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

ScheduleEdit

Events for the 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 2 May with technical inspections, before initial pre-qualifying on 3 May. The race week began on Monday 1 June with renewed technical inspections.[1]

Schedule
Date Time (local) Event
Saturday, 2 May Unknown Pre-Qualifying Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Sunday, 3 May 07:30 – 13:30 Pre-Qualifying
14:30 – 20:30
Monday, 1 June 15:00 - 18:00 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Tuesday, 2 June 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, 3 June 19:00 – 00:30 Qualifying Session 1 & 2
Thursday, 4 June 19:00 – 00:30 Qualifying Session 3 & 4
Saturday, 6 June Morning Warm-up
14:00 Start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday, 7 June 14:00 Finish of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

EntriesEdit

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.

Automatic invitationsEdit

Automatic entry to the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 1997 season of the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans Autumn Cup.[2] Entries with a blue background were granted entries, but did not accept their invitations.

Reason entered LMP1 GT1 GT2
1st in 24 Hours of Le Mans   Joest Racing GmbH1   Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren   Elf Haberthur Racing
1st in Le Mans Autumn Cup   Courage Compétition   Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren   Société Chereau
1st in 1997 FIA GT Championship   AMG-Mercedes   Viper Team Oreca
1. Joest Racing forfeited their automatic inclusion by racing under the works Porsche team (car number 7).

ScrutineeringEdit

A total of 63 entries, including those already automatically qualified, were presented for scrutineering on Saturday, May 2. 61 cars passed the scrutineering checks, but two entries - the #37 Newcastle United Lister Storm and the #59 Pilbeam Racing Designs Lotus Esprit, were denied on technical grounds. With no time to effect the necessary changes both entries would be unable to take part in pre-qualifying for the race.

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pre-Qualifying for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans took place on Sunday, May 3. The entries were divided into two groups of qualifiers were the slowest entries in each class would be eliminated and thus not qualify for the race. A total of 49 starting slots were available for the entered cars, including those already automatically pre-qualified, and were divided on a session- and class-basis. The pre-qualifying results were as follows:

Morning session (7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

It was an expectedly tight session for the GT1 cars, with 7 strong entries competing for 5 slots on the grid. In the end it was the unfortunate Larbre and Zakspeed entries that were out of luck despite trying hard with in the case of number 38 spectacular moments. Slowest of all in GT1 was the GTC McLaren with the Mercedes (which had a stop on the Mulsanne at 12:30, reason unknown) splitting the two non pre-qualifiers.

In LMP1 8 entries battled for 6 slots on the grid, with the Moretti Ferrari setting the fastest time. The non-qualifiers were the number 17 Kremer K8 (4:02) and the WR (3:56) which suffered a spin into the gravel trap at the Dunlop curve early in the session. Slowest of the LMP1 cars was the already-qualified Courage #24.

The GT2 group consisted of 11 entries competing for 8 slots. The lone LMP2 entry to the race, the #22 Debora, had been grouped into this category in the absence of any other competition. The predicted Oreca Viper benefit, 4.3 seconds clear of the fastest 911 GT2. The non-qualifiers were two 911 GT2's and the Helem PRV V6.

