1984 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 52 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 52e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 16 to June 17, 1984 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 2.1 pilots after Nations
  • 2.2 Final ranking
  • 2.3 Only in the message list
  • 2.4 Class Winner
  • 2.5 racing data

The race

Before the start

After the FISA had created new regulations for the sports car world championship again in 1984, also for the vehicles of the IMSA GTP series opened not only the races in Europe, but also led to a reduction in fuel consumption by 15 %, abandoned the Porsche factory team on a Le Mans start.

The Stuttgart-based brand, however, was prominently represented by the two German private teams Joest and Kremer Racing. Then there were the racing teams of John Fitzpatrick and Walter Brun and other teams from Germany, Britain and France, all of which drew upon the proven Porsche 956 as an emergency vehicle.

Lancia LC2 brought three of the Sarthe, which were powered by a 3-liter Ferrari - turbo engine. The Jaguar brand was after many years of absence made ​​a comeback in Le Mans.

The Formula 1 World Champion 1980, Australian Alan Jones, gave his Le Mans debut and the winner from 1970, Richard Attwood, after 13 years of absence made ​​a comeback with Aston Martin.

Race course

The Frenchman Roger Dorchy had the best start in the World Cup of P83 Welter Racing and led the field in the first round. It was the first guide a welter race car at the 24 - hour race. However, it took only one round before the pole sitter Alessandro Nannini took the lead. The eventual winner Henri Pescarolo had to leave already after eleven minutes drive repair an unplanned pit stop for a defective fuel pump. The Frenchman dropped to the rear of the field and was the last one back on track. After three hours had Pescarolos teammate Klaus Ludwig to further repair to the pits and lost 14 minutes because of a replacement of the left suspension was necessary. At 21 clock in the evening, the duo had already pushed forward again in the top ten overall and seven clock in the morning the Joest Porsche was on Sunday for the first time in the lead.

Just after dark, a serious accident, which claimed one fatality occurred on the Les- Hunaudieres straight. John Sheldon had at high speed lost control of his Aston Martin and collided with the car of his teammates Drake Olson. By parts flying around a marshal was fatally injured. Sheldon suffered serious burns, but escaped with his life.

The long leading factory Lancia Nannini and Bob Wollek had on Sunday to mourn the loss of the fifth gear and only came in eighth place. The last hours were for the Joest Porsche to run the gauntlet, as always reappeared problems with the left suspension, which required several pit stops. However, the finish of the car still had two laps ahead of the Porsche of Jean Rondeau and John Paul jr. Henri Pescarolo For it was after the successes with Matra in the 1970s, the fourth overall victory at Le Mans.

Both Jaguar fell out with technical defects. All four rotary racing cars, including two Mazda 727C, came to the finish.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 accident in training 2 engine failure in training

Only in the message list

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

  • Starter: 53
  • Weather during the race weekend: hot and sunny
  • Distance: 13.626 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Franz Stadler, Chairman of ADAC
  • Distance of the winning team: 4900.276 km
  • Winners section: 204.178 km / h
  • Pole Position: Bob Wollek - Lancia LC2 (# 4) - 3.17.110 = 248.864 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Alessandro Nannini - Lancia LC2 (# 4) - 3.28.900 = 234.818 km / h
  • Race series: 3rd Round of the World Sportscar Championship