6 Minutes 11.13 seconds. Not long at all in the grand scheme of things, but an eternity in motorsports. Unless you’re talking about the Nordschleife. At the Nordschleife 6:11.13 is blisteringly fast. How fast? Try the fastest lap ever around the fabled Green Hell. You figure such an accomplishment would be a well know part of motoring lore. Especially these days, where every manufacturer flocks there to test/prove their latest creations. pretty much everyone can tell you the Porsche 918 Spyder did a 6:57 and that the McLaren P1 did a “sub 7-minute” lap. But I bet you don’t know who in what did the 6:11.13. If you did, kudos, but if you didn’t the man was Stefan Bellof and the car was his Rothmans Porsche 956 Group C car. Bellof out qualified his nearest rival by 5.72 seconds. By any measure, it was one of those legendary laps we should know and revere. Unfortunately, Bellof was tragically killed in a racing accident at Spa. Hans Joachim Stuck recently took Bellof’s Porsche back to Nordschleife to pay tribute.
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