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Works Porsche on form
One of the features of this year's World Endurance Championship has been the closing-up of performances due to the lower fuel allocation, 510 litres for 1,000 kilometres, and the apparent loss of form by the factory's Rothmans-Porsche team. Peter Falk's 962Cs were eclipsed at Le Mans and the Hockenheim race was one to look forwrd to for a number of reasons: it was the first time an endurance race had been held at the circuit, and Tom Walkinshaw had promised a confrontation between his new XJR-6 machines and the cram of the German and Italian car industries, namely the Porsches and the Lancias.
The failure of the TWR Jaguars to show up at Hockenheim was a huge disappointment. Testing the previous Monday had apparently shown up an understeering problem, a driveshaft had snapped, and a lack of spare parts was also mentioned. However the second XJR-6 was virtually finished so the latter problem was not a major one, and the ADAC organisers - not to mention the German importers and their 400 trade guests - felt that at the very least the XJR-6 should have been given a public showing.