1982 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 50th Grand Prix of Endurance, which took place on 19 and 20 June 1982. It was also the fourth round of the 1982 World Endurance Championship. As well as a significant anniversary, this was a watershed year for Le Mans, with the highly anticipated advent of the FIA's Group C regulations, the essence of which was to allow an open engine formula but a minimum weight for safety and a prescribed fuel allocation.

Despite Rondeau leading the championship, the Porsche works team arrived as clear favourites with their new 956. Their top driver pairing were the 1981 winners Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell. The better fuel economy of the Cosworth-engined Rondeau and Ford gave them the lead in the early hours, but then serious vibration issues in that engine started afflicting most of the teams and by early evening, the Porsches were running 1-2, that they maintained throughout the night as the competition fell away.

By dawn, the Porsche special of Joest Racing was established in third, which they held until ninety minutes from the end when the engine packed up, stranding Bob Wollek out on the track. Ickx and Bell had moved into the lead soon after midnight and kept it for the rest of the race, winning by three laps over their team-mates Jochen Mass and Vern Schuppan. In a race of unusual attrition, only eighteen cars were classified from the original 55 starters

The win gave Ickx an unprecedented sixth outright victory, and Porsche had its most dominant race yet, sweeping the top five places, including a 1-2-3 for the works team.

This year saw the advent of the new Group C regulations – a formula essentially of open engine capacity but instead on weight and fuel consumption restrictions. The concept had been trialled by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) in the 1975 race, based on ideas proposed by Belgian racing journalist, engineer and 1960 Le Mans winner Paul Frère. At the time it was derided by the press as the “fuel-economy race”. But it would go some way to negate the predominance of the turbo engines, despite the x1.4 modifier to capacity.

The two-seater cars would have a maximum amount of fuel available in a race so there had to be a trade-off between more power from bigger engines, the heavy fuel consumption of high-boost turbo engines and the fuel-efficiency of smaller, lighter cars. A minimum weight of 800 kg was put in to maintain structural safety and there were defined dimensions of 100 cm minimum height, maximum 200 cm width and 480 cm length. These dimensions mirrored those of the ACO's GTP regulations. There was also a compulsory 100x80 cm flat floor area required between the axles to try to limit the undertray "ground-effects" performance enhancements. Fuel tanks were a maximum of 100 litres capacity and no more than 25 fuel stops were allowed in the race for each car – a maximum of 2600 litres from the start.

The windscreen regulations were such that the drag effect would almost guarantee that any car would need to have a closed-bodyshell and not open-top.

For most of the races up to the early 1980s when I do not have pictures of a model of the car as raced I have shown examples of the car where possible. For the remaining years I will only show the cars where photos of the correct car are available.