Pos No. Team Car Drivers Class Time Gap
1 25 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98   Jörg Müller
  Uwe Alzen
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
LMGT1 3:38.909
2 30 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1   John Nielsen
  Franck Lagorce
LMGT1 3:40.926 +2.007
3 32 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1   Aguri Suzuki
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
LMGT1 3:40.927 +2.008
4 27 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One   Ukyo Katayama
  Ralf Kelleners
LMGT1 3:41.301 +2.382
5 45 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1   David Brabham
  Andy Wallace
LMGT1 3:41.667 +2.748
6 3 Moretti Racing Inc. Ferrari 333 SP   Gianpiero Moretti
  Mauro Baldi
  Didier Theys
LMP1 3:43.735 +4.816
7 38 Zakspeed Porsche 911 GT1-98   Michael Bartels
  Armin Hahne
LMGT1 3:43.911 +4.992
8 1 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM   Steve Soper
  Tom Kristensen
LMP1 3:44.528 +5.609
9 7 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98   Michele Alboreto
  Stefan Johansson
  David Murry
LMP1 3:44.720 +5.801
10 36 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM   Jean-Marc Gounon
  Ricardo Zonta
  Christophe Bouchut
LMGT1 3.46.020 +7.101
11 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51   Fredrik Ekblom
  Patrice Gay
LMP1 3:47.397 +8.478
12 15 La Filière Courage C36   Henri Pescarolo
  Olivier Grouillard
  Emmanuel Clérico
LMP1 3.49.061 +10.142
13 48 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT1   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Patrice Goueslard
  Robin Donovan
LMGT1 3:49.225 +10.306
14 10 Pilot Racing Ferrari 333 SP   Michel Ferté LMP1 3:50.770 +10.851
15 40 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR   Steve O'Rourke
  Tim Sugden
LMGT1 3:51.842 +12.923
16 19 Gerard Welter WR LMP 98   Jean-Bernard Bouvet
  Xavier Pompidou
  Marc Rostan
LMP1 3:56.582 +17.663
17 52 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Olivier Beretta
  Karl Wendlinger
  Luca Drudi
LMGT2/LMP2 4:01.921 +23.002
18 17 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder   Tomás Saldaña
  Prince Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
  Enrico Bertaggia
LMP1 4:02.163 +23.244
19 24 Courage Compétition Courage C41   Yojiro Terada
  Franck Fréon
LMP1 4:03.371 +24.452
20 73 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   Toni Seiler
  Peter Kitchak
  Angelo Zadra
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.201 +25.282
21 67 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2   Michel Neugarten
  David Smadja
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.215 +27.296
22 55 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Ni Amorim
  Gonçalo Gomes
  Hans Hugenholtz
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.608 +27.689
23 71 Estoril Racing Porsche 911 GT2   Michel Maisonneuve
  Manuel Monteiro
  Michel Monteiro
LMGT2/LMP2 4:08.246 +29.327
24 74 Cirtek Motorsport Saleen Mustang SR   Rob Schirle
  Michel Ligonnet
LMGT2/LMP2 4:08.998 +30.079
25 22 Didier Bonnet Debora LMP296   Lionel Robert LMGT2/LMP2 4:09.059 +30.140
26 69 Michel Nourry Porsche 911 GT2   Michel Nourry
  Thierry Perrier
  Michel Quiniou
LMGT2/LMP2 4:10.716 +31.797
27 65 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   Andy Pilgrim
  André Ahrlé
  Robert Nearn
LMGT2/LMP2 4:14.452 +35.533
28 58 RJ Racing Helem PRV V6   Patrick Gonin
  Benjamin Roy
LMGT2/LMP2 4:21.604 +42.685
29 63 Gerard MacQuillan Porsche 911 GT2   Thomas Erdos
  Gerard MacQuillan
LMGT2/LMP2 4:45.350 +1:06.431

Note: Pink background denotes non-qualifiers, green background denotes entries automatically pre-qualified.

Afternoon session (2:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

The afternoon session saw the final 9 GT1 entries competing for the remaining 7 slots on the grid. Fastest overall and in GT1 was the number 26 Porsche in the hands of Allan McNish after a titanic battle with Martin Brundle's Toyota in the closing hour, the difference ending up at only 0.09 seconds. The two who go no further in GT1 for this session were Hybrid Panoz and the second Zakspeed Porsche (meaning neither Zakspeed entry made it through to the race). The two Nissans (one TWR, one Nova) and the 'conventional' Panoz made it comfortably, despite the #33 Nova Nissan spinning into a gravel trap after only 10 minutes of the session, later resuming with the spare rear bodywork from one of the TWR cars.

In LMP1 there were 9 entries competing for 7 slots. Again a Ferrari was fastest, as the JB Ferrari beat the factory BMW and Porsche entries with 0.4 and 2.7 seconds respectively. The second Kremer K8 scraped home ahead of the Konrad K8 by 0.08 seconds and thus made the race. The other prototype not to progress was the other WR which never managed to set a competitive laptime.

