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1998 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1998 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

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

Schedule

Events for the 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 2 May with technical inspections, before initial pre-qualifying on 3 May. The race week began on Monday 1 June with renewed technical inspections.[1]

Schedule
Date Time (local) Event
Saturday, 2 May Unknown Pre-Qualifying Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Sunday, 3 May 07:30 – 13:30 Pre-Qualifying
14:30 – 20:30
Monday, 1 June 15:00 - 18:00 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Tuesday, 2 June 9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, 3 June 19:00 – 00:30 Qualifying Session 1 & 2
Thursday, 4 June 19:00 – 00:30 Qualifying Session 3 & 4
Saturday, 6 June Morning Warm-up
14:00 Start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday, 7 June 14:00 Finish of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Entries

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, and factory-backed Chrysler Viper GTS-R in the GT2 class entered by Oreca.

Automatic invitations

Automatic entry to the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 1997 season of the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans Autumn Cup.[2] Entries with a blue background were granted entries, but did not accept their invitations.

Reason entered LMP1 GT1 GT2
1st in 24 Hours of Le Mans Germany Joest Racing GmbH1 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing
1st in Le Mans Autumn Cup France Courage Compétition United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren France Société Chereau
1st in 1997 FIA GT Championship Germany AMG-Mercedes France Viper Team Oreca
1. Joest Racing forfeited their automatic inclusion by racing under the works Porsche team (car number 7).

Scrutineering

A total of 63 entries, including those already automatically qualified, were presented for scrutineering on Saturday, May 2. 61 cars passed the scrutineering checks, but two entries - the #37 Newcastle United Lister Storm and the #59 Pilbeam Racing Designs Lotus Esprit, were denied on technical grounds. With no time to effect the necessary changes both entries would be unable to take part in pre-qualifying for the race.

Pre-Qualifying

Pre-Qualifying for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans took place on Sunday, May 3. The entries were divided into two groups of qualifiers were the slowest entries in each class would be eliminated and thus not qualify for the race. A total of 49 starting slots were available for the entered cars, including those already automatically pre-qualified, and were divided on a session- and class-basis. The pre-qualifying results were as follows:

Morning session (7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

It was an expectedly tight session for the GT1 cars, with 7 strong entries competing for 5 slots on the grid. In the end it was the unfortunate Larbre and Zakspeed entries that were out of luck despite trying hard with in the case of number 38 spectacular moments. Slowest of all in GT1 was the GTC McLaren with the Mercedes (which had a stop on the Mulsanne at 12:30, reason unknown) splitting the two non pre-qualifiers.

In LMP1 8 entries battled for 6 slots on the grid, with the Moretti Ferrari setting the fastest time. The non-qualifiers were the number 17 Kremer K8 (4:02) and the WR (3:56) which suffered a spin into the gravel trap at the Dunlop curve early in the session. Slowest of the LMP1 cars was the already-qualified Courage #24.

The GT2 group consisted of 11 entries competing for 8 slots. The lone LMP2 entry to the race, the #22 Debora, had been grouped into this category in the absence of any other competition. The predicted Oreca Viper benefit, 4.3 seconds clear of the fastest 911 GT2. The non-qualifiers were two 911 GT2's and the Helem PRV V6.

