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