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Repeat Offender 

The Porsche WSC-95 #001 is among the three cars in history to win Le Mans 24 Hours twice, in 1996 (Davy Jones / Alexander Wurz / Manuel Reuter) and 1997 (Michele Alboreto / Stefan Johansson / Tom Kristensen).

Derived form the TWR-built Jaguar XJR-14 #691, the WSC-95 was modified and powered by Porsche and run by Joest Racing.

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01 – 1991 - Sauber Mercedes C291 – Engine Mercedes-Benz M291 (Flat-12, 3.5 L)

Drivers —  Jochen Mass, Jean-Louis Schlesser, Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger and others 

02 — 1990 -  Sauber Mercedes C11 -  Engine -  Mercedes-Benz M119 (V8, biturbo, 4973  cc)

Drivers — Mauro Baldi, Jochen Mass, Jean-Louis Schlesser, Heinz-  Harald Frentzen, Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger

03 — 1987— Sauber Mercedes C9 —- Engine – Mercedes-Benz M119 (V8, biturbo, 4973 cc)

Drivers —– Mike Thackwell, Henri Pescarolo, Kenny Acheson, Mauro  Baldi, Jochen Mass, Jean-Louis Schlesser, Gianfranco Brancatelli, Alain Cudini, Stanley Dickens, Jean-Pierre  Jabouille, Manuel Reuter and others

04 – 1985 – Sauber Mercedes C8 -  Engine - Mercedes-Benz M117 (V8, biturbo, 5 L) 

Drivers —– Christian Danner, John Nielsen, Henri Pescarolo, Dieter Quester, Mike Thackwell and others                                                                                                    

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Figure skating bronze medallist at the recent Sochi Winter Olympics Italy’s Carolina Kostner looks on after performing as the traditional Columbine, having descended from Saint Mark’s bell tower on an iron cable, during the Venetian Carnival in Venice, March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT FIGURE SKATING OLYMPICS)

Deadly blast strikes market in Philippines' Davao city

A blast has ripped through a night market packed with customers in President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city of Davao in southern Philippines, killing at least 12 people and wounding 60 others.

A presidential spokesman said on Friday that the blast took place at the open-air market in Davao City, 960km south of the capital, Manila.

The explosion occurred close to the high-end Marco Polo hotel that is popular with tourists and business people, city spokeswoman Catherine de la Rey told AFP news agency.

Regional police chief Manuel Guerlan told Reuters news agency that a ring of checkpoints had been thrown around the city’s exit points.

“A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the explosion,” he said. “We call on all the people to be vigilant at all times.”

Student John Rhyl L Sialmo told Al Jazeera that the explosion happened around 10:30pm local time (4:30GMT).

“We were inside one of the university buildings when we heard the loud explosion,” Sialmo, a student at Ateneo de Davao University, said.

“There were so many people, because it was a night market and also because it’s a Friday," Sialmo said, adding that "the rescuers had to use improvised bandages on the victims”.

“One woman rushed to the university to ask for help and she said she saw bodies and body parts laying around,” he said. “She looked very traumatised.”

War on drugs

The Philippine president was in Davao, but was safe and at a police station after the explosion, his son Paolo Duterte, who is vice mayor of the city, told Reuters news agency.

Duterte is hugely popular in Davao, having served as its mayor for more than 22 years before his stunning national election win in May, garnered from the popularity of a promised war on drugs.

READ MORE: Death toll in Duterte’s war on drugs

His election has prompted a spike in drug-related killings, with more than 2,000 people killed since he took office on June 30, nearly half of them in police operations.

Davao is located in Mindanao, a large southern island beset by decades of armed rebellion by Muslim groups. The region is also home to Abu Sayyaf, a rebel group loosely linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS) and notorious for making tens of millions of dollars from kidnappings.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

However, Davao itself is largely peaceful and Duterte has been credited with transforming it from a lawless town to a southern commercial hub for call centres and offshore business processing services.