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  Porsche 935 J
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1979 - 1980
Numbers built:3
Successor:Porsche 935/81 'Moby Dick'
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 26, 2018
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Click here to download printer friendly versionIn addition to Moretti's new car, Merl's updated machine was entered for the Daytona 24 Hours with Merl sharing with Reinhold Joest himself and Stommelen. Starting second, the all-German entry scored an impressive victory by a staggering 33 laps over the second placed Porsche 935. The Daytona winning car was also acquired by Moretti and remained in the United States. Back in Europe, Merl, Stommelen and Manfred Winkelhock all scored DRM victories in the two 935 Js that had been retained by Joest Racing. The year ended on a high as the Daytona winning car was driven to another victory on the Speedway, this time in the 250 mile race by Joest and Moretti.

Using designs supplied by Porsche, Joest Racing then went on to build a pair of clones of the legendary 'Moby Dick' 935/78, which used a complete tubular spaceframe chassis. The four cars built in 1979 and 1980 continued to be raced by customers on both sides of the Atlantic. Entered by the Vegla Racing Team, the 935 J was driven to its first World Championship at the 1981 Silverstone Six Hours with Walter Roehrl, Harald Grohs and Dieter Schorstein behind the wheel. That year, the ex-Moretti car was driven to another Daytona 250 victory by Hurley Haywood and new car owner Mauricio DeNarvaez.

A more than fitting finale to the 935 J's racing career came at the 1984 Sebring 12 Hours where a second updated 935/77A, now also owned by DeNarvaez took an outright victory with the Colombian sharing with Stefan Johansson and Hans Heyer. Although not as well known as the Kremer Brothers' much more prolific 935 K3, the Joest Racing 935s were nonetheless very successful with wins at Daytona and Sebring as well as in the DRM and the World Championship.

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