1985 Norisring Trophae - Porsche 956
Norisring was always a special place for me - I won a lot of races there - so I'd have to pick one of those wins as the best moment from my time in Group C. In 1985 I didn't have a drive, but I really wanted to do the race. I found a car, one of the first customer 956s, and found my own sponsors. Kremer ran it, but I didn't even have an engineer - I engineered it myself. Everyone was laughing at me for racing this really old car, but I won the fucking race. There were a lot of good cars there. Stefan Bellof was in a Brun car and Jochen Mass was with Joest, and there was a Lancia too. That old car didn't jump around so much on that bumpy track - maybe it was because the chassis had gone soft. That was a cool victory.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.