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The 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 51st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1983. It was also the fourth round of both the World Endurance Championship and European Endurance Championship.

1983 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners
Closeup of the winning Schuppan/Holbert/Haywood Rothmans Porsche 956.

The win was fought right down to the line between the Rothmans Porsche 956s of Al Holbert (#3 car) and Derek Bell (#1). Bell was able to un-lap himself as the Holbert car was slowed by overheating (engine damage caused by an airflow blockage to the radiator that cooled the heads) and finally seized up on the last lap; luckily for Holbert it re-fired and made it to the end with smoke trailing from the exhaust. Holbert crossed the finish line 17 seconds ahead of a fast closing Bell.

Vern Schuppan, after finishing third in 1975, and second in 1977 and 1982, became the first Australian driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans since Bernard Rubin won driving a Bentley 4½ Litre in 1928.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 1983
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyres Laps
Engine
1 C 3   Rothmans Porsche   Vern Schuppan
  Hurley Haywood
  Al Holbert
Porsche 956 D 370
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
2 C 1   Rothmans Porsche   Jacky Ickx
  Derek Bell
Porsche 956 D 370
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
3 C 21   Porsche Kremer Racing   Mario Andretti
  Michael Andretti
  Philippe Alliot
Porsche 956 G 364
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
4 C 12   Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing   Volkert Merl
  Clemens Schickentanz
  Mauricio de Narváez
Porsche 956 D 361
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
5 C 16   John Fitzpatrick Racing   John Fitzpatrick
  Guy Edwards
  Rupert Keegan
Porsche 956 G 358
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
6 C 8   Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing   Klaus Ludwig
  Stefan Johansson
  Bob Wollek
Porsche 956 D 354
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
7 C 18   Obermaier Racing   Axel Plankenhorn
  Desiré Wilson
  Jürgen Lässig
Porsche 956 D 347
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
8 C 14   Canon Racing
  GTi Engineering
  Jonathan Palmer
  Jan Lammers
  Richard Lloyd
Porsche 956 D 339
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
9 C 46   Sauber Team Switzerland   Diego Montoya
  Tony Garcia
  Albert Naon
Sauber C7 D 338
BMW M88 3.5L I6
10 C 47   Preston Henn T-Bird Swap Shop
  John Fitzpatrick Racing
  Preston Henn
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 956 G 327
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 B 93   Charles Ivey Racing   John Cooper
  Paul Smith
  David Ovey
Porsche 930 A[1] 303
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
12 C Jr 60   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Takashi Yorino
  Yojiro Terada
  Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 717C D 302
Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
13 B 92   Georg Memminger   Georg Memminger
  Heinz Kuhn-Wiess
  Fritz Müller
Porsche 930 D 299
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
14 C 54   Valentin Bertapelle   Bruno Sotty
  Gérard Cuynet
URD C81 D 292
BMW M88 3.5L I6
15 B 95   Equipe Alméras Fréres   Jacques Alméras
  Jean-Marie Alméras
  Jacques Guillot
Porsche 930 M 279
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
16 C 10   WM Secateva   Roger Dorchy
  Alain Courdec
  Pascal Fabre
WM P83 M 278
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
17 C 41   EMKA Productions Ltd.   Tiff Needell
  Steve O'Rourke
  Nick Faure
EMKA C83/1 D 275
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3L V8
18 C Jr 61   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Steve Soper
  Jeff Allam
  James Weaver
Mazda 717C D 267
Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
19 C 29   Christian Bussi   Daniel Herregods
  Jean-Paul Libert
  Pascal Witmeur
Rondeau M382 D 265
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20 B 96   Michel Lateste   Raymond Touroul
  Michel Lateste
  Michel Bienvault
Porsche 930 M 264
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
21
NC
B 97   Raymond Boutinaud   Raymond Boutinaud
  Patrick Gonin
  Alain le Page
Porsche 928S D 234
Porsche 4.7L V8
22
NC
C 53   A.S. École Supérieure de Tourisme   François Hesnault
  Thierry Perrier
  Bernard Salam
Lancia LC1 D 232
Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
23
