Jo Siffert of Switzerland twice smashed the lap record in the first practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours motor race on Saturday (17 April).
GV Crowds around pits & on stands
SV TILT UP REAR end of car No.18 & front of ditto (2 shots)
SCU Driver Attwood talks to official
SV Car No.42 onto track
SV ZOOM IN front of car No.21 PAN TO driver in seat
GV Group around No.32
CU Cockpit PAN TO mechanic working on engine
SV REAR shot car No.32
SV Crowd on trackside PAN TO Porsche practising on track
GV Group of cars round S-bend & down straight
SV Car No. 28 rounding bend
SV Woman time keeper at pits
GV PAN Porsche down straight past pits
SV & CU Another time keeper (2 shots)
GV Car No. 50 passing pits
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The British driver Jack Oliver today (Sunday 18 April) broke the lap record in the second practice session. He drove his Porsche 917 at an average speed of 155.6 mph. Track officials have added that Oliver reached an unconfirmed top speed of 239.2 mph on the Mulsanne Straight this morning.
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Background: Jo Siffert of Switzerland twice smashed the lap record in the first practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours motor race on Saturday (17 April).
Siffert flew in form Barcelona, where he was practising for the Spanish Grand Prix, for the session. He drove a Porsche in both of his record-breading attempts. Out of a field of 37 cars entered in the race -- to be held on June 24 -- 24 are Porsches. Last Year they entered 22 out of a total of 55 cars.
Some 30 cars turned out for Saturday's practice and one of the most noted times was set up by a three litre prototype, the French Ligier JS3, having its first outing. Driven by its builder, Guy Ligier, the new car averaged around 135 mph, comparable with the times set by the French Matras which are among the fastest three litre cars.