1981 World Sportscar Championship season

The World Sportscar Championship 1981 was the 29th edition of the FIA ​​World Sportscar Championship which was created in 1953 advertised for the first time. The race series consisted of 15 races, beginning with the 24- hour race at Daytona on February 1 and ending with the 1000 km race at Brands Hatch on September 27 this year.


1981 was awarded for the first time in the history of the World Sportscar Championship drivers' title. From 1953 to 1980 World Championships exclusively for designers and teams were deployed. In the manufacturers' world championship racing cars of the Group 5 Touring Car Group 4 GT racing cars of Group 3, Group 2 touring car and touring car series in Group 1 were allowed to start. Title there was for racing cars and 2-liter displacement.

Of the 15 world championship races counted only six to mastery of the designers, all 15 races, however, the drivers' world championship. The designers included only the best five results from the six races. Points were as follows for the first ten awarded: 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1.

The title of a branded world champion and the title for racing cars under 2 - liter engine secured Lancia. Porsche won the scoring for cars 2 -liter displacement. Both manufacturers had reached the same number of points as well as overall and class wins at the end of the season. The deciding factor for Lancia was the fourth rank of Peter Sauber at the 1000 km race at the Nürburgring in group 5 (Class 2 -liter displacement) reported Lancia Beta Monte Carlo, driven by Hans Heyer and Piercarlo Ghinzani. Although the race was stopped after the fatal crash of Herbert Müller and arrived only half points in the standings, Lancia presented the six points more to win the title.

The Drivers' Championship of Americans Bob Garretson secured before the German Harald Grohs. Was third with Bobby Rahal, another American.

Race Calendar

Brands World Cup for designers


Final score on 2- liter engine

Final score from 2- liter engine

Drivers' World Championship

In this table the first ten positions of the World Cup are recognized.