Gijs van Lennep: Dutch driver of the century

2-time Le Mans winner Gijs van Lennep from Holland will be one of the guests of honor during the first Classic GP at TT Circuit in Assen. A former factory Porsche driver, Van Lennep won the 24H of Le Mans with current Red Bull race boss Helmut Marko in 1971 and achieved a second win together with another legend of the sport, Jacky Ickx, back in 1976.

The Dutchman raced some fearsome Le Mans cars, including cars with a highly flammable magnesium chassis, reaching speeds of over 390 km/h. Van Lennep is curious to see whether the impressive 650 hp group C cars, at the time ultra-modern prototypes, will still give the spectators at the Classic GP goosebumps.

Van Lennep started racing in the Formula Vee class, a category which is also part of the Classic GP line-up. In Formula 1, he scored championship points with two sixth places, but he mainly made his name by winning the Le Mans races and street races such as the infamous Targa Florio in Sicily. Van Lennep, who wears the noble title ‘Jonkheer’, was named Dutch driver of the century because of his achievements.

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