"Spirit of Le Mans" award for Porsche Racing Engineer Norbert Singer Stuttgart/Le Mans - June 13 - Top award for Porsche racing engineer Norbert Singer: for his contributions to the legend of the Le Mans 24 hour race and his unique achievements...
"Spirit of Le Mans" award for Porsche Racing Engineer Norbert Singer
Stuttgart/Le Mans - June 13 - Top award for Porsche racing engineer Norbert Singer: for his contributions to the legend of the Le Mans 24 hour race and his unique achievements at the French long distance classic, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) presents the 63-year-old with the "Spirit of Le Mans" trophy.
Norbert Singer is the only Porsche employee who contributed to all of the record 16 overall wins secured by the works team and private customer squads since 1970 with the 917 935, 936, 956, 962C, TWR-Spyder and 911 GT1 98. As project leader the university-trained engineer was responsible for most of these racing sports cars. As the Head of Works Sport and Operations, Singer made the strategic and tactical decisions during the races. He still remembers his first Le Mans event:
"I started working in the race department on 1 March, 1970, and I was allowed to contribute to the Le Mans project. My task was to design the gearbox cooling."
Singer's name is also closely linked to many other Porsche motorsport successes apart from Le Mans. Five drivers', three makes' and two team world championships were won with the 956 and 962C racing sportscars between 1982 and 1986.
In the American IMSA series, "his" vehicles secured 13 championships. it was here that the legendary combination of Peter Gregg and the 911 RS won for the first time in 1973. At the US long distance classic in Daytona (Florida) "Singer-cars" secured 14 overall wins for Porsche, at the Sebring 12 hour race (Florida) they triumphed eight times.
ACO president Michel Cosson handed over a valuable watch today as the tangible symbol for the "Spirit of Le Mans" award to Norbert Singer. Phil Hill (USA) as triple Le Mans winner and Formula 1 world champion and Herb Fishel (USA), former Executive Director of GM Racing will also be honored.
The ACQ has presented the "Spirit of Le Mans" since 2001. In the first year Dr Ferdinand Piech (Germany) and the journalist-racing driver Paul Frère (Belgium) were amongst the honoured. Last year, Derek Bell (England) received the prize. Bell won Le Mans five times - four of which were in the cockpit of a Porsche sports car.