1998 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 66th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 6 and 7 June 1998.

1998 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners


1998 saw a significant increase in manufacturer involvement. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz remained, with upgraded cars in both GT1 and LMP. Toyota sent three of their new, extremely fast GT-One racing cars, while BMW, in association with WilliamsF1, launched the new BMW V12 LM. Nissan sent 4 of their new R390 GT1s. The United States was also represented properly with a two car team from Panoz, with Ford powered Esperante GTR-1s, and factory-backed Chrysler Viper GTS-R in the GT2 class entered by Oreca.

Porsche won the race as the faster cars from Mercedes, BMW and Toyota retired with mechanical difficulties and accident damage. The remaining Nissans and outdated McLarens were unable to match the pace of the upgraded 911 GT1s. Following this race, Porsche went into a sabbatical, rumored to be part of a plan to allow Porsche's partner Audi to develop their own sportscar without competition from within the alliance.

Porsche would return to Le Mans in 2014; they would eventually win the 2015 race.

The GT2 class win by the Chrysler Viper GTS-R was the first GT class win for an American made car since the Shelby Daytona Coupe won in 1964.

Le Mans in 1998

Official resultsEdit

The overall winning #26 Porsche 911 GT1 '98 on display in the new Porsche Museum, Stuttgart.
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMGT1 26   Porsche AG   Laurent Aïello
  Allan McNish
  Stéphane Ortelli
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 351
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
2 LMGT1 25   Porsche AG   Jörg Müller
  Uwe Alzen
  Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 350
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
3 LMGT1 32   Nissan Motorsport   Aguri Suzuki
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 347
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
4 LMGT1 40   Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren   Steve O'Rourke
  Tim Sugden
  Bill Auberlen
McLaren F1 GTR P 343
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
5 LMGT1 30   Nissan Motorsport   John Nielsen
  Michael Krumm
  Franck Lagorce
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
6 LMGT1 31   Nissan Motorsport   Jan Lammers
  Érik Comas
  Andrea Montermini
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
7 LMGT1 45   Panoz Motor Sports   David Brabham
  Andy Wallace
  Jamie Davies
Panoz GTR-1 M 335
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
8 LMP1 12   Doyle-Risi Racing   Wayne Taylor
  Eric van de Poele
  Fermín Velez
Ferrari 333 SP P 332
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
9 LMGT1 27   Toyota Motorsport   Ukyo Katayama
  Toshio Suzuki
  Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One M 326
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
10 LMGT1 33   Nissan Motorsport   Satoshi Motoyama
  Takuya Kurosawa
  Masami Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 319
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
11 LMGT2 53   Viper Team Oreca   Justin Bell
  David Donohue
  Luca Drudi
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
12 LMP1 16   Kremer Racing   Rocky Agusta
  Almo Coppelli
  Xavier Pompidou
Kremer K8/2 Spyder G 314
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
13 LMGT2 51   Viper Team Oreca   Olivier Beretta
  Pedro Lamy
  Tommy Archer
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 312
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
14 LMP1 3   Moretti Racing Inc.   Gianpiero Moretti
  Mauro Baldi
  Didier Theys
Ferrari 333 SP Y 311
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
15 LMP1 15   La Filière   Henri Pescarolo
  Olivier Grouillard
  Franck Montagny
Courage C36 M 304
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 LMP1 24   Courage Compétition   Yojiro Terada
  Franck Fréon
  Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41 M 300
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
17 LMGT2 64   Roock Racing Motorsport   Claudia Hürtgen
  Michel Ligonnet
  Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 285
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
18 LMGT2 69   Michel Nourry   Michel Nourry
  Thierry Perrier
  Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 911 GT2 G 276
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
19 GT2 56   Chamberlain Engineering   Gary Ayles
  Matt Turner
  Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 270
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
20 LMGT2 68   Elf Haberthur Racing   Éric Graham
  Hervé Poulain
  Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Porsche 911 GT2 D 268
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
