1969 Monza 1000Kms

1000 km di Monza/Trofeo Filippo Caracciolo

Friday, April 25, 1969
Fastest Lap:
Rodriguez, 2m48.1
1969 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Some Real Motor Racing

Monza, Italy, April 25th.

Held on the National holiday to celebrate the 1945 liberation of Italy, the 1,000-kilometre race for sports cars and sports-prototypes was run over 100 laps of the combined road and track course at Monza, with chicanes before each banking to reduce the maximum speeds on the concrete oval; even so, the fast cars were coming off the banking at around 150 m.p.h. and reaching 170 m.p.h. by the time they passed the grandstands on the outer of the two lanes on the wide pits/grandstand straight. A total of 80 entries was received and of these only 52 were to be allowed to start, the qualification being done by allowing a fixed number in each group or class, rather than the fastest 52 out of the whole entry, so that classes with a big entry saw some competition during practice. A number of cars did not turn up and others damaged themselves in practice, so that there were not too many problems over the selection. Lacking good B.R.M. V12 engines the two Gulf-Mirage cars of the J.W. Automotive team were withdrawn, leaving the 3-litre prototype category a straight fight between Porsche and Ferrari, with Alpine-Renault and Matra trying to keep up. The Autodelta Alfa Romeo team did not enter so there was only the 2½-litre car, from last year, of the Belgian V.D.S. team in the over-2-litre Category, and they also had their 2-litre Tipo 33 in the smaller class, along with an Italian-owned Tipo 33. The Porsche factory had disposed of their 907 works cars, the 2.2-litre eight-cylinders, to various private teams, three of them running in the big class, and two had been reduced to 2-litres, and Italian private owners were running them against the Alfa Romeos and two Ferrari Dino V6 cars. The 5-litre capacity Group 4 Sports class contained a mixture of Lola T70-Chevrolet V8 coupés and Ford GT40s, and the 2-litre class was dominated by Porsche 910 and 906 cars in private hands, with two hopeful Alfa Romeo 33 models running to Group 4 homologation. Open Fiat Abarths filled the 1,000-c.c. sports category and in the GT Class Porsche 911 models dominated. GT cars down to 1,000-1,300 c.c. were permitted and these were all Italian-driven Lancia Fulvia Zagato coupés, which were really too slow to be mixed in with 3-litre prototype cars like Ferraris and Porsches.