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24 h Spa-Francorchamps

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Date: 30/7/1988 to: 31/7/1988
Track length: 6.939 m
Attendance: 35.000
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 58
Finishers: 25

Pole position: Ludwig/Boutsen/Dieudonné in 2.33,50
Fastest lap: Soper in 2.37,39 = 158,739 kmh

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed: 146,929 kmh
Weather:
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1988 Cars

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Spa is always the most important race of the year, usually attracting a host of optimists hoping to win the classic without the necessary prior testing the demanding race requires. For the regulars chasing the title the race was doubly important with its double points allocation. Both the Eggenberger and Schnitzer camps acknowledged that Spa would probably decide the outcome of the championship.
Ford took the dubious step of preparing three cars for the classic, running the risk of stretching its resources too far. Niedzwiedz was again forced to miss the race giving Brancatelli the opportunity for another outing, along with draftees Didier Theys, Bernd Schneider, Thierry Boutsen, Bertrand Gachot and Frank Biela. Schnitzer resisted the temptation to run a third car and called-up Heger, Quester, Oestreich and Harald Grohs to assist Ravaglia and van de Poele.

Bigazzi also opted to stick with the same pair of cars, adding Otto Rensing to their regular driving quintet. Prodrive returned with a pair of cars with Christian Danner, Bernard Beguin, Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Jean-Louis Schlesser joining Joosen and Duez.

Once again, the Sierras took over from the start, but struck trouble just into the second hour when Theys shunted heavily and Boutsen's car had an alternator fail. The third car survived, and led, but was pursued by a howling pack of M3s. The Schnitzer, Prodrive and Bigazzi cars were packed tightly behind and closed in relentlessly before taking the lead in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Both Eggenberger and Schnitzer held their lead drivers back until the very last moment, trying to guess which of their cars would be the one to finish most strongly. After his cars struck problems early in the race Ruedi Eggenberger had no option but to put Soper into his third car with Schneider and Biela, and made his move just after midnight. At that point, Schnitzer’s Charley Lamm had both of his cars running strongly but opted to put Ravaglia in with Heger and Quester. It was a wise decision, as van de PoeIe shunted the other one shortly after, having lost his lights on the run through Eau Rouge.

One by one, Schnitzer's M3 challengers dropped by the wayside, leaving the Heger/Quester/Ravaglia car to score a memorable victory that gave the Italian a valuable double helping of points. Soper’s car, however, ran into front suspension problems late on Sunday morning and he dropped back to fourth at the finish. With Soper having moved into the third Sierra, Dieudonné moved into the first car with Boutsen and Ludwig which, after its initial alternator problem, ran largely trouble-free to finish second giving Dieudonné a healthy boost in points to move him into contention.