21 LMGT2 55   Chamberlain Engineering   Ni Amorim
  Gonçalo Gomes
  Manuel Mello-Breyner
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 264
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
22 LMGT2 65   Roock Racing Motorsport   Rob Schirle
  André Ahrlé
  David Warnock
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 247
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
23 LMGT2 72   Larbre Compétition   Patrice Goueslard
  Jean-Luc Chéreau
  Pierre Yver
Porsche 911 GT2 M 240
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 29   Toyota Motorsport   Thierry Boutsen
  Ralf Kelleners
  Geoff Lees
Toyota GT-One M 330
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT2 71   Estoril Racing   Michel Maisonneuve
  Manuel Monteiro
  Michel Monteiro
Porsche 911 GT2 P 277
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 44   Panoz Motor Sports   Éric Bernard
  Christophe Tinseau
  Johnny O'Connell
Panoz GTR-1 M 236
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
DNF LMP1 13   Courage Compétition   Didier Cottaz
  Marc Goossens
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
Courage C51 M 232
Nissan VRH35Z 3.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT1 41   Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren   Dr. Thomas Bscher
  Emanuele Pirro
  Rinaldo Capello
McLaren F1 GTR G 228
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 8   Porsche AG   Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  David Murry
  James Weaver
Porsche LMP1-98 M 218
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 10   Pilot Racing   Michel Ferté
  Pascal Fabre
  François Migault
Ferrari 333 SP D[1] 203
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 67   Elf Haberthur Racing   Michel Neugarten
  Jean-Claude Lagniez
  David Smadja
Porsche 911 GT2 D 198
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 28   Toyota Motorsport   Martin Brundle
  Emmanuel Collard
  Éric Hélary
Toyota GT-One M 191
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 5   Jabouille-Boursche   Vincenzo Sospiri
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Jérôme Policand
Ferrari 333 SP M 187
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 60   Société Chereau   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Carl Rosenblad
  Robin Donovan
Porsche 911 GT2 M 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT2 62   CJ Motorsport   John Morton
  John Graham
  Harald Grohs
Porsche 911 GT2 G 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 21   Philippe Gache   Philippe Gache
  Wayne Gardner
  Didier de Radiguès
Riley & Scott Mk III P 155
Ford 5.1 L V8
DNF LMP1 14   Courage Compétition   Fredrik Ekblom
  Patrice Gay
  Takeshi Tsuchiya
Courage C51 M 126
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 7   Porsche AG   Michele Alboreto
  Stefan Johansson
  Yannick Dalmas
Porsche LMP1-98 M 107
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP2 22   Didier Bonnet   Lionel Robert
  Édouard Sezionale
  Pierre Bruneau
Debora LMP296 M 106
BMW S50 3.2 L I6
DNF LMGT2 61   Krauss Race Sports International   Bernhard Müller
  Michael Trunk
  Ernst Palmberger
Porsche 911 GT2 D 71
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 1   Team BMW Motorsport   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Steve Soper
  Tom Kristensen
BMW V12 LM M 60
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 2   Team BMW Motorsport   Pierluigi Martini
  Joachim Winkelhock
  Johnny Cecotto
BMW V12 LM M 43
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMGT1 36   AMG-Mercedes   Jean-Marc Gounon
  Ricardo Zonta
  Christophe Bouchut
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 31
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 50   Viper Team Oreca   Karl Wendlinger
  Marc Duez
  Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 28
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGT2 70   Konrad Motorsport   Franz Konrad
  Larry Schumacher
  Nick Ham
Porsche 911 GT2 D 24
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 35   AMG-Mercedes   Bernd Schneider
  Mark Webber
  Klaus Ludwig
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 19
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 73   Konrad Motorsport   Toni Seiler
  Peter Kitchak
  Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 D 2
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6


  • Pole Position - #35 AMG-Mercedes - 3:35.544
  • Fastest Lap - #28 Toyota Motorsport - 3:41.809
  • Distance - 4783.78 km
  • Average Speed - 199.324 km/h[2]
  • Highest Trap Speed — Toyota GT-One - 345 km/h (practice)


  1. ^ "1998 Le Mans 24 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. ^ "The overall winners' list from the official site of Le Mans". Archived from the original on 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-05-10.