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Ayrton Senna in a Porsche – 1984 – Photo of the Day

Submitted by on August 18, 2014

Ayrton Senna PorscheWhen the name Ayrton Senna is mentioned people will forever think of Formula 1, however F1 was not the only form of racing the Brazilian legend engaged in.

This photo was taken at the Nurburgring in 1984. What you’re looking at is Ayrton Senna driving a Porsche 956 in a 1000km endurance event, doing his stint behind the wheel whilst team mates Stefan Johansson and Henri Pescarolo watch on from the pits.

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In 1984 Ayrton Senna experienced his first full season behind the wheel of a Formula 1 racing car, the team of course was Toleman. On July 15th, somewhere between being forced to retire from the Detroit Grand Prix with clutch issues, and placing third at Brands Hatch, Senna snuck away and competed in the Nurburgring 1000km.

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He placed eights overall, amongst a field dominated by other Porsches. Stefan Bellof and Derek Bell won driving the iconic Rothmans 956. Jochen Mass and Jacky Ickx were also in mix driving for Rothmans, they placed seventh.

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