1997 24 Hours of Le Mans

1997 24 Hours of Le Mans

1997 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 65th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 1997.

The race saw the first of a record (as of 2013) 9 wins at Le Mans for popular Danish driver Tom Kristensen.

Contents

  • Pre-race 1
  • Race 2
  • Official results 3
  • Statistics 4

Pre-race

The Dunlop chicane was modified slightly in order to slow speeds again but also accommodate larger gravel traps as runoff area for the protection of motorcycle riders using the Bugatti Circuit. Frenchman Sebastien Enjolras lost his life in a pre-qualifying accident in his Welter Racing WR LM97-Peugeot.

Race

The 1997 race was won by the same chassis as had won in 1996, marking the second time that Joest had won back-to-back Le Mans with the same chassis (previously done in 1984 and 1985). They were able to beat factory teams in both GT and LMP classes from Porsche, McLaren, Nissan, and Ferrari. The TWR-Porsche was not the fastest on track during the race, but was able to take advantage of the leading Porsche 911 GT1's and McLaren F1 GTR's mechanical problems, allowing the Joest Racing machine to claim victory by one lap.

Official results

Le Mans in 1997
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP 7 Joest Racing Michele Alboreto
Stefan Johansson
Tom Kristensen
TWR Porsche WSC-95 G 361
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
2 GT1 41 Gulf Team Davidoff
GTC Racing
Jean-Marc Gounon
Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Anders Olofsson
McLaren F1 GTR M 360
BMW S70 6.0L V12
3 GT1 43 Team BMW Motorsport
BMW Team Schnitzer
Peter Kox
Roberto Ravaglia
Eric Hélary
McLaren F1 GTR M 358
BMW S70 6.0L V12
4 LMP 13 Courage Compétition Didier Cottaz
Jérôme Policand
Marc Goossens
Courage C41 M 336
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
5 GT1 33 Schübel Engineering Pedro Lamy
Armin Hahne
Patrice Goueslard
Porsche 911 GT1 M 331
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
6 LMP 3 Moretti Racing Inc. Gianpiero Moretti
Didier Theys
Max Papis
Ferrari 333 SP Y 321
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
7 LMP 8 La Filière Elf Henri Pescarolo
Jean-Philippe Belloc
Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C36 M 319
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8 GT1 27 BMS Scuderia Italia Pierluigi Martini
Christian Pescatori
Antônio Hermann de Azevedo
Porsche 911 GT1 P 317
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
9 GT2 78 Elf Haberthur Racing Michel Neugarten
Guy Martinolle
Jean-Claude Lagniez
Porsche 911 GT2 D 307
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
10 GT2 74 Roock Racing André Ahrle
Andy Pilgrim
Bruno Eichmann
Porsche 911 GT2 M 306
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 GT2 73 Roock Racing Manuel Mello-Breyner
Tomaz Mello-Breyner
Pedro Mello-Breyner
Porsche 911 GT2 M 295
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
12 GT1 23 Nissan Motorsport
TWR
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Érik Comas
Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 294
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
13 GT2 80 GT Racing Team AG
Roock Racing
Claudia Hürtgen
John Robinson
Hugh Price
Porsche 911 GT2 P 280
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
14 GT2 63 Viper Team Oreca Justin Bell
Pierre Yver
John Morton
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 278
Chrysler 8.0L V10
15 GT2 64 Chamberlain Engineering Hans Hugenholtz
Jari Nurminen
Chris Gleason
Chrysler Viper GTS-R G 269
Chrysler 8.0L V10
16 LMP 10 Courage Compétition Fredrik Ekblom
Jean-Louis Ricci
Jean-Paul Libert
Courage C36 M 265
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
17 LMP 15 Team T.D.R.
Mazdaspeed
Yojiro Terada
Jim Downing
Franck Fréon
Kudzu DLM-4 G 263
Mazda R26B 2.6L 4-Rotor
18
DNF
GT1 26 Porsche AG Emmanuel Collard
Ralf Kelleners
Yannick Dalmas
Porsche 911 GT1 G 327
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
19
DNF
GT1 39 Gulf Team Davidoff
GTC Racing
Ray Bellm
Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Masanori Sekiya
McLaren F1 GTR M 326
BMW S70 6.0L V12
20
DNF
GT2 61 Viper Team Oreca Philippe Gache
Olivier Beretta
Dominique Dupuy
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 263
Chrysler 8.0L V10
21
DNF
GT1 25 Porsche AG Hans Joachim Stuck
Thierry Boutsen
Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1 G 238
