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How a Porsche survived at Le Mans on Coca-Cola

Just after the start of the race, the #15 Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 962 GTi of Steven Andskar, David Hobbs and Damon Hill passes the pits
Le Mans 24 Hours, 10-11 June 1989: Just after the start of the race, the #15 Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 962 GTi of Steven Andskar, David Hobbs and Damon Hill passes the pits

When you were last with Richard Wiley, we were hurtling around a damp La Sarthe in 1988 with Stuck in the Shell Dunlop 962, trimming the grass and setting up great plumes of spray as the Porsche barked its flat tones in a relentless but ultimately fruitless pursuit of a howling Jaguar V12 which was on the brink of grinding to a halt with no gears but which somehow survived to the flag. A Sting in the Tale Part 2 continues Richard Wiley’s Le Mans expose with a few deviations in between, and how a Porsche survived at Le Mans on Coca-Cola.

The first deviation involved visits in 1988 to Spa, Brands and Silverstone where I stood in wonderment at the sheer spectacle of Group C in full flight, albeit with eyes only for the veritable fleets of 962s on display. Notwithstanding this bias, I have to admit that the Sauber-Mercedes entries sounded utterly glorious.

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