1979 24 Hours of Le Mans
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|1979 24 Hours of Le Mans|
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The 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 47th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 9 and 10 June 1979.
Due to the construction of a new public road, the profile of Tetre Rouge had to be changed. This redesign led to a faster double-apex corner as well as requiring the removal of the second Dunlop Bridge.
The Porsche 935 turbo, a highly modified variant of the Porsche 911 road car, dominated endurance racing in the late 1970s, being entered by many Porsche customer teams all over the world. The German-based Kremer team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans using a modified version of the 935 which was driven by Klaus Ludwig, Don Whittington and Bill Whittington. Actor Paul Newman, driving with Rolf Stommelen and Dick Barbour, finished second in Barbour's 935, while Kremer's second 935 driven by Laurent Ferrier, François Servanin and François Trisconi placed third.
Jacky Ickx's efforts to win his fifth Le Mans came to nothing when he was disqualified for receiving outside assistance in repairing his stricken Porsche 936. His Group 6 opposition consisted mainly of a pair of Ford M10s but this wasn't an official return of Ford as these cars were derived from the 1975 Gulf GR-8. Ford France and a consortium of French Ford dealers funded the ex-Wyer Team and a Ford Cosworth DFV V8 was installed in the chassis for the occasion but neither M10 finished.
- Pole Position - #14 Essex Motorsport Porsche - 3:30.07
- Fastest Lap - #12 Essex Motorsport Porsche - 3:36.10
- Distance - 4173.930 km
- Average Speed - 173.913 km/h
- 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans Official Program, www.racingsportscars.com Retrieved 16 June 2015