1977 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1977 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 45th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 11 and 12 June 1977.

Race[edit]

#4 Porsche 936/77-001, Le Mans winner 1977

The Porsche 936 won again in 1977 against the Renault and Mirage Renault, with extraordinary driving efforts by Jacky Ickx. His #3 car, the chassis 002 that had won in the previous year, broke down in the early running, so Ickx joined Hurley Haywood and Jürgen Barth in the team's #4 sister chassis 001 which had its woes, too. Ickx pushed hard and took the lead again, taking advantage of the fragile Renault challenge, to score his 4th victory. But Porsche were lucky too; a broken engine nearly halted the Porsche 936/77 in the last hour. The mechanics removed the ignition and injection of the failed cylinder, and the smoking car limped around the track to finish after 24 hours while running, as required.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1977
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
+2.0
4 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Germany Jürgen Barth
United States Hurley Haywood
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Porsche 936/77 Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6 342
2 S
+2.0
10 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Mirage Renault
Australia Vern Schuppan
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Mirage GR8 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 331
3 Gr.5 40 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia France Claude Ballot-Léna
United States Peter Gregg
Porsche 935 Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6 315
4 GTP 88 France Inaltera France Jean Ragnotti
France Jean Rondeau
Inaltera LM77 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 315
5 S
+2.0
5 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
United Kingdom Chris Craft
De Cadenet-Lola LM Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 315
6 S
2.0
20 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) France Michel Pignard
France Albert Dufréne
France Jacques Henry
Chevron B36 ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4 303
7 GT 58 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Bob Wollek
Belgium "Steve"
France Philippe Gurdjian
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 298
8 IMSA 71 Italy Luigi Racing Belgium Jean Xhenceval
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Italy Spartaco Dini
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.2L I6 291
9 IMSA 50 France Hervé Poulain France Hervé Poulain
France Marcel Mignot
BMW 320i BMW 2.0L I4 287
10 IMSA 61 France Christian Gouttepifre France Christian Gouttepifre
France Philippe Malbran
France Alain Leroux
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 281
11 S
+2.0
2 France Inaltera Italy Lella Lombardi
Belgium Christine Beckers
Inaltera LM77 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 279
12 IMSA 70 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia United Kingdom Simon De Lautour
France Jean-Pierre Delaunay
France Jacques Guérin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 275
13 S
+2.0
1 France Inaltera France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United States Al Holbert
Inaltera LM77 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 275
14 IMSA 79 France Ravenel Fréres France Jean-Louis Ravenel
France Jean Ravenel
France Jean-Marie Détrin
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 274
15 GTP 86 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Marcel Mamers
France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Xavier Mathiot
WM P76 Peugeot PRV 2.7L V6 274
16 IMSA 75 United States North American Racing Team (NART) France François Migault
France Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GT4/BB Ferrari 4.4L Flat-12 268
17 GTP 83 United Kingdom SAS Robin Hamilton United Kingdom Robin Hamilton
United Kingdom David Preece
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
Aston Martin DBS V8 Aston Martin 5.3L V8 260
18 Gr.5 47 France Anne-Charlotte Verney / BP France Anne-Charlotte Verney
France René Metge
France Dany Snobeck
France Hubert Striebig
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 254
19 GT 56 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia France Jean-Louis Bousquet
France Cyril Grandet
France Philippe Dagoreau
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 253
20 IMSA 77 United States / Belgium Wynn's International United States Dennis Aase
United States Robert Kirby
United States John Hotchkis
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 246

Not Classified[edit]

Failed to cover 70% of winner's distance (239 laps)

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
21 S
2.0
31 United Kingdom Dorset Racing Associates United Kingdom Ian Harrower
Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Netherlands Ernst Berg
United Kingdom Richard Down
Lola T290/4S Ford Cosworth BDA 2.0L I4 212

