Sunday, June 10, 2018

Paul Newman Co-drives To Second At LeMans - June 10, 1979

June 10, 1979
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Paul Newman, the movie star, turned race car driver, co drove a Porsche 935 twin-turbo coupe with Dick Barbour and Rolf Stommelen, to second place in the 47th 24 Hours of Le Mans. The German-based Kremer team managed to win Le Mans using a highly modified version of the 935, which is a remarkable success for a car based on a 15 year old road car design.

Jacky Ickx's efforts to win his fifth Le Mans came to nothing when he was disqualified for receiving outside, and unwanted assistance in repairing his stricken Porsche 936. Their Group 6 opposition consisted mainly of a pair of Ford M10s but this wasn't an official return of Ford; these cars were derived from the 1975 Gulf GR-8. Ford France and a consortium of French Ford dealers funded the ex-Wyer Team, a Cosworth DFV V8 was installed in the chassis for the occasion but neither M10 finished.

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