LE MANS PORSCHE FOR FRENCH CLASH
Class-winning German car to race at La Sarthe after 40-year break
British racers Robert Barrie and Andy Prill will take a famous Porsche 911RS back to Le Mans in July, 40 years after it won its class in the 24 Hours.
The 1974 911RS is owned by Chris Wilson and was originally prepared and raced by the renowned Almeras brothers in France. It competed at Le Mans four times, contested the Tour de France and raced in the French GT Championship.
In 1976, the car finished 12th overall at Le Mans and won GT Group 4 by 15 laps in the hands of French trio ‘Segolen’, Michel Ouviere and Jean-yves Cadal.
“It’s an important car in Europe and has a big Le Mans history,” said Wilson, who will miss the Le Mans Classic due to family commitments. Wilson has lived and worked in Australia for the last decade but is currently back in the UK.
“It is one of just over 50 built,” added marque specialist Prill, who is now looking after the car. “It raced until 1982 and then went to the US.” It was later restored and Wilson raced it at Daytona last November.
Wilson plans to race the car in European events and intends to contest the Pre-80 Endurance race at Silverstone on May 22 and the Algarve Festival in October. “I hope to get it road registered so that we can do Tour Auto,” said Wilson.
Porsche will return to the Le Mans track