PLAN B: #115

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De­liv­ered new on 8th May 1984 to Porsche Kre­mer Rac­ing, 956.115 was en­tered for its in­au­gu­ral race in June at the 1984 Le Mans 24hrs. As the works Roth­mans Porsche team had boy­cotted the 1984 race due to a dis­agree­ment with the Au­to­mo­bile Club de l’ouest (ACO) over fuel reg­u­la­tions, the 1983 co-win­ning Roth­mans Porsche driver, Vern Schup­pan, was ea­gerly snapped up by the Kre­mer Team.

Driv­ing 956.115, he was paired with fel­low Aus­tralian, 1980 For­mula One World Cham­pion Alan Jones, and the equally ex­pe­ri­enced Jean-pierre Jar­rier who had com­pleted an eleven-season ca­reer in For­mula One. Schup­pan led the race by lap four and held first place un­til the end of the first hour. Alan Jones took over from Schup­pan and topped the tim­ing sheets for an ex­tra­or­di­nary three hours.

Later, with Schup­pan back in the car, Roger Dorchy’s WM P83B spun and col­lected the Ken­wood liv­er­ied #115 with it. The ini­tial cos­metic re­pairs cost al­most 10 min­utes, with fur­ther tidy­ing dur­ing pit stops con­tribut­ing to the car now run­ning in 8th place. By Sun­day morn­ing #115 was fight­ing for a podium po­si­tion again, but in the early after­noon lost a cylin­der and Alan Jones came into the pits. The team man­aged to get the car back on track in the fi­nal hour, with Schup­pan then able to take the che­quered flag in sixth place.

For the Noris­ring races dur­ing the fol­low­ing month, 956.115 had a new Liqui Moly liv­ery and a new driver in the shape of Man­fred Win­kle­hock, who would go onto drive #115 on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions for the rest of the season. The Ger­man qual­i­fied the car in sixth po­si­tion for the morn­ing DRM race, fin­ish­ing sec­ond. The top-10 fin­ish­ers in the DRM race were au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered into an eight-lap qual­i­fy­ing race, the out­come of which would de­cide the first five rows of the grid for the main race of the week­end: The Noris­ring Trophy, or the ‘Gold’ or Money Race – so called for the large purse awarded to the win­ner.

As #115 had fin­ished sec­ond in the DRM race it took its place on the grid for the qual­i­fy­ing race. Win­kle­hock was nurs­ing a new first gear, which proved difficult to en­gage, fin­ish­ing ninth, not want­ing to force the ’box and cause dam­age be­fore the main 200-mile trophy race in the after­noon.

Man­fred there­fore started the Noris­ring Trophy race from the fifth row of the grid but made a stun­ning start div­ing into the first cor­ner in fourth place. By lap 26 of the 66-lap race, Win­kle­hock had as­cended to the podium po­si­tions and was trad­ing the lead with Bellof’s Brun-en­tered 956. By lap 59, Win­kle­hock had taken the lead for good and went on to win the action-packed Noris­ring Trophy in front of a crowd of 80,000 – and col­lect the 37,350 DM awarded to the victor!

The re­cent amal­ga­ma­tion of the Peter Auto-group C Rac­ing se­ries, in­clud­ing a new Le Mans Clas­sic Group C grid, has brought a fresh fo­cus to the his­toric im­por­tance and value of these cars in the mar­ket place, hav­ing now tremen­dous ap­peal and in­ter­est to both se­ri­ous col­lec­tors and more ex­pe­ri­enced gentleman driv­ers (In­ter­na­tional C li­cence grade), who are look­ing for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence in high-speed his­toric Porsche rac­ing and ad­ven­ture. Chas­sis #956.115 is cur­rently for sale with Lee Maxted-page.

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