GT2 was again dominated by the Oreca Vipers. 8 of the 10 entries would make it through, with the two non-qualifiers being the second Cirtek Mustang and the third Roock Racing 911 GT2.

Pos No. Team Car Drivers Class Time Gap
1 26 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98   Yannick Dalmas
  Allan McNish
  Stéphane Ortelli
LMGT1 3:37.689
2 28 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One   Martin Brundle
  Emmanuel Collard
LMGT1 3:37.696 +0.007
3 35 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM   Bernd Schneider
  Mark Webber
  Klaus Ludwig
LMGT1 3:38.057 +0.368
4 29 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One   Thierry Boutsen
  Eric Hélary
LMGT1 3:39.649 +1.960
5 31 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1   Jan Lammers
  Érik Comas
  Andrea Montermini
LMGT1 3:40.778 +3.116
6 5 Jabouille-Boursche Ferrari 333 SP   Vincenzo Sospiri
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Jérôme Policand
LMP1 3:41.039 +3.350
7 2 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM   Pierluigi Martini
  Johnny Cecotto
LMP1 3:41.412 +3.732
8 44 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1   David Brabham
  Eric Bernard
LMGT1 3:42.347 +4.658
9 13 Courage Compétition Courage C51   Didier Cottaz
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
LMP1 3:43.588 +5.899
10 33 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1   Satoshi Motoyama
  Mauro Martini
LMGT1 3:43.739 +6.050
11 8 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98   Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  Yannick Dalmas
  Bob Wollek
LMP1 3:43.786 +6.097
12 12 Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP   Wayne Taylor
  Eric van de Poele
LMP1 3:44.442 +6.753
13 39 Zakspeed Porsche 911 GT1-98   Alexander Grau
  Jean-Denis Delétraz
  Fabien Giroix
LMGT1 3:44.794 +7.105
14 41 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR   Dr. Thomas Bscher
  Frank Biela
  Rinaldo Capello
LMGT1 3:47.902 +10.213
15 21 Philippe Gache Riley & Scott Mk III   Philippe Gache
  Anthony Beltoise
LMP1 3:51.818 +14.129
16 46 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 Hybrid   James Weaver
  Perry McCarthy
LMGT1 3:54.199 +16.510
17 16 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder   Rocky Agusta
  Almo Coppelli
LMP1 3:54.617 +16.928
18 18 Konrad Motorsport Kremer K8 Spyder   Franz Konrad LMP1 3:54.625 +16.936
19 51 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Olivier Beretta
  Dominique Dupuy
  Pedro Lamy
LMGT2 4:00.120 +22.431
20 53 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Justin Bell
  Dominique Dupuy
  Pedro Lamy
LMGT2 4:00.665 +22.976
21 72 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2   Patrice Goueslard
  Patrick Bourdais
  Jean-Luc Chéreau
LMGT2 4:03.380 +25.691
22 64 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   Bruno Eichmann
  Claudia Hürtgen
LMGT2 4:03.925 +26.236
23 70 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   Larry Schumacher
  Nick Ham
  Martin Stretton
LMGT2 4:04.121 +26.432
24 56 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Gary Ayles
  Matt Turner
  Hans Hugenholtz
LMGT2 4:04.618 +26.929
25 62 CJ Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   John Morton
  John Graham
  Harald Grohs
LMGT2 4:06.814 +29.125
26 61 Krauss Race Sports International Porsche 911 GT2   Bernhard Müller
  Michael Trunk
  Ernst Palmberger
LMGT2 4:09.016 +31.327
27 74 Cirtek Motorsport Saleen Mustang SR   Rob Schirle
  Michel Ligonnet
LMGT2/LMP2 4:09.895 +32.206
28 68 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2   Éric Graham
  Hervé Poulain
  Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
LMGT2 4:23.924 +46.235
29 20 JL Sonnier WR LMP 98   Pierre Bruneau
  Dominique Lacaud
LMP1 4:48.010 +1:10.321
30 66 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2   John Robinson
  Hugh Price
  Sascha Maassen
LMGT2 5:00.367 +1:22.678

Note: Pink background denotes non-qualifiers, green background denotes entries automatically pre-qualified.