Pos Car No. Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
1 Porsche 956 Long Tail 1  Porsche System  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Porsche 956 Porsche 935/76 2.6L F6
twin turbo
359 N/A
2 Porsche 956 Long Tail 2  Porsche System  Jochen Mass
 Vern Schuppan
Porsche 956 Porsche 935/76 2.6L F6
twin turbo
356 N/A
3 Porsche 956 Long Tail 3  Porsche System  Jürgen Barth
 Hurley Haywood
 Al Holbert
Porsche 956 Porsche 935/76 2.6L F6
twin turbo
340 N/A
4 Porsche 935 79  John Fitzpatrick Racing  John Fitzpatrick
 David Hobbs
Porsche 935/78J Porsche 930/79 2.7L F6
turbo
329 N/A
5 Porsche 935 78  Cooke Racing-BP  Dany Snobeck
 François Sérvanin
 René Metge
Porsche 935-K3 Porsche 930 2.8L F6 turbo 325 N/A
6   70  Prancing Horse Farm Racing  Pierre Dieudonné
 Carson Baird
 Jean-Paul Libert
Ferrari 512 BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 322 N/A
7 Nimrod Aston Martin 32  Viscount Downe Racing
(private entrant)
 Ray Mallock
 Simon Phillips
 Mike Salmon
Nimrod NRA/C2 Aston Martin DP1229 5.3L V8 317 N/A
8 Porsche 935 60  Charles Ivey Racing
(private entrant)
 John Cooper
 Paul Smith
 Claude Bourgoignie
Porsche 935-K3/79 Porsche 930 3.1L F6 turbo 316 N/A
9   72  North American Racing Team  Alain Cudini
 John Morton
 John Paul, Jr.
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 5.0L F12 306 N/A
10   25  Compagnie Primagaz
(private entrant)
 Pierre Yver
 Bruno Sotty
 Lucien Guitteny
Rondeau M379C Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 306 N/A
11 Kremer Porsche 935 K3 77  Garretson Developments  Bob Garretson
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
 Ray Ratcliff
Porsche 935-K3/80 Porsche 930 2.8L F6
twin-turbo
299 N/A
12 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo 66  J.-M. Lemerle
(private entrant)
 Scuderia Sivama di Galliate
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Max Cohen-Olivar
 Joe Castellano
Lancia Montecarlo Turbo Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 295 N/A
13   90  Richard Cleare Racing
(private entrant)
 Richard Cleare
 Tony Dron
 Richard Jones
Porsche 934 Porsche 3.0L F6 turbo 291 N/A
14   82  Mazdaspeed
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Yojiro Terada
 Takashi Yorino
 Allan Moffat
Mazda RX-7 254i Mazda 13B 1308cc
twin-rotary
282 N/A
15   38  C. Bussi
(private entrant)
 Christian Bussi
 Pascal Witmeur
 Bernard de Dryver
Rondeau M382 Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 279 N/A
16   87  BF Goodrich  Jim Busby
 Harry "Doc" Bundy
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR Porsche 2.0L S4 turbo 272 N/A
17   81  Stratagraph Inc.  Billy Hagan
 Gene Felton
 Tom Williams
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.4L V8 269 N/A
18   61  A. Gadal
(private entrant)
Total S.A.
 Roland Ennequin
 Michel Gabriel
 Franco Gasparetti
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 259 N/A
N/C*   80  Stratagraph Inc.  Dick Brooks
 Hershel McGriff
Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet 5.7L V8 141 N/A
DNF Porsche 956 Long Tail 4  Belga Team Joest Racing  Bob Wollek
 Jean-Michel Martin
 Philippe Martin
Porsche 936CJ Porsche 935 2.5L F6 twin-turbo 320 Engine
(24hr)
DNF   62  EMKA Productions  Steve O'Rourke
 Richard Down
 Nick Mason
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 266 Engine
(23hr)
DSQ Lancia Beta Monte Carlo 65  T. Perrier
(private entrant)
 Scuderia Sivama di Galliate
 Thierry Perrier
 Bernard Salam
 Gianni Giudici
Lancia Montecarlo Turbo Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 219 Illegal repairs
(20hr)
DNF   83  Mazdaspeed
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Tom Walkinshaw
 Chuck Nicholson
 Peter Lovett
Mazda RX-7 254i Mazda 13B 1308cc
twin-rotary
180 Engine
(16hr)
DNF   50  Martini Racing  Riccardo Patrese
 Hans Heyer
 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Lancia LC1 Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 152 Electrics
(18hr)
DNF   11  Automobiles Jean Rondeau  François Migault
 Gordon Spice
 Xavier Lapeyre
Rondeau M382 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 150 Electrics
(13hr)
DNF   26  J. Haran
(private entrant)
 Jacky Haran
 Hervé Poulain
 Vivian Candy
Rondeau M379C Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 149 Engine
(12hr)
DNF   12  Automobiles Jean Rondeau  Jean Rondeau
 Jean Ragnotti
 Henri Pescarolo
Rondeau M382 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 146 Engine
(13hr)
DNF   75  C. Haldi
(private entrant)
 Claude Haldi
 Rodrigo Terran
 François Hesnault
Porsche 934/5 Porsche 930 3.0L F6 turbo 141 Gearbox
(13hr)
DNF   86  BF Goodrich  Manfred Schurti
 Patrick Bedard
 Paul Miller
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR Porsche 2.0L S4 turbo 128 Gearbox
(15hr)
DNF   9  WM Esso  Didier Theys
 Michel Pignard
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P82 Peugeot PRV ZNS4 2.9L
V6 twin-turbo
127 Gearbox
(11hr)
DNF   10  WM Esso  Roger Dorchy
 Guy Fréquelin
 Alain Couderc
WM P82 Peugeot PRV ZNS4 2.9L
V6 twin-turbo
112 Accident
(12hr)
DNF   24  Automobiles Jean Rondeau
 
 Henri Pescarolo
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Rondeau M382
 
Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
 
111
 
Engine
(10hr)
DNF   85  Tony Garcia Racing
(private entrant)
 Tony Garcia
 Fred Stiff
 Albert Naon
BMW M1 BMW M88 3.5L S6 104 Accident
(11hr)
DNF   51  Martini Racing  Michele Alboreto
 Teo Fabi
 Rolf Stommelen
Lancia LC1 Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 92 Engine
(10hr)
DNF   36  Dome Co. Ltd  Chris Craft
 Eliseo Salazar
Dome RC82 Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 85
 
