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    LE MANS, FRANCE

    French veteran Henri Pescarolo and his West German partner Klaus Ludwig added their names to the Le Man honours list again on June 17, winning the 52nd 24-hour sports car classic in a Porsche 956.

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    1. GV Race start; cars being led round by official and going over starting line. (2 SHOTS) 0.13
    2. GVs Cars coming down straight and car No.23 skids into barrier. (2 SHOTS) 0.29
    3. GV Jaguar car No.44 0.35
    4. GVs Works Lancia (No.4) of Bob Wollek and Sandro Wannini leading in early stages. (3 SHOTS) 0.52
    5. SV Camera car passing scene of accident. 1.16
    6. GV Race held up for one hour as track cleared. 1.22
    7. SV Wreckage of Aston Martin Nimrod involved in crash. (3 SHOTS) 1.33
    8. GVs Works Lancia No.5, at night; race fan asleep. (2 SHOTS) 1.40
    9. GV Works Lancia No.4 1.46
    10. GV Lancia No.4 in pits. 1.50
    11. GV Porsche No.7 of eventual race winners Henri Perscarolo and Klaus Ludwig. 1.54
    12. SVs & GVs Porsche No.7 coming into pits with suspension problems; working on car. (4 SHOTS) 2.06
    13. GV Three cars go through corner; third car is Porsche No.26 driven by Preston Henn. 2.16
    14. GVs Car leaving pits; Porsche No.7 ahead of Porsche No.26, eventual second place winner, in later stages of race. (3 SHOTS) 2.35
    15. SV Clock at end of race. 2.39
    16. GVs Race finish with Porsche No.7 winner. (2 SHOTS) 2.49
    17. GV Winners celebrating. (2 SHOTS) 2.56
    InitialsASG/JRS

    SPORT: MOTOR RACINGNOTE TO EDITORS: THIS ITEM CONTAINS HANDOUT MATERIAL.
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    Background: LE MANS, FRANCE

    French veteran Henri Pescarolo and his West German partner Klaus Ludwig added their names to the Le Man honours list again on June 17, winning the 52nd 24-hour sports car classic in a Porsche 956. In fact, the race was a triumph for Porsche, whose cars took the first six places. Ironically, all six cars were private entries, the official factory team having boycotted the race because of a change in fuel regulations. It was also a major disappointment for Lancia, which was looking for a breakthrough in the absence of the Porsche team, but the best they could achieve was the seventh place of Frenchman Bob Wollek and Italian Sandro Wannini. It was also a personal disappointment for Wollek and Wannini who were in contention until early on day two (June 17), when gearbox troubles kept them in the pits for long periods. The race was also marred by tragedy - when tow Nimrod Aston Martins crashed in a spectacular accident on the first day (June 16), causing the vent to be held up fr an hour. A race marshal was killed in the accident, and British driver Sheldon suffered severe burns. sheldon was later said to be "stable". The winners, Pescarolo and Ludwig, had a prominently smooth run from the start to finish to make it Pescarolo's fourth Le Mans triumph and Ludwig's second. The pair were in 30th place with the race one hour old, but moved steadily through the order and wrested control with about eight hours remaining. Once clear, they cruised away from their rivals and finished two laps ahead of the Porsche of Frenchman Jean Rondeau and his US team-mates John Paul, Jnr, and Preston Henn. David Hobbs of the United Kingdom, Philippe Streiff of France and South African Sarel van der Merwe made up the third-placed team on 350-laps -- a long way behind 359 completed by the winners. In fact, Pescarolo and Ludwig travelled precisely 4,900.276 kilometres. The retirement list was long -- with only 20 cars out of the 53 starters staying the course. The listed included the two Jaguar cars whose drivers had opened for a return to
    the glory days of the 1950s.

    Source: VIDEOVISION

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KW8DCK4HG6F6ZET84V2FBSYM
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KW8DCK4HG6F6ZET84V2FBSYM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:57:00
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    N/A

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