Tragedy and Triumph in Group C Competition
For the 1986 season, Kremer Porsche Racing ordered a brand new 962, #118, with which they would continue their pursuit of prototype racing glory. For LeMans, its premier event, Kremer recruited former Sebring winner and F1 racer Jo Gartner, Japanese hero and ex-F1 racer Kunimitsu Takahashi, and South African motorsports legend Sarel van der Merwe.
After starting a solid 15th on the grid they were running strongly, with Gartner just 7 laps into his stint, when tragedy struck on the Mulsanne straight. Apparently, a shift fork came loose on the selector rod forcing the transmission to stay in 4th while Jo shifted to 5th - engaging two gears at once and instantly locking the rear wheels.
The Porsche turned hard left into the Armco and ricocheted across the road with Gartner instantly suffering a broken neck (the type of injury prevented by the HANS device). Gartner was beyond any help by the time the marshals could reach him.
After the crash at LeMans in 1986, 962C-118 was re-constructed using a new tub. The investment was to prove successful as the car went on to finish the LeMans 24 Hour classic twice - finishing as high as fourth overall.
The car also went on to record three overall wins at Most, Wunstorf, and the Osterreichring (all in 1987) driven by Volker Weidler, Kris Nissen, and others.
The car has undergone complete mechanical restoration by Porsche Motorsport including the engine, gearbox, and engine control unit.
The car is in flawless mechanical and cosmetic condition.
962C-118 Competition History:
5/1/86 24 HOURS LE MANS, Gartner/Merwe/Takahashi, Kremer-KENWOOD #10, DNF
Written off and re-tubbed with Thompson chassis using the 962-118 chassis plate
9/15/86 1000 KM SPA, Giacomell/Weidler, Kremer-KRAFT Walzen #10, 12th
1986 FIA WORLD SPORTS PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONSHIP, Kremer Porsche Racing, 8th OA
3/22/87 JARAMA, Villota/Romero, Kremer-Marlboro #11, 10 OA
1987 FIA WORLD SPORTS PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONSHIP, Kremer Porsche Racing, 6th OA
3/13/88 360 KM JARAMA, Weidler/Nissen, Kremer-YOKOHAMA #10, 5th OA
1988 FIA WORLD SPORTS PROTOTYPE CHAMPIONSHIP, Kremer Porsche Racing, 8th OA
and riveted aluminum monocoque. Composite Carbon and Kevlar body panels.
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