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24h Le Mans: Porsche celebrated its first victory 40 years ago

Porsche at the 24h Le Mans
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E it was almost 40 years ago to the day when Hans Hermann and Richard Attwood were the first to cross the finish line at Le Mans in their number 23 Porsche 917 KH from Porsche Salzburg. At that time, Porsche even celebrated a triple victory. Gerard Larrousse and Willy Kauhsen made a perfect triumph in the Martini Porsche 917 LH followed by Rudi Lins and Helmut Marko in a Porsche 908/02.

Hans Herrmann thought about quitting at the 24h Le Mans

Already in 1969 it almost came to victory, but in the closest Le Mans finish line in history, Herrmann /Larousse on Jacky Ickx in a Ford GT 40 was just 75 meters short. It goes without saying that a year later the victory should finally go to Zuffenhausen. The Porsche 917 offered the ideal conditions for this. The Porsche 917 was extremely light and generated 580 hp from a twelve-cylinder.

Hans Herrmann was the first choice when it came to the driver line-up. he already had a lot of experience and spared the material. He and Richard Atwood competed in the red and white Porsche 917 in the Porsche Salzburg colors. But the 24 hours should be an eternity for both of them. It poured from buckets. In the meantime Herrmann considered hanging up his helmet, as he confessed weeks after the victory. Because when his wife asked when he would finally stop driving, Herrmann said: 'If I win.'

Porsche celebrated a total of 16 overall victories at the 24h Le Mans

This project should come true. After many failures by the competition, Herrmann and Atwood remained calm and confident in the pouring rain and thus secured Porsche's first success at the 24h Le Mans with the 917. Shortly before the end of the race on June 14, 1970 he noticed: 'Man, that could be your last laps as a racing driver!' Ex-racing driver Hans Herrmann is cheered at home in Stuttgart.

15 more overall Porsche victories at Le Mans should follow, the second as early as 1971. In our photo show you can read who won which Porsche.


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