British drivers John Fitzpatrick and Tom Walkinshaw, drove their BMW to a close win in the World Manufactures Six Hour Car Race at Silverstone on Sunday (9 May) at the end of a thrilling contest.
GV Cars start from grid and away
GV Cars down first straight
GB No. 16 (Evertz/Kinnuen) down straight
GV No. 1 (Petersor/Stuck/Nilsson) overtaking No. 3 (Grohs/Posey/de Fierlant)
GV No. 4 (Walkinshaw/Frizpatrick/Blackburn) along straight and around bend
GV No. 16 along straight
GV No. 10 (Wollek/Heyer) along straight and around bend
GV No. 4 crossing line and winning
GV Other cars getting chequered flag
GV Driver of No. 4 getting out of car and being congratulated
Initials BB/0200 NPJ/AH/BB/0230
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: British drivers John Fitzpatrick and Tom Walkinshaw, drove their BMW to a close win in the World Manufactures Six Hour Car Race at Silverstone on Sunday (9 May) at the end of a thrilling contest.
Their BMW held on to their lead across the finish line by only 1.3 seconds ahead of the turbo-charged Porsche of bob Wollek of France and West German, Hans Heyer. With only 23 minutes of the race left to run, Wollek and Heyer had been leading. But then they had to ??? a stop for refuelling.
With a deficit of 24 seconds to make up, the Porsche began eating up the 2.932 Mile (4.691 kms) lap circuit, and was taking three seconds each circuit off the lead of the Britons' BMW during the final stages.
The early leaders, Ronnie Peterson and Gunnar Nilsson, the Swedish Grand Prix drivers, were forced to retire their BMW after one hour with gear box failure. Other leading driers who failed to make their presence felt, were Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx, also driving a Porsche. Its clutch disintegrated on the starting line. Nevertheless, Ickx recorded the fastest lap with a time of one minute 28.9 seconds at 119.69 m.p.h. (191.5 kph).
The winning pair completed the 636.83 (1,018.93 kms) for an average speed of 106.14 map (169.82 kph). Second were Wollek (France) and Heyer (West Germany) 218 laps, 636.71 miles (1,018.74 kms); third were E. Evertz (West Germany) and L. Kinnunen (Finland) (Porsche Carrera RSR) 216 laps, 632.32 miles (1,011.71 kms).)
SYNOPSIS: Car makers form all over the world were represented in the Manufactures Six Hour Race at Silverstone, England, on Sunday. and the men they had chosen to drive their vehicles represented some of the biggest names in motor-racing.
Egon Evertz of West Germany, and Leo Kinnunen of Finland, in their 935 Porsche made a strong showing early on, but early leaders Ronie Peterson and Gunnar Nilson, did not have such luck. After holding the lead they were forced to retire after one hour with gear box failure.
But another BMW. driven by John Fitzpatrick and Tom Walkinshaw, of Britain, was soon involved in a thrilling struggle for the leadership of the six hour endurance race around one of the fastest circuits in the world. Their closest rival was the Porsche driven by Bob Wollek of France and Hans Heyer of West Germany. With only 23 minutes of the race left, Wollek and Heyer's Porsche had been leading, but then they had to make a stop for refuelling.
With a deficit of 24 seconds to make up, they could not stop the British BMW taking the chequered flag. Wollek and Heyer came in second, only one point three seconds behind. Fitzpatrick and Walkinshaw completed 636 miles of the course at an average speed of 106.14 miles per hour to take the trophy. Third was the Porsche driven by Evertz and Kinnunen.