Champions return to Le Mans

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Seven former winners - including German ex-Audi ace and three-time champion Marco Werner - were back at La Sarthe for the fifth Le Mans Classic from 9-11 July.

Fittingly, 40 years after he won, Richard Attwood was back in a Porsche 917, sharing with Australian '83 victor Vern Schuppan - the weekend's star team. Attwood joked: "Am I really at Le Mans? So much has changed that I hardly recognised it!" They went on to take third overall in the '66-'71 group.

The final heat of the oldest group ('23-'39) saw Albert Otten's BMW 328, Julian Bronson's Talbot 105 crew and the Alfa 8C-2300 of Nicolas d'Ieteren and Jean-Pierre Lecou regularly trading podium places, with the Milanese machine ahead at the change.

History could've repeated itself - 8Cs won at La Sarthe from '31-'34 - had the Alfa not been penalised for a short pitstop. Otten topped the group, from a brace of 105s.

A wide variety of racing machines, ranging from the ages of '23 to '79, provided an exciting day out for all who were there.

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