INTRODUCTION: A West German team has driven a Porsche 935 Turbo to victory in the World Endurance Motor Racing championships at Silverstone.
GV Cars pass in wet weather.
CU Race position board with winning Porsche in fourth place.
GV Cars around bend.
GV Guy Edwards's Lola in lead.
GV West German BMW in second place.
GV No. 28 in third place AND INTERIOR SHOT OF driver Eddie Cheever.
GV Edwards still in lead.
GV BMW in second place and GV cars negotiating corner. (2 SHOTS)
CU Race Board & GV cars coming past. (2 SHOTS)
GV Car in pits being refuelled.
GV Rohrl's Porsche pulling out of pits.
GV Cars round corner past camera.
GV BMW pulling into pits on fire.
GV Race position Board.
GVs Chequered flag and winning car crosses line.
GVs Winning team being presented with garlands and trophy (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: ENDURANCE MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A West German team has driven a Porsche 935 Turbo to victory in the World Endurance Motor Racing championships at Silverstone. The team -- consisting of world rally champion Walter Rohrl, Dieter Schornstein and Harold Grohs -- covered 205 laps of the scheduled six-hour race at an average speed of 161.50 kilometres an hour (100.04 mph). A British trio -- Derek Bell, David Hobbs and Steve O'Rourke -- were second in a BMW M1.
SYNOPSIS: Accidents and breakdowns were to cut the opening field of 38 cars down to 18. In the early stages, Rohrl drove steadily amount the leaders.
The Six Hour race at Silverstone each year attracts one of the strongest and most competitive entries in the motor racing calendar.
Car Number 28, driven by Italian Riccardo Patrese and Eddie Cheever of the United States, did not survive. Cheever got out unscathed after a front wheel flew off.
This Lola, driven by Briton Guy Edwards, dropped out with fuel trouble when leading.
In future years, the fields in this race will be less varied because new regulations have reduced the number of classes of vehicle. The changes, for instance, will mean the disappearance of open sports car powered by unique engines, such as Porsche 908s, and Ibec and Lola cars fitted with DFV Cotsworth engines.
The winning Porsche had everything nicely judged. It also had the crucial luck denied to the favourites, the works Lancia turbos of Cheever and Italian Andre de Cesaris, which both crashed, and this West German BMW.
So, a splendid win for the German members of the Velga Racing Team. Their shrewd driving had enabled them to cover two more laps than the two other placed cars. Siegfried Brunn of West Germany, and Irishman Eddie Jordan came third, in a Porsche 908/3.