Norisring - The fourth race in the Procar series of 1980

17th May 1980

The fourth race for the Procar series in Nuremberg in 1980 was staged over 50 laps at 2.3 km each. The winner mastered the race distance of 115.0 km at an average speed of 150.725 km/h.

Hans-Joachim Stuck and Marc Surer were the heroes of the fourth race at the Norisring. There was no winning against the Stuck and Swissman Marc Surer celebrated his best practice time, as well as a sensational comeback after his severe accident in Kyalami in South Africa in March.

In Hans Stuck's home country, the same amazing success as in Monaco was to be repeated! For his 2nd victory in a row the Bavarian collected at least 7,500 $. During practice he was only 10th due to an ailing engine, his start was on a knife-edge. Only in the final minutes, multiple sponsors (Liqui Moly, Nigrin and Dickie) were able to secure the racing entry of the "Numero Reserve M1" with approximately 40,000 DM .

Already at the start, Stuck was able to move up 6 places. However, drivers next to Strietzel in the starting positions, such as Hans Heyer, had something to say: "Definitely a false start by him!" Lammers, Schnurti and Pironi were also fast starters - the leading trio before the first hairpin. Pironi pulled inwards, tricking Lammers. After the first lap, Schurti was in the lead and unbelievably, Stuck was ahead of Pironi, Lammers and Piquet. Just before it, Pironi spun and Bernd Brutschin drove into the front of his Denim M1. Retirement for the Procar debutante in the  GS car.

Even the Formula 1 drivers made it difficult for themselves. Carlos Reutermann also had to withdraw prematurely in the 7th lap, due to an oil leak. One lap later Surer overtook Alan Jones.

Behind that, the GS drivers Bürger and Heyer delivered a team-internal battle, in which Bürger could finally decide in favour of himself.

After an initial collision with Piquet, Didier Pironi withdrew permanently in the 22nd lap. The Brazilian's journey also ended abruptly. Following a overtaking manoeuvre by Schurti, the vibration damper of his Cassani M1 broke. Thus, only the FOCA M1 of Jones in 5th place and Laffite in 7th place reached the finish line. Marc Surer, who was in pole position missed the start. Despite a few weeks earlier having withdrawn from the ATS-F1 in Kyalami with broken legs and was still limping around the Norisring driving paddock, he had a great race. In 3rd position on the winner's podium, he already began to joke with his F1 team manager Günther Schmid.

In lap 16, Stuck challenged the until then race leader, Manfred Schurti, overtook him and drove confidently to the finishing line. Truly impressive, what he displayed in Nuremberg, acknowledged Carlos Reutermann later in the BMW tent.

Pos. # Name Nat. Team Laps Time T-Time
1 40 Hans-Joachim Stuck D Project four Racing 50 45:46,72 54,12
2 99 Jan Lammers NL BMW Nederland 50 45:51,05 53,84
3 90 Marc Surer CH BMW Schweiz 50 45:59,58 53,38
4 55 Manfred Schurti FL Sauber 50 46:07,33 53,49
5 27 Alan Jones AUS B&S Fabrication 50 46:14,06 54,07
6 77 Dieter Quester A BMW Austria 50 46:15,23 54,30
7 26 Jacques Laffite F B&S Fabrication 50 46:29,22 53,91
8 80 Hans-Georg Bürger D GS-Sport - BASF 50 46:32,68 53,84
9 81 Hans Heyer D GS-Sport - Denim 49 54,10
10 69 Arturo Merzario I BMW Italia 49 54,36
11 61 Walter Brun CH Schnitzer / Brun 49 54,34
12 70 Massimo Sigala I BMW Italia 16.
13 62 Helmut Lenz D Schnitzer 21.
14 75 Ralf-Dieter Schreiber D Kannacher GT 23.
5 Nelson Piquet BR B&S Fabrication dit not finish 53,60
28 Carlos Reutemann RA B&S Fabrication dit not finish 54,17
25 Didier Pironi F B&S Fabrication dit not finish 53,75
91 Walter Nußbaumer CH Sauber dit not finish 20.
41 Wolfgang Schütz D Schütz Racing dit not finish 54,21
82 Bernd Brutschin D GS-Sport - Denim dit not finish 19.
42 Hans Jürgensen D Jürgensen & Sohn dit not start 22.
88 Jo Gartner A Dr. Helmut Marko dit not start 18.
60 Edy Brandenberger CH Team Lepitre dit not start 17.

* Color = F1 Pilot



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