1978 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 46th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 10 and 11 June 1978. In many ways it was a continuation of the race from the year before – the two main protagonists would be the very evenly-matched works teams of Alpine-Renault and Porsche, with four cars each.

This time it was the Porsche team that had reliability issues – on only the second lap of the race two of their cars were in the pits. Renault soon established a solid hold of the top three positions. Like the year before, after the Ickx /Pescarolo car had early problems, Ickx was transferred to the second Porsche of Barth/Wollek. Once again he set about driving back through the field during the night, getting up to second by midnight behind the Jabouille/Depailler car. But a loss of fifth gear cost them half an hour to repair it. When the lead Renault stopped on the circuit with a jammed gearbox, there was a sense of déjà vu for the French team. The sister car of Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi inherited the lead, with a 7-lap margin over the Porsches. Although the second-placed Porsche pulled back two laps, this time Renault would not be denied, and Pironi took the flag for a popular local victory with a record race-distance.

Porsche were second and third, the remaining Renault fourth with the Porsche 935s of customer teams in the next four places. The race also saw several high-speed crashes on the Mulsanne straight, only one driver was seriously injured.

Where we have not had a model of the car through the business as raced I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

Pos Car No. Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
1 Renault Alpine A442B 2  Renault Sport  Didier Pironi
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Renault Alpine A442B Renault 2.0L V6 twin-turbo 369 N/A
2 Porsche 936 Le Mans 6  Martini Racing Porsche System  Jürgen Barth
 Bob Wollek
 Jacky Ickx
Porsche 936-78 Porsche 935/73 2.1L F6 twin-turbo 364 N/A
3 Porsche 936 Le Mans

(example)

7  Martini Racing Porsche System  Hurley Haywood
 Peter Gregg
 Reinhold Joest
Porsche 936-77 Porsche 911/78 2.1L F6 turbo 362 N/A
4 Renault Alpine A442B 4  Renault Sport /
 Écurie Calberson
 Guy Fréquelin
 Jean Ragnotti
 José Dolhem
 Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Renault-Alpine A442A Renault 2.0L V6 twin-turbo 358 N/A
5 Porsche 935

(example)

90  Dick Barbour Racing  Dick Barbour
 Brian Redman
 John Paul Sr.
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 930/78 3.0L F6 turbo 337 N/A
6 Porsche 935

(example)

44  Porsche Kremer Racing  Jim Busby
 Chris Cord
 Rick Knoop
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 930/72 3.0L F6 turbo 336

 
N/A
7 Porsche 935 41  ASA Cachia /
 Team Pace
 Alfredo Guaraná
 Paulo Gomes
 Mário Amaral
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 329 N/A
8 Porsche 935 43  Martini Racing Porsche System  Rolf Stommelen
 Manfred Schurti
Porsche 935-78 Porsche 935/79 3.2L F6 twin-turbo 326 N/A
9 Rondeau M379B

(example)

72  J. Rondeau
(private entrant)
 Jean Rondeau
 Bernard Darniche
 Jacky Haran
Rondeau M378 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 294 N/A
10 Gulf Mirage GR8

(example)

10  Grand Touring Cars Inc  Vern Schuppan
 Jacques Laffite
 Sam Posey
Mirage M9 Renault 2.0L V6 turbo 293 N/A
11 Still Looking 31  Société Racing Organisation
Course La Pierre du Nord
 Michel Pignard
 Lucien Roussiaud
 Laurent Ferrier
Chevron B36 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 284 N/A
12 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

66  A.-C. Verney
(private entrant) /
BP Racing
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
 Xavier Lapeyre
 François Servanin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 279 N/A
13 Inaltera GT

(example)

71  André Chevalley Racing
(private entrant)
 André Chevalley
 François Trisconi
Inaltéra LM77 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 279 N/A
14 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

97  Charles Ivey Racing  Larry Perkins
 Gordon Spice
 John Rulon-Miller
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 278

 
N/A
15 De Cadenet Lola

(example)

8  A. De Cadenet
(private entrant)
 Alain de Cadenet
 Chris Craft
De Cadenet LM78 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 273 N/A
16

Ferrari 365 GT4BB(example)

86  Écurie Grand Competition Cars
 North American Racing Team
 François Migault
 Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB Ferrari 4.9L F12 262 N/A
17 Porsche 934

(example)

62  "Ségolen"
(private entrant)
 "Ségolen" (André Gahinet)
 Christian Bussi
 Jean-Claude Briavoine
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 259 N/A
N/C* Still Looking 23  P. Sauber AG /
 Francy Racing
 Marc Surer
 Eugen Strähl
 Harry Blumer
Sauber C5 BMW-Mader 2.0L S4 257 N/A
N/C* Still Looking 20  Cheetah Racing Cars  Sandro Plastina
 Mario Luini
 Jean-Daniel Grandjean
Cheetah G-601 Cosworth BDG 2.0L S4 250 N/A
N/C* Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

