FIA 'Group C' Diecast 1982 to 1989

A clean sheet...

A very sucessful revival of prototype endurance racing began in 1982. In Europe, a new formula called 'Group C' was created completely from scratch. It's goal was to lure back manufacturers, even performance, and provide good racing by using fuel consumption to homologate cars. As usual, Porsche led the way and designed the 956, which would dominate for much of the decade. The schedule included LeMans and the traditional European Events from the "golden" age of the late 1960's. The title of the series was changed to the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The German DRM series accepted these rule changes, and many Group C cars competed in DRM sanctioned sprint events during the year. Namely, the Norisring street event was extremely popular.
...More about the Porsche 956

The only issue is that they couldn't convince the IMSA people to adopt this specification. In America they did a similar exercise by creating the 'Grand Touring Prototype' (GTP) class. The result was that there was very little interaction between the two series, and Sebring and Daytona became IMSA-Only events.

GT cars. Hello. Anyone?

Some GT cars did run with the Group C prototypes. Starting in 1983 they were classified as 'Group B', after a decade of Group B being a class named for prototypes. The requirement for group B was that 200 "homologation specials" had to be produced. While this never took off for GT cars, there were some pretty wild rally cars made to this spec.

Ferrari intended to provide customer cars with their 288GTO, and actually met the homologation minimum. But by then everyone already had Porsche 956's prototypes.

1982 World Endurance Championship

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza
5Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Mario Casoni
Joe Castellano
Mark Thatcher
81
Gr. 5
Best
9349
8Ferrari 512 BB LM
Giovanni Del Buono
Odoardo Govoni
98
IMSA
Brumm
R416
Fuji
6Mazda RX-7
Takashi Yorino
Masanori Sekiya
Tom Walkinshaw
14
GTX
Bizarre
BZ375
DNFFerrari 512 BB LM
Preston Henn
Bonnie Henn
12
GTX
Best
9324
Kyalami (Non-Championship)
6Porsche 908/4
Alain De Cadenet
Jean-Michel Martin
Giorgio Pianta
6
Group 6
Best
9360
DRM Norisring
1Porsche 956
'Racing'
Jochen Mass
10
C
Ebbro
43888

In 1983 there was a sub-championship that combined the European Rounds of the WEC, plus non-WEC races at Brands Hatch, Imola, and Mugello. This was called the European Sportscar Championship, which had been the name of the old FIA Group 6 series.

Joest and Zakspeed were the main players in the DRM series, and Joest even ran the trusty-old 936 chassis that they had been running since 1979.

Norisring Summer Sprints...

There was a well-attended downtown race weekend in Nuremburg, and the day consisted of several short sprints. The main event was a 200 mile non-championship race. I had assumed that this was part of the DRM championship, but I could not find the Keke Rosberg "Boss" car listed in the results. There were actually two races that day, one in the morning for the usual DRM teams, and then an afternoon finale for all entries. Stefan Bellof won this in a works Rothmans 956, and gained a huge following...

 

