1997 Super Tourenwagen Cup
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The 1997 ADAC Deutsche Super Touren Wagen-Cup was the fourth edition of the Super Tourenwagen Cup (STW).

Season summary

The 1997 season saw a battle for the championship between Laurent Aïello for Peugeot and Joachim Winkelhock for BMW. Aiello took an early lead which he held throughout the season, scoring an impressive 11 wins and 17 podiums in 20 races. Winkelhock meanwhile emerged as the prime challenger after an even start between him and teammate Johnny Cecotto, but despite a mid-season four-race winning streak he could not catch Aiello, who claimed the title for Peugeot. Reigning champions Audi meanwhile struggled, despite a star lineup including Emanuele Pirro, Yvan Muller and , with Pirro winning only a single race and the other two drivers failing to reach the podium.

Teams and drivers

Team Car No Drivers Rounds
France ROC Auto/A.Z.K. Audi A4 Quattro 1 Italy Emanuele Pirro 1-7
Audi A4 8-10
Audi A4 Quattro 2 Austria Philipp Peter All
Audi A4 3 France Yvan Muller All
Audi A4 Quattro 4 Italy Tamara Vidali All
Italy BMW Team Bigazzi BMW 320i 5 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto All
6 Germany Joachim Winkelhock All
France Peugeot Esso Peugeot 406 9 Germany Jörg van Ommen All
10 France Laurent Aïello All
Germany Team Honda Sport Honda Accord 11 Germany Altfrid Heger All
12 Germany Marco Werner All
32 United Kingdom James Thompson 10
Germany Cool Fire Alfa Romeo Team Engstler[N 1]

Germany Beru Zündtechnik AR Engstler[N 1]

Alfa Romeo 155 TS 14 Germany Frank Schmickler 1-7
15 Germany Franz Engstler All
16 Germany Marco Bromberger All
17 Germany Danny Pfeil All
38 Germany Stephen Vollmair 10
47 Italy Gianni Giudici 8
Germany Abt Sportsline Audi A4 Quattro 18 Germany Christian Abt All
19 Denmark Kris Nissen All
Germany Opel Team Zakspeed Opel Vectra 20 Denmark Kurt Thiim 1-2, 4-10
21 Germany Uwe Alzen All
Germany Nissan Primera Racing Nissan Primera eGT 22 Germany Sascha Maassen All
23 Germany Roland Asch All
Germany Isert BMW-Team BMW 320i 24 United Kingdom Steve Soper 10
25 Germany Leopold Prinz von Bayern 1, 3-9
25 Germany Christian Menzel All
40 France Éric Hélary 2
Germany Opel Team SMS Opel Vectra 27 Germany Manuel Reuter All
28 Germany Michael Bartels All
Germany Opel Team AM Holzer Opel Vectra 30 Germany Alexander Burgstaller 1-5
31 Germany Ronny Melkus 1-2, 4
Germany PMC Sports BMW 320i 33 Germany Marc Gindorf 1-5
Italy JAS Engineering Alfa Romeo 155 TS 35 Germany Christian Danner All
36 Italy Stefano Modena All
Germany MHT Sports BMW 318is 39 Germany Michael Heigert 1-3
Austria AUGROS-MIG Austria Team Audi A4 44 Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz All
45 Germany Dirk Müller 4-6, 8-10
46 Austria Raimund Baumschlager 7

Race calendar and results

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Winning driver Winning team
1 R1 Germany Hockenheimring 27 April France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
2 R1 Belgium Zolder 11 May Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Venezuela Johnny Cecotto BMW Team Bigazzi
R2 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto BMW Team Bigazzi
3 R1 Germany Nürburgring 25 May France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
4 R1 Germany Sachsenring 15 June France Laurent Aïello Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Bigazzi
R2 Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Bigazzi
5 R1 Germany Norisring 29 June France Laurent Aïello Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Bigazzi
R2 Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Bigazzi
6 R1 Germany Wunstorf 13 July France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
7 R1 Germany Zweibrücken 10 August France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 Italy Emanuele Pirro ROC Auto/A.Z.K.
8 R1 Austria Salzburgring 24 August France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
9 R1 Germany Lahr 7 September Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Venezuela Johnny Cecotto BMW Team Bigazzi
R2 Germany Joachim Winkelhock BMW Team Bigazzi
10 R1 Germany Nürburgring 5 October France Laurent Aïello France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso
R2 France Laurent Aïello Peugeot Esso

