1987 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1987 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 55th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 13 and 14 June 1987. It was also the fifth round of the 1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship.

Track alterations[edit]

A chicane was installed in the middle of the Dunlop Curve, just prior to the Dunlop Bridge, in an attempt to slow speeds for sportscars as they went from the main straight to the Esses. The new chicane was also intended to slow motorcycles for races on the Bugatti Circuit.

Race[edit]

Porsche 962C cars suffered from piston failure due to the wrong microchip fitted for fuel management, causing a lean mixture and burned pistons. The #17 car of Bell, Stuck,and Holbert escaped this fate with a new chip fitted, running largely uncontested to the finish.

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 1987
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 17 Germany Rothmans Porsche AG Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Al Holbert
Porsche 962C D 355
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
2 C1 72 France Primagaz Competition Germany Jürgen Lässig
France Pierre Yver
Belgium Bernard de Dryver
Porsche 962C G 335
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 13 France Primagaz Competition France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
France Yves Courage
Belgium Hervé Regout
Cougar C20 M 332
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 11 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing South Africa George Fouché
Austria Franz Konrad
South Africa Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962C Y 327
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
5 C1 4 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United States Eddie Cheever
Brazil Raul Boesel
Netherlands Jan Lammers
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 325
Jaguar 6.9L V12
6 C2 111 United Kingdom Spice Engineering United Kingdom Gordon Spice
Spain Fermín Velez
France Philippe de Henning
Spice SE86C A 321
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
7 GTP 202 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy
Republic of Ireland Mark Galvin
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Mazda 757 D 319
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
8 C2 102 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom David Leslie
United Kingdom Ray Mallock
Belgium Marc Duez
Ecosse C286 Y 308
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
9 C2 121 United Kingdom Cosmik GP Motorsport United Kingdom Dudley Wood
Greece Costas Los
United States Tom Hessert
Tiga GC287 G 275
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
10 C2 114 Denmark Team Tiga Ford Denmark Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
United Kingdom John Sheldon
United Kingdom Ian Harrower
Tiga GC287 A 272
Ford Cosworth DBT-E 2.3L Turbo I4
11 C2 177 France Automobiles Louis Descartes France Jacques Heuclin
France Dominique Lacaud
France Louis Descartes
ALD 03 A 270
BMW M88 3.5L I6
12 C1 40 France Graff Racing France Jean-Philippe Grand
France Gaston Rahier
France Jacques Terrien
Rondeau M482 G 260
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
13
NC
C2 127 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering United Kingdom Nick Adams
South Africa Graham Duxbury
United Kingdom Richard Jones
Spice SE86C A 240
Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
14
NC
C2 178 France Automobiles Louis Descartes France Michel Lateste
France Gérard Tremblay
France Sylvain Boulay
ALD 02 A 236
BMW M88 3.5L I6
15
DNF
C2 181 United Kingdom Dune Motorsport Australia Neil Crang
Switzerland Jean Krucker
United Kingdom Duncan Bain
Tiga GC287 A 260
Rover V64V 3.0L V6
16
DNF
C2 108 France Roland Bassaler France Jean-François Yver
France Yves Hervalet
France Hervé Bourjade
Sauber SHS C6 A 257
BMW M88 3.5L I6
17
DNF
C1 6 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Denmark John Nielsen
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 231
Jaguar 6.9L V12
18
DNF
C2 123 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United Kingdom John Cooper
United Kingdom Tom Dodd-Noble
Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
Tiga GC287 G 224
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
19
DNF
C2 116 Italy Luigi Taverna Technoracing Italy Luigi Taverna
United Kingdom Evan Clements
France Patrick Trucco
Alba AR3 A 219
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20
DNF
GTX 203 Germany Rothmans Porsche AG France René Metge
Switzerland Claude Haldi
Canada Kees Nierop
Porsche 961 D 199
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
21
DNF
C1 23 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Kenji Takahashi
Japan Keiji Matsumoto
Nissan R87E B 181
Nissan VEJ30 3.0L Turbo V8
22
DNF
C2 103 United Kingdom John Bartlett Racing United Kingdom Tim Lee-Davey
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
France Raymond Boutinaud
Bardon DB1/2 A 172
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.0L V8
23
DNF
C2 125 France Vetir Racing Team France Jean-Claude Justice
France Patrick Oudet
France Bruno Sotty
Tiga GC85 A 164
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
24
DNF
