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20th Annual 24 Hour Pepsi Challenge, Daytona International Speedway

31 january 1982

Winners average : 184,743km/h

69 starters


Time : 24:03:05:301

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 1 18 PORSCHE 935JLP3 JLP3 John Paul Jr-John Paul-Rolf Stommelen 719 Laps 1.GTP
 2  5 PORSCHE 935K3 000 00013 Bob Akin-Craig Siebert-Derek Bell 708 Laps 2.GTP
 3 46 PORSCHE 935K3 009 00030 Mauricio de Narvaez-Bob Garretson-Jeff Wood 683 Laps 3.GTP
 4 77 MAZDA RX7 Yoshimi Katayama-Takashi Yorino-Yojiro Terada 644 Laps 1.GTO
 5 05 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9050 Ernesto Soto-Rene Rodriguez-Tico Almeida 642 Laps 2.GTO
 6 98 MAZDA RX7 Kathy Rude-Lee Mueller-Allan Moffat 640 Laps 1.GTU
 7 92 MAZDA RX7 Jim Mullen-Walt Bohren-Ron Grable 632 Laps 2.GTU
 8 26 CHEVROLET CAMARO Tom Nehl-Nelson Silcox-Tommy Riggins 626 Laps 2.GTO
 9 24 PORSCHE 934 930 670 0168 Jack Refenning-Ren Tilton-Rusty Bond 618 Laps 3.GTO
10 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Amos Johnson-Jeff Kline 615 Laps 3.GTU
11 36 PORSCHE 924GTR Paul Miller-Pat Bedard-Jurgen Barth 608 Laps 4.GTO
12 37 CHEVROLET CAMARO Dick Neland-Ed Kuhel-Nort Northam 602 Laps 5.GTO
13 86 PORSCHE 935 000 00028 Hurley Haywood-Bruce Leven-Al Holbert 598 Laps 5.GTP
14 63 MAZDA RX7 Jim Downing-John Maffucci-Tom Waugh 590 Laps 4.GTU
15 57 MAZDA RX7 Doug Carmean-John O'steen-Ed Pimm 584 Laps 5.GTU
16 35 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9113 Mark Speer-Ray Ratcliff-Terry Wolters 583 Laps 6.GTO
17 01 FORD MUSTANG John Morton-Tom Klausler 569 Laps 7.GTO
18 66 MAZDA RX7 Jack Dunham-Scott Smith-Scott Smith Jr 562 Laps 6.GTU
19 58 PORSCHE 924GTR Doc Bundy-Jim Busby-Manfred Schurti 558 Laps 8.GTO
20 88 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 0035 Bob Beasley-George Stone-Jack Lewis 558 Laps 9.GTO
21 444 JAGUAR XJS XJR-4 Bob Tullius-Bill Adam-Gordon Smiley 533 Laps 6.GTP
22 72 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Jean Kjoller-Bob Nikel-Grady Clay 529 Laps 10.GTO
23  6 FERRARI 512BB 30559 Bob Wollek-Edgar Doeren-Randy Lanier 523 Laps 7.GTP
24  9 MARCH 82G Chevrolet 1 Bobby Rahal-Bruce Canepa-Jim Trueman 514 Laps 8.GTP
25 78 PORSCHE 911 Klaus Bitterauf-Vicki Smith-Scott Flanders 511 Laps 7.GTU
26 54 BMW M1 4301027 Tony Garcia-Albert Naon-Rob McFarlin 475 Laps 11.GTO
27 50 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 560 9115 Diego Febles-Tato Ferrer-Chiqui Soldevilla 464 Laps 12.GTO
28 80 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Roger Mears-Leonard Emmanuelson-Herb Adams 435 Laps 13.GTO
29 84 PORSCHE 934 930 670 0171 Jamsal-Eduardo Barrientos-Eduardo Gladamez 420 Laps 14.GTO
30  4 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Bob Raub-Bob Leitzinger-Art Pasmas 420 Laps 15.GTO
31  3 RONDEAU M382 Ford 001 Danny Sullivan-Gary Belcher-Hubert Phipps 408 Laps 9.GTP
32 65 FERRARI 512BB 34445 Rick Knoop-Carson Baird-Tom Pumpelly 377 Laps 10.GTP
