LE MANS PORSCHE FOR FRENCH CLASH

Class-win­ning Ger­man car to race at La Sarthe af­ter 40-year break

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

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.

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence and LAT

Porsche will re­turn to the Le Mans track

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