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LMES - Spa-Francorchamps - Classic Endurance Race

With a busy weekend of LMES action to concentrate on, the excellent turn out of Classic Endurance cars for Saturday evening’s race (September 11) has gone almost unmentioned here.

Let’s remedy that right now.

The one hour race saw a dominant performance from Bobby Verdon-Roe in Mike Jankowski’s Ligier JS3: its place in the pit garage alongside the Creation Autosportif DBA had caused some puzzled looks from some race goers, who were seen to check their programme for this mystery addition to the LMES grid!

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BV-R managed to pull away steadily from the 1972 Mirage M6 of Chris McAllister, who in turn was reeled in by the ever hard charging Brunn Porsche 908 - with Juan Barazi’s #31 ‘Hippy’ Porsche 917 making steady progress, albeit some way back.

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Making rapid advancements up the order was a bona fide Le Mans winner - no not the car but the driver. Klaus Ludwig ensured that a spotlessly prepared 1975 Porsche 911 RSR had any remaining cobwebs blown off it as he attacked the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with a vengeance.

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A mid race fire for one of two gorgeous Ford F3Ls mercifully seems to have been well contained by the fire marshals.

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Problems for the white Brunn 908 would see the Porsche 917 battling with the Mirage for the minor podium positions, with the Martin Birrane / Kevin McGarrity Lola T212 next up (#16, below), but Ludwig was up to fourth and closing fast.

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On the very last lap though, the Ligier ground to a halt, out of fuel: “She coughed at Eau Rouge but I couldn’t make it round, I’m a bit gutted but that was enormous fun,” said a smiling BV-R.

So a Porsche 917 triumphed at Spa for the first time since – when? Barazi brought the famous old car home just 0.170 of a second clear of McAllister’s Mirage, with none other than Klaus Ludwig on the third step of the podium.

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