1981 Le Mans 24 Hours

Race Winner
Country
France
Circuit
Round
8
Laps
355
Pole
Fastest Lap
Haywood, 3m 34.0s
1981 Season
Past Results

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

Derek Bell

11

Porsche System Engineering

Porsche 936/81 (Dunlop)

24h

20

 

Jacky Ickx

       

20

2

26

Jacky Haran

8

Jean Rondeau

Rondeau M379C-Ford (Goodyear)

341 laps

15

 

Jean-Louis Schlesser

       

15

 

Philippe Streiff

       

15

3

12

Gordon Spice

7

Jean Rondeau

Rondeau M379C-Ford (Goodyear)

336 laps

12

 

Francois Migault

       

12

4

19

Claude Bourgoignie

55

Charles Ivey Racing

Porsche 935-K3 (Dunlop)

331 laps

10

 

John C Cooper

       

10

 

Dudley Wood

       

10

5

32

Jean-Claude Andruet

47

Charles Pozzi SA

Ferrari 512BB (Michelin)

329 laps

8

 

Claude Ballot-Lena

       

8

6

27

Anny-Charlotte Verney

42

Cooke-Woods Racing

Porsche 935-K3 (Goodyear)

328 laps

6

 

Bob Garretson

       

6

 

Ralph Kent-Cooke

       

6

7

36

Jurgen Barth

1

Porsche System Engineering

Porsche 944LM (Dunlop)

324 laps

4

 

Walter Rohrl

       

4

8

23

Michele Alboreto

65

Martini Racing (Lancia)

Lancia Beta Monte Carlo (Pirelli)

323 laps

3

 

Eddie Cheever

       

3

 

Carlo Facetti

       

3

9

27

Pierre Dieudonne

46

Rennod Racing

Ferrari 512BB (Goodyear)

321 laps

2

 

Jean-Paul Libert

       

2

 

Jean Xhenceval

       

2

10

3

Harald Grohs

60

Vegla Racing Team

Porsche 935-K2 (Dunlop)

321 laps

1

 

Dieter Schornstein

       

1

 

Gotz von Tschirnhaus

       

1

11

37

Manfred Schurti

36

Porsche System Engineering

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR (Dunlop)

316 laps

0

 

Andy Rouse

       

0

12

10

Jochen Mass

12

Porsche System Engineering

Porsche 936/81 (Dunlop)

313 laps

0

 

Hurley Haywood

       

0

 

Vern Schuppan

       

0

13

3

Xavier Mathiot

4

WM AEREM

WM P79/80-Peugeot (Michelin)

308 laps

0

 

Charles Mendez

       

0

 

Denis Morin

       

0

14

39

Martino Finotto

68

Jolly Club

Lancia Beta Monte Carlo (Pirelli)

293 laps

0

 

Giorgio Pianta

       

0

 

Giorgio Schon

       

0

15

3

Guy Edwards

18

Lola Cars

Lola T600-Ford (Goodyear)

288 laps

0

 

Juan Fernandez

       

0

 

Emilio de Villota

       

0

16

19

Philippe Alliot

51

BMW Italie-France

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

278 laps

0

 

Johnny Cecotto

       

0

 

Bernard Darniche

       

0

17

35

Valentin Bertapelle

70

Thierry Perrier

Porsche 934 (Michelin)

275 laps

0

 

Thierry Perrier

       

0

 

Bernard Salam

       

0

18

24

Yves Courage

31

Graff Racing

Lola T298-BMW (Goodyear)

273 laps

0

 

Jean-Philippe Grand

       

0

DNQ

Michel Lateste

16

M Sardou

Ardex S80-BMW (Michelin)

0

 

Patrick Perrier

       

0

DNQ

Bobby Rahal

17

Cooke-Woods Racing

Lola T600-Porsche (Goodyear)

0

 

Brian Redman

       

0

 

Eddie Jordan

       

0

DNQ

Colin Bond

74

Porsche Cars Australia

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR (Dunlop)

0

 

Peter Brock

       

0

 

Jim Richards

       

0

DNQ

Tony Dron

75

GTi Engineering

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR (Dunlop)

0

 

Richard Lloyd

       

0

DNS

Herve Regout

47

Charles Pozzi SA

Ferrari 512BB (Michelin)

0

DNQ

Ray Ratcliff

39

Pierre Honegger

Mazda RX-7 (Goodyear)

0

 

Fred Stiff

       

0

 

Dirk Vermeersch

       

0

DNQ

Christian Bussi

62

"Segolen"