Reserve entriesEdit

The entries which failed to pre-qualify were placed on a reserve list, in case an entry from the list of 48 withdrew prior to the event. These entries were allowed to join the race entry list based on the fastest pre-qualifying times from the same group and class as the withdrawn entry.

Before the race, two LMGT2 entries from the first pre-qualifying session were withdrawn. First to be withdrawn was the lone Cirtek Mustang which had qualified, which promoted the #65 Roock Racing 911 GT2 into the race.[3] Secondly Viper Team Oreca, which had a total of four Vipers qualified for the race including their automatic entry, withdrew Viper #52. This promoted the #58 RJ Racing Helem into the race.

QualifyingEdit

Of the 48 cars entered for the race 47 would take part in practice and qualifying. The Helem V6, which had been promoted following the withdrawal of the #52 Viper, ultimately failed race week scrutineering checks because of non-complying structual differences between the road car and the competition one entered in the 24 Hours. After barely scraping through on a reserve entry the car would thus not be allowed to take any further part in race proceedings.[4]

Qualifying took place over a combined four sessions held on Wednesday and Thursday evening, with the fastest times set at any time across all sessions determining the starting grid for the race.

Qualifying resultsEdit

Class leaders are in bold.[5]

Pos No. Team Car Class Time Gap
1 35 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM LMGT1 3:35.544
2 28 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:36.552 +1.038
3 36 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM LMGT1 3:36.901 +1.367
4 25 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 LMGT1 3:38.084 +2.550
5 26 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 LMGT1 3:38.407 +2.873
6 2 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM LMP1 3:38.829 +3.295
7 29 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:40.042 +4.508
8 27 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:40.472 +4.938
9 7 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 LMP1 3:40.503 +4.969
10 30 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:40.649 +5.115
11 45 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 LMGT1 3:40.730 +5.196
12 1 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM LMP1 3:41.599 +6.065
13 31 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:41.621 +6.087
14 32 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:42.397 +6.863
15 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51 LMP1 3:43.244 +7.710
16 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51 LMP1 3:43.471 +7.937
17 5 Jabouille-Boursche Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:44.458 +8.924
18 44 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 LMGT1 3:44.602 +9.068
19 33 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:45.293 +9.759
20 8 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 LMP1 3:45.452 +9.918
21 3 Moretti Racing Inc. Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:45.755 +10.261
22 12 Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:46.289 +10.755
23 41 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 3:50.566 +15.032
24 40 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 3:50.863 +15.329
25 15 La Filière Courage C36 LMP1 3:51.535 +16.001
26 21 Philippe Gache Riley & Scott Mk III LMP1 3:54.274 +18.740
27 24 Courage Compétition Courage C41 LMP1 3:56.658 +21.124
28 10 Pilot Racing Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:57.546 +22.012
29 16 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder LMP1 3:57.814 +22.280
30 51 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 3:59.981 +24.447
31 50 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:05.006 +29.472
32 60 Société Chereau Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:05.010 +29.476
33 53 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:05.648 +30.114
34 70 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.110 +30.576
35 64 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.205 +30.671
36 72 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.511 +30.977
37 67 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:08.326 +32.792
38 55 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:08.958 +33.424
39 71 Estoril Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:09.263 +33.729
40 22 Didier Bonnet Debora LMP296 LMP2 4:09.453 +33.919
41 56 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:09.683 +34.149
42 62 CJ Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:10.215 +34.681
43 62 Krauss Race Sports International Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:11.606 +36.072
44 65 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:11.910 +36.376
45 73 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:20.426 +44.892
46 68 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:23.655 +48.121
47 69 Michel Nourry Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:24.151 +48.617

RaceEdit

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
Engine
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 348
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 24   Courage Compétition   Yojiro Terada
  Franck Fréon
  Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41 M 304
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 LMP1 15   La Filière   Henri Pescarolo
  Olivier Grouillard
  Franck Montagny
Courage C36 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[6] 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

StatisticsEdit

  • 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[7]
  • Highest Trap Speed — Toyota GT-One - 345 km/h (practice)

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ "The overall winners' list from the official site of Le Mans". Archived from the original on 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-05-10.