1980 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1980 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 48th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 1980. It was the seventh round of the 1980 World Championship for Makes.

Pre-race[edit]

Porsche again sent no works Group 6 cars, in order to not compete against their many customers in their 935 Group 5 cars. The lone Group 6 Porsche, a Martini Racing-sponsored roadster entered by Joest Racing for Reinhold Joest himself and Jacky Ickx, was christened the Porsche 908/80 by the team (and "FrankenPorsche" by journalists), but looked much like the 1977 version of the 936. For a long time the car was believed to be a hack on a 908 chassis until it was discovered that it was in fact built on a real 936 replacement chassis, the 936-004. As Porsche didn't wish to be in the business of selling 936s to customers, the secret was kept by using a 908 chassis number plate.

The 908/80 was favorite but Porsche could also count on many 935, five Group 5 plus eight IMSA GTX, including three cars from the Sebring-winning Dick Barbour team. Most of the opposition was in the GTP class: three WM-Peugeot and a trio of local heroes, the Le Mans-built Rondeau-Cosworth.

Race[edit]

The start was the probably wettest ever at Le Mans. Ickx laid back in his roadster until he could actually see something else than the fog created by closed-cabin cars: Porsche 935s, BMW M1s and Rondeau coupes.

John Fitzpatrick was leading with Dick Barbour's Porsche 935. Hans Stuck had shoved his BMW M1 from 26th to second by 17:00. At that time Jean Rondeau had two of his made-in-Le Mans cars in the top 10.

When the rain decreased Ickx and Joest picked off one car after another. By the end of the third hour, Joest found himself in the lead. When Ickx was back in the car he broke the fuel injection pump belt. But Joest had planned wisely; there was a set of basic tools and a spare belt in the car. Ickx restarted just 14 minutes later but this was enough to lose the lead.

At nightfall, a Rondeau was leading the race but Ickx began the chase. By 01:00 Sunday, the 908/80 was on the same lap as the leaders. Two hours later, they were ahead and began to leave the French coupé behind. After numerous lead changes caused by refuelings and scheduled maintenance on the cars around 07:00, the Joest Martini Porsche had built a solid lead.

But the Joest team had underestimated the Rondeaus, as they didn't expect the Cosworth to be very reliable. As a result, Joest and Ickx did not run fast enough and at 10:00 when the 908/80 had a gearbox failure, like the works 936s in 1977, they had not built up a large enough lead. The Rondeau of Jean Rondeau himself and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud gained the lead with a gap of three laps over the second placed car. Ickx had to begin a third chase.

