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The many lives of the 935 K3/80 Red Baron

Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)
Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)

In the mid-70s, Porsche developed the 935 model, a race car homologated on the 930 road car and aimed at the Group 5 ‘silhouette’ series created by the FIA for the 1976 season. As the records will show, the 935 was a formidable race car and it quickly dominated the Group 5 class, becoming the weapon of choice for numerous privateer teams.

Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)
Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)

Because of the flexibility of the basic Porsche 911 platform, and the lessons learned by the privateer teams, developing the 935 for them became the natural thing to do. One such team that succeeded in developing the 935 was the Kremer Racing team in Cologne, Germany, whose founders the brothers Erwin and Manfred Kremer, were no strangers to motorsport. Kremer Racing did a particularly good job during the late ‘70s, creating the 935 K1, K2 and K3, the latter model being the first privateer Porsche team to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)
Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)

Following their success in ‘79, Kremer produced the K3/80. Although this model was largely the same as the ’79 car, it did include some modifications of the previous season’s car which included revised rear suspension pick-ups, improved bodywork with raised fences and a Kugelfischer fuel injection pump. One such car, 935 K3/80 chassis #000 0013 which was the second car built, was raced initially by Kremer in 1980 and the early part of the ’81 season.

Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)
Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)

Racing #0013 in 1980

Entered in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours by Kremer Racing, chassis #00013 was driven by the all-French trio of Xavier Lapeyre, Anny-Charlotte Verney and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Wearing Malardeau (a French a real estate company) and BP sponsorship it was powered by a 2995cc engine, but due to gearbox problems, the car posted a DNF retiring after 217 laps.

Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)
Kremer Porsche 935 K3/80 (chassis #0013)

It was then entered in seven rounds of the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) by Kremer, but good results eluded the team for much of the ’80 season. Towards the end of that year, Michael Korten scored a fifth place finish in the DRM Nürburgring Supersprint on 21 September. Just a week later, Korten scored a podium finish at the DRM Hockenheim Preis von Baden-Württemberg, the second last race of the season, when he crossed the line in third place in class.

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