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The 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 55th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 13 and 14 June 1987. It was also the fifth round of the 1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship.

1987 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

Track alterationsEdit

A chicane was installed in the middle of the Dunlop Curve, just prior to the Dunlop Bridge, in an attempt to slow speeds for sportscars as they went from the main straight to the Esses. The new chicane was also intended to slow motorcycles for races on the Bugatti Circuit.

Pre raceEdit

With the cancellation of the B Class, the race was the first in the history of Le Mans to lack any homologated class entries. The hiatus would last until 1993.

RaceEdit

Porsche 962C cars suffered from piston failure due to the wrong microchip fitted for fuel management, causing a lean mixture and burned pistons. The #17 car of Bell, Stuck, and Holbert escaped this fate with a new chip fitted, running largely uncontested to the finish.

Official resultsEdit

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

 
Le Mans in 1987
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 17   Rothmans Porsche AG   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Derek Bell
  Al Holbert
Porsche 962C D 355
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
2 C1 72   Primagaz Competition   Jürgen Lässig
  Pierre Yver
  Bernard de Dryver
Porsche 962C G 335
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 13   Primagaz Competition   Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  Yves Courage
  Hervé Regout
Cougar C20 M 332
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 11   Porsche Kremer Racing   George Fouché
  Franz Konrad
  Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962C Y 327
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
5 C1 4   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Eddie Cheever
  Raul Boesel
  Jan Lammers
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 325
Jaguar 6.9L V12
6 C2 111   Spice Engineering   Gordon Spice
  Fermín Velez
  Philippe de Henning
Spice SE86C A 321
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
7 GTP 202   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Mark Galvin
  Pierre Dieudonné
Mazda 757 D 319
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
8 C2 102   Ecurie Ecosse   David Leslie
  Ray Mallock
  Marc Duez
Ecosse C286 Y 308
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
9 C2 121   Cosmik GP Motorsport   Dudley Wood
  Costas Los
  Tom Hessert
Tiga GC287 G 275
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
10 C2 114   Team Tiga Ford Denmark   Thorkild Thyrring
  John Sheldon
  Ian Harrower
Tiga GC287 A 272
Ford Cosworth DBT-E 2.3L Turbo I4
11 C2 177   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Jacques Heuclin
  Dominique Lacaud
  Louis Descartes
ALD 03 A 270
BMW M88 3.5L I6
12 C1 40   Graff Racing   Jean-Philippe Grand
  Gaston Rahier
  Jacques Terrien
Rondeau M482 G 260
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
13
NC
C2 127   Chamberlain Engineering   Nick Adams
  Graham Duxbury
  Richard Jones
Spice SE86C A 240
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
14
NC
C2 178   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Michel Lateste
  Gérard Tremblay
  Sylvain Boulay
ALD 02 A 236
BMW M88 3.5L I6
15
DNF
C2 181   Dune Motorsport   Neil Crang
  Jean Krucker
  Duncan Bain
Tiga GC287 A 260
Rover V64V 3.0L V6
16
DNF
C2 108   Roland Bassaler   Jean-François Yver
  Yves Hervalet
  Hervé Bourjade
Sauber SHS C6 A 257
BMW M88 3.5L I6
17
DNF
C1 6   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Martin Brundle
  John Nielsen
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 231
Jaguar 6.9L V12
18
DNF
C2 123   Charles Ivey Racing   John Cooper
  Tom Dodd-Noble
  Max Cohen-Olivar
Tiga GC287 G 224
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
19
DNF
C2 116   Luigi Taverna Technoracing   Luigi Taverna
  Evan Clements
  Patrick Trucco
Alba AR3 A 219
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20
DNF
GTX 203   Rothmans Porsche AG   René Metge
  Claude Haldi
  Kees Nierop
Porsche 961 D 199
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
21
DNF
C1 23   Nissan Motorsport   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Kenji Takahashi
  Keiji Matsumoto
Nissan R87E B 181
Nissan VEJ30 3.0L Turbo V8
22
DNF
C2 103   John Bartlett Racing   Tim Lee-Davey
  Robin Donovan
  Raymond Boutinaud
Bardon DB1/2 A 172
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.0L V8
23
DNF
C2 125   Vetir Racing Team   Jean-Claude Justice
  Patrick Oudet
  Bruno Sotty
Tiga GC85 A 164
