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The 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 53rd Grand Prix of Endurance as well as the fourth round of the 1985 World Endurance Championship. It took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe, France, on 15 and 16 June 1985.

1985 24 Hours of Le Mans
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During Thursday's practice, Briton driver Dudley Wood in a John Fitzpatrick entered Porsche 962C tangled with the Swiss driver Jean-Pierre Frey in an Alba AR2 on the Mulsanne Straight at 200 mph (320 km/h). They crashed, and they both went over the barriers and into the trees, similar to John Sheldon's crash the year before. The impact was so hard, it even cracked the Porsche's engine. No one was killed. As a result, neither car started the race.[1]

During qualifying, German driver Hans-Joachim Stuck recorded the fastest ever lap of Le Mans for the time - at an average speed of 156.471 mph (251.815 km/h). His record would be held for 32 years, until Kamui Kobayashi broke it in 2017 in a Toyota TS050 Hybrid, averaging a speed of 156.512 mph (251.882 km/h).

Klaus Ludwig took his third overall win, and his second in a row, in the same 956B chassis, 956B-117, which had won the 1984 race.

6-time winner Jacky Ickx finished his final 24 Hours of Le Mans in 10th place.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 1985
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 7   New-Man Joest Racing   Klaus Ludwig
  Paolo Barilla
  "John Winter" (Louis Krages)
Porsche 956B D 374
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
2 C1 14   Richard Lloyd Racing   Jonathan Palmer
  James Weaver
  Richard Lloyd
Porsche 956 GTi G 371
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 2   Rothmans Porsche   Derek Bell
  Hans-Joachim Stuck
Porsche 962C D 367
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 33   John Fitzpatrick Racing   Jo Gartner
  David Hobbs
  Guy Edwards
Porsche 956B Y 366
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
5 C1 10   Porsche Kremer Racing   Mario Hytten
  George Fouché
  Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956B G 361
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
6 C1 4   Martini Lancia   Bob Wollek
  Alessandro Nannini
  Lucio Cesario
Lancia LC2 M 360
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
7 C1 5   Martini Lancia   Henri Pescarolo
  Mauro Baldi
Lancia LC2 M 358
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
8 C1 26   Obermaier Racing Team   Jürgen Lässig
  Jesús Pareja
  Hervé Regout
Porsche 956 G 357
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
9 C1 11   Porsche Kremer Racing   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Mike Thackwell
  Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C G 356
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
10 C1 1   Rothmans Porsche   Jacky Ickx
  Jochen Mass
Porsche 962C D 348
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
11 C1 66   EMKA Productions, Ltd.   Tiff Needell
  Steve O'Rourke
  Nick Faure
EMKA C84/1 D 338
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
12 C1 36   Tom's Team   Satoru Nakajima
  Masanori Sekiya
  Kaoru Hoshino
Tom's 85C-L B 330
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
13 GTP 44   Jaguar Group 44   Bob Tullius
  Chip Robinson
  Claude Ballot-Léna
Jaguar XJR-5 G 324
Jaguar 6.0 L V12
14 C2 70   Spice Engineering   Gordon Spice
  Ray Bellm
  Mark Galvin
Spice-Tiga GC85 A 312
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
15 B 151   Helmut Gall   Edgar Dören
  Martin Birrane
  Jean-Paul Libert
BMW M1 A 307
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
16 C2 75   ADA Engineering   Ian Harrower
  Steve Earle
  John Sheldon
Gebhardt JC843 A 299
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
17 C1 42   WM Peugeot   Michel Pignard
  Jean-Daniel Raulet
  Jean Rondeau
WM P83B M 299
Peugeot PRV 2.6 L Turbo V6
18 C1 39   Bussi Racing   Bruno Sotty
  Jean-Claude Justice
  Patrick Oudet
Rondeau M382 D 291
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
19 C2 86   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Philippe Martin
  Jean-Michel Martin
Mazda 737C D 283
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
20 C1 13   Primagaz   Yves Courage
  Alain de Cadenet
  Jean-François Yvon
Cougar C12 M 279
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
21 C2 99   Roy Baker Promotions Ford   Paul Smith
  Will Hoy
  Nick Nicholson
Tiga GC285 A 274
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7 L Turbo I4
22 C1 34   Kreepy Krauly Racing   Graham Duxbury
  Christian Danner
  Almo Coppelli
March 85G Y 270
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
23 C2 95   Roland Bassaler   Roland Bassaler
  Dominique Lacaud
  Yvon Tapy
Sauber SHS C6 A 268
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
24 C2 85   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yoshimi Katayama
  Yojiro Terada
  Takashi Yorino
Mazda 737C D 264
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
25
DSQ
C1 41   WM Peugeot   Patrick Gaillard
  Pascal Pessiot
  Dominique Fornage
WM P83B M 267
Peugeot PRV 2.6 L Turbo V6
