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1970 Watkins Glen Can-Am

Sunday, July 12, 1970
United States
1970 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

The third round of the series took place on the day after the World Manufacturers' Championship 6-Hour race at Watkins Glen in New York State. It attracted many of the sports cars which had raced the previous day and they had a distinct advantage over the Group Seven cars because their more robust design was much better suited to the appalling condition of the rapidly deteriorating track surface, the result of faulty resurfacing. Group Seven honour was saved by Hulme, whose McLaren had been fitted with the smaller 7-litre engine to combat overheating. This time it was Gurney (using a 7.6-litre V8) who retired and Hulme duly won in spite of his car's air intakes being seriously clogged with loose gravel.

Behind Hulme were no fewer than six Group Five cars, all of which had raced for six hours the previous day! Jo Siffert's JW Automotive Porsche 917 closed the gap on Hulme in an inspired display of driving by the Swiss and he had got it down to only nine seconds when slower cars twice forced him to spin off. Nevertheless, Siffert finished two laps ahead of the remaining Group Five cars.