1983 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 51st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1983. It was also the fourth round of both the World Endurance Championship and European Endurance Championship.

The race had a close finish between the Rothmans Porsche 956s of Al Holbert (#3 car) and Derek Bell (#1). Bell was able to un-lap himself as the Holbert car was slowed by overheating (engine damage caused by an airflow blockage to the radiator that cooled the heads) and seized up on the last lap but re-fired and made it to the end with smoke trailing from the exhaust. Holbert crossed the finish line 17 seconds ahead of Bell.

Vern Schuppan, after finishing third in 1975, and second in 1977 and 1982, became the first Australian driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans since Bernard Rubin won driving a Bentley 4½ Litre in 1928.

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
1 Porsche 956 3  Rothmans Porsche  Vern Schuppan
 Hurley Haywood
 Al Holbert
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
370
2 Porsche 956 1  Rothmans Porsche  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
370
3 Porsche 956 21  Porsche Kremer Racing  Mario Andretti
 Michael Andretti
 Philippe Alliot
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
364
4 Porsche 956 12  Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing  Volkert Merl
 Clemens Schickentanz
 Mauricio de Narváez
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
361
5 Porsche 956 16  John Fitzpatrick Racing  John Fitzpatrick
 Guy Edwards
 Rupert Keegan
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
358
6 Porsche 956 8  Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing  Klaus Ludwig
 Stefan Johansson
 Bob Wollek
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
354
7 Porsche 956 18  Obermaier Racing  Axel Plankenhorn
 Desiré Wilson
 Jürgen Lässig
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
347
8 Porsche 956 14  Canon Racing
 GTi Engineering
 Jonathan Palmer
 Jan Lammers
 Richard Lloyd
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
339
9   46  Sauber Team Switzerland  Diego Montoya
 Tony Garcia
 Albert Naon
Sauber C7

BMW M88 3.5L I6
338
10 Porsche 956 47  Preston Henn T-Bird Swap Shop
 John Fitzpatrick Racing
 Preston Henn
 Jean-Louis Schlesser
 Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
327
11   93  Charles Ivey Racing  John Cooper
 Paul Smith
 David Ovey
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
303
12   60  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Takashi Yorino
 Yojiro Terada
 Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 717C

Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
302
13   92  Georg Memminger  Georg Memminger
 Heinz Kuhn-Wiess
 Fritz Müller
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
299
14   54  Valentin Bertapelle  Bruno Sotty
 Gérard Cuynet
URD C81
BMW M88 3.5L I6
292
15   95  Equipe Alméras Frères  Jacques Alméras
 Jean-Marie Alméras
 Jacques Guillot
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
279
16   10  WM Secateva  Roger Dorchy
 Alain Courdec
 Pascal Fabre
WM P83

Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
278
17 Nimrod Aston Martin 41  EMKA Productions Ltd.  Tiff Needell
 Steve O'Rourke
 Nick Faure
EMKA C83/1

Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3L V8
275
18   61  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Steve Soper
 Jeff Allam
 James Weaver
Mazda 717C

Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
267
19   29  Christian Bussi  Daniel Herregods
 Jean-Paul Libert
 Pascal Witmeur
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
265
20   96  Michel Lateste  Raymond Touroul
 Michel Lateste
 Michel Bienvault
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
264
21
NC
Porsche 924 97  Raymond Boutinaud  Raymond Boutinaud
 Patrick Gonin
 Alain le Page
Porsche 928S

Porsche 4.7L V8
234
22
NC
  53  A.S. École Supérieure de Tourisme  François Hesnault
 Thierry Perrier
 Bernard Salam
Lancia LC1

Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
232
23
NC
Lancia LC1 Coupe 51  Scuderia Sivama Motor  Oscar Larrauri
 Massimo Sigala
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Lancia LC1

Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
217
24
NC
  65  François Duret  John Sheldon
 François Duret
 Ian Harrower
De Cadenet-Lola LM

