead was 1.06 - it would be enough. A deserved victory for BMW, with 50.000 Deutschmarks moving from Munich to Freilassing.


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 2 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
John Fitzpatrick, GB
Hans Heyer, D
Rolf Stommelen, D
2996 L6 Div. 3 40 laps, 6:05.22,9 6 8.53,0    
2 2 14 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jochen Mass, D
Gérard Larrousse, F
2940 V6 Div. 3 40 laps, 6:06.08,5 2 8.46,7 8.51,0  
3 3 17 Kent International Racing
Ford Capri RS 2600
Klaus Fritzinger, D
Jean-Claude Franck, B
2940 V6 Div. 3 38 laps, 6:06.08,5 8 9.14,1    
4 1 27 GS Tuning
BMW 2002
Dieter Basche, D
Jürgen Barth, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 37 laps, 6:05.48,6 11 9.16,4    
5 1 83 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Gianluigi Picchi, I
Carlo Facetti, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 37 laps, 6:09.38,7 15 9.27,4    
6 2 28 GS Tuning
BMW 2002
Jürgen Rapp, D
Werner Schruf, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 37 laps, 6:13.53,4        
7 3 64 BMW Auto Tuning Wedel
BMW 1602
Rainer Zweibäumer, D
Gerd Raschig, D
(Helmut "Helle" Bein, D)
1573 L4 Div. 2 36        
8 4 33 Jockey Racing Gunnar Schütz
BMW 2002
Gunnar Nordström, S
Rune Tobiasson, S
1990 L4 Div. 2 36 16 9.28,3    
9 2 81 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Teodoro Zeccoli, I
Massimo Larini, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 36        
10 3 99 Spiess Tuning
NSU 1200 TT
Siegfried Spiess, D
Franz Waldhier, D
1289 L4 Div. 1 35   10.06,7    
11 5    
BMW 2002
Werner Scheld, D
Walter Czadek, D
1990 L4 Div. 2 35        
12 6 67 Rheydter Club für Motorsport
BMW 1602
Walter Prüser, D
Peter Sieben, D
1573 L4 Div. 2 35        
13 7 57 Mazda Swiss Racing
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Walter Brun, CH
Joe Kretschi, CH
2 x 491 R2 Div. 2 35   9.52,6    
14 4 82 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani, I
Vittorio Venturi, I
1290 L4 Div. 1 35        
15 8 34 Hubert Hahne Racing
BMW 2002
Christian Auer, D
Hervé Le Guellec, F
1990 L4 Div. 2 34        
16 9 65  
BMW 1602
Hans Dittgen, D
Walter Becker, D
1600 L4 Div. 2 34 (1) 9.52,7    
17 5 103 AZNP
Skoda 120 S
Jaroslav Bobek, CS
Milan Zid, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1 33   10.40,0    
18 10 37 V-10 Kléber Team
BMW 2002
Hans-Lothar Koch, D
Siegfried Kagelmann, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
19 6 120  
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Horst Ranke, D
Bernd Pfeifer, D
982 L4 Div. 1 33   10.36,3    
20 7 122  
NSU 1000 TTS
Willi Bergmeister, D
Peter Ernst, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
21 8 121  
NSU 1000 TTS
Peter Wisskirchen, D
Hermann Cordes, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
22 9 104  
Skoda 120 S
Václav Bobek, CS
Oldrich Horsák, CS
1299 L4 Div. 1     10.40,0/ 10.56,8    
23 10 128 H. Hundt, Duckhams Oils
NSU 1000 TTS
Hagen Arlt, D
Karlheinz Radünz, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
24 11 118 ADAC Hofheim
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Bernd Ziegler, D
Hans-Peter Ziegler, D
982 L4 Div. 1          
25 12 129 Scuderia Colonia
Sunbeam Imp Sport
Detlef Hendricks, D
Fredy Toldo, CH
998 L4 Div. 1          
26 13 123 Keiper-Recaro Racing Team
NSU 1000 TTS
Peter Döring, D
Horst Urspruch, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
27 11 73 Duckhams Saloon Car Racing
Ford Escort TC
Bo Emanuelsson, S
Ulf Dahl, S
1594 L4 Div. 2     10.05,4    
28 14 109 Fiat Sportcenter Reppekus
Fiat 128
Hans Stukenbrock, D
1148 L4 Div. 1          
29 15 127 Kilian Tuning
NSU 1000 TTS
Wolfgang Hansen, D
Helmut Eisenreich, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
30 16 100 AC Mayen
NSU 1200 TT
Günther Rothstein, D
Helmut Schmitz, D
  L4 Div. 1          
31 12 62 Speed-Man Racing
Volvo 142
Alf-Tore Jideteg, S
Sveneric Olsson, S
1985 L4 Div. 2          
32 17 97 Racing Team Shell Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Daniel Dupré, F
Gilles Doncheux, F
  L4 Div. 1          
33 18 124 AC Radevormwald “Team Breku”
NSU 1000 TTS
Günter Bobach, D
Rudi Scholtes, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
34 19 102 Kamei Racing Team
NSU 1200 TT
Friedrich Tonne, D
Gotthard Egerland, D
  L4 Div. 1          
35 20 85 Alfa Romeo Deutschland
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Peter Marx, D
Karl-Heinz Arend, D
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   80 Autodelta S.p.A.
