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1980 24 Hours of Le Mans

1980 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

The 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 48th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 1980. It was the seventh round of the 1980 World Championship for Makes.

Contents

  • Pre-race 1
  • Race 2
  • Official results 3
  • Statistics 4
  • Trophy Winners 5
  • References 6

Pre-race

Porsche again sent no works Group 6 cars, in order to not compete against their many customers in their 935 Group 5 cars. The lone Group 6 Porsche, a Martini Racing-sponsored roadster entered by Joest Racing for Reinhold Joest himself and Jacky Ickx, was christened the Porsche 908/80 by the team (and "FrankenPorsche" by journalists), but looked much like the 1977 version of the 936. For a long time the car was believed to be a hack on a 908 chassis until it was discovered that it was in fact built on a real 936 replacement chassis, the 936-004. As Porsche didn't wish to be in the business of selling 936s to customers, the secret was kept by using a 908 chassis number plate.

The 908/80 was favorite but Porsche could also count on many 935, five Group 5 plus eight IMSA GTX, including three cars from the Sebring-winning Dick Barbour team. Most of the opposition was in the GTP class: three WM-Peugeot and a trio of local heroes, the Le Mans-built Rondeau-Cosworth.

Race

The race winning Rondeau M379

The start was the probably wettest ever at Le Mans. Ickx laid back in his roadster until he could actually see something else than the fog created by closed-cabin cars: Porsche 935s, BMW M1s and Rondeau coupes.

John Fitzpatrick was leading with Dick Barbour's Porsche 935. Hans Stuck had shoved his BMW M1 from 26th to second by 17:00. At that time Jean Rondeau had two of his made-in-Le Mans cars in the top 10.

When the rain decreased Ickx and Joest picked off one car after another. By the end of the third hour, Joest found himself in the lead. When Ickx was back in the car he broke the fuel injection pump belt. But Joest had planned wisely; there was a set of basic tools and a spare belt in the car. Ickx restarted just 14 minutes later but this was enough to lose the lead.

At nightfall, a Rondeau was leading the race but Ickx began the chase. By 01:00 Sunday, the 908/80 was on the same lap as the leaders. Two hours later, they were ahead and began to leave the French coupé behind. After numerous lead changes caused by refuelings and scheduled maintenance on the cars around 07:00, the Joest Martini Porsche had built a solid lead.

But the Joest team had underestimated the Rondeaus, as they didn't expect the Cosworth to be very reliable. As a result, Joest and Ickx did not run fast enough and at 10:00 when the 908/80 had a gearbox failure, like the works 936s in 1977, they had not built up a large enough lead. The Rondeau of Jean Rondeau himself and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud gained the lead with a gap of three laps over the second placed car. Ickx had to begin a third chase.

When Jaussaud took over from Rondeau with an hour and a half remaining, the Rondeau had still a two laps advance but the Porsche was running faster. With 35 minutes left to race, the rain returned. Ickx pitted for wet tyres while Jaussaud kept the slicks. Jaussaud had made the right choice and remained in the lead. However there was a final surprise: As the rain became heavier in the last lap, Jaussaud lost the control of his car. By luck he did not hit anything. For the first time a driver had won Le Mans on a car bearing his own name. At the end of the race Ickx announced his retirement, which he was to reverse a few months later.