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
22
DNF
GT1 42 Team BMW Motorsport
BMW Team Schnitzer
JJ Lehto
Steve Soper
Nelson Piquet
McLaren F1 GTR M 236
BMW S70 6.0L V12
23
DNF
GT1 29 JB Racing Jürgen von Gartzen
Olivier Thévenin
Alain Ferté
Porsche 911 GT1 M 236
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
24
DNF
GT1 54 David Price Racing Andy Wallace
James Weaver
Butch Leitzinger
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 G 236
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
25
DNF
GT1 30 Kremer Racing Christophe Bouchut
Andy Evans
Bertrand Gachot
Porsche 911 GT1 G 207
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
26
DNF
GT2 75 Larbre Compétition Patrick Bourdais
Peter Kitchak
André Lara-Rezende
Porsche 911 GT2 M 205
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
27
DNF
LMP 9 Courage Compétition Mario Andretti
Michael Andretti
Olivier Grouillard
Courage C36 M 197
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
GT1 52 DAMS Franck Lagorce
Éric Bernard
Jean-Christophe Boullion
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 M 149
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
29
DNF
GT1 55 David Price Racing David Brabham
Perry McCarthy
Doc Bundy
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 G 145
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
30
DNF
GT1 21 Nissan Motorsport
TWR
Martin Brundle
Jörg Müller
Wayne Taylor
Nissan R390 GT1 B 139
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
31
DNF
GT1 28 Konrad Motorsport Franz Konrad
Mauro Baldi
Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT1 P 138
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
GT2 67 Saleen-Allen Speedlab
Cirtek Racing
Steve Saleen
Price Cobb
Carlos Palau
Saleen Mustang RRR D 133
Ford 5.9L V8
33
DNF
GT2 79 Konrad Motorsport Toni Seiler
Larry Schumacher
Michel Ligonnet
Porsche 911 GT2 P 126
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
GT1 22 Nissan Motorsport
TWR
Riccardo Patrese
Eric van de Poele
Aguri Suzuki
Nissan R390 GT1 B 121
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
35
DNF
GT1 49 GT1 Lotus Racing Jan Lammers
Mike Hezemans
Alexander Grau
Lotus Elise GT1 M 121
Chevrolet LT5 6.0L V8
36
DNF
LMP 5 Kremer Racing Tomás Saldaña
Carl Rosenblad
Jürgen Lässig
Kremer K8 Spyder G 103
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
37
DNF
GT2 84 Stadler Motorsport Enzo Calderari
Lilian Bryner
Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 P 98
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GT1 44 Team Lark McLaren
Parabolica Motorsports
Akihiko Nakaya
Keiichi Tsuchiya
Gary Ayles
McLaren F1 GTR M 88
BMW S70 6.0L V12
39
DNF
GT2 77 Chereau Sports
Larbre Compétition
Jean-Luc Chéreau
Jack Leconte
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 911 GT2 M 77
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
GT1 46 Newcastle United Lister Julian Bailey
Thomas Erdos
Mark Skaife
Lister Storm GTL D 77
Jaguar 7.0L V12
41
DNF
GT2 62 Viper Team Oreca Tommy Archer
Soheil Ayari
Marc Duez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 76
Chrysler 8.0L V10
42
DNF
GT2 60 Agusta Racing Team Ltd. Almo Coppelli
Rocky Agusta
Eric Graham
Callaway Corvette LM-GT D 45
Chevrolet LT1 6.2L V8
43
DNF
GT2 66 Saleen-Allen Speedlab
Cirtek Racing
David Warnock
Rob Schirle
Allen Lloyd
Saleen Mustang RRR D 28
Ford 5.9L V8
44
DNF
GT1 45 Newcastle United Lister Geoff Lees
Tiff Needell
George Fouché
Lister Storm GTL D 21
Jaguar 7.0L V12
45
DNF
LMP 4 Pilot Racing Michel Ferté
Adrián Campos
Charlie Nearburg
Ferrari 333 SP D 18
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
46
DNF
GT2 70 Marcos Racing International Cor Euser
Takaji Suzuki
Harald Becker
Marcos Mantara LM600 D 15
Chevrolet 5.9L V8
47
DNF
GT1 32 Roock Racing Stéphane Ortelli
Allan McNish
Karl Wendlinger
Porsche 911 GT1 M 8
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
LMP 14 Pacific Racing Ltd. Harri Toivonen
Eliseo Salazar
Jesús Pareja
BRM P301 P 6
Nissan 3.0L Turbo V6
DNS GT1 40 Gulf Team Davidoff
GTC Racing
John Nielsen
Thomas Bscher
Chris Goodwin
McLaren F1 GTR M -
BMW S70 6.0L V12

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #7 Joest Racing - 3:41.581
  • Fastest Lap - #7 Joest Racing - 3:45.068
  • Distance - 4909.6 km
  • Average Speed - 207 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Porsche GT1-Evo - 326 km/h (qualifying)