When Jaussaud took over from Rondeau with an hour and a half remaining, the Rondeau had still a two laps advance but the Porsche was running faster. With 35 minutes left to race, the rain returned. Ickx pitted for wet tyres while Jaussaud kept the slicks. Jaussaud had made the right choice and remained in the lead. However there was a final surprise: As the rain became heavier in the last lap, Jaussaud lost the control of his car. By luck he did not hit anything. For the first time a driver had won Le Mans on a car bearing his own name. At the end of the race Ickx announced his retirement, which he was to reverse a few months later.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1980
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyres Laps
Engine
1 S
+2.0
16 France LePoint Jean Rondeau France Jean Rondeau
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Rondeau M379 G 338
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
2 S
+2.0
9 West Germany Equipe Liqui Moly - Martini Racing Belgium Jacky Ickx
West Germany Reinhold Joest
Porsche 908/80 D 336
Porsche 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
3 GTP 17 France Belga Jean Rondeau United Kingdom Gordon Spice
Belgium Philippe Martin
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Rondeau M379 G 329
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
4 GTP 5 France WM Esso France Guy Fréquelin
France Roger Dorchy
WM P79/80 M 316
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
5 IMSA 70 United States Dick Barbour Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Brian Redman
United States Dick Barbour
Porsche 935 K3 G 316
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
6 GTP 4 West Germany Porsche System Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
West Germany Jürgen Barth
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 316
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
7 S
+2.0
8 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
France François Migault
De Cadenet-Lola LM D 313
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
8 Gr.5 49 West Germany Vegla Racing Team West Germany Harald Grohs
West Germany Dieter Schornstein
Porsche 935 D 313
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
9 IMSA 73 United States JLP Racing United States John Paul Sr.
United States John Paul Jr.
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Porsche 935 JLP-2 G 312
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
10 IMSA 76 France JMS Racing
France Charles Pozzi
Belgium Jean Xhenceval
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Belgium Hervé Regout
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 312
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
11 GTP 6 France WM Esso France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Marcel Mamers
WM P79/80 M 311
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo Flat-6
12 GTP 2 West Germany Porsche System United Kingdom Andy Rouse
United Kingdom Tony Dron
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 310
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
13 GTP 3 West Germany Porsche System United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Al Holbert
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 305
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
14 IMSA 83 France BMW France France Didier Pironi
Austria Dieter Quester
France Marcel Mignot
BMW M1 D 293
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
15 IMSA 84 France BMW Motorsport GmbH
France Dominique Lacaud
West Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
France Dominique Lacaud
West Germany Hans-Georg Bürger
BMW M1 D 283
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
16 GT 93 France Thierry Perrier France Thierry Perrier
France Roger Carmillet
Porsche 911 SC K 280
Porsche 4.6 L Flat-6
(Ethanol)
17 S
2.0
25 France ROC - Société Yacco France Bruno Sotty
France Daniel Laurent
France Philippe Hesnault
Chevron B36 G 276
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
18 S
2.0
23 France ROC - Société Yacco France Michel Dubois
France Christian Debias
Switzerland Florian Vetsch
Lola T298 G 272
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
19 Gr.5 53 Italy Jolly Club - Lancia Corse Italy Carlo Facetti
Italy Martino Finotto
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 272
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
20 IMSA 89 France Hervé Poulain France Dany Snobeck
France Hervé Poulain
France Pierre Destic
Porsche 935 D 272
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
21 IMSA 86 United States Z & W Enterprises Inc. Venezuela Ernesto Soto
United States Mark Hutchins
United States Pierre Honnegger
Mazda RX-7 G 266
Mazda 12A 1.2L 2-Rotor
22 S
2.0
29 United Kingdom Dorset Racing Associates United Kingdom Peter Clarke
United Kingdom Nick Mason
Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Lola T297 D 263
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
23 IMSA 78 United Kingdom EMKA Productions United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Richard Down
United Kingdom Simon Phillips
Ferrari 512BB/LM D 262
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
24 GT 90 France Georges Bourdillat France Georges Bourdillat
France Alain-Michel Bernhard
France Pascal Ennequin
Porsche 934 M 248
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
25 S
+2.0
12 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Chris Craft
United Kingdom Bob Evans
Dome RL80 D 246
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
26
DNF
GTP 7 France WM Esso France Serge Saulnier
France Jean-Louis Bousquet
France Denis Morin
WM P79/80 M 264
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
27
DNF
S
2.0
27 France Michel Elkoubi / Primagaz France Patrick Perrier
France Pierre Yver
Lola T298 M 255
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
28
DNF
GT 94 France Equipe Alméras Frères France Jacques Alméras
