50èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1982

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50èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1982

Le Mans 1938
Le Mans
Le Mans 1962

Circuit Permanenthe de la Sarthe
Date: June 19th and 20th, 1982


Conditions: Warm and Dry
Starters: 55
Track Length: 13,626 metres
Distance: 4899.086 km
Fastest Lap: Jean Ragnotti, Rondeau, 3:36.90 = 226.157 km/h
Pole Position: Jacky Ickx, Porsche, 3:28.40 = 235.381 km/h
Average Speed: 204.128 km/h

50th Le Mans 24 Hour Race



JACKY ICKX and Derek Bell notched up another victory in the classic 24 hour race at Le Mans in 1982. Driving a 956 Porsche, they took over the lead in the ninth hour, but did not have things entirely their own way, suffering from a problem which caused a misfire and later from a puncture which eroded their five lap lead to two. The first hours of the race were the most interesting, with Rondeau, Ford and Porsche competing keenly for the lead.

The Rondeau of Mlgnault, Lipeyre and Spice led for the first three hours on aggregate, and the Ford CIOO of Winkelhock and Niedzwiedz was given the honour for the fourth hour. For the remainder of the race, a Porsche headed the hourly bulletins, first the 956 of Haywood, Holbert and Barth which led to the eighth hour, when they were delayed first by a door blowing open and then by a wheel bearing failure: when the bearing was replaced, they suffered further delay when it was found that the suspension had also been damaged. The Rondeau which led the initial stages went out of the race at 2.00 a.m. with electrical failure, a problem which had also affected the second Ford CIOO of Ludwig and Surer which had succumbed after four hours. The Winkelhock / Niedzwiedz car went out when the engine blew up.

The Lancia team, which had things much its own way in some previous races, were plagued with fuel feed trouble which led to engine failure and were never in the running. The Aston Martin engined Nimrods, on the other hand, gave a demonstration of their potential, the Needell, Evans and Lees works car leading Viscount Downe's privately entered car in the early stages until tyre failure caused it to crash on the Mulsanne straight. The Downe car, driven by Salmon / Phillips and Mallock rose to fourth place during the latter half of the race, but lost the chance of taking third place when valve failure reduced the operational cylinders to seven.

From 1982 the Le Mans was known for the dominance of Porsche under the new Group C race car formula which pushed for fuel efficiency. Originally running the effective 956, it was later replaced by the 962. Both chassis were cheap enough for privateers to purchase them en masse, leading to the two chassis winning six years in a row. Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz returned to sports car racing while an influx of Japanese manufacturer interest saw prototypes from Nissan and Toyota. However, Mazda's unique rotary-powered 787B would be the only manufacturer to succeed.
CLASS WINNERS
Group C Jacky Ickx, B
Derek Bell, GB
Porsche 956
IGTX John Fitzpatrick, GB
David Hobbs, GB
Porsche 935-81 'Moby Dick'
Group 5 John Cooper, GB
Paul Smith, GB
Claude Bourgoignie, B
Porsche 935 K3
Group 4 Richard Cleare, GB
Tony Dron, GB
Richard Jones, GB
Porsche 934
IGT Jim Busby, USA
Doc Bundy, USA
Porsche 924 GTR
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
Team / Entrant
Car - Engine
Driver, Nationality
1
1
1
Rothmans Porsche, D
Porsche 956
Jacky Ickx, B
Derek Bell, GB
2649
Turbo
F6
C
359
4899.086
-
2
2
2
Rothmans Porsche, D
Porsche 956
Jochen Mass, D
Vern Schuppan, AUS
2649
Turbo
F6
C
356
4858.169
-
3
3
3
Rothmans Porsche, D
Porsche 956
Hurley Haywood, USA
Al Holbert, USA
Jürgen Barth, D
2649
Turbo

