1000 Km di Monza, April 21-22-23 1984 Trofeo “Filippo Caracciolo”
The 1984 Endurance World Championship, as usual, started from Monza with the traditional 1000 Km, officially called the "Filippo Caracciolo Trophy". On Sunday 23 April, on a warm and sunny day, the works Porsche 956 of the Rothmans Team, dominated the three fast but unprepared Lancia LC2s and the numerous private teams that used the Porsche 956s. The Lancia on track in Monza were three: two entered by the works Lancia Martini team, for the crews composed by Riccardo Patrese / Bob Wollek and Mauro Baldi / Paolo Barilla and one of the Totip Team, managed by the Scuderia Jolly Club, for Pierluigi Martini / Beppe Gabbiani. The final ranking saw the two works Porsches of the Rothmans Team driven by Stefan Bellof / Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx / Jochen Mass in first and second place. In third place was the only Lancia LC2 capable of making the Porsche 956 worried. The number 5 of the Martini works team, driven by Mauro Baldi and Paolo Barilla. The other two Lancia were forced to retire, Patrese and Wollek due to a myriad of problems that culminated with the fire of the car and that Scuderia Jolly Club, due to a "disagreeable" blocked throttle. Late in the evening, during the verification, the one-two Porsche and Lancia reached third place, were found to be underweight and therefore disqualified. 848 kg of weight for the Porsche and 847 kg of the Lancia, against the 850 kg admitted by the rules. The victory was then awarded to the Porsche of Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass.
Porsche 956 Rothmans Racing
The works Porsche 956 number 2 of Rothmans Porsche Racing, chassis # 009, driven by Derek Bell and Stefan Bellof, first classified in the race but then disqualified because it was found to be two kilos underweight. After setting the pole position in practice, Derek Bell and Stefan Bellof started the race leading, without ever giving up the position to the finish. Eventually the wet blanket of disqualification.
The work Porsche 956 chassis # 004, used only in practice as a T-Car.
Lancia LC2/84 chassis #0006 Martini Racing
With the number 5, the Lancia LC2 / 84 chassis # 0006 of the works Team Martini Racing, driven by Mauro Baldi and Paolo Barilla. The car was equipped with the 2.6-litre Ferrari 268C V8 engine with two KKK turbochargers and was the best performing of the three Lancia, the only one capable of creating some concern for the Porsche squadron. The crew, started from the front row after setting the second fastest time in practice. At the end of the race the Lancia LC2 / 84 # 0006 was third at the finish line, but was disqualified because of its weight, 3 kilos lower than the minimum weight allowed by the regulation.
Lancia LC2/83 chassis #0003 Jolly Club
The Lancia LC2 / 83 Totip chassis # 0003 of the Scuderia Jolly Club driven by Pierluigi Martini and Beppe Gabbiani, this car was also equipped with the V8 Ferrari 268C twin-turbo. Although it was a car of the previous year, in the race it managed, thanks to his drivers to climb up to third place but then it was the protagonist of a misadventure. Pierluigi Martini remained with the throttle locked while he was in fifth gear at 270 Km / h in the section of the Serraglio. Martini managed to turn off the engine and stop the car, terrified but unharmed.
Porsche 956 chassis #104 New Man Joest Racing
The New Man Porsche 956 chassis # 104 of Joest Racing, entered for the crew composed by Stefan Johansson, Klaus Ludwig and Henri Pescarolo. The car qualified in tenth place on the starting grid, but on lap 17 it was forced to retire due to engine failure. The withdrawal took place too early and only Klaus Ludwig managed to drive the car.
Porsche 956 John Fitzpatrick Racing
At the start of the 1984 season, John Fitzpatrick decided that the time had come to stop being a driver. After the disappearance of Rolf Stommelen, who was driving a Porsche of his Team at Riverside and after his serious accident, which occurred at the end of the 1983 season during the practices of the Fuji 1000 Km, Fitzpatrick devoted himself full time to managing his team. At Monza the John Fitzpatrick Racing Team brought three Porsche 956s.
