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From the Motor Sport Archive
Sandown Park, December 2nd
The World Endurance Championship title is, inevitably, a poor relation of the top prize in the world of Formula 1 but it is hotly pursued by the leading drivers, especially those in the works Rothmans-Porsche team within whose grasp the title is. Stefan Bellof deposed Jacky Ickx as champion at Sandown Park, Australia, early in December by winning the six-hour event with Derek Bell, leaving his nearest rival Jochen Mass trailing in second place.
The series remains an oddity in having eight rounds for the Manufacturers' title (secured by Porsche almost without challenge at the Nürburgring in July) and three more for the Drivers' Championship at Brands Hatch, Imola and Sandown Park. The factory team did not enter any cars at Brands Hatch, where Mass and Bellof earned some extra points in private team, and at Imola the Stuttgart company again ran a car with the electronically controlled twin-clutch transmission with ignominious result.