1987 Porsche 962 Chassis 106/B Richard Lloyd Racing
This is a unique opportunity to acquire the very successful in period 1987 Richard-Lloyd-Racing Rothmans Porsche 962. The car ran throughout the season in Liqui Moly livery including Le Mans were it qualified tenth but sadly failed to finish. BLR returned two weeks later with a race winning car. Mauri Baldi and Jonathan Palmer inflicted a very impressive defeat on the cream of Group C racing in the two part “supersprint” on the spectacular Norisring street circuit, in the historic city of Nuremberg. The result was the first win of the season by a privately owned Group C car and team.
One month later at Brands Hatch in the Gemini 1000km the success continued with Baldi teamed this time with future Le Mans winner Johnny Dumfries. They qualified 3rd and finished 2nd. Derek Bell noted in regular column in Motor magazine week ending August 15th 1987 “ I must say that Richard Lloyd and John Britten of RLR did a super job at Brands, their Liqui Moly ‘special’ is the fastest Porsche on the tracks now – they have put a lot of effort and development into that car and deserved second on top of the Norsiring win.” Praise indeed from one of the most successful Porsche works drivers.
The ADAC 1000km round at Nurburgring in August saw Baldi and Palmer take pole but sadly only managed 5th in the race. The following month at Spa, round 9 of the championship, Palmer put the car on pole and in the process set a new lap record for a sportscar and became the first sportscar driver to break the 200 KPH barrier. The race, as ever at Spa, dominated by weather and TWR Jaguar had luck smiling on them with pit stops coinciding with the rain. Palmer and Baldi were comfortably in the lead (at one point over a minute ahead of the second car) but unlucky tyre choice and ultimately a transmission problem led the car to retire on the 103rd lap.
Final round of the season was the Fuji 1000. For this round Baldi was partnered by Thackwell and the car ran in the colours of the Matsuda Collection albeit with Liqui Moly as a joint sponsor. It was, once again, the quickest 962 on track. Even hampered by a problem selecting second gear Baldi qualified within a second of pole! In the race they suffered from controversial safety car procedures losing in total three laps to the winning TWR Jaguars to finish third and first Porsche 962.
The last race of the year was at Kyalami in South Africa. The car was entered by RLR, sponsored by Rothmans and driven by works pilote Jochen Mass in the Yellow Pages 500 race on November 28 1987. The team were assisted by the factory and ran with the works engine as used by the factory team. The team won the race against stiff 962 competition including the Kremer and Joest cars. Jochen Mass was a popular winner as he had a home in Cape Town so was considered an honary local!
This was to be the last international race on the iconic layout of the circuit built in 1962 and the host of many Grand Prix and Sports Car races. Work had already begun on constructing a new section of track cutting out the long, swooping straight, Crowthorne and Barbeque corners consigning them into history. The northern part of the complex had been sold to a property developer, to pay off debts from the last Grand Prix in 1985 and to build the new section to Formula One standard. The new owners were in no hurry to organise another World Championship race, though.
The last major international event on the "old" track was an emotional occasion for many South Africans, and 46,000 spectators turned up to see the ever popular works driver Jochen Mass take the trophy and garland.
We bought the car and sent it to Trevor Crisp at Katana to make race ready and exact spec and livery as raced at Kyalami by Jochen Mass. The engine and gearbox have zero hours from full restoration and the car has been crack tested.
The car comes with an amazing documented history on file listing every invoice from Porsche as well as the contracts between RLR and Rothmans and Liqui Moly along with several trophies. We have never seen such a comprehensive history file which came from the Lloyd family.
This is an amazing opportunity to buy the Porsche 962 that won in Rothmans livery backed by the factory and driven by a works driver.
The first sportscar to break the 200 KPH average barrier at Spa Norisring 'Money Race' Winner, Race winner in Rothmans livery driven by Jochen Mass, 1987 Le Mans history