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1991 24 Hours of Le Mans

1991 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 59th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 22 and 23 June 1991. It was also the fourth round of the 1991 FIA Sportscar World Championship season.

Pre-race

An entirely new complex along the front stretch was built, housing modern pit stalls, garages, and the new observation suites built above the garages.

As for the race, the grid line-up was an unusual affair. 1991 was supposed to be the first year the World Sportscar Championship ran to the new '3.5L' rules, which meant a new breed of sports-prototypes. Although TWR-Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot all built cars to the new regulations for the 1991 championship series, the amount of privateer teams was low and there was simply not enough of these new cars to fill the grid. The FIA allowed the first 10 spaces on the grid to be reserved for the fastest qualifying 3.5L cars from the World Sportscar Championship, while the rest of the field was made up of older formula Group C cars. In another twist, some teams which had 3.5L cars, but entered previous year's championships with Group C cars, were allowed to enter their "obsolete" but more reliable (and for Le Mans in 1991, quicker) Group C racers. In the case of TWR Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, their 3.5L cars (the XJR-14 and C291 respectively) failed to qualify and instead they raced using their XJR-12 and C11 models. Peugeot Sport on the other hand only had their 905 model to race, with 1991 being their first full season in sportscar racing. Being the only factory team running the 3.5L formula, the French marque had the honour of starting 1st and 2nd, even though they had only set the 3rd and 8th fastest qualifying times.

Race

Mazda's 787B, powered with a rotary model 26B Wankel engine, won in 1991, overcoming reliability issues in the older manufacturer cars. It was the first (and so far the only) Japanese manufacturer to win Le Mans, as well as the only non-piston engine car to ever win. It won against considerable opposition from factory-entered Mercedes, Jaguar and the new 3.5L Peugeot cars; and from privately entered Porsche 962's, still competitive after 6 years.