26
NC
C2 77   Spice Engineering   Tim Lee-Davey
  Neil Crang
  Tony Lanfranchi
Tiga GC84 D 226
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
27
NC
C2 74   Team Labatt
  Gebhardt Engineering
  Frank Jelinski
  John Graham
  Nick Adams
Gebhardt JC853 A 224
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
28
NC
C2 98   Roy Baker Promotions Ford   François Duret
  David Andrews
  Duncan Bain
Tiga GC284 A 150
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7 L Turbo I4
29
NC
C2 93   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Louis Descartes
  Jacques Heuclin
  Daniel Hubert
ALD 01 A 141
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
30
DNF
C1 18   Brun Motorsport   Massimo Sigala
  Oscar Larrauri
  Gabriele Tarquini
Porsche 956 D 323
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 19   Brun Motorsport   Walter Brun
  Joël Gouhier
  Didier Theys
Porsche 962C D 304
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
C1 3   Rothmans Porsche   Al Holbert
  Vern Schuppan
  John Watson
Porsche 962C D 299
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
33
DNF
C1 31   Primagaz   Pierre Yver
  Pierre-François Rousselot
  François Sérvanin
Rondeau M382 D 286
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
34
DNF
C1 8   New-Man Joest Racing   Paul Belmondo
  Mauricio de Narváez
  Kenper Miller
Porsche 956 D 277
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
35
DNF
C2 80   Carma F.F.   Martino Finotto
  Aldo Bertuzzi
  Guido Daccò
Alba AR6 A 228
Carma FF 1.9 L Turbo I4
36
DNF
GTP 40   Jaguar Group 44   Brian Redman
  Hurley Haywood
  Jim Adams
Jaguar XJR-5 G 151
Jaguar 6.0 L V12
37
DNF
C1 67   Jean-Philippe Grand   Patrick Gonin
  Pascal Witmeur
  Pierre de Thoisy
Rondeau M482 M 143
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
38
DNF
C1 38   Dome Team   Eje Elgh
  Geoff Lees
  Toshio Suzuki
Dome 85C-L D 141
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
39
DNF
C2 90   Jens Winther Denmark   Jens Winther
  David Mercer
  Margie Smith-Haas
URD C83 A 141
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
40
DNF
B 157   Angelo Pallavicini   Enzo Calderari
  Angelo Pallavicini
  Marco Vanoli
BMW M1 A 116
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
41
DNF
B 156   Raymond Touroul Team   Raymond Touroul
  Thierry Perrier
  Philippe Dermagne
Porsche 911SC P 107
Porsche 3.0 L Flat-6
42
DNF
C1 43   WM Peugeot   Claude Haldi
  Roger Dorchy
  Jean-Claude Andruet
WM P83B M 73
Peugeot PRV 2.8 L Turbo V6
43
DNF
C2 104   Ecurie Blanchet Locatop   Michel Dubois
  Hubert Striebig
  Noël del Bello
Rondeau M379 A 65
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
44
DNF
C1 24   Cheetah Automobiles Switzerland   Bernard de Dryver
  Claude Bourgoignie
  John Cooper
Cheetah G604 D 53
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
45
DNF
C2 79   Ecurie Ecosse   Mike Wilds
  Ray Mallock
  David Leslie
Ecosse C285 A 45
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
46
DNF
C1 46   Bussi Racing
  Roland Bassaler
  Christian Bussi
  Jack Griffin
  Marion L. Speer
Rondeau M482 M 36
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
47
DNF
B 152   Vogelsang   Harald Grohs
  Altfrid Heger
  Kurt König
BMW M1 A 32
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
48
DNF
C2 100   Goodmands Sound
  Bartlett Chevron Racing
  Richard Jones
  Robin Smith
  Max Cohen-Olivar
Chevron B62 A 19
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
49
DNF
C2 82   Grifo Autoracing   Paolo Giangrossi
  Pasquale Barberio
  Mario Radicella
Alba AR3 D 5
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
DNS C1 61   Sauber Racing   John Nielsen
  Dieter Quester
  Max Welti
Sauber C8 D -
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0 L Turbo V8
DNS C2 81   Carma F.F.   Loris Kessel
  Ruggero Melgrati
  Aldo Bertuzzi
  Jean-Pierre Frey
Alba AR2 A -
Carma FF 1.9 L Turbo I4
DNS C2 97   Strandell Porsche   Stanley Dickens
  Martin Schanche
Strandell 85 A -
Porsche Type-934 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
DNQ C2 106   Bruno Sotty   Martin Wagenstetter
  Kurt Hild
Lotec C302 D -
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
DNQ C1 55   John Fitzpatrick Racing   Kenny Acheson
  Dudley Wood
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
Porsche 962C Y -
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6

† – #41 failed post-race inspection for being underweight. Finished 24th prior to disqualification.

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position: Hans-Joachim Stuck, #2 Rothmans Porsche - 3:14.80 (156.470 mph/251.815 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap: Jochen Mass, #1 Rothmans Porsche - 3:25.10
  • Distance: 5088.507 km
  • Average Speed: 212.021 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  • "FIA World Endurance Championship 1985 - 24 h Le Mans". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2005-10-02. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
  • "Le Mans 24 Hours 1985". Racing Sports Cars. 2008-03-17. Retrieved 2008-06-29.


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1985 1000 km of Silverstone
1985 season Next race:
1985 1000 km of Hockenheim