33 51 CHEVROLET CAMARO Tom Juckette-Mike Meldeau-Bill McDill 351 Laps 11.GTP
34 62 RONDEAU M382 Ford 002 Bill Koll-Skeeter McKitterick-Irv Hoerr 338 Laps 12.GTP
35 30 PORSCHE 911 Craig Case-Ron Case-Russ Long 332 Laps 8.GTU
36 02 FORD MUSTANG John Bauer-Gary Pratt-Milt Minter 321 Laps 16.GTO
37 20 MERCURY CAPRI Ron Hunter-Richard Turner-Duane Eitel 304 Laps 17.GTO
38 44 CHEVROLET CAMARO Billy Hagan-Terry Labonte-Gene Felton 295 Laps 13.GTP
39 29 CHEVROLET MONZA 001 Hoyt Overbagh-Pete Kirill-Dave Heinz 276 Laps 18.GTO
40 21 BMW M1 4301195 Joe Crevier-Fred Stiff-Dennis Wilson 267 Laps 19.GTO
41 42 PORSCHE 911 119 220 830 Gary Wonzer-Bill Bean-Chuck Grantham 261 Laps 19.GTO
42 23 DATSUN 280ZX Frank Carney-Dick Davenport-John McComb 247 Lap 10.GTU
43 34 PORSCHE 924GTR George Drolsom-Bill Johnson-Werner Frank 238 Laps 20.GTO
44 10 CHEVROLET CAMARO Carl Shafer-Joe Mooney-Tony Brassfield 231 Laps 14.GTP
45 09 PORSCHE 935K3 000 00009 Preston Henn-Desiré Wilson-Marty Hinze 229 Laps 15.GTP
46 49 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 360 0601 Bob Copeman-Jerry Jolly-Tom Alan Marx 220 Laps 21.GTO
47 83 PORSCHE 914/6 Harro Zitza-John Belperche-Doug Zitza 213 Laps 11.GTU
48 13 LANCIA STRATOS Anatoly Arutunoff-José Marina 209 Laps 12.GTU
49 27 MAZDA RX7 Jim Fowells-Ray Mummery-John Carusso 168 Laps 13.GTU
50 43 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Bob Gregg-Bob Young-Ray McIntyre 161 Laps 22.GTO
51  7 LOLA T600 Chevrolet HU1 Ralph Kent Cooke-Eppie Wietzes-Jim Adams 138 Laps 16.GTP
52 67 AMX SPIRIT THB307 Les Delano-Andy Peterey-Jeremy Nightingale 137 Laps 23.GTO
53 70 CHEVRON GTP Mazda B21-71-10 Larry Chmura-Jim Schofield-Brent Regan 119 Laps 17.GTP
54 08 PORSCHE 911 911 030 1263 Alan Howes-Paul Nachtwey-Oliver Jones 103 Laps 14.GTU
55 75 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Dale Kreider-Keith Swope-Peter Knab 101 Laps 24.GTO
56 07 PORSCHE 924GTR Ludwig Heimrath-Ludwig Heimrath Jr 91 Laps 25.GTO
57 60 AMX SPIRIT Church-Tom Alan Max-Bob Lee 91 Laps 26.GTO
58 15 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 0037 Chip Mead-Dave Panaccione-John Graham 71 Laps 27.GTO
59 73 CHEVROLET CAMARO Clark Howey-Dale Koch-Tracy Wolf 70 Laps 28.GTO
60 25 MARCH 82G BMW Dave Cowart-Kenper Miller-Charles Mendez 68 Laps 18.GTP
61  2 PORSCHE 935K3 000 00011 John Fitzpatrick-David Hobbs-Wayne Baker 59 Laps 19.GTP
62  0 PORSCHE 935K3 000 00010 Ted Field-Danny Ongais-Bill Whittington 55 Laps 20.GTP
63 89 CHEVROLET CAMARO Gary English-Jerry Thompson-David Price 42 Laps 29.GTO
64 87 MAZDA RX7 Armando Ramirez-Steve Cook-Bill Cooper 26 Laps 15.GTU
65 79 PORSCHE 924GTR Bob Bergstrom-Tom Winters-Robert Overby 12 Laps 30.GTO
66 41 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 194678S403450 Rusty Schmidt-Scott Schmidt-Kerry Hitt 9 Laps 31.GTO
67 52 PORSCHE 911 Fred Snow-Jack Swanson-Tom Cripe 2 Laps 16.GTU
68 11 BMW M1 4301065 Chuck Kendall-Dennis Aase-John Hotschkis 1 Lap 32.GTO
69 47 FERRARI 512BB 31589 Bernard de Dryver-Tom Davis 1 Lap 21.GTP