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
214
25
DSQ
  30  Primagaz  Lucien Guitteny
 Pierre Yver
 Bernard de Dryver
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
266
26
DNF
  94  Claude Haldi  Claude Haldi
 Günther Steckkönig
 Bernd Schiller
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
217
27
DNF
Porsche 956 2  Rothmans Porsche  Jochen Mass
 Stefan Bellof
Porsche 956
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
281
28
DNF
Nimrod Aston Martin 39  Viscount Downe
Pace Petroleum
 Ray Mallock
 Mike Salmon
 Steve Earle
Nimrod NRA/C2B

Aston Martin-Tickford DP1229 5.3L V8
218
29
DNF
  24  Ford France  Thierry Boutsen
 Henri Pescarolo
Rondeau M482
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
174
30
DNF
  20  Cooke Racing  Ralph Kent-Cooke
 Jim Adams
 François Sérvanin
Lola T610

Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
165
31
DNF
  90  Angelo Pallavicini
 Brun Motorsport
 Prince Leopold von Bayern
 Angelo Pallavicini
 Jens Winther
BMW M1

BMW M88 3.5L I6
160
32
DNF
  63  Scuderia Jolly Club  Carlo Facetti
 Martino Finotto
 Marco Vanoli
Alba AR2

Giannini Carma FF 1.9L Turbo I4
158
33
DNF
  28  Jean Rondeau
 Ford France
 Vic Elford
 Joël Gouhier
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
Rondeau M379

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
136
34
DNF
  6  Martini Lancia  Paolo Barilla
 Alessandro Nannini
 Jean-Claude Andruet
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
135
35
DNF
  5  Martini Lancia  Piercarlo Ghinzani
 Hans Heyer
 Michele Alboreto
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
121
36
DNF
  9  WM Secateva  Jean-Daniel Raulet
 Michel Pignard
 Didier Theys
WM P83

Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
102
37
DNF
  26  Ford France  Alain Ferté
 Jean Rondeau
 Michel Ferté
Rondeau M482

Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
90
38
DNF
Porsche 956 11  John Fitzpatrick Racing  John Fitzpatrick
 David Hobbs
 Dieter Quester
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
135
39
DNF
  13  Primagaz  Alain de Cadenet
 Yves Courage
 Michel Dubois
Cougar C01B

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
86
40
DNF
Porsche 936 C 22  Porsche Kremer Racing  Derek Warwick
 Patrick Gaillard
 Frank Jelinski
Porsche-Kremer CK5

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
76
41
DNF
  38  Dome Racing
 Colin Bennett
 Eliseo Salazar
 Chris Craft
 Nick Mason
Dome RC82

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
75
42
DNF
  64  Hubert Striebig  Hubert Striebig
 Noël del Bello
 Jacques Heuclin
Sthemo SM01

BMW 2.2L I4
71
43
DNF
  49  Grid Motor Racing Ltd.  Fred Stiff
 Dudley Wood
 Ray Ratcliff
Grid Plaza S1

Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
69
44
DNF
  36  Brun Motorsport  Jacques-Joseph Villeneuve
 Ludwig Heimrath
 David Deacon
Sehcar SH C6

Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
68
45
DNF
  72  Jean Rondeau  Dany Snobeck
 Xavier Lapeyre
 Alain Cudini
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
31
46
DNF
  4  Martini Lancia  Michele Alboreto
 Teo Fabi
 Alessandro Nannini
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
27
47
DNF
  43  Peer Racing  François Migault
 David Kennedy
 Martin Birrane
Ford C100

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
16
48
DNF
  25  Ford France  Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
 Philippe Streiff
Rondeau M482
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
12
49
DNF
  15  Belga Team Joest Racing  Jean-Michel Martin
 Marc Duez
 Philippe Martin
Porsche 936C

Porsche Type-935 2.7L Turbo Flat-6
9
50
DNF
Porsche 936 C 42  Richard Cleare Racing  Tony Dron
 Richard Cleare
 Richard Jones
Porsche-Kremer CK5

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8
51
DNF
  91  Edgar Dören  Alain Yvon
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Michael Krankenberg
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
7

 


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