1980 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

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 both the World Championship for Makes and World Challenge for Endurance Drivers. With neither the Porsche nor Renault works teams contesting the big Group 6 sports-cars for outright victory, it left the prospects open for a privateer victory from Joest, Rondeau or De Cadenet, or from Group 5 again, if they were to fail. The wet weather throughout the race further added to the uncertainty, reducing the advantage of the more powerful cars.

The race started in a downpour and the rain continued off and on throughout the race. The first half of the race saw a number of the favoured teams hold the lead for extended periods, until one by one they suffered delays or mechanical issues. By dawn it was the Joest Porsche special (driven by Jacky Ickx with Reinhold Joest) that held a 2-lap lead over Jean Rondeau in his own car, and John Fitzpatrick in the Dick Barbour 935. But when Joest pitted at 10am having lost top gear, the half-hour stop cost four laps and put the Frenchmen into the lead. Hard driving by Ickx got him back onto the lead lap again. A sudden squall at 1pm sent both cars aquaplaning off at the fast Dunlop Curve, fortunately without doing any major damage to either. When another rain shower appeared in the last hour, Ickx dived for the pits to put on wet tyres, while Jaussaud bravely stayed out on his slicks. This time Ickx could not make up the lost time and the French took a significant victory: Jean Rondeau gained the unique achievement of winning Le Mans driving a car of his own manufacture, with his other team car coming in third.

The introduction of the new Group 5 and Group 6 categories in 1976 had not helped sports-car racing – it forced most manufacturers to choose between one or the other. The World Championship for Makes was stuttering and the small fields left the spectators disinterested which, in turn, dissuaded sponsors to invest. The strongest competition was found in the IMSA series in North America. After five years of going alone, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) returned to the World Championship, becoming the series' premier race, and easily with its biggest field.

True to its founding objective to stage a test of endurance and technical innovation, this year the ACO introduced a number of new regulations designed to encourage greater reliability and efficiency over raw speed. However, there were a few unforeseen repercussions that caused controversy. All cars were now limited to a maximum fuel tank volume of 120 litres, and refuelling would run at a fixed rate of 50 litres per minute. This meant that pitstops that used to take around 30–40 seconds would now take over 2 minutes. Alternative fuel-types were also now permitted. A minimum distance of 25 laps had to be done between fuel and oil stops (effectively a fuel economy of 280 litres per 100 km, or 8mpg). A maximum of four pitcrew would be allowed to work on a car at a time.

This year, entries had to have either two or three drivers. Qualifying would be done by the average time of each car's drivers. The FIA qualifying rules were that each car had to be within 130% of the pole time and also within 110% of their class leader – although, the ACO allowed a team to drop their third driver for the race if they wanted a better grid position or, more importantly, were at risk of not qualifying. Formerly this was done on the Wednesday and Thursday however this year only a single, 5-hour session on Thursday would count toward qualification. The idea was to flush out amateur drivers who may be a liability to other drivers from being too slow. However, it did not take into account the vagaries of the weather and with constant rain on Thursday, it left only a very short window in the twilight for teams to get all their drivers qualified.

The other significant change was the ban on replacing the major components after the start of Qualifying until the end of the race. This applied to engines and gearboxes, while allowing a single turbo replacement. This was put in to stop the use of fragile, high-powered "qualifying engines" to get a high grid spot then swapped out before the race. But again, this compromised the race for cars that might have unforeseen issues with their race-engine during practice

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 Rondeau M379B 16  Jean Rondeau  Jean Rondeau
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Rondeau M379B Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 339 N/A
2 Porsche 936 Le Mans 9  Equipe Liqui Moly - Martini Racing  Jacky Ickx
 Reinhold Joest
Porsche 908/J80 Porsche 911/78 2.1L F6
twin-turbo
337 N/A
3 Rondeau M379B 17  Jean Rondeau  Gordon Spice
 Philippe Martin
 Jean-Michel Martin
Rondeau M379B Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 330 N/A
4 Peugeot WM P76

(example)

