Endurance Racing at Silverstone in the 1970s & 1980s
Changes to regulations for sports car racing in the late 1970s paved the way for a golden era of endurance racing in the 80s, with the likes of Porsche, Lancia, Jaguar and Mercedes all vying for the World Sportscar Championship. The Silverstone 6-Hour and 1000km races became a cornerstone of this championship and the event was often used by the teams as a warm-up to the all important Le Mans 24-Hour race, which followed it on the calendar. This book charts the progress of the races, year-by-year from 1976, through the era of the Group C cars, up to the end of the eighties, with previously unpublished accounts and photographs of each event
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2-litre Alboreto alongside Bellof BMW 3.5 CSL BMW M1 Bob Wollek Boutsen BRDC Cadenet Car Laps Distance catch-fencing circuit Class wins Derek Bell Dieter Schornstein Distance Average speed Drivers Car Laps Eddie Cheever endurance racing entry Fastest lap Ford fourth fuel stops Gelo Ghinzani Gordon Spice grid Group 5 cars Group C Junior Group C2 Group wins Group Guy Edwards Hans Stuck Harald Grohs Heyer Hezemans Ickx and Jochen IMSA Jacky Ickx Jaguar XJR-6 Jan Lammers Jochen Mass Joest John Fitzpatrick Kremer Porsche Laps Distance Average laps later Laps Time Average lead Martini Lancia Martini Porsche Mauro Baldi Nannini Patrese Pescarolo pit stop Porsche 935 Porsche 956 Porsche 962 Position Drivers Car problems race programme Ray Mallock Redman Reproduced with permission Riccardo Rohrl Ronnie Peterson Rothmans Porsche 956 round Sauber Sauber-Mercedes Schlesser second place Silk Cut Jaguar Silverstone Stuck team-mate third track tyres victory wheel Winklehock Woodcote chicane