Pos No. Team Car Drivers Class Time Gap
1 25 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 Germany Jörg Müller
Germany Uwe Alzen
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
LMGT1 3:38.909
2 30 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 Denmark John Nielsen
France Franck Lagorce
LMGT1 3:40.926 +2.007
3 32 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 Japan Aguri Suzuki
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
LMGT1 3:40.927 +2.008
4 27 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One Japan Ukyo Katayama
Germany Ralf Kelleners
LMGT1 3:41.301 +2.382
5 45 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
LMGT1 3:41.667 +2.748
6 3 Moretti Racing Inc. Ferrari 333 SP Italy Gianpiero Moretti
Italy Mauro Baldi
Belgium Didier Theys
LMP1 3:43.735 +4.816
7 38 Zakspeed Porsche 911 GT1-98 Germany Michael Bartels
Germany Armin Hahne
LMGT1 3:43.911 +4.992
8 1 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM United Kingdom Steve Soper
Denmark Tom Kristensen
LMP1 3:44.528 +5.609
9 7 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 Italy Michele Alboreto
Sweden Stefan Johansson
United States David Murry
LMP1 3:44.720 +5.801
10 36 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM France Jean-Marc Gounon
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
France Christophe Bouchut
LMGT1 3.46.020 +7.101
11 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51 Sweden Fredrik Ekblom
France Patrice Gay
LMP1 3:47.397 +8.478
12 15 La Filière Courage C36 France Henri Pescarolo
France Olivier Grouillard
France Emmanuel Clérico
LMP1 3.49.061 +10.142
13 48 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT1 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Patrice Goueslard
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
LMGT1 3:49.225 +10.306
14 10 Pilot Racing Ferrari 333 SP France Michel Ferté LMP1 3:50.770 +10.851
15 40 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
LMGT1 3:51.842 +12.923
16 19 Gerard Welter WR LMP 98 France Jean-Bernard Bouvet
France Xavier Pompidou
France Marc Rostan
LMP1 3:56.582 +17.663
17 52 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R Monaco Olivier Beretta
Austria Karl Wendlinger
Italy Luca Drudi
LMGT2/LMP2 4:01.921 +23.002
18 17 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder Spain Tomás Saldaña
Spain Prince Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
Italy Enrico Bertaggia
LMP1 4:02.163 +23.244
19 24 Courage Compétition Courage C41 Japan Yojiro Terada
France Franck Fréon
LMP1 4:03.371 +24.452
20 73 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Switzerland Toni Seiler
United States Peter Kitchak
Italy Angelo Zadra
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.201 +25.282
21 67 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 Belgium Michel Neugarten
France David Smadja
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.215 +27.296
22 55 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R Portugal Ni Amorim
Portugal Gonçalo Gomes
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
LMGT2/LMP2 4:06.608 +27.689
23 71 Estoril Racing Porsche 911 GT2 France Michel Maisonneuve
France Manuel Monteiro
France Michel Monteiro
LMGT2/LMP2 4:08.246 +29.327
24 74 Cirtek Motorsport Saleen Mustang SR United Kingdom Rob Schirle
France Michel Ligonnet
LMGT2/LMP2 4:08.998 +30.079
25 22 Didier Bonnet Debora LMP296 France Lionel Robert LMGT2/LMP2 4:09.059 +30.140
26 69 Michel Nourry Porsche 911 GT2 France Michel Nourry
France Thierry Perrier
France Michel Quiniou
LMGT2/LMP2 4:10.716 +31.797
27 65 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 United Kingdom Andy Pilgrim
Germany André Ahrlé
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
LMGT2/LMP2 4:14.452 +35.533
28 58 RJ Racing Helem PRV V6 France Patrick Gonin
France Benjamin Roy
LMGT2/LMP2 4:21.604 +42.685
29 63 Gerard MacQuillan Porsche 911 GT2 Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Gerard MacQuillan
LMGT2/LMP2 4:45.350 +1:06.431

Note: Pink background denotes non-qualifiers, green background denotes entries automatically pre-qualified.


Afternoon session (2:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

The afternoon session saw the final 9 GT1 entries competing for the remaining 7 slots on the grid. Fastest overall and in GT1 was the number 26 Porsche in the hands of Allan McNish after a titanic battle with Martin Brundle's Toyota in the closing hour, the difference ending up at only 0.09 seconds. The two who go no further in GT1 for this session were Hybrid Panoz and the second Zakspeed Porsche (meaning neither Zakspeed entry made it through to the race). The two Nissans (one TWR, one Nova) and the 'conventional' Panoz made it comfortably, despite the #33 Nova Nissan spinning into a gravel trap after only 10 minutes of the session, later resuming with the spare rear bodywork from one of the TWR cars.

