1986 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1986 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Derek Bell in the victorious Porsche 962C passing through the Ford chicane near the end of the race

The 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 54th Grand Prix of Endurance as well as the third round of the 1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship. It took place on 31 May and 1 June 1986.

Pre-race[edit]

Due to construction of a new roundabout at the Mulsanne corner, a new portion of track had to be built in order to avoid the roundabout. This created a right hand kink prior to the new Mulsanne turn.

Race[edit]

For 1986, the new works 962C of Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell and Al Holbert was able to overcome the two-time defending winners at Joest Racing. The race itself was marred by the death of Jo Gartner in a crash on the Mulsanne Straight early on Sunday morning. The accident was caused by gearbox failure, locking up the rear wheels and sending the car into the armco. The sole remaining Kremer Racing Porsche retired soon after the accident. The Joest/Ludwig car suffered from engine bearing failure following the extended pace car laps.

Official results[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Le Mans in 1986
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 1 Germany Rothmans Porsche United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
United States Al Holbert
Porsche 962C D 368
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
2 C1 17 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Argentina Oscar Larrauri
Spain Jesús Pareja
France Joël Gouhier
Porsche 962C M 360
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 8 Germany Joest Racing United States George Follmer
United States John Morton
United States Kenper Miller
Porsche 956 G 355
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 33 Spain Danone Porsche España
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing
Spain Emilio de Villota
Spain Fermín Velez
South Africa George Fouché
Porsche 956B G 349
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
5 C1 9 Germany Obermaier Racing Germany Jürgen Lässig
Italy Fulvio Ballabio
United Kingdom Dudley Wood
Porsche 956 G 345
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
6 C1 63 Germany Ernst Schuster Germany Siegfried Brunn
Germany Ernst Schuster
Germany Rudi Seher
Porsche 936C D 344
Porsche Type-962 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
7 GTX 180 Germany Porsche AG France René Metge
France Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 961 D 321
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
8 C2 75 United Kingdom ADA Engineering United Kingdom Ian Harrower
United Kingdom Evan Clements
United Kingdom Tom Dodd-Noble
Gebhardt JC843 A 318
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
9 C1 14 United Kingdom Liqui Moly Equipe Italy Mauro Baldi
United States Price Cobb
United States Rob Dyson
Porsche 956 GTi G 318
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
10 C1 55 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing France Philippe Alliot
Spain Paco Romero
France Michel Trollé
Porsche 962C G 312
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 C2 90 Denmark Jens Winther Denmark Jens Winther
United Kingdom David Mercer
Denmark Lars Viggo Jensen
URD C83 A 310
BMW M88 3.5L I6
12 C2 100 France WM Secateva Switzerland Claude Haldi
France Roger Dorchy
France Pascal Pessiot
WM P83B M 301
Peugeot PRV 2.7L Turbo V6
13 C1 47 France Graff Racing France Jean-Philippe Grand
France Jacques Goudchaux
France Marc Menant
Rondeau M482  ? 299
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
14 GTP 21 United Kingdom Richard Cleare Racing United Kingdom Richard Cleare
France Lionel Robert
United States Jack Newsum
March 85G G 299
Porsche Type-962 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
15 C2 78 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United States Les Delano
United States John Hotchkiss
United States Andy Petery
Ecosse C285 A 293
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
16 C1 32 Japan Nissan Motorsport United Kingdom James Weaver
Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Takao Wada
Nissan R85V D 285
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
17 C2 102 France Lucien Rossiaud France Noël del Bello
France Lucien Rossiaud
France Bruno Sotty
Rondeau M379C A 278
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
18 C1 13 France Primagaz Team Cougar France Yves Courage
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Cougar C12 M 267
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
19 C2 70 United Kingdom Spice Engineering United Kingdom Gordon Spice
United Kingdom Ray Bellm
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Spice SE86C A 257
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20
NC
C1 38 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. Sweden Eje Elgh
Italy Beppe Gabbiani
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Dome 86C-L D 296
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
21
NC
B 111 Germany MK Motorsport Germany Michael Krankenberg
Belgium Pascal Witmeur
Belgium Jean-Paul Libert
BMW M1 D 265
BMW M88 3.5L I6
22
NC
C2 72 United Kingdom Bartlett/Goodmans Sound United Kingdom Robin Donovan
United Kingdom Richard Jones
United Kingdom Nick Adams
Bardon DB1  ? 211
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
23
NC
C2 95 France Roland Bassaler France Roland Bassaler
France Dominique Lacaud
France Yvon Tapy
Sauber SHS C6 A 20`
BMW M88 3.5L I6
24
DNF
C1 51 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United Kingdom Derek Warwick
