1988 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 56th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 11 and 12 June 1988. It was also the fifth round of the World Sports-Prototype Championship season.

1988 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The Porsches were able to turn up to turbo boost in qualifying, thus were able to qualify in the top spots. Early in the race Jaguar proved to be faster and overtook all the Porsches (In the normal race configuration turbo boost) by the 2nd lap.

After four years of trying with previous evolutions, Jaguar took the XJR-9 to victory against Porsche's works 962C in 1988. Apart from a lone Jaguar in fourth, Porsches filled the rest of the top ten. The Sauber-Mercedes team withdrew prior to the event following concerns over blowouts from their Michelin tires. The race covered a distance of 5,332.97 km, the most distance covered in any of the Le Mans 24 hours races, except 1971 when the Martini Racing Team Porsche 917K covered 5,335.313 km in 397 laps. Those records would however be broken over 20 years later in the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, when the #9 Audi R15 TDI plus of Joest Racing (under the name Audi Sport North America) tied the record for the number of laps around the Le Mans circuit (at 397 laps) and, due to its changing course configurations (such as the Mulsanne Straight chicanes), set an outright distance record of 5,410.7 km (3,362.1 mi)—roughly the distance between Miami and Seattle—over the 13.629-km course configuration.

This was the second-to-last 24-hour race without chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight, and Team WM Peugeot had prioritised breaking the speed record that year. The WM-P88 Peugeot driven by Frenchman Roger Dorchy managed to reach a top speed of 407 km/h (253 mph)[1] (since Peugeot had just launched their new model 405, it was agreed to advertise the record as "405".[2]) at the end of the six kilometre long Mulsanne Straight having struggled with reliability for the entire event. Following the record setting run, the issues that had plagued the car all weekend (turbocharger, cooling and electrical) finally ended their race.[3]

The Jaguar team suffered from gearbox problems, Lammers holding the car in 4th gear to prevent the gearbox from damaging itself. The Bell, Stuck, Ludwig Porsche 962C came very close to winning, with Ludwig making a rare error by running out of fuel on the track and losing valuable time getting back to the pits. The win ended Porsche's 7-year reign at Le Mans.

