1979 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 47th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 47e 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 9 to 10 place in 1979 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

In the spring of the Tertre Rouge corner arcade was rebuilt. This was necessary due to a change in the public road at this point. Thus, the cam follower was a lot faster after the Essex. The main vehicle of the 1979 race was the Porsche 935, which was used by teams from Europe and the USA. The Porsche factory team brought two revised Porsche 936 Le Mans, which were driven by Jacky Ickx, Brian Redman, Jürgen Barth, Hurley Haywood and Bob Wollek. After the withdrawal of Renault these two vehicles were the clear favorites for the overall victory. The two M10 Ford of Grand Touring cars which have been newly developed for Le Mans, lacked the technical maturity for a real chance of overall victory.

However, neither the two works Porsche nor the two Ford came in the standings. Although the Ford M10 Vern Schuppan, Jean -Pierre Jaussaud and David Hobbs finished the race, but was due to the small distance - the car managed because of major technical problems only 121 rounds - not evaluated. Jacky Ickx was disqualified because he was on the track unauthorized help with a repair.

The overall victory secured by Kremer Racing, a privateer team. In the car with the number 41, the U.S. brothers Bill and Don Whittington and Klaus Ludwig German sat. In the second place Dick Barbour Porsche 935, the U.S. actor Paul Newman celebrated a successful Le Mans debut.

Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans with the original starting number 64

Aston Martin DBS V8 with the original starting number 50

With the Zero ( here the road version ) gave Dome his debut at Le Mans


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 Reserve 2 Reserve 3 Reserve 4 5 reserve reserve reserve 6 7 8 Reserve Reserve

Class winner

Race data

  • Starter: 55
  • Weather during the race weekend: rain on Sunday
  • Distance: 13.626 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Joseph Le Theule, French Transport Minister
  • Distance of the winning team: 4173.930 km
  • Winners section: 173.913 km / h
  • Pole Position: Bob Wollek - Porsche 936 (# 14) - 3.30.070 = 233.519 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Jacky Ickx - Porsche 936 (# 12) - 3.36.100 = 227.003 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series

Pictures of 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans