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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.

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

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP 7 23x15px Joest Racing 23x15px Michele Alboreto
23x15px Stefan Johansson
23x15px Tom Kristensen
TWR Porsche WSC-95 G 361
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
2 GT1 41 23x15px Gulf Team Davidoff
23x15px GTC Racing
23x15px Jean-Marc Gounon
23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel
23x15px Anders Olofsson
McLaren F1 GTR M 360
BMW S70 6.0L V12
3 GT1 43 23x15px Team BMW Motorsport
23x15px BMW Team Schnitzer
23x15px Peter Kox
23x15px Roberto Ravaglia
23x15px Eric Hélary
McLaren F1 GTR M 358
BMW S70 6.0L V12
4 LMP 13 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Didier Cottaz
23x15px Jérôme Policand
23x15px Marc Goossens
Courage C41 M 336
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
5 GT1 33 23x15px Schübel Engineering 23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Armin Hahne
23x15px Patrice Goueslard
Porsche 911 GT1 M 331
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
6 LMP 3 23x15px Moretti Racing Inc. 23x15px Gianpiero Moretti
23x15px Didier Theys
23x15px Max Papis
Ferrari 333 SP Y 321
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
7 LMP 8 23x15px La Filière Elf 23x15px Henri Pescarolo
23x15px Jean-Philippe Belloc
23x15px Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C36 M 319
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8 GT1 27 23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia 23x15px Pierluigi Martini
23x15px Christian Pescatori
23x15px Antônio Hermann de Azevedo
Porsche 911 GT1 P 317
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
9 GT2 78 23x16px Elf Haberthur Racing 23x15px Michel Neugarten
23x15px Guy Martinolle
23x15px Jean-Claude Lagniez
Porsche 911 GT2 D 307
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
10 GT2 74 23x15px Roock Racing 23x15px André Ahrle
23x15px Andy Pilgrim
23x16px Bruno Eichmann
Porsche 911 GT2 M 306
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 GT2 73 23x15px Roock Racing 23x15px Manuel Mello-Breyner
23x15px Tomaz Mello-Breyner
23x15px Pedro Mello-Breyner
Porsche 911 GT2 M 295
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
12 GT1 23 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsport
23x15px TWR
Template:Country data JPN Kazuyoshi Hoshino
23x15px Érik Comas
Template:Country data JPN Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 294
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
13 GT2 80 23x16px GT Racing Team AG
23x15px Roock Racing
23x15px Claudia Hürtgen
23x15px John Robinson
23x15px Hugh Price
Porsche 911 GT2 P 280
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
14 GT2 63 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Justin Bell
23x15px Pierre Yver
23x15px John Morton
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 278
Chrysler 8.0L V10
15 GT2 64 23x15px Chamberlain Engineering 23x15px Hans Hugenholtz
23x15px Jari Nurminen
23x15px Chris Gleason
Chrysler Viper GTS-R G 269
Chrysler 8.0L V10
16 LMP 10 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Fredrik Ekblom
23x15px Jean-Louis Ricci
23x15px Jean-Paul Libert
Courage C36 M 265
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
17 LMP 15 23x15px Team T.D.R.
Template:Country data JPN Mazdaspeed
Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
23x15px Jim Downing
23x15px Franck Fréon
Kudzu DLM-4 G 263
Mazda R26B 2.6L 4-Rotor
18
DNF
GT1 26 23x15px Porsche AG 23x15px Emmanuel Collard
23x15px Ralf Kelleners
23x15px Yannick Dalmas
Porsche 911 GT1 G 327
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
19
DNF
GT1 39 23x15px Gulf Team Davidoff
23x15px GTC Racing
23x15px Ray Bellm
23x15px Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Template:Country data JPN Masanori Sekiya
McLaren F1 GTR M 326
BMW S70 6.0L V12
20
DNF
GT2 61 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Philippe Gache
23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px Dominique Dupuy
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 263
Chrysler 8.0L V10
21
DNF
GT1 25 23x15px Porsche AG 23x15px Hans Joachim Stuck
23x15px Thierry Boutsen
23x15px Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1 G 238
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
22
DNF
GT1 42 23x15px Team BMW Motorsport
23x15px BMW Team Schnitzer
23x15px JJ Lehto
23x15px Steve Soper
23x15px Nelson Piquet
McLaren F1 GTR M 236
BMW S70 6.0L V12
23
DNF
GT1 29 23x15px JB Racing 23x15px Jürgen von Gartzen
23x15px Olivier Thévenin
23x15px Alain Ferté
Porsche 911 GT1 M 236
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
24
DNF
GT1 54 23x15px David Price Racing 23x15px Andy Wallace
23x15px James Weaver
23x15px Butch Leitzinger