Official resultsEdit

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

Le Mans in 1988
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 C1 2   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Jan Lammers
  Johnny Dumfries
  Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 394
Jaguar 7.0L V12
2 C1 17   Porsche AG   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Klaus Ludwig
  Derek Bell
Porsche 962C D 394
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 8   Blaupunkt Joest Racing   Frank Jelinski
  Louis Krages
  Stanley Dickens
Porsche 962C G 385
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 22   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Derek Daly
  Kevin Cogan
  Larry Perkins
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 383
Jaguar 7.0L V12
5 C1 7   Blaupunkt Joest Racing   David Hobbs
  Didier Theys
  Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C G 380
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
6 C1 19   Porsche AG   Mario Andretti
  Michael Andretti
  John Andretti
Porsche 962C D 375
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
7 C1 5   Repsol Brun Motorsport   Jesús Pareja
  Massimo Sigala
  Uwe Schäfer
Porsche 962C M 372
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8 C1 11   Leyton House Kremer Racing   Kris Nissen
  Harald Grohs
  George Fouché
Porsche 962C Y 371
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
9 C1 10   Kenwood Kremer Racing   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Hideki Okada
  Bruno Giacomelli
Porsche 962CK6 Y 370
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
10 C1 33   Takefuji Schuppan Racing Team   Brian Redman
  Eje Elgh
  Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 962C D 359
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
11 C1 72   Primagaz Competition   Jürgen Lässig
  Pierre Yver
  Dudley Wood
Porsche 962C G 356
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
12 C1 36   Toyota Team Tom's   Geoff Lees
  Masanori Sekiya
  Kaoru Hoshino
Toyota 88C B 351
Toyota 3S-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
13 C2 111   Spice Engineering   Ray Bellm
  Gordon Spice
  Pierre de Thoisy
Spice SE88C G 351
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
14 C1 32   Nissan Motorsports   Allan Grice
  Mike Wilds
  Win Percy
Nissan (March) R88C B 344
Nissan VRH30 3.0L Turbo V8
15 GTP 203   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yojiro Terada
  David Kennedy
  Pierre Dieudonné
Mazda 757 D 337
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
16 C1 21   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Danny Sullivan
  Davy Jones
  Price Cobb
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 331
Jaguar 7.0L V12
17 GTP 201   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yoshimi Katayama
  David Leslie
  Marc Duez
Mazda 767 D 330
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
18 C2 115   ADA Engineering   Ian Harrower
  Jiro Yoneyama
  Hideo Fukuyama
ADA 03 G 318
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
19 GTP 202   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Takashi Yorino
  Hervé Regout
  Will Hoy
Mazda 767 D 305
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
20 C2 123   Charles Ivey Racing
  Team Istel
  Tim Harvey
  Chris Hodgetts
  John Sheldon
Tiga GC287 D 301
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
21 C2 124   MT Sport Racing   Jean Messaoudi
  Pierre-François Rousselot
  Jean-Luc Roy
Argo JM19C A 300
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
22 C2 177   Automobiles Louis Descartes (ALD)   Jacques Heuclin
  Louis Descartes
  Dominique Lacaud
ALD 04 A 294
BMW M80 3.5L I6
23 C2 198   Roy Baker Racing   Mike Allison
  David Andrews
  Steve Hynes
Tiga GC286 D 294
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
24 C1 37   Toyota Team Tom's   Paolo Barilla
  Hitoshi Ogawa
  Tiff Needell
Toyota 88C B 283
Toyota 3S-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
25 C1 117   Team Lucky Strike Schanche   Martin Schanche
  Robin Smith
  Robin Donovan
Argo JM19C G 278
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C2 113   Primagaz Competition   Max Cohen-Olivar
  Patrick de Radiguès
Cougar C12 G 273
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C2 151   Pierre-Alain Lombardi   Pierre-Alain Lombardi
  Bruno Sotty
Rondeau M379 A 271
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.0L V8
C1 1   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Martin Brundle
  John Nielsen
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 306
Jaguar 7.0L V12
C1 23   Nissan Motorsports   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Takao Wada
  Aguri Suzuki
Nissan (March) R88C B 286
Nissan VRH30 3.0L Turbo V8
C2 103   Spice Engineering   Almo Coppelli
  Thorkild Thyrring
  Eliseo Salazar
Spice SE88C G 281
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C2 131   Graff Racing   Jean-Philippe Grand
  Jacques Terrien
  Maurice Guenoun
Spice SE86C A 263
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C1 24   Dollop Racing   Nicola Marozzo
  Jean-Pierre Frey
  Ranieri Randaccio
Lancia LC2 D 255
Ferrari 308C 3.0L Turbo V8
C2 127   Chamberlain Engineering   Nick Adams
  Martin Birrane
  Richard Jones
Spice SE86C A 223
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
C1 18   Porsche AG   Bob Wollek
  Sarel van der Merwe
  Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D 192
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
C1 42   Noël del Bello Racing   Bernard Santal
  Noël del Bello
  Bernard de Dryver
Sauber C8 G 157
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
C2 121   Cosmik GP Motorsport   Costas Los
  Wayne Taylor
  Evan Clements
Spice SE87C G 145
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C2 191   PC Automotive   Olindo Iacobelli
  Alain Ianette
  John Graham
Argo JM19C G 130
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C1 3   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  John Watson
  Raul Boesel
  Henri Pescarolo
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 129
Jaguar 7.0L V12
C1 13   Primagaz Competition   Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  Michel Ferté
Cougar C20B M 120
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
C2 178   Automobiles Louis Descartes (ALD)   Sylvain Boulay
  Gérard Tremblay
  Michel Lateste
ALD 04 A 103
BMW M80 3.5L I6
C1 4   Camel Brun Motorsport   Manuel Reuter
  Walter Lechner
  Franz Hunkeler
Porsche 962C M 91
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
C1 85   Italiya Sport
  Team Le Mans Co.
  Michel Trollé
  Toshio Suzuki
  Danny Ongais
March 88S Y 74
Nissan VG30ET 3.2L Turbo V6
C1 86   Italiya Sport
  Team Le Mans Co.
  Lamberto Leoni
  Akio Morimoto
  Anders Olofsson
March 88S Y 69
Nissan VG30ET 3.2L Turbo V6
C1 30   Courage Compétition   Paul Belmondo
  François Migault
  Ukyo Katayama
Courage C22 M 66
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
C1 51   WM Secateva   Roger Dorchy
  Claude Haldi
  Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P87 M 59
Peugeot ZNS4 2.8L Turbo V6
C2 132   Roland Bassaler   Jean-François Yvon
  Roland Bassaler
  Remy Pochauvin
Sauber SHS C6 A 53
BMW M80 3.5L I6
C1 52   WM Secateva   Pascal Pessiot
  Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P88 M 22
Peugeot ZNS4 3.0L Turbo V6
C2 107   Chamberlain Engineering   Claude Ballot-Léna
  Jean-Louis Ricci
  Jean-Claude Andruet
Spice SE88C A 17
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C1 20   Team Davey   Tim Lee-Davey
  Tom Dodd-Noble
Tiga GC88 D 5
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L Turbo V8
DNS C2 181   Luigi Taverna Technoracing   Luigi Taverna
  Fabio Magnani
  Roberto Ragazzi
Olmas GLT-200 A -
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
DNS C1 61   Team Sauber Mercedes   Mauro Baldi
  James Weaver
  Jochen Mass
Sauber C9 M -
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
DNS C1 62   Team Sauber Mercedes   Klaus Niedzwiedz
  Kenny Acheson
Sauber C9 M -
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8


  • Pole Position – Hans-Joachim Stuck, #17 Porsche AG – 3:15.64 (154.758 mph/249.058 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap – Hans-Joachim Stuck, #17 Porsche AG – 3:22.50
  • Distance – 5332.97 km
  • Average Speed – 221.765 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed - #51 WM Secaleva - 253 mph (407 km/h) (qualifying) (all-time record)


  • "FIA World Sports-Prototype Championship 1988 - 24 h Le Mans". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2 October 2005. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02.
  • "Le Mans 24 Hours 1988". Racing Sports Cars. 7 December 2005. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  1. ^ http://www.mulsannescorner.com/maxspeed.html
  2. ^ "In 1988, a Renegade Le Mans Team Broke The Record At The Mulsanne Straight". roadandtrack.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  3. ^ Lis, Alan (July 2012). "Built for Speed". Racecar Engineering: 36–40. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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