In LMP1 there were 9 entries competing for 7 slots. Again a Ferrari was fastest, as the JB Ferrari beat the factory BMW and Porsche entries with 0.4 and 2.7 seconds respectively. The second Kremer K8 scraped home ahead of the Konrad K8 by 0.08 seconds and thus made the race. The other prototype not to progress was the other WR which never managed to set a competitive laptime.

GT2 was again dominated by the Oreca Vipers. 8 of the 10 entries would make it through, with the two non-qualifiers being the second Cirtek Mustang and the third Roock Racing 911 GT2.

Pos No. Team Car Drivers Class Time Gap
1 26 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 France Yannick Dalmas
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
LMGT1 3:37.689
2 28 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One United Kingdom Martin Brundle
France Emmanuel Collard
LMGT1 3:37.696 +0.007
3 35 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM Germany Bernd Schneider
Australia Mark Webber
Germany Klaus Ludwig
LMGT1 3:38.057 +0.368
4 29 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One Belgium Thierry Boutsen
France Eric Hélary
LMGT1 3:39.649 +1.960
5 31 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 Netherlands Jan Lammers
France Érik Comas
Italy Andrea Montermini
LMGT1 3:40.778 +3.116
6 5 Jabouille-Boursche Ferrari 333 SP Italy Vincenzo Sospiri
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Jérôme Policand
LMP1 3:41.039 +3.350
7 2 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM Italy Pierluigi Martini
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
LMP1 3:41.412 +3.732
8 44 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 Australia David Brabham
France Eric Bernard
LMGT1 3:42.347 +4.658
9 13 Courage Compétition Courage C51 France Didier Cottaz
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
LMP1 3:43.588 +5.899
10 33 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 Japan Satoshi Motoyama
Italy Mauro Martini
LMGT1 3:43.739 +6.050
11 8 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
France Yannick Dalmas
France Bob Wollek
LMP1 3:43.786 +6.097
12 12 Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP South Africa Wayne Taylor
Belgium Eric van de Poele
LMP1 3:44.442 +6.753
13 39 Zakspeed Porsche 911 GT1-98 Germany Alexander Grau
Switzerland Jean-Denis Delétraz
France Fabien Giroix
LMGT1 3:44.794 +7.105
14 41 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
Germany Frank Biela
Italy Rinaldo Capello
LMGT1 3:47.902 +10.213
15 21 Philippe Gache Riley & Scott Mk III France Philippe Gache
France Anthony Beltoise
LMP1 3:51.818 +14.129
16 46 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 Hybrid United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
LMGT1 3:54.199 +16.510
17 16 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder Italy Rocky Agusta
Italy Almo Coppelli
LMP1 3:54.617 +16.928
18 18 Konrad Motorsport Kremer K8 Spyder Austria Franz Konrad LMP1 3:54.625 +16.936
19 51 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R Monaco Olivier Beretta
France Dominique Dupuy
Portugal Pedro Lamy
LMGT2 4:00.120 +22.431
20 53 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R United Kingdom Justin Bell
France Dominique Dupuy
Portugal Pedro Lamy
LMGT2 4:00.665 +22.976
21 72 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2 France Patrice Goueslard
France Patrick Bourdais
France Jean-Luc Chéreau
LMGT2 4:03.380 +25.691
22 64 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 Switzerland Bruno Eichmann
Germany Claudia Hürtgen
LMGT2 4:03.925 +26.236
23 70 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 United States Larry Schumacher
United States Nick Ham
United Kingdom Martin Stretton
LMGT2 4:04.121 +26.432
24 56 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R United Kingdom Gary Ayles
United States Matt Turner
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
LMGT2 4:04.618 +26.929
25 62 CJ Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 United States John Morton
Canada John Graham
Germany Harald Grohs
LMGT2 4:06.814 +29.125
26 61 Krauss Race Sports International Porsche 911 GT2 Germany Bernhard Müller
Germany Michael Trunk
Germany Ernst Palmberger
LMGT2 4:09.016 +31.327
27 74 Cirtek Motorsport Saleen Mustang SR United Kingdom Rob Schirle
France Michel Ligonnet
LMGT2/LMP2 4:09.895 +32.206
28 68 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 France Éric Graham
France Hervé Poulain
France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
LMGT2 4:23.924 +46.235
29 20 JL Sonnier WR LMP 98 France Pierre Bruneau
France Dominique Lacaud
LMP1 4:48.010 +1:10.321
30 66 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 United Kingdom John Robinson
United Kingdom Hugh Price
Germany Sascha Maassen
LMGT2 5:00.367 +1:22.678

Note: Pink background denotes non-qualifiers, green background denotes entries automatically pre-qualified.

