|Prior to the start of the Nürburgring 24-hour race on 12 May, Porsche presented the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo and 956 C; the two racers that will be driven by Timo Bernhard and Hans-Joachim Stuck during the endurance classic.|
The 919 Hybrid, Le Mans and WEC (World Endurance Championship) winning car, meets the prototype 956 C that won all titles in the World Sportscar championship from 1982 to 1984 and still holds the outright Nordschleife track record.
The lap on the Nordschleife is the 919 Evo’s first public appearance. With the car that has been liberated from the restrictions that came from the championship regulations, Porsche recently established a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. On 9 April, Porsche works driver Neel Jani lapped the 7.004 km long Belgian circuit in 1:41.770 minutes. He was faster than any Formula One car ever, beating the previous record by 0.783 seconds set by reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid.
Drivers at the Nurburgring 24-hour challenge
Bernhard, the reigning WEC champion, has won Le Mans 24-hour and took his third consecutive win of the six-hour race at the Nüburgring, repeating his achievements from 2015 and 2016 at the wheel of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. Also on his tally: Five overall victories at the Nürburgring 24h with Porsche, which makes him a record winner. In 2018 he now looks after his own team, Team75 Bernhard, entering a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
On 28 May 1983, during practice for the 1000-kilometer race, Stefan Bellof lapped the Nordschleife in a storming 6:11.13 minutes. Due to construction work, the exact track length was 20.835 km at the time, which resulted in an average speed of more than 200 km/h. The 2,649 cc six-cylinder, twin turbocharged, flat engine in the 956 C produced 620 hp. Bellof’s car was chassis number 007. He was leading the race when he retired in a massive accident but walked away unharmed. One year later, in 1984, he won the 1000 km race at the Nürburgring, sharing a Rothmans Porsche 956 C with British driver Derek Bell. On his way to his 1984 driver’s title, Bellof once shared a 956 with Hans-Joachim Stuck. Despite an incident by Stuck that required repairs, the couple won the Imola 1000 km race. Among Stuck’s many successes belong two Le Mans overall victories in 1986 and 1987, driving the successor to the 956, the 962 C. The Nürburgring 24h he won three times when driving for BMW.
The 956 C that Stuck now takes for a lap around the Nürburgring carries chassis number 005. It is the car Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass shared during the entire 1984 championship season.