1983 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 51 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 51e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 18 to 19 place in 1983 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

After the introduction of group C and the overall victory for Porsche in 1982 with the new Porsche 956, the German company sold its Group C prototypes be delivered to private teams. A third of the field in the Group C class Porsche 956 was therefore the works team was with three cars at the start and went as a favorite team in the race. The two last year's winner Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell also formed a team in 1983. For this purpose, the two Americans Hurley Haywood and Al Holbert, who formed a team with the Australian Vern Schuppan, as well as the young German Stefan Bellof, the cockpit with Jochen Mass divided arrived. The strongest opponents acted the Joest team, which also Porsche 956 began. Lancia LC2 brought three of the Sarthe, but the Italian race car was not trusted to endure the distance.

Also, the American Formula 1 World Champion of 1978, Mario Andretti was at the start. He shared the cockpit of a Kremer Porsche 956 with his son Michael Andretti and the Frenchman Philippe Alliot.

Just after the start of Jacky Ickx had in the Mulsanne a collision with Jan Lammers and had to repair the boxes. By midnight, the three factory Porsche had settled from the field, as shortly after 24 clock of Bellof / Mass Porsche failed with engine trouble and the Ickx / Bell car again unexpectedly had to pit because of problems with the electrical system. Since the three factory Lancia had already resigned.

So little exciting, the race, so dramatic was the last lap of the race. The lying in leadership Hurley Haywood, who lost in the night at full speed a door that had on the last lap engine failure and dragged the battered Porsche with smoking engine over the finish line. Jacky Ickx, who had almost made ​​up for in common with Derek Bell the residue, the sister car but could not catch up, because the Belgians in the last round ran out of fuel and he also came in just driving slowly to the finish.

The first eight places in the overall rankings were occupied by Porsche 956, a record in the Le Mans history.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 engine failure in training 2 does not qualify

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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: 70
  • Started: 51
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and dry
  • Distance: 13.626 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Bernard Malsait, Superidendant the Sarthe region
  • Distance of the winning team: 5047.934 km
  • Winners section: 210.330 km / h
  • Pole Position: Jacky Ickx - Porsche 956 (# 1) - 3.15.560 = 249.560 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Jacky Ickx - Porsche 956 (# 1) - 3.29,070 = 233.922 km / h
  • Race series: 4th round of the World Sportscar Championship