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Le Mans 24 hours

Le Mans, France

Date: 13/6/1981 to: 14/6/1981
Track length: 13.627 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 73
Starters: 55
Finishers: 20 (18 classified)

Pole position: Ickx in 3.29,44 = 234,222 kmh
Fastest lap: Haywood in 3.34,0 = 229,231 kmh

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed: 201,056 kmh
Weather: Warm and dry
Ruleset: Group 2/4/5/6-1976, IMSA, Le Mans GTPa
Car info: 1981 Cars

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For Group 5, this race was as uninteresting as ever; sportscars finished 1-2-3 with in fourth place a British 935K, and the works Lancia in eight position, winning its class. Porsches new 944 had engine troubles, but like the 924 GTR this to was a dead end - it wasn’t a group 4 or 5, and it wouldn’t have a future too.


Overall result
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
1 1/1 11 Porsche System Engineering
Porsche 936/81
Jacky Ickx, B
Derek Bell, GB
2649 tc B6 Sports +2000 355 laps 1 3.29,44    
2 1 8 Rondeau
Rondeau M379-Ford
Jacky Haran, F
Philippe Streiff, F
Jean-Louis Schlesser, F
2993 V8 Le Mans GTP 341 28 3.50,61    
3 2 7 Rondeau
Rondeau M379-Ford
François Migault, F
Gordon Spice, GB
2993 V8 Le Mans GTP 336 15 3.43,99    
4 1/1 55  
Porsche 935 K3
John Cooper, GB
Dudley Wood, GB
Claude Bourgoignie, B
2993 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2 331 23 3.48,02    
5 1 47 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
(Hervé Regout, B)
4942 V12 IMSA GTX 329 37 3.56,89    
6 2 42 Cooke-Woods Racing
Porsche 935 K3
Ralph Kent Cooke, USA
Anny-Charlotte Verney, F
Bob Garretson, USA
2993 tc B6 IMSA GTX 328 33 3.55,15    
7 3 1 Porsche System Engineering
Porsche 944 Turbo
Jürgen Barth, D
Walter Röhrl, D
2479 tc L4 Le Mans GTP 324 43 4.01,03    
8 2/1 65 Martini Lancia Racing
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Eddie Cheever, USA
Michele Alboreto, I
Carlo Facetti, I
1425 tc L4 Group 5/Div. 1 323 31 3.54,09    
9 3 46 Rennod Racing
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Jean Xhenceval, B
Pierre Dieudonné, B
Jean-Paul Libert, B
4942 V12 IMSA GTX 321 36 3.56,72    
10 3/2 60 Vegla Racing Team
Porsche 935J
Harald Grohs, D
Dieter Schornstein, D
Götz von Tschirnhaus, D
3160 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2 321 7 3.37,15    
11 1 36 Porsche System Engineering
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR
Manfred Schurti, FL
Andy Rouse, GB
(Siegfried Brunn, D)
1984 tc L4 IMSA GTO 316 48 4.04,09    
12 2/2 12 Porsche System Engineering
Porsche 936/81
Jochen Mass, D
Vern Schuppan, AUS
Hurley Haywood, USA
2649 tc B6 Sports +2000 313 2 3.32,61 3.34,0  
13 4 4 WM
WM P79/80 Peugeot
Denis Morin, F
Charles Mendez, USA
Xavier Mathiot, F
2664 tc V6 Le Mans GTP 308 16 3.44,14    
14 4/2 68 Jolly Club
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Martino Finotto, I
Giorgio Schön, I
Giorgio Pianta, I
1425 tc L4 Group 5/Div. 1 293 53 4.09,01    
15 3/3 18 Team Lola
Lola T600-Ford
Guy Edwards, GB
Emilio de Villota, E
Juan Fernández, E
3298 V8 Sports +2000 288 12 3.42,40    
16 5/3 51 ORECA
BMW M1
Bernard Darniche, F
Johnny Cecotto, YV
Philippe Alliot, F
3498 L6 Group 5/Div. 2 278 35 3.55,68    
17 1 70  
Porsche 934
Valentin Bertapelle, F
Thierry Perrier, F
Bernard Salam, F
