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1977 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1977 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 45th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 11 and 12 June 1977.


#4 Porsche 936/77-001, Le Mans winner 1977
#4 Porsche 936/77-001, Le Mans winner 1977

The Porsche 936 won again in 1977 against the Renault and Mirage Renault, with extraordinary driving efforts by Jacky Ickx. His #3 car, the chassis 002 that had won in the previous year, broke down in the early running, so Ickx joined Hurley Haywood and Jürgen Barth in the team's #4 sister chassis 001 which had its woes, too. Ickx pushed hard and took the lead again, taking advantage of the fragile Renault challenge, to score his 4th victory. But Porsche were lucky too; a broken engine nearly halted the Porsche 936/77 in the last hour. The mechanics removed the ignition and injection of the failed cylinder, and the smoking car limped around the track to finish after 24 hours while running, as required.

The biggest rule change was the cancellation of restrictions for consumption: Up to now was not required to travel at least twenty laps between two refueling, but the maximum capacity of the tanks was limited to 160 liters and the number of Octane was elevated to 100, like in Formula 1 (and after the protest of Renault).[1] He was also granted the greatest freedom in repairs: the only things that could not be replaced were the engine block, chassis and body.[1]

Before moving on to Formula 1, Renault was decided to win the race and for 1977 had spent all their energy to achieve that goal. 4 cars of the Renault Alpine A442 type were entered for Jabouille / Bell, Depailler / Laffite, Jaussaud / Tambay and Pironi / Arnoux / Fréquelin crew. Long practice sessions were held by the French team at Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet during the months of January, February and April.[1]

After its thorough preparation, the official Renault team was considered a pre-race favourite.

Porsche entered two 936, driven by Ickx / Pescarolo (they had already won 6 editions) and Barth / Haywood, the latter having recently achieved his third victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona after driving his Porsche Carrera RSR all night long.[2]

For this edition the Mirage GR8 left the usual Ford Cosworth DFV V8 3 liters, to adopt the Renault V6 Turbo engine, the same of the Alpine. Drivers were Schuppan/Jarier and Posey/Leclère, with Jarier called at last minute to replace Jean-Louis Lafosse, who will quote in court the team .[1] After long tests at Indianapolis where no failure happened, the Mirage linked on their reliability as slower and heavier than official cars Renault.

The participants in Group 6 "3 liters", with the Ford Cosworth DFV, were the de Cadenet-Lola, with the British team-owner sharing the car with Chris Craft, the French Inaltera with its second participation at Le Mans with two cars for Beltoise/Holbert and "Christine"/Lombardi, and another car in the GTP category and the Lola T286 driven by Perrier/Lapeyre.

In Group 5 ("Silhouette"), only Porsche was present with the 935, the works car of "Martini Racing" for Stommelen/Schurti, and customer cars for Ballot-Léna/Gregg, Schenken/Hezemans/Hayer/Ludwig (Gelo Racing Team) and Edwards/Faure (Kremer Racing. There was also a Ferrari 365 BB fielded by NART and Aston Martin DBS V8 of a small privateer team.