Reserve entries

The entries which failed to pre-qualify were placed on a reserve list, in case an entry from the list of 48 withdrew prior to the event. These entries were allowed to join the race entry list based on the fastest pre-qualifying times from the same group and class as the withdrawn entry.

Before the race, two LMGT2 entries from the first pre-qualifying session were withdrawn. First to be withdrawn was the lone Cirtek Mustang which had qualified, which promoted the #65 Roock Racing 911 GT2 into the race.[3] Secondly Viper Team Oreca, which had a total of four Vipers qualified for the race including their automatic entry, withdrew Viper #52. This promoted the #58 RJ Racing Helem into the race.

Qualifying

Of the 48 cars entered for the race 47 would take part in practice and qualifying. The Helem V6, which had been promoted following the withdrawal of the #52 Viper, ultimately failed race week scrutineering checks because of non-complying structual differences between the road car and the competition one entered in the 24 Hours. After barely scraping through on a reserve entry the car would thus not be allowed to take any further part in race proceedings.[4]

Qualifying took place over a combined four sessions held on wednesday and thursday evening, with the fastest times set at any time across all sessions determining the starting grid for the race.

Qualifying results

Class leaders are in bold.[5]

Pos No. Team Car Class Time Gap
1 35 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM LMGT1 3:35.544
2 28 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:36.552 +1.038
3 36 AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM LMGT1 3:36.901 +1.367
4 25 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 LMGT1 3:38.084 +2.550
5 26 Porsche AG Porsche 911 GT1-98 LMGT1 3:38.407 +2.873
6 2 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM LMP1 3:38.829 +3.295
7 29 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:40.042 +4.508
8 27 Toyota Motorsport Toyota GT-One LMGT1 3:40.472 +4.938
9 7 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 LMP1 3:40.503 +4.969
10 30 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:40.649 +5.115
11 45 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 LMGT1 3:40.730 +5.196
12 1 Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LM LMP1 3:41.599 +6.065
13 31 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:41.621 +6.087
14 32 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:42.397 +6.863
15 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51 LMP1 3:43.244 +7.710
16 14 Courage Compétition Courage C51 LMP1 3:43.471 +7.937
17 5 Jabouille-Boursche Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:44.458 +8.924
18 44 Panoz Motor Sports Panoz GTR-1 LMGT1 3:44.602 +9.068
19 33 Nissan Motorsport Nissan R390 GT1 LMGT1 3:45.293 +9.759
20 8 Porsche AG Porsche LMP1-98 LMP1 3:45.452 +9.918
21 3 Moretti Racing Inc. Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:45.755 +10.261
22 12 Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:46.289 +10.755
23 41 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 3:50.566 +15.032
24 40 Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 3:50.863 +15.329
25 15 La Filière Courage C36 LMP1 3:51.535 +16.001
26 21 Philippe Gache Riley & Scott Mk III LMP1 3:54.274 +18.740
27 24 Courage Compétition Courage C41 LMP1 3:56.658 +21.124
28 10 Pilot Racing Ferrari 333 SP LMP1 3:57.546 +22.012
29 16 Kremer Racing Kremer K8 Spyder LMP1 3:57.814 +22.280
30 51 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 3:59.981 +24.447
31 50 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:05.006 +29.472
32 60 Société Chereau Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:05.010 +29.476
33 53 Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:05.648 +30.114
34 70 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.110 +30.576
35 64 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.205 +30.671
36 72 Larbre Compétition Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:06.511 +30.977
37 67 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:08.326 +32.792
38 55 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:08.958 +33.424
39 71 Estoril Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:09.263 +33.729
40 22 Didier Bonnet Debora LMP296 LMP2 4:09.453 +33.919
41 56 Chamberlain Engineering Chrysler Viper GTS-R LMGT2 4:09.683 +34.149
42 62 CJ Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:10.215 +34.681
43 62 Krauss Race Sports International Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:11.606 +36.072
44 65 Roock Racing Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:11.910 +36.376
45 73 Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:20.426 +44.892
46 68 Elf Haberthur Racing Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:23.655 +48.121
47 69 Michel Nourry Porsche 911 GT2 LMGT2 4:24.151 +48.617

