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The 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 54th Grand Prix of Endurance as well as the third round of the 1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship. It took place on 31 May and 1 June 1986.

1986 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners
Derek Bell in the victorious Porsche 962C passing through the Ford chicane near the end of the race

Contents

Pre-raceEdit

Due to construction of a new roundabout at the Mulsanne corner, a new portion of track had to be built in order to avoid the roundabout. This created a right hand kink prior to the new Mulsanne turn.

RaceEdit

For 1986, the new works 962C of Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell and Al Holbert was able to overcome the two-time defending winners at Joest Racing. The race itself was marred by the death of Jo Gartner in a crash on the Mulsanne Straight early on Sunday morning while running in 8th place. The sole remaining Kremer Racing Porsche retired soon after the accident. The Joest/Ludwig car suffered from engine bearing failure following the extended pace car laps.

Official resultsEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

 
Le Mans in 1986
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 1   Rothmans Porsche   Derek Bell
  Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Al Holbert
Porsche 962C D 368
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
2 C1 17   Brun Motorsport   Oscar Larrauri
  Jesús Pareja
  Joël Gouhier
Porsche 962C M 360
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 8   Joest Racing   George Follmer
  John Morton
  Kenper Miller
Porsche 956 G 355
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 33   Danone Porsche España
  John Fitzpatrick Racing
  Emilio de Villota
  Fermín Velez
  George Fouché
Porsche 956B G 349
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
5 C1 9   Obermaier Racing   Jürgen Lässig
  Fulvio Ballabio
  Dudley Wood
Porsche 956 G 345
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
6 C1 63   Ernst Schuster   Siegfried Brunn
  Ernst Schuster
  Rudi Seher
Porsche 936C D 344
Porsche Type-962 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
7 GTX 180   Porsche AG   René Metge
  Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 961 D 321
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
8 C2 75   ADA Engineering   Ian Harrower
  Evan Clements
  Tom Dodd-Noble
Gebhardt JC843 A 318
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
9 C1 14   Liqui Moly Equipe   Mauro Baldi
  Price Cobb
  Rob Dyson
Porsche 956 GTi G 318
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
10 C1 55   John Fitzpatrick Racing   Philippe Alliot
  Paco Romero
  Michel Trollé
Porsche 962C G 312
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 C2 90   Jens Winther   Jens Winther
  David Mercer
  Lars Viggo Jensen
URD C83 A 310
BMW M88 3.5L I6
12 C2 100   WM Secateva   Claude Haldi
  Roger Dorchy
  Pascal Pessiot
WM P83B M 301
Peugeot PRV 2.7L Turbo V6
13 C1 47   Graff Racing   Jean-Philippe Grand
  Jacques Goudchaux
  Marc Menant
Rondeau M482 G 299
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
14 GTP 21   Richard Cleare Racing   Richard Cleare
  Lionel Robert
  Jack Newsum
March 85G G 299
Porsche Type-962 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
15 C2 78   Ecurie Ecosse   Les Delano
  John Hotchkis
  Andy Petery
Ecosse C285 A 293
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
16 C1 32   Nissan Motorsport   James Weaver
  Masahiro Hasemi
  Takao Wada
Nissan R85V D 285
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
17 C2 102   Lucien Rossiaud   Noël del Bello
  Lucien Rossiaud
  Bruno Sotty
Rondeau M379C A 278
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
18 C1 13   Primagaz Team Cougar   Yves Courage
  Alain de Cadenet
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Cougar C12 M 267
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
19 C2 70   Spice Engineering   Gordon Spice
  Ray Bellm
  Jean-Michel Martin
Spice SE86C A 257
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20
NC
C1 38   Dome Co. Ltd.   Eje Elgh
  Beppe Gabbiani
  Toshio Suzuki
Dome 86C-L D 296
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
21
NC
B 111   MK-Motorsport   Michael Krankenberg
  Pascal Witmeur
  Jean-Paul Libert
BMW M1 D 265
BMW M88 3.5L I6
22
NC
C2 72   Bartlett/Goodmans Sound   Robin Donovan
  Richard Jones
  Nick Adams
Bardon DB1 A[1] 211
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
23
NC
C2 95   Roland Bassaler   Roland Bassaler
  Dominique Lacaud
  Yvon Tapy
Sauber SHS C6 A 201
BMW M88 3.5L I6
24
DNF
C1 51   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Derek Warwick
  Eddie Cheever
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jaguar XJR-6 D 239
Jaguar 6.0L V12
25
DNF
C1 7   Joest Racing   Klaus Ludwig
  Paolo Barilla
  "John Winter"
Porsche 956B G 196
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