Official results

Le Mans in 1980
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyres Laps
Engine
1 S
+2.0
16 LePoint Jean Rondeau Jean Rondeau
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Rondeau M379 G 338
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
2 S
+2.0
9 Equipe Liqui Moly - Martini Racing Jacky Ickx
Reinhold Joest
Porsche 908/80 D 336
Porsche 2.1 L Turbo Flat-6
3 GTP 17 Belga Jean Rondeau Gordon Spice
Philippe Martin
Jean-Michel Martin
Rondeau M379 G 329
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
4 GTP 5 WM Esso Guy Fréquelin
Roger Dorchy
WM P79/80 M 316
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
5 IMSA 70 Dick Barbour Racing John Fitzpatrick
Brian Redman
Dick Barbour
Porsche 935 K3 G 316
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
6 GTP 4 Porsche System Manfred Schurti
Jürgen Barth
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 316
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
7 S
+2.0
8 Alain de Cadenet Alain de Cadenet
François Migault
De Cadenet-Lola LM D 313
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
8 Gr.5 49 Vegla Racing Team Harald Grohs
Dieter Schornstein
Porsche 935 D 313
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
9 IMSA 73 JLP Racing John Paul Sr.
John Paul Jr.
Guy Edwards
Porsche 935 JLP-2 G 312
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
10 IMSA 76 JMS Racing
Charles Pozzi
Jean Xhenceval
Pierre Dieudonné
Hervé Regout
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 312
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
11 GTP 6 WM Esso Jean-Daniel Raulet
Marcel Mamers
WM P79/80 M 311
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo Flat-6
12 GTP 2 Porsche System Andy Rouse
Tony Dron
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 310
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
13 GTP 3 Porsche System Derek Bell
Al Holbert
Porsche 924 Carrera GT D 305
Porsche 2.0 L Turbo I4
14 IMSA 83 BMW France Didier Pironi
Dieter Quester
Marcel Mignot
BMW M1 D 293
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
15 IMSA 84 BMW Motorsport GmbH
Dominique Lacaud
Hans Joachim Stuck
Dominique Lacaud
Hans-Georg Bürger
BMW M1 D 283
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
16 GT 93 Thierry Perrier Thierry Perrier
Roger Carmillet
Porsche 911 SC K 280
Porsche 4.6 L Flat-6
(Ethanol)
17 S
2.0
25 ROC - Société Yacco Bruno Sotty
Daniel Laurent
Philippe Hesnault
Chevron B36 G 276
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
18 S
2.0
23 ROC - Société Yacco Michel Dubois
Christian Debias
Florian Vetsch
Lola T298 G 272
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
19 Gr.5 53 Jolly Club - Lancia Corse Carlo Facetti
Martino Finotto
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 272
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
20 IMSA 89 Hervé Poulain Dany Snobeck
Hervé Poulain
Pierre Destic
Porsche 935 D 272
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
21 IMSA 86 Z & W Enterprises Inc. Ernesto Soto
Mark Hutchins
Pierre Honnegger
Mazda RX-7 G 266
Mazda 12A 1.2L 2-Rotor
22 S
2.0
29 Dorset Racing Associates Peter Clarke
Nick Mason
Martin Birrane
Lola T297 D 263
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 L I4
23 IMSA 78 EMKA Productions Steve O'Rourke
Richard Down
Simon Phillips
Ferrari 512BB/LM D 262
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
24 GT 90 Georges Bourdillat Georges Bourdillat
Alain-Michel Bernhard
Pascal Ennequin
Porsche 934 M 248
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
25 S
+2.0
12 Dome Co. Ltd. Chris Craft
Bob Evans
Dome RL80 D 246
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
26
DNF
GTP 7 WM Esso Serge Saulnier
Jean-Louis Bousquet
Denis Morin
WM P79/80 M 264
Peugeot PRV 2.7 L Turbo V6
27
DNF
S
2.0
27 Michel Elkoubi / Primagaz Patrick Perrier
Pierre Yver
Lola T298 M 255
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
28
DNF
GT 94 Equipe Alméras Frères Jacques Alméras
Jean-Marie Alméras
Marianne Hoepfner
Porsche 934 M 251
Porsche 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
29
DNF
IMSA 69 Racing Associates Inc. Bob Akin
Ralph Kent-Cooke
Paul Miller
Porsche 935 K3 G 237
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
30
DNF
IMSA 95 BMW Zol-Auto François Sérvanin
Laurent Ferrier
Pierre-François Rousselot
BMW M1 G 237