F6
C
340
4640.113
-
4
4
79
John Fitzpatrick Racing, GB
Porsche 935-81 'Moby Dick'
John Fitzpatrick, GB
David Hobbs, GB
2677*
Turbo
F6
IGTX
329
4488.164
*3200cc in qual.
5
5
78
Cooke Racing - BP, USA
Porsche 935 K3
Dany Snobeck, F
Francois Servanin, F
René Metge, F
2800*
Turbo
F6
IGTX
325
4431.804
*3200cc in qual.
6
6
70
Prancing Horse Farm Racing, USA
Ferrari 512 BB
Pierre Dieudonné, B
Carson Baird, USA
Jean-Paul Libert, B
4942
F12
IGTX
322
4387.786
-
7
7
32
Viscount Downe Racing, GB
Nimrod NRA C2 - Aston Martin
Ray Mallock, GB
Simon Phillips, GB
Mike Salmon, GB
5340
V8
C
317
4320.979
-
8
8
60
Charles Ivey Racing, GB
Porsche 935 K3
John Cooper, GB
Paul Smith, GB
Claude Bourgoignie, B
3121
Turbo
F6
5
316
4307.310
-
9
9
72
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 512 BB
Alain Cudini, F
John Morton, USA
John Paul Jnr, USA
4942
F12
IGTX
306
4182.783
-
10
10
25
Primagaz, F
Rondeau M379 C - Ford Cosworth DFV
Pierre Yver, F
Bruno Sotty, F
Lucien Guitteny, F
2998
V8
C
306
4178.048
-
11
11
77
Garretson Developments, USA
Porsche 935 K3
Anny Charlotte Verney, F
Bob Garretson, USA
Ray Ratcliff, USA
DNS Skeeter McKitterick, USA
2800*
Turbo
F6
IGTX
299
4074.881
*3200 in qualifying
12
12
66
Jean-Marie Lemerle, F
(Team Vesuvio ?)
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Jean-Marie Lemerle, F
Max Cohen-Olivar, MOR
Joe Castellano, USA
1425
Turbo
4
5
295
4030.036
-
13
13
90
Richard Cleare Racing, GB
Porsche 934
Richard Cleare, GB
Tony Dron, GB
Richard Jones, GB
3300
Turbo
F6
4
293
3970.204
-
14
14
82
Mazdaspeed Co Ltd, J
(Tom Walkinshaw Racing, GB)
Mazda RX-7 254
Yojiro Terada, J
Takashi Yorino, J
Allan Moffat, AUS
2616
2rot
IGTX
282
3853.517
-
15
15
38
Bussi Team, F
Rondeau M382 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Christian Bussi, F
Pascal Witmeur, B
Bernard de Dryver, B
3299
V8
C
279
3814.378
-
16
16
87
BF Goodrich Co, USA
Porsche 924 GTR
Jim Busby, USA
Doc Bundy, USA
DNS Manfred Schurti, FL
DNS Marcel Mignot, F
2008
Turbo
4
IGT
273
3714.181
-
17
17
81
Stratagraph Inc, USA
Chevrolet Camaro
Billy Hagan, USA
Gene Felton, USA
DNS Tom Williams, USA
5800
V8
IGT
269
3670.423
-
18
18
61
Total, F
BMW M1
Roland Ennequin, F
Michel Gabriel, F
Franco Gasparetti, I
3497
6
5
259
3541.191
-
19
NC
80
Stratagraph Inc, USA
Chevrolet Camaro
Richard Brooks, USA
Herschel McGriff, USA
Tom Williams, USA
5800
V8
IGT
141
1926.916
-
20
DNF
4
Joest Racing, D
(Team Belga, B)
Porsche 936 C
Bob Wollek, F
Jean-Michel Martin, B
Philippe Martin, B
2517
Turbo
F6
C
320
22h
Engine
21
DNF
62
Emka Productions, GB
BMW M1
Steve O'Rourke, GB
Richard Down, GB
Nick Mason, GB
3497
6
IGTX
266
20h
Oil pressure
22
DQ/
DNF
65
Thierry Perrier, F
Lancia Beta Montecarlo
Thierry Perrier, F
Bernard Salam, F
Gianni Giudici, I
1425
Turbo
4
5
219
18h
Disqualified
23
DNF
50
Martini Racing, I
Lancia Martini LC1
Riccardo Patrese, I
Hans Heyer, D
Piercarlo Ghinzani, I
1425
Turbo
4
6
152
14h
Electrics /
Distributor
24
DNF
83
Mazdaspeed Co Ltd, J
(Tom Walkinshaw Racing, GB)
Mazda RX-7 254
Tom Walkinshaw, GB
Chuck Nicholson, GB
Peter Lovett, GB
2616
2rot
IGTX
180
14h
Engine
25
DNF
75
Claude Haldi, CH
Porsche 935 K3
Claude Haldi, CH
Rodfrigo Terran, PAN
Francois Hesnault, F
2800
Turbo
F6
5
141
12h
Gearbox /
Differential
26
DNF
26
Jacky Haran, F
Rondeau M379 C - Ford Cosworth DFV
