Porsche 962-007 Works

One of just two new lightweight Rothmans works car built for 1987, and updated to 1988 Shell Dunlop spec for 1988 Le Mans.

Introduction

History

1987

1988

1989

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.

History & Results

Car No.YearColoursHistory & Results
962-0071987ROTHMANS # 182nd World championship / Rothmans car built. Mass / Wollek 6th Monza, 4th Jerez
 1988SHELL DUNLOP#18LeMans-Wollek, Schuppan, VandeMerwe-Led from 4th to 9th hrs-rtd 2am Sold to Joest
 1988BLAUPUNKTB. Wollek / P. Barilla / H. Grohs / K. Ludwig
 1989BLAUPUNKTB. Wollek /  F. Jelinski / John Winter / P-H. Raphanel

 

1987 Season - Rothmans 3.0T

Used Tub 962.135

Race DateRaceDriversCar No.Result
29/03/19871000Km JerezJ. Mass / B. Wollek#18DNF
12/04/19871000Km MonzaJ. Mass / B. Wollek#186th
10/05/19871000Km SilverstoneJ. Mass / B. Wollek#184th
06/06/198724 Hours Le MansDamaged in pre-loading shakedown--

 

1988 Season - Shell Dunlop

Rebuilt to Bosch MP 1.7 spec

Race DateRaceColoursDriversCar No.Result
17/18/06/1988Le Mans 24-HoursShell DunlopB. Wollek / V. Schuppan / S. v.d. Merwe#18DNF
14/07/19881000Km HockenheimShellH.J. Stuck#1DNF
Sold to Joest Racing
11 - 12/06/19881000Km NurburgringBlaupunkt SachsB. Wollek / P. Barilla#73rd
18/09/1988Spa-Francorchamps B. Wollek / P. Barilla#7DNF
09/10/19881000Km FujiMatsuda MuseumWollek / H. Grohs#7DNF
26/11/1988500Km KyalamiSasolK. Ludwig / B. Wollek#12nd

 

 

1989 Season - Blaupunkt 3.0T

Race DateRaceColoursDriversCar No.Result
09/04/1989480Km SuzukaBlaupunktB. Wollek / F. Jelinski#73rd
30/04/1989ADAC Eifelrennen NurburgringBlaupunktJohn Winter#22nd
14/05/1989BRDC Supersprint SilverstoneBlaupunktJohn Winter#213th
10 - 11/06/198924 Hours Le MansSachsF. Jelinski / John Winter / P-H. Raphanel#7DNF
25/06/1989200 Meilen NorisringBlaupunktJohn Winter#23rd
09/07/1989Wunstorf, I.S.BlaupunktJohn Winter#21st / 1st
06/08/1989ADAC DiepholzBlaupunktJohn Winter#26th
24/09/1989ADAC Supersprint NurburgringBlaupunktJohn Winter#27th
22/10/1989Del MarSachsJohn Winter / F. Jelinski#00DNF