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
31
DNF
Gr.5 43 Malardeau Kremer Racing Xavier Lapeyre
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Anne-Charlotte Verney
Porsche 935 K3 D 217
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
32
DNF
Gr.5 45 Gelo Racing Team Bob Wollek
Helmut Kelleners
Porsche 935 P 191
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
33
DNF
Gr.5 42 Gozzy Kremer Racing Tetsu Ikuzawa
Rolf Stommelen
Axel Plankenhorn
Porsche 935 K3 D 167
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
34
DNF
GT 80 Diego Febles Racing Armando Gonzales
Diego Febles
Francisco Romero
Porsche 934 G 164
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
35
DNF
Gr.5 44 Charles Ivey Racing Peter Lovett
Dudley Wood
John Cooper
Porsche 935 K3 D 158
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
36
DNF
S
2.0
28 Scuderia Torino Corse Lella Lombardi
Mark Thatcher
Osella PA8 P 157
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
37
DNF
IMSA 85 Sun System
Whittington Brothers Racing
Hurley Haywood
Don Whittington
Dale Whittington
Porsche 935 K3 G 151
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
38
DNF
GT 91 ASA Cachia Christian Bussi
Bernard Salam
Cyril Grandet
Porsche 934 D 137
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
39
DNF
IMSA 71 Dick Barbour Racing Bobby Rahal
Bob Garretson
Allan Moffat
Porsche 935 K3 G 134
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
40
DNF
IMSA 77 JMS Racing
Charles Pozzi
Jean-Claude Andruet
Claude Ballot-Léna
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 129
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
41
DNF
S
+2.0
1 André Chevalley Racing Patrick Gaillard
François Trisconi
André Chevalley
ACR 80 (Lola T380) G 126
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
42
DNF
GTX 96 Garage du Bac Frédéric Alliot
Jacques Guérin
BMW M1 D 125
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
43
DNF
S
+2.0
15 ITT Jean Rondeau Henri Pescarolo
Jean Ragnotti
Rondeau M379 G 124
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
44
DNF
Gr.5 41 Porsche Kremer Racing Ted Field
Danny Ongais
Jean-Louis Lafosse
Porsche 935 K3 D 89
Porsche 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
45
DNF
S
2.0
22 Hubert Striebig Michel Pignard
Mario Ketterer
Hubert Striebig
Toj SM01 D 79
BMW 2.0 L I4
46
DNF
IMSA 75 JMS Racing
Charles Pozzi
Lucien Guitteny
Gérard Bleynie
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 47
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
47
DNF
IMSA 82 March Racing Ltd. Manfred Winkelhock
Patrick Nève
Michael Korton
BMW M1 D 38
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
48
DNF
Gr.5 46 Meccarillos Racing Claude Haldi
Bernard Béguin
Volkert Merl
Porsche 935 D 37
Porsche Type-935 2.9 L Turbo Flat-6
49
DNF
S
2.0
24 ROC - Sociéte Yacco Marc Sourd
Bernard Verdier
Lola T298 G 27
ROC-Talbot 2.0 L I4
50
DNF
Gr.5 52 Scuderia Lancia Corse Piercarlo Ghinzani
Markku Alén
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 26
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
51
DNF
IMSA 79 Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto Spartaco Dini
Fabrizio Violati
Maurizio Micangeli
Ferrari 512BB/LM M 10
Ferrari 4.9 L Flat-12
52
DNF
IMSA 68 Racing Associates Inc. Skeeter McKitterick
Charles Mendez
Leon Walger
Porsche 935 K3 G 9
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
53
DNF
IMSA 72 Wynn's International
Dick Barbour Racing
Robert Kirby
Mike Sherwin
Bob Harmon
Porsche 935 K3 G 7
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
54
DNF
S
2.0
20 Jean-Philippe Grand Jean-Philippe Grand
Yves Courage
Chevron B36 G 6
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
55
DNF
Gr.5 51 Scuderia Lancia Corse Hans Heyer
Bernard Darniche
Teo Fabi
Lancia Beta Monte Carlo P 6
Lancia 1.4 L Turbo I4
[1]

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #70 Dick Barbour Racing - 3:40.02
  • Fastest Lap - #9 Equipe Liqui Moly - Martini Racing - 3:40.60
  • Distance - 4608.02 km/h
  • Average Speed - 191.899 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #16 LePoint Jean Rondeau

References

  1. ^ Örnerdal, Stefan, ed. (1 March 2008). "XLVIII Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1980". Le Mans Register. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
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