1994 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1994 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 62nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 19 and 20 June 1994.

Race[edit]

The 1994 race was won by a car that had its roots in a 10-year-old design. Porsche exploited an unusual quirk in the GT regulations at the time, using German fashion magnate Jochen Dauer in a plan to have a street-legal version of the outdated and now illegal Porsche 962 built. Using this road car design, Porsche entered two racing modified Dauer 962s in the GT category. With factory support, the Dauer 962 was able to take the win, the other 962 coming in a close third. Toyota, having themselves dusted off a pair of Group C chassis after its 3.5-litre engined TS010 was no longer eligible, suffered transmission problems with 90 minutes to go, leaving Eddie Irvine to finish 2nd in his 94C-V.

This was also supposed to be Derek Bell's swansong Le Mans, driving a Porsche-powered Kremer with Gulf Oil sponsorship. However, the lure of driving a McLaren F1 GTR with son Justin the following year proved too strong. Additionally, Roland Ratzenberger was originally scheduled to drive the eventual second place-finishing Toyota before he was killed in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix. Eddie Irvine took his place on the team, and Ratzenberger's name was left on the car in tribute.[1]

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1994
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 GT1 36 Germany Le Mans Porsche Team
Germany Joest Racing
France Yannick Dalmas
United States Hurley Haywood
Italy Mauro Baldi
Dauer 962 Le Mans G 344
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
2 LMP1
/C90
1 Japan SARD Company Ltd. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Mauro Martini
United States Jeff Krosnoff
Toyota 94C-V D 343
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
3 GT1 35 Germany Le Mans Porsche Team
Germany Joest Racing
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United States Danny Sullivan
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Dauer 962 Le Mans G 343
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
4 LMP1
/C90
4 Japan Nisso Trust Racing Team Sweden Steven Andskär
South Africa George Fouché
France Bob Wollek
Toyota 94C-V D 328
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
5 IMSA
GTS
75 United States Clayton Cunningham Racing New Zealand Steve Millen
United States Johnny O'Connell
United States John Morton
Nissan 300ZX Turbo Y 317
Nissan VG30DETT 3.0 L Turbo V6
6 LMP1
/C90
5 United Kingdom Gulf Oil Racing United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Germany Jürgen Lässig
Kremer K8 Spyder D 316
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
7 LMP1
/C90
9 France Courage Compétition France Jean-Louis Ricci
United States Andy Evans
Belgium Philippe Olczyk
Courage C32LM M 310
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
8 GT2 52 France Larbre Compétition Spain Jesús Pareja
France Dominique Dupuy
Spain Carlos Palau
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR M 307
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
9 GT2 54 Switzerland Écurie Biennoise Switzerland Enzo Calderari
Switzerland Lilian Bryner
Italy Renato Mastropietro
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR P 299
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
10 GT2 59 Germany Konrad Motorsport Netherlands Cor Euser
Netherlands Patrick Huisman
Slovenia Matiaz Tomlje
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR P 295
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
11 GT2 57 Spain Repsol Ferrari España Spain Prince Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
Spain Tomás Saldaña
Spain Andrés Vilariño
Ferrari 348 GTC-LM P 276
Ferrari 3.4 L V8
12 GT1 40 France Rent-A-Car Racing Team
Belgium Luigi Racing
France René Arnoux
United Kingdom Justin Bell
France Bertrand Balas
Dodge Viper RT/10 M 273
Dodge 8.0 L V10
13 GT2 60 France Legeay Sports Mécanique France Benjamin Roy
France Luc Galmard
France Jean-Claude Police
Alpine A610 Turbo M 272
Renault PRV 3.0 L Turbo V6
14 GT2 48 Germany Kremer Honda Racing Germany Armin Hahne
France Christophe Bouchut
Belgium Bertrand Gachot
Honda NSX D 257
Honda 3.0 L V6
15 IMSA
GTS
74 Japan Team Artnature Japan Yojiro Terada
France Franck Freon
France Pierre de Thoisy
Mazda RX-7 GTO D 250
Mazda 13J 2.0 L 3-Rotor
16 GT2 46 Germany Kremer Honda Racing Switzerland Philippe Favre
Japan Hideki Okada
Japan Kazuo Shimizu
Honda NSX D 240
Honda 3.0 L V6
17 GT2 68 Italy Agusta Racing Team France Jean-Louis Sirera
Spain Antonio Puig
Spain Xavier Camp
Venturi 400GTR D 225
Renault PRV 3.0L Turbo V6
18 GT2 47 Germany Kremer Honda Racing
Japan Team Kunimitsu
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Japan Akira Iida
Honda NSX Y 222
Honda 3.0 L V6
19
NC
GT1 41 France Rent-A-Car Racing Team
Belgium Luigi Racing
France François Migault
France Denis Morin
France Philippe Gache
Dodge Viper RT/10 M 225
Dodge 8.0 L V10
20
NC
GT1 30 France BBA Compétition France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
France Bernard Chauvin
France Hervé Poulain
Venturi 600LM D 221
Renault PRV 3.0 L Turbo V6
21
NC
GT1 37 United Kingdom A.D.A. Engineering Ltd. United Kingdom Dominic Chappell
United Kingdom Jonathan Baker
United Kingdom Phil Andrews
De Tomaso Pantera 200 G 210
Ford 5.0 L V8
22
NC
LMP1
/C90
6 United Kingdom A.D.A. Engineering Ltd.
Japan Team Nippon
Japan Jun Harada
Japan Tomiko Yoshikawa
