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Le Mans 24 hours

Le Mans, France

Date: 10/6/1978 to: 11/6/1978
Track length: 13.640 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 72
Starters: 55
Finishers: 25, 17 classified

Pole position:
Fastest lap:

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed:
Weather: Warm and dry
Ruleset: Group 2/4/5/6-1976, IMSA
Car info: 1978 Cars

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In the shade of Renault finally winning the French classic, there were touring cars racing as well. The Group 2 AMG Mercedes did not qualify (no surprise I’d say), and the single Loos entry gave up after 2 hours. Schurti and Stommelen drove “Moby Dick”, but fell back behind some other 935’s since the engine either leaked oil or had a persisting misfire.
So the best 935 finished fifth, an IMSA car with Redman/Barbour/Paul.


Sportscar Race
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
5 1 90 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935-77A
Brian Redman, GB
John Paul Sr, USA
2994 tc B6 IMSA GTX +2500 338 laps 16 3.52,6    
6 1 44 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 935-77A
Jim Busby, USA
Rick Knoop, USA
Chris Cord, USA
2994 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 337 14 3.50,7    
7 2 41 Henri Cachia
Porsche 935
Pablo Gomes, BR
Mario Amaral, BR
Alfredo Guarrana, BR
(Henri Cachia, F)
(Claude Ballot-Léna, F)
2857 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 330 23 3.59,5    
8 3 43 Martini Racing
Porsche 935-78
Manfred Schurti, FL
Rolf Stommelen, D
3211 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 327 3 3.30,9    
12 1 66  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Anny-Charlotte Verney, F
Xavier Lapeyre, F
Francois Servanin, F
Hubert Striebig, F
2994 B6 Group 4 3000 280 51 4.19,6    
14 2 97 Charles Ivey
Porsche Carrera RSR
Gordon Spice, GB
John Rulon-Miller, USA
Larry Perkins, AUS
2994 B6 IMSA GTX +2500 279 47 4.14,7    
16 3 86 Howard O’Flynn
Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
François Migault, F
Lucien Guitteny, F
(Florian Vetsch, CH)
4390 V12 IMSA GTX +2500 263 49 4.15,9    
17 1 62  
Porsche 934
Christian Bussi, F
André Gahinet ("Segolen"), F
Jean Claude Briavoine, F
(Claude Haldi, CH)
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000 260 51 4.19,6    
DNF   88 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Spartaco Dini ("Paco"), I
4942 V12 IMSA GTX +2500 251 34 4.07,3   Engine
NC   64  
Porsche Carrera
Georges Bourdillat, F
Alain-Michel Bernard, F
Jean-Luc Favresse, F
2994? B6 Group 4 3000 242 55 4.28,2    
DNF   87 Luigi Chinetti
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Jean-Pierre Delaunay, F
Jacques Guérin, F
Gregg Young, USA
(Jean-Claude Andruet, F)
4942 V12 IMSA GTX +2500 232 36 4.07,9   Gearbox
DNF   89 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Jean-Louis Lafosse, F
4942 V12 IMSA GTX +2500 218 33 4.07,1   Gearbox
NC   45 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 935
Louis Krages ("John Winter"), D
Dieter Schornstein, D
Philippe Gurdjian, F
2857 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 183 28 4.04,2    
DNF   68 Hervé Poulain
Porsche 934
Edgar Dören, D
Hervé Poulain, F
Gerhard Holup, D
(Roman Feitler, L)
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000 167 32 4.07,0   Gearbox
DNF   91 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935
Bob Garretson, USA
Bob Akin, USA
Steve Earle, USA
2857 tc B6 IMSA GTX +2500 159 31 4.05,2   Accident
DNF   48 Heinz Schiller
Porsche 935
Herbert Müller, CH
Claude Haldi, CH
Nik Mac Granger, CH
2857 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 140 21 3.55,8   Gearbox
DNF   65  
Porsche 930
Antoine Salamin, CH
Gerard Vial, CH
Yves Courage, F
Joël Laplacette, F
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000 116 54 4.25,0   Accident
DNF   61 Daniel Urcun
Porsche 934
Guy Chasseuil, F
Jean-Claude Lefebvre, F
José Dolhem, F
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000 61 39 4.09,1   Engine
DNF   94 Whittington Brothers
Porsche 935-77A
Bill Whittington, USA
Don Whittington, USA
Franz Konrad, A
Reinhold Jöst, D
2994 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 41 17 3.52,6   Accident
DNF   85  
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Teddy Pilette, B
Nick Faure, GB
Jean Blaton ("Beurlys"), B
Raymond Touroul, F
4942 V12 IMSA GTX +2500 39 42 4.10,9   Gearbox
DNF   69  
Porsche 934
Willy Braillard, B
Jean-Louis Ravenel, F
Jacky Ravenel, F
Philippe Dagoreau, F
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000 35 37 4.08,0   Fuel injection
DNF   46 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 935
Martin Raymond, GB
J.P. Wielemans ("Steve"), B
Mike Franey, GB
2857 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 34 20 3.54,8   Engine
DNF   84  
Chevrolet Monza
Brad Frisselle, USA
Bob Kirby, USA
John Hotchkis Sr, USA
  V8 IMSA GTX +2500 30 25 4.02,3   Engine
DNF   47 Weisberg Gelo Team
Porsche 935-77A
John Fitzpatrick, GB
Klaus Ludwig, D
Toine Hezemans, NL
2994 tc B6 Group 5 +2000 19 11 3.46,5   Engine
DNQ/RES   40 AMG
Mercedes 450 SLC
Hans Heyer, D
Clemens Schickentanz, D
4520 V8 Group 5 +2000     4.26,1    
DNQ/RES   98  
Porsche Carrera
Jean Beliard, F
Thierry Perrier, F
Joël Mouetron, F
2994? B6 IMSA GTX +2500     4.23,5    
DNQ/RES   96 J.C. Giroix
BMW 3.0 CSL
Alain Cudini, F
Pierre Dieudonné, B
3498 L6 IMSA GTX +2500     4.25,3    
DNQ   63  
Porsche Carrera RS
Christian Gouttepifre, F
Raymond Touroul, F
Robert Boubet, F
2994 B6 Group 4 3000     no time   DSQ, illegal engine
DNF   60 Heinz Schiller
Porsche 934
Simon De Lautour, F
Gérard Bleynie, F
Roland Ennequin, F
2993 tc B6 Group 4 +3000     no time