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Race winners Tom Kristensen, Stefan Johansson, Michele Alboreto, Joest Team Porsche
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When Porsche privateers beat the factory at Le Mans

Both the Jota and Proton teams have proven competitive with their Porsche 963 LMDhs in the World Endurance Championship so far this year, suggesting they could be in the mix against the factory at Le Mans this week. As history proves, customer squads coming out on top in the 24 Hours is not a new phenomenon

Joest Racing had won the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 1996 after doing a deal to run its pair of stillborn WSC95 LMP prototypes. Good job the arrangement allowed it to keep the winning car. Fast forward 12 months, and it didn’t have a lot of option but to turn out at the French enduro with the chassis it now owned if it wanted to continue racing.

The result was another victory, not like the previous year ahead of a pair of factory cars, but this time in front of two McLarens. Joest saved Porsche’s bacon with its solo entry driven by Tom Kristensen, Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson.

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