Chassis broken
(10hr)
DNF   14  March Racing  Eje Elgh
 Jeff Wood
 Patrick Nève
March 82G Chevrolet 5.8L V8 78 Electrics
(10hr)
DNF   35  Courage Compétition  Yves Courage
 Jean-Philippe Grand
 Michel Dubois
Cougar C01 Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 78 Transmission
(14hr)
DNF   84  Canon Cameras
GTi Engineering
 Richard Lloyd
 Andy Rouse
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR Porsche 2.0L S4 turbo 77 Transmission
(11hr)
DNF   20  BASF Cassetten Team
GS Sport
 Hans-Joachim Stuck
 Jean-Louis Schlesser
 Dieter Quester
Sauber SHS C6 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 76 Engine mounts
(7hr)
DNF   16  Ultramar Team Lola  Guy Edwards
 Rupert Keegan
 Nick Faure
Lola T610 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 72 Engine
(7hr)
DNF   7  Ford-Werke AG
 Zakspeed
 Manfred Winkelhock
 Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford C100 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 71 Electrics
(7hr)
DNF   6  Ford-Werke AG
 Zakspeed
 Klaus Ludwig
 Marc Surer
Ford C100 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 67 Electrics
( 7hr)
DNF   55  Chevron Racing Cars  Martin Birrane
 John Sheldon
 Neil Crang
[[Chevron B36 Cosworth BDX 1975cc S4 57 Gearbox
(7hr)
DNF Ferrari 512 BB 71  Charles Pozzi Ferrari France  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jean-Claude Andruet
 Hervé Regout
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 57 Engine
(6hr)
DNF   39  Dorset Racing Associates  Ian Harrower
 Mike Wilds
 François Duret
De Cadenet-Lola LMC Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 56 Out of fuel
(7hr)
DNF   19  BASF Cassetten Team
GS Sport
 Walter Brun
 Siegfried Müller Jr.
Sauber SHS C6 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 55 Electrics
(8hr)
DNF Nimrod Aston Martin 31  Nimrod Racing Automobiles  Tiff Needell
 Bob Evans
 Geoff Lees
Nimrod NRA/C2 Aston Martin DP1229 5.3L V8 55 Accident
(5hr)
DNF   30  M. Lateste
(private entrant)
 Michel Lateste
 Hubert Striebig
 Jacques Heuclin
URD C81 BMW M88 3.5L S6 45 Engine
(5hr)
DNF   73  T-Bird Swap Shop
 North American Racing Team
 Preston Henn
 Randy Lanier
 Denis Morin
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 5.0L F12 43 Out of fuel
(6hr)
DNF   64  E. Dören
(private entrant)
 Edgar Dören
 Antonio Contreras
 Billy Sprowls
Porsche 935-K3/79 Porsche 930 2.8L F6 turbo 39 Out of fuel
(6hr)
DNF   17  Cooke Racing Malardeau  Brian Redman
 Ralph Kent-Cooke
 Jim Adams
Lola T610 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 28 Out of fuel
(4hr)
DNF   29  Garretson Developments  Bobby Rahal
 Skeeter McKitterick
 Jim Trueman
March 82G Chevrolet 5.8L V8 28 Fuel cell
(7hr)
DNF   5  Kremer Racing
 Interscope Racing
 Ted Field
 Danny Ongais
 Bill Whittington
Porsche C-K5 Porsche 930 2.3L F6 turbo 25
Engine
(4hr)
DNF   76  Bob Akin Motor Racing  Bob Akin
 David Cowart
 Kenper Miller
Porsche 935-L1 Porsche 930 2.8L F6 turbo 15 Out of fuel
(4hr)
DNF   37  GRID Racing  Emilio de Villota
 Desiré Wilson
 Alain de Cadenet
Grid-Plaza S1 Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8 7 Engine
(2hr)
DSQ   27  Grand Touring Cars Inc.  Mario Andretti
 Michael Andretti
Mirage M12 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 0 Failed Scrutineering
DNQ   63  Vegla Racing Team  Dieter Schornstein
 Harald Grohs
 Maurizio de Narváez
Porsche 935J Porsche 930 2.8L F6
twin-turbo
0 Practice accident
DNQ   95  A. Gadal
(private entrant)
Total S.A.
 Alain Gadal
 Jean-Yves Gadal
 Raymond Touroul
Porsche 930 Porsche 930/60 3.3L F6
turbo
0 Did not qualify
DNA   8  Ford-Werke AG
 Zakspeed
  Ford C100 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA   15  March Racing March 82G Chevrolet 5.7L V8 0 Entry not accepted
DNA   23  Automobiles Jean Rondeau  François Migault
 Danny Sullivan
Rondeau M482 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA   28  Grand Touring Cars Inc.  Rick Mears
 John Morton
Mirage M12 Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA   52  Martini Racing  Riccardo Patrese
 Rolf Stommelen
Lancia LC1 Lancia 1425cc S4 turbo 0 Did not arrive
DNA   54  Écurie Renard-Delmas  Hervé Bayard
 Michel Dubois
Renard-Delmas D1 82 BMW M12 1998cc S4 0 Failed scrutineering
DNA   56  J.-M. Lemerle]]
(private entrant)
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Osella PA8 BMW M12 1998cc S4 0 Did not arrive
DNA   74  T. Perrier
(private entrant)
 Thierry Perrier
 Bernard Salam
 Roger Carmillet
Ferrari 512BB/LM Ferrari 4.9L F12 0 Did not arrive

 


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