‘72STAGPOWER’s first test day this year on the Arena circuit in Oschersleben ran tip-top. Four cars rolled out of the pits: a Porsche 962 (ex-Brun), a Porsche 956 (also from the former Brun team), the tried-and-tested BMW 320 Group 5 and a Porsche 914/6 GT.
The 1989 Porsche 962 (chassis number BM 008) aroused the greatest excitement. To anticipate the result: this super racing car ran like clockwork (Porsche turbo-engines can still turn out nearly 1000 hp).
At the wheel together with Franz Konrad was Timo Rumpfkeil, who will also occasionally reinforce ‘72STAGPOWER in the future as a driver. The fact that Konrad, now aged 67, made a special journey from Gütersloh had a particular reason and is especially pleasing to the ‘72STAGPOWER crew. The very same Jägermeister-Porsche 962 now being tested was also driven by Franz Konrad in the 1989 season.
The “Larrauri” and “Konrad” nameplates on the bodywork are a reminder that Franz Konrad (Austria) and Oscar Larrauri (Argentina) took turns at the wheel of this “962er” in the 1000-km race on the Nürburgring at that time.
Konrad also finished second in the Supercup race in Diepholz in the same year. Franz Konrad is among the most experienced racing drivers between 1973 and 2003. He was at the start 17 times in Le Mans alone, where he finished second in a works Jaguar XRJ-12 in 1990 together with Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace.
Apart from a few minor details, the other three ‘72STAGPOWER racing cars also ran without any problems
Author: Eckhard Schimpf