Cars that did not start

   00 PORSCHE 935K3 Bill Whittington-Ted Field GTP
   03 PORSCHE 935 Angelo Pallavicini-Neil Crang-John Sheldon GTP
   04 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Miguel Morejon-Tico Almeida-Ernesto Soto GTO
   06 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Kerry Hitt GTO
    8 PORSCHE 935JLP2 009 00043 John Paul-John Paul Jr-Rolf Stommelen GTP
   16 FORD MUSTANG Steve Fitzpatrick-David Boggs-Randy Renfrow GTO
   17 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Roger Bighouse-Billy Dingman GTO
   19 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Lance Van Every-Ash Tisdelle GTO
   28 DATSUN 280ZX Fred Stiff-Charles Morgan GTO
   33 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Al Bacon-John Ashford-John Humphrey GTO
   39 CHEVROLET CAMARO Rick Kump-Glenn Worthington-Vinnie Hollar GTO
   40 BMW M1 4301225 Rudy Bartling-David Deacon-Mike Freberg GTO
   53 BMW 3.0CSL 2275989 Fomfor-Guillermo Valinete-Wenseslao Kreysa GTO
   64 CHEVROLET CAMARO C.C Canada-Harry Cochran-Boyd Franklin GTO
   71 PORSCHE 935 David Goodell-Clifford Johnson GTP
   74 CHEVRON B36 Buick Del Taylor-Bob Arego-Wayne Dassinger GTP
   81 MAZDA RX7 Steve Dietrich-Tom Blackhaller-Bruce Qvale GTU
   82 MAZDA RX7 Jim Cook-John Casey GTU
   93 PORSCHE 911 Uli Bieri-Richard Stevens-Rick Bye GTU
   97 CHEVROLET MONZA Don Cummings-Ed Justis GTP
   99 CHEVROLET CAMARO Joe Cogbill-Randy Lanier-Mike Gassaway GTO
    3 FERRARI 308GTB Tc 18935 Carlo Finotto-Martino Finotto GTP
   10 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Bob Raub-Bob Leitzinger GTO
   22 PORSCHE 935 Ed Matthews-Dick Ferguson-Bob Rutledge GTP
   48 FERRARI 512BB Claude Ballot Léna-Jean Claude Andruet GTP
   69 PORSCHE 935 GTP
   90 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Bill Nelson-Lojza Vosta GTO

The Pauls and Rolf Stommelen


A new era was born at the dawn of the 1982 season. The former Championship had seen the very first Porsche defeat and introduced a new category which was called the GTP. The stunning new Lola T600, driven by Brian Redman, had upset everyone and dominated the 1981 series. In order to counteract this new found domination, and to provide a relative equity amongst the various competitors, IMSA's John Bishop had rewritten the rules, and given the Porsche 935 a new boost. Tubeframe chassis were allowed, as well as racing suspensions, new bodywork and a total liberty in design. The new season was to provide excitement, with the arrival of new GTP cars, together with Lola or Chevron. However, the withdrawal of BMW and Nissan shed some regrets amongst the fans. The new GTP cars would try to make up for these withdrawals. The car which appeared to be the most efficient one was the Garretson Enterprise entered March 82G Chevrolet. Driven by Bobby Rahal, Jim Trueman and Bruce Canepa, the car was probably too young to prove a real threat to the favorites, it was nonetheless fast. David Cowart and Kenper Miller also had a March 82G car. They had installed the engine from their GTO winning BMW M1. It was surely too short on power, but an interesting entry.


The new Rondeau M382 was the attraction of the 1982 opener.