2993 tc B6 Group 4 275 52 4.08,86    
18 4/1 31  
Lola T298-BMW
Jean-Philippe Grand, F
Yves Courage, F
1990 L4 Sports -2000 273 42 4.00,42    
DNF   43 Bob Akin Motor Racing
Porsche 935 K3
Paul Miller, USA
Craig Siebert, USA
Bob Akin, USA
2857 tc B6 IMSA GTX 320 30 3.52,61   Short circuit
DNF   57  
Porsche 935-77A
Claude Haldi, CH
Hervé Poulain, F
Mark Thatcher, GB
2857 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2 260 32 3.54,32   Accident
DNF   49 North American Racing Team
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Alain Cudini, F
Philippe Gurdjian, F
John Morton, USA
4942 V12 IMSA GTX 247 29 3.52,6   Acident
DNF   53 EMKA Productions
BMW M1
David Hobbs, GB
Eddie Jordan, IRL
Steve O'Rourke, GB
3498 L6 Group 5/Div. 2 236 38 3.56,99   Engine
DNF   72 BMW Zol Auto
BMW M1
Pierre-Francois Rousselot, F
Francois Servanin, F
Laurent Ferrier, F
3498 L6 Group 4 212 47 4.03,76   Valve, clutch, gearbox
DNF   20  
De Cadenet LM-Ford
Alain de Cadenet, GB
Jean-Michel Martin, B
Philippe Martin, B
2993 V8 Sports +2000 210 19 3.46,69   Engine
DNF   52 Würth-Lubrifilm Team Sauber
BMW M1
Dieter Quester, A
Marc Surer, CH
David Deacon, CDN
3498 L6 Group 5/Div. 2 207 22 3.47,90   Engine
NC   33 Compagnie Primagaz
Lola T298-BMW
Pierre Yver, F
Jacques Heuclin, F
Michel Dubois, F
1990 L4 Sports -2000 204 45 4.02,81    
NC   32 Ecurie Renard-Delmas
Renard Delmas D31-ROC
Loius Descartes, F
Hervé Bayard, F
(Bruno Peschey, F)
1993 L4 Sports -2000 188 54 4.15,57    
DNF   66 Martini Lancia Racing
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Riccardo Patrese, I
Hans Heyer, D
Piercarlo Ghinzani, I
1425 tc L4 Group 5/Div. 1 186 24 3.48,14   Engine
DNF   21 Dorset Racing Associates
De Cadenet LM-Ford
Martin Birrane, IRL
Vivian Candy, IRL
Nick Faure, GB
2993 V8 Sports +2000 171 26 3.48,90   Gearbox casing
DNF   23 Dorset Racing Associates
Dome Zero RL81-Ford
Chris Craft, GB
Bob Evans, GB
2993 V8 Sports +2000 154 20 3.47,43   Engine
DNF   40 Joest Racing
Porsche 935J
Mauricio de Narvaez, CO
Kenper Miller, USA
Günther Steckkönig, D
2857 tc B6 IMSA GTX 152 25 3.48,20   Fire
DNF   48  
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Steve Earle, USA
Simon Phillips, GB
Mike Salmon, GB
4942 V12 IMSA GTX 140 40 3.59,68   Chassis
DNF   45 Scuderia Super Car Bellancauto
Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Fabrizio Violati, I
Duilio Truffo, I
Maurizio Flammini, I
4942 V12 IMSA GTX 118 34 3.55,6   Engine
DNF   22 Andre Chevalley Racing
ACR 80B-Ford
Patrick Gaillard, F
André Chevalley, CH
Bruno Sotty, F
2993 V8 Sports +2000 114 14 3.43,43   Clutch
DNF   37 Mazdaspeed
Mazda RX-7 253i
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
Pete Lovett, GB
Tetsu Ikuzawa, J
2 x 654 R2 IMSA GTO 107 51 4.07,18   Engine
DNF   30  
Lola T298-BMW
Max Cohen-Olivar, MOR
Jean-Marie Lemerle, F
Alain Levie, F
1990 L4 Sports -2000 104 46 4.03,00   Electrics
DNF   27  
Ibec P6-Ford
Tony Trimmer, GB
Tiff Needell, GB
Ian Bracey, GB
2993 V8 Sports +2000 95 27 3.49,94   Engine
DNF   10 Porsche Kremer Racing
Porsche 917K 81
Bob Wollek, F
Xavier Lapeyre, F
Guy Chasseuil, F
4998 B12 Sports +2000 82 18 3.46,54   Engine mount
DNF   14 Joest Racing
Porsche 908/80
Reinhold Jöst, D
Dale Whittington, USA
Klaus Niedzwiedz, D
2142 tc B6 Sports +2000 60 3 3.34,51   Accident
DNF   24 Rondeau
Rondeau M379-Ford
Jean Rondeau, F
