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The 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 47th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 9 and 10 June 1979.

1979 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

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Pre-raceEdit

Due to the construction of a new public road, the profile of Tetre Rouge had to be changed. This redesign led to a faster double-apex corner as well as requiring the removal of the second Dunlop Bridge.

Race reportEdit

 
1979 winning car

The Porsche 935 turbo, a highly modified variant of the Porsche 911 road car, dominated endurance racing in the late 1970s, being entered by many Porsche customer teams all over the world. The German-based Kremer team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans using a modified version of the 935 which was driven by Klaus Ludwig, Don Whittington and Bill Whittington. Actor Paul Newman, driving with Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour, finished second in Barbour's 935, while Kremer's second 935 driven by Laurent Ferrier, François Servanin and François Trisconi placed third.

The unusual occupation of the top four spots by Group 5 and GT cars arose from a Sports Prototype field severely depleted of competitive entries and the failures of the two most capable entries in that class to finish. The remainder of the 2+ litre Sports Prototypes were powered by the slower and less reliable Cosworth DFV V-8s. The distance covered by the S +2.0 class winner, 3798.8 km, was the least covered by any winner of that class since 1953.

Jacky Ickx's efforts to win his fifth Le Mans came to nothing when he was disqualified for receiving outside assistance in repairing his stricken Porsche 936.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 1979
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 Gr.5
+2.0
41   Porsche Kremer Racing   Klaus Ludwig
  Don Whittington
  Bill Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 307
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
2 IMSA
+2.5
70   Dick Barbour Racing   Rolf Stommelen
  Paul Newman
  Dick Barbour
Porsche 935/77A 299
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
3 Gr.5
+2.0
40   Porsche Kremer Racing   Laurent Ferrier
  François Servanin
  François Trisconi
Porsche 935/77A 297
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
4 GT
+3.0
82   Lubrifilm Racing Team   Herbert Müller
  Angelo Pallavicini
  Marco Vanoli
Porsche 934 296
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
5 S
+2.0
5   VSD Canon Jean Rondeau   Jean Ragnotti
  Bernard Darniche
Rondeau M379 292
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
6 IMSA
+2.5
76   Hervé Poulain   Manfred Winkelhock
  Marcel Mignot
  Hervé Poulain
BMW M1 288
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
7 Gr.5
+2.0
42   Sekurit Racing
  Autohaus Max Moritz GmbH
  Edgar Dören
  Dieter Schornstein
  Götz von Tschirnhaus
Porsche 935/77A 283
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
8 IMSA
+2.5
72   Dick Barbour Racing   Edwin Abate
  Bob Garretson
  Skeeter McKitterick
Porsche 935/78 283
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
9 IMSA
+2.5
73   Wynn's International Dick Barbour Racing   Robert Kirby
  Bob Harmon
  John Hotchkis
Porsche 935/78 280
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
10 S
+2.0
4   ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau   Henri Pescarolo
  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Rondeau M379 279
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
11 Gr.5
+2.0
43   Claude Haldi   Claude Haldi
  Herbert Loewe
  Rodrigo Terran
Porsche 935 275
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
12 IMSA
+2.5
61   "Beurlys"   Nick Faure
  Steve O'Rourke
  Bernard de Dryver
  Jean Blaton ("Beurlys")
Ferrari 512BB/LM 274
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
13 Gr.5
+2.0
45   Porsche Kremer Racing   Axel Plankenhorn
  Philippe Gurdjian
  "John Winter"
Porsche 935 K3 273
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
14 GTP
+3.0
52   WM A.E.R.E.M.   Jean-Daniel Raulet
  Marcel Mamers
  Serge Saulnier
WM P79 272
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
15 Gr.5
+2.0
39   ASA Cachia   Jacques Guérin
  "Chanaud"
  Frédéric Alliot
Porsche 935 268
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 GT
+3.0
86   Kores Racing   Georges Bourdillat
  Pascal Ennequin
  Alain-Michel Bernhard
Porsche 934 265
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
17 S
2.0
29   Mogil Motors Ltd.   Robin Smith
  Tony Charnell
  Richard Jones
Chevron B36 265
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
18 S
2.0
24   Dorset Racing Associates   Brian Joscelyne
  Tony Birchenhough
  Richard Jenvey
  Nick Mason
Lola T297 260
Ford Cosworth BDX 2.0 L I4
19 GT
+3.0
84   Anne-Charlotte Verney   Anne-Charlotte Verney
  Patrick Bardinon
  René Metge
Porsche 934 251
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
20 S
+2.0
15   Fisons Agricole - Simon Phillips   Martin Raymond
  Simon Phillips
  Ray Mallock
De Cadenet-Lola T380 250
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
21 S
2.0
20   Lambretta S.A.F.D.   Pierre Yver
  Max Cohen-Olivar
  Michel Elkoubi
Lola T298 248
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
22 S
2.0
28   Racing Organisation Course (ROC)   Bernard Verdier
  Albert Dufréne
  Noël del Bello
Chevron B36 239
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
23
NC
S
2.0
26   Racing Organisation Course (ROC)   Michel Dubois
  Pierre-François Rousselot
  Marc Menant