64  G. Bourdillat
(private entrant)
 Georges Bourdillat
 Alain-Michel Bernhard
 Jean-Luc Favresse
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 241 N/A
N/C* Lola T296

(example)

25  Team Pronuptia  Bruno Sotty
 Gérard Cuynet
 Jean-Claude Dufrey
Lola T294/296 Cosworth FVC 1.9L S4 238 N/A
N/C* Lola T296 24  Team Pronuptia  Michel Elkoubi
 Pierre Yver
 Philippe Streiff
Lola T296 Cosworth FVC 1.9L S4 232 N/A
N/C* Lola T296

(example)

28  D. Lacaud
(private entrant)
 Dominique Lacaud
 Michel Lateste
 Jean-François Auboiron
Lola T297 BMW 2.0L S4 217 N/A
N/C* Porsche 935

(example)

45  Porsche Kremer Racing  “John Winter” (Louis Krages)
 Dieter Schornstein
 Philippe Gurdjian
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 182 N/A
DNF Renault Alpine A442B 1  Renault Sport  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
 Patrick Depailler
Renault Alpine A443 Renault 2.1L V6 turbo 279 Gearbox
(20hr)
DNF Porsche 936 Le Mans 5  Martini Racing Porsche System
 
 Jacky Ickx
 Henri Pescarolo
 Jochen Mass
Porsche 936-78 Porsche 935/73 2.1L
F6 twin-turbo
255 Gearbox
(20hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB 88  Pozzi Thompson JMS Racing  Jean-Claude Andruet
 Spartaco Dini
Ferrari 512 BB Ferrari 4.9L F12 251 Engine
(22hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB 87  Luigi Chinetti Sr.  Jacques Guérin
 Jean-Pierre Delaunay
 Gregg Young
Ferrari 512 BB Ferrari 4.9L F12 232 Engine
(19hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB

(example)

89  Pozzi Thompson JMS Racing  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jean-Louis Lafosse
Ferrari 512 BB Ferrari 4.9L F12 218 Accident
(18hr)
DNF Still Looking 19  IBEC Racing Developments  Guy Edwards
 Ian Grob
 Ian Bracey
Ibec-Hesketh 308LM Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 195 Engine
(20hr)
DNF Still Looking 30  Société Racing Organisation
Course / La Pierre du Nord
 Jacques Henry
 Albert Dufrène
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Chevron B36 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 195 Gearbox
(19hr)
DNF Peugeot WM P76

(example)

78  WM AEREM
Team Esso Aseptogyl
 Xavier Mathiot
 Marc Sourd
Christian Debias
WM P78 Peugeot PRV 2.7L V6 turbo 186 Accident
(18hr)
DNF Still Looking 27  Mogil Motors Ltd / Kores Racing
 
 Tony Charnell
 Robin Smith
 Fréderic Alliot
 Richard Jones
Chevron B31 Cosworth BDG 2.0L S4 181 Accident
(16hr)
DNF Peugeot WM P76 76  WM AEREM
Team Esso Aseptogyl
 Christine Dacremont
 Marianne Hoepfner
WM P76 Peugeot PRV 2.9L V6 171 Accident
(19hr)
DNF Porsche 934

(example)

68  H. Poulain
(private entrant)
 Hervé Poulain
 Edgar Dören
 Gerhard Holup
 Roman Feitler
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 167 Gearbox
(17hr)
DNF Renault Alpine A442B 3  Renault Sport  Derek Bell
 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Renault-Alpine A442A Renault 2.0L V6 twin-turbo 162 Gearbox
(12hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

91  Dick Barbour Racing  Bob Garretson
 Steve Earle
 Bob Akin
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 159 Accident
(15hr)
DNF Still Looking 29  Société Racing Organisation
Course / Modylook
 Michel Dubois
 Daniel Gache
 Julien Sanchez
Chevron B36 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 142 Chassis
(15hr)
DNF Porsche 935 48  Mecarillos-Cégécol Racing Team  Herbert Müller
 Claude Haldi
 "Nico" (Nick McGranger)
Porsche 935 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 140 Accident
(14hr)
DNF Lola T296

(example)

26  GVEA  Georges Morand
 Eric Vaugnat
 Christian Blanc
Lola T296 Cosworth BDG 2.0L S4 130 Accident
(13hr)
DNF Lola T296

(example)

21  J.-M. Lemerle
(private entrant)
 
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Alain Levié
 Pierre-François Rousselot
Lola T294 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 126 Engine
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 934

(example)

65  J. Laplacette
(private entrant)
 Joël Laplacette
 Yves Courage
 Antoine Salamin
 Gérard Vial
Porsche 930 Porsche 3.3L F6 turbo 116 Engine
(12hr)
DNF Still Looking 34  BMW (GB) Racing
 Toleman Delivery
 Dieter Quester
 Tom Walkinshaw
 Rad Dougall
Osella PA6 BMW M12 2.0L S4 113 Accident
(10hr)
DSQ De Cadenet Lola

