1986 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 54th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 54e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from May 31 until June 1, 1986 at the Circuit des 24 Heures instead.

The race

The race was overshadowed by the fatal accident of Jo Gartner. On June 1, against 03:12 clock the Austrians touched with his Porsche 962 on the Mulsanne straight at a speed of over 300 km / h left guardrail. The car overturned and came to the opposite side of the line to a halt, where he burned out. Gartner died at the scene. The cause of the accident could not be clarified; is assumed a broken rear suspension.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 Not qualified 2 Not qualified three reserve

Class winner

Race data

  • Starter: 50
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and dry
  • Distance: 13.528 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: John Egan, Chairman of Jaguar Cars
  • Distance of the winning team: 4972.731 km
  • Winners section: 207.197 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Klaus Ludwig - Porsche 956B (# 7) - 3.23.300 = 239.551 km / h
  • Race series: 3rd Round of the World Sportscar Championship