One of just two new lightweight Rothmans works car built for 1987, and updated to 1988 Shell Dunlop spec for 1988 Le Mans.
1987 Works Rothmans car
6th at Monza
4th at Silverstone
Driven by Vern Schuppan, Bob Wollek and Sarel van de Merwe.
Led at Le Mans 1988
1st Nürburgring Supersprint 1988
Podium at Nürburgring 1000km with Joest
2nd at Kyalami
1989 Podium at Suzuka
2nd 1989 ADAC Nürburgring
One of the three famed Shell Dunlop cars that in 1988 would heroically try, yet ultimately fail, to extend Porsche’s dominance at Le Mans for one more year against the rapidly advancing tide of carbon-fibre tubbed and far more frugal Jaguars.
However, its life had started the year before as one of two newly-built ‘lightweight’ Rothmans factory team cars, uniquely equipped with the latest 3.0-litre engine which at last dispensed with air-cooling even for the cylinder block, making the 962 the first ever fully water-cooled flat-six Porsche.
Its job was as replacement wheels for Wollek and Mass, whose 004 car now belonged to Joest and after a sixth place finish at Monza and a fourth at Silverstone, it was to have headed to Le Mans. In the event its season was ended by a crash whilst being shaken down before loading for the 24- hour race by Hans Stuck, who subsequently famously had to give up his own car as a result. Although Stuck famously went on to win, with Derek Bell, in the team’s spare car. After Le Mans that year, Porsche withdrew from the world championship as a works team.
As Porsche was not contesting the 1988 championship either, Le Mans would be its only serious outing of the year. 007 was driven by Vern Schuppan, Bob Wollek and Sarel van de Merwe, and qualified on the front row, next to 962/010 and despite the onslaught of five works Jaguars, it would lead the race for many hours before eventually succumbing to engine failure. It was then converted to sprint-spec for the all-important domestic ADAC championship, helping to achieve the title for Porsche with Hans Stuck winning the Nürburgring Supersprint in the car that September.
The car was then sold to the Joest team, achieving a podium first time out, at the Nürburgring 1000km and a second place at the final race in Kyalami that year, driven by Klaus Ludwig, this being the 1988 highlight for this car with Joest.
In 1989, with Wollek and Jelinski at the wheel, there was another podium at the first championship round at Suzuka. It raced on through ’89 in lesser races, most notably achieving second place at the Nürburgring round of the ADAC championship.
Its third visit to Le Mans saw a start on the seventh row, driven by Winter and Raphanel. All looked to be a possible repeat of the first part of 1988, with 007 being up to fourth place by the end of the first hour, third the next hour and then up to second place by the sixth hour, behind the leading sister car of Stuck and Wollek. Sadly, by the eighth hour a water leak forced retirement after such a promising start. However, there was a little consolation with a podium at the following 200 Meilen Norisring and then a couple of wins in an Interserie race with Louis Krages driving under the pseudonym ‘John Winter’ at the wheel. It was retired at the end of 1989 and subsequently sold to another collector in the USA.
It has been restored to Shell Dunlop livery and sports full low-drag Le Mans bodywork.
|Car No.||Year||Colours||History & Results|
|962-007||1987||ROTHMANS # 18||2nd World championship / Rothmans car built. Mass / Wollek 6th Monza, 4th Jerez|
|1988||SHELL DUNLOP#18||LeMans-Wollek, Schuppan, VandeMerwe-Led from 4th to 9th hrs-rtd 2am Sold to Joest|
|1988||BLAUPUNKT||B. Wollek / P. Barilla / H. Grohs / K. Ludwig|
|1989||BLAUPUNKT||B. Wollek / F. Jelinski / John Winter / P-H. Raphanel|
Used Tub 962.135
|Race Date||Race||Drivers||Car No.||Result|
|29/03/1987||1000Km Jerez||J. Mass / B. Wollek||#18||DNF|
|12/04/1987||1000Km Monza||J. Mass / B. Wollek||#18||6th|
|10/05/1987||1000Km Silverstone||J. Mass / B. Wollek||#18||4th|
|06/06/1987||24 Hours Le Mans||Damaged in pre-loading shakedown||-||-|
Rebuilt to Bosch MP 1.7 spec
|Race Date||Race||Colours||Drivers||Car No.||Result|
|17/18/06/1988||Le Mans 24-Hours||Shell Dunlop||B. Wollek / V. Schuppan / S. v.d. Merwe||#18||DNF|
|14/07/1988||1000Km Hockenheim||Shell||H.J. Stuck||#1||DNF|
|Sold to Joest Racing|
|11 - 12/06/1988||1000Km Nurburgring||Blaupunkt Sachs||B. Wollek / P. Barilla||#7||3rd|
|18/09/1988||Spa-Francorchamps||B. Wollek / P. Barilla||#7||DNF|
|09/10/1988||1000Km Fuji||Matsuda Museum||Wollek / H. Grohs||#7||DNF|
|26/11/1988||500Km Kyalami||Sasol||K. Ludwig / B. Wollek||#1||2nd|
|Race Date||Race||Colours||Drivers||Car No.||Result|
|09/04/1989||480Km Suzuka||Blaupunkt||B. Wollek / F. Jelinski||#7||3rd|
|30/04/1989||ADAC Eifelrennen Nurburgring||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||2nd|
|14/05/1989||BRDC Supersprint Silverstone||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||13th|
|10 - 11/06/1989||24 Hours Le Mans||Sachs||F. Jelinski / John Winter / P-H. Raphanel||#7||DNF|
|25/06/1989||200 Meilen Norisring||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||3rd|
|09/07/1989||Wunstorf, I.S.||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||1st / 1st|
|06/08/1989||ADAC Diepholz||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||6th|
|24/09/1989||ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring||Blaupunkt||John Winter||#2||7th|
|22/10/1989||Del Mar||Sachs||John Winter / F. Jelinski||#00||DNF|