Vivian/Vivien Candy, IRL
Jacky Haran, F
Hervé Poulain, F
2999
V8
C
149
11h
Engine
27
DNF
10
WM Esso, F
WM P82 - Peugeot
Roger Dorchy, F
Alain Couderc, F
Guy Fréquelin, F
2850
Turbo
V6
C
112
11h
Accident
28
DNF
12
Automobiles Jean Rondeau / Otis, F
Rondeau M382C - Ford Cosworth DFL
Henri Pescarolo, F
Jean Ragnotti, F
Jean Rondeau, F
DNS Philippe Alliot, F
3955
V8
C
146
11h
Engine
29
DNF
86
BF Goodrich Co, USA
Porsche 924 GTR
Patrick Bedard, USA
Paul Miller, USA
Manfred Schurti, FL
2008
Turbo
4
IGT
128
11h
Lost wheel
30
DNF
35
Courage Competition, F
Cougar C01 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Yves Courage, F
Jean-Philippe Grand, F
Michel Dubois, F
3299
V8
C
78
11h
Wheel
31
DNF
11
Automobiles Jean Rondeau / Malardieu, F
Rondeau M382C - Ford Cosworth DFV
Francois Migault, F
Gordon Spice, GB
Xavier Lapeyre, F
2993
V8
C
150
10h
Engine
32
DNF
85
Tony Garcia, USA
BMW M1
Tony Garcia, USA
Fred Stiff, USA
Albert Naon, USA
3497
6
IGT
104
10h
Accident
33
DNF
9
WM Esso, F
WM P82 - Peugeot
Jean-Daniel Raulet, F
Didier Theys, B
Michel Pignard, F
2850
Turbo
V6
C
127
10h
Gearbox
34
DNF
36
Dome Co Ltd, J
Dome Amada RC82 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Chris Craft, GB
Eliseo Salazar, RCH
3299
V8
C
85
9h
Broken chassis
35
DNF
24
Automobiles Jean Rondeau / Otis, F
Rondeau M382C - Ford Cosworth DFL
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, F
Henri Pescarolo, F
DNS Jean Rondeau, F
DNS Philippe Alliot, F
3299
V8
C
111
9h
Engine
36
DNF
51
Martini Racing, I
Lancia Martini LC1
Michele Alboreto, I
Teo Fabi, I
Rolf Stommelen, D
1425
Turbo
4
6
92
8h
Engine
37
DNF
14
March Racing, GB
March 82G - Chevrolet/Franz Weiss
Eje Elgh, S
Jeff Wood, USA
Patrick Nevé, B
5835
V8
C
78
7h
Electrical
38
DNF
7
Ford Werke AG, D
(Zakspeed)
Ford C100 - Cosworth DFL
Manfred Winkelhock, D
Klaus Niedzwiedz, D
DNS Klaus Laudwig, D
3955
V8
C
71
7h
Engine
39
DNF
DQ
84
Canon Cameras - GTIiEngineering, GB
Porsche 924 GTR
Richard Lloyd, GB
Andy Rouse, GB
DNS Tony Dron, GB
1983
Turbo
4
IGT
77
6h
Disqualified
40
DNF
16
Ultramar Team Lola, GB
Lola T610 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Guy Edwards, GB
Nick Faure, GB
Rupert Keegan, GB
3955
V8
C
72
6h
Head gasket
41
DNF
20
BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport, D
Sauber SHS C6 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Hans-Joachim Stuck Jnr, D
Jean-Louis Schlesser, F
Dieter Quester, A
3955
V8
C
76
6h
Engine mount.
42
DNF
19
BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport, D
Sauber SHS C6 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Walter Brun, CH
Siegfried 'Sigi' Müller Jr, D
DNS Hans-Joachim Stuck Jr, D
3955
V8
C
55
5h
Starter
43
DNF
6
Ford Werke AG, D
(Zakspeed)
Ford C100 - Cosworth DFL
Klaus Ludwig, D
Marc Surer, CH
Manfred Winkelhock, D
3955
V8
C
67
5h
Elecrtical
44
DNF
39
Dorset Racing Associates, GB
De Cadenet LM/DRA Lola MM - Ford Cosworth DFV/Alan Smith
Mike Wilds, GB
Francois Duret, GB
Ian Harrower, GB
2993
V8
C
56
5h
Out of fuel
45
DNF
55
Chevron Racing Cars, GB
Chevron B36B - Ford Cosworth BDX
Martin Birrane, GB (IRL ?)
John Sheldon, GB
Neil Crang, AUS
1975
4
6
57
5h
Head gasket
46
DNF
71
Charles Pozzi - Ferrari France, F
Ferrari 512 BB
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Claude Ballot-Lena,F
DNS Hervé Regout, B
