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1985 Selangor 800Kms

Selangor 800 kms

Sunday, December 1, 1985
Round:
10
Laps:
217
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Mass, 1m24.52
Country:
Malaysia
Circuit:
1985 season:
Report

Tom Walkinshaw's Jaguar XJR-6 sportscar team has achieved much in the space of four months, and earned its best result in Selangor, Malaysia on December 1 when Mike Thackwell, John Nielsen and Jan Lammers finished second overall, on the same lap as the Rothmans-Porsche 962C of winners Jacky lckx and Jochen Mass.

Other than two or three minor setbacks during practice, usually attributable to the human element, the Jaguars were both quick and reliable through the weekend, though a tyre failure eliminated the better-placed car driven by Lammers early in the 500-mile race. It was a track that favoured the tremendous torque of the V12 engines, enabling them to spring, catlike, out of the slow corners where the turbo Porsches needed winding up, their drivers waiting for the boost to arrive.

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