One of DART Racing Chevron B19s at Brands Hatch in April 1971 where it was shared by John Miles and Graham Birrell.  Copyright The GP Library 2009.  Used with permission.

European 2-litre Sports Car racing 1971

After Chevron had snatched the 1970 title from Lola, Lola exacted their revenge in 1971 when the Lola T212 narrowly beat the Chevron B19. The top teams were Karl von Wendt Racing, who won three races with Helmut Marko at the wheel; Scuderia Filipinetti, for whom Vic Elford and team manager Jo Bonnier each took one win; and Red Rose Racing, whose Chevrons took Niki Lauda and John Hine to victory. The other race winners were Toine Hezemans in the DART Racing Chevron B19 and Abarth Corse whose Abarth 2000 SP won at Vallelunga in the capable hands of Arturo Merzario.

The driver's championship was won by Marko, with three wins and a second place, from Elford (one win, two seconds). Had there been a championship of engines, it would have been won very comfortably by Cosworth's 1790cc FVC.

The races

18 Apr 1971 > Trophée International Paul Ricard

23 May 1971 > Tauernpokal at Salzburgring

05 Jun 1971 > Martini International Trophy at Silverstone

20 Jun 1971 > Trophée d'Auvergne at Clermont-Ferrand

04 Jul 1971 > Südwest-Pokal at Hockenheim

10 Jul 1971 > Jock Leith Trophy at Croft

25 Jul 1971 > Coppa AC Bologna at Imola

15 Aug 1971 > Wunstorf Flugplatzrennen

05 Sep 1971 > Nürburgring 500 km

26 Sep 1971 > Trophy of The Dunes at Zandvoort

31 Oct 1971 > Trofeo Ignazio Giunti at Vallelunga

07 Nov 1971 > Jarama 2 Hours

European Trophy for Makes up to 2 Litres events shown in bold

1971 European 2 Litre Sports Car Championship table

1Helmut MarkoLola T212 - Cosworth FVC
Lola T210 - Cosworth FVC
36 pts3 wins
2Vic ElfordLola T212 - Cosworth FVC24 pts1 win
3=Jean-Pierre JabouilleLola T212 - Cosworth FVC
Abarth 2000 SP/71
19 pts1 win
3=Arturo MerzarioAbarth 2000 SP/7119 pts1 win
5Jo BonnierLola T212 - Cosworth FVC18 pts1 win
6Toine HezemansChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC
Chevron B19 - Abarth
16 pts1 win
7John HineChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC13 pts1 win
8=Ed SwartChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC12 pts 
8=John BurtonChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC12 pts 
10=John LeppChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC9 pts 
10=Niki LaudaChevron B19 - Cosworth FVC9 pts1 win

Autosport did not provide a full points table but did for the constructors title. The drivers' table above has been calculated from results and matches' Autosport's comment that Marko gained 36 points to Elford's 24. Note that Marko and Jabouille shared the winning car at Paul Ricard in April. Autosport's season review was published 2 Dec 1971 pp38-40.


1. Lola 63 pts 5 wins
2. Chevron 51 pts 3 wins
3. Fiat-Abarth 25 pts 1 win
4= Porsche 2 pts  
4= Dulon 2 pts  
6 Taydec 1 pt