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
24
DNF
C1 5   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Jan Lammers
  John Watson
  Win Percy
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 158
Jaguar 6.9L V12
25
DNF
C2 198   Roy Baker Racing   David Andrews
  Mark Peters
  Mike Allison
Tiga GC286 A 139
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
26
DNF
C2 101   Ecurie Ecosse   Mike Wilds
  Les Delano
  Andy Petery
Ecosse C286 Y 135
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
27
DNF
C1 61   Kouros Racing   Mike Thackwell
  Henri Pescarolo
  Hideki Okada
Sauber C9 M 123
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
28
DNF
C1 3   Brun Motorsport   Bill Adam
  Richard Spenard
  Scott Goodyear
Porsche 962C M 120
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
C1 32   Nissan Motorsport   Masahiro Hasemi
  Takao Wada
  Aguri Suzuki
Nissan 87E D 117
Nissan VEJ30 3.0L Turbo V8
30
DNF
C1 15   Liqui Moly Equipe   Jonathan Palmer
  James Weaver
  Price Cobb
Porsche 962C GTi G 112
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 1   Brun Motorsport   Michel Trollé
  Paul Belmondo
  Pierre de Thoisy
Porsche 962C M 88
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
C1 29   Italya Sports   Anders Olofsson
  Alain Ferté
  Patrick Gonin
Nissan R86V Y 86
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
33
DNF
C1 2   Brun Motorsport   Oscar Larrauri
  Jesús Pareja
  Uwe Schäfer
Porsche 962C M 40
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
C1 37   Toyota Team Tom's   Tiff Needell
  Masanori Sekiya
  Kaoru Hoshino
Toyota 87C-L B 39
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.1L Turbo I4
35
DNF
C1 62   Kouros Racing   Chip Ganassi
  Johnny Dumfries
  Mike Thackwell
Sauber C9 M 37
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
36
DNF
GTP 201   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yoshimi Katayama
  Yojiro Terada
  Takashi Yorino
Mazda 757 D 34
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
37
DNF
C1 36   Toyota Team Tom's   Alan Jones
  Geoff Lees
  Eje Elgh
Toyota 87C-L B 19
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.1L Turbo I4
38
DNF
C2 113   José Thibault   José Thibault
  André Heinrich
Chevron B36 A 18
Talbot PRV 3.0L V6
39
DNF
C1 18   Rothmans Porsche AG   Bob Wollek
  Jochen Mass
  Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D 16
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
C1 51   WM Secateva   Jean-Daniel Raulet
  François Migault
  Pascal Pessiot
WM P86 M 14
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
41
DNF
C1 52   WM Secateva   Roger Dorchy
  Philippe Gache
  Dominique Delestre
WM P87 M 13
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
42
DNF
C2 118   Olindo Iacobelli   Olindo Iacobelli
  Jean-Louis Ricci
  Georges Tessier
Royale RP40 M 13
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
43
DNF
C2 200   Dahm Cars Racing Team   Peter Fritsch
  Teddy Pilette
  Jean-Paul Libert
Argo JM19 G 12
Porsche Type-930 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
44
DNF
C1 8   Joest Racing   Frank Jelinski
  Stanley Dickens
  Hurley Haywood
  Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 962C G 7
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
C1 10   Porsche Kremer Racing   Kris Nissen
  Volker Weidler
  Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C Y 6
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
46
DNF
C2 117   Team Lucky Strike Schanche   Martin Schanche
  Will Hoy
  Robin Smith
Argo JM19B G 5
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
47
DNF
C1 7   Joest Racing   Sarel van der Merwe
  David Hobbs
  Chip Robinson
Porsche 962C G 4
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
C1 42   Noël del Bello   Pierre-Alain Lombardi
  Gilles Lempereur
  Jacques Guillot
Sauber C8 G 4
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
DNS C1 19   Rothmans Porsche AG   Kees Nierop
  Price Cobb
  Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D -
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNQ C2 171   CEE Sport Racing   Slim Borgudd
  Tryggve Gronvall
  Andrew Ratcliffe
Tiga GC286 A -
Volvo 2.3L Turbo I4

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - Bob Wollek, #18 Rothmans Porsche AG - 3:21.090
  • Fastest Lap - Johnny Dumfries, #62 Kouros Racing - 3:25.400
  • Distance - 4791.777 km
  • Average Speed - 199.661 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  • "FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1987 - 24 h Le Mans". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • "Le Mans 24 Hours 1987". Racing Sports Cars. 4 October 2007. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)


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