1982 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 50th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 50e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 19 to June 20, 1982 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 3.1 pilots after Nations
  • 3.2 Final ranking
  • 3.3 Only in the message list
  • 3.4 Class Winner
  • 3.5 racing data

The race

New Regulations

Once again, the Automobile Club de l' Ouest changed the rules of the 24 - hour race. The aim was to reduce the high average speed on without massively intervene in the technology of the vehicles. 1981 won the works Porsche 936, driven by Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell, with an average of over 200 km / h The capacity of the vehicle tanks were limited to a maximum of 100 liters and set the maximum number of refueling stops with 25.

Racing classes

The race was open to vehicles of group C and group B. However, in this new racing class just a race car was reported, a Porsche 930 of Gadal brothers from France who could not qualify the vehicle. 1982 was a transition year, so were allowed to start even still racing cars of Groups 4, 5 and 6. Then there were the U.S. racing classes IMSA GT and IMSA GTX.

The Teams

28 of the 55 cars were eligible to start Group C prototypes. Porsche brought three completely newly designed prototypes to Le Mans. Amendments to the Regulations was in 1981 been clear that the open Porsche 936 in 1982 could no longer be used in the World Sportscar Championship. At Porsche, was realized with the 956 an all-new race car concept. Since the tubular frame previously used were not up to date you first designed an aluminum chassis in shell design. The engine was derived from the Porsche Interscope engine and made 445 KW ( 620 hp). Hazards were the three cars of the teams Jacky Ickx / Derek Bell, Jochen Mass / Vern Schuppan and Hurley Haywood / Al Holbert. A Porsche 936 was rebuilt by Reinhold Joest so that it corresponded to the Group C regulations. Hazards was this car from Bob Wollek and the Belgian Martin brothers.

Ford was the first time since the 1960s, re -plant according to Le Mans. Were built the two C100 at Zakspeed in Niederzissen. Reported by Ford Germany drove Manfred angle Hock, Klaus Niedzwiedz, Klaus Ludwig and Marc Surer both cars. From France six Rondeau at the start, including three works cars of Jean Rondeau itself were the works team put the M382 and all Rondeau had Cosworth V8 engines as engines. After several years of absence also Gand Touring Cars came back to Le Mans. The newly designed Mirage M12 drove Mario Andretti and his son Mike. Already built for the World Cup group C were the P82 of Welter Racing, while the factory Lancia LC1 of Piercarlo Ghinzani, Riccardo Patrese and Hans Heyer even corresponded Group 6.

The vehicle with the most powerful engine was the Chevrolet Camaro by Bill Hagan and Gene Felton with a 5.7 -liter Chevrolet engine. The factory Mazda RX -7 had a 1.3 -liter rotary engine.

The Mirage scandal

Mario Andretti qualified and Mike the Mirage M12 at the ninth place, but the team could not participate in the race. 20 minutes before the start, the Mirage was already at its starting place, opened technical delegate of the ACO a completely stunned team leadership that the car be illegal and could not start. What has not been challenged at all technical inspections, suddenly there was a problem. The transmission oil cooler was mounted behind the gearbox. The officials were suddenly that this have to be located on the transmission. What followed was a farce and was considered one of the most infamous actions of the ACO in the history of this race one. The technicians of Grand Touring cars were namely to make short term to be able to rebuild. While the mechanics worked at the pit disqualified the ACO the car, however, and let move up as the first reserve. When the race started, the Mirage was perfectly regular compliant in the box and was not allowed to start. Team boss Harley Cluxton let the car then before the area push the racing line and stand there for hours in the pit lane. His protest was dismissed. It was the last appearance of a Mirage race car in Le Mans.

The race course

From the start, the three factory Porsche dominated the race. Only the rondeau and the Ford C100 could keep up in the early going, but the overall win for Porsche was the 24 Hours never in danger and the race ended with a triple victory for the factory team. Adversity, there was only the drivers. In the early evening hours Hurley Haywood lost the driver's door when he controlled at full speed whether this was also closed. The door burst open and was swept away by the wind. At this time the car was number 3 at the top, fell after a lengthy repair but on the seventh rank back. At night, Haywood was struck by a circulatory collapse and was taken by the Porsche - doctors out of the race. For him reserve driver Jürgen Barth came into the car.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 before the race disqualified 2 accident in training 3 not qualified

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Here are the teams, drivers and vehicles that were originally registered for the competition, but it did not participate for various reasons.

Class winner

Race data

  • Reported: 78
  • Started: 53
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and dry
  • Distance: 13.626 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Luigi Chinetti, owners of the North American Racing Team and three-time Le Mans winner
  • Distance of the winning team: 4899.086 km
  • Winners section: 204.128 km / h
  • Pole Position: Jacky Ickx - Porsche 956 (# 1) - 3.28.400 = 235.381 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Jean Ragnotti - Rondeau M382 (# 12) - 3.36.900 = 226.157 km / h
  • Race series: 4th round of the World Sportscar Championship