The Championship winning Lola T600 Chevrolet was the sole opponent which could run for the win. Brian Redman was not listed as the lead driver at all. Ralph Cooke, Eppie Wietzes and Jim Adams were to drive the car now entered by Cooke Racing. Two interesting new cars made thir debut on the American track : the two Rondeau M382 Ford powered. The Golden Eagle car, which was driven by Bill Koll, Skeeter McKitterick and Irv Hoerr, was a M382 fitted with Porsche 935 brakes. The car had never run before Daytona and was totally unsorted. The second car was entered by Belcher Racing, and had been totally rebuilt. Gary Belcher, Danny Sullivan and Hubert Phipps drove this car. A bunch of seven Porsche 935 turbos were entered, which was the slightest number of them since the Porsche flagship introduction. JLP Racing had the JLP3 for John Paul Jr and Sr, and they were partnered by no less than Rolf Stommelen himself. Having won the last IMSA races of the 1981, they appeared as the race favorites. John Fitzpatrick was amongst the potential winners too, and he had a K3 for himself and David Hobbs. Wayne Baker was the third driver. Bayside Disposal too was a usual contender with Bruce Leven, Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert, a team of drivers also fighting for the win, undoubtedly. Bob Akin was a contender in his usual Coke backed Porsche 935, driven by Bob Akin, Derek Bell and Craig Siebert. Interscope Racing fielded a K3, driven by Ted Field, Bill Whittington and a convalescent Danny Ongais. He was quietly recovering from his Indianapolis accident. The team was eagerly waiting to make use of its Lola T600. Preston Henn was partnered by Désiré Wilson and Marty Hinze on his K3 while Bob Garretson had his repainted car for himself, Mauricio de Narvaez and Jeff Wood. Three Ferrari 512BBs, which were not real GTX cars were entered, and they could play an interesting role in such a race. The most efficient car was to be driven by Bob Wollek, Edgar Dören and Randy Lanier. This car was owned by Preston Henn, but entered by the NART. Janet Guthrie and Bonnie Henn were to drive that car, but Janet Guthrie was down with flu and had to stay at home, so Bob Wollek was hired. Bob Wollek, who had not found any Porsche 935 to drive, would have a fantastic race. Two last GTP cars were still to be found, but they could not play any major part in this race. The Chevron Mazda driven by Brent Regan, Larry Chmura and Jim Schofield was not able to run as fast as the front runners. The same could be told from the Buick powered car entered by Del Taylor, who was co-driven by Wayne Dassinger and Bob Arego. The GTO class was to feature a big battle between the BMW M1s and some big bangers plus an interesting car in the name of a Mazda RX7 powered by a 13B engine. Mazda USA was entering this car, which was a works car.