Porsche 934/5 (Dunlop)

0

 

Jacques Guerin

       

0

 

Segolen

       

0

DNQ

Michel Elkoubi

90

Z&W Enterprises

McLaren M6B-Chevrolet (Goodyear)

0

 

Herve Regout

       

0

NC

Herve Bayard

32

Ecurie Renard-Delmas

Renard-Delmas RD31-Simca (Goodyear)

188 laps Not classified

0

 

Louis Descartes

       

0

NC

Michel Dubois

33

Pierre Yver

Lola T298-BMW (Goodyear)

204 laps Not classified

0

 

Jacques Heuclin

       

0

 

Pierre Yver

       

0

R

Bill Cooper

35

Stratagraph

Chevrolet Camaro (Goodyear)

13 laps Accident

0

 

Billy Hagan

       

0

 

Bob Mitchell

       

0

 

Cale Yarborough

       

0

R

Tetsu Ikuzawa

37

Mazdaspeed

Mazda RX-7 253i (Dunlop)

107 laps Clutch

0

 

Peter Lovett

       

0

 

Tom Walkinshaw

       

0

R

Win Percy

38

Mazdaspeed

Mazda RX-7 253i (Dunlop)

25 laps Transmission

0

 

Yojiro Terada

       

0

 

Hiroshi Fushida

       

0

R

Kenper Miller

40

Joest Racing

Porsche 935J (Dunlop)

152 laps Fire

0

 

Mauricio de Narvaez

       

0

 

Gunther Steckkonig

       

0

R

Michael Chandler

41

Preston Henn

Porsche 935-K3 (Dunlop)

45 laps Engine

0

 

Preston Henn

       

0

 

Marcel Mignot

       

0

R

Bob Akin

43

Bob Akin Motor Racing

Porsche 935-K3 (Goodyear)

320 laps Electrics

0

 

Paul Miller

       

0

 

Craig Siebert

       

0

R

Maurizio Flammini

45

Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto

Ferrari 512BB (Michelin)

118 laps Transmission

0

 

Duilio Truffo

       

0

 

Fabrizio Violati

       

0

R

Guy Chasseuil

10

Porsche Kremer Racing

Porsche 917K/81 (Dunlop)

82 laps Engine mountings

0

 

Xavier Lapeyre

       

0

 

Bob Wollek

       

0

R

Reinhold Joest

14

Joest Racing

Porsche 908/80 (Dunlop)

60 laps Accident damage

0

 

Dale Whittington

       

0

 

Klaus Niedzwiedz

       

0

R

Alain de Cadenet

20

Alain de Cadenet

De Cadenet LM-Ford (Dunlop)

210 laps Engine

0

 

Jean-Michel Martin

       

0

 

Philippe Martin

       

0

R

Martin Birrane

21

Dorset Racing Associates

De Cadenet LM-Ford (Dunlop)

171 laps Gearbox casing

0

 

Vivian Candy

       

0

 

Nick Faure

       

0

R

Andre Chevalley

22

Andre Chevalley Racing

ACR 80B-Ford (Goodyear)

114 laps Differential

0

 

Patrick Gaillard

       

0

 

Bruno Sotty

       

0

R

Chris Craft

23

Dome Company

Dome RL81-Ford (Dunlop)

154 laps Engine

0

 

Bob Evans

       

0

R

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

24

Jean Rondeau

Rondeau M379C-Ford (Goodyear)

58 laps Chassis

0

 

Jean Rondeau

       

0

R

Jean-Louis Lafosse

25

Jean Rondeau

Rondeau M379C-Ford (Goodyear)

28 laps Fatal accident

0

 

Jean Ragnotti

       

0

R

Henri Pescarolo

26

Jean Rondeau

Rondeau M379C-Ford (Goodyear)

41 laps Fuel pump

0

 

Patrick Tambay

       

0

R

Tiff Needell

27

Ian Bracey

Ibec P6-Ford (Dunlop)

95 laps Engine

0

 

Tony Trimmer

       

0

R

Max Cohen-Olivar

30

Jean-Marie Lemerle

Lola T298-BMW (Goodyear)

104 laps Electrics

0

 

Jean-Marie Lemerle

       

0

 

Alain Levie

       

0

R

Edgar Doren

61

WERA-Meissberg Team

Porsche 935-K3 (Dunlop)

48 laps Engine

0

 

Gerhard Holup

       

0

 

Jurgen Laessig

       

0

R

Claude Haldi

57

Claude Haldi

Porsche 935 (Dunlop)

