1st Daytona 24H victory for Porsche in 1968

Vic Elford, Rolf Stommelen, Jo Siffert, Hans herrman and Jochen Neerpasch bring the 24H of Daytona trophy to Stuttgart for the 1st time

When it comes to motorsport and victories, most motorsports fans immediately combine Porsche and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in one sentence. Not without a reason ofcourse, as in 2018 Porsche managed to bring the highly wanted trophy from the Circuit de La Sarthe home to Zuffenhausen, where it now proudly resides in the Porsche Museum. However, there is another legendary endurance race where Porsche was even more succesful. Since its appearance at the first Daytona Continental race in 1962, Porsche has become the most successful manufacturer on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. That legacy continues from the first 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966 to present day with a record 22 overall wins. That first overall win for the German marque came in 1968. Between 1977 and 1987 a Porsche team won the race 11 consecutive times. So far in history 77 class victories went to Porsche in the Rolex 24H of Daytona. Now isn’t that a huge success. 

Even though Porsche was present from the early beginning, the competition was too strong to compete in the race for an overall victory, but class victories were their part. Not exactly what Ferdinand Piëch had in mind. He was a competition animal, and was only satisfied when a Porsche beated the competition with an overall victory. That’s when the the Porsche 356 and Porsche 911s were replaced in the Porsche factory team with full-blood sportscars like the Porsche 904, Porsche 906 , Porsche 910 and the Porsche 907 that wrote history . 

The Porsche 907 in Le Mans

The first entries of the Porsche 907 in a race was in the 1967 24H of Le Mans, but that was not a complete succes. The Porsche 907 (Nr 40) of Gerhard Mitter and Jochen Rindt drove in 11th position when Jochen Rindt missed a gear change and overrevved the engine. End of race but Hans Herrmann and Jo Siffert defended the honours of Porsche and finished the race in 5th position. That was good enough to win the Index of Performance.

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