A team of Japanese drivers, Yoshimi Katayama, Yojiro Terada and Takashi Yorino did the job. The BMW M1s had dominated the 1981 season, but they were put restrictions in order to slow them down. They still appeared as the cars to beat. Chuck Kendall was co-driven by Dennis Aase and John Hotschkis on the Kendall Racing car. The Montura Racing car was driven by Tony Garcia, Albert Naon and Rob McFarlin while Joe Crevier drove the third car with Nort Northam and Fred Stiff. An old BMW 3.0CSL car was driven by Fomfor, Guillermo Valiente and Wenseslao Kregsa. The best Chevrolet Camaro was entered by Auriga Racing. It was a 1981 model driven by Tom Nehl, Nelson Silcox and Jerry Hansen. They had not been able to take the green last year and were probably satisfied with their being the best GM product on the grid! The Stratagraph Chevrolet Camaro, which was a brand new 1982 car, would not run as fast as awaited, but Gene Felton, Billy Hagan and Terry Labonte would have the race to learn about their new car. Oftedahl Racing had entered a new Pontiac Firebird, which was to be driven by Bob Raub, Bob Leitzinger and Art Pasmas. This new car proved very fast and was to forebode what the future GM cars were to become, that is to say exciting. Carl Shafer, Joe Mooney and Tony Brassfield drove an older Oftedahl Racing Chevrolet Camaro. Herb Adams had done the same, and entered a Pontiac Firebird, which was an earlier model, driven by Roger Mears, Leonard Emmanuelson and himself, while Gary English, Jerry Thompson and David Price drove the Chevrolet Camaro. Wolf Engines fielded a Chevrolet Camaro for the ever enthusiastic Clark Howey, who was partnered by Dale Koch and Tracy Wolf. A pair of Chevrolet Corvettes was to start the race, but none of them appeared to be able to fight for the win. The Performance Plus Products car was the fastest in practice, in the hands of Dale Kreider, Keith Swope and Peter Knab. The Schmidt family had brought their familiar orange Chevrolet Corvette for another start in the Florida classic. A single and beautiful Chevrolet Monza was entered by regular entrant Hoyt Overbagh, who had his Oberdorfer Research backed car driven by Pete Kirill, Dave Heinz and himself. Marketing Corporation of America had two Ford Mustangs for John Morton and Tom Klausler on the first car, and John Bauer, Milt Minter and Gary Pratt on the second car. A few Porsche 924GTRs were here too. Ludwig Heimrath, an ex-935 regular, was now fighting for the GTO laurels. He drove his car with his son while Tom Winters' car was driven by Bob Bergstrom and Robert Overby. George Drolsom was also a regular entrant while Jim's Busby's BF Goodrich car was to be co-driven by Doc Bundy and Manfred Schurti. Paul Miller shared his car with Pat Bedard and Jurgen Barth. A single Porsche 934 could do well in this race, as it was honestly driven by Jack Refenning, Rusty Bond and Ren Tilton. Two AMX Spirits were also usual contenders, with Bob Lee's car counting on its reliability to go for a race finish. The other car, driven by Les Delano, Andy Peterey and Jeremy Nightingale, was an ex Team Highball car. A bunch of very reliable Porsche Carreras was amongst your current starters, with some cars being regular entrants for years. Diego Febles could still do well in an ex Peter Gregg car, as well as the T and R Racing entry for Tico Almeida, Ernesto Soto and Miguel Morejon, whose car proved manybtimes to be very efficient. Bob Beasley was here too, as well as Bob Gregg or Jay Kjoller to name a few. To finish this very interesting GTO entry list, a very fast Jaguar XJS was entered by Group 44, but the car was too much modified to be fielded as a GTO car, so it was moved up to the GTP-GTX class. A Mercury Capri, entered by Autowest, and driven by Ron Hunter, Duane Eitel and Bob Turner would take the green too.

The GTU class was less exciting, as Mazda already outnumbered the opposition. A single Datsun, entered by New Raytown and driven by Frank Carney, Dick Davenport and John McComb, looked able to run for a class victory, but it looked quite lonely. The Mazda RX7s were left into an internal battle from emerged three top teams. Jim Downing had a new RGP500 backed car while Roger Mandeville had his own team. They would fight it up throughout the season. Kent Racing had a very efficient driven by Lee Mueller, Allan Moffat and Kathy Rude. Jack Dunham fielded his familiar coloured car he drove with Scott Smith Sr and Jr. Ralph Sanchez and Scuderia Rosso were amongst the Mazda contingent. A few Porsche 911s would give the Japanese cars a weak opposition. The previous year's feat accomplished by the Kegel Enterprise 911 appeared by no means within reach. Ron Case and Gary Wonzer were the fastest Porsche drivers but they were more than six seconds slower than the Mazdas top runners. A single Porsche 914/6 was entered by Doug and Haro Zitza. The now very familiar Lancia Stratos would once again be running as it was given a second chance of taking the green.

The big surprise of the practice sessions was the fact that Bobby Rahal, who had never run with his new car, set the fastest time with a 1m43s891. He was slightly ahead of the fastest Porsche 935, which was driven by John Fitzpatrick. Four Porsche 935s followed. Next came the Lola T600, which appeared to be surprisingly slow. The Rondeaus were even more slower. The best GTO starter was Tom Nehl, who beat the BMW M1s and the new Oftedahl Racing Pontiac Firebird. The Kent Racing Mazda RX7 driven by Lee Mueller was once again the best GTU in practice, and wound up a 2m03s491. A record 50000 estimated crowd attended the race, which was a success. At the start of the race, a battle began between John Fitzpatrick and Hurley Haywood, who really pushed their car very hard.