United States Eddie Cheever
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jaguar XJR-6 D 239
Jaguar 6.0L V12
25
DNF
C1 7 Germany Joest Racing Germany Klaus Ludwig
Italy Paolo Barilla
Germany "John Winter"
Porsche 956B G 196
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
26
DSQ
C2 79 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom David Leslie
United Kingdom Ray Mallock
United Kingdom Mike Wilds
Ecosse C286 A 181
Austin-Rover V64V 3.0L V6
27
DNF
C1 2 Germany Rothmans Porsche Germany Jochen Mass
France Bob Wollek
Australia Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D 180
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
C1 10 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Austria Jo Gartner
South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C Y 169
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
29
DSQ
C1 66 United Kingdom Cosmik Racing Promotions Greece Costas Los
France Raymond Touroul
Australia Neil Crang
March 84G A 169
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
C1 12 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Pierre Yver
France Hubert Striebig
Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
Porsche 956 Y 160
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 53 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
United Kingdom Win Percy
United States Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 D 154
Jaguar 6.0L V12
32
DNF
GTP 170 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy
Republic of Ireland Mark Galvin
Mazda 757 D 137
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
33
DNF
C1 41 France WM Secateva France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Michel Pignard
France François Migault
WM P86 M 132
Peugeot PRV 2.6L Turbo V6
34
DNF
C2 99 United Kingdom Roy Baker Racing Tiga United States Nick Nicholson
United Kingdom John Sheldon
Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
Tiga GC286 A 125
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
35
DNF
C1 45 France Vetir Racing France Patrick Oudet
France Jean-Claude Justice
Rondeau M382 D 110
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
36
DNF
C1 36 Japan Tom's Co. Ltd. Japan Satoru Nakajima
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Tom's (Dome) 86C-L B 105
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
37
DNF
C2 97 United Kingdom Ray Baker Racing Tiga United States Tom Frank
United Kingdom Val Musetti
United States Mike Allison
Tiga GC285 A 95
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
38
DNF
C1 19 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Belgium Didier Theys
France Alain Ferté
Porsche 956 M 89
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
C1 62 Switzerland Kouros Racing Team France Henri Pescarolo
Germany Christian Danner
Austria Dieter Quester
Sauber C8 G 86
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
40
DNF
C1 18 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Switzerland Walter Brun
Italy Massimo Sigala
Germany Frank Jelinski
Porsche 962C M 75
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
41
DNF
C2 83 Italy Luigi Taverna Technoracing Italy Luigi Taverna
Italy Toni Palma
Switzerland Marco Vanoli
Alba AR3 A 74
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
42
DNF
C2 74 Germany Gebhardt Motorsport Sweden Stanley Dickens
France Pierre de Thoisy
France Jean-François Yvon
Gebhardt JC853 A 68
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
43
DNF
C1 23 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Keiji Matsumoto
Japan Aguri Suzuki
Nissan R86V B 64
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
44
DNF
C1 61 Switzerland Kouros Racing Team Denmark John Nielsen
New Zealand Mike Thackwell
Sauber C8 G 61
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
45
DNF
GTP 171 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Yojiro Terada
Japan Takashi Yorino
Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 757 D 59
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
46
DNF
C1 52 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Germany Hans Heyer
United States Hurley Haywood
Jaguar XJR-6 D 53
Jaguar 6.0L V12
47
DNF
C1 3 Germany Rothmans Porsche Australia Vern Schuppan
United States Drake Olson
Porsche 962C D 41
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
C2 92 France Automobiles Louis Descartes France Louis Descartes
France Jacques Heuclin
ALD 02 A 41
BMW M88 3.5L I6
49
DNF
C2 89 Norway Lucky Strike Schanche Racing Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Norway Torgye Kleppe
Norway Martin Schanche
Argo JM19 G 1
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
50
DNF
C2 98 United Kingdom Roy Baker Racing Tiga United Kingdom David Andrews
Australia Mike Hall
United Kingdom Duncan Bain
Tiga GC286 A 1
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7L Turbo I4
DNQ C1 20 United Kingdom Tiga Team United Kingdom Tim Lee-Davey
Australia Neil Crang
Australia John Gimbel
Tiga GC86 D -
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L Turbo V8
DNQ C2 106 Sweden Bo Strandell Sweden Kenneth Leim
Sweden Lars Hellberg
Germany Peter Fritsch
Strandell 85  ? -
Porsche Type-934 3.3L Turbo Flat-6

† - #66 Cosmik Racing and #79 Ecurie Ecosse were both disqualified for receiving outside assistance.

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #2 Rothmans Porsche - 3:15.990
  • Fastest Lap - #7 Joest Racing - 3:23.300
  • Distance - 4972.731 km
  • Average Speed - 207.197 km/h

References[edit]


World Sportscar Championship
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1986 1000 km of Silverstone
1986 season Next race:
1986 100 Miles of Norisring