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1983 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1983 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Closeup of the winning Schuppan/Holbert/Haywood Rothmans Porsche 956.
Closeup of the winning Schuppan/Holbert/Haywood Rothmans Porsche 956.

The 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 51st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1983. It was also the fourth round of both the World Endurance Championship and European Endurance Championship.

The win was fought right down to the line between the Rothmans Porsche 956s of Al Holbert (#3 car) and Derek Bell (#1). Bell was able to un-lap himself as the Holbert car was slowed by overheating (engine damage caused by an airflow blockage to the radiator that cooled the heads) and finally seized up on the last lap; luckily for Holbert it re-fired and made it to the end with smoke trailing from the exhaust. Holbert crossed the finish line 17 seconds ahead of a fast closing Bell.

Vern Schuppan, after finishing third in 1975, and second in 1977 and 1982, became the first Australian driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans since Bernard Rubin won driving a Bentley 4½ Litre in 1928.

Official results

Le Mans in 1983
Le Mans in 1983
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyres Laps
1 C 3 Germany Rothmans Porsche Australia Vern Schuppan
United States Hurley Haywood
United States Al Holbert
Porsche 956 D 370
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
2 C 1 Germany Rothmans Porsche Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Porsche 956 D 370
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
3 C 21 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing United States Mario Andretti
United States Michael Andretti
France Philippe Alliot
Porsche 956 G 364
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
4 C 12 Germany Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing Germany Volkert Merl
Germany Clemens Schickentanz
Colombia Mauricio de Narváez
Porsche 956 D 361
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
5 C 16 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
United Kingdom Rupert Keegan
Porsche 956 G 358
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
6 C 8 Germany Sorga S.A. / Joest Racing Germany Klaus Ludwig
Sweden Stefan Johansson
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 956 D 354
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
7 C 18 Germany Obermaier Racing Germany Axel Plankenhorn
South Africa Desiré Wilson
Germany Jürgen Lässig
Porsche 956 D 347
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
8 C 14 United Kingdom Canon Racing
United Kingdom GTi Engineering
United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
Netherlands Jan Lammers
United Kingdom Richard Lloyd
Porsche 956 D 339
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
9 C 46 Switzerland Sauber Team Switzerland Colombia Diego Montoya
United States Tony Garcia
United States Albert Naon
Sauber C7 D 338
BMW M88 3.5L I6
10 C 47 United States Preston Henn T-Bird Swap Shop
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing
United States Preston Henn
France Jean-Louis Schlesser
France Claude Ballot-Léna
Porsche 956 G 327
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
11 B 93 United Kingdom Charles Ivey Racing United Kingdom John Cooper
United Kingdom Paul Smith
United Kingdom David Ovey
Porsche 930 A[1] 303
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
12 C Jr 60 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. Japan Takashi Yorino
Japan Yojiro Terada
Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 717C D 302
Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
13 B 92 Germany Georg Memminger Germany Georg Memminger
Germany Heinz Kuhn-Wiess
Germany Fritz Müller
Porsche 930 D 299
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
14 C 54 France Valentin Bertapelle France Bruno Sotty
France Gérard Cuynet
URD C81 D 292
BMW M88 3.5L I6
15 B 95 France Equipe Alméras Frères France Jacques Alméras
France Jean-Marie Alméras
France Jacques Guillot
Porsche 930 M 279
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
16 C 10 France WM Secateva France Roger Dorchy
France Alain Courdec
France Pascal Fabre
WM P83 M 278
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
17 C 41 United Kingdom EMKA Productions Ltd. United Kingdom Tiff Needell
United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Nick Faure
EMKA C83/1 D 275
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3L V8
18 C Jr 61 Japan Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd. United Kingdom Steve Soper
United Kingdom Jeff Allam
United Kingdom James Weaver
Mazda 717C D 267
Mazda 13B 1.3L 2-Rotor
19 C 29 France Christian Bussi Belgium Daniel Herregods
Belgium Jean-Paul Libert
Belgium Pascal Witmeur
Rondeau M382 D 265
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
20 B 96 France Michel Lateste France Raymond Touroul
France Michel Lateste
France Michel Bienvault
Porsche 930 M 264
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
B 97 France Raymond Boutinaud France Raymond Boutinaud
France Patrick Gonin
France Alain le Page
Porsche 928S D 234
Porsche 4.7L V8
C 53 France A.S. École Supérieure de Tourisme France François Hesnault
France Thierry Perrier
France Bernard Salam