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 G 236
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
25
DNF
GT1 30 23x15px Kremer Racing 23x15px Christophe Bouchut
23x15px Andy Evans
23x15px Bertrand Gachot
Porsche 911 GT1 G 207
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
26
DNF
GT2 75 23x15px Larbre Compétition 23x15px Patrick Bourdais
23x15px Peter Kitchak
23x15px André Lara-Rezende
Porsche 911 GT2 M 205
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
27
DNF
LMP 9 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Mario Andretti
23x15px Michael Andretti
23x15px Olivier Grouillard
Courage C36 M 197
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
28
DNF
GT1 52 23x15px DAMS 23x15px Franck Lagorce
23x15px Éric Bernard
23x15px Jean-Christophe Boullion
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 M 149
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
29
DNF
GT1 55 23x15px David Price Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Perry McCarthy
23x15px Doc Bundy
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 G 145
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
30
DNF
GT1 21 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsport
23x15px TWR
23x15px Martin Brundle
23x15px Jörg Müller
23x15px Wayne Taylor
Nissan R390 GT1 B 139
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
31
DNF
GT1 28 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x15px Franz Konrad
23x15px Mauro Baldi
23x15px Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT1 P 138
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
GT2 67 23x15px Saleen-Allen Speedlab
23x15px Cirtek Racing
23x15px Steve Saleen
23x15px Price Cobb
23x15px Carlos Palau
Saleen Mustang RRR D 133
Ford 5.9L V8
33
DNF
GT2 79 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x16px Toni Seiler
23x15px Larry Schumacher
23x15px Michel Ligonnet
Porsche 911 GT2 P 126
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
GT1 22 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsport
23x15px TWR
23x15px Riccardo Patrese
23x15px Eric van de Poele
Template:Country data JPN Aguri Suzuki
Nissan R390 GT1 B 121
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
35
DNF
GT1 49 23x15px GT1 Lotus Racing 23x15px Jan Lammers
23x15px Mike Hezemans
23x15px Alexander Grau
Lotus Elise GT1 M 121
Chevrolet LT5 6.0L V8
36
DNF
LMP 5 23x15px Kremer Racing 23x15px Tomás Saldaña
23x15px Carl Rosenblad
23x15px Jürgen Lässig
Kremer K8 Spyder G 103
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
37
DNF
GT2 84 23x16px Stadler Motorsport 23x16px Enzo Calderari
23x16px Lilian Bryner
23x15px Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 P 98
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GT1 44 Template:Country data JPN Team Lark McLaren
23x15px Parabolica Motorsports
Template:Country data JPN Akihiko Nakaya
Template:Country data JPN Keiichi Tsuchiya
23x15px Gary Ayles
McLaren F1 GTR M 88
BMW S70 6.0L V12
39
DNF
GT2 77 23x15px Chereau Sports
23x15px Larbre Compétition
23x15px Jean-Luc Chéreau
23x15px Jack Leconte
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier
Porsche 911 GT2 M 77
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
GT1 46 23x15px Newcastle United Lister 23x15px Julian Bailey
23x15px Thomas Erdos
23x15px Mark Skaife
Lister Storm GTL D 77
Jaguar 7.0L V12
41
DNF
GT2 62 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Tommy Archer
23x15px Soheil Ayari
23x15px Marc Duez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 76
Chrysler 8.0L V10
42
DNF
GT2 60 23x15px Agusta Racing Team Ltd. 23x15px Almo Coppelli
23x15px Rocky Agusta
23x15px Eric Graham
Callaway Corvette LM-GT D 45
Chevrolet LT1 6.2L V8
43
DNF
GT2 66 23x15px Saleen-Allen Speedlab
23x15px Cirtek Racing
23x15px David Warnock
23x15px Rob Schirle
23x15px Allen Lloyd
Saleen Mustang RRR D 28
Ford 5.9L V8
44
DNF
GT1 45 23x15px Newcastle United Lister 23x15px Geoff Lees
23x15px Tiff Needell
23x15px George Fouché
Lister Storm GTL D 21
Jaguar 7.0L V12
45
DNF
LMP 4 23x15px Pilot Racing 23x15px Michel Ferté
23x15px Adrián Campos
23x15px Charlie Nearburg
Ferrari 333 SP D 18
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
46
DNF
GT2 70 23x15px Marcos Racing International 23x15px Cor Euser
Template:Country data JPN Takaji Suzuki
23x15px Harald Becker
Marcos Mantara LM600 D 15
Chevrolet 5.9L V8
47
DNF
GT1 32 23x15px Roock Racing 23x15px Stéphane Ortelli
23x15px Allan McNish
23x15px Karl Wendlinger
Porsche 911 GT1 M 8
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
48
DNF
LMP 14 23x15px Pacific Racing Ltd. 23x15px Harri Toivonen
23x15px Eliseo Salazar
23x15px Jesús Pareja
BRM P301 P 6
Nissan 3.0L Turbo V6
DNS GT1 40 23x15px Gulf Team Davidoff
23x15px GTC Racing
23x15px John Nielsen
23x15px Thomas Bscher
23x15px 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)