1996 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1996 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 64th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 15 and 16 June 1996.

Race[edit]

The 1996 race was won by a car that was considered by Porsche to not be a factory-backed entry, instead run by Joest Racing. Porsche themselves sent a team to compete in the GT1 class with a new mid-engined Porsche 911 GT1 with the intent of winning the race overall, defeating custom-built Le Mans Prototypes. Joining in the GT1 class were a fleet of customer McLaren F1 GTRs, the defending race winners. However Joest's prototype was born from the shell of a TWR-designed Jaguar XJR-14 racing car, modified to an open top design by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and fitted with a Porsche 962 engine. The resulting TWR Porsche WSC-95, while not being the fastest car on track, won when the manufacturer-backed teams hit mechanical troubles.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1996
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 7 Germany Joest Racing United States Davy Jones
Austria Alexander Wurz
Germany Manuel Reuter
TWR Porsche WSC-95 G 354
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
2 GT1 25 Germany Porsche AG Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1 M 353
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
3 GT1 26 Germany Porsche AG Austria Karl Wendlinger
France Yannick Dalmas
Canada Scott Goodyear
Porsche 911 GT1 M 341
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
4 GT1 30 United Kingdom West Competition
United Kingdom David Price Racing
Denmark John Nielsen
Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
Netherlands Peter Kox
McLaren F1 GTR G 338
BMW S70 6.1L V12
5 GT1 34 United Kingdom Gulf Racing
United Kingdom GTC Racing
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
United Kingdom Lindsay Owen-Jones
Australia David Brabham
McLaren F1 GTR M 335
BMW S70 6.1L V12
6 GT1 29 United Kingdom Harrods Mach One Racing
United Kingdom David Price Racing
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
France Olivier Grouillard
United Kingdom Derek Bell
McLaren F1 GTR G 328
BMW S70 6.1L V12
7 LMP1 5 France La Filière Elf France Henri Pescarolo
France Franck Lagorce
France Emmanuel Collard
Courage C36 M 327
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8 GT1 39 Italy Team Bigazzi SRL
Germany Team BMW Motorsport
Brazil Nelson Piquet
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
United States Danny Sullivan
McLaren F1 GTR M 324
BMW S70 6.1L V12
9 GT1 33 United Kingdom Gulf Racing
United Kingdom GTC Racing
United Kingdom Ray Bellm
United Kingdom James Weaver
Finland JJ Lehto
McLaren F1 GTR M 323
BMW S70 6.1L V12
10 GT1 48 United States Canaska Southwind Motorsport United States Price Cobb
United States Shawn Hendricks
United States Mark Dismore
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 320
Chrysler 356-T6 8.0L V10
11 GT1 38 Italy Team Bigazzi SRL
Germany Team BMW Motorsport
France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Marc Duez
McLaren F1 GTR M 318
BMW S70 6.1L V12
12 GT2 79 Germany Roock Racing Team France Guy Martinolle
Germany Ralf Kelleners
Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
Porsche 911 GT2 M 317
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
13 LMP1 4 France Courage Compétition United States Mario Andretti
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom Derek Warwick
Courage C36 M 315
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
14 GT2 71 New Zealand New Hardware Racing
United Kingdom Parr Motorsport
New Zealand Bill Farmer
New Zealand Greg Murphy
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 P 313
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
15 GT1 23 Japan NISMO Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan Skyline GT-R LM B 307
Nissan 2.8L Turbo I6
16 GT2 75 Japan Team Kunimitsu Honda Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Japan Akira Iida
Honda NSX Y 305
Honda 3.0L V6
17 GT2 83 New Zealand New Hardware Racing
United Kingdom Parr Motorsport
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
United States Andy Pilgrim
New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT2 P 299
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
18 GT2 77 Germany Seikel Motorsport France Guy Fuster
Austria Manfred Jurasz
Japan Takaji Suzuki
Porsche 911 GT2 P 297
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
19 GT1 28 United Kingdom Newcastle United Lister United Kingdom Geoff Lees
United Kingdom Tiff Needell
United Kingdom Anthony Reid
Lister Storm GTS M 295
Jaguar 7.0L V12
20 GT2 82 France Larbre Compétition France Patrice Goueslard
Germany André Ahrle
France Patrick Bourdais
Porsche 911 GT2 M 284
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
21 GT1 50 France Viper Team Oreca France Philippe Gache
France Eric Hélary
France Olivier Beretta
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 283
Chrysler 356-T6 8.0L V10
22 GT1 27 France Chereau Sports
France Larbre Compétition
France Jean-Luc Chereau
France Pierre Yver
France Jack Leconte
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo M 279
