Remembering a racing pioneer and deal-maker

Remembering a racing pioneer and deal-maker

We pay tribute to Richard Lloyd, who had a huge impact on motorsport prior to his premature death on this day in 2008

It's the dawn of a new age for international sportscar racing. One manufacturer stands head and shoulders above the rest in the top class and decides to capitalise on its hegemony by setting up a customer programme. All goes to plan at first, until one of the customers turns up with extensive modifications and begins upstaging the works team at its own game...

No, you haven't missed a new chapter in the history of the World Endurance Championship. Instead, rewind 35 years to 1983, when the World Sportscar Championship's celebrated Group C era was just starting to build momentum and Porsche's 956 was the car to have.

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