Championship results

Points system
 Race 1   1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th 
30 24 20 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 Race 2   1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   17th   18th   19th   20th 
60 48 40 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2
Pos Driver HOC
Germany
ZOL
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
SAC
Germany
NOR
Germany
WUN
Germany
ZWE
Germany
SAL
Austria
LAH
Germany
NÜR
Germany
Pts
1 France Laurent Aïello 1 1 3 3 1 1 2 2 2 Ret 1 1 1 4 1 1 2 20 1 1 696
2 Germany Joachim Winkelhock 4 2 2 2 Ret Ret 1 1 1 1 2 3 2 5 4 2 7 1 3 2 644
3 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto 2 3 1 1 3 2 15 5 4 Ret 7 5 3 2 7 5 1 2 5 3 571
4 Germany Jörg van Ommen 3 4 9 19 4 5 5 4 3 2 6 10 17 Ret 2 24 6 21 2 4 377
5 Germany Uwe Alzen 9 26 15 15 6 7 3 3 25 12 3 2 7 25 3 3 3 3 6 Ret 370
6 Italy Emanuele Pirro 11 9 4 10 7 5 4 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 4 1 13 7 19 11 13 10 357
7 France Yvan Muller 12 11 10 11 20 Ret 13 6 11 19 Ret Ret 6 6 6 6 4 4 7 6 298
8 Germany Roland Asch 13 10 21 18 9 9 10 9 12 6 11 12 13 11 14 11 Ret 12 11 9 285
9 Denmark Kris Nissen 5 6 16 6 14 13 8 19 16 4 24 14 14 14 15 10 11 8 26 16 273
10 Germany Sascha Maassen 14 Ret 8 7 10 8 7 11 9 20 Ret 8 15 12 18 12 13 9 18 11 263
11 Germany Michael Bartels 18 13 17 26 8 10 Ret DNS 15 17 13 9 16 16 5 4 10 6 4 5 263
12 Germany Altfrid Heger 28 Ret 28 12 5 4 16 14 10 Ret 10 13 11 15 12 Ret 12 7 10 8 238
13 Germany Christian Abt 8 15 5 4 11 12 11 17 6 Ret 15 11 8 17 17 14 Ret Ret 19 13 223
14 Germany Christian Menzel 7 8 11 16 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret DNS 8 7 25 9 8 8 5 Ret Ret DNS 222
15 Italy Tamara Vidali 23 Ret 13 Ret 13 11 Ret 8 7 5 20 15 10 7 27 19 14 13 17 14 207
16 Austria Philipp Peter 16 14 6 5 21 Ret 6 21 Ret 8 17 19 5 3 16 15 Ret Ret 12 17 205
17 Germany Manuel Reuter 15 12 12 8 16 DNS 14 Ret Ret DNS 9 6 9 10 11 9 Ret DNS 15 Ret 189
18 Denmark Kurt Thiim Ret 19 24 13 20 20 20 11 4 4 Ret DNS 9 13 8 5 9 Ret 180
19 Germany Marco Werner 6 5 30 25 2 3 Ret DNS 8 10 5 17 Ret Ret 10 16 9 Ret 14 Ret 170
20 Italy Stefano Modena 10 7 14 27 23 20 23 Ret 27 7 14 Ret 18 20 19 17 16 10 DNS Ret 129
21 Germany Klaus Niedzwiedz 24 20 20 20 18 DNS Ret 12 14 9 12 Ret 12 8 22 20 Ret 14 21 15 103
22 Germany 29 17 15 14 17 10 26 DNS 16 21 26 18 26 23 17 15 85
23 Germany Alexander Burgstaller 25 18 18 14 12 15 12 13 13 Ret 79
24 Germany Franz Engstler 21 Ret 22 17 22 21 21 15 23 15 19 18 20 23 21 22 18 17 20 20 57
25 Germany Frank Schmickler 22 24 29 Ret 26 16 22 16 24 14 21 16 21 19 52
26 Germany Marc Gindorf 20 16 Ret Ret 19 17 18 Ret 19 13 44
27 United Kingdom James Thompson 8 7 41
28 France Éric Hélary 7 9 38
29 Germany Christian Danner 17 23 23 23 17 Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 18 Ret 24 21 20 18 20 18 23 18 37
30 United Kingdom Steve Soper 16 12 23
31 Germany Danny Pfeil 26 21 26 22 24 19 25 22 21 16 23 20 23 22 25 Ret Ret DNS 24 19 23
32 Germany Dirk Müller 19 Ret 18 21 Ret DNS 23 21 15 16 22 Ret 21
33 Austria Raimund Baumschlager 19 13 20
34 Germany Marco Bromberger 27 22 25 24 25 Ret 26 18 22 18 22 Ret 22 24 24 25 21 19 Ret DNS 16
34 Germany Michael Heigert Ret 25 27 Ret 27 18 8
35 Germany Ronny Melkus 19 Ret 19 21 24 DNS 4
36 Germany Stephan Vollmair 25 DNS 0
37 Italy Gianni Giudici Ret DNS 0
Pos Driver HOC
Germany
ZOL
Belgium
NÜR
Germany
SAC
Germany
NOR
Germany
WUN
Germany
ZWE
Germany
SAL
Austria

Germany
NÜR
Germany
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Manufacturers' Trophy

Pos Manufacturer Points
1 Germany BMW 1215
2 France Peugeot 1073
3 Germany Audi 562
4 Germany Opel 559
5 Japan Nissan 548
6 Japan Honda 442
7 Italy Alfa Romeo 166

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Cars 14, 15, 38, and 47. were entered as Cool Fire Alfa Romeo Team Engstler while cars 16. and 17. were entered as Beru Zündtechnik AR Engstler

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