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
23 GT1 49 United States Canaska Southwind Motorsport France Alain Cudini
Canada Victor Sifton
United States John Morton
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 269
Chrysler 356-T6 8.0L V10
24 GT1 46 Japan Team Menicon SARD Co. Ltd. France Alain Ferté
Italy Mauro Martini
France Pascal Fabre
SARD MC8-R D 256
Toyota 4.0L Turbo V8
25 LMP2 20 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Yojiro Terada
United States Jim Downing
France Franck Fréon
Kudzu DLM G 251
Mazda 2.0L 3-Rotor
26
DNF
LMP1 8 Germany Joest Racing Italy Michele Alboreto
Italy Pierluigi Martini
Belgium Didier Theys
TWR Porsche WSC-95 G 300
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
27
DNF
LMP2 14 France Welter Racing SARL France Patrick Gonin
France Pierre Petit
France Marc Rostan
WR LM96 M 221
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
28
DNF
LMP1 3 France Courage Compétition France Didier Cottaz
France Philippe Alliot
France Jérôme Policand
Courage C36 M 215
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
GT1 22 Japan NISMO Japan Aguri Suzuki
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Japan Masahiko Kondo
Nissan Skyline GT-R LM B 209
Nissan 2.8L Turbo I6
30
DNF
WSC 17 Belgium Racing For Belgium
Belgium Team Scandia
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Belgium Marc Goossens
Belgium Éric Bachelart
Ferrari 333 SP P 208
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
31
DNF
GT1 57 Japan Team SARD Toyota Co. Ltd. Japan Masanori Sekiya
Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada
Japan Masami Kageyama
Toyota Supra LM D 205
Toyota 3S-GTE 2.1L Turbo I4
32
DNF
LMP2 15 France Welter Racing SARL France William David
France Sébastian Enjolras
France Arnaud Trévisiol
WR LM96 M 162
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
33
DNF
WSC 19 United States Riley & Scott Cars Inc. South Africa Wayne Taylor
United States Scott Sharp
United States Jim Pace
Riley & Scott Mk III P 157
Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0L V8
34
DNF
GT1 53 United Kingdom Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing
France Giroix Racing Team
France Fabien Giroix
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala
McLaren F1 GTR M 146
BMW S70 6.1L V12
35
DNF
GT1 59 Italy Ennea SRL
Italy Ferrari Club Italia
United Kingdom Robert Donovan
Italy Piero Nappi
Japan Tetsuya Ota
Ferrari F40 GTE P 129
Ferrari F120B 3.5L Turbo V8
36
DNF
GT2 74 United Kingdom Agusta Racing Team, Ltd. Italy Rocky Agusta
Italy Almo Copelli
France Patrick Camus
Callaway Corvette D 114
Chevrolet LT1 6.2L V8
37
DNF
LMP1 1 Germany Kremer Racing France Christophe Bouchut
Germany Jürgen Lässig
Finland Harri Toivonen
Kremer K8 Spyder G 110
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GT1 37 Germany Konrad Motorsport Austria Franz Konrad
Brazil Antonio Herrmann de Azevedo
Germany Wido Rössler
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo M 107
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
GT1 44 Italy Ennea SRL Igol Italy Luciano Della Noce
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Sweden Carl Rosenblad
Ferrari F40 GTE P 98
Ferrari F120B 3.5L Turbo V8
40
DNF
GT1 51 France Viper Team Oreca France Dominique Dupuy
United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
United Kingdom Justin Bell
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 96
Chrysler 356-T6 8.0L V10
41
DNF
GT1 55 Germany Roock Racing Team France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Spain Jesús Pareja
United Kingdom Dominic Chappell
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo M 93
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
42
DNF
GT1 56 France Pilot Pen Racing France Michel Ferté
France Olivier Thévenin
France Nicolas Leboissetier
Ferrari F40 LM  ? 93
Ferrari F120B 3.5L Turbo V8
43
DNF
LMP1 2 Germany Kremer Racing United States Steve Fossett
South Africa George Fouché
Sweden Stanley Dickens
Kremer K8 Spyder G 58
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
44
DNF
GT2 73 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing Belgium Michel Neugarten
Switzerland Toni Seiler
France Bruno Ilien
Porsche 911 GT2 D 46
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
GT2 81 United Kingdom Team Marcos Netherlands Cor Euser
Brazil Thomas Erdos
France Pascal Dro
Marcos Mantara LM600 D 40
Chevrolet 6.1L V8
46
DNF
GT1 45 Italy Ennea SRL Igol France Jean-Marc Gounon
France Éric Bernard
France Paul Belmondo
Ferrari F40 GTE P 40
Ferrari F120B 3.5L Turbo V8
47
DNF
GT2 70 United Kingdom EMKA Productions United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Guy Holmes
United Kingdom Soames Langston
Porsche 911 GT2 D 32
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
WSC 18 United States Rocketsports Inc. United States Andy Evans
France Yvan Muller
Spain Fermín Velez
Ferrari 333 SP P 31
Ferrari F130E 4.0L V12

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #8 Joest Racing - 3:46.682
  • Fastest Lap - #17 Racing For Belgium / Team Scandia - 3:46.958
  • Distance - 4814.4 km
  • Average Speed - 200.6 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed - Courage C36 - 332 km/h (race)