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Lauda tops the bill for BMW M1 Procar reunion in Austria

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Lauda tops the bill for BMW M1 Procar reunion in Austria
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Jun 28, 2016, 2:27 PM

Three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda will be the star attraction in a demonstration run by a group of 14 BMW M1 Procars at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

Leopold von Bayern, Niki Lauda and Christian Danner
BMW M1 Procar Tribute Race
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#8 1978 BMW M1 Procar: Henry Schmitt
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Start of BMW Procar race

The popular Procar series supported Grands Prix in 1979 and '80, with contemporary F1 drivers taking on saloon and sportscar specialists.

Lauda won the title in the first season, driving a car prepared by the Project 4 organisation run by Ron Dennis.

Other former M1 drivers making a return this weekend are Hans Stuck, Jochen Mass, Marc Surer, Jan Lammers, Christian Danner, Johnny Cecotto, Dieter Quester, Harald Grohs, Markus Hotz, Sepp Manhalter and Prince Leopold von Bayern.

They will be joined by guest drivers Jos Verstappen and Gerhard Berger, the latter handling the ex-Bruno Giacomelli/Osella machine that is now part of his personal collection.

The cars will run on track in a familiarisation session on Saturday evening, and again at Sunday lunchtime. They will be based at the Fan Village, outside the first corner.

BMW organised a similar M1 gathering at the 2008 German GP at Hockenheim.

This weekend's event has been put together by the race promoters and Red Bull, with help from BMW Classic.

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