1979 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1979 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 47th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 9 and 10 June 1979.

Pre-race[edit]

Due to the construction of a new public road, the profile of Tetre Rouge had to be changed. This redesign led to a faster double-apex corner as well as requiring the removal of the second Dunlop Bridge.

Race[edit]

The Porsche 935 turbo, a high-powered version of the Porsche 911 road car, dominated endurance racing in the late 1970s, being entered by many Porsche customer teams all over the world. The German-based Kremer team managed to win Le Mans using a highly modified version of the 935, which is a remarkable success for a car based on a 15 year old road car design. Actor Paul Newman finished second in Dick Barbour's Porsche 935, while Kremer's second-string effort claimed the final spot on the podium.

Jacky Ickx's efforts to win his fifth Le Mans came to nothing when he was disqualified for receiving outside (and unwanted) assistance in repairing his stricken Porsche 936. Their Group 6 opposition consisted mainly of a pair of Ford M10s but this wasn't an official return of Ford; these cars were derived from the 1975 Gulf GR-8. Ford France and a consortium of French Ford dealers funded the ex-Wyer Team, a Cosworth DFV V8 was installed in the chassis for the occasion but neither M10 finished.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1979
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
Engine
1 Gr.5
+2.0
41 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing West Germany Klaus Ludwig
United States Don Whittington
United States Bill Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 307
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
2 IMSA
+2.5
70 United States Dick Barbour Racing West Germany Rolf Stommelen
United States Paul Newman
United States Dick Barbour
Porsche 935/77A 299
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
3 Gr.5
+2.0
40 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Laurent Ferrier
France François Servanin
France François Trisconi
Porsche 935/77A 297
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
4 GT
+3.0
82 Switzerland Lubrifilm Racing Team Switzerland Herbert Müller
Switzerland Angelo Pallavicini
Switzerland Marco Vanoli
Porsche 934 296
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
5 S
+2.0
5 France VSD Canon Jean Rondeau France Jean Ragnotti
France Bernard Darniche
Rondeau M379 292
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
6 IMSA
+2.5
76 France Hervé Poulain West Germany Manfred Winkelhock
France Marcel Mignot
France Hervé Poulain
BMW M1 288
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
7 Gr.5
+2.0
42 West Germany Sekurit Racing
West Germany Autohaus Max Moritz GmbH
West Germany Edgar Dören
West Germany Dieter Schornstein
West Germany Götz von Tschirnhaus
Porsche 935/77A 283
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
8 IMSA
+2.5
72 United States Dick Barbour Racing United States Edwin Abate
United States Bob Garretson
United States Skeeter McKitterick
Porsche 935/78 283
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
9 IMSA
+2.5
73 United States Wynn's International Dick Barbour Racing United States Robert Kirby
United States Bob Harmon
United States John Hotchkis
Porsche 935/78 280
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
10 S
+2.0
4 France ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau France Henri Pescarolo
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Rondeau M379 279
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
11 Gr.5
+2.0
43 Switzerland Claude Haldi Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Herbert Loewe
Panama Rodrigo Terran
Porsche 935 275
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
12 IMSA
+2.5
61 Belgium "Beurlys" United Kingdom Nick Faure
United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
Belgium Bernard de Dryver
Belgium Jean Blaton
Ferrari 512BB/LM 274
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
13 Gr.5
+2.0
45 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing West Germany Axel Plankenhorn
France Philippe Gurdjian
West Germany "John Winter"
Porsche 935 K3 273
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
14 GTP
+3.0
52 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Marcel Mamers
France Serge Saulnier
WM P79 272
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
15 Gr.5
+2.0
39 France ASA Cachia France Jacques Guérin
France "Chanaud"
France Frédéric Alliot
Porsche 935 268
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 GT
+3.0
86 France Kores Racing France Georges Bourdillat
France Pascal Ennequin
France Alain-Michel Bernhard
Porsche 934 265
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
17 S
2.0
29 United Kingdom Mogil Motors Ltd. United Kingdom Robin Smith
United Kingdom Tony Charnell
United Kingdom Richard Jones
Chevron B36 265
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
18 S
2.0
24 United Kingdom Dorset Racing Associates United Kingdom Brian Joscelyne
United Kingdom Tony Birchenhough
United Kingdom Richard Jenvey
United Kingdom Nick Mason
Lola T297 260
Ford Cosworth BDX 2.0 L I4
19 GT
+3.0
84 France Anne-Charlotte Verney France Anne-Charlotte Verney
France Patrick Bardinon
France René Metge
Porsche 934 251
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
20 S
+2.0
15 United Kingdom Fisons Agricole - Simon Phillips United Kingdom Martin Raymond
United Kingdom Simon Phillips
United Kingdom Ray Mallock
De Cadenet-Lola T380 250
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
21 S
2.0
20 France Lambretta S.A.F.D. France Pierre Yver
Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
France Michel Elkoubi
Lola T298 248
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
22 S
2.0
28 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) France Bernard Verdier
France Albert Dufréne
France Noël del Bello
Chevron B36 239
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
23
NC
S
2.0
26 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) France Michel Dubois
France Pierre-François Rousselot
France Marc Menant
Chevron B36 133
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
24
NC
S
+2.0
10 United States Grand Touring Cars Ltd.
France Ford Concessionaires France
Australia Vern Schuppan
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Mirage M10 121