260 laps Differential

0

 

Herve Poulain

       

0

 

Mark Thatcher

       

0

R

Bill Whittington

59

Porsche Kremer Racing

Porsche 935-K3 (Goodyear)

57 laps Engine

0

 

Don Whittington

       

0

 

Ted Field

       

0

R

Steve Earle

48

Simon Phillips

Ferrari 512BB (Michelin)

140 laps Transmission

0

 

Simon Phillips

       

0

 

Mike Salmon

       

0

R

Alain Cudini

49

North American Racing Team

Ferrari 512BB (Michelin)

247 laps Accident

0

 

Philippe Gurdjian

       

0

 

John Morton

       

0

R

Roger Dorchy

5

WM AEREM

WM P79/80-Peugeot (Michelin)

46 laps Engine

0

 

Guy Frequelin

       

0

R

Helmut Henzler

50

Team GS Sport

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

57 laps Accident damage

0

 

Jean-Pierre Jarier

       

0

 

Hans-Joachim Stuck

       

0

R

David Deacon

52

Sauber Racing Switzerland

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

207 laps Engine

0

 

Dieter Quester

       

0

 

Marc Surer

       

0

R

David Hobbs

53

Emka Productions

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

236 laps Engine

0

 

Eddie Jordan

       

0

 

Steve O'Rourke

       

0

R

Jan Lundgardh

69

Tuff Kote Dinol Racing

Porsche 935-L1 (Dunlop)

49 laps Engine

0

 

Axel Plankenhorn

       

0

 

Mike Wilds

       

0

R

Thierry Boutsen

82

WM AEREM

WM P81-Peugeot (Michelin)

15 laps Accident

0

 

Michel Pignard

       

0

 

Serge Saulnier

       

0

R

Michel Pignard

83

WM AEREM

WM P81-Peugeot (Michelin)

50 laps Accident damage

0

 

Jean-Daniel Raulet

       

0

 

Max Mamers

       

0

R

Leopold von Bayern

71

RSM Marko

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

49 laps Engine

0

 

Christian Danner

       

0

 

Peter Oberndorfer

       

0

R

Laurent Ferrier

72

BMW Zol Auto

BMW M1 (Dunlop)

212 laps Engine

0

 

Pierre-Francois Rousselot

       

0

 

Francois Servanin

       

0

R

Jacques Almeras

73

Almeras Freres

Porsche 924 Carrera GTR (Michelin)

30 laps Engine

0

 

Jean-Marie Almeras

       

0

 

Jean-Pierre Sivel

       

0

R

Piercarlo Ghinzani

66

Martini Racing (Lancia)

Lancia Beta Monte Carlo (Pirelli)

186 laps Engine

0

 

Hans Heyer

       

0

 

Riccardo Patrese

       

0

R

Emanuele Pirro

67

Martini Racing (Lancia)

Lancia Beta Monte Carlo (Pirelli)

47 laps Accident

0

 

Beppe Gabbiani

       