Official results

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This Mazda 787B became the first (and to this day, the only) Japanese car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C2 55 Template:Country data JPN Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
23x15px Volker Weidler
23x15px Johnny Herbert
23x15px Bertrand Gachot
Mazda 787B D 362
Mazda R26B 2.6L 4-Rotor
2 C2 35 23x15px Silk Cut Jaguar
23x15px Tom Walkinshaw Racing
23x15px Davy Jones
23x15px Raul Boesel
23x15px Michel Ferté
Jaguar XJR-12 G 360
Jaguar 7.4L V12
3 C2 34 23x15px Silk Cut Jaguar
23x15px Tom Walkinshaw Racing
23x15px Bob Wollek
23x15px Teo Fabi
23x15px Kenny Acheson
Jaguar XJR-12 G 358
Jaguar 7.4L V12
4 C2 33 23x15px Silk Cut Jaguar
23x15px Tom Walkinshaw Racing
23x15px Derek Warwick
23x15px John Nielsen
23x15px Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJR-12 G 356
Jaguar 7.4L V12
5 C2 31 23x15px Team Sauber Mercedes 23x15px Karl Wendlinger
23x15px Michael Schumacher
23x15px Fritz Kreutzpointner
Mercedes-Benz C11 G 355
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
6 C2 18 Template:Country data JPN Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
23x15px Oreca
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland David Kennedy
    23x15px Stefan Johansson
    23x15px Maurizio Sandro Sala
Mazda 787B D 355
Mazda R26B 2.6L 4-Rotor
7 C2 58 23x15px Konrad Motorsport
23x15px Joest Porsche Racing
23x15px Hans-Joachim Stuck
23x15px Derek Bell
23x15px Frank Jelinski
Porsche 962C G 347
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
8 C2 56 Template:Country data JPN Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd.
23x15px Oreca
23x15px Pierre Dieudonné
Template:Country data JPN Takashi Yorino
Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
Mazda 787 D 346
Mazda R26B 2.6L 4-Rotor
9 C2 11 23x15px Porsche Kremer Racing 23x15px Manuel Reuter
23x15px Harri Toivonen
23x15px JJ Lehto
Porsche 962CK6 Y 343
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
10 C2 17 23x16px Repsol Brun Motorsport 23x15px Oscar Larrauri
23x15px Jesús Pareja
23x16px Walter Brun
Porsche 962C Y 338
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
11 C2 12 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px François Migault
23x15px Lionel Robert
23x15px Jean-Daniel Raulet
Cougar C26S G 331
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
12 C1 41 23x15px Euro Racing
Template:Country data JPN Team Fedco
Template:Country data JPN Kiyoshi Misaki
Template:Country data JPN Hisashi Yokoshima
Template:Country data JPN Naoki Nagasaka
Spice SE90C G 326
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
13
NC
C2 53 23x16px Team Salamin Primagaz
23x15px Team Schuppan
23x15px Hurley Haywood
23x15px James Weaver
23x15px Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962C D 316
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
14
NC
C1 43 23x15px Euro Racing
23x15px PC Automotive
23x15px Richard Piper
23x15px Olindo Iacobelli
23x15px Jean-Louis Ricci
Spice SE89C G 280
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
15
NC
C2 15 23x15px Veneto Equipe 23x15px Luigi Giorgio
23x15px Almo Copelli
Lancia LC2 D 111
Ferrari 308C 3.0L Turbo V8
16
DNF
C2 1 23x15px Team Sauber Mercedes 23x15px Jean-Louis Schlesser
23x15px Jochen Mass
23x15px Alain Ferté
Mercedes-Benz C11 G 319
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
17
DNF
C2 49 23x15px Courage Compétition
Template:Country data JPN Trust Racing
23x15px Steven Andskär
23x15px George Fouché
Porsche 962C D 316
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
18
NC
C2 47 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Michel Trollé
23x15px Claude Bourbonnais
23x15px Marco Brand
Cougar C26S G 293
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
19
DNF
C2 51 23x16px Team Salamin Primagaz
23x15px Obermaier Racing
23x15px Jürgen Lässig
23x15px Pierre Yver
23x15px Otto Altenbach
Porsche 962C G 232
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
20
DNF
C2 32 23x15px Team Sauber Mercedes 23x15px Jonathan Palmer
23x15px Stanley Dickens
23x15px Kurt Thiim
Mercedes-Benz C11 G 223
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8
21
DNF
C2 52 23x16px Team Salamin Primagaz
23x15px Team Schuppan
23x15px Eje Elgh
23x15px Roland Ratzenberger
23x15px Will Hoy
Porsche 962C D 202
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
22
DNF
C2 57 23x15px Konrad Motorsport
23x15px Joest Porsche Racing
23x15px Louis Krages
23x15px Bernd Schneider
23x15px Henri Pescarolo
Porsche 962C G 197
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