Race

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.

Porsche would return to Le Mans in 2014; they would eventually win the 2015 race.

The GT2 class win by the Chrysler Viper GTS-R was the first GT class win for an American made car since the Shelby Daytona Coupe won in 1964.

Le Mans in 1998
Le Mans in 1998

Official results

The overall winning #26 Porsche 911 GT1 '98 on display in the new Porsche Museum, Stuttgart.
The overall winning #26 Porsche 911 GT1 '98 on display in the new Porsche Museum, Stuttgart.
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMGT1 26 Germany Porsche AG France Laurent Aïello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 351
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
2 LMGT1 25 Germany Porsche AG Germany Jörg Müller
Germany Uwe Alzen
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 350
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
3 LMGT1 32 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Aguri Suzuki
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 347
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
4 LMGT1 40 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
United States Bill Auberlen
McLaren F1 GTR P 343
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
5 LMGT1 30 Japan Nissan Motorsport Denmark John Nielsen
Germany Michael Krumm
France Franck Lagorce
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
6 LMGT1 31 Japan Nissan Motorsport Netherlands Jan Lammers
France Érik Comas
Italy Andrea Montermini
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
7 LMGT1 45 United States Panoz Motor Sports Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
Panoz GTR-1 M 335
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
8 LMP1 12 United States Doyle-Risi Racing South Africa Wayne Taylor
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Spain Fermín Velez
Ferrari 333 SP P 332
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
9 LMGT1 27 Japan Toyota Motorsport Japan Ukyo Katayama
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One M 326
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
10 LMGT1 33 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Satoshi Motoyama
Japan Takuya Kurosawa
Japan Masami Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 319
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
11 LMGT2 53 France Viper Team Oreca United Kingdom Justin Bell
United States David Donohue
Italy Luca Drudi
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
12 LMP1 16 Germany Kremer Racing Italy Rocky Agusta
Italy Almo Coppelli
France Xavier Pompidou
Kremer K8/2 Spyder G 314
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
13 LMGT2 51 France Viper Team Oreca Monaco Olivier Beretta
Portugal Pedro Lamy
United States Tommy Archer
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 312
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
14 LMP1 3 United States Moretti Racing Inc. Italy Gianpiero Moretti
Italy Mauro Baldi
Belgium Didier Theys
Ferrari 333 SP Y 311
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
15 LMP1 24 France Courage Compétition Japan Yojiro Terada
France Franck Fréon
France Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41 M 304
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 LMP1 15 France La Filière France Henri Pescarolo
France Olivier Grouillard
France Franck Montagny
Courage C36 M 300
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
17 LMGT2 64 Germany Roock Racing Motorsport Germany Claudia Hürtgen
France Michel Ligonnet
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 285
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
18 LMGT2 69 France Michel Nourry France Michel Nourry
France Thierry Perrier
France Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 911 GT2 G 276
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
19 GT2 56 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering United Kingdom Gary Ayles
United States Matt Turner
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 270
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
20 LMGT2 68 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing France Éric Graham
France Hervé Poulain
France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Porsche 911 GT2 D 268
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
21 LMGT2 55 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Portugal Ni Amorim
Portugal Gonçalo Gomes
Portugal Manuel Mello-Breyner
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 264
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
22 LMGT2 65 Germany Roock Racing Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Schirle
Germany André Ahrlé
United Kingdom David Warnock
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 247
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
23 LMGT2 72 France Larbre Compétition France Patrice Goueslard
France Jean-Luc Chéreau
France Pierre Yver
Porsche 911 GT2 M 240
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 29 Japan Toyota Motorsport Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Germany Ralf Kelleners
