1984 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 52nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 16 – 17 June 1984. It was also the third round of the 1984 World Endurance Championship.

The works Rothmans Porsche team boycotted the 1984 Le Mans race due to a disagreement between Porsche and the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) over the fuel regulations, meaning that drivers such as multiple winners Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell were absent from the race for the first time in many years.

Jaguar made its first official appearance at Le Mans since 1959 when Bob Tullius' Group 44 Racing team brought over its two 6.0 litre V12 powered Jaguar  XJR-5's from America, with the full backing of Jaguar. Before the decision to enter the race had been made, Jaguar had been concerned about the competitiveness of the XJR-5's against the turbocharged Porsche's and Ferrari powered Lancia's, especially with regard to top speed on the 6 km (3.7 mi) Mulsanne Straight. But those fears were put to rest when the 600 hp (447 kW) cars were clocked at over 200 mph (322 km/h) during the 24 Hours of Daytona in February.

Reinhold Joest's privately entered Porsche 956B driven by Frenchman Henri Pescarolo and West German Klaus Ludwig won the race in the #7 car. For Pescarolo it was his fourth and last win at Le Mans, while for Ludwig it was his second win. After starting 3rd on the grid, the pair were only in 30th place after the first hour after pitting twice in the first 5 laps to fix a minor fuel feed problem after which the car ran almost faultlessly. The Porsche 956 dominated the final standings, taking the top seven places. The first non-Porsche 956 to finish was the Martini Racing Lancia LC2 of Bob Wollek and Alessandro Nannini.

During the race, a French marshal, Jacky Loiseau (42) was killed when British driver John Sheldon crashed massively in the Aston Martin powered Nimrod NRA/C2 at the flat out right-hand kink on the Mulsanne Straight, a crash that also involved the second Aston Martin Nimrod of American driver Drake Olson, who hit some of the strewn bodywork from Sheldon's Nimrod that had caught fire and crashed as well. He was unhurt. Another marshal, Andre-Guy Lefebvre (48) was seriously injured, but survived. Sheldon survived the 200 mph (322 km/h) crash, but he was severely burned, and the Nimrod's explosive impact against the Armco barriers was so violent, that some of the trees next to the track where the impact took place had been set on fire.

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 956B 7  New-Man Joest Racing  Henri Pescarolo
 Klaus Ludwig
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
360
2 Porsche 956 26  Henn's T-Bird Swap Shop  Jean Rondeau
 John Paul, Jr.
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
358
3   33  Skoal Bandit Porsche Team
 John Fitzpatrick Racing
 David Hobbs
 Philippe Streiff
 Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
351
4   9  Brun Motorsport GmbH  Walter Brun
 Prince Leopold von Bayern
 Bob Akin
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
340
5   12  New-Man Joest Racing
 Schornstein Racing Team
 Volkert Merl
 Dieter Schornstein
 "John Winter" (Louis Krages)
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
340
6   11  Porsche Kremer Racing  Vern Schuppan
 Alan Jones
 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
337
7 Porsche 956 20  Brun Motorsport GmbH  Massimo Sigala
 Oscar Larrauri
 Joël Gouhier
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
335
8 Lancia LC2 4  Martini Racing  Bob Wollek
 Alessandro Nannini
Lancia LC2
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
326
9 Porsche 956 17  Porsche Kremer Racing  Tiff Needell
 David Sutherland
 Rusty French
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
321
10   68  B.F. Goodrich Company  John O'Steen
 John Morton
 Yoshimi Katayama
Lola T616

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
320
11   93  Jean-Philippe Grand
 Graff Racing
 Jean-Philippe Grand
 Jean-Paul Libert
 Pascal Witmeur
Rondeau M379

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
310
12   67  B.F. Goodrich Company  Jim Busby
 Boy Hayje
 Rick Knoop
Lola T616

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
295
13   37  McCormack and Dodge  Jim Mullen
 Walt Bohren
 Alain Ferté
Rondeau M482

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
293
14 BMW M1 Coupe 109  Helmut Gall  Philippe Dagoreau
 Jean-François Yvon
 Pierre de Thoisy
BMW M1

BMW M88/1 3.5 L I6
292
15   87  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  David Kennedy
 Jean-Michel Martin
 Philippe Martin
Mazda 727C

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
291
16   106  Claude Haldi  Claude Haldi
 Altfrid Heger
 Jean Krucker
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
285
17   122  Raymond Touroul  Raymond Touroul
 Valentin Bertapelle
 Thierry Perrier
Porsche 911 SC

Porsche 3.0 L Flat-6
283
18   123  Equipe Alméras Frères  Jean-Marie Alméras
 Jacques Alméras
 Tom Winters
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
268
19   81  Scuderia Jolly Club  Almo Coppelli
 Davide Pavia
 Guido Daccò
Alba AR2

Giannini Carma FF 2.0 L Turbo I4
262
20   86  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Pierre Dieudonné
 Takashi Yorino
 Yojiro Terada
Mazda 727C

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
261
21   80  Scuderia Jolly Club  Martino Finotto
 Carlo Facetti
 Marco Vanoli
Alba AR2

Giannini Carma FF 2.0 L Turbo I4
258
22   107  Raymond Boutinaud  Raymond Boutinaud
 Philippe Renault
 Giles Guinand
Porsche 928S