23
DNF
C2 36 23x15px TWR Suntec Jaguar 23x15px David Leslie
23x15px Mauro Martini
23x15px Jeff Krosnoff
Jaguar XJR-12 G 183
Jaguar 7.4L V12
24
DNF
C1 39 23x15px Graff Racing
23x15px Automobiles Louis Descartes
23x15px Jean-Philippe Grand
23x15px Michel Maisonneuve
23x15px Xavier Lapeyre
Spice SE89C G 163
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
25
DNF
C2 16 23x16px Repsol Brun Motorsport 23x15px Harald Huysman
23x15px Robbie Stirling
23x16px Bernard Santal
Porsche 962C Y 138
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
26
DNF
C2 45 23x15px Euro Racing
23x15px Chamberlain Engineering
23x15px Nick Adams
23x15px Robin Donovan
23x15px Richard Jones
Spice SE89C G 128
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
27
DNF
C2 14 23x16px Team Salamin Primagaz 23x16px Antoine Salamin
23x15px Max Cohen-Olivar
23x15px Marcel Tarrès
Porsche 962C G 101
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
C2 21 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x15px Franz Konrad
23x15px Anthony Reid
23x16px Pierre-Alain Lombardi
Porsche 962C Y 98
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
C2 50 23x15px Courage Compétition
23x15px Alméras Freres
23x15px Jacques Alméras
23x15px Jean-Marie Alméras
23x15px Pierre de Thoisy
Porsche 962C G 86
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
C1 44 23x15px Euro Racing
23x15px Chamberlain Engineering
23x15px John Sheldon
23x15px Ferdinand de Lesseps
23x15px Charles Rickett
Spice SE89C G 85
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
31
DNF
C1 8 23x15px Euro Racing 23x15px Cor Euser
23x15px Charles Zwolsman
23x15px Tim Harvey
Spice SE90C G 72
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
32
DNF
C1 6 23x15px Peugeot Talbot Sport 23x15px Keke Rosberg
23x15px Yannick Dalmas
23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Peugeot 905 M 68
Peugeot SA35 3.5L V10
33
DNF
C1 40 23x15px Euro Racing
Template:Country data JPN A.O. Racing
23x15px Lyn St. James
23x15px Desiré Wilson
23x15px Cathy Muller
Spice SE90C D 47
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5L V8
34
DNF
C2 13 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Johnny Dumfries
23x15px Anders Olofsson
23x15px Thomas Danielsson
Cougar C26S G 45
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
35
DNF
C1 37 23x15px Automobiles Louis Descartes
23x15px Racing Organization Course (ROC)
23x16px Bernard Thuner
23x15px Pascal Fabre
ROC 002 G 38
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5L V8
36
DNF
C1 5 23x15px Peugeot Talbot Sport 23x15px Mauro Baldi
23x15px Philippe Alliot
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Peugeot 905 M 22
Peugeot SA35 3.5L V10
37
DNF
C2 46 23x15px Porsche Kremer Racing 23x15px Tomás López
23x16px Gregor Foitek
23x15px Tiff Needell
Porsche 962CK6 Y 18
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
C1 7 23x15px Automobiles Louis Descartes 23x15px Philippe de Henning
23x15px Luigi Taverna
23x15px Patrick Gonin
ALD C91 G 16
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5L V8
DNS C2 59 23x15px Konrad Motorsport
23x15px Joest Porsche Racing
23x15px Franz Konrad
23x15px Jürgen Barth
Porsche 962C G -
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNS C1 4 23x15px Silk Cut Jaguar
23x15px Tom Walkinshaw Racing
23x15px Teo Fabi
23x15px Kenny Acheson
23x15px Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJR-14 G -
Jaguar Cosworth HB 3.5L V8
DNQ C2 48 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Chris Hodgetts
23x15px Andrew Hepworth
23x15px Thierry Lacerf
Cougar C24S G -
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNQ C1 2 23x15px Team Sauber Mercedes 23x15px Karl Wendlinger
23x15px Michael Schumacher
23x15px Fritz Kreutzpointner
Mercedes-Benz C291 G -
Mercedes-Benz M291 3.5L Flat-12
DNQ C2 42 23x15px Euro Racing 23x15px Justin Bell
Template:Country data JPN Shunji Kasuya
Spice SE88P G -
Ferrari 308C 3.5L Turbo V8
DNQ C2 54 23x16px Team Salamin Primagaz
23x15px Team Davey
Template:Country data JPN Katsunori Iketani
23x15px Mercedes Stermitz
23x15px Val Musetti
Porsche 962C G -
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #1 Team Sauber Mercedes - 3:31.270
    • #3 Silk Cut Jaguar was originally on pole but was withdrawn prior to the race.
  • Fastest Lap - #31 Team Sauber Mercedes - 3:35.564 (Michael Schumacher)
  • Distance - 4922.810 km
  • Average Speed - 205.333 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Sauber Mercedes C11 - 342 km/h (race), Sauber Mercedes C11 - 363 km/h (qualifying)


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