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The 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 57th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 10 and 11 June 1989.

1989 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

RaceEdit

The race was the last time the 24 Hours of Le Mans ran without the two chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight; for the interest of safety to reduce speeds after speeds reaching 250 mph (402 km/h) in the previous years and this race, these chicanes were installed the next year and remains in use. The speeds on the Mulsanne Straight were so high that many of the drivers were concerned if their cars would stay on the ground over the humps and bumps of the straight. There were no serious accidents, something Le Mans in the 1980s had many of.

Having run his cars at Le Mans for a decade, Peter Sauber was aided by Mercedes in winning the 1989 race. His "Silver Arrows" Sauber C9s finished 1st, 2nd and 5th, with Porsches and Jaguars finishing behind.

Official resultsEdit

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

 
Le Mans in 1989
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 63   Team Sauber Mercedes   Jochen Mass
  Manuel Reuter
  Stanley Dickens
Sauber C9 M 389
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
2 C1 61   Team Sauber Mercedes   Mauro Baldi
  Kenny Acheson
  Gianfranco Brancatelli
Sauber C9 M 384
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
3 C1 9   Joest Racing   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Bob Wollek
Porsche 962C G 382
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 1   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Jan Lammers
  Patrick Tambay
  Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 380
Jaguar 7.0L V12
5 C1 62   Team Sauber Mercedes   Jean-Louis Schlesser
  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
  Alain Cudini
Sauber C9 M 378
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
6 C1 8   Joest Racing   Henri Pescarolo
  Claude Ballot-Léna
  Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 962C G 371
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
7 GTP 201   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   David Kennedy
  Pierre Dieudonné
  Chris Hodgetts
Mazda 767B D 368
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
8 C1 4   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Alain Ferté
  Michel Ferté
  Eliseo Salazar
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 368
Jaguar 7.0L V12
9 GTP 202   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Takashi Yorino
  Hervé Regout
  Elliot Forbes-Robinson
Mazda 767B D 365
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
10 C1 16   Brun Motorsport   Harald Huysman
  Uwe Schäfer
  Dominique Lacaud
Porsche 962C Y 351
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
11 C1 18   Aston Martin
  Ecurie Ecosse
  Brian Redman
  Michael Roe
  Costas Los
Aston Martin AMR1 G 340
Aston Martin (Callaway) RDP87 6.0L V8
12 GTP 203   Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.   Yojiro Terada
  Marc Duez
  Volker Weidler
Mazda 767 D 339
Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
13 C1 55   Team Schuppan   Vern Schuppan
  Eje Elgh
  Gary Brabham
Porsche 962C D 321
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
14 C2 113   Courage Compétition   Jean-Claude Andruet
  Philippe Farjon
  Shunji Kasuya
Cougar C20B G 312
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
15 C1 20   Team Davey   Tim Lee-Davey
  Tom Dodd-Noble
  Katsunori Iketani
Porsche 962C D 308
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
16 C2 171   Team Mako   Robbie Stirling
  Ross Hyett
  Don Shead
Spice SE88C G 307
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
17 C2 108   Roy Baker Racing
  GP Motorsport
  Dudley Wood
  Evan Clements
  Philippe de Henning
Spice SE87C G 303
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
18 C2 126   France Prototeam   Jean Messaoudi
  Pierre-François Rousselot
  Thierry Lecerf
Argo JM19C G 297
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
19 C2 104   Graff Racing   Jean-Philippe Grand
  Remy Pochauvin
  Jean-Luc Roy
Spice SE89C G 291
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20
DNF
C1 14   Richard Lloyd Racing   Derek Bell
  James Weaver
  Tiff Needell
Porsche 962C GTi G 339
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
21
DNF
C1 10   Porsche Kremer Racing   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Bruno Giacomelli
  Giovanni Lavaggi
Porsche 962C Y 303
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
22
DNF
C1 25   Nissan Motorsport   Geoff Brabham
  Chip Robinson
  Arie Luyendyk
Nissan R89C D 250
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
23
DNF
C2 101   Chamberlain Engineering   Fermín Velez
  Nick Adams
  Luigi Taverna
Spice SE88C G 244
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
24
DNF
C1 17   Repsol Brun Motorsport   Oscar Larrauri
  Walter Brun
  Jesús Pareja
Porsche 962C Y 242
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
25
DNF
C1 21   Spice Engineering   Ray Bellm
  Gordon Spice
  Lyn St. James
Spice SE89C G 229
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
26
DNF
C1 15   Richard Lloyd Racing   Steven Andskär
  David Hobbs
  Damon Hill
Porsche 962C GTi G 228
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
27
DNF
C1 32   Team LeMans Co.
  Courage Compétition
  Takao Wada
  Akio Morimoto
  Anders Olofsson
March 88S Y 221