Porsche 4.7 L V8
255
23
DNF
Jaguar XJR-5 44  Jaguar Group 44  Brian Redman
 Doc Bundy
 Bob Tullius
Jaguar XJR-5

Jaguar 6.0 L V12
291
24
DNF
  5  Martini Racing  Paolo Barilla
 Hans Heyer
 Mauro Baldi
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
275
25
DNF
Porsche 956 21  Charles Ivey Racing  Alain de Cadenet
 Allan Grice
 Chris Craft
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
274
26
DNF
  61  Henn's T-Bird Swap Shop  Michel Ferté
 Edgar Dören
 Preston Henn
Porsche 962

Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
247
27
DNF
  14  GTi Engineering  Jan Lammers
 Jonathan Palmer
Porsche 956
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
239
28
DNF
Jaguar XJR-5 40  Jaguar Group 44  Tony Adamowicz
 John Watson
 Claude Ballot-Léna
Jaguar XJR-5

Jaguar 6.0 L V12
212
29
DNF
  8  New-Man Joest Racing  Stefan Johansson
 Jean-Louis Schlesser
 Mauricio de Narváez
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
170
30
DNF
  38  Dorset Racing Associates  Nick Faure
 Mark Galvin
 Richard Jones
Dome RC82

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
156
31
DNF
  50  Primagaz  Pierre Yver
 Bernard de Dryver
 Pierre-François Rousselot
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
155
32
DNF
  13  Primagaz  Yves Courage
 Michel Dubois
 John Jellinek
Cougar C02

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
153
33
DNF
Porsche 956 47  Obermaier Racing GmbH  Jürgen Lässig
 George Fouché
 John Graham
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
147
34
DNF
  121  Charles Ivey Racing  David Ovey
 Paul Smith
 Margie Smith-Haas
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
146
35
DNF
  34  Team Australia
 John Fitzpatrick Racing
 Peter Brock
 Larry Perkins
Porsche 956
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
145
36
DSQ
  16  GTi Engineering  Richard Lloyd
 Nick Mason
 René Metge
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
139
37
DNF
  23  WM Secateva  Roger Dorchy
 Alain Couderc
 Gerard Patté
WM P83B

Peugeot PRV 2.8 L Turbo V6
122
38
DNF
  6  BP Résidences Malardeau
 Scuderia Jolly Club
 Pierluigi Martini
 Xavier Lapeyre
 Beppe Gabbiani
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
117
39
DNF
BMW M1 101  Jens Winther Team Castrol  Jens Winther
 David Mercer
 Lars-Viggo Jensen
BMW M1

BMW M88/1 3.5 L I6
96
40
DNF
  62  Pegasus Racing Ltd.  Ken Marsden Jr.
 Marion L. Speer
 Wayne Pickering
March 84G

Buick 3.3 L Turbo V6
95
41
DNF
Nimrod Aston Martin 31  Viscount Downe
Aston Martin
 Ray Mallock
 Drake Olson
Nimrod NRA/C2B
Aston Martin-Tickford DP1229 5.3 L V8
94
42
DNF
  32  Viscount Downe Aston Martin  John Sheldon
 Mike Salmon
 Richard Attwood
Nimrod NRA/C2B

Aston Martin-Tickford DP1229 5.3 L V8
92
43
DNF
  24  WM Secateva  Michel Pignard
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
 Pascal Pessiot
WM P83B

Peugeot PRV 2.8 L Turbo V6
74
44
DNF
  55  Skoal Bandit Porsche Team
 John Fitzpatrick Racing
 Rupert Keegan
 Guy Edwards
 Roberto Moreno
Porsche 962

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
72
45
DNF
  114  Michel Lateste  Michel Lateste
 Michel Bienvault
 "Ségolen" (André Gahinet)
Porsche 930

Porsche 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
70
46
DNF
  70  Spice-Tiga Racing  Gordon Spice
 Ray Bellm
 Neil Crang
Tiga GC84

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
69
47
DNF
  27  Scuderia Bellancauto  Roberto Marazzi
 Maurizio Micangeli
 Dominique Lacaud
Ferrari 512BB/LM

Ferrari 5.0 L Flat-12
65
48
DNF
  48  John Bartlett Racing  François Migault
 Steve Kempton
 François Sérvanin
Lola T610

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
52
49
DNF
  45  Christian Bussi  Christian Bussi
 Jack Griffin
 Bruno Ilien
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
49
50
DNF
  79  A.D.A. Engineering  Ian Harrower
 Bill Wolff
 Glen Smith
ADA 01

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
42
51
DNF
  85  Hubert Striebig  Hubert Striebig
 Jacques Heuclin
 Noël del Bello
Sthemo SM C2

BMW M88/1 3.5 L I6
41
52
DNF
  77  Ecurie Ecosse  Mike Wilds
 David Duffield
 David Leslie
Ecosse C284

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
36
53
DNF
  25  C.A.M.S.
 Charles Ivey Racing
 Dudley Wood
 John Cooper
 Barry Robinson
Grid S2

Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
10
DNS   39  Uchida Dome Racing Team  Eje Elgh
 Stanley Dickens
Dome RC83
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0 L V8
-
DNS   99  J.Q.F. Engineering Ltd.  Roy Baker
 Jeremy Rossiter
 François Duret
Tiga GC84

Ford Cosworth BDT 1.8 L Turbo I4
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