Spa had been the best race of the year; the battle for the lead raging through the night before the inevitable mechanical problems intervened to hand the race to the most reliable car. This was Dieter Quester's third triumph in the classic. (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 56 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Schnitzer
BMW M3 Evo
Roberto Ravaglia, I
Altfrid Heger, D
Dieter Quester, A
(Eric Van de Poele, B)
2332 L4 Div. 2 509 6 2.37,93    
2 1 1 Ford Texaco Eggenberger Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Klaus Ludwig, D
Pierre Dieudonné, B
Thierry Boutsen, B
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 506 1 2.33,50    
3 2 52 Bigazzi M Team
BMW M3 Evo
Jacques Laffite, F
Jean-Michel Martin, B
Olivier Grouillard, F
2332 L4 Div. 2 504 5 2.37,49    
4 2 3 Ford Texaco Eggenberger Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Bernd Schneider, D
Frank Biela, D
Steve Soper, GB
(Gianfranco Brancatelli, I)
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 499 2 2.34,56    
5 3 28 Bemani Toyota Schweiz
Toyota Supra 3.0i MA70
Ludwig Hölzl, D
Philippe Ménage, B
René Hollinger, CH
2954 L6 Div. 3 486 25 2.44,21    
6 4 23 Nissan Motorsports Europe
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Allan Grice, AUS
Win Percy, GB
Anders Olofsson, S
2029 tc L6 Div. 3 482 15 2.41,68    
7 3 74 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Linder Rennsport
BMW M3 Evo
Ellen Lohr, D
Frank Schmickler, D
Michael Bartels, D
2332 L4 Div. 2 482 21 2.43,00    
8 4 69 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Prodrive
BMW M3 Evo
Jean-Pierre Jabouille, F
Jean-Louis Schlesser, F
Marc Duez, B
2332 L4 Div. 2 477 12 2.40,22    
9 5 57 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Schnitzer
BMW M3 Evo
Eric Van de Poele, B
Harald Grohs, D
Markus Oestreich, D
(Roberto Ravaglia, I)
2332 L4 Div. 2 477 4 (1) 2.37,37    
10 6 77 MSC Aachen
BMW 325i
Michael Wollgarten, D
Herbert Wolf, D
Helmut Hennes, D
2494 L6 Div. 2 465 43 2.52,04    
11 1 142 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Pierre Fermine, B
Serge De Liedekerke, B
José Close, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 460 47 2.54,41    
12 7 83 H. Honert
BMW 325i
Andy Bovensiepen, D
Michael Roppes, D
Pascal Witmeur, B
2494 L6 Div. 2 465 35 2.48,86    
13 2 143 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Antonín Charouz, CS
Georg Alber, D
Noël Van Den Eeckhout, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 453 48 2.54,41    
14 3 150 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Gregoire De Mévius, B
Jean-Pierre Van de Wauwer, B
Renaud Verreydt, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 450 49 2.54,93    
15 5 38  
Volvo 240 Turbo
Alain Plasch, B
Dominique Dehaut, B
Pascal Tillekaerts, B
2141 tc L4 Div. 3 450 37 2.49,69    
16 4 141 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Marcel Vandermaesen, B
Guy Katsers, B
Jean-Claude Burton, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 449 52 2.58,77    
17 6 6 Jolly Club Bergamo
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Daniele Toffoli, I
Massimo Siena, I
Roberto Orlandi, I
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 445 13 2.41,22    
18 5 149 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
André Hardy, B
Guy Peters, B
Robert Schenk, L
1587 L4 Div. 1 438 56 3.02,00    
19 8 76 Ecurie Pays Noir
BMW M3 ?Evo
Pierre Jamin, B
Vincent Bertinchamps, B
Willy Maljean, B
2332 L4 Div. 2 435 50 2.55,54    
20 6 134 Toison d’Or
Honda Civic
Guy Nève, B
Jean-Marie Pirnay, B
Rodolphe Koentges, B
1595 L4 Div. 1 432 57 3.03,33    
21 9 59 úAMK CSSR
BMW M3 Evo
Oldrich Vanícek, CS
Jeffrey Van Hooydonk, B
Arthur van Dedem, NL
2332 L4 Div. 2 423 22 2.43,59    
22 7 129 Camac Racing
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Alain Thiebaut, B
Cosme Domecq, E
Didier Noirhomme, B
1587 L4 Div. 1 404 58 3.03,38    
23 10 84 Mazda Sport
Mazda 929
Hans van der Beek, NL
Loek Vermeulen, NL
Raymond Coronel, NL
  R2 Div. 2 403 40 2.50,00    
24 7 39  
BMW 635 CSi
Freddy Fruhauf, B
Patricia Bertapelle, F
Valentin Bertapelle, F
3475 L6 Div. 3 400 45 2.52,79    
25 8 133 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Bob Holden, AUS
Gulson, AUS
Ray Lintott, AUS
1587 L4 Div. 1 357 55 3.01,98    
DNF NC 139 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Kaori Okamoto, J
Kaoro Hoshino, J
Keiichi Suzuki, J
1587 L4 Div. 1   44 (1) 2.52,13    
DNF   148 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Andrew Bagnall, NZ
Chris Hodgetts, GB
Martin Birrane, IRL
1587 L4 Div. 1   51 2.56,13   Engine
DNF   70 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Prodrive
BMW M3 Evo
Bernard Béguin, F
Christian Danner, D
Eddy Joosen, B
2332 L4 Div. 2 479 9 2.39,88   Engine
