1985 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1985 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 53rd Grand Prix of Endurance as well as the fourth round of the 1985 World Endurance Championship. It took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe, France, on 15 and 16 June 1985.

During Thursday's practice British driver Dudley Wood, in a John Fitzpatrick entered Porsche 962C, tangled with the Swiss driver Jean-Pierre Frey in an Alba AR2 on the Mulsanne Straight at 200 mph (320 km/h). They crashed and both went over the barriers into the trees, similarly to John Sheldon's crash the year before. The impact was so hard it cracked the Porsche's engine. Thankfully both drivers survived but neither car started the race.

During qualifying, German driver Hans-Joachim Stuck recorded the fastest ever lap of Le Mans for the time - at an average speed of 156.471 mph (251.815 km/h). His record would be held for 32 years, until Kamui Kobayashi broke it in 2017 driving a Toyota TS050 Hybrid, averaging a speed of 156.512 mph (251.882 km/h).

Klaus Ludwig took his third overall win, and his second in a row, driving the same 956B chassis, 956B-117, which had won the 1984 race.

Jacky Ickx finished his final 24 Hours of Le Mans in 10th place, having won the race 6 times in previous years.

For most of the races up to the early 1980s, where 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  Klaus Ludwig
 Paolo Barilla
 "John Winter" (Louis Krages)
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
374
2   14  Richard Lloyd Racing  Jonathan Palmer
 James Weaver
 Richard Lloyd
Porsche 956 GTi

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
371
3   2  Rothmans Porsche  Derek Bell
 Hans-Joachim Stuck
Porsche 962C
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
367
4 Porsche 956B 33  John Fitzpatrick Racing  Jo Gartner
 David Hobbs
 Guy Edwards
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
366
5 Porsche 956B 10  Porsche Kremer Racing  Mario Hytten
 George Fouché
 Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 956B

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
361
6 Lancia LC2 4  Martini Lancia  Bob Wollek
 Alessandro Nannini
 Lucio Cesario
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
360
7 Lancia LC2 5  Martini Lancia  Henri Pescarolo
 Mauro Baldi
Lancia LC2
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
358
8 Porsche 956B 26  Obermaier Racing Team  Jürgen Lässig
 Jesús Pareja
 Hervé Regout
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
357
9   11  Porsche Kremer Racing  Jean-Pierre Jarier
 Mike Thackwell
 Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
356
10   1  Rothmans Porsche  Jacky Ickx
 Jochen Mass
Porsche 962C
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
348
11   66  EMKA Productions, Ltd.  Tiff Needell
 Steve O'Rourke
 Nick Faure
EMKA C84/1

Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
338
12   36  Tom's Team  Satoru Nakajima
 Masanori Sekiya
 Kaoru Hoshino
Tom's 85C-L

Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
330
13 Jaguar XJR-5 44  Jaguar Group 44  Bob Tullius
 Chip Robinson
 Claude Ballot-Léna
Jaguar XJR-5

Jaguar 6.0 L V12
324
14   70  Spice Engineering  Gordon Spice
 Ray Bellm
 Mark Galvin
Spice-Tiga GC85

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
312
15 BMW M1 151  Helmut Gall  Edgar Dören
 Martin Birrane
 Jean-Paul Libert
BMW M1

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
307
16   75  ADA Engineering  Ian Harrower
 Steve Earle
 John Sheldon
Gebhardt JC843

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
299
17   42  WM Peugeot  Michel Pignard
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
 Jean Rondeau
WM P83B

Peugeot PRV 2.6 L Turbo V6
299
18   39  Bussi Racing  Bruno Sotty
 Jean-Claude Justice
 Patrick Oudet
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
291
19   86  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  David Kennedy
 Philippe Martin
 Jean-Michel Martin
Mazda 737C

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
283
20   13  Primagaz  Yves Courage
 Alain de Cadenet
 Jean-François Yvon
Cougar C12

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
279
21   99  Roy Baker Promotions Ford  Paul Smith
 Will Hoy
 Nick Nicholson
Tiga GC285

Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7 L Turbo I4
274
22   34  Kreepy Krauly Racing  Graham Duxbury
 Christian Danner
 Almo Coppelli
March 85G

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
270
23   95  Roland Bassaler  Roland Bassaler
 Dominique Lacaud
 Yvon Tapy
Sauber SHS C6

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
268
24   85  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Yoshimi Katayama
 Yojiro Terada
 Takashi Yorino
Mazda 737C

Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
264
25
DSQ†
  41  WM Peugeot
 
