A classic battle
Spa-Francorchamps 1970. The 1000 km race was one of the best examples of the great sports-car battles of the 1970’s.
Some of the top drivers in the world at the time were battling with each other (Ickx, Rodriguez, Surtees, Redman, Siffert) at the most fearsomely fast circuit in Europe, and the cars were awesome.
It was a Ferrari 512s – Porsche 917k confrontation at fantastic speeds. Pedro Rodriguez lapped Spa at 1.16.5, averaging 160.513 mph (258.322 km/h).
Three weeks later, the Formula One cars were at Spa, and the fastest cars were 12 seconds a lap slower than these mighty sports-prototypes.
So the Siffert-Redman (picture) Gulf Porsche won, and the Ickx-Surtees Ferrari finished second, in the same lap. In third position came the Salzburg Porsche 917 of Vic Elford and Kurt Ahrens, one lap behind.