1976 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1976 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 44th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 1976.

Race[edit]

The regulations for Le Mans were changed again, with the fuel limitations removed and Group 5 cars were allowed to compete with Group 6 cars. Porsche entered two 936s and one 935, while the Renault Alpine A442 turbo also made its first appearance at Le Mans with one entry. For the first and only time in the history of the race, two NASCAR cars were invited to compete. They attracted considerable media attention and were popular with the French public, however they performed disappointingly in the race itself. [1] The new Porsche 936 turbo won in its debut.

The race saw the death of Frenchman André Haller when his Datsun 260Z was involved in an accident at the Mulsanne Kink.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1976
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
3.0
20 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx
Netherlands Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 936 Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6 349
2 S
3.0
10 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc. France Jean-Louis Lafosse
France François Migault
Mirage GR8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 338
3 S
3.0
12 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
United Kingdom Chris Craft
De Cadenet-Lola T380 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 337
4 Gr.5 40 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Germany Rolf Stommelen
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Porsche 935 Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6 331
5 S
3.0
11 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc. United Kingdom Derek Bell
Australia Vern Schuppan
Mirage GR8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 326
6 Gr.5 52 France Gérard Méo France Raymond Touroul
France Alain Cudini
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 314
7 S
3.0
17 Germany Joest Racing Team Germany Ernst Kraus
Germany Günther Steckkönig
Porsche 908/3 Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6 313
8 GTP 1 France Inaltera France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Henri Pescarolo
Inaltera LM Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 305
9 Gr.5 63 Germany Evon Evertz K.G. Germany Heinz Martin
Germany Hartwig Bertrams
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 302
10 Gr.5 42 Germany BMW Motorsport GmbH / Alpina Germany Harald Grohs
United States Sam Posey
Belgium Hughes de Fierlandt
BMW 3.5CSL BMW 3.5L I6 299
11 Gr.5 54 France Louis Meznarie France Hubert Striebig
France Anne-Charlotte Verney
Germany Helmut Kirschoffer
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 298
12 GT 71 France "Ségolen" France "Ségolen"
France Michel Ouvière
France Jean-Yves Gadal
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 292
13 Gr.5 53 France ASA Cachia France Thierry Sabine
France Philippe Dagoreau
France Jean-Claude Andruet
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 288
14 IMSA 77 United States Tom Vaugh United States Tom Vaugh
United States John Rulon-Miller
France Jean-Pierre Laffeach
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 283
15 S
2.0
35 France Daniel Brillat
Switzerland Georges Morand
Switzerland Georges Morand
Switzerland François Trisconi
Switzerland André Chevalley
Lola T292 Ford Cosworth 2.0L I4 279
16 GT 57 Germany Gelo Racing Team Australia Tim Schenken
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 277
17 GT 67 France Joël Laplacette France Joël Laplacette
France Alain Leroux
France Georges Bourdillat
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 273
18 Gr.5 50 France Thierry Perrier France Thierry Perrier
France Guy de Saint-Pierre
France Martine Rénier
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 273
19 GT 65 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Marie-Claude Charmasson
France Didier Pironi
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 270
20 GTP 3 France Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
Italy Lella Lombardi
Lancia Stratos Ferrari Dino 2.4L Turbo V6 265
21 GTP 2 France Inaltera Belgium Christine Beckers
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
France Jean Rondeau
Inaltera LM Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 264
22 S
2.0
31 United Kingdom Chandler Ibec United Kingdom Tony Birchenhough
United Kingdom Ian Bracey
United Kingdom Simon Phillips
United Kingdom Brian Joscelyne
Lola T290/4 Ford Cosworth FVC 2.0L I4 252
23 Gr.5 55 France Almeras Fréres France Christian Poirot
France René Boubet
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 245
24 T 95 France Jean-Louis Ravenel France Jean-Louis Ravenel
France Jean Ravenel
France Jean-Marie Détrin
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.0L I6 237

Not Classified[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
25 S
2.0
30 France Jean-Marie Lemerle France Jean-Marie Lemerle
France Alain Lévie
France Patrick Daire
Lola T294 ROC-Simca 2.0L I4 218
26 GT 61 France ASA Cachia France Jean-Claude Andruet
France Henri Cachia
France Jacques Borras
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 203
27 GT 70 Belgium "Beurlys" Belgium John Blaton
United Kingdom Nick Faure
Australia John Goss
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 168

