1968 World Sportscar Championship Season
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1968 World Sportscar Championship Season

The 1968 World Sportscar Championship season was the 16th season of FIA World Sportscar Championship racing and featured the 1968 International Championship for Makes and the 1968 International Cup for GT Cars.[1] The former was contested by Group 6 Sports Prototypes, Group 4 Sports Cars and Group 3 Grand Touring Cars [2] and the later by Group 3 Grand Touring Cars only. The two titles were decided over a ten race series which ran from 3 February 1968 to 29 September 1968.

The International Championship for Makes was won by Ford and the International Cup for GT Cars by Porsche.[1]

Schedule

+ - These races were contested by Sports Prototypes and Sports Cars only. GT cars did not participate.

? - The 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally scheduled to be run 15 June and 16, but was delayed due to a workers strike in France.

Season results

Races

Rnd Circuit Winning Team GT Winning Team Results
Winning Drivers GT Winning Drivers
1 Daytona Germany #54 Porsche Engineering United States #31 Sunray DX Oil Company Results
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Jochen Neerspasch
United States Jerry Grant
United States Dave Morgan
2 Sebring Germany #49 Porsche Engineering United States #3 Sunray DX Oil Company Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Germany Hans Herrmann
United States Hap Sharp
United States Dave Morgan
3 Brands Hatch United Kingdom #4 J.W. Automotive None Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
4 Monza United Kingdom #40 J.W. Automotive Germany #68 IGFA Results
Australia Paul Hawkins
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Germany Dieter Glemser
Germany Helmut Kelleners
5 Palermo Germany #224 Porsche Engineering Switzerland #82 Ecurie Les Corsaires Results
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Italy Umberto Maglioli
Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Pierre Greub
Switzerland Edgar Berney
6 Nürburgring Germany #2 Porsche Engineering Germany #110 Sepp Gregor Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Vic Elford
Germany Sepp Gregor
Germany Malte Huth
7 Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom #33 J.W. Automotive Germany #63 IGFA Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Germany Dieter Glemser
Germany Helmut Kelleners
8 Watkins Glen United Kingdom #5 J.W. Automotive United States #59 Brumos Porsche Results
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
United States Peter Gregg
United States Bert Everett
9 Zeltweg Germany #1 Porsche Engineering None Results
Switzerland Jo Siffert
10 La Sarthe United Kingdom #9 J.W. Automotive Belgium #43 Jean-Pierre Gaban Results
Mexico Pedro Rodriguez
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Jean-Pierre Gaban
Belgium Roger van der Schrick

Manufacturers Championships

International Championship for Makes

Points were awarded for overall placings gained by the top 6 finishers from Groups 6, 4 & 3 at each round in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1 +. Manufacturers were only given points for their highest finishing car; any other cars from that manufacturer were merely skipped in the points standings.

Cars from other than Groups 6, 4 & 3 were ignored in the awarding of points for the overall championship.

Only the best 5 round results for each make counted towards the championship, with any other points earned not included in the total. Relinquished points are shown within brackets.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9+ Rd 10 Total
1 United States Ford 9 9 (4) 9 9 (2) 9 45
2 Germany Porsche 9 9 6 (6) 9 9 (6) (3) (4.5) (6) 42
3 Italy Alfa Romeo 3 6 2 1.5 3 15.5
4= United States Chevrolet 4 4
4= United States Howmet 4 4
4= France Alpine-Renault 4 4
7 Italy Ferrari 2 2
8 United Kingdom Lola 1 1

+ - Round 9 was awarded only half points due to its short distance.

International Cup for GT Cars

Points were awarded for Group placings gained by the top six GT finishers at each round in the order of 9-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only given points for their highest finishing car; any other cars from that manufacturer were merely skipped in the points standings.

Only the best 5 round results for each make counted towards the title, with any other points earned not included in the total. Relinquished points are shown within brackets.

The GT class did not participate in Rounds 3 and 9.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 10 Total
1 Germany Porsche (6) (6) 9 9 9 9 9 (9) 45
2 United States Chevrolet 9 9 6 24
3 United Kingdom MG 1 2 6 9
4 Italy Lancia 4 4
5 Italy Fiat 1 1

Car Details

The following models contributed to the nett points totals of their respective manufacturers.

International Championship for Makes

International Cup for GT Cars

References

  1. ^ a b FIA Yearbook 1974, Grey section, Pevious International Championship winners, pages 124 & 125
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 259

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