1988 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1988 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 56th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 11 and 12 June 1988. It was also the fifth round of the World Sports-Prototype Championship season.

After four years of trying with previous evolutions, Jaguar took the XJR-9 to victory against Porsche's works 962C in 1988. Apart from a lone Jaguar in fourth, Porsches filled the rest of the top ten. The Sauber-Mercedes team withdrew prior to the event following concerns over blowouts from their Michelin tyres. The race covered a distance of 5,332.97 km, the most distance covered in any of the Le Mans 24 hours races to date, except 1971 when the Martini Racing Team Porsche 917K covered 5,335.313 km in 397 laps.

This was the second-to-last 24-hour race without chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight, and Team WM Peugeot had prioritised breaking the speed record that year. The WM-P88 Peugeot driven by Frenchman Roger Dorchy managed to reach a top speed of 405 km/h (252 mph) at the end of the 5.8 kilometre long Mulsanne Straight having struggled with reliability for the entire event. Following the record setting run, the issues that had plagued the car all weekend (turbocharger, cooling and electrical) finally ended their race.

The Jaguar team suffered from gearbox problems, Lammers holding the car in 4th gear to prevent the gearbox from damaging itself. The Bell, Stuck, Ludwig Porsche 962C came very close to winning, with Ludwig making a rare error by running out of fuel on the track and losing valuable time getting back to the pits. The win ended Porsche's 7-year reign at Le Mans.

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 Jaguar XJR-9 2  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Jan Lammers
 Johnny Dumfries
 Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJR-9LM

Jaguar 7.0L V12
394
2 Porsche 962C 17  Porsche AG  Hans-Joachim Stuck
 Klaus Ludwig
 Derek Bell
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
394
3 Porsche 962C 8  Blaupunkt Joest Racing  Frank Jelinski
 Louis Krages
 Stanley Dickens
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
385
4 Jaguar XJR-9 22  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Derek Daly
 Kevin Cogan
 Larry Perkins
Jaguar XJR-9LM

Jaguar 7.0L V12
383
5   7  Blaupunkt Joest Racing  David Hobbs
 Didier Theys
 Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
380
6   19  Porsche AG  Mario Andretti
 Michael Andretti
 John Andretti
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
375
7 Porsche 962C 5  Repsol Brun Motorsport  Jesús Pareja
 Massimo Sigala
 Uwe Schäfer
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
372
8 Porsche 962C 11  Leyton House Kremer Racing  Kris Nissen
 Harald Grohs
 George Fouché
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
371
9   10  Kenwood Kremer Racing  Kunimitsu Takahashi
 Hideki Okada
 Bruno Giacomelli
Porsche 962CK6

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
370
10 Porsche 962C 33  Takefuji Schuppan Racing Team  Brian Redman
 Eje Elgh
 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
359
11 Porsche 956 72  Primagaz Competition  Jürgen Lässig
 Pierre Yver
 Dudley Wood
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
356
12   36  Toyota Team Tom's  Geoff Lees
 Masanori Sekiya
 Kaoru Hoshino
Toyota 88C

Toyota 3S-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
351
13   111  Spice Engineering  Ray Bellm
 Gordon Spice
 Pierre de Thoisy
Spice SE88C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
351
14   32  Nissan Motorsports  Allan Grice
 Mike Wilds
 Win Percy
Nissan (March) R88C

Nissan VRH30 3.0L Turbo V8
344
15   203  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Yojiro Terada
 David Kennedy
 Pierre Dieudonné
Mazda 757

Mazda 13G 2.0L 3-Rotor
337
16 Jaguar XJR-9 21  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Danny Sullivan
 Davy Jones
 Price Cobb
Jaguar XJR-9LM

Jaguar 7.0L V12
331
17   201  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Yoshimi Katayama
 David Leslie
 Marc Duez
Mazda 767

Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
330
18   115  ADA Engineering  Ian Harrower
 Jiro Yoneyama
 Hideo Fukuyama
ADA 03

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
318
19   202  Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.  Takashi Yorino
 Hervé Regout
 Will Hoy
Mazda 767

Mazda 13J 2.6L 4-Rotor
305
20   123  Charles Ivey Racing
 Team Istel
 Tim Harvey
 Chris Hodgetts
 John Sheldon
Tiga GC287

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
301
21   124  MT Sport Racing  Jean Messaoudi
 Pierre-François Rousselot
 Jean-Luc Roy
Argo JM19C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
300
22   177  Automobiles Louis Descartes (ALD)  Jacques Heuclin
 Louis Descartes
 Dominique Lacaud
ALD 04

BMW M80 3.5L I6
294
23   198  Roy Baker Racing  Mike Allison
 David Andrews
 Steve Hynes
Tiga GC286

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
294
24   37  Toyota Team Tom's  Paolo Barilla
 Hitoshi Ogawa
 Tiff Needell
Toyota 88C