(example)

12  Simon Phillips Racing
(private entrant)
 Simon Phillips
 Nick Faure
 John Beasley
 Martin Raymond
De Cadenet-Lola T380 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 99


 
Insufficient
distance
(13hr)
 
DNF Lola T296

(example)

32  Dorset Racing Associates  Ian Harrower
 Juliette Slaughter
 Brian Joscelyne
Lola T294 Cosworth FVC 2.0L S4 61

 
Accident
(13hr)
 
DNF Porsche 934

(example)

61  Auto Daniel Urcun
(private entrant)
 Guy Chasseuil
 Jean-Claude Lefévre
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 61 Gearbox
(7hr)
DNF Peugeot WM P76

(example)

77  WM AEREM
Team Esso Aseptogyl
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
 Max Mamers
WM P77 Peugeot PRV 2.7L V6 turbo 44 Fuel pump
(7hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

94  Whittington Bros. Racing  Don Whittington
 Bill Whittington
 Franz Konrad
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 41 Accident
(9hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB

(example)

85  "Beurlys"
(private entrant)
 "Beurlys" (Jean Blaton)
 Teddy Pilette
 Raymond Touroul
Ferrari 512 BB Ferrari 4.9L F12 39 Gearbox
(5hr)
DNF Porsche 934

(example)

69  Frères Ravenel VSD
(private entrant)
 Willy Braillard
 Jean-Louis Ravenel
 Jean "Jacky" Ravenel
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 35 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

46  Porsche Kremer Racing  Martin Raymond
 "Steve" (Jean-Pierre Wielemans)
 Mike Franey
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 34 Engine
(4hr)
 
DNF Gulf Mirage GR8

(example)

11  Grand Touring Cars  Sam Posey
 Michel Leclère
Mirage M9 Renault 2.0L V6 turbo 33 Engine
(7hr)
DNF Still Looking 84  Brad Frisselle Racing
 Wynn's Belgium
 Brad Frisselle
 Bob Kirby
 John Hotchkis
Chevrolet Monza Chevrolet 5.7L V8 30 Engine
(5hr)
DSQ Lola T296

(example)

33  Cloud Engineering
 Dorset Racing Associates
 Bob Evans
 Richard Down
Lola T294 Cosworth FVC 2.0L S4 23 Insufficient
distance
(4hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

47  Weisberg Gelo Team  John Fitzpatrick
 Toine Hezemans
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 19 Engine
(4hr)
DNQ De Cadenet Lola

(example)

9  A. de Cadenet
(private entrant)
 Bob Evans
 John Cooper
 Pete Lovett
De Cadenet-Lola LM77 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 0 Did not qualify

 
DNQ Still Looking 14  BP Racing
(private entrant)
 Jörg Obermoser
 Guy Chasseuil
 Hubert Striebig
ToJ SC303 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Lola T296

(example)

22  L'Agence Locomotiv
(private entrant)
 Anna Cambiaghi
 Jean-Claude Guérie
 Martine Rénier
Lola T296/297 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC

(example)

40  AMG Motorenbau GmbH  Hans Heyer
 Clemens Schickentanz
Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC Mercedes-Benz 4.5L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Porsche 934

(example)

60  Mecarillos Racing Team  Gérard Bleynie
 Roland Ennequin
 Simon Delatour
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 0 Did not qualify
DSQ Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

63  C. Gouttepifre
(private entrant)
 Christian Gouttepifre
 René Boubet
 Raymond Touroul
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 0 Illegal engine[48]
DNQ Renault Alpine A310

(example)

73  B. Decure
(private entrant)
 Marcel Mignot
 Guy de Saintpierre
Alpine A310 Renault PRV 2.7L V6 0 Did not qualify
DNQ BMW 3.0 CSL

(example)

96  Garage du Bac
(private entrant)
 Alain Cudini
 Pierre Dieudonné
 "Dépnic" (Jean-Claude Depince)
BMW 3.5 CSL BMW M30 3.5L S6 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

98  T. Perrier
(private entrant)
 Thierry Perrier
 Joël Mouetron
 Jean Belliard
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 0 Did not qualify
DNA Porsche 935

(example)

42  Konrad Racing  Franz Konrad
 Volkert Merl
Porsche 935-77 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 0 Did not arrive
DNA Lotus Esprit

(example)

50  Morfe Racing with Polaroof  Richard Jenvey
 John Morrison
Lotus Esprit S1 Lotus 907 2.0L S4 0 Did not arrive
DNA Aston Martin V8

(example)

70  R. Hamilton
(private entrant)
 Robin Hamilton
 David Preece
Aston Martin DBS Aston Martin 5.3L V8 turbo
 
0 Did not arrive
 
DNA Porsche 934

(example)

92  Holly Cars LSA   Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 0 Did not arrive

 


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