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#1 CSGPR

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 15:29

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During some research. I discovred that Brian Redman drove one stint in J.W. Automutive car No. 2 at the Rolex 24 Houres at Daytona back 1970. The No. 2. car was the car of Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen. Redman was racing with "Seppi" in car. No. 1. Is there anybody who knows a litle about this. Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen won the race in fronr of "Seppi" and Redman. But why did Redman do the one stint with No 2 car. and when in the race did he do so

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#2 Amphicar

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 15:48

Hi

During some research. I discovred that Brian Redman drove one stint in J.W. Automutive car No. 2 at the Rolex 24 Houres at Daytona back 1970. The No. 2. car was the car of Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen. Redman was racing with "Seppi" in car. No. 1. Is there anybody who knows a litle about this. Pedro Rodriguez and Leo Kinnunen won the race in fronr of "Seppi" and Redman. But why did Redman do the one stint with No 2 car. and when in the race did he do so

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Here's Brian's own explanation:

BR: "In those days, it was a huge field of 75 or 80 cars and some very slow cars. On the 3rd lap, we were lapping the tail-enders! So we gained four miles in 4 minutes or so. Well, our trouble started about 4 or 5 in the afternoon when, on the back straight, and there was no chicane in those days, we were getting about 210 miles an hour coming on to the banking. Just before the banking there was a group of Trans-Am-type cars, Mustangs and Camaros, there were 4 or 5 of them, they were slip-streaming each other (but) there was room down the middle. I flew down the middle and just as I got past the front car my left rear tire burst. So, the tire went flailing around, hitting everything inside (the car). We lost about 20 minutes in the pits repairing the damage. And then, at about one in the morning we had a fuel leak, we lost another 20 minutes. About 2:30 in the morning, I’m coming off the banking at well over 200 miles an hour, there’s a bump and boom! I spin all the way down the pit straight but didn’t hit anything. The right rear suspension had fallen off. A bolt had broken and that took another 20 minutes. Now, we’re back somewhere in 5th or 6th, driving like maniacs, of course, which is fun! About 6 or 7 in the morning the clutch failed. So now, it’s pushed behind the wall and that’s it, we’re finished. Maybe 30 minutes later, David Yorke, the team manager said ‘Brian, I want you to drive’ (the Rodriguez/Kinnunen car) which was leading. So I did a session in that car and just towards the end of the session, on the pit straight, Siffert comes flying past me waving! They’d changed the clutch in like 45 minutes or something, unbelievable. We took 2nd place from the Andretti/Ickx Ferrari 512 with not very long to go."

(taken from this website: http://www.sportscar...man-in-redmond/)

So Brian officially finished both 1st and 2nd in that race (http://www.1966shelb...HourResults.pdf)

How's that for versatility Uncle Bauble?

Edited by Amphicar, 05 December 2011 - 15:50.


#3 Giraffe

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 15:57

Amazing! No mention of any of this in the report in "Autocourse" whatsoever.

#4 alansart

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 15:57

the 2nd place Redman car was 45 laps behind. I guess the others had a few problems as well.



#5 2F-001

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 16:22

On a similar theme, Siffert and Herrmann are credited with sharing the winning Elford/Neerpasch/Stommelen 907 in the 1968 race, as well as driving their own to second place.

#6 Pedro 917

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 17:27

According to John Horsman, in his great book "Racing In The Rain", Kinnunen also did a stint in the Siffert-Redman car.



#7 CSGPR

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 21:25

On a similar theme, Siffert and Herrmann are credited with sharing the winning Elford/Neerpasch/Stommelen 907 in the 1968 race, as well as driving their own to second place.


Thank you for this mornings e-mail

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#8 Seppi_0_917PA

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:57

Another great Louis Galanos article just posted on Sports Car Digest: 1970 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 15:25

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