DNF   51 Bigazzi M Team
BMW M3 Evo
Mark Thatcher, GB
Otto Rensing, D
Winfried Vogt, D
2332 L4 Div. 2 445 7 2.38,97   Engine
DNF   71 Garage Du Bac
BMW M3 Evo
Jean-Pierre Malcher, F
Michel Trollé, F
Pierre Petit, F
2332 L4 Div. 2 438 8 2.39,52   Engine
DNF   31 Eurodefi
Rover Vitesse
Jean-Claude Lagniez, F
Michel Maillien, B
Quirin Bovy, B
3532 V8 Div. 3   36 2.49,09   Rear axle
DNF   72 Garage Du Bac
BMW M3 Evo
Bernard De Dryver, B
Eric Cheli, F
Jean-Denis Delétraz, CH
2332 L4 Div. 2   26 2.44,29   Valves
DNF   55 Herba-Proficraft racing
BMW M3
Milos Bychl, CS
Peter Faubel, D
Robert Walterscheid-Müller, D
2332 L4 Div. 2   33 2.47,26   Engine
DNF   5 Jolly Club Bergamo
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Daniele Vitale, I
Marco Brand, I
Roberto Castagna, I
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   10 2.39,88   Head gasket
DNF   140 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Erik Høyer, DK
Michel Luxen, B
Stig Gruen, S
1587 L4 Div. 1   46 2.54,06   Piston
DNF   75 Bastos R.S.I.
BMW M3 ?Evo
Zdenek Vojtech, CS
Bretislav Enge, CS
Dirk Vermeersch, B
2332 L4 Div. 2   18 2.42,30   Engine
DNF   73 Duindistel
BMW M3 ?Evo
Guy Van Mol, B
Herbert Lingmann, D
Patrick Slaus, B
2332 L4 Div. 2   28 2.44,55    
DNF   7 Dixi Sport
BMW 635 CSi
Bruno di Gioia, B
Fréderic Delavallade, F
Gerard Févrot, B
3475 L6 Div. 3   38 2.49,77   Rocker
DNF   29 IMC Toyota
Toyota Supra 3.0i MA70
Philip Verellen, B
Eric Bachelart, B
Pierre-Alain Thibaut, B
2954 L6 Div. 3   23 2.43,80   Broken rim
DNF   16 Bemani Toyota Schweiz
Toyota Supra 3.0i MA70
Philippe Müller, CH
Volker Strycek, D
Ruedi Schmidlin, CH
2954 L6 Div. 3   17 2.41,93   Engine
DNF   10 CiBiEmme Sport
Alfa Romeo 75 V6
Johnny Cecotto, YV
Giorgio Francia, I
Nicola Larini, I
ca. 3000 V6 Div. 3   30 2.44,77   Starter
DNF   65  
BMW M3 ?Evo
Luigi Bello, CH
D. Guex, CH
Philippe Camandona, CH
2332 L4 Div. 2   41 2.50,28   Sump
DNF   27 Bavaria Automobiles
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Didier De Radigues, B
Philippe Haezebrouck, B
Pierre De Thoisy, F
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   20 2.42,44   Hub
DNF   17 Bornebusch Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Kaj Bornebusch, S
Loris De Sordi, B
Romain Wolff, L
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   19 2.42,41   Accident
DNF   151 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Dagmar Suster, YU
Giuseppe Quargentan, I
Stanislav de Angelis, I
1587 L4 Div. 1   54 2.59,54   Accident
DNF   80 SDA Sport Motul Nogaro
BMW M3 ?Evo
Bernard Salam, F
Pierre Destic, F
François Chatriot, F
2332 L4 Div. 2   16 2.41,77   Clutch
DNF   12 Marlboro Conquista Team
Maserati Biturbo 331 B25
Bernard Santal, CH
Gaston Rahier, B
Thomas Lindström, S
2491 tc V6 Div. 3   27 2.44,35   Driveshaft
DNF   144 IMC Toyota
Toyota Corolla GT AE86
Claude Holvoet, B
Eddy Van Esch, B
Henny Hemmes, NL
1587 L4 Div. 1   53 2.59,44   Engine
DNF   135 Vamo Racing
Honda Civic
Etienne Van Buyndert ("Vabueti"), B
Karel Debie, B
Norbert Salmon, B
1595 L4 Div. 1   59 3.04,34   Head gasket
DNF   32 Eurodefi
Rover Vitesse
Alex Guyaux, B
Ferdinand de Lesseps, F
Michel Delcourt, B
3532 V8 Div. 3   34 2.47,66   Rear axle
DNF   35 Excelsior
BMW 635 CSi
Christian Cremer, B
Cyril Raes, B
François Verhaegen, B
3475 L6 Div. 3   39 2.49,93   Broken rim
DNF   33 Evert Bolderheij
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Bernard Winderinckx, B
Evert Bolderheij, NL
Jenny van Hilten, L
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   31 2.45,54   Electrics/ blown engine
DNF   26 Bavaria Automobiles
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, F
Marc Sourd, F
René Metge, F
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   40 2.51,30   Driveshaft
DNF   2 Ford Texaco Eggenberger Racing Team
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Didier Theys, B
Gianfranco Brancatelli, I
Bertrand Gachot, B
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 30 3 2.35,63   Accident
DNF   14 Euromotor/Luigi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Roman Feitler, L
Thierry Tassin, B
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   14 2.41,37   Electrics
DNF   30 IMC Toyota
Toyota Supra 3.0i MA70
Enzo Calderari, CH
Frank Jelinski, D
Stanley Dickens, S
2954 L6 Div. 3   24 2.43,81   Accident
DNF   63 Camac Racing
BMW M3 ?Evo
Antonio Albacete Jr., E
Jesús Pareja, E
José Angel Sasiambarrena, E
2332 L4 Div. 2   29 2.44,66   Engine
DNF   15 Euromotor/Luigi Racing
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Georges Cremer, B
Jean-Louis Ricci, F
1993 tc L4 Div. 3   32 2.45,66   Electrics
DNS   58 BMW Motorsport GmbH/Schnitzer
BMW M3 Evo
Eric Van de Poele, B
Harald Grohs, D
Roberto Ravaglia, I
2332 L4 Div. 2   11 2.40,20   T-car

Remarks: King’s cup: BMW