DNS Jean-Paul Libert, B
4942
F12
IGTX
57
5h
Engine ?
Out of fuel ?
47
DNF
31
Nimrod Racing Automobiles Ltd, GB
Nimrod NRA C2 - Aston Martin
Tiff Needell, GB
Bob Evans, GB
Geoff Lees, GB
5340
V8
C
55
4h
Accident
48
DNF
30
Michel Lateste, F
URD C81 - BMW/Weisel
Hubert Striebig, F
Michel Lateste, F
Jacques Heuclin, F
3497
6
C
45
4h
Engine
49
DNF
73
T-Bird Racing, USA
(North American Racing Team, USA)
Ferrari 512 BB
Preston Henn, USA
Randy Lanier, USA
Denis Morin, F
DNS John Paul Sr, USA
4942
F12
IGTX
43
3h
Out of fuel
50
DNF
64
Edgar Dören, D
Porsche 935 K3
Edgar Dören, D
Billy Sprowls, USA
Antonio Contreras, MEX
2844
Turbo
F6
5
39
3h
Out of fuel
51
DNF
29
Garretson Developments, USA
March 82G - Chevrolet / Franz Weiss
Bobby Rahal, USA
Skeeter McKitterick, USA
Jim Trueman, USA
5835
V8
C
28
3h
Split fueltank
52
DNF
17
Cooke Racing, USA
Lola T610 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Brian Redman, GB
Ralph Kent-Cooke, USA
Jim Adams, USA
3955
V8
C
28
2h
Out of fuel
53
DNF
76
Bob Akin Motor Racing, USA
Porsche 935
Bob Akin, USA
David Cowart, USA
Kenper Miller, USA
2670*
Turbo
F6
IGTX
15
2h
Out of fuel
*3200 in qual.
54
DNF
5
Porsche Kremer Racing, D
Kremer-Porsche CK5
Ted Field, USA
Danny Ongais, USA
Bill Whittington, USA
DNS Dale Whittington, USA
2800
Turbo
F6
C
25
2h
Engine
55
DNF
37
GRID Racing
Grid-Plaza S1 - Ford Cosworth DFL/Alan Smith
Desiré Wilson, ZA
Emilio de Villota, E
Alain de Cadenet, GB
3299*
V8
C
7
1h
Engine
*3955cc in qual.
56
DNS/
DQ
27
Grand Touring Cars Inc, USA
Mirage M12 -Ford Cosworth DFL
Mario Andretti, USA
Michael Andretti, USA
DNS Danny Ongais, USA
3955
V8
C
-
Disq. just before start
57
DNQ
-
Canon Cameras - GTI Engineering, GB
Porsche 924 GTR
Richard Lloyd, GB
Jeff Allam, GB
2000
Turbo
4
IGT
-
-
58
DNQ
95
Alain Gadal, F
Porsche 930
Raymond Touroul, F
Alain Gadal, F
Jean-Yves Gadal, F
3000
Turbo
F6
B
-
-
59
DNQ
63
Vegla Racing Team - Joest Racing, D
Porsche 935
Harald Grohs, D
Dieter Schornstein, D
Maurizio de Narvaez, COL
3496
F6
7
-
Accident
60
DNQ
?
-
?
BMW M1
-
-
3497
6
5
-
-
61
DNQ
Renard Delmas, F
Renard Delmas D1 - BMW
Hervé Bayard, F
-
-
-
-
-
-
62
DNA
-
Ford
Ford C100 - Cosworth DFL
-
-
3955
V8
C
-
-
63
DNA
-
WM Esso, F
WM P82 - Peugeot
Marcel 'Max' Mamers, F
-
-
V6
C
-
-
64
DNA
-
Michel Lateste, F
March 82G - Chevrolet
Michel Lateste, F
Querou
Dominique Lacaud, F
-
V8
C
-
Car not ready
65
DNA
-
March Racing, GB
March 82G - Chevrolet
-
-
-
V8
C
-
-
66
DNA
8
Alain de Cadenet
Ford C100 - Cosworth DFL
Alain de Cadenet, GB
-
3955
V8
C
-
-
67
DNA
23
Automobiles Jean Rondeau, F
Rondeau M482 - Ford Cosworth DFL
Francois Migault, F
Danny Sullivan, USA
-
V8
C
-
-
68
DNA
28
Grand Touring Cars Inc, USA
Mirage M12 - Ford Cosworth DFL
John Morton, USA
Rick Mears, USA
-
V8
C
-
-
69
DNA
-
Joest Racing, D
Porsche 935
Maurizio de Narvaez, COL
Jürgen Lässig, D
-
F6
-
-
-
70
DNA
-
Jean-Marie Lemerle, F
Osella PA7 - BMW
Jean-Marie Lemerle, F
Max Cohen-Olivar, MA
-
6
-
-
-
71
DNA
52
Martini Racing, I
Lancia Martini LC1
Riccardo Patrese, I
Rolf Stommelen, D
1425
Turbo
4
C
-
-
72
DNA
-
ADA Engineering, GB
Triumph TR8 Turbo
Ian Harrower, GB
Wykeham, GB
-
-
-
-
-
73
DNA
-
Thierry Perrier, F
Ferrari 512 BB
Thierry Perrier, F
Bernard Salam, F
Roger Carmillet, F
4942
F12
-
-
-
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