0

Qualifying

Grid Driver Team Time

1

Derek Bell

Porsche System Engineering

3m 29.44s

1

Jacky Ickx

Porsche System Engineering

3m 29.44s

2

Jochen Mass

Porsche System Engineering

3m 32.61s

2

Vern Schuppan

Porsche System Engineering

3m 32.61s

2

Hurley Haywood

Porsche System Engineering

3m 32.61s

3

Reinhold Joest

Joest Racing

3m 34.51s

3

Klaus Niedzwiedz

Joest Racing

3m 34.51s

3

Dale Whittington

Joest Racing

3m 34.51s

4

Henri Pescarolo

Jean Rondeau

3m 35.16s

4

Patrick Tambay

Jean Rondeau

3m 35.16s

5

Jean Rondeau

Jean Rondeau

3m 36.17s

5

Jean-Pierre Jaussaud

Jean Rondeau

3m 36.17s

6

Ted Field

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 36.54s

6

Bill Whittington

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 36.54s

6

Don Whittington

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 36.54s

7

Harald Grohs

Vegla Racing Team

3m 37.15s

7

Dieter Schornstein

Vegla Racing Team

3m 37.15s

7

Gotz von Tschirnhaus

Vegla Racing Team

3m 37.15s

8

Thierry Boutsen

WM AEREM

3m 37.89s

8

Michel Pignard

WM AEREM

3m 37.89s

8

Serge Saulnier

WM AEREM

3m 37.89s

9

Roger Dorchy

WM AEREM

3m 39.74s

9

Guy Frequelin

WM AEREM

3m 39.74s

10

Jean-Louis Lafosse

Jean Rondeau

3m 40.32s

10

Jean Ragnotti

Jean Rondeau

3m 40.32s

11

Max Mamers

WM AEREM

3m 40.6s

11

Michel Pignard

WM AEREM

3m 40.6s

11

Jean-Daniel Raulet

WM AEREM

3m 40.6s

12

Guy Edwards

Lola Cars

3m 42.4s

12

Juan Fernandez

Lola Cars

3m 42.4s

12

Emilio de Villota

Lola Cars

3m 42.4s

13

Edgar Doren

WERA-Meissberg Team

3m 42.66s

13

Gerhard Holup

WERA-Meissberg Team

3m 42.66s

13

Jurgen Laessig

WERA-Meissberg Team

3m 42.66s

14

Andre Chevalley

Andre Chevalley Racing

3m 43.43s

14

Patrick Gaillard

Andre Chevalley Racing

3m 43.43s

14

Bruno Sotty

Andre Chevalley Racing

3m 43.43s

15

Francois Migault

Jean Rondeau

3m 43.99s

15

Gordon Spice

Jean Rondeau

3m 43.99s

16

Xavier Mathiot

WM AEREM

3m 44.14s

16

Charles Mendez

WM AEREM

3m 44.14s

16

Denis Morin

WM AEREM

3m 44.14s

17

Michael Chandler

Preston Henn

3m 46.22s

17

Preston Henn

Preston Henn

3m 46.22s

17

Marcel Mignot

Preston Henn

3m 46.22s

18

Bob Wollek

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 46.54s

18

Xavier Lapeyre

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 46.54s

18

Guy Chasseuil

Porsche Kremer Racing

3m 46.54s

19

Alain de Cadenet

Alain de Cadenet

3m 46.69s

19

Jean-Michel Martin

Alain de Cadenet

3m 46.69s

19

Philippe Martin

Alain de Cadenet

3m 46.69s

20

Chris Craft

Dome Company

3m 47.43s

20

Bob Evans

Dome Company

3m 47.43s

21

Helmut Henzler

Team GS Sport

3m 47.63s

21

Jean-Pierre Jarier

Team GS Sport

3m 47.63s

21

Hans-Joachim Stuck

Team GS Sport

3m 47.63s

22

David Deacon

Sauber Racing Switzerland

3m 47.9s

22

Dieter Quester

Sauber Racing Switzerland

3m 47.9s

22

Marc Surer

Sauber Racing Switzerland

3m 47.9s

23

Claude Bourgoignie

Charles Ivey Racing

3m 48.02s

23

John C Cooper

Charles Ivey Racing

3m 48.02s

23

Dudley Wood

Charles Ivey Racing

3m 48.02s

24

Piercarlo Ghinzani

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 48.14s

24

Hans Heyer

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 48.14s

24

Riccardo Patrese

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 48.14s

25

Gunther Steckkonig

Joest Racing

3m 48.2s

25

Kenper Miller

Joest Racing

3m 48.2s

25

Mauricio de Narvaez

Joest Racing

3m 48.2s

26

Martin Birrane

Dorset Racing Associates

3m 48.9s

26

Vivian Candy

Dorset Racing Associates

3m 48.9s

26

Nick Faure

Dorset Racing Associates

3m 48.9s

27

Tiff Needell

Ian Bracey

3m 49.94s

27

Tony Trimmer

Ian Bracey

3m 49.94s

28

Jacky Haran

Jean Rondeau

3m 50.61s

28

Philippe Streiff

Jean Rondeau

3m 50.61s

28

Jean-Louis Schlesser

Jean Rondeau

3m 50.61s

29

Alain Cudini

North American Racing Team

3m 52.6s

29

Philippe Gurdjian

North American Racing Team

3m 52.6s

29

John Morton

North American Racing Team

3m 52.6s

30

Bob Akin

Bob Akin Motor Racing

3m 52.61s

30

Paul Miller

Bob Akin Motor Racing

3m 52.61s

30

Craig Siebert

Bob Akin Motor Racing

3m 52.61s

31

Michele Alboreto

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 54.09s

31

Eddie Cheever

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 54.09s

31

Carlo Facetti

Martini Racing (Lancia)