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
28 Gr.5 47 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Mexico Juan Carlos Bolaños
Mexico Eduardo Lopez Negrete
Mexico Billy Sprowls
Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
29 S
2.0
26 France Societé ROC France Alain Flotard
France Fred Stalder
France Albert Dufréne
Chevron B36 ROC-Simca 2.0L I4
30 GT 58 Switzerland G.V.E.A. Porsche Club Romand Switzerland Bernard Cheneviére
Switzerland Peter Zbinden
Switzerland Nicolas Bührer
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
31 Gr.5 46 Australia Team Brock Australia Peter Brock
Australia Brian Muir
France Jean-Claude Aubriet
BMW 3.5CSL BMW 3.5L I6
32 GT 69 Switzerland Schiller Racing Team Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Florian Vetsch
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
33 S
3.0
18 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Germany Reinhold Joest
Germany Jürgen Barth
Porsche 936 Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6
34 GTP 5 France Ecurie T.S. France Guy Chasseuil
France Claude Ballot-Léna
WM P76 Peugeot PRV 2.7L V6
35 IMSA 78 Puerto Rico Diego Febles Racing Puerto Rico Diego Febles
United Kingdom Alec Poole
Mexico Hiram Cruz
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
36 S
2.0
29 France José Thibault France José Thibault
France Alain Hubert
France Michel Lateste
Lenham Ford Cosworth FVC 1.9L I4
37 Gr.5 44 France A.S.P.M. - Tanday Music France Jean-Claude Justice
France Jean Bélin
BMW 3.5CSL BMW 3.5L I6
38 Gr.5 43 Germany BMW Motorsport GmbH
Schnitzer Motorsport
Austria Dieter Quester
Germany Albrecht Krebs
Belgium Alain Peltier
BMW 3.5CSL BMW 3.5L I6
39 S
3.0
16 Germany Egon Evertz K.G. Finland Leo Kinnunen
Germany Egon Evertz
Porsche 908/3 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8
40 S
3.0
19 France Renault Sport France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
France Patrick Tambay
France José Dolhem
Renault Alpine A442 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
41 S
2.0
27 France Societé ROC France François Sérvanin
France Laurent Ferrier
Chevron B36 ROC-Simca 2.0L I4
42 NASCAR 90 United States NASCAR - Donlavey United States Dick Brooks
United States Dick Hutcherson
France Marcel Mignot
Ford Torino Ford 7.0L V8
43 GT 62 France Philippe Dagoreau France Christian Bussi
France Philippe Gurdjian
France Christian Gouttepifre
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
44 GTX 72 Switzerland William Vollery Switzerland Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
France Roger Dorchy
Switzerland William Vollery
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
45 S
2.0
33 Switzerland Georges Schäfer Switzerland Georges Schäfer
France Jean-Pierre Adatte
Switzerland Riccardo Albanesi
Chevron B26 Ford Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4
46 Gr.5 48 France Jean-Louis Chateau France Jean-Louis Chateau
France Dominique Fornage
France Jean-Claude Guérie
Porsche 934/5 Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
47 Gr.5 49 Germany Gelo Racing Team Germany Clemens Schickentanz
New Zealand Howden Ganley
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
48 GT 73 France Sionauto 2001 France Claude Buchet
France André Haller
France Jean-Luc Favresse
Datsun 260Z Datsun 2.6L I6
49 IMSA 76 United States IMSA Camel United States John Greenwood
France Bernard Darniche
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chevrolet 7.0L V8
50 S
3.0
21 Switzerland G.V.E.A. Porsche Club Ramond
France Xavier Lapeyre
France Xavier Lapeyre
France Bernard Chevanne
Lola T286 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
51 Gr.5 41 Germany BMW Motorsport GmbH United States Peter Gregg
United Kingdom Brian Redman
BMW 3.0CSL Turbo BMW 3.2L Turbo I6
52 S
2.0
36 Switzerland Chuck Graeminger France Daniel Brillat
Switzerland Michel Degourmois
France "Dépnic"
Cheetah G601 BMW 2.0L I4
53 Gr.5 45 United Kingdom Hermetite Productions Ltd. United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
BMW 3.5CSL BMW 3.5L I6
54 IMSA 75 United States IMSA Camel United States Michael Keyser
United States Eddie Wachs
Chevrolet Monza Chevrolet 5.7L V8
55 NASCAR 4 United States NASCAR - McGriff United States Hershel McGriff
United States Doug McGriff
Dodge Charger Dodge 7.0L Hemi V8

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #19 Renault Sport - 3:33.01
  • Fastest Lap - #19 Renault Sport - 3:43.00
  • Distance - 4769.923 km
  • Average Speed - 198.746 km/h

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