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Nino Vaccarella, I
Spartaco Dini ("Paco"), I
1290 L4 Div. 1   20 9.40,6    
DNF   51 Team Zakspeed
Ford Escort RS 1600
Harald Menzel, D
Dave Matthews, GB
1786 L4 Div. 2 10 7 9.02,3   Lost wheel
DNF   12 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Hans-Joachim Stuck, D
Dieter Glemser, D
2940 V6 Div. 3   1 8.41,1   Conrod
DNF   15 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Alex Soler-Roig, E
Claude Bourgoignie, B
(Gerry Birrell, GB)
2940 V6 Div. 3 4 3 8.46,7   Accident
DNF   1 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
Rolf Stommelen, D
John Fitzpatrick, GB
2996 L6 Div. 3 17 4 8.49,7   Engine
DNF   3 BMW-Alpina
BMW 2800 CS
Toine Hezemans, NL
Gijs van Lennep, NL
2996 L6 Div. 3 8 5 8.51,8   Head gasket
DNF   48 Sony Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Han Akersloot, NL
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
1950 L4 Div. 2 22 12 9.17,0   Head gasket
DNF   115  
Skoda 110 L
Oldrich Brunclik, CS
Jaroslav Jelinek, CS
ca. 1150 L4 Div. 1     11.02,3   Accident
DNF   92 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Walter Dona, I
Umberto Grano, I
1290 L4 Div. 1   17 9.32,4    
DNF   93 Scuderia Filipinetti
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Jean-Louis Lafosse, F
Bernard Chenevière, CH
1290 L4 Div. 1   18 9.35,2    
DNF   108 Fiat Sportcenter Reppekus
Fiat 128 coupé 1100
Michael Franz, D
Werner Horn, D
1148 L4 Div. 1     10.29,0    
DNF   18 Dahl Kanal
Ford Capri RS 2600
Waltraud Odenthal, D
Clemens Schickentanz, D
2940 V6 Div. 3   9 9.14,3    
DNF   6 Faltz-Alpina Essen
BMW 2800 CS
Rolf Rummel, D
Willi Nolte, D
2996 L6 Div. 3   19 9.39,8?    
DNF   60  
Vauxhall Viva GT
Charles Blyth, GB
David Wansborough, GB
1975 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   96/95? Trivellato-Mineif Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Mario Radicella, I
Cosimo Turizio, I
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   91  
Morris Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
David Buckett, GB
1293 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   59  
Saab 96 V4
Sigvard Johansson, S
Per Eklund, S
1498 V4 Div. 2          
DNF   44  
BMW 2002
Ulli Greis, D
(Klaus Ludwig, D)
1990 L4 Div. 2         Ludwig injured because of an accident on the way home after practice
DNF   101 ADAC Hofheim
NSU 1200 TT
Rudi Walch, D
Johannes Wollstadt, D
  L4 Div. 1          
DNF   88  
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Reinhard Kern, CH
Valerio Corti, I
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   58 Mazda Swiss Racing
Mazda Savanna RX-3
Florian Vetsch, CH
Peter Mattli, CH
2 x 491 R2 Div. 2          
DNF   49 Jolly Club
Ford Escort RS 1600
Martino Finotto, I
Manfred Mohr, D
ca. 1800 L4 Div. 2 32 14 9.18,9    
DNF   50 Obermoser Getriebemotoren
Ford Escort RS 1600
Peter Cramer, D
Roland Heiler, D
ca. 1800 L4 Div. 2   13 9.17,4    
DNF   78 Autohaus Kaufmann OHG
VW 1302 S
Dieter Götting, D
Frank Schneider, D
1584 B4 Div. 2          
DNF   53 Opel Team van Eupen
Opel Kadett coupé
Horst Bonefeld, D
Bernhard Niehaus, D
1979 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   106  
Daf 55
Herbert Schuster, D
Werner Geller, D
ca. 1150 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   107 Fiat Sportcenter Reppekus
Fiat 128 Berlina
Heinz-Walter Reppekus, D
Hans Schuller, EAK
1148 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   110  
Fiat 128
Heinz Winz, D
Heinz-D. Prüss, D
1148 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   130 Gall Auto Funk Racing Team
Sunbeam Imp
Hans Sauer, D
Helmut Gall, D
998 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   61 Speed-Man Racing?
