Top Five of 2011: Le Mans and Sportscar
In 1983, Mario Andretti – one of America’s legendary drivers – competed in the epic race for the first time since 1967. This was his actually his fourth attempt at the race, but the difference in 1983 was that his 20-year old son, Michael, was his team-mate, along with Philippe Alliot, in a Kremer Porsche 956.
Forty years ago the iconic Porsche 917 sports racer – which gave the Stuttgart manufacturer its maiden overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans –made its third and final appearance in the world-famous French endurance contest, ending two years of nearly complete domination of international endurance racing.
In the mid-1980s to the early ’90s, the IMSA GTP series in America was incredibly strong, with manufacturers involved racing some of the sportscar world’s most iconic and powerful cars: the Porsche 962, Nissan GTP ZX-T, Jaguar XJR-12 and the Toyota Eagle MkIII.
The Porsche Rennsport Reunion is an absolute smorgasbord of magnificent Porsche racing machinery and historic motorsport action. Danny Sullivan was there over the weekend and has put together a delightful banquet of photographs from the event.
Those very different days saw Silverstone as a flat-out blast with just eight corners and astonishingly high average speeds. Only the tight parabolic turn at Becketts and the Woodcote chicane interrupted the high-speed layout.