5  WM Esso  Guy Fréquelin
 Roger Dorchy
WM P79/80 Peugeot PRV ZNS4 2.7L
V6 twin-turbo
319 N/A
5 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 70  Dick Barbour Racing  John Fitzpatrick
 Brian Redman
 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935 K3/80 Porsche 930/72 3.2L F6 turbo 318 N/A
6 Porsche 924 4  Porsche System  Jürgen Barth
 Manfred Schurti
Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo Porsche 2.0 L S4 turbo 317 N/A
7 De Cadenet Lola

(example)

8  A. de Cadenet
(private entrant)
 Alain de Cadenet
 François Migault
De Cadenet-Lola LM78 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 314 N/A
8 Kremer Porsche 935 K3

(example)

49  Vegla Racing Team  Harald Grohs
 Dieter Schornstein
 Götz von Tschirnhaus
Porsche 935/77A Porsche 930 3.0L F6 turbo 314 N/A
9 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 73  JLP Racing  John Paul Sr.
 John Paul Jr.
 Guy Edwards
Porsche 935-JLP2 Porsche 930 3.0L F6 turbo 313 N/A
10 Ferrari 512 BB

(example)

76  Charles Pozzi / JMS Racing  Pierre Dieudonné
 Jean Xhenceval
 Hervé Regout
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 313 N/A
11 Peugeot WM P76

(example)

6  WM Esso  Marcel "Max" Mamers
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P79/80 Peugeot PRV ZNS4 2.7L
V6 twin-turbo
312 N/A
12 Porsche 924

(example)

2  Porsche System  Andy Rouse
 Tony Dron
Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo Porsche 2.0 L S4 turbo 311 N/A
13 Porsche 924

(example)

3  Porsche System  Derek Bell
 Al Holbert
Porsche 924 Carrera GT Turbo Porsche 2.0 L S4 turbo 306 N/A
14 BMW M1 Coupe 83  BMW-France  Dieter Quester
 Didier Pironi
 Marcel Mignot
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 294 N/A
15 BMW M1 Coupe 84  D. Lacaud
(private entrant)
 BMW Motorsport GmbH
 Dominique Lacaud
 Hans-Joachim Stuck
 Hans-Georg Bürger
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 284 N/A
16 Porsche 911

(example)

93  T. Perrier
(private entrant)
 Thierry Perrier
 Roger Carmillet
Porsche 911 SC Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo
(Ethanol)
281 N/A
17 Still Looking 25  ROC-Société Yacco  Bruno Sotty
 Dominique Laurent
 Philippe Hesnault
Chevron B36 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 277 N/A
18 Lola T296

(example)

23  ROC-Société Yacco  Michel Dubois
 Christian Debias
 Florian Vetsch
Lola T298 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 273 N/A
19 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo

(example)

53  Jolly Club / Lancia Corse  Carlo Facetti
 Martino Finotto
Lancia Monte Carlo Turbo Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 273 N/A
20 Porsche 935

(example)

89  H. Poulain
(private entrant)
 Hervé Poulain
 Dany Snobeck
 Pierre Destic
Porsche 934/5 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 272 N/A
21 Mazda RX7

(example)

86  Z & W Enterprises Inc.  Pierre Honegger
 Mark Hutchins
 Ernesto Soto
Mazda RX-7 Mazda 12A 1146cc twin-rotary 267 N/A
22 Lola T296

(example)

29  Dorset Racing Associates  Martin Birrane
 Peter Clark
 Nick Mason
Lola T297/8 Cosworth BDG 2.0L S4 264 N/A
23 Ferrari 512 BB 78  EMKA Productions
 Rosso Racing
 Steve O'Rourke
 Richard Down
 Simon Phillips
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 263 N/A
24 Porsche 935

(example)

90  G. Bourdillat
(private entrant)
 Georges Bourdillat
 Alain-Michel Bernhard
 Roland Ennequin
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 249 N/A
25 1978 Dome Zero

(example)

