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Retro: Reminiscent of the 24 Hours of Daytona 1990 – Motorsports

The 24 Hours of Daytona has become the annual circuit racing curtain razor of the Motorsport Year, an off-season sleep-shaking event.

And it was in 1990 that Jaguar gave the world of sports cars another rude awakening in Daytona.

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The documentary itself needs to mention the unconventional approach of having Jaguar drivers Martin Brundle and Andy Wallace narrate the race and provide compelling insights-a kind of pre-popularity. It is a commentary of the director.

Jaguar had already conquered Daytona in 1988, and the XJR-9, designed by its stunning Tony Southgate, was won by Brandle, Raul Boesel, John Nielsen and Jan Lamars in their car debut.

The victory was the beginning of a dominant year in which the car won the Le Mans and World Sportscar Championships.

The XJR-9 lost to Porsche in the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1989, and after a blunder season with the twin-turbo V6 XJR-10 in the United States and the XJR-11 in Europe, the factory Jaguar operated by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in 1990. I lost to. The program has developed the XJR-12. This has returned to the naturally aspirated V12 engine, which was considered more suitable for long-distance racing.

Two GTP class entries are available with Castrol support. One was Brandle, Nielsen and Price Cobb, with Lammers, Wallace and IndyCar part-timer Davy Jones piloting sister # 61 entry.

The pair competed with factory-backed Nissan and a number of Porsche 962s, qualifying in 9th and 10th place behind turbocharged opponents who had an advantage of nearly 300 horsepower in qualifying trim.

Daytona’s request was not lost to the TWR crew after winning in 1988. The documentary states that this race is “the most physically demanding race for any driver in the world.”

This is due to the famous 18 degree banking where the driver pulls 2.5G and the fact that Florida nights are 13 hours. This means that many of the races took place in the dark.

Wallace added: “The first 24 Hours I went to was Le Mans and I thought it was pretty physical, but my first visit to Daytona was due to the bank and the amount of slow cars you had to go through. At night, it’s 50 percent more.

“At the first bank, there is a period of 2-3 seconds, the sun is not visible, the eyes are dazzled, and it lasts 2-3 hours.”

Jaguar started the race with Cobb and Jones holding positions, with Texaco Haborin Porsche 962, who won the Bob Wallek pole, leading the race early on.

Walkinshaw told drivers early on to increase their pace before reassessing mid-race, but Wallace said: “As a general rule of thumb, drive perfectly flat without hitting anyone. Bounce the curb.”

Many rivals wrote down Jaguar as “you won’t see it at midnight,” but as the twilight set, the pair commanded the race as the rate of decline in the rest of the field increased.

In the evening, Brandle jumped into the top # 60 car, admitting he was driving like an F1 car at the Grand Prix, and after collecting back markers, suffered a spin, but handed over the car with a lead.

However, shortly after the # 61 car commanded and commanded Wallace, the benefits became comfortable after a slow stop to replace the brake pads on the sister entry.

Sports car legend Derek Bell suffered one of the biggest crashes of his career at the Porsche 962, backed by a peach shared with Giampiero Moretti and Stanley Dickens. The race wasn’t safe.

The car collapsed at the rear right corner, flipped over before landing on the roof, fueled from the colliding machine, slipped on the asphalt and stopped.

Fortunately, Bell, who came out unharmed, said: “I remember sailing in the air. Then I got off the road very quietly and slipped on the road many times.

“I noticed that I was just slipping and nothing was hit, so I was afraid of the fire, so I turned on the fire extinguisher.

“Then I noticed that the engine was still running while it was upside down, so when I turned it off, it began to soak in fuel and then began to faint from the smoke.

“I was expecting someone to come someday, but I lay there forever, looked up at the road, and heard the car pass by, and no one seemed to come. It was incredible.

“The next thing is that I fainted. I remember having a nightmare of a bad dream of having an accident. Then you wake up. I thought you might be dreaming. But when I woke up and heard a voice, I was pulled out. “

When the race resumed with long care, Jaguar maintained tension in the race, but had its own problems to worry about. As the sun went down and the ambient temperature rose, the XJR-12 radiators began to suffer damage, and head gasket problems also began to plague the team.

In addition, health problems caused Cobb to leave the race and Brandle and Nielsen split the remaining driving duty into # 60.

According to Brandle, the engine survived “oil only”, but Jaguar took the famous 1-, about four laps ahead of Brandle and Nielsen, with the # 61 cars of Wallace, Rammers and Jones receiving the checkered flag. Acquired and completed control of the event. 2.2.

Wollek, Sarel van de Merwe and Dominic Dobson Porsche won the podium in the last two drifts.

Wallace briefly summarized the meaning of victory.

“For me, the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona was absolutely great,” he said. “It’s absolutely great to come here as part of the Jaguar team to win the race and be part of 1-2. The team did a great job throughout the race and it’s just a reward for their efforts. I think. “

Brandle added: “As an ambitious racing driver, I enjoyed 1988 more, but saying that, looking back on the race, winning the Jaguar and participating in the Jaguar 1-2 in such a classic motor race Very special. Privilege. “

Jaguar has not yet won his third victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

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