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1977 Brands Hatch 6 Hours

Brands Hatch 6 Hours

Sunday, September 25, 1977
1977 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

The Brands Hatch Six hour Race, Round Seven of the World Championship for Makes, will be memorable more for the race that wasn't than the race that was. If that sounds double-Dutch blame the heavens, which opened their floodgates with such a vengeance that the race had to be halted after 1 1/4 hours, during which Jacky Ickx had put in a display of sheer wet weather mastery in the pole position works Martini Porsche 935/77, co-driven with Jochen Mass. After a long delay, the organisers started a new race of 2 3/4 hours' duration on a drying track, won by Ickx and Mass by two laps after an early challenge from Manfred Schurti's Jagermeister 935.

Practice had confirmed the possibility of a show-down race between Porsche and BMW, the latter having chosen Brands to give the 320 Turbo its European debut, with Peterson and Stuck at the wheel. The scrap for pole position became an exciting battle of wits between Ickx and Peterson, with the final decision falling to Ickx by a mere 0.12 sec. So Ickx/Mass were on 1 min. 26.25 sec., Peterson/ Stuck on 1 min. 26.37 sec., Schurti/Doren on 1 min. 27.72 sec. and Wollek/Faure in a Kremer Porsche 935 on 1 min. 27.76 sec. The only other car to break the 90 sec. barrier was the Konrad/Joest/Wollek 935—then came a five-second gap before the next 935 showing the standard at the front of the grid.