Porsche 911 GT1 Evo hits the tracks again

In the autumn sunshine, the newly rebuilt car looked superb.
In the autumn sunshine, the newly rebuilt 911 GT1 Evo looked superb.

The 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evo that is featured in the current issue of Total 911 continued its return to the track at the Circuit Paul Ricard, near Marseille in France.

Mark Sumpter’s freshly-rebuilt machine, previously raced by Porsche legend Bob Wollek, took part in a parade of Nineties GT1 machinery, as raced in the BPR Global and FIA GT series.

The 911 GT1 Evo took to the track alongside one of its main rivals: the McLaren F1 GTR. (Credit: Fotorissima)
The 911 GT1 Evo took to the track alongside one of its main rivals: the McLaren F1 GTR. (Credit: Fotorissima)

Put on by the organisers of the Dix Mille Tours, the parade saw the PlayStation-liveried 911 take to the track alongside one of its contemporary archrivals, the McLaren F1 GTR.

After two tests at Donington Park (near Leicester, in the UK), this is the car’s first foreign trip since its comprehensive rebuild, which included a fresh engine, restored shell, and overhauled suspension and gearbox.

Featured on the cover of issue 106, the car is likely to get more use if a revival series is set up.
Featured on the cover of issue 106, the car is likely to get more use if a revival series is set up.

After the GT90 race series was discontinued a few years ago, this parade breaths fresh life into the idea that a championship for these awesome machines will come to fruition in the near future.

To read about the rebuild in full, and why this car has such a special place in Sumpter’s heart, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 106 in store and online at the Imagine Shop.

The long straights of the Le Castellet circuit gave the GT1 a chance to stretch its legs. (Credit: Fotorissima)
The long straights of the Le Castellet circuit gave the GT1 a chance to stretch its legs. (Credit: Fotorissima)

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