For 1972, de Coster won six of the 12 rounds, Heiki Mikkola won two as did Paul Friedrichs and Jaak van Velthoven took one win. Hold on, that’s only 11 rounds I hear you say, yes it is, the Italian round was cancelled. Seven wins went to Japanese factories, four to European makers. Belgium won seven GPS, East Germany two and Finland two. Contrast that with the 1973 series when de Coster won two of the 10 GPS, Willy Bauer won three, Ake Jonsson won two with Gerrit Wolsink, Jaak van Velthoven and Jiri Stodulka taking one each.