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 1 48 PORSCHE 935J 000 00012 Mauricio de Narvaez-Hans Heyer-Stefan Johansson 263 Laps 1.GTP
 2 57 MARCH 83G Chevrolet 2 Randy Lanier-Bill Whittington-Marty Hinze 261 Laps 2.GTP
 3  6 PORSCHE 935L 935L Derek Bell-AJ Foyt-Bob Wollek 258 Laps 3.GTP
 4  9 PORSCHE 935K3 009 00030 Wayne Baker-Jim Mullen-Tom Blackaller 258 Laps 4.GTP
 5  5 PORSCHE 935-84 935-84 Bob Akin-John O'steen-Hans Stuck 256 Laps 5.GTP
 6 14 PORSCHE 935K4 K4/01 Bob Wollek-John Graham-Hugo Gralia-Preston Henn 246 Laps 6.GTP
 7 45 LOLA T600 Chevrolet HU11 John Morton-Tony Garcia-Tony Adamowicz 244 Laps 7.GTP
 8  4 CHEVROLET CAMARO Billy Hagan-Gene Felton-Terry Labonte 243 Laps 1.GTO
 9 76 MAZDA RX7 Jack Baldwin-Ira Young-Bob Reed 238 Laps 1.GTU
10 32 DATSUN 280ZX George Alderman-Carson Baird-Lew Price 234 Laps 2.GTU
11 04 JAGUAR XJR5 006 Brian Redman-Pat Bedard 234 Laps 8.GTP
12  7 PORSCHE 911 Ren Tilton-Blake Pridgen-Rusty Bond 234 Laps 3.GTU
13 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon-Charles Guest 222 Laps 4.GTU
14 51 PORSCHE 911 Van McDonald-Dennis DeFranceschi 222 Laps 5.GTU
15 71 PORSCHE 911 John Higgins-James King-Howard Cherry 221 Laps 6.GTU
16 23 PORSCHE 914/6 914 043 0538 Tim Selby-Earl Roe 221 Laps 7.GTU
17 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Amos Johnson-Danny Smith 221 Laps 2.GTO
18 68 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 005 0009 Luis Mendez-Chiqui Soldevilla-Chris Marte 217 Laps 3.GTO
19 93 MAZDA RX7 Don Marsh-Ron Pawley-Kelly Marsh-Whitney Ganz 216 Laps 8.GTU
20 05 PORSCHE 935M16 930 990 0032 Tico Almeida-Miguel Morejon 216 Laps 9.GTP
21 62 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Tim Morgan-Peter Morgan-Charles Bair-Marcus Opie 215 Laps 4.GTO
22 28 PORSCHE 924GTR John Jellinek-Stefan Edlis-Tom Brennan 212 Laps 9.GTU
23 97 FERRARI 512BB 31589 Tom Shelton-Steve Shelton-Claude Ballot Léna-John McComb 211 Laps 10.GTP
24 82 MAZDA RX7 Lee Mueller-Terry Visger-John Casey 208 Laps 10.GTU
25 10 PORSCHE 924GTR BS70006 Dave White-George Drolsom-Jerry Kendall 202 Laps 12.GTU
26  0 PORSCHE 911 Ron Case-Dave Panaccione 186 Laps 12.GTU
27 01 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 720 0114 George Hulse-Jerry Kennedy-Mike Cheung 183 Laps 5.GTO
28 21 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Craig Allen-George Schwarz-Andre Schwarz 181 Laps 6.GTO
29 26 CHEVROLET CAMARO William Boyer-Steve Roberts 181 Laps 7.GTO
30 43 BMW M1 Diego Montoya-Brian Goellnicht-Michael Roe 180 Laps 8.GTO
31 40 BMW M1 4301225 Uli Bieri-Matt Gysler-Angelo Pallavicini 177 Laps 9.GTO
32 67 CHEVROLET CAMARO George Shafer-Craig Shafer-Joe Maloy 170 Laps 10.GTO
33 09 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Lance Van Every-Ash Tisdelle 169 Laps 11.GTO
34 46 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Paul Fassler-Frank Jellinek-Jerry Molnar 167 Laps 12.GTO
35 99 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Phil Currin-Steve Gentile-Jim Cook-Tommy Morrison 161 Laps 13.GTO
36 25 MARCH 82G Porsche 2 Dave Cowart-Kenper Miller 158 Laps 11.GTP
37 94 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Bill Gardner-James Durovy 149 Laps 14.GTO
38 15 LOLA T600 Chevrolet HU4 John Kalagian-John Lloyd 148 Laps 12.GTP
39 13 MAZDA RX7 Frank Rubino-Jose Rodriguez-David Leira 146 Laps 13.GTU
