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1998 24 Hours of Le Mans

1998 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 66th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 6 and 7 June 1998.

Race

1998 saw a significant increase in manufacturer involvement. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz remained, with upgraded cars in both GT1 and LMP. Toyota sent three of their new, extremely fast GT-One racing cars, while BMW, in association with WilliamsF1, launched the new BMW V12 LM. Nissan sent 4 of their new R390 GT1s. The United States was also represented properly with a two car team from Panoz, with Ford powered Esperante GTR-1s.

Porsche won the race as the faster cars from Mercedes, BMW and Toyota retired with mechanical difficulties and accident damage. The remaining Nissans and outdated McLarens were unable to match the pace of the upgraded 911 GT1s. Following this race, Porsche went into a sabbatical, rumored to be part of a plan to allow Porsche's partner Audi to develop their own sportscar without competition from within the alliance.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 GT1 26 23x15px Porsche AG 23x15px Laurent Aïello
23x15px Allan McNish
23x15px Stéphane Ortelli
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 351
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
2 GT1 25 23x15px Porsche AG 23x15px Jörg Müller
23x15px Uwe Alzen
23x15px Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 350
Porsche 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
3 GT1 32 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsports
23x15px TWR
Template:Country data JPN Aguri Suzuki
Template:Country data JPN Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Template:Country data JPN Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 347
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
4 GT1 40 23x15px Gulf Team Davidoff
23x15px EMKA Racing
23x15px Steve O'Rourke
23x15px Tim Sugden
23x15px Bill Auberlen
McLaren F1 GTR P 343
BMW S70 6.0L V12
5 GT1 30 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsports
23x15px TWR
23x15px John Nielsen
23x15px Michael Krumm
23x15px Franck Lagorce
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
6 GT1 31 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsports
23x15px TWR
23x15px Jan Lammers
23x15px Érik Comas
23x15px Andrea Montermini
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
7 GT1 45 23x15px Panoz Motorsports Inc. 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Andy Wallace
23x15px Jamie Davies
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 M 335
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
8 LMP1 12 23x15px Doyle-Risi Racing 23x15px Wayne Taylor
23x15px Eric van de Poele
23x15px Fermín Velez
Ferrari 333 SP P 332
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
9 GT1 27 Template:Country data JPN Toyota Motorsports
23x15px Toyota Team Europe
Template:Country data JPN Ukyo Katayama
Template:Country data JPN Toshio Suzuki
Template:Country data JPN Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One M 326
Toyota R36V 3.6L Turbo V8
10 GT1 33 Template:Country data JPN Nissan Motorsports
23x15px TWR
Template:Country data JPN Satoshi Motoyama
Template:Country data JPN Takuya Kurosawa
Template:Country data JPN Masami Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 319
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
11 GT2 53 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Justin Bell
23x15px David Donohue
23x15px Luca Drudi
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0L V10
12 LMP1 16 23x15px Kremer Racing 23x15px Rocky Agusta
23x15px Almo Coppelli
23x15px Xavier Pompidou
Kremer K8/2 Spyder G 314
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
13 GT2 51 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Tommy Archer
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 312
Chrysler 8.0L V10
14 LMP1 3 23x15px Moretti Racing Inc. 23x15px Gianpiero Moretti
23x15px Mauro Baldi
23x15px Didier Theys
Ferrari 333 SP Y 311
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
15 LMP1 15 23x15px La Filière 23x15px Henri Pescarolo
23x15px Olivier Grouillard
23x15px Franck Montagny
Courage C36 M 304
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
16 LMP1 24 23x15px Courage Compétition Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
23x15px Franck Fréon
23x15px Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41 M 300
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
17 GT2 64 23x15px Roock Racing 23x15px Claudia Hürtgen
23x15px Michel Ligonnet
23x15px Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 285
Porsche 3.8L Turbo Flat-6
18 GT2 69 23x15px Michel Nourry 23x15px Michel Nourry
23x15px Thierry Perrier
23x15px Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 911 GT2  ? 276
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
19 GT2 56 23x15px Chamberlain Engineering 23x15px Gary Ayles
23x15px Matt Turner
23x15px Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 270
Chrysler 8.0L V10
20 GT2 68 23x16px Elf Haberthur Racing 23x15px Eric Graham
23x15px Hervé Poulain
23x15px Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Porsche 911 GT2 D 268
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
21 GT2 55 23x15px Chamberlain Engineering 23x15px Ni Amorim