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
25
NC
Gr.5
+2.0
35 Italy Carlo Pietromarchi Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Italy Carlo Pietromarchi
Italy Maurizio Micangeli
De Tomaso Pantera 108
Ford 351 5.8L V8
26
DNF
S
+2.0
11 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Ford Concessionaires France
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Australia Vern Schuppan
Mirage M10 262
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
27
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
62 France JMS Racing / Charles Pozzi France Jean-Claude Andruet
Italy Spartaco Dini
Ferrari 512BB/LM 240
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
28
DNF
S
+2.0
14 West Germany Essex Motorsport Porsche France Bob Wollek
United States Hurley Haywood
Porsche 936 236
Porsche Type-935 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
63 France JMS Racing / Charles Pozzi France Michel Leclère
France Claude Ballot-Léna
United States Peter Gregg
Ferrari 512BB/LM 219
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
30
DNF
GTP
3.0
55 France Merlin Plage Jean Rondeau France Jean Rondeau
France Jacky Haran
Rondeau M379 207
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
31
DNF
Gr.5
+2.5
36 West Germany Gelo Racing Sportswear Intl. Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
West Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 201
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
S
+2.0
12 West Germany Essex Motorsport Porsche Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Brian Redman
West Germany Jürgen Barth
Porsche 936 200
Porsche Type-935 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
33
DNF
Gr.5
+2.5
37 West Germany Gelo Racing Sportswear Intl. United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
West Germany Harald Grohs
France Jean-Louis Lafosse
Porsche 935 196
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
S
2.0
25 France Jean-Marie Lemerle France Alain Levié
France Jean-Pierre Malcher
France Jean-Marie Lemerle
Lola T298 189
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
35
DNF
S
2.0
33 Switzerland Chevalley Racing Switzerland
France Racing Organisation Course
France Marcel Tarres
France Alain Dechelette
France Charles Dechelette
Chevron B36 187
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
36
DNF
S
2.0
31 France Kores Racing - France Chauffage France Michel Lateste
France Dominique Lacaud
France Christian Heinkélé
Lola T297 182
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
37
DNF
GT
+3.0
87 France Christian Bussi France Christian Bussi
France Bernard Salam
Porsche 934 182
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GTP
+3.0
51 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Roger Dorchy
France Denis Morin
WM P79 157
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
39
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
68 United States Interscope Racing United States Ted Field
United States Milt Minter
United States John Morton
Porsche 935 154
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
S
+2.0
3 United Kingdom J.C. Racing Ltd. United Kingdom John Cooper
United Kingdom Peter Lovett
United Kingdom John Morrison
De Cadenet-Lola T380 146
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
41
DNF
S
2.0
23 France Pronuptia France Bruno Sotty
France Gérard Cuynet
Switzerland Marc Frischknecht
Lola T296 134
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
42
DNF
S
2.0
32 France BP Racing / Hubert Striebig France Alain Cudini
France Hubert Striebig
France Hughes Kirschoffer
Toj SC206 121
BMW M12 2.0L I4
43
DNF
S
2.0
27 France Racing Organisation Course (ROC) France Marc Sourd
Switzerland Florian Vetsch
France Robert Carmillet
Chevron B36 92
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
44
DNF
S
2.0
17 Switzerland Cheetah Racing Cars Switzerland Sandro Plastina
Switzerland Philippe Roux
Switzerland Mario Luini
Cheetah G601 87
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
45
DNF
GTP
+3.0
53 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Michel Pignard
France Jacques Coulon
France Serge Saulnier
WM P79 87
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
46
DNF
S
2.0
18 France Daniel Brillat
Switzerland Écurie Cedac Suisse
France Daniel Brillat
Switzerland Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
Cheetah G601 80
ROC-Chrysler 2.0 L I4
47
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
71 United States Dick Barbour Racing United States Bob Akin
United States Roy Woods
United States Rob McFarland
Porsche 935 78
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
S
2.0
22 France Georges Morand France Eric Vuagnat
France Daniel Laurent
France Jacques Boillat
Lola T296 76
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
49
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
74 France Jean-Pierre Jarier France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United States Randy Townsend
France Raymond Touroul
Porsche 935 65
Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
50
DNF
S
+2.0
1 Switzerland Chevalley Racing Switzerland France Xavier Lapeyre
Switzerland André Chevalley
France Patrick Perrier
Lola T286 59
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
51
DNF
IMSA
+2.5
64 United States North American Racing Team France Jean-Pierre Delaunay
France Cyril Grandet
United States Preston Henn
Ferrari 512BB/LM 54
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
52
DNF
S
+2.0
6 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Chris Craft
United Kingdom Gordon Spice
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer
Dome Zero RL 40
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
53
DNF
S
+2.0
7 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Bob Evans
United Kingdom Tony Trimmer
Dome Zero RL 25
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
54
DNF
GTP
+3.0
50 United Kingdom Robin Hamilton United Kingdom Robin Hamilton
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
United Kingdom Dave Preece
Aston Martin DBS V8 21
Aston Martin 5.3 L Turbo V8
55
DNF
S
+2.0
8 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet France François Migault
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
De Cadenet-Lola T380 10
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #14 Essex Motorsport Porsche - 3:30.07
  • Fastest Lap - #12 Essex Motorsport Porsche - 3:36.10
  • Distance - 4173.930 km
  • Average Speed - 173.913 km/h