NC
C 51   Scuderia Sivama Motor   Oscar Larrauri
  Massimo Sigala
  Max Cohen-Olivar
Lancia LC1 D 217
Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
24
NC
C Jr 65   François Duret   John Sheldon
  François Duret
  Ian Harrower
De Cadenet-Lola LM M 214
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
25
DSQ
C 30   Primagaz   Lucien Guitteny
  Pierre Yver
  Bernard de Dryver
Rondeau M382 D 266
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
26
DNF
B 94   Claude Haldi   Claude Haldi
  Günther Steckkönig
  Bernd Schiller
Porsche 930 M 217
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
27
DNF
C 2   Rothmans Porsche   Jochen Mass
  Stefan Bellof
Porsche 956 D 281
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
C 39   Viscount Downe - Pace Petroleum   Ray Mallock
  Mike Salmon
  Steve Earle
Nimrod NRA/C2B A 218
Aston Martin-Tickford DP1229 5.3L V8
29
DNF
C 24   Ford France   Thierry Boutsen
  Henri Pescarolo
Rondeau M482 M 174
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
30
DNF
C 20   Cooke Racing   Ralph Kent-Cooke
  Jim Adams
  François Sérvanin
Lola T610 G 165
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
31
DNF
B 90   Angelo Pallavicini
  Brun Motorsport
  Prince Leopold von Bayern
  Angelo Pallavicini
  Jens Winther
BMW M1 D 160
BMW M88 3.5L I6
32
DNF
C Jr 63   Scuderia Jolly Club   Carlo Facetti
  Martino Finotto
  Marco Vanoli
Alba AR2 P 158
Giannini Carma FF 1.9L Turbo I4
33
DNF
C 28   Jean Rondeau
  Ford France
  Vic Elford
  Joël Gouhier
  Anne-Charlotte Verney
Rondeau M379 A 136
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
34
DNF
C 6   Martini Lancia   Paolo Barilla
  Alessandro Nannini
  Jean-Claude Andruet
Lancia LC2 D 135
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
35
DNF
C 5   Martini Lancia   Piercarlo Ghinzani
  Hans Heyer
  Michele Alboreto
Lancia LC2 D 121
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
36
DNF
C 9   WM Secateva   Jean-Daniel Raulet
  Michel Pignard
  Didier Theys
WM P83 M 102
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
37
DNF
C 26   Ford France   Alain Ferté
  Jean Rondeau
  Michel Ferté
Rondeau M482 M 90
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
38
DNF
C 11   John Fitzpatrick Racing   John Fitzpatrick
  David Hobbs
  Dieter Quester
Porsche 956 G 135
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
C 13   Primagaz   Alain de Cadenet
  Yves Courage
  Michel Dubois
Cougar C01B M 86
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
40
DNF
C 22   Porsche Kremer Racing   Derek Warwick
  Patrick Gaillard
  Frank Jelinski
Porsche-Kremer CK5 G 76
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
41
DNF
C 38   Dome Racing
  Colin Bennett
  Eliseo Salazar
  Chris Craft
  Nick Mason
Dome RC82 D 75
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
42
DNF
C Jr 64   Hubert Striebig   Hubert Striebig
  Noël del Bello
  Jacques Heuclin
Sthemo SM01 D[1] 71
BMW 2.2L I4
43
DNF
C 49   Grid Motor Racing Ltd.   Fred Stiff
  Dudley Wood
  Ray Ratcliff
Grid Plaza S1 F 69
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
44
DNF
C 36   Brun Motorsport   Jacques Villeneuve
  Ludwig Heimrath
  David Deacon
Sehcar SH C6 D 68
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
45
DNF
C 72   Jean Rondeau   Dany Snobeck
  Xavier Lapeyre
  Alain Cudini
Rondeau M382 M 31
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
46
DNF
C 4   Martini Lancia   Michele Alboreto
  Teo Fabi
  Alessandro Nannini
Lancia LC2 D 27
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
47
DNF
C 43   Peer Racing   François Migault
  David Kennedy
  Martin Birrane
Ford C100 G 16
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
48
DNF
C 25   Ford France   Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
  Philippe Streiff
Rondeau M482 M 12
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
49
DNF
C 15   Belga Team Joest Racing   Jean-Michel Martin
  Marc Duez
  Philippe Martin
Porsche 936C D 9
Porsche Type-935 2.7L Turbo Flat-6
50
DNF
C 42   Richard Cleare Racing   Tony Dron
  Richard Cleare
  Richard Jones
Porsche-Kremer CK5 D 8
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
51
DNF
B 91   Edgar Dören   Alain Yvon
  Jean-Marie Lemerle
  Michael Krankenberg
Porsche 930 D 7
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #1 Rothmans Porsche (Jacky Ickx) - 3:16.560 (155.075 mph/249.570 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Rothmans Porsche - 3:29.070
  • Distance - 5047.934 km
  • Average Speed - 210.330 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "1983 Le Mans 24 Hours". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-04-26.