Porsche 962-007 Works

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.
  •  

    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.

History

1987 - Rothamns #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

 

            

1987 Season - Rothmans 3.0T

Used Tub 962.135

  • Race Date

  • Race

  • Drivers

  • Car No.

  • Result

  •                   

    Race Date

    129/03/1987

  •                   

    Race

    1000Km Jerez

  •                   

    Drivers

    J. Mass / B. Wollek

  •                   

    Car No.

    #18

  •                   

    Result

    DNF


  •                   

    Race Date

    12/04/1987

  •                   

    Race

    1000Km Monza

  •                   

    Drivers

    J. Mass / B. Wollek

  •                   

    Car No.

    #18

  •                   

    Result

    6th


  •                   

    Race Date

    10/05/1987

  •                   

    Race

    21000Km Silverstone

  •                   

    Drivers

    J. Mass / B. Wollek

  •                   

    Car No.

    #18

  •                   

    Result

    4th


  •                   

    Race Date

    06/06/1987

  •                   

    Race

    24hrs Le Mans

  •                   

    Drivers

    Damaged in Preload

  •                   

    Car No.

    -

  •                   

    Result

    -

            

1988 Season - Shell Dunlop

Rebuilt to Bosch MP 1.7 spec

  • Race Date

  • Race

  • Colours

  • Drivers

  • Car No.

  • Result

  •                   

    Race Date

    17/18/06/1988

  •                   

    Race

    24hrs Le Mans

  •                   

    Colours

    Shell Dunlop

  •                   

    Drivers

    B. Wollek / V. Schuppan / S. v.d. Merwe

  •                   

    Car No.

    #18

  •                   

    Result

    DNF


  •                   

    Race Date

    14/07/1988

  •                   

    Race

    1000Km Hockenheim

  •                   

    Colours

    Shell

  •                   

    Drivers

    H.J. Stuck

  •                   

    Car No.

    #1

  •                   

    Result

    DNF


Sold to Joest Racing

  • Race Date

  • Race

  • Colours

  • Drivers

  • Car No.

  • Result

  •                     

    Race Date

    11 - 12/06/1988

  •                     

    Race

    1000Km Nurburgring

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt Sachs

  •                     

    Drivers

    B. Wollek / P. Barilla

  •                     

    Car No.

    #7

  •                     

    Result

    3rd


  •                     

    Race Date

    18/09/1988

  •                     

    Race

    Spa-Francorchamps

  •                     

    Colours

    -

  •                     

    Drivers

    B. Wollek / P. Barilla

  •                     

    Car No.

    #7

  •                     

    Result

    DNF


  •                     

    Race Date

    09/10/1988

  •                     

    Race

    1000Km Fuji

  •                     

    Colours

    Matsuda Museum

  •                     

    Drivers

    Wollek / H. Grohs

  •                     

    Car No.

    #7

  •                     

    Result

    DNF


  •                     

    Race Date

    26/11/1988

  •                     

    Race

    500Km Kyalami

  •                     

    Colours

    Sasol

  •                     

    Drivers

    K. Ludwig / B. Wollek

  •                     

    Car No.

    #1

  •                     

    Result

    2nd

1989 Season - Blaupunkt 3.0T

  • Race Date

  • Race

  • Colours

  • Drivers

  • Car No.

  • Result

  •                     

    Race Date

    109/04/1989

  •                     

    Race

    480Km Suzuka

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    B. Wollek / F. Jelinski

  •                     

    Car No.

    #7

  •                     

    Result

    3rd


  •                     

    Race Date

    30/04/1989

  •                     

    Race

    ADAC Eifelrennen Nurburgring

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    2nd


  •                     

    Race Date

    14/05/1989

  •                     

    Race

    BRDC Supersprint Silverstone

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    13th


  •                     

    Race Date

    10 - 11/06/1989

  •                     

    Race

    24hrs Le Mans

  •                     

    Colours

    Sachs

  •                     

    Drivers

    JF. Jelinski / John Winter / P-H. Raphanel

  •                     

    Car No.

    #7

  •                     

    Result

    DNF


  •                     

    Race Date

    25/06/1989

  •                     

    Race

    200 Meilen Norisring

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    3rd


  •                     

    Race Date

    09/07/1989

  •                     

    Race

    Wunstorf, I.S.

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    1st / 1st


  •                     

    Race Date

    06/08/1989

  •                     

    Race

    ADAC Diepholz

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    6th


  •                     

    Race Date

    24/09/1989

  •                     

    Race

    ADAC Supersprint Nurburgring

  •                     

    Colours

    Blaupunkt

  •                     

    Drivers

    John Winter

  •                     

    Car No.

    #2

  •                     

    Result

    7th


  •                     

    Race Date

    22/10/1989

  •                     

    Race

    Del Mar

  •                     

    Colours

    Sachs

  •                     

    Drivers

    JJohn Winter / F. Jelinski

  •                     

    Car No.

    #00

  •                     

    Result

    DNF