1983 24 Hours of Le Mans
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|1983 24 Hours of Le Mans|
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The 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 51st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1983. It was also the fourth round of both the World Endurance Championship and European Endurance Championship.
The win was fought right down to the line between the Rothmans Porsche 956s of Al Holbert (#3 car) and Derek Bell (#1). Bell was able to un-lap himself as the Holbert car was slowed by overheating (engine damage caused by an airflow blockage to the radiator that cooled the heads)and finally seized up on the last lap; luckily for Holbert it re-fired and made it to the end with smoke trailing from the exhaust. Holbert crossed the finish line 17 seconds ahead of a fast closing Bell.
- Pole Position - #1 Rothmans Porsche - 3:16.560
- Fastest Lap - #1 Rothmans Porsche - 3:29.070
- Distance - 5047.934 km
- Average Speed - 210.330 km/h