Top Five of 2012: Le Mans & Sportscars
In 1967, Dan Gurney won the Le Mans 24 Hours with AJ Foyt, and they started a tradition that remains to this day. This weekend the Gurney name is back at Le Mans.
What do sportscar superstar Bob Wollek, Grand Prix winner Thierry Boutsen, all-round racing legend AJ Foyt and four-time Indy 500 winner have in common?
Bizzare and as random as it may sound… At the start of the 1985 Daytona 24 Hours the four of them didn’t have much in common at all – apart from driving Porsche 962s in that year’s 24 Hours. The all-star line-up was the #8 Valvoline car of Wollek/Unser Sr/Foyt, which had qualified third. In eighth was another 962 of Boutsen, Le Mans hero Henri Pescarolo and Bruce Leven.
In the early ’60s, Henry Ford II was all about Le Mans. He wanted a Ford in the great race and he wanted to win. Ferrari was already there and were well on their way to a six-year winning streak at Circuit de la Sarthe, but were struggling financially.
When you own a road registered Porsche 962, you gotta drive it everywhere right?
Qualifying for the 1983 1000km of Nürburgring and a young Stefan Bellof sets a pole-position time around the infamous Nordschleife of six minutes eleven seconds. He is five seconds ahead of second-place man Jochen Mass.
Dale Kistemaker of poeticsofspeed.com
A blend of tactics, skill and ingenuity meant that Porsche’s underdogs took on the mighty works team, and won by seven laps. How?