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, F
3298 V8 Sports +2000 58 5 3.36,17   Handling
DNF   59 Porsche Kremer Racing
Porsche 935 K3-81
Ted Field, USA
Bill Whittington, USA
Don Whittington, USA
3200 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2 57 6 3.36,54   Engine
DNF   50 BASF Team GS Sport
BMW M1
Hans-Joachim Stuck, D
Jean-Pierre Jarier, F
Helmut Henzler, D
3498 L6 Group 5/Div. 2 57 21 3.47,63   Accident damage
DNF   83 WM
WM P81 Peugeot
Max Mamers, F
Jean-Daniel Raulet, F
Michel Pignard, F
2664 tc V6 Group C 50 11 3.40,60   Accident
DNF   69 Tuff/Kote Dinol Racing
Porsche 935 L1
Jan Lundgårdh, S
Mike Wilds, GB
Axel Plankenhorn, D
1421 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 1 49 50 4.06,92   Engine
DNF   71 Helmut Marko
BMW M1
Christian Danner, D
Leopold von Bayern, D
Peter Oberndorfer, D
3498 L6 Group 4 49 41 4.00,14   Crankshaft damper
DNF   61 Weralit Racing Team
Porsche 935 K3
Edgar Dören, D
Gerhard Holup, D
Jürgen Lässig, D
2993 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2 48 13 3.42,66   Driver ill
DNF   67 Martini Lancia Racing
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Beppe Gabbiani, I
Emanuele Pirro, I
Riccardo Patrese, I
1425 tc L4 Group 5/Div. 1 47 44 4.02,22   Accident
DNF   5 WM
WM P79/80 Peugeot
Roger Dorchy, F
Guy Fréquelin, F
2664 tc V6 Le Mans GTP 46 9 3.39,74   Engine
DNF   41 Preston Henn
Porsche 935 K3
Preston Henn, USA
Michael Chandler, USA
Marcel Mignot, F
2993 tc B6 IMSA GTX 45 17 3.46,22   Engine
DNF   26 Rondeau
Rondeau M379-Ford
Henri Pescarolo, F
Patrick Tambay, F
3298 V8 Sports +2000 41 4 3.35,16   Electrics
DNF   73 Eminence Racing
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR
Jacques Alméras, F
Jean-Marie Alméras, F
Jean-Pierre Sivel, F
1984 tc L4 Group 4 30 55 4.19,91   Gearbox
DNF   25 Rondeau
Rondeau M379-Ford
Jean Ragnotti, F
Jean-Louis Lafosse, F
2993 V8 Sports +2000 28 10 3.40,32   Fatal accident
DNF   38 Mazdaspeed
Mazda RX-7 253i
Yojiro Terada, J
Win Percy, GB
Hiroshi Fushida, J
2 x 654 R2 IMSA GTO 25 49 4.04,79   Gearbox
DNF   82 WM
WM P81 Peugeot
Thierry Boutsen, B
Michel Pignard, F
Serge Saulnier, F
2850 tc V6 Group C 15 8 3.37,98   Accident
DNF   35 Stratagraph Inc.
Chevrolet Camaro
Cale Yarborough, USA
Bill Cooper, USA
Billy Hagan, USA
5820 V8 IMSA GTO 13 39 3.59,57   Accident
DNQ   62  
Porsche 935 K3
Jacques Guérin, F
André Gahinet ("Segolen"), F
Christian Bussi, F
2993 tc B6 Group 5/Div. 2     4.03,89    
DNQ   16 Max Sardou
Ardex S80-BMW
Michel Lateste, F
Patrick Perrier, F
3498 L6 Sports +2000     4.05,02    
DNQ   17 Cooke-Woods Racing
Lola T600-Porsche
Bobby Rahal, USA
Brian Redman, GB
2993 tc B6 Sports +2000     4.18,30    
DNQ   75 Porsche System Canon
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR
Tony Dron, GB
Richard Lloyd, GB
1984 tc L4 Group 4     4.20,01    
DNQ   39 Z&W Enterprises Racing Ltd.
Mazda RX-7
Fred Stiff, USA
Dirk Vermeersch, B
Ray Ratcliff, USA
2 x 573 R2 IMSA GTU     4.21,97    
DNQ   74 Porsche Cars Australia
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR
Colin Bond, AUS
Peter Brock, AUS
Jim Richards, NZ
1984 tc L4 Group 4     4.24,95    
DNQ 1 90 Z&W Enterprises Racing Ltd.
McLaren M12GT-Chevrolet
Hervé Regout, B
Max Elkoubi, SN
  V8 IMSA GTP     5.13,06    
DNS   6T WM
WM P79/80 Peugeot
Denis Morin, F
Charles Mendez, USA
2664 tc V6 Le Mans GTP     no time