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GT Porsche - August 2015

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GT Porsche  |  August 15  

It was a case of ‘17s’ at the 83rd running of the famous 24-hour race at Le Mans this year. Porsche’s win was its 17th outright Le Mans victory of all time. Neatly, it was also 17 years since a Porsche last won the great race in 1998 with Allan McNish, Laurent Aiello and Stéphane Ortelli in the 911 GT1 (which was also a one-two). Pundits had the number 17 car of Bernhard, Webber and Hartley down as the odds-on hot favourite to win too – but I guess someone didn’t read the script on that one. It was, in fact, the number19 919 Hybrid of LMP1 rookies Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenberg and Nick Tandy that clinched outright victory. Current Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg, on loan from Force India, started and finished the race in the car’s hot seat but the single-seater star’s team-mates, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, both promoted to the LMP1 class by Porsche specifically for this event, put in top line performances alongside the German. The winning trio put in some blisteringly quick laps over the course of the 24-hours, staying calm and focused, making no errors to win on merit. They were followed home by the number 17 919 in second position, the pole-sitting number 18 car of Dumas/Jani/Lieb finished in fifth.

We’ve a full report from the great race in this issue, and plenty more alongside, including a look back at the 993 Carrera RS, 930 Turbo, 936 and the 997 GT3 RS 4-Litre. We also explore a stunning restored 911S 2.2, and compare the 924, 944 and 968 – front engined Porsches that should not be ignored.