Official results

Le Mans in 1977
Le Mans in 1977
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
1 S
4 West Germany Martini Racing Porsche System West Germany Jürgen Barth
United States Hurley Haywood
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Porsche 936/77 342
Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6
2 S
10 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Mirage Renault
Australia Vern Schuppan
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Mirage GR8 331
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
3 Gr. 5 40 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia France Claude Ballot-Léna
United States Peter Gregg
Porsche 935 315
Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6
4 GTP 88 France Inaltera France Jean Ragnotti
France Jean Rondeau
Inaltera LM77 315
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
5 S
5 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
United Kingdom Chris Craft
De Cadenet-Lola LM 315
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
6 S
20 France Racing Organisation Course France Michel Pignard
France Albert Dufréne
France Jacques Henry
Chevron B36 303
ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4
7 GT 58 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing France Bob Wollek
Belgium "Steve" (Jean-Pierre Wielemans)
France Philippe Gurdjian
Porsche 934 298
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
8 IMSA 71 Belgium Luigi Racing Belgium Jean Xhenceval
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Italy Spartaco Dini
BMW 3.0 CSL 291
BMW M30 3.2L I6
9 IMSA 50 France Hervé Poulain France Hervé Poulain
France Marcel Mignot
BMW 320i 287
BMW M12 2.0L I4
10 IMSA 61 France Christian Gouttepifre France Christian Gouttepifre
France Philippe Malbran
France Alain Leroux
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 281
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
11 S
2 France Inaltera Italy Lella Lombardi
Belgium Christine Beckers
Inaltera LM77 279
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
12 IMSA 70 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia United Kingdom Simon De Lautour
France Jean-Pierre Delaunay
France Jacques Guérin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 275
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
13 S
1 France Inaltera France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United States Al Holbert
Inaltera LM77 275
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
14 IMSA 79 France Ravenel Frères France Jean-Louis Ravenel
France Jean Ravenel
France Jean-Marie Détrin
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 274
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
15 GTP 86 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Max Mamers
France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Xavier Mathiot
WM P76 274
Peugeot PRV 2.7L V6
16 IMSA 75 United States North American Racing Team France François Migault
France Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GT4/BB 268
Ferrari 4.4L Flat-12
17 GTP 83 United Kingdom Robin Hamilton United Kingdom Robin Hamilton
United Kingdom David Preece
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
Aston Martin DBS V8 260
Aston Martin 5.3L V8
18 Gr. 5 47 France Anne-Charlotte Verney / BP France Anne-Charlotte Verney
France René Metge
France Dany Snobeck
France Hubert Striebig
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 254
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
19 GT 56 France JMS Racing / ASA Cachia France Jean-Louis Bousquet
France Cyril Grandet
France Philippe Dagoreau
Porsche 934 253
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
20 IMSA 77 Belgium Wynn's International
United States Kirby-Hitchcock Racing
United States Dennis Aase
United States Bob Kirby
United States John Hotchkis
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 246
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
31 United Kingdom Dorset Racing Associates United Kingdom Ian Harrower
Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Netherlands Ernst Berg
United Kingdom Richard Down
Lola T294S 212
Ford Cosworth BDA 2.0L I4
8 France Équipe Renault Elf France Patrick Depailler
France Jacques Laffite
Renault Alpine A442 289
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
DNF Gr. 5 39 West Germany Gelo Racing Team Netherlands Toine Hezemans
Australia Tim Schenken
West Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 269
Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6
9 France Équipe Renault Elf France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Renault Alpine A442 257
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
DNF GTX 96 Switzerland GVEA Porsche Club Romand Switzerland André Savary
Switzerland Jean-Robert Corthay
Switzerland Antoine Salamin
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 211
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
DNF IMSA 78 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United States John Rulon-Miller
United Kingdom John Cooper
United Kingdom Peter Lovett
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 198
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
DNF IMSA 80 France Bernard Béguin France Bernard Béguin
France René Boubet
France Jean-Claude Briavoine
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 191
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
25 France Racing Organisation Course Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
France Alain Flotard
France Michel Dubois
Chevron B36 176
ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4
21 Switzerland P.P. Sauber AG / Francy Racing Switzerland Eugen Strähl
Switzerland Peter Bernhard
Sauber C5 161
BMW M12 2.0L I4
DNF GT 59 Switzerland Schiller Racing Team France François Sérvanin
France Laurent Ferrier
France Franz Hummel
