One More - Porsche at Le Mans
Let’s complete this quartet of classic videos produced by Porsche to celebrate their return to Le Mans with a look at Porsche’s successes in the ‘90s.
By 1994 the classic 962 was out-dated and outside of regulations, and yet Porsche managed to find a way. With a few modifications and a road car from Dauer Racing (a 730hp street-legal racing car), two 962s were entered in the GT1 category and, twelve years after the first 956 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and seven years since the last Porsche 962 win, the perennial powerhouse did it again.
Yannick Dalmas, Hurley Haywood and Mauro Baldi brought their Dauer 962 home for the outright win ahead of the LMP1 class winner - a Toyota 94C-V. The second 962 finished third, the next-fastest GT1 car a Dodge Viper RT/10 in 12th place, some 70 laps behind.
The factory team won again in 1998 with the 911 GT1 before taking a break from the classic race.
I’m looking forward to seeing Porsche back at Le Mans in 2014, and hope they bring some of that classic magic with them.