CLASSIC PORSCHE 917 SET TO RACE AGAIN
Derek bell will star in le man s classic aboard 917 lh
Six Le Mans 24 Hours winners, with a total of 16 wins between them, are set to return to La Sarthe for the 2018 edition of the Le Mans Classic (July 6-8).
Heading the entry is five-time winner Derek Bell, who is scheduled to race a Porsche 917LH, marking a very rare racing appearance for the long- tail evolution of the 917 that was developed for Le Mans in 1971.
Although still to be confirmed, it is possible that Bell and Nicholas D’ieteren, the Belgian Porsche distributor and a historic car racer, will drive the car that normally resides in the Porsche museum in Stuttgart.
This summer’s races will come more than 30 years after 76-year-old Bell’s final victory in the 24 hours, and 48 years after his debut in the race with a works Ferrari 512S shared with Ronnie Peterson.
Multiple Le Mans winners Klaus Ludwig, Henri Pescarolo and Marco Werner are all due to race in the Classic, which features six 50-car grids all racing three times during a 24-hour period. Ludwig will race a 1978 Porsche 930, Pescarolo will drive a 1976 Inaltera prototype and Werner will handle a Lola T212 from 1971. Stephane Ortelli is due to race a Porsche 904/4 and Jochen Mass a 911 Carrera RSR.
Porsche has a major presence at the event, marking 70 years of the marque with a special Porsche-only race on Saturday afternoon ahead of the main event. The promoters are targeting a grid of 70 cars spanning the early 356s to the 2.8 RSR from 1973.