Toyota 3S-GT 2.1L Turbo I4
283
25   117  Team Lucky Strike Schanche  Martin Schanche
 Robin Smith
 Robin Donovan
Argo JM19C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
278
26
NC
  113  Primagaz Competition
 
 Max Cohen-Olivar
 Patrick de Radiguès
Cougar C12
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
273
27
NC
  151  Pierre-Alain Lombardi
 
 Pierre-Alain Lombardi
 Bruno Sotty
Rondeau M379
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.0L V8
271
28
DNF
Jaguar XJR-9 1  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Martin Brundle
 John Nielsen
Jaguar XJR-9LM
Jaguar 7.0L V12
306
29
DNF
  23  Nissan Motorsports  Kazuyoshi Hoshino
 Takao Wada
 Aguri Suzuki
Nissan (March) R88C

Nissan VRH30 3.0L Turbo V8
286
30
DNF
  103  Spice Engineering  Almo Coppelli
 Thorkild Thyrring
 Eliseo Salazar
Spice SE88C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
281
31
DNF
  131  Graff Racing  Jean-Philippe Grand
 Jacques Terrien
 Maurice Guenoun
Spice SE86C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
263
32
DNF
Lancia LC2 24  Dollop Racing  Nicola Marozzo
 Jean-Pierre Frey
 Ranieri Randaccio
Lancia LC2

Ferrari 308C 3.0L Turbo V8
255
33
DNF
  127  Chamberlain Engineering  Nick Adams
 Martin Birrane
 Richard Jones
Spice SE86C

Hart 418T 1.8L Turbo I4
223
34
DNF
Porsche 962C 18  Porsche AG  Bob Wollek
 Sarel van der Merwe
 Vern Schuppan
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
192
35
DNF
  42  Noël del Bello Racing  Bernard Santal
 Noël del Bello
 Bernard de Dryver
Sauber C8

Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
157
36
DNF
  121  Cosmik GP Motorsport  Costas Los
 Wayne Taylor
 Evan Clements
Spice SE87C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
145
37
DNF
  191  PC Automotive  Olindo Iacobelli
 Alain Ianette
 John Graham
Argo JM19C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
130
38
DNF
Jaguar XJR-9 3  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 John Watson
 Raul Boesel
 Henri Pescarolo
Jaguar XJR-9LM

Jaguar 7.0L V12
129
39
DNF
  13  Primagaz Competition
 
 Pierre-Henri Raphanel
 Michel Ferté
Cougar C20B
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
120
40
DNF
  178  Automobiles Louis Descartes (ALD)  Sylvain Boulay
 Gérard Tremblay
 Michel Lateste
ALD 04

BMW M80 3.5L I6
103
41
DNF
Porsche 962C 4  Camel Brun Motorsport  Manuel Reuter
 Walter Lechner
 Franz Hunkeler
Porsche 962C

Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
91
42
DN
  85  Italiya Sport
 Team Le Mans Co.
 Michel Trollé
 Toshio Suzuki
 Danny Ongais
March 88S

Nissan VG30ET 3.2L Turbo V6
74
43
DNF
  86  Italiya Sport
 Team Le Mans Co.
 Lamberto Leoni
 Akio Morimoto
 Anders Olofsson
March 88S

Nissan VG30ET 3.2L Turbo V6
69
44
DNF
  30  Courage Compétition  Paul Belmondo
 François Migault
 Ukyo Katayama
Courage C22

Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
66
45
DNF
  51  WM Secateva  Roger Dorchy
 Claude Haldi
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P87

Peugeot ZNS4 2.8L Turbo V6
59
46
DNF
  132  Roland Bassaler  Jean-François Yvon
 Roland Bassaler
 Remy Pochauvin
Sauber SHS C6

BMW M80 3.5L I6
53
47
DNF
  52  WM Secateva  Pascal Pessiot
 Jean-Daniel Raulet
WM P88
Peugeot ZNS4 3.0L Turbo V6
22
48
DNF
  107  Chamberlain Engineering
 
 Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jean-Louis Ricci
 Jean-Claude Andruet
Spice SE88C

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
17
49
DNF
  20  Team Davey  Tim Lee-Davey
 Tom Dodd-Noble
Tiga GC88
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L Turbo V8
5
DNS   181  Luigi Taverna Technoracing  Luigi Taverna
 Fabio Magnani
 Roberto Ragazzi
Olmas GLT-200

Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
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DNS Models Max 1005; Sauber Mercedes C9; 1988 24h Le Mans DNS; Baldi, Weaver, Mass; RN61 61  Team Sauber Mercedes  Mauro Baldi
 James Weaver
 Jochen Mass
Sauber C9

Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
-
DNS   62  Team Sauber Mercedes  Klaus Niedzwiedz
 Kenny Acheson
Sauber C9
Mercedes-Benz M117 5.0L Turbo V8
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