The John Fitzpatrick Racing's Porsche 956 chassis # 102 was entered for the drivers Renzo Zorzi and Giorgio Francia. The car retired on the fifteenth lap due to engine failure, after having started with the twelfth fastest time in practice.
The John Fitzpatrick Racing's Porsche 956 chassis # 110, number 55, sponsored by Skoal Bandit. This car driven by Rupert Keegan and Guy Edwards started with the ninth fastest time in practice but retired for the loss of a wheel.
Rondeau M382 Ford Cosworth DFL Primagaz
Porsche 956 chassis #106 del GTi Engineering
Jonathan Palmer and Jan Lammers' Porsche 956 chassis # 106 entered by GTi Engineering, was slowed down due to an 18-minute pit stop to replace a broken left rear suspension arm, while it was in third position. At the finish Palmer and Lammers were classified in fifth place, which then became third, after the disqualification of the winning Porsche and the Lancia who came third.
Grid G2 Porsche 930 chassis #GA02 Charles Ivey Racing
The Grid G2, chassis # GA02, was equipped with the 2.9-litre Porsche 935 Type 930 engine with two KKK turbochargers. The car was entered by Charles Ivey Racing and was driven by John Cooper and Dudley Wood. Due to Dudley Wood's illness, the car did not participate in the race. The crew had qualified the car with the twenty-fifth time in practice.
Alba AR2 CARMA Jolly Club
The Alba AR2 Group C2 chassis # 002 entered by the Scuderia Jolly Club, was driven by Carlo Facetti and Martino Finotto. Due to fuel draft problems, it was slowed down and reached the finish line in eleventh position. This car, designed by Giorgio Stirano, was equipped with the Giannini CARMA 4-cylinder 1.9-litre engine with a turbocharger.
Ecosse C284 Ford Cosworth DFV chassis #LM3 001 Ecurie Ecosse
The Ecosse C284 chassis # LM3 001 built by Thompson, was a former Lola of Alain De Cadenet, converted into Group C2. Driven by Ray Mallock, Mike Wilds and David Duffield, this car equipped with the classic 3-litre Ford Cosworth DFV, ranked tenth, second in Group C2.
Gebhardt JC842 BMW - Gebhardt Motorsport
The works Gebhardt JC842 number 72, chassis # 01 of Gebhardt Motorsport. The car of the German firm, was driven by the German Frank Jelinski and the American Cliff Hansen, who finished the race in twelfth place. This car, built in England, by Bruce Rolston in Bicester, had a traditional aluminum monocoque and was equipped with the 2-liter BMW M12 engine, the same used in Formula 2, coupled with a five-speed Hewland FT200 gearbox.
Lola T616 Mazda 13B chassis #HU02 BF Goodrich Mazda Team
At Monza there were two interesting Lola T616 equipped with the Mazda 13B Racing two-rotor rotary engine. The car was a bit too heavy for the small Wankel engine, in fact, in practices the HU02 chassis car driven by Bob Hayje and Dieter Quester scored the eighteenth time and the other car with the HU03 chassis driven by Jim Busby and Rick Knoop it did not go beyond the twenty-third time. In the race, the HU03 chassis obtained eighth place overall and victory in the C2 class. In the photo the car of Bob Hajie and Dieter Quester. The cars were run by the BF Goodrich Mazda Team, a team well known in the United States, especially for the experiences in the IMSA series. The Lola T616 were very advanced from the aerodynamic point of view and the monocoque was built with a mixed structure in honeycomb of aluminum and carbon fiber. Another interesting novelty was the use of experimental Goodrich radial tires, a new manufacturer, in competition with Dunlop, Pirelli and Goodyear.
1000 Km di Monza 1965-2008 - Aldo Zana - Giorgio Nada Editore
In this beautiful book signed by the automotive historian Aldo Zana, all the editions of the 1000 Km of Monza are described from 1965 to 2008. For each race, in addition to the detailed report, the starting grid and the final ranking are shown, all accompanied by magnificent archive photographs, very often unpublished. The book is written in Italian. It is a precious and unique book especially for those who, like me, have personally witnessed several of the races described. This book is highly recommended.