12  Dome Co. Ltd  Chris Craft
 Bob Evans
Dome Zero RL80 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 247 N/A
DNF Peugeot WM P76

(example)

7  WM Esso  Serge Saulnier
 Jean-Louis Bousquet
 Denis Morin
WM P79/80 Peugeot PRV ZNS4 2.7L
V6 twin-turbo
264 Accident
(21hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

94  Equipe Alméras Frères
(private entrant)
 Jacques Alméras
 Jean-Marie Alméras
 Marianne Hoepfner
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 255 Accident
(22hr)
DNF Lola T296

(example)

27  M. Elkoubi
(private entrant)
 Primagaz
 Pierre Yver
 Patrick Perrier
Lola T298 BMW M12 2.0L S4 251 Engine
(23hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3

(example)

69  Racing Associates Inc.  Bob Akin
 Ralph Kent-Cooke
 Paul Miller
Porsche 935 K3/79 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
237 Transmission
(20hr)
DNF BMW M1 Coupe 95  BMW Zol-Auto  François Sérvanin
 Laurent Ferrier
 Pierre-François Rousselot
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 237 Engine
(20hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 43  Kremer Racing
 Team Malardeau
 Xavier Lapeyre
 Jean-Louis Trintignant
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
Porsche 935-K3/79-80 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
turbo
217
 
Transmission
(18hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 45  Gelo Racing Team  Bob Wollek
 Helmut Kelleners
Porsche 935-K3/79-80 Porsche 930/80 3.2L F6
twin-turbo
191 Engine
(15hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 42  Kremer Racing  Tetsu Ikuzawa
 Rolf Stommelen
 Axel Plankenhorn
Porsche 935-K3/79-80 Porsche 930/78-1 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
167 Engine
(14hr)
DNF Porsche 935

(example)

80  Diego Febles Racing
(private entrant)
 Diego Febles
 Armando Gonzales
 Francisco Romero
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 164 Accident
(15hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 44  Charles Ivey Racing  John Cooper
 Peter Lovett
 Dudley Wood
Porsche 935-K3/79 Porsche 930/80 3.0L F6
turbo
158 Engine
(16hr)
DNF Still Looking 28  Scuderia Torino Corse  Lella Lombardi
 Mark Thatcher
Osella PA8 BMW M12 2.0L S4 157 Accident
(16hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 85  Whittington Brothers Racing
 Sun System
 Don Whittington
 Dale Whittington
 Hurley Haywood
Porsche 935-K3/80 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
turbo
151 Transmission
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 934 91  ASA Cachia  Christian Bussi
 Bernard Salam
 Cyril Grandet
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 137 Engine
(15hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 71  Dick Barbour Racing  Bobby Rahal
 Bob Garretson
 Allan Moffat
Porsche 935-K3/79 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
134 Engine
(14hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB 77  Charles Pozzi / JMS Racing  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jean-Claude Andruet
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 129 Electrics
(12hr)
DNF Still Looking 1  André Chevalley Racing
(private entrant)
 André Chevalley
 Patrick Gaillard
 François Trisconi
ACR 80 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 126 Suspension
(15hr)
DNF BMW M1 Coupe

(example)

96  Garage du Bac
(private entrant)
 Frédéric Alliot
 Jacques Guérin
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 125 Accident
(13hr)
DNF Rondeau M379B

(example)

15  Jean Rondeau  Henri Pescarolo
 Jean Ragnotti
Rondeau M379B Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 124 Engine
(10hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 41  Kremer Racing
 Team Malardeau
 Ted Field
 Danny Ongais
 Jean-Louis Lafosse
Porsche 935-K3/80 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
89 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Still Looking 22  H. Striebig / BP Racing
(private entrant)
 Hubert Striebig
 Michel Pignard
 Mario Ketterer
ToJ SM-01 BMW M12 2.0L S4 79 Electrics
(9hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB 75  Charles Pozzi / JMS Racing  Lucien Guitteny
 Gérard Bleynie
 Jean-Paul Libert
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 47 Accident
(7hr)
DNF BMW M1 Coupe

