Photo Gallery: 1981 IMSA GT, Sears Point International Raceway
The 1981 Camel GT Championship season was the 11th season of the IMSA GT Championship auto racing series.
In 1981, purpose-built GTP cars (Grand Touring Prototypes) appeared in the championship, these being similar to the new FIA Group C cars which would be introduced to the World Endurance Championship from 1982.
The main difference between the two categories was the former had no emphasis on fuel consumption which was highlighted by Derek Bell quoting “race fans do not come to races to watch an economy run!”.
Brian Redman won the 1981 IMSA GT Championship driving a Lola T600 with a Chevrolet engine. The result knocked Porsche from the top of the championship standings for the first time since 1977
IMSA GT Results: Sears Point 1981
1. Klaus Ludwig: Team Zakspeed Roush Ford Mustang Turbo
2. Brian Redman : Kent-Cook/Wood Racing Lola T600 Chevrolet
3. John Paul, Jr: JLP Lola T600 Chevrolet
Images courtesy of: Brent Martin