Lancia LC1 D 232
Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
C 51 Italy Scuderia Sivama Motor Argentina Oscar Larrauri
Italy Massimo Sigala
Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
Lancia LC1 D 217
Lancia 1.4L Turbo I4
C Jr 65 United Kingdom François Duret United Kingdom John Sheldon
France François Duret
United Kingdom Ian Harrower
De Cadenet-Lola LM M 214
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
C 30 France Primagaz France Lucien Guitteny
France Pierre Yver
Belgium Bernard de Dryver
Rondeau M382 D 266
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
B 94 Switzerland Claude Haldi Switzerland Claude Haldi
Germany Günther Steckkönig
Germany Bernd Schiller
Porsche 930 M 217
Porsche 3.3L Turbo Flat-6
C 2 Germany Rothmans Porsche Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Stefan Bellof
Porsche 956 D 281
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
C 39 United Kingdom Viscount Downe - Pace Petroleum United Kingdom Ray Mallock
United Kingdom Mike Salmon
United States Steve Earle
Nimrod NRA/C2B A 218
Aston Martin-Tickford DP1229 5.3L V8
C 24 France Ford France Belgium Thierry Boutsen
France Henri Pescarolo
Rondeau M482 M 174
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
C 20 United States Cooke Racing United States Ralph Kent-Cooke
United States Jim Adams
France François Sérvanin
Lola T610 G 165
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
B 90 Switzerland Angelo Pallavicini
Switzerland Brun Motorsport
Germany Prince Leopold von Bayern
Switzerland Angelo Pallavicini
Denmark Jens Winther
BMW M1 D 160
BMW M88 3.5L I6
C Jr 63 Italy Scuderia Jolly Club Italy Carlo Facetti
Italy Martino Finotto
Switzerland Marco Vanoli
Alba AR2 P 158
Giannini Carma FF 1.9L Turbo I4
C 28 France Jean Rondeau
France Ford France
United Kingdom Vic Elford
France Joël Gouhier
France Anne-Charlotte Verney
Rondeau M379 A 136
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
C 6 Italy Martini Lancia Italy Paolo Barilla
Italy Alessandro Nannini
France Jean-Claude Andruet
Lancia LC2 D 135
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
C 5 Italy Martini Lancia Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani
Germany Hans Heyer
Italy Michele Alboreto
Lancia LC2 D 121
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
C 9 France WM Secateva France Jean-Daniel Raulet
France Michel Pignard
Belgium Didier Theys
WM P83 M 102
Peugeot PRV 2.8L Turbo V6
C 26 France Ford France France Alain Ferté
France Jean Rondeau
France Michel Ferté
Rondeau M482 M 90
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
C 11 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Austria Dieter Quester
Porsche 956 G 135
Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6
C 13 France Primagaz United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
France Yves Courage
France Michel Dubois
Cougar C01B M 86
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C 22 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing United Kingdom Derek Warwick
France Patrick Gaillard
Germany Frank Jelinski
Porsche-Kremer CK5 G 76
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
C 38 Japan Dome Racing
United Kingdom Colin Bennett
Chile Eliseo Salazar
United Kingdom Chris Craft
United Kingdom Nick Mason
Dome RC82 D 75
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C Jr 64 France Hubert Striebig France Hubert Striebig
France Noël del Bello
France Jacques Heuclin
Sthemo SM01 D[1] 71
BMW 2.2L I4
C 49 United Kingdom Grid Motor Racing Ltd. United States Fred Stiff
United Kingdom Dudley Wood
United States Ray Ratcliff
Grid Plaza S1 F 69
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
C 36 Switzerland Brun Motorsport Canada Jacques-Joseph Villeneuve
Canada Ludwig Heimrath
Canada David Deacon
Sehcar SH C6 D 68
Ford Cosworth DFL 4.0L V8
C 72 France Jean Rondeau France Dany Snobeck
France Xavier Lapeyre
France Alain Cudini
Rondeau M382 M 31
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C 4 Italy Martini Lancia Italy Michele Alboreto
Italy Teo Fabi
Italy Alessandro Nannini
Lancia LC2 D 27
Ferrari 268C 2.6L Turbo V8
C 43 United Kingdom Peer Racing France François Migault
Republic of Ireland David Kennedy
Republic of Ireland Martin Birrane
Ford C100 G 16
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C 25 France Ford France France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
France Philippe Streiff
Rondeau M482 M 12
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3L V8
C 15 Germany Belga Team Joest Racing Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Marc Duez
Belgium Philippe Martin
Porsche 936C D 9
Porsche Type-935 2.7L Turbo Flat-6
C 42 United Kingdom Richard Cleare Racing United Kingdom Tony Dron
United Kingdom Richard Cleare
United Kingdom Richard Jones
Porsche-Kremer CK5 D 8
Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6
B 91 Germany Edgar Dören France Alain Yvon
France Jean-Marie Lemerle
Germany Michael Krankenberg
Porsche 930 D 7
Porsche 3.0L Turbo Flat-6


  • Pole Position - #1 Rothmans Porsche (Jacky Ickx) - 3:16.560 (155.075 mph/249.570 km/h)
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Rothmans Porsche - 3:29.070
  • Distance - 5047.934 km
  • Average Speed - 210.330 km/h


  1. ^ a b "1983 Le Mans 24 Hours". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
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