Porsche 934 160
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
7 France Équipe Renault Elf France Patrick Tambay
France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Renault Alpine A442 158
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
DNF GTP 87 France Bernard Decure France Bernard Decure
France Jean-Luc Thérier
France "Cochise" (Jacky Cauchy)
Alpine A310 137
Renault PRV 2.7L V6
DNF GT 60 Switzerland Schiller Racing Team Switzerland Claude Haldi
Switzerland Florian Vetsch
Switzerland Angelo Pallavicino
Porsche 934 122
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNF GT 57 Luxembourg Nicolas Koob Luxembourg Nicolas Koob
Belgium Willy Braillard
Ecuador Guillermo Ortega
Porsche 934 116
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
DNF GT 55 Spain Escuderia Montjuich Spain Juan Fernández
Spain Eugenio Baturone
Spain Raphael Tarradas
Porsche 934 115
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
14 France Daniel Broudy France Patrick Perrier
France Xavier Lapeyre
Lola T286 103
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
29 Italy Osella Squadra Corse France Alain Cudini
France Raymond Touroul
Italy Anna Cambiaghi
Osella PA5 100
BMW M12 2.0L I4
DNF GT 63 France Joël Laplacette France Joël Laplacette
France Yves Courage
France "Ségolen" (André Gahinet)
Porsche 911 Carrera 99
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
32 Switzerland André Chevalley
Switzerland Charles Graemiger
Switzerland André Chevalley
France François Trisconi
United States Wink Bancroft
Cheetah G501 93
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0L I4
DNF GTP 85 France WM A.E.R.E.M. France Marc Sourd
France Jean-Louis Lafosse
France Xavier Mathiot
WM P77 90
Peugeot PRV 2.7L Turbo V6
DNF Gr. 5 48 France Thierry Perrier France Thierry Perrier
France Jean Belliard
Porsche 911 Carrera 90
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
DNF Gr. 5 49 France Hubert Striebig / BP France Guy Chasseuil
France Hubert Striebig
West Germany Helmut Kirchoffer
Porsche 934 65
Porsche 3.2L Flat-6
11 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Mirage Renault
United States Sam Posey
France Michel Leclère
Mirage GR8 58
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
DNF Gr. 5 41 West Germany Martini Racing Porsche System West Germany Rolf Stommelen
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Porsche 935/77 52
Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6
DNF GT 62 France Georges Bourdillat France Georges Bourdillat
France Bruno Sotty
France Alain-Michel Bernhard
Porsche 911 Carrera 51
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
DNF IMSA 72 Belgium Luigi Racing United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
Belgium Eddy Joosen
Belgium Claude de Wael
BMW 3.0 CSL 45
BMW M30 3.2L I6
3 West Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx
France Henri Pescarolo
Porsche 936/77 45
Porsche Type-935 2.1L Turbo Flat-6
DNF GTP 89 France Team Esso Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
France Marianne Hoepfner
Lancia Stratos 37
Ferrari Dino 2.4L Turbo V6
DNF IMSA 76 France Jean-Claude Giroix / Garage du Bac France "Dépnic" (Jean-Claude Depince)
France Jacques Coulon
BMW 3.0 CSL 28
BMW M30 3.2L I6
28 France Jean-Marie Lemerle France Jean-Marie Lemerle
France Alain Levié
France Pierre-François Rousselot
Lola T294 27
ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4
22 United Kingdom Chandler Ibec International / Team Lloyd's United Kingdom Tony Charnell
United Kingdom Ian Bracey
United Kingdom John Hine
Chevron B31 21
Ford Cosworth FVD 2.0L I4
30 Switzerland GVEA Switzerland Georges Morand
Switzerland Christian Blanc
France Fréderic Alliot
Lola T296 19
Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0L I4
DNF Gr. 5 42 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
United Kingdom Nick Faure
Porsche 935 K2 15
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
DNF Gr. 5 38 West Germany Gelo Racing Team Australia Tim Schenken
Netherlands Toine Hezemans
West Germany Hans Heyer
Porsche 935 15
Porsche Type-935 2.8L Turbo Flat-6
16 France Jacky Haran / Hughes de Chaunac France Didier Pironi
France René Arnoux
France Guy Fréquelin
Renault Alpine A442 0
Renault 2.0L Turbo V6
DNS GTP 84 France Jean-Louis Chateau France Jean-Louis Chateau Porsche 935
Porsche Type-935 2.9L Turbo Flat-6
6 United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet United Kingdom Richard Bond
United Kingdom Tony Birchenhough
United Kingdom Simon Phillips
De Cadenet-Lola T380
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
27 France Racing Organisation Course France Jean-Louis Bos
France Fred Stalder
France Jacky Haran
Chevron B36
ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4
DNQ IMSA 73 France Maurice Ouviére France Philippe Jaffrenou
France Philippe Streiff
France Roger Dorchy
Porsche 911 Carrera RS
Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
DNQ Gr. 5 43 France Louis Meznarie France Thierry Sabine
France Jean Bélin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Porsche 3.2L Flat-6
DNQ GT 66 France Ségolen France Christian Bussi
France "Ségolen" (André Gahinet)
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
20 France Daniel Brillat-Seymaz Racing France Daniel Brillat
France Eric Vuagnat
Switzerland Sandro Plastina
Cheetah G601
BMW M12 2.0L I4


  • Pole Position - #9 Renault Sport (Jean-Pierre Jabouille) - 3:31.07
  • Fastest Lap - #4 Martini Racing Porsche System (Jacky Ickx) - 3:36.50
  • Distance - 4671.83 km
  • Average Speed - 194.651 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #26 Sté. Racing Organisation Course (ROC)
  1. ^ a b c d Thierry Chargé. "1977 Ickx Sauve Porsche". Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  2. ^ "1977 Le Mans". Archived from the original on 2004-07-12.
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