23x15px Gonçalo Gomes
23x15px Manuel Mello-Breyner
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 264
Chrysler 8.0L V10
22 GT2 65 23x15px Roock Racing 23x15px Rob Schirle
23x15px André Ahrle
23x15px David Warnock
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 247
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
23 GT2 72 23x15px Larbre Compétition 23x15px Patrice Goueslard
23x15px Jean-Luc Chéreau
23x15px Pierre Yver
Porsche 911 GT2 M 240
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
24
DNF
GT1 29 Template:Country data JPN Toyota Motorsports
23x15px Toyota Team Europe
23x15px Thierry Boutsen
23x15px Ralf Kelleners
23x15px Geoff Lees
Toyota GT-One M 330
Toyota R36V 3.6L Turbo V8
25
DNF
GT2 71 23x15px Estoril Racing Communication 23x15px Michel Maisonneuve
23x15px Manuel Monteiro
23x15px Michel Monteiro
Porsche 911 GT2 P 277
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
26
DNF
GT1 44 23x15px Panoz Motorsports Inc.
23x15px DAMS
23x15px Éric Bernard
23x15px Christophe Tinseau
23x15px Johnny O'Connell
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 M 236
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
27
DNF
LMP1 13 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Didier Cottaz
23x15px Marc Goossens
23x15px Jean-Philippe Belloc
Courage C51 M 232
Nissan VRH35Z 3.0L Turbo V8
28
DNF
GT1 41 23x15px Gulf Team Davidoff
23x15px GTC Competition
23x15px Dr. Thomas Bscher
23x15px Emanuele Pirro
23x15px Rinaldo Capello
McLaren F1 GTR G 228
BMW S70 6.0L V12
29
DNF
LMP1 8 23x15px Porsche AG
23x15px Joest Racing
23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel
23x15px David Murry
23x15px James Weaver
Porsche LMP1-98 M 218
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
LMP1 10 23x15px Pilot Racing 23x15px Michel Ferté
23x15px Pascal Fabre
23x15px François Migault
Ferrari 333 SP  ? 203
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
31
DNF
GT2 67 23x16px Elf Haberthur Racing 23x15px Michel Neugarten
23x15px Jean-Claude Lagniez
23x15px David Smadja
Porsche 911 GT2 D 198
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
GT1 28 Template:Country data JPN Toyota Motorsports
23x15px Toyota Team Europe
23x15px Martin Brundle
23x15px Emmanuel Collard
23x15px Eric Hélary
Toyota GT-One M 191
Toyota R36V 3.6L Turbo V8
33
DNF
LMP1 5 23x15px JB Racing 23x15px Vincenzo Sospiri
23x15px Jean-Christophe Boullion
23x15px Jérôme Policand
Ferrari 333 SP M 187
Ferrari F310E 4.0L V12
34
DNF
GT2 60 23x15px Chereau Sports
23x15px Larbre Compétition
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier
23x15px Carl Rosenblad
23x15px Robin Donovan
Porsche 911 GT2 M 164
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
35
DNF
GT2 62 23x15px CJ Motorsport 23x15px John Morton
23x15px John Graham
23x15px Harald Grohs
Porsche 911 GT2 G 164
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
36
DNF
LMP1 21 23x15px Solution F 23x15px Philippe Gache
23x15px Wayne Gardner
23x15px Didier de Radiguès
Riley & Scott Mk III P 155
Ford 5.1L V8
37
DNF
LMP1 14 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Fredrik Ekblom
23x15px Patrice Gay
Template:Country data JPN Takeshi Tsuchiya
Courage C51 M 126
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5L Turbo V8
38
DNF
LMP1 7 23x15px Porsche AG
23x15px Joest Racing
23x15px Michele Alboreto
23x15px Stefan Johansson
23x15px Yannick Dalmas
Porsche LMP1-98 M 107
Porsche Type-935 3.2L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
LMP2 22 23x15px Didier Bonnet Racing 23x15px Lionel Robert
23x15px Édouard Sezionale
23x15px Pierre Bruneau
Debora LMP296 M 106
BMW S50 3.2L I6
40
DNF
GT2 61 23x15px Krauss Race Sports Intl. 23x15px Bernhard Müller
23x15px Michael Trunk
23x15px Ernst Palmberger
Porsche 911 GT2 D 71
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
41
DNF
LMP1 1 23x15px Team BMW Motorsport 23x15px Hans-Joachim Stuck
23x15px Steve Soper
23x15px Tom Kristensen
BMW V12 LM M 60
BMW S70 6.0L V12
42
DNF
LMP1 2 23x15px Team BMW Motorsport 23x15px Pierluigi Martini
23x15px Joachim Winkelhock
23x15px Johnny Cecotto
BMW V12 LM M 43
BMW S70 6.0L V12
43
DNF
GT1 36 23x15px AMG-Mercedes 23x15px Jean-Marc Gounon
23x15px Ricardo Zonta
23x15px Christophe Bouchut
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 31
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L V8
44
DNF
GT2 50 23x15px Viper Team Oreca 23x15px Karl Wendlinger
23x15px Marc Duez
23x15px Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 28
Chrysler 8.0L V10
45
DNF
GT2 70 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x15px Franz Konrad
23x15px Larry Schumacher
23x15px Nick Ham
Porsche 911 GT2 D 24
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6
46
DNF
GT1 35 23x15px AMG-Mercedes 23x15px Bernd Schneider
23x15px Mark Webber
23x15px Klaus Ludwig
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 19
Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L V8
47
DNF
GT2 73 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x16px Toni Seiler
23x15px Peter Kitchak
23x15px Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 D 2
Porsche 3.6L Turbo Flat-6

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #35 AMG-Mercedes - 3:35.544
  • Fastest Lap - #28 Toyota Motorsport - 3:41.809
  • Distance - 4783.78 km
  • Average Speed - 199.324 km/h[1]
  • Highest Trap Speed — Toyota GT-One - 345 km/h (practice)

References