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
22 Gr.5 39 Germany Gelo Racing Team Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Australia Tim Schenken
Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6 269
23 S
+2.0
8 France Renault Sport France Patrick Depailler
France Jacques Laffite
Renault Alpine A442 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 289
24 GTX 96 Switzerland GVA Porsche Club Romand Switzerland André Savary
Switzerland Jean-Robert Corthay
Switzerland Antoine Salamin
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6  ?
25 IMSA 78 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United States John Rulon-Miller
United Kingdom John Cooper
United Kingdom Peter Lovett
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 198
26 S
+2.0
9 France Renault Sport France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Renault Alpine A442 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 257
27 S
2.0
25 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
France Alain Flotard
France Michel Dubois
Chevron B36 ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4 176
28 IMSA 80 France Bernard Béguin France Bernard Béguin
France René Boubet
France Jean-Claude Briavoine
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 191
29 GTP 87 France Bernard Decure France Bernard Decure
France Jean-Luc Thérier
France "Cochise"
Alpine A310 Renault PRV 2.7L V6 137
30 S
2.0
21 Switzerland P.P. Sauber AG / Fancy Racing Switzerland Eugen Strähl
Switzerland Peter Bernhard
Sauber C5 BMW 2.0L I4 161
31 GT 57 Luxembourg Nicholas Koob Luxembourg Nicholas Koob
Belgium Willy Braillard
Ecuador Guillermo Ortega
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 116
32 GT 63 France Joël Laplacette France Joël Laplacette
France Yves Courage
France "Ségolen"
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche 3.0L Flat-6  ?
33 GTP 85 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Marc Sourd
France Jean-Louis Lafosse
France Xavier Mathiot
WM P77 Peugeot PRV 2.7L Turbo V6 90
34 GT 59 Switzerland Schiller Racing Team France François Sérvanin
France Laurent Ferrier
France Franz Hummel
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 160
35 S
+2.0
7 France Renault Sport France Patrick Tambay
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Renault Alpine A442 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 158
36 S
+2.0
14 France Daniel Broudy France Patrick Perrier
France Xavier Lapeyre
Lola T286 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8  ?
37 GT 60 Switzerland Schiller Racing Team Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Florian Vetsch
Switzerland Angelo Pallavicino
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6  ?
38 GT 55 Spain Escuderia Montjuich Spain Juan Fernández
Spain Eugenio Baturone
Spain Raphael Tarradas
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 115
39 Gr.5 48 France Thierry Perrier France Thierry Perrier
France Jean Belliard
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 90
40 S
2.0
29 Italy Osella Squadra Corse France Alain Cudini
France Raymond Touroul
Italy Anna Cambiaghi
Osella PA5 BMW 2.0L I4 100
41 S
2.0
32 Switzerland André Chevalley Switzerland André Chevalley
France François Trisconi
United States Wink Bancroft
Cheetah G601 BMW 2.0L I4  ?
42 GT 62 France Georges Bourdillat France Georges Bourdillat
France Bruno Sotty
France Alain-Michel Bernhard
Porsche 911 Carrera Porsche 3.0L Flat-6  ?
43 Gr.5 49 France Hubert Striebig / BP France Guy Chasseuil
France Hubert Striebig
Germany Helmut Kirchoffer
Porsche 934/5 Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6 65
44 S
+2.0
11 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Mirage Renault
United States Sam Posey
France Michel Leclère
Mirage GR8 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 58
45 GTP 89 France Team Esso Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
France Marianne Hoepfner
Lancia Stratos Ferrari Dino 2.4L Turbo V6 37
46 IMSA 76 France Jean-Claude Giroix / Garage du Bac France "Dépnic"
France Jacques Coulon
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.2L I6 28
47 IMSA 72 Italy Luigi Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
Belgium Eddy Joosen
Belgium Claude de Wael
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.2L I6  ?
48 Gr.5 41 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Germany Rolf Stommelen
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Porsche 935/77 Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6 52
49 S
2.0
28 France Jean-Marie Lemerle France Jean-Marie Lemerle
France Alain Levié
France Pierre-François Rousselot
Lola T294 ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4 27
50 S
2.0
22 United Kingdom Chandler Ibec International
United Kingdom Team Lloyd
United Kingdom Tony Charnell
United Kingdom Ian Bracey
United Kingdom John Hine
Chevron B31 Ford Cosworth FVD 2.0L I4 21
51 S
+2.0
3 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx
France Henri Pescarolo
Porsche 936/77 Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6 45
52 S
2.0
30 Switzerland G.V.E.A. Switzerland Georges Morand
Switzerland Christian Blanc
France Fréderic Alliot
Lola T296 Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0L I4 19
53 Gr.5 42 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
United Kingdom Nick Faure
Porsche 935 K2 Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6 15
54 Gr.5 38 Germany Gelo Racing Team Australia Tim Schenken
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6 15
55 S
+2.0
16 France J. Haran de Chaunac France Didier Pironi
France René Arnoux
France Guy Fréquelin
Renault Alpine A442 Renault 2.0L Turbo V6 0

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #9 Renault Sport - 3:31.07
  • Fastest Lap - #4 Martini Racing Porsche System - 3:36.50
  • Distance - 4671.83 km
  • Average Speed - 194.651 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #26 Sté. Racing Organisation Course (ROC)