Japan Masahiko Kondo
Porsche 962C GTi G 189
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
23
NC
GT2 65 Italy Agusta Racing Team France Stéphane Ratel
Switzerland Franz Hunkeler
France Edouard Chaufour
Venturi 400GTR D 137
Renault PRV 3.0 L Turbo V6
24
DNF
GT1 34 France Michel Hommell France Alain Cudini
France Eric Hélary
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Bugatti EB110 SS M 230
Bugatti 3.5 L Turbo V12
25
DNF
LMP1
/C90
2 France Courage Compétition France Henri Pescarolo
France Alain Ferté
France Franck Lagorce
Courage C32LM M 142
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
26
DNF
GT2 51 United States Callaway Sport Inc. Germany Frank Jelinski
United States Boris Said
France Michel Maisonneuve
Callaway Corvette SuperNatural Y 142
Chevrolet 6.2 L V8
27
DNF
GT1 31 Italy Agusta Racing Team Italy Riccardo Agusta
France Michel Krine
Italy Almo Coppelli
Venturi 600LM D 115
Renault PRV 3.0 L Turbo V6
28
DNF
LMP1
/C90
3 France Courage Compétition France Lionel Robert
France Pascal Fabre
France Pierri-Henri Raphanel
Courage C32LM M 107
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
GT1 38 France Jacadi Racing France Michel Ferté
France Olivier Grouillard
Belgium Michel Neugarten
Venturi 600LM M 107
Renault PRV 3.0 L Turbo V6
30
DNF
LMP2 21 France Welter Racing France Patrick Gonin
France Pierre Petit
WR LM93 M 104
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo V6
31
DNF
GT1 33 Belgium Patrick Nève Racing
Austria Konrad Motorsport
Austria Franz Konrad
Brazil Antônio Hermann de Azevedo
Germany Mike Sommer
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 P 100
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
LMP1
/C90
7 United Kingdom Stealth Engineering
France SBF
France Dominique Lacaud
France Sylvain Boulay
France Bernard Robin
ALD 06 G 96
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
33
DNF
GT2 49 France Porsche Flymo Mobil Alméras
France Larbre Compétition
France Jacques Laffite
France Jacques Alméras
France Jean-Marie Alméras
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR P 94
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
34
DNF
LMP2 22 France Welter Racing Belgium Hervé Regout
France Jean-François Yvon
France Jean-Paul Libert
WR LM93 M 86
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo V6
35
DNF
GT2 58 Germany Seikel Motorsport Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
United Kingdom Lindsay Owen-Jones
Denmark John Nielsen
Porsche 968 Turbo RS Y 84
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo I4
36
DNF
LMP2 20 France Didier Bonnet Racing France Georges Tessier
France Pascal Dro
Switzerland Bernard Santal
Debora LMP294 P 79
Alfa Romeo 3.0 L V6
37
DNF
LMP1
/C90
8 France Roland Bassaler France Nicolas Minassian
France Patrick Bourdais
France Olivier Couvrier
Alpa LM G 64
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.5 L V8
38
DNF
GT2 50 France Larbre Compétition France Pierre Yver
France Jack Leconte
France Jean-Luc Chereau
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR M 62
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
39
DNF
GT2 62 United Kingdom Lotus Sport
United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering
United Kingdom Richard Piper
United Kingdom Peter Hardman
France Olindo Iacobelli
Lotus Esprit S300 M 59
Lotus 2.2 L Turbo I4
40
DNF
GT2 45 Germany Heico Service GmbH Germany Ulrich Richter
Germany Karl-Heinz Wlazik
Germany Dirk Ebeling
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR P 57
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
41
DNF
GT2 55 United Kingdom Simpson Engineering United Kingdom Robin Smith
Italy Stefano Sebastiani
Japan Tetsuya Ota
Ferrari 348 LM Y 57
Ferrari 3.4 L V8
42
DNF
GT1 29 Sweden Strandell
Germany Obermaier Racing
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Switzerland Sandro Angelastro
Italy Max Angelelli
Ferrari F40 P 51
Ferrari 3.0 L Turbo V8
43
DNF
GT2 63 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering New Zealand Rob Wilson
United Kingdom David Brodie
United Kingdom William Hewland
Harrier LR9C D 45
Ford Cosworth YBT 2.0 L Turbo I4
44
DNF
GT2 56 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing Switzerland Olivier Haberthur
France Patrice Goueslard
France Patrick Vuillaume
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 G 42
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
GT2 66 United Kingdom Bristow Racing
Norway Erik Henriksen
United Kingdom Ray Bellm
United Kingdom Harry Nuttall
United Kingdom Charles Rickett
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR G 34
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
46
DNF
GT2 61 United Kingdom Lotus Sport
United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering
Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
Netherlands Klaas Zwart
Germany Andreas Fuchs
Lotus Esprit S300 M 28
Lotus 2.2 L Turbo I4
47
DNF
IMSA
GTS
76 United States Clayton Cunningham Racing Belgium Eric van de Poele
United States Paul Gentilozzi
Japan Shunji Kasuya
Nissan 300ZX Turbo Y 25
Nissan VRH35 3.0 L Turbo V6
48
DNF
GT2 64 Italy Ferrari Club Italia Argentina Oscar Larrauri
Italy Fabio Mancini
France Joël Gouhier
Ferrari 348 GTC-LM P 23
Ferrari 3.4 L V8

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #2 Courage Compétition - 3:51.05
  • Fastest Lap - #35 LeMans Porsche Team - 3:52.54
  • Distance - 4678.4 km
  • Average Speed - 195.238 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed - Dauer 962 Le Mans - 365 km/h (practice)

References[edit]