26
DSQ
C2 79   Ecurie Ecosse   David Leslie
  Ray Mallock
  Mike Wilds
Ecosse C286 A 181
Austin-Rover V64V 3.0L V6
27
DNF
C1 2   Rothmans Porsche   Jochen Mass
  Bob Wollek
  Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D 180
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
C1 10   Porsche Kremer Racing   Jo Gartner
  Sarel van der Merwe
  Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C Y 169
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
29
DSQ
C1 66   Cosmik Racing Promotions   Costas Los
  Raymond Touroul
  Neil Crang
March 84G A 169
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
C1 12   Porsche Kremer Racing   Pierre Yver
  Hubert Striebig
  Max Cohen-Olivar
Porsche 956 Y 160
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 53   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Gianfranco Brancatelli
  Win Percy
  Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 D 154
Jaguar 6.0L V12
32
DNF
GTP 170   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Pierre Dieudonné
  David Kennedy
  Mark Galvin
Mazda 757 D 137
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
33
DNF
C1 41   WM Secateva   Jean-Daniel Raulet
  Michel Pignard
  François Migault
WM P86 M 132
Peugeot PRV 2.6L Turbo V6
34
DNF
C2 99   Roy Baker Racing Tiga   Nick Nicholson
  John Sheldon
  Thorkild Thyrring
Tiga GC286 A 125
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
35
DNF
C1 45   Vetir Racing   Patrick Oudet
  Jean-Claude Justice
Rondeau M382 D 110
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
36
DNF
C1 36   Tom's Co. Ltd.   Satoru Nakajima
  Geoff Lees
  Masanori Sekiya
Tom's (Dome) 86C-L B 105
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
37
DNF
C2 97   Ray Baker Racing Tiga   Tom Frank
  Val Musetti
  Mike Allison
Tiga GC285 A 95
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
38
DNF
C1 19   Brun Motorsport   Thierry Boutsen
  Didier Theys
  Alain Ferté
Porsche 956 M 89
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
C1 62   Kouros Racing Team   Henri Pescarolo
  Christian Danner
  Dieter Quester
Sauber C8 G 86
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
40
DNF
C1 18   Brun Motorsport   Walter Brun
  Massimo Sigala
  Frank Jelinski
Porsche 962C M 75
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
41
DNF
C2 83   Luigi Taverna Technoracing   Luigi Taverna
  Toni Palma
  Marco Vanoli
Alba AR3 A 74
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
42
DNF
C2 74   Gebhardt Motorsport   Stanley Dickens
  Pierre de Thoisy
  Jean-François Yvon
Gebhardt JC853 A 68
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
43
DNF
C1 23   Nissan Motorsport   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Keiji Matsumoto
  Aguri Suzuki
Nissan R86V B 64
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
44
DNF
C1 61   Kouros Racing Team   John Nielsen
  Mike Thackwell
Sauber C8 G 61
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
45
DNF
GTP 171   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yojiro Terada
  Takashi Yorino
  Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 757 D 59
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
46
DNF
C1 52   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Brian Redman
  Hans Heyer
  Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 D 53
Jaguar 6.0L V12
47
DNF
C1 3   Rothmans Porsche   Vern Schuppan
  Drake Olson
Porsche 962C D 41
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
C2 92   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Louis Descartes
  Jacques Heuclin
ALD 02 A 41
BMW M88 3.5L I6
49
DNF
C2 89   Lucky Strike Schanche Racing   Martin Birrane
  Torgye Kleppe
  Martin Schanche
Argo JM19 G 1
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
50
DNF
C2 98   Roy Baker Racing Tiga   David Andrews
  Mike Hall
  Duncan Bain
Tiga GC286 A 1
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
DNQ C1 20   Tiga Team   Tim Lee-Davey
  Neil Crang
  John Gimbel
Tiga GC86 D -
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L Turbo V8
DNQ C2 106   Bo Strandell   Kenneth Leim
  Lars Hellberg
  Peter Fritsch
Strandell 85 A[2] -
Porsche Type-934 3.3L Turbo Flat-6

† - #66 Cosmik Racing and #79 Ecurie Ecosse were both disqualified for receiving outside assistance.

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - Jochen Mass, #2 Rothmans Porsche - 3:15.990 (154.402 mph/248.492 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap - Klaus Ludwig, #7 Joest Racing - 3:23.300
  • Distance - 4972.731 km
  • Average Speed - 207.197 km/h

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "24 heures du Mans - Banque d'images". lemans.sqwib.org. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  2. ^ "de 1986". www.lemans-history.com. Retrieved 2019-01-19.

ReferencesEdit


World Sportscar Championship
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1986 1000 km of Silverstone
1986 season Next race:
1986 100 Miles of Norisring