40 83 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Karl Keck-Robert Whitaker-William Wessel 138 Laps 15.GTO
41 90 BUICK SKYHAWK Bob Lee-Gary Myers-Bill Julian 137 Laps 16.GTO
42 31 MAZDA OVS-1 Larry O'Brien-Mike Van Steenburg 137 Laps 13.GTP
43 00 MARCH 83G Porsche 4 Sarel Van der Merwe-Graham Duxbury-Tony Martin 134 Laps 14.GTP
44 86 PORSCHE 935 000 00028 Al Holbert-Claude Ballot Léna-Hurley Haywood 123 Laps 15.GTP
45 60 MAZDA RX7 Dennis Krueger-Tom Hendrickson-Rick Kinner 114 Laps 14.GTU
46 44 JAGUAR XJR5 008 Bob Tullius-Doc Bundy 114 Laps 16.GTP
47 41 RONDEAU M382 Chevrolet 001 Gary Belcher-Jean Rondeau-John Gunn 109 Laps 17.GTP
48 84 PONTIAC FIERO Clay Young-Douglas Grunnet-Jim Burt 105 Laps 15.GTU
49 11 CHEVROLET CAMARO Dale Kreider-Roy Newsome-Bobby Diehl 103 Laps 17.GTO
50 24 PORSCHE 935JLP2 009 00043 Mark Speer-Jack Griffin 96 Laps 18.GTP
51 88 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ken Murray-Russ Boy-Richard Valentine 95 Laps 18.GTO
52 95 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Luis Gordillo-Eduardo Salguero-Manuel Villa 71 Laps 19.GTO
53 69 PORSCHE 911 John Hofstra-Peter Uria-Mick Robinson 69 Laps 16.GTU
54 27 MAZDA RX7 Jim Fowells-Ray Mummery-Steve Potter 65 Laps 17.GTU
55 18 SAUBER C7 BMW 83-C7-01 Max Welti-Fomfor-Willy Valiente 63 Laps 19.GTP
56 55 MAZDA RX7 Whitney Ganz-Gene Hackman 59 Laps 18.GTU
57  2 MARCH 84G Chevrolet Al Leon-Art Leon-Terry Wolters 56 Laps 20.GTP
58 79 PORSCHE 924GTR Bob Bergstrom-Tom Winters-Bill Adam 52 Laps 19.GTU
59 42 PORSCHE 911 Buzz Cason-Peter Uria-Gary Wonzer 49 Laps 20.GTU
60  3 MARCH 84G Buick 2 Ken Madren-Mark Speer-Wayne Pickering 44 Laps 21.GTP
61 35 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 460 9113 Worth Williams-Jim Leeward-Steve Zwiren 43 Laps 20.GTO
62 47 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Walt Bohren-Billy Dingman 43 Laps 21.GTO
63 58 PORSCHE 924GTR Alfredo Mena-Jim Trueman-Deborah Gregg 40 Laps 21.GTU
64 30 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO Tim Chitwood-Joe Llauget-Jose Rios 38 Laps 22.GTP
65 78 PORSCHE 911 Klaus Bitterauf-Vicki Smith-Arvid Albanese 37 Laps 22.GTU
66 61 ARGO JM16 Ford 099 Don Courtney-Brent O'neill-Steve Shelton 36 Laps 23.GTP
67 85 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Kikos Fonseca-Jamsal-Diego Febles 32 Laps 22.GTO
68 66 MAZDA RX7 Jack Dunham-Paul Lewis-Jeff Kline 25 Laps 23.GTU
69 64 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR John Hulen-Ron Coupland-Dan Hartill 25 Laps 23.GTO
70 22 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Larry Figaro-Fernando Sabino 25 Laps 24.GTO
71 16 MARCH 83G Chevrolet 82G-4 Marty Hinze 22 Laps 24.GTP
72 77 CHEVROLET CAMARO Jeff Loving-Richard Small 20 Laps 25.GTO
73 03 PORSCHE 911 Vince DiLella-Manuel Cueto 19 Laps 24.GTU
74 63 ARGO JM16 Mazda 098 Jim Downing-John Maffucci 17 Laps 25.GTP
75 20 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Paul Canary-Bob Barnett 17 Laps 26.GTO
76 37 MAZDA RX7 Peter Welter-Paul Burdsall-Nort Northam 16 Laps 25.GTU
77 56 PORSCHE 934 930 670 0162 Rick Borlase-Michael Hammond-Don Kravig 12 Laps 27.GTO
78 33 JAGUAR XJS XJR4 John McComb-Paul Pettey 6 Laps 28.GTO
79 49 PORSCHE 935 Paul Goral-John Hayes Harlow 5 Laps 26.GTP
80 87 PORSCHE 924GTR Elliot Forbes Robinson-John Schneider 4 Laps 26.GTU
81 52 CHEVROLET CAMARO Hoyt Overbagh-Robert Theall-Peter Kirill 4 Laps 29.GTO