C1 5 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom John Watson
United Kingdom Win Percy
Jaguar XJR-8LM D 158
Jaguar 6.9L V12
25
DNF
C2 198 United Kingdom Roy Baker Racing United Kingdom David Andrews
United Kingdom Mark Peters
United States Mike Allison
Tiga GC286 A 139
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
26
DNF
C2 101 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Mike Wilds
United States Les Delano
United States Andy Petery
Ecosse C286 Y 135
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
27
DNF
C1 61 Switzerland Kouros Racing United Kingdom Mike Thackwell
France Henri Pescarolo
Japan Hideki Okada
Sauber C9 M 123
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
28
DNF
C1 3 Switzerland Brun Motorsport United Kingdom Bill Adam
Canada Richard Spenard
Canada Scott Goodyear
Porsche 962C M 120
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
C1 32 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Takao Wada
Japan Aguri Suzuki
Nissan 87E D 117
Nissan VEJ30 3.0L Turbo V8
30
DNF
C1 15 United Kingdom Liqui Moly Equipe United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Price Cobb
Porsche 962C GTi G 112
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
31
DNF
C1 1 Switzerland Brun Motorsport France Michel Trollé
France Paul Belmondo
France Pierre de Thoisy
Porsche 962C M 88
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
C1 29 Japan Italya Sports Sweden Anders Olofsson
France Alain Ferté
France Patrick Gonin
Nissan R86V Y 86
Nissan VG30ET 3.0L Turbo V6
33
DNF
C1 2 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Argentina Oscar Larrauri
Spain Jesús Pareja
Germany Uwe Schäfer
Porsche 962C M 40
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
C1 37 Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Tiff Needell
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Japan Kaoru Hoshino
Toyota 87C-L B 39
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.1L Turbo I4
35
DNF
C1 62 Switzerland Kouros Racing United States Chip Ganassi
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
New Zealand Mike Thackwell
Sauber C9 M 37
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
36
DNF
GTP 201 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Japan Yojiro Terada
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 757 D 34
Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
37
DNF
C1 36 Japan Toyota Team Tom's Australia Alan Jones
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Sweden Eje Elgh
Toyota 87C-L B 19
Toyota 3S-GTM 2.1L Turbo I4
38
DNF
C2 113 France José Thibault France José Thibault
France André Heinrich
Chevron B36 A 18
Talbot PRV 3.0L V6
39
DNF
C1 18 Germany Rothmans Porsche AG France Bob Wollek
Germany Jochen Mass
Australia Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D 16
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
C1 51 France WM Secateva France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France François Migault
France Pascal Pessiot
WM P86 M 14
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
41
DNF
C1 52 France WM Secateva France Roger Dorchy
France Philippe Gache
France Dominique Delestre
WM P87 M 13
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
42
DNF
C2 118 France Olindo Iacobelli France Olindo Iacobelli
France Jean-Louis Ricci
France Georges Tessier
Royale RP40 M 13
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
43
DNF
C2 200 Belgium Dahm Cars Racing Team Germany Peter Fritsch
Belgium Teddy Pilette
Belgium Jean-Paul Libert
Argo JM19 G 12
Porsche Type-930 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
44
DNF
C1 8 Germany Joest Racing Germany Frank Jelinski
Sweden Stanley Dickens
United States Hurley Haywood
South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 962C G 7
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
C1 10 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Denmark Kris Nissen
Germany Volker Weidler
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Porsche 962C Y 6
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
46
DNF
C2 117 Norway Team Lucky Strike Schanche Norway Martin Schanche
United Kingdom Will Hoy
United Kingdom Robin Smith
Argo JM19B G 5
Zakspeed 1.8L Turbo I4
47
DNF
C1 7 Germany Joest Racing South Africa Sarel van der Merwe
United Kingdom David Hobbs
United States Chip Robinson
Porsche 962C G 4
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
C1 42 France Noël del Bello Switzerland Pierre-Alain Lombardi
France Gilles Lempereur
France Jacques Guillot
Sauber C8 G 4
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
DNS C1 19 Germany Rothmans Porsche AG Canada Kees Nierop
United States Price Cobb
Australia Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C D -
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNQ C2 171 Sweden CEE Sport Racing Sweden Slim Borgudd
Sweden Tryggve Gronvall
United Kingdom Andrew Ratcliffe
Tiga GC286 A -
Volvo 2.3L Turbo I4

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #18 Rothmans Porsche AG - 3:21.090
  • Fastest Lap - #62 Kouros Racing - 3:25.400
  • Distance - 4791.777 km
  • Average Speed - 199.661 km/h

References[edit]


World Sportscar Championship
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1987 1000km of Silverstone
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1987 200 Miles of Norisring