Chevron B36 133
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
24
NC
S
+2.0
10   Grand Touring Cars Ltd.
  Ford Concessionaires France
  Vern Schuppan
  Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
  David Hobbs
Ford M10 [1] 121
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
25
NC
Gr.5
+2.0
35   Carlo Pietromarchi   Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Carlo Pietromarchi
  Maurizio Micangeli
De Tomaso Pantera 108
Ford 351 5.8L V8
26
DNF
S
+2.0
11   Grand Touring Cars Inc.
  Ford Concessionaires France
  Derek Bell
  David Hobbs
  Vern Schuppan
Ford M10 [1] 262
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
27
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
62   JMS Racing / Charles Pozzi   Jean-Claude Andruet
  Spartaco Dini
Ferrari 512BB/LM 240
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
28
DNF
S
+2.0
14   Essex Motorsport Porsche   Bob Wollek
  Hurley Haywood
Porsche 936 236
Porsche Type-935 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
63   JMS Racing / Charles Pozzi   Michel Leclère
  Claude Ballot-Léna
  Peter Gregg
Ferrari 512BB/LM 219
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
30
DNF
GTP
3.0
55   Merlin Plage Jean Rondeau   Jean Rondeau
  Jacky Haran
Rondeau M379 207
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
31
DNF
Gr.5
+2.5
36   Gelo Racing Sportswear Intl.   Manfred Schurti
  Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 201
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
S
+2.0
12   Essex Motorsport Porsche   Jacky Ickx
  Brian Redman
  Jürgen Barth
Porsche 936 200
Porsche Type-935 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
33
DNF
Gr.5
+2.5
37   Gelo Racing Sportswear Intl.   John Fitzpatrick
  Harald Grohs
  Jean-Louis Lafosse
Porsche 935 196
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
S
2.0
25   Jean-Marie Lemerle   Alain Levié
  Jean-Pierre Malcher
  Jean-Marie Lemerle
Lola T298 189
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
35
DNF
S
2.0
33   Chevalley Racing Switzerland
  Racing Organisation Course
  Marcel Tarres
  Alain Dechelette
  Charles Dechelette
Chevron B36 187
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
36
DNF
S
2.0
31   Kores Racing - France Chauffage   Michel Lateste
  Dominique Lacaud
  Christian Heinkélé
Lola T297 182
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
37
DNF
GT
+3.0
87   Christian Bussi   Christian Bussi
  Bernard Salam
Porsche 934 182
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GTP
+3.0
51   WM A.E.R.E.M.   Roger Dorchy
  Denis Morin
WM P79 157
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
39
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
68   Interscope Racing   Ted Field
  Milt Minter
  John Morton
Porsche 935 154
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
S
+2.0
3   J.C. Racing Ltd.   John Cooper
  Peter Lovett
  John Morrison
De Cadenet-Lola T380 146
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
41
DNF
S
2.0
23   Pronuptia   Bruno Sotty
  Gérard Cuynet
  Marc Frischknecht
Lola T296 134
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
42
DNF
S
2.0
32   BP Racing / Hubert Striebig   Alain Cudini
  Hubert Striebig
  Hughes Kirschoffer
Toj SC206 121
BMW M12 2.0L I4
43
DNF
S
2.0
27   Racing Organisation Course (ROC)   Marc Sourd
  Florian Vetsch
  Robert Carmillet
Chevron B36 92
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
44
DNF
S
2.0
17   Cheetah Racing Cars   Sandro Plastina
  Philippe Roux
  Mario Luini
Cheetah G601 87
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
45
DNF
GTP
+3.0
53   WM A.E.R.E.M.   Michel Pignard
  Jacques Coulon
  Serge Saulnier
WM P79 87
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
46
DNF
S
2.0
18   Daniel Brillat
  Écurie Cedac Suisse
  Daniel Brillat
  Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
Cheetah G601 80
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
47
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
71   Dick Barbour Racing   Bob Akin
  Roy Woods
  Rob McFarland
Porsche 935 78
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
S
2.0
22   Georges Morand   Eric Vuagnat
  Daniel Laurent
  Jacques Boillat
Lola T296 76
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
49
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
74   Jean-Pierre Jarier   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Randy Townsend
  Raymond Touroul
Porsche 935 65
Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
50
DNF
S
+2.0
1   Chevalley Racing Switzerland   Xavier Lapeyre
  André Chevalley
  Patrick Perrier
Lola T286 59
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
51
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
64   North American Racing Team   Jean-Pierre Delaunay
  Cyril Grandet
  Preston Henn
Ferrari 512BB/LM 54
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
52
DNF
S
+2.0
6   Dome Co. Ltd.   Chris Craft
  Gordon Spice
  Tony Trimmer
Dome Zero RL 40
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
53
DNF
S
+2.0
7   Dome Co. Ltd.   Bob Evans
  Tony Trimmer
Dome Zero RL 25
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
54
DNF
GTP
+3.0
50   Robin Hamilton   Robin Hamilton
  Mike Salmon
  David Preece
Aston Martin DBS V8 21
Aston Martin 5.3 L Turbo V8
55
DNF
S
+2.0
8   Alain de Cadenet   François Migault
  Alain de Cadenet
De Cadenet-Lola T380 10
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #14 Essex Motorsport Porsche - 3:30.07
  • Fastest Lap - #12 Essex Motorsport Porsche (Jacky Ickx) - 3:36.10
  • Distance - 4173.930 km
  • Average Speed - 173.913 km/h

ReferencesEdit