Chuck Kendall had pitted with his car under fire, and Bernard de Drijver saw his fuel pump collapse. The two cars were the first retirements as well. Danny Ongais was not far and the three of them gave the crowd reasons to enjoy the race. The best Porsche 935s would refuel well before the end of the first hour, and Danny Sullivan, driving the Belcher Racing Rondeau, was up to fourth, thanks to his car's lower fuel consumption. Bob Wollek, who had set up the car into a very competitive machine, was sixth. The Rondeau will not remain in the five for long as Hubert Phipps would collide with Bob Akin's Porsche 935. The car will be hampred by fuel intake problems and will never be seen in the top spots afterwards. The Ferrari 512BB runs fantastically and is already threatening the best Porsches, to Preston Henn's delight. The Interscope car will brake at the two hour mark with a broken connecting rod. The Porsche 935K3 entered by John Fitzpatrick, always running in front, will last some more laps and will retire with cam-drive failure. The JLP car, which was running just behind those two top cars, then inherited the lead. In fact, the Pauls father and son were not so happy with that fact, but the race finally gave them the lead due to unexpected facts. Behind them, Hurley Haywood was trying to provide them with some competition, and it lasted until 1.30 am. Then the car developed a fluid leak around the right rear wheel and a transmission mounting had to be welded. Fourteen laps were lost, and the race too was lost. Al Holbert took back the wheel, to no avail. Later, two turbochargers went down. The car was parked, only to do a final lap. The March driven by Bobby Rahal struggled throughout with transmission problems, and retired with a broken gearbox after 580 laps. The only real contender for the leaders was to be the Ferrari 512BB expertly driven by Bob Wollek, Edgar Dören and newbie Randy Lanier. Preston Henn's Porsche 935, running eleventh, will host a new driver in the name of Bill Whittington. The latter will have a ten lap run, only to explode the engine. The second Rondeau, which was running around the fifth place, will retire after 350 laps with fuel injection problems. The other Rondeau will retire a little while later, with a damaged engine. Bob Garretson's Porsche 935 was running well, but was slowed with alternator problems. At mid race, the JLP Porsche 935 was strongly in the lead, with Bob Akin's car next. The Ferrari 512BB was third, seven laps down. The Ferrari was running stronger than the Coke machine. The Red Lobster Marcb 82G BMW was constantly slowed down with engine problems, and would retire after sixty eight laps, and many hours spent on the track. The Ferrari then would be badly damaged by third driver Randy Lanier, definitively spoiling Bob Wollek and Edgar Dören's efforts.

The race was over and the leading Porsche 935 cruised to an easy victory, breaking the distance records. The race proved to run flawlessly for the Pauls and Rolf Stommelen. They completed 719 laps. The only trouble they had was when John Paul Sr nearly hit Ron Hunter's Mercury Capri, who spun in front of him. He avoided the unhappy driver, but the race could have been ruined in the finishing laps. Bob Akin, Derek Bell and Craig Siebert took a well deserved second place finish, but they were eleven laps down. Third was the Bob Garretson entered car, diven by Bob Garretson, Jeff Wood and Mauricio de Narvaez, who was thirty six laps down. The fourth place was to be taken by the GTO winning car, which appeared to be the Mazda RX7 driven by Japanese drivers Yoshimi Katayama, Yojiro Terada and Takashi Yorino, entered by Mazda USA. After having its differential swapped on lap 445, the car was back to second place. They had to fight against the best Porsche Carrera, entered by T and R Racing, and driven by Tico Almeida, Ernesto Soto and Miguel Morejon. The Porsche was overtaken at the twenty second hur mark, and finished fifth overall, and xecond in class. In GTU, no opposition was met by the Mazda RX7s, as the Datsun 280ZX, driven by Frank Carney, John McComb and Dick Davenport, retired after 247 laps. The Kent Racing Mazda RX7, driven by Lee Mueller, Allan Moffat and Kathy Rude took a well deserved class victory. Kathy Rude was the first female driver to win her class at Daytona. As a conclusion, the race was some kind of a ridefor the winners. The season proved to be John Paul Jr's best ever, and he easily won the 1982 Camel GT title.