Cars that did not start

    8 MAC LAREN M12GT 60-05 Paul Canary-Eppie Wietzes GTP
   19 AMX SPIRIT Jimmy Tumbleston-Bobby Dumont GTO
   34 LOTUS EUROPA Donald Flores-Tom Turner GTU
   53 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Don Nooe-Gale O'Doski GTO
   65 CHEVROLET CAMARO Rick Habersin-Bob Murray GTO
   91 BMW 2002 Charles Bryant-Richard Burr-Mike Graham GTU
   92 TOYOTA COROLLA Robert Amar-Ashmeed Mohammed GTU
   96 FERRARI 512BB 30559 Claude Ballot Léna-Jean Claude Andruet GTP
   98 CHEVROLET MONZA Alfredo Sesana-Jorge Cortes GTO
   02 PORSCHE 935 Dudley Wood-John Cooper GTP
   06 FORD CAPRI Tim Lee-Richard Scott-Al White GTU
   07 ARGO JM16 Ford 100 Lyn S James-Jim Trueman GTP
   08 FERRARI 308GTB Allen Glick-Billy Scyphers GTO
   12 OSELLA PA10 BMW FA-2000-001 Werner Frank-Rudy Bartling GTP
   29 PORSCHE 935 Robert Gottfried-Rich Lee GTP
   36 CHEVROLET CAMARO Scott Schadel-Michael Duncan GTO
   39 PHOENIX JG1 Chevrolet JG-1 John Gunn GTP
   48 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Vincent P.Collins-Bill Nelson-Lojza Vosta GTO
   50 FORD PINTO Cameron Worth-Alan Crouch-Sylvain Tremblay GTU
   50 CHEVROLET CAMARO Hector Coco-Carlos Catter-Augusto Molina GTO
   54 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR 911 360 0601 Bob Copeman GTO
   70 CHEVROLET CAMARO Richard McDill-Gary English-Mike Laws GTO
   72 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Ken Moore GTO
   73 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Carlos Munoz GTO
   74 CHEVRON B36 GTP Janis Taylor-Del Taylor GTP
   75 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bob Gregg-Bob Young-Joe Varde GTO
   80 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bill McVey-Jacques Groleau GTO
   81 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Cliff Gotlob-Carl Herman GTO
   89 PORSCHE 911 Rainer Brezinka-John Centano GTU
   93 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Don Cummings-Craig Rubright-Greg Walker GTO

An old one again!


One of the most famous endurance races was to take place here at Sebring. The race track was to record its biggest entry list ever. Something the race Director could proudly brag about. But the entry list was not up to Daytona or Miami in terms of quality. No Porsche 962, Lola T616 Mazda, Nimrod Aston Martin, Momo nor Ford Mustang GTP. Sebring would host a race with many private drivers, driving various cars such as Chevrolet Corvettes or Camaros. 81 cars would finally take the green, with two Lola T600 Chevrolet, driven by John Morton-Tony Garcia and Tony Adamowicz and John Kalagian-John Lloyd. Group44 entered two cars for Bob Tullius-Doc Bundy and Brian Redman-Pat Bedard and Brian Fuerstenau. A handful of March 83 and 84Gs could have a chance at victory. Sarel van der Merwe-Graham Duxbury and Tony Martin would love to make it two in a row, after winning Daytona. Marty Hinze-Don Whittington had a 83G Chevrolet, as the Leon Brothers. Pegasus Racing entered a Buick powered car with ML Speer-Ken Madren and Wayne Pickering. Many Porsche 935s were still entered, with the top teams still relying on those sturdy cars. Bob Akin had a K3 with Hans Stuck and John O'steen co-driving him. Holbert Racing fielded a K4 for Bob Wollek-John Graham-Hugo Gralia and Preston Henn, Henn Swap Shop would enter the 935L for Derek Bell-AJ Foyt and Bob Wollek too. Bayside Disposal had their special car with Hurley Haywood-Al Holbert and Claude Ballot Lena. Wayne Baker and Jim Mullen drove the car which had been converted to a 934 then back into a 935! Joest Racing entered an old 935J with Stefan Johansson, Hans Heyer and Mauricio de Narvaez. A Rondeau M382 Chevrolet was entered by Gary Belcher who had Jean Rondeau himself as his co-driver. Two new lightweight GTPs were also entered, in the names of two Argo JM16s driven by Jim Downing-John Maffucci and Don Courtney-Brent O'neill-Luis Sereix.