World Endurance Championship 1983

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza (Also Part of the European Sportscar Championship)
1Porsche 956 'Marlboro'
Bob Wollek
Thierry Boutsen
11
Quartzo
3059
   Spark
(Cartima Bob Wollek Collection)
CA-WOL-02 
Nurburgring (Also Part of the European Sportscar Championship)
3Porsche 956 'Canon'
Keke Rosberg
Jan Lammers
Johnathan Palmer
14
Minichamps
430 836614
   Quartzo
3058
DNFPorsche 956 'Racing' (Rothmans)
Derek Bell
Stefan Bellof
2
Minichamps
430 836602
   Spark
(Cartima Stefan Bellof Collection)
CA-BEL-01
Norisring (Non-Championship)
3Porsche 956 'Warsteiner'
Bob Wollek
1
Group C
Minichamps
430 836601
   Quartzo
3057
5Porsche 956 'Boss'
Keke Rosberg
12
Group C
Minichamps
430 836612
   Quartzo
3060
9Porsche 936C 'Warsteiner'
Leopold von Bayern
3
Group 6
Minichamps
430 836703
DNFPorsche 956 'New Man'
Volkert Merl
2
Group C
Quartzo
3061
Spa (Also Part of the European Sportscar Championship)
1Porsche 956 'Rothmans'
Jacky Ickx
Jochen Mass
1
Quartzo
3056
Fuji
3Porsche 956
'Trust'
Vern Schuppan
Naohiro Fujita
6
C
Ebbro
43887
4Porsche 956
'Winning Run'
Thierry Boutsen
Henri Pescarolo
3
C
Ebbro
44153
7Nissan Silvia Turbo C (March 83G)
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Akira Hagiwara
23
C
Ebbro
44789
8Porsche 956
'Taisan'
Kenji Takahashi
Clemens Schickentanz
21
C
Ebbro
43892
DNFPorsche 956
'Italya'
Philippe Alliot
Stefan Johansson
21
C
Ebbro
43891
DNFMazda 717C
Youjirou Terada
Takashi Yorino
Pierre Dieudonné
16
C
Bizarre
BZ102
Kyalami
5Porsche 956 'Gunston'
Jan Lammers
Johnathan Palmer
14
Quartzo
3065
Mugello (Part of the European Sportscar Championship)
1Porsche 956 (Marlboro)
Bob Wollek
Stefan Johansson
8
Minichamps
430 836608
Zolder (Part of the DRM)
1Porsche 956
'Warsteiner'
Bob Wollek
1
Spark
(Cartima Bob Wollek Collection)
CA-WOL-06
Brands Hatch(Part of the European Sportscar Championship)
1Porsche 956
Derek Warwick
John Fitzpatrick
11
C
Minichamps
430 836611

1984

World Endurance Championship 1984

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Monza
6Porsche 956
'Bad Aachen'
Volkert Merl
Dieter Schornstein
12
C
Minichamps
430 846612
Norisring (Non-Championship)
1Porsche 956
'Liquimoly'
Manfred Winkelhock
10
C1
Minichamps
430 846610
3Porsche 956
'Jägermeister'
Stefan Bellof
1
C1
Minichamps
430 846691
Nurburgring
2Porsche 956
'Skoal Bandit'
33
Spark
(New Ace Edition)
NA009
7Porsche 956
'Racing' (Rothmans)
Jochen Mass
Jacky Ickx
1
Minichamps
430 846601
8Porsche 956L
'New Man'
Stefan Johansson
Henri Pescarolo
Ayrton Senna
7
Lang
(Minichamps Special Senna Collection)
540 844307
   Spark
(New Ace Edition)
NA011
Mosport
3Porsche 956
'Skoal Bandit'
David Hobbs
Franz Konrad
Rupert Keegan
33
C
Quartzo
3066
Imola
1Porsche 956
'Jägermeister'
Stefan Bellof
Hans-Joachim Stuck
19
Quartzo
3067
Fuji
10Porsche 956
Manfred Winkelhock
Mike Thackwell
10
C1
Spark
(Cartima Porsche Dealer Collection)
CAP 043 11 016

DRM 1984

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Nurburgring DRM
1Porsche 956
'Jägermeister'
Stefan Bellof
1
C1
Spark
(Cartima Stefan Bellof Collection)
CA-BEL-09

1985

Two races, two deaths in Porsches. Minichamps was tacky enough to produce the Stefan Bellof "Death Car" from Spa 1985. Why don't they put out a Mosport Winkelhock car with it as a set titled "1985 Group C Fatality Collection"

World Endurance Championship 1985

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Mugello
3Porsche 962C
'Torno'
Stefan Bellof
Thierry Boutsen
19
C1
Spark
(Cartima Stefan Bellof Collection)
CA-BEL-03
Norisring (Non-Championship)
1Porsche 956
'D&W'
Klaus Ludwig
10
C
Quartzo
3070
Hockenheim
DNFPorsche 956
'Schiesser'
Stefan Bellof
Thierry Boutsen
19
C
Quartzo
3069
Spa
DNFPorsche 956
'Schiesser'
Thierry Boutsen
Stefan Bellof
19
C
Minichamps
430 856619
   Spark
(Cartima Stefan Bellof Collection)
CA-BEL-08

1986

By 1986, participation by GT-based cars had faded away. It was an all-prototype series, and is that a good thing?

Supercup

The long-standing German DRM changed into the 'Supercup' Series. These sprint races were for one driver, and lacked the fuel restriction of the WEC.

FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1986

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Norisring (Also part of the ADAC Supercup)
1Porsche 956
'Blaupunkt'
Klaus Ludwig
7
Minichamps
430 866607
DNFPorsche 956
'Liqui Moly'
Bob Wollek
14
C1
Spark
(Cartima Bob Wollek Collection)
CA-WOL-03
Nurburgring
DNFBMW M1
Helmut Gall
Harald Becker
Michael Krankenberg
151
B
Minichamps
400 862551
Spa
1Porsche 962
'Jaegermeister'
Thierry Boutsen
Frank Jelinski
17
C1
Spark
(Belgium Special Edition)
SB007
9Porsche 956
'FATurbo'
Didier Theys
Massimo Sigala
19
Quartzo
Classic Sports Racing
3068
Fuji
9Toyota Tom's 86C
Satoru Nakajima
Geoff Lees
Masanori Sekiya
36
C1
Ebbro
44243

ADAC Supercup 1986

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1Porsche 962
'Blaupunkt'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
1
Spark
(Germany Special Edition)
SG005

1987

Supercup 1987

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Norisring
2Porsche 962C
'Shell'
Hans-Joachim Stuck
17
C1
Minichamps
(Porsche Dealer Edition)
WAP 020 104 0C
Hockenheim
8Porsche 962C
'Rial'
Jochen Mass
2
C1
Spark
(Germany Special Edition)
SG025

1988

FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1988

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Spa
4Porsche 962C
'Jagermeister'
Oscar Larrauri
Manuel Reuter
Walter Brun
5
C1
Spark
(Cartima Brun Edition)
CAP 043 11 019

1989

Sauber scored a coup by becoming Mercedes-Benz semi-works team.

FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1989

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

61Sauber Mercedes C9 'AEG'
Mauro Baldi
Kenny Acheson
61
Max
1004
62Sauber Mercedes C9 'AEG'
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jochen Mass
62
Max
1003
Dijon
1Porsche 962
Bob Wollek
Frank Jelinski
7
C1
Spark
(Cartima Bob Wollek Collection)
CA-WOL-10

1990

FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1990

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Peugeot 905 'Peugeot'
Cat. 1
Vitesse
(Peugeot Box)
650A 
Peugeot 905 'Peugeot'
Cat. 1
Vitesse
(Vitesse Box)
650B 
1Sauber Mercedes-Benz C-11
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Mauro Baldi
1
Max
1101 
2Sauber Mercedes-Benz C-11
Jochen Mass
Karl Wendlinger
2
Max
1102 
Suzuka
20Toyota 90C-V 'taka-Q'
Aguri Suzuki
Johnny Dumfries
37
C1
Q-Model
QMC-033
DNFToyota 90C-V 'DENSO'
Roland Ratzenberger
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
38
C1
Q-Model
QMC-034
Montreal
DNFPeugeot 905 'Peugeot'
Keke Rosberg
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
44
Vitesse
651 
Fuji 500km (JSPC)
DNFPorsche 962
'Takefuji'
Bob Wollek
Johnny Herbert
33
C1
Spark
(Cartima Bob Wollek Collection)
CA-WOL-11

1991

Suave.

As the 1990's began, the World Sportscar Championship became more and more sterile. A young German with a rockin' mullet and cheesy moustache joined the Sauber team and had to shave...


FIA Sportscar World Championship 1991

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1Sauber Mercedes-Benz C291
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jochen Mass
1
Cat. 1
Max
1291 
5Peugeot 905 (Evolution) 'Esso'
Mauro Baldi
Philippe Alliot
5
Cat. 1
Vitesse
653A 
6Peugeot 905 (Evolution) 'Esso'
Keke Rosberg
Yannick Dalmas
6
Cat. 1
Vitesse
653B 
Autopolis
1Sauber Mercedes-Benz C291
Michael Schumacher
Karl Wendlinger
2
Cat. 1
Minichamps
('Michael Schumacher Collection')
510 430001 
9Mazda 787B
'Efini'
Maurizio Sala
Yojiro Terada
18
Cat. 2
HPI Racing
997
JSPC 1991
Mazda 787B
'Renown'
Dave Kennedy
Takashi Yorino
202
HPI
8039

1992

Peugeot sponsored a development series for spiders using their 905 engine. While the standard model was actually built by Martini, other chassis designs from Orion and WR also raced.

Peugeot 905 Spider European Cup 1992

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

0Peugeot 905 Spider (Martini Mk64) 91
Spark
(Presentation)
1278
1Peugeot 905 Spider (Martini Mk64)
Eric Hélary
5
Spark
1275