Motor racing and Porsche cars swept the board in the American six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen on Saturday (7 July).
Motor racing and Porsche cars swept the board in the American six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen on Saturday (7 July). They took the first five places in the race, staged for factory-produced cars over the Grand Prix circuit in New York State.
SYNOPSIS: There was little opposition to the Porsche 935 Turbos, which dominated the race from the start.
Number 70, which led in the early stages, finished in second place. It was driven by a team which included film star Paul Newman.
The eventual winner number 94, entered by the Whittington Brothers of Florida. They were given some tough competition by Paul Newman's team, but it was the Whittington that had the edge in the end.
Among the few non Porsche cars entered in the race were a Chevrolet Monza 350 and the new German BMW M-1 Pro Car which failed to finish.
The Porsches have an impressive record in the six hour race. They've won the event for the past four years.
Each car had a crew of three in the case of number 70, Dick Barbour of California, Rolf Stommelen of West Germany and actor Newman, who has had some convincing results in motor racing recently.
The Whittington brothers, Don and Bill, had Klaus Ludwig of West Germany as their third crew member-a winning combination
The result was a repetition of last month's Le Mans when the Whittingtons and Ludwig finished first and Newman came second.