The remainder of the field consisted of GTO and GTU cars, which were slower cars, of course. They could provide some great racing, too. Billy Hagan and Gene Felton were the fastest, but they had to face a new opposition with Walt Bohren new Chevrolet Corvette. Phil Currin-Steve Gentile drove a similar car while Paul Fassler-Frank Jellinek and Jerry Molnar drove a very fast Pontiac Firebird. As per usual, many Porsche Carreras were entered, and they were to be counted upon in terms of reliability. The GTU class proposed the classical Mazda-Porsche battle. Jack Baldwin and Roger Mandeville were the favorites in their Mazda RX7s. However, the Porsche 924GTRs were faster, with EFR Driving the Performance Motorsport car, just ahead of Bob Bergstrom-Tom Winters Whitehall Promotion car. A lonely Datsun 280ZX could do well with George Alderman-Carson Baird. Many Porsche 911s would be driven by amateurs. The beginning of the race saw Bob Tullius and Sarel van der Merwe fight it up very hard. Brian Redman would stay in arrears, followed by Bob Wollek, Hans Stuck and Derek Bell. After 17 laps, however, Sarel van der Merwe would stop to have his turbo repaired. Bob Tullius and Doc Bundy would lead the race during three hours. Then, they would be struck with many problems, and drop to 8th place. Brian Redman and Hurley Haywood were running more slowly in 4th place. Then, ignition problems would make them lose 20 minutes. Sarel van der Merwe and Doc Bundy would then lose ground on the leaders, with injection problems.


Mauricio de Narvaez, Hans Heyer and Stefan Johansson drove this old Porsche 935 to an unexpected win


The Porsche 935 driven by AJ Foyt-Bob Wollek and Derek Bell was in the lead after seven hours of racing. It occupied this position during four hours but would stop with a broken hub, losing seven laps in the process. Hans Stuck would just inherit from the lead, followed by Bill Whittington March 83G Chevrolet. Third place was held by the old Porsche 935J driven by Stefan Johansson, Hans Heyer and Mauricio de Narvaez. This car was running very steadily and did not have any problem. The leading car was running without third gear, which explained the fact it lost ground to the Andial car. This car was only two laps down after its last pit stop. Randy Lanier was gaining some ground on the leading Porsche. At 8.20 pm, Randy Lanier was in the pits with a punctured tire. He would be back one lap down, but would pit again one lap later. Two more laps would be lost thanks to a loose front end. The Coke machine led but would experience something unhappy. Hans Heyer slipped into the lead during Hans Stuck last pit stop. While Bill Whittington would lose three more laps, Bob Wollek Porsche 935L was running slower and slower : ailing turbo pressure. Then, Hans Stuck, who was closing in on Hans Heyer by seven seconds per lap, took the lead. But he would instantly feel some vibrations in his car, so he went back to his pits. The wheel bearing was torn, and the wheel hub was broken. Twenty minutes Will be lost for repairs. Then, the Joest Porsche 935 was in lead, now set for a clear victory. Hans Heyer, Stefan Johansson and Mauricio de Narvaez took a very old car, 110 races rich, to a well deserved win.

The GTO class was dominated by the Chevrolet Camaro driven by Gene Felton, Billy Hagan and Terry Labonte, but they had to fight against a challenge by the fast Pontiac Firebird driven by Paul Fassler, Frank Jellinek and Jerry Molnar. The Chevrolet Camaro was in the lead for good by 5.00 pm, when the Pontiac retired. The GTU class was won by the Mazda RX7 driven by Jack Baldwin, Ira Young and Bob Reed. They had to fight against the Porsche 911 driven by Rusty Bond, Blake Prigden and Ren Tilton, and the Datsun 280ZX driven by George Alderman and Carson Baird.