Jean Behra co-drove a Porsche RS with Edgar Barth to as high as 5th position at Sebring in 1958, but eventually retired with transmission trouble in the seventh hour. Sadly, Behra would lose his life a little over a year later, while driving a Porsche RSK at Avus in Germany.
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Immediately after the Second World War, Jean-Pierre Wimille, Louis Chiron, Philippe Etancelin, and Raymond Sommer carried France’s colors back into battle on the motor racing circuits of the world. But Wimille crashed his Simca-Gordini and was killed while practicing for the Grand Prix of Buenos Aires on January 28, 1949. Raymond Sommer left us in the Circuit de Cadours in an 1,100-cc Cooper on October 19, 1950. All the while, old campaigners Chiron and Etancelin were winding down their careers….
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