Porsche 956-008 Works

Driven by Stefan Bellof and Jochen Mass, this newly-built car led the 1984 Le Mans 24hrs for four hours and won the Norisring Gold race. 

Introduction

History

1983

1984

1985

A Rothmans factory 956 newly built for the 1983 Le Mans. Driven by the stellar German pairing of Stefan Bellof and Jochen Mass, the race was story of what-ifs as it qualified third, led the race for the first four hours before a catalogue of issues slipped it down the order and into eventual retirement after 22 hours of racing. It recorded the second fastest lap time and the second highest speed on the Mulsanne of 218mph.

A week later however Bellof won the prestigious ‘Gold Race’ at the Norisring before being lightly damaged at Weissach and renumbered 007 after the car that originally bore that number had a spectacular aerial accident at the Nurburgring, just after Bellof had smashed the outright lap record.

In 1984 it was loaned to Richard Lloyd Racing for use as a ‘camera car’  and after retiring at Le Mans (where it was driven by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason) it did three more races that season as a works entered Rothmans car, driven by Vern Schuppan, Johnny Dumfries and Jack Brabham. without further success. It finished on the podium for it last race, in 1985, driven by Schuppan and James Weaver and exists today in full Rothmans livery with a sprint body, although it also retains its original Le Mans bodywork as well.

Chassis No: 956.008 - Porsche Rothmans Factory Team car.

1983: BUILT NEW FOR 1983 24 HRS LE MANS

18-19/6: 24 Hours Le Mans, Jochen Mass / Stefan Bellof, #2; Qualified 3rd……2/10ths behind the second place Lancia after 14kms!

It led the race for the first 4 hours, and held a strong 2nd place until midnight. It lost 23 minutes in the pits at 12.30am, rejoining in 9th place.

Within 2 hrs it was back up to 7th place at the 3am mark, holding this place until 10 am next day, nursing a 5 cylinder engine. Further pit visits dropped the car to 11th place, before eventual retirement with only 2 hrs of the race remaining.

During the race, the second fastest lap time of 3 minutes 30.1 seconds was posted, just 4 tenths off fastest lap, with a top speed of 350 kmh also being the second highest speed of the race.

27/6: Norisring ‘Money race’, S.Bellof, #8; Pole and 1st

This was very prestigious and known as the “Gold Race”, attracting fully televised coverage and over 100,000 spectators and was very important for the home team, hence being the only works entry for a non world championship race during the year.

Minor accident testing at Weissach on 31st August during testing. Repaired, and renumbered 007 and used as factory camera/3rd car

1983 Season

Race DateRaceDriversCar No.Result
18/19/06/198324 Hours Le MansJochen Mass / Stefan Bellof#2DNF
27/06/1983Norisring ‘Money Race’S.Bellof#8Pole / 1st

1984 Season

Race DateRaceColoursDriversCar No.Result
16/17/06/198424 Hours Le MansCanonR.Lloyd / R.Metge / N.Mason#16 
05/08/19841000kms MosportRothmansV.Schuppan / N.Mason#3 
02/09/19841000kms SpaCanonR.Lloyd / J.Dumfries#16 
02/12/19841000kms Sandown ParkRothmansJ.Brabham / J.Dumfries#56 

 

1985 Season

Race DateRaceColoursDriversCar No.Result
01/12/1984800kms Shah AlamCanonV.Schuppan / J.Weaver#693rd