Volvo 122 S
Ulf Andersson, S
Tommy Ekberg, S
1778 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   47 Hannen Alt Racing Team
Ford Escort RS 1600
Ernst Berg, NL
Mike Crabtree, GB
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   7 Précision Liegeoise
BMW 2800 CS
Alain Peltier, B
Jean Xhenceval, B
2996 L6 Div. 3   10 9.16,2    
DNF   30  
BMW 2002
Peter Otto, D
Manfred Hälbig, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   31  
BMW 2002
Jürgen Geyser, D
Hartmut Bauer, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   32 Auto-Geishauser
BMW 2002
Manfred Busch, D
Peter Ochs, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   36  
BMW 2002
Hugo Kathmann, D
Dieter Gartmann, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   55 Keiper-Recaro Racing Team
Opel Ascona 19
Karlhorst Müller, D
Ekkehard Schimpf, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   68 Motorclub Nordrhein
BMW 1602
Rolf Kienen, D
Ernst Jüntgen, D
1573 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   71 Auto-Reifen Müller
BMW 1602
Armand Müller, D
Friedhelm Vogt, D
1573 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   72 Dürener Motor-Sport-Club
BMW 1602
Hans Schnock, D
Erwin Derichs, D
1573 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   76  
Opel Manta 16 S
Franz Heine, D
Armin Reichart, D
1584 L4 Div. 2          
DNF   84 Alfa Romeo Deutschland
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Hans Hessel, D
Hartwig Bertrams, D
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   86 Alfa Romeo Deutschland
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Dieter Weizinger, D
Wolfgang Kirch, D
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   89  
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Gerhard Hennemann, D
Hans-Joachim Kalle, D
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   98 Racing Team Shell Anjou
NSU 1200 TT
Jean-Claude Boucher, F
Lucien Guitteny, F
  L4 Div. 1          
DNF   111 AMC Pforzheim
Ford Escort 1100
Günter Weik, D
Horst-Udo Körtling, D
ca. 1150 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   114  
Simca 1000
Werner Heiden, D
Hans E. Böhm, D
1148 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   125 Schmidt-Tuning
NSU 1000 TTS
Heinz Schindler, D
Siegfried Theiss, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
DNF   126 Schmidt-Tuning
NSU 1000 TTS
Gerhard Ebbers, D
Michael Degenhardt, D
996 L4 Div. 1          
DNS   39 Koepchen BMW Tuning
BMW 2002
Helmut Kuhl, D
Ernst Furtmayr, D
1990 L4 Div. 2     9.18,0   Accident in practice
DNS?   70 GS Tuning
BMW 1602
Manfred Reeb, D
? Elmar Helmut Clever, D
1573 L4 Div. 2   (2) 9.52,7    
DNS?   20 Grab Ford Siegen
Ford Capri RS 2600
Friedrich-Wilhelm Eckhardt, D
Bernd Blank, D
2940? V6 Div. 3          
DNS?   11 Renngemeinschaft MSC Langenfeld
BMW 2800 CS
Hans-Wilhelm Ridder, D
Rigo Papczok, D
2996 L6 Div. 3          
DNS?   38 Koepchen BMW Tuning
BMW 2002
Hans-Werner Brohl, D
Manfred Verkühlen, D
1990 L4 Div. 2          
DNS?   56  
Opel Ascona
Heinrich Hirth, D
Ernst-Dieter Klotzeck, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2          
DNS?   52  
Opel Kadett
Otto Kälberer, D
Klaus Assmuth, D
ca. 2000 L4 Div. 2          
DNS?   96 Trivellato-Mineif Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Manfred Mineif, D
Jacopo "Pino" Trivellato, I
1290 L4 Div. 1          
DNS?   95/96? Trivellato-Mineif Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Carlo Truci, I
Cosimo Turizio, I
1290 L4 Div. 1