Nissan VG30 3.0L Turbo V6
28
DNF
C1 2   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  John Nielsen
  Andy Wallace
  Price Cobb
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 215
Jaguar 7.0L V12
29
DNF
C2 106   Porto Kaleo Team   Robin Smith
  Vito Veninta
  Stefano Sebastiani
Tiga GC288 G 194
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
30
DNF
C1 34   Equipe Alméras Fréres   Jacques Alméras
  Jean-Marie Alméras
  Alain Ianetta
Porsche 962C G 188
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 12   Courage Compétition   Patrick Gonin
  Bernard de Dryver
  Bernard Santal
Cougar C22LM G 168
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
C1 23   Nissan Motorsports   Masahiro Hasemi
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
Nissan R89C D 167
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
33
DNF
C1 19   Aston Martin
  Ecurie Ecosse
  David Leslie
  Ray Mallock
  David Sears
Aston Martin AMR1 G 153
Aston Martin (Callaway) RDP87 6.0L V8
34
DNF
C1 22   Spice Engineering   Thorkild Thyrring
  Wayne Taylor
  Tim Harvey
Spice SE89C G 150
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
35
DNF
C2 103   France Prototeam   Bernard Thuner
  Pierre de Thoisy
  Raymond Touroul
Spice SE88C G 133
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
36
DNF
C2 107   Tiga Race Team   Max Cohen-Olivar
  John Sheldon
  Robin Donovan
Tiga GC289 G 126
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
37
DNF
C1 7   Joest Racing   Frank Jelinski
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  Louis Krages
Porsche 962C G 124
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
C1 52   WM Secateva   Pascal Pessiot
  Jean-Daniel Raulet
  Philippe Gache
WM P489 M 110
Peugeot ZNS4 3.0L Turbo V6
39
DNF
C1 13   Courage Compétition   Pascal Fabre
  Jean-Louis Bousquet
  Jiro Yoneyama
Cougar C22LM G 110
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
C2 102   Chamberlain Engineering   John Hotchkis Sr.
  John Hotchkis Jr.
  Richard Jones
Spice SE86C G 86
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
41
DNF
C1 3   Silk Cut Jaguar
  Tom Walkinshaw Racing
  Davy Jones
  Derek Daly
  Jeff Kline
Jaguar XJR-9LM D 85
Jaguar 7.0L V12
42
DNF
C1 27   Repsol Brun Motorsport   Rudi Seher
  Franz Konrad
  Andres Vilariño
Porsche 962C Y 81
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
43
DNF
C1 5   Brun Motorsport
  From-A Racing
  Harald Grohs
  Akihiko Nakaya
  Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 962C Y 78
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
44
DNF
C2 177   Automobiles Louis Descartes (ALD)   Alain Serpaggi
  Yves Hervalet
  Louis Descartes
ALD C289 G 75
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
45
DNF
C1 33   Team Schuppan   Will Hoy
  Jean Alesi
  Dominic Dobson
Porsche 962C D 69
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
46
DNF
C1 72   Obermaier Racing
  Primagaz Competition
  Jürgen Lässig
  Pierre Yver
  Paul Belmondo
Porsche 962C G 61
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
47
DNF
C1 37   Toyota Team Tom's   Geoff Lees
  Johnny Dumfries
  John Watson
Toyota 89C-V B 58
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8
48
DNF
C2 151   Pierre-Alain Lombardi   Pierre-Alain Lombardi
  Bruno Sotty
  Fabio Magnini
Spice SE86C G 58
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
49
DNF
C1 6   Brun Motorsport
  Alpha Racing Team
  Maurizio Sandro Sala
  Walter Lechner
  Roland Ratzenberger
Porsche 962C Y 58
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
50
DNF
C1 36   Toyota Team Tom's   Hitoshi Ogawa
  Paolo Barilla
  Ross Cheever
Toyota 89C-V B 45
Toyota R32V 3.2L Turbo V8
51
DNF
C1 11   Porsche Kremer Racing   Hideki Okada
  George Fouché
  Masanori Sekiya
Porsche 962CK6 Y 42
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
52
DNF
C2 105   Porto Kaleo Team
  Noël del Bello
  Jean-Claude Justice
  Noël del Bello
  Jean-Claude Ferrarin
Tiga GC289 G 36
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
53
DNF
C1 38   Toyota Team Tom's   Kaoru Hoshino
  Didier Artzet
  Keiichi Suzuki
Toyota 88C B 20
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.1L Turbo I4
54
DNF
C2 175   ADA Engineering   Ian Harrower
  Laurence Bristow
  Colin Pool
ADA 02B G 14
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
55
DNF
C1 24   Nissan Motorsports   Julian Bailey
  Mark Blundell
  Martin Donnelly
Nissan R89C D 5
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
DNS C1 51   WM Secateva   Roger Dorchy
  Michel Maisonneuve
  Philippe Gache
WM P489 M -
Peugeot ZNS4 3.0L Turbo V6
DNQ C1 26   Mussato Action Car   Almo Coppelli
  Franco Scapini
  Ernst Franzmaier
Lancia LC2 D -
Ferrari 308C 3.0L Turbo V8
DNQ C2 176   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Thierry Serfaty
  Sylvain Boulay
  William Batmalle
ALD 04 G -
BMW M80 3.5L I6
DNQ C2 178   Didier Bonnet   Didier Bonnet
  Gérard Tremblay
  Gérard Cuynet
ALD 05 A -
BMW M80 3.5L I6
DNQ C2 179   Didier Bonnet   Jean-Luc Colin
  François Cardon
  Yves Bey-Rozet
ALD 06 G -
BMW M80 3.5L I6

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - Jean-Louis Schlesser, #62 Team Sauber Mercedes - 3:15.040 (155.234 mph/249.826 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap - Alain Ferté, #4 Silk Cut Jaguar - 3:21.093
  • Distance - 5265.115 km
  • Average Speed - 219.990 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed - Jaguar XJR-9 - 241.713 mph (389 km/h) (race), Sauber Mercedes C9 - 249.13 mph (401 km/h) (qualifying)