Porsche 956 C and 919 Evo modified LMP1 car to run on Nurburgring

Both of the triple Sportscar championship winning cars will run on the Nordschleife ahead of this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race

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Hans-Joachim Stuck and Timo Bernhard will drive a historic Porsche 956 C and the new 919 Hybrid Evo on show laps around the Nordschleife, in the Evo’s first public appearance.

It comes ahead of the Nürburgring 24-hour race on May 12, won by Stuck on three occasions and by Bernhard on five.

The 956 C won the World Sportscar Championship from 1982 to 1984 and still holds the outright Nordschleife track record – 6m11.13sec set by Stefan Bellof during practice for the 1983 1000Km race.

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Its 2649cc flat-six engine produced 610bhp courtesy of two turbochargers, allowing Bellof to set an average speed above 124mph around the 13-mile circuit. Although a high-speed crash ended Bellof’s chances in the race, he returned in 1984 and won in a Rothmans-liveried 956 C with five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

‘I’m not only impressed by Stefan Bellof’s great performances,’ said Bernhard. ‘He must have been a really great guy. Whoever knew him seems to have adored him. His 1983 unbeaten lap record at the Nordschleife is terrific. I feel honoured to accompany a historic Porsche 956 C with the 919 Evo.”

Bellof also shared a 956 with Stuck en route to the ’84 Sportscar title. They overcame an incident by Stuck that required repairs to take victory in the Imola 1000-kilometre race.

'This race in Italy was of very high importance for me,’ Stuck said. ‘The 956 was new to me and Stefan taught me how to drive this ground effect car. I learned an awful lot from him.

‘When I joined Porsche, I understood why those cars were unbeatable. You had no gearbox issues, the brakes were excellent and thanks to this tremendous downforce, you could enter the corners at very high speed. Literally, the car stuck to the ground. For me it is a world-class opportunity to take the 956 once again around the Nordschleife. Emotionally, this is something hard to top.’

The 956 C that Stuck will drive is chassis five, which Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass shared during 1984.

Last month Porsche took its modified 919 Hybrid Evo to Spa-Francorchamps and beat the unofficial lap record, with driver Neel Jani improving on Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 Formula 1 pole lap by 0.783 seconds.

Porsche has withdrawn from the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship, where the 919 Hybrid won a title hat-trick from 2015 to 2017.

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