France Jean-Marie Alméras
France Marianne Hoepfner
Porsche 934 M 251
Porsche 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
IMSA 69 United States Racing Associates Inc. United States Bob Akin
United States Ralph Kent-Cooke
United States Paul Miller
Porsche 935 K3 G 237
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
IMSA 95 France BMW Zol-Auto France François Sérvanin
France Laurent Ferrier
France Pierre-François Rousselot
BMW M1 G 237
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
31
DNF
Gr.5 43 West Germany Malardeau Kremer Racing France Xavier Lapeyre
France Jean-Louis Trintignant
France Anne-Charlotte Verney
Porsche 935 K3 D 217
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
Gr.5 45 West Germany Gelo Racing Team France Bob Wollek
West Germany Helmut Kelleners
Porsche 935 P 191
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
33
DNF
Gr.5 42 West Germany Gozzy Kremer Racing Japan Tetsu Ikuzawa
West Germany Rolf Stommelen
West Germany Axel Plankenhorn
Porsche 935 K3 D 167
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
GT 80 Puerto Rico Diego Febles Racing Puerto Rico Armando Gonzales
Puerto Rico Diego Febles
Venezuela Francisco Romero
Porsche 934 G 164
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
35
DNF
Gr.5 44 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United Kingdom Peter Lovett
United Kingdom Dudley Wood
United Kingdom John Cooper
Porsche 935 K3 D 158
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
36
DNF
S
2.0
28 Italy Scuderia Torino Corse Italy Lella Lombardi
United Kingdom Mark Thatcher
Osella PA8 P 157
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
37
DNF
IMSA 85 United States Sun System
United States Whittington Brothers Racing
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Don Whittington
United States Dale Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 G 151
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GT 91 France ASA Cachia France Christian Bussi
France Bernard Salam
France Cyril Grandet
Porsche 934 D 137
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
IMSA 71 United States Dick Barbour Racing United States Bobby Rahal
United States Bob Garretson
Australia Allan Moffat
Porsche 935 K3 G 134
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
IMSA 77 France JMS Racing
France Charles Pozzi
France Jean-Claude Andruet
France Claude Ballot-Léna
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 129
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
41
DNF
S
+2.0
1 Switzerland André Chevalley Racing France Patrick Gaillard
France François Trisconi
Switzerland André Chevalley
ACR 80 (Lola T380) G 126
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
42
DNF
GTX 96 France Garage du Bac France Frédéric Alliot
France Jacques Guérin
BMW M1 D 125
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
43
DNF
S
+2.0
15 France ITT Jean Rondeau France Henri Pescarolo
France Jean Ragnotti
Rondeau M379 G 124
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
44
DNF
Gr.5 41 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing United States Ted Field
United States Danny Ongais
France Jean-Louis Lafosse
Porsche 935 K3 D 89
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
S
2.0
22 France Hubert Striebig France Michel Pignard
West Germany Mario Ketterer
France Hubert Striebig
Toj SM01 D 79
BMW 2.0 L I4
46
DNF
IMSA 75 France JMS Racing
France Charles Pozzi
France Lucien Guitteny
France Gérard Bleynie
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 47
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
47
DNF
IMSA 82 United Kingdom March Racing Ltd. West Germany Manfred Winkelhock
Belgium Patrick Nève
West Germany Michael Korton
BMW M1 D 38
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
48
DNF
Gr.5 46 Switzerland Meccarillos Racing Switzerland Claude Haldi
France Bernard Béguin
West Germany Volkert Merl
Porsche 935 D 37
Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
49
DNF
S
2.0
24 France ROC - Sociéte Yacco France Marc Sourd
France Bernard Verdier
Lola T298 G 27
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
50
DNF
Gr.5 52 Italy Scuderia Lancia Corse Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani
Finland Markku Alén
Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 26
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
51
DNF
IMSA 79 Italy Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto Italy Spartaco Dini
Italy Fabrizio Violati
Italy Maurizio Micangeli
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 10
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
52
DNF
IMSA 68 United States Racing Associates Inc. United States Skeeter McKitterick
United States Charles Mendez
Argentina Leon Walger
Porsche 935 K3 G 9
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
53
DNF
IMSA 72 United States Wynn's International
United States Dick Barbour Racing
United States Robert Kirby
United States Mike Sherwin
United States Bob Harmon
Porsche 935 K3 G 7
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
54
DNF
S
2.0
20 France Jean-Philippe Grand France Jean-Philippe Grand
France Yves Courage
Chevron B36 G 6
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
55
DNF
Gr.5 51 Italy Scuderia Lancia Corse West Germany Hans Heyer
France Bernard Darniche
Italy Teo Fabi
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 6
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
[1]

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #70 Dick Barbour Racing - 3:40.02
  • Fastest Lap - #9 Equipe Liqui Moly - Martini Racing - 3:40.60
  • Distance - 4608.02 km/h
  • Average Speed - 191.899 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #16 LePoint Jean Rondeau

References[edit]

  1. ^ Örnerdal, Stefan, ed. (1 March 2008). "XLVIII Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1980". Le Mans Register. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012.