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Toyota GT-One M 330
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT2 71 Portugal Estoril Racing France Michel Maisonneuve
France Manuel Monteiro
France Michel Monteiro
Porsche 911 GT2 P 277
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 44 United States Panoz Motor Sports France Éric Bernard
France Christophe Tinseau
United States Johnny O'Connell
Panoz GTR-1 M 236
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
DNF LMP1 13 France Courage Compétition France Didier Cottaz
Belgium Marc Goossens
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Courage C51 M 232
Nissan VRH35Z 3.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT1 41 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Rinaldo Capello
McLaren F1 GTR G 228
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 8 Germany Porsche AG France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
United States David Murry
United Kingdom James Weaver
Porsche LMP1-98 M 218
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 10 France Pilot Racing France Michel Ferté
France Pascal Fabre
France François Migault
Ferrari 333 SP D[6] 203
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 67 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing Belgium Michel Neugarten
France Jean-Claude Lagniez
France David Smadja
Porsche 911 GT2 D 198
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 28 Japan Toyota Motorsport United Kingdom Martin Brundle
France Emmanuel Collard
France Éric Hélary
Toyota GT-One M 191
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 5 France Jabouille-Boursche Italy Vincenzo Sospiri
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Jérôme Policand
Ferrari 333 SP M 187
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 60 France Société Chereau France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Sweden Carl Rosenblad
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Porsche 911 GT2 M 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT2 62 Canada CJ Motorsport United States John Morton
Canada John Graham
Germany Harald Grohs
Porsche 911 GT2 G 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 21 France Philippe Gache France Philippe Gache
Australia Wayne Gardner
Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Riley & Scott Mk III P 155
Ford 5.1 L V8
DNF LMP1 14 France Courage Compétition Sweden Fredrik Ekblom
France Patrice Gay
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya
Courage C51 M 126
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 7 Germany Porsche AG Italy Michele Alboreto
Sweden Stefan Johansson
France Yannick Dalmas
Porsche LMP1-98 M 107
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP2 22 France Didier Bonnet France Lionel Robert
France Édouard Sezionale
France Pierre Bruneau
Debora LMP296 M 106
BMW S50 3.2 L I6
DNF LMGT2 61 Germany Krauss Race Sports International Germany Bernhard Müller
Germany Michael Trunk
Germany Ernst Palmberger
Porsche 911 GT2 D 71
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 1 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Denmark Tom Kristensen
BMW V12 LM M 60
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 2 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Italy Pierluigi Martini
Germany Joachim Winkelhock
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
BMW V12 LM M 43
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMGT1 36 Germany AMG-Mercedes France Jean-Marc Gounon
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
France Christophe Bouchut
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 31
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 50 France Viper Team Oreca Austria Karl Wendlinger
Belgium Marc Duez
Netherlands Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 28
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGT2 70 Germany Konrad Motorsport Austria Franz Konrad
United States Larry Schumacher
United States Nick Ham
Porsche 911 GT2 D 24
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 35 Germany AMG-Mercedes Germany Bernd Schneider
Australia Mark Webber
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 19
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 73 Germany Konrad Motorsport Switzerland Toni Seiler
United States Peter Kitchak
Italy Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 D 2
Porsche 3.6 L 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[7]
  • Highest Trap Speed — Toyota GT-One - 345 km/h (practice)

References

  1. ^ "Charles Quegunier: Le Mans 1998". Charles Quegunier. 1998-05-28. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  2. ^ "Le Mans '98 Pre-Qual Results". Club Arnage. 1998-05-03. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  3. ^ "Porsche 993 Roock for sale". Art and Revs. 2017. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  4. ^ "24h du mans 1998 Le Pesage". les24heures.fr. 2019. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
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