As the anticipation for Rennsport Reunion 7 continues to build, Porsche pays tribute to some of the celebrated figures that have driven it to its legendary status in motorsport. This week, the careers of Richard Attwood, Dick Barbour, Derek Bell MBE, Jon Bennett, Timo Bernhard, and Thierry Boutsen are highlighted.
Richard Attwood’s name is etched in the annals of Porsche motorsport for securing the first overall victory for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970. This accolade, alongside numerous other podium finishes, underscores the pivotal role Attwood played in establishing Porsche’s status as an endurance racing powerhouse.
Dick Barbour, an eminent figure in endurance racing, is known both for his driving prowess and as a racing campaigner. His impeccable record, including three consecutive class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and overall victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, has been instrumental in cementing Porsche’s reputation in the racing industry.
Derek Bell MBE, described as one of the most well-liked drivers of his generation, boasts a competitive record that demands respect. With five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, four achieved with Porsche, Bell’s name has become synonymous with motorsport excellence.
Jon Bennett, the stalwart of IMSA sports car racing and founder of CORE Autosport, has carved out a notable career with Porsche. His team’s championship successes in the Prototype Challenge, GTLM and LMP3 classes, and race wins in the top-level Prototype category, underscore the tenacity and skill that has driven Bennett’s success.
Timo Bernhard, a man who journeyed from a Porsche Junior to a legend of sports car racing, is revered for his victories at major endurance races. His role in the testing and development of the Porsche 919 Hybrid further emphasizes his key contributions to Porsche’s motorsport milestones.
Thierry Boutsen, renowned for his success in both Formula One and sports car racing, also made significant contributions to Porsche’s racing legacy. His victories in the Porsche 956 and 962, coupled with his successful outings at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, underline Boutsen’s lasting impact on the brand.
As we move closer to Rennsport Reunion 7, the stories of these remarkable drivers continue to stir excitement among fans and participants alike. Their dedication and contribution to Porsche’s motorsport journey not only define the legacy of Rennsport Reunion, but also pave the way for the future stars of Porsche racing.