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1988 Nurburgring 1000Kms

Saturday, September 3, 1988
Fastest Lap:
Schlesser, 1m28.55
1988 season:

Sauber makes Jaguar wait

The AEG Sauber-Mercedes driven by Jean-Louis Schlesser and Jochen Mass took an excellent victory at the Nurburgring on the first weekend in September, leaving Martin Brundle and Eddie Cheever in second place in their Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-9. But it was still almost a formality for the British team to win the World Sports-Prototype Championship for the second year in succession, perhaps at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight later.

Brundle, though, will have to work harder for the Drivers' Championship which is led by Schlesser. Because the best seven scores (of eleven) settle the contest, the odds were slightly on the Jaguar driver, since Schlesser already had seven results after the German round, but the Sauber's form is absolutely formidable at the moment. Porsche is working hard to find a sponsor for 1989 and 1990, to put a sports-car team together again. If that happened the cars would, necessarily, he existing 962C chassis, and after Sauber's victory a Porsche engineer was asked the big question: could a works Porsche have beaten it? A long pause . . ."no".