 Patrick Gaillard
 Pascal Pessiot
 Dominique Fornage
WM P83B

Peugeot PRV 2.6 L Turbo V6
267
26
NC
  77  Spice Engineering  Tim Lee-Davey
 Neil Crang
 Tony Lanfranchi
Tiga GC84

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
226
27
NC
  74  Team Labatt
 Gebhardt Engineering
 Frank Jelinski
 John Graham
 Nick Adams
Gebhardt JC853

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
224
28
NC
  98  Roy Baker Promotions Ford  François Duret
 David Andrews
 Duncan Bain
Tiga GC284

Ford Cosworth BDT 1.7 L Turbo I4
150
29
NC
  93  Automobiles Louis Descartes  Louis Descartes
 Jacques Heuclin
 Daniel Hubert
ALD 01

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
141
30
DNF
  18  Brun Motorsport  Massimo Sigala
 Oscar Larrauri
 Gabriele Tarquini
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
323
31
DNF
  19  Brun Motorsport  Walter Brun
 Joël Gouhier
 Didier Theys
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
304
32
DNF
  3  Rothmans Porsche  Al Holbert
 Vern Schuppan
 John Watson
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
299
33
DNF
  31  Primagaz  Pierre Yver
 Pierre-François Rousselot
 François Sérvanin
Rondeau M382

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
286
34
DNF
  8  New-Man Joest Racing  Paul Belmondo
 Mauricio de Narváez
 Kenper Miller
Porsche 956

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
277
35
DNF
  80  Carma F.F.  Martino Finotto
 Aldo Bertuzzi
 Guido Daccò
Alba AR6

Carma FF 1.9 L Turbo I4
228
36
DNF
  40  Jaguar Group 44  Brian Redman
 Hurley Haywood
 Jim Adams
Jaguar XJR-5

Jaguar 6.0 L V12
151
37
DNF
  67  Jean-Philippe Grand  Patrick Gonin
 Pascal Witmeur
 Pierre de Thoisy
Rondeau M482

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
143
38
DNF
  38  Dome Team  Eje Elgh
 Geoff Lees
 Toshio Suzuki
Dome 85C-L

Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
141
39
DNF
  90  Jens Winther Denmark  Jens Winther
 David Mercer
 Margie Smith-Haas
URD C83

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
141
40
DNF
  157  Angelo Pallavicini  Enzo Calderari
 Angelo Pallavicini
 Marco Vanoli
BMW M1

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
116
41
DNF
  156  Raymond Touroul Team  Raymond Touroul
 Thierry Perrier
 Philippe Dermagne
Porsche 911SC

Porsche 3.0 L Flat-6
107
42
DNF
  43  WM Peugeot  Claude Haldi
 Roger Dorchy
 Jean-Claude Andruet
WM P83B

Peugeot PRV 2.8 L Turbo V6
73
43
DNF
  104  Ecurie Blanchet Locatop  Michel Dubois
 Hubert Striebig
 Noël del Bello
Rondeau M379

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
65
44
DNF
Cheetah Aston Martin G604 24  Cheetah Automobiles Switzerland  Bernard de Dryver
 Claude Bourgoignie
 John Cooper
Cheetah G604

Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
53
45
DNF
  79  Ecurie Ecosse  Mike Wilds
 Ray Mallock
 David Leslie
Ecosse C285

Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
45
46
DNF
  46  Bussi Racing
 Roland Bassaler
 Christian Bussi
 Jack Griffin
 Marion L. Speer
Rondeau M482

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
36
47
DNF
  152  Vogelsang  Harald Grohs
 Altfrid Heger
 Kurt König
BMW M1

BMW M88 3.5 L I6
32
48
DNF
  100  Goodmands Sound
 Bartlett Chevron Racing
 Richard Jones
 Robin Smith
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Chevron B62

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
19
49
DNF
  82  Grifo Autoracing  Paolo Giangrossi
 Pasquale Barberio
 Mario Radicella
Alba AR3

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
5
DNS   61  Sauber Racing  John Nielsen
 Dieter Quester
 Max Welti
Sauber C8

Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0 L Turbo V8
0
DNS   81  Carma F.F.  Loris Kessel
 Ruggero Melgrati
 Aldo Bertuzzi
 Jean-Pierre Frey
Alba AR2 0
DNS   97  Strandell Porsche  Stanley Dickens
 Martin Schanche
Strandell 85
Porsche Type-934 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
0
DNQ   106  Bruno Sotty  Martin Wagenstetter
 Kurt Hild
Lotec C302
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
0
DNQ   55  John Fitzpatrick Racing  Kenny Acheson
 Dudley Wood
 Jean-Louis Schlesser
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
0

 


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