(example)

82  March Engines Ltd  Manfred Winkelhock
 Patrick Nève
 Michael Korten
BMW-March M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 38 Accident
(7hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3

(example)

46  Meccarillos Racing  Claude Haldi
 Bernard Béguin
 Volkert Merl
Porsche 935-K3/80 Porsche 930 2.9L F6
turbo
37 Engine
(5hr)
 
DNF Lola T296

(example)

24  ROC-Société Yacco  Marc Sourd
 Bernard Verdier
Lola T298 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 27 Engine
(5hr)
DNF Lancia Beta Monte Carlo 52  Scuderia Lancia Corse  Piercarlo Ghinzani
 Gianfranco Brancatelli
 Markku Alén
Lancia Monte Carlo Turbo Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 26 Oil pump
(4hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB

(example)

79  Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto  Spartaco Dini
 Fabrizio Violati
 Maurizio Micangeli
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 10 Accident
(2hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3 68  Racing Associates Inc.  Charles Mendez
 Skeeter McKitterick
 Leon Walger
Porsche 935-K3/79 Porsche 930/72 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
9 Accident
(2hr)
DNF Kremer Porsche 935 K3

(example)

72  Dick Barbour Racing
 Wynn's International
 Mike Sherwin
 Bob Kirby
 Bob Harmon
Porsche 935-K3/79-80 Porsche 930 3.0L F6
twin-turbo
7 Accident
(2hr)
DNF Still Looking 20  J.-P. Grand  Jean-Philippe Grand
 Yves Courage
Chevron B36 BMW M12 2.0L S4 6 Accident
(2hr)
DNF Lancia Beta Monte Carlo 51  Scuderia Lancia Corse  Hans Heyer
 Teo Fabi
 Bernard Darniche
Lancia Monte Carlo Turbo Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 6 Oil pump
(2hr)
DNQ Still Looking 10  I. Bracey
(private entrant)
 Tiff Needell
 Tony Trimmer
Ibec P6 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ De Cadenet Lola

(example)

11  N. Faure
(private entrant)
 Nick Faure
 Richard Jones
 Bernard de Dryver
De Cadenet-Lola LM76 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Still Looking 21  Racing Fans
 Walter Wolf Racing
 Marc Frischknecht
 Sandro Plastina
 Mario Luini
Cheetah G-601 Cosworth BDG 2.0L S4 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Lola T296

(example)

26  P. Galupeau
(private entrant)
 Michel Lateste
 Patrice Lenormand
 Jacques Terrien
Lola T298 BMW M12 2.0L S4 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Lola T296

(example)

30  J.-M. Lemerle
(private entrant)
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Jean-Pierre Malcher
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Lola T298 Simca-ROC 2.0L S4 0 Engine
DNQ Triumph TR8 40  Janspeed
 ADA Engineering
 TR Register
 John Sheldon
 Ian Harrower
 John Brindley
Triumph TR8 Turbo Rover 3.6L V8 turbo 0 Did not qualify
DNS Ferrari 512 BB

(example)

74  North American Racing Team  Preston Henn
 Jean-Pierre Delaunay
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 0 Engine failure
DNQ Still Looking 81  Alpha Cubic Racing  Nobuhide Tachi
 Fumiyaso Sato
Toyota Celica Turbo Toyota 2.8L S4 turbo 0 Gearbox
DNQ Chevrolet Camaro

(example)

87  All Canadian Racing  Maurice "Mo" Carter
 Murray Edwards
 Dick Valentine
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Chevrolet Corvette

(example)

88  D. Rowe
(private entrant)
 Douglas Rowe
 Bill Adam
 Jacques Bienvenue
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0 Did not qualify
DNA Aston Martin V8

(example)

14  Simon Phillips Racing
(private entrant)
 Simon Phillips
 David Preece
 Richard Jenvey
DP Aston Martin LM Aston Martin 5.3L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA BMW M1 Coupe

(example)

86  H. Poulain
(private entrant)
  BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 0 Did not arrive

 


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