3m 54.09s

32

Claude Haldi

Claude Haldi

3m 54.32s

32

Herve Poulain

Claude Haldi

3m 54.32s

32

Mark Thatcher

Claude Haldi

3m 54.32s

33

Bob Garretson

Cooke-Woods Racing

3m 55.15s

33

Ralph Kent-Cooke

Cooke-Woods Racing

3m 55.15s

33

Anny-Charlotte Verney

Cooke-Woods Racing

3m 55.15s

34

Maurizio Flammini

Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto

3m 55.66s

34

Duilio Truffo

Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto

3m 55.66s

34

Fabrizio Violati

Scuderia Supercar Bellancauto

3m 55.66s

35

Philippe Alliot

BMW Italie-France

3m 55.68s

35

Johnny Cecotto

BMW Italie-France

3m 55.68s

35

Bernard Darniche

BMW Italie-France

3m 55.68s

36

Pierre Dieudonne

Rennod Racing

3m 56.72s

36

Jean-Paul Libert

Rennod Racing

3m 56.72s

36

Jean Xhenceval

Rennod Racing

3m 56.72s

37

Jean-Claude Andruet

Charles Pozzi SA

3m 56.89s

37

Claude Ballot-Lena

Charles Pozzi SA

3m 56.89s

37

Herve Regout

Charles Pozzi SA

3m 56.89s

38

David Hobbs

Emka Productions

3m 56.99s

38

Eddie Jordan

Emka Productions

3m 56.99s

38

Steve O'Rourke

Emka Productions

3m 56.99s

39

Bill Cooper

Stratagraph

3m 59.57s

39

Billy Hagan

Stratagraph

3m 59.57s

39

Bob Mitchell

Stratagraph

3m 59.57s

39

Cale Yarborough

Stratagraph

3m 59.57s

40

Steve Earle

Simon Phillips

3m 59.68s

40

Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips

3m 59.68s

40

Mike Salmon

Simon Phillips

3m 59.68s

41

Leopold von Bayern

RSM Marko

4m 0.14s

41

Christian Danner

RSM Marko

4m 0.14s

41

Peter Oberndorfer

RSM Marko

4m 0.14s

42

Yves Courage

Graff Racing

4m 0.42s

42

Jean-Philippe Grand

Graff Racing

4m 0.42s

43

Jurgen Barth

Porsche System Engineering

4m 1.03s

43

Walter Rohrl

Porsche System Engineering

4m 1.03s

44

Emanuele Pirro

Martini Racing (Lancia)

4m 2.22s

44

Beppe Gabbiani

Martini Racing (Lancia)

4m 2.22s

45

Michel Dubois

Pierre Yver

4m 2.81s

45

Jacques Heuclin

Pierre Yver

4m 2.81s

45

Pierre Yver

Pierre Yver

4m 2.81s

46

Max Cohen-Olivar

Jean-Marie Lemerle

4m 3s

46

Jean-Marie Lemerle

Jean-Marie Lemerle

4m 3s

46

Alain Levie

Jean-Marie Lemerle

4m 3s

47

Laurent Ferrier

BMW Zol Auto

4m 3.76s

47

Pierre-Francois Rousselot

BMW Zol Auto

4m 3.76s

47

Francois Servanin

BMW Zol Auto

4m 3.76s

48

Andy Rouse

Porsche System Engineering

4m 4.09s

48

Manfred Schurti

Porsche System Engineering

4m 4.09s

49

Win Percy

Mazdaspeed

4m 4.79s

49

Yojiro Terada

Mazdaspeed

4m 4.79s

49

Hiroshi Fushida

Mazdaspeed

4m 4.79s

50

Jan Lundgardh

Tuff Kote Dinol Racing

4m 6.92s

50

Axel Plankenhorn

Tuff Kote Dinol Racing

4m 6.92s

50

Mike Wilds

Tuff Kote Dinol Racing

4m 6.92s

51

Tetsu Ikuzawa

Mazdaspeed

4m 7.16s

51

Peter Lovett

Mazdaspeed

4m 7.16s

51

Tom Walkinshaw

Mazdaspeed

4m 7.16s

52

Valentin Bertapelle

Thierry Perrier

4m 8.86s

52

Thierry Perrier

Thierry Perrier

4m 8.86s

52

Bernard Salam

Thierry Perrier

4m 8.86s

53

Martino Finotto

Jolly Club

4m 9.01s

53

Giorgio Pianta

Jolly Club

4m 9.01s

53

Giorgio Schon

Jolly Club

4m 9.01s

54

Herve Bayard

Ecurie Renard-Delmas

4m 15.57s

54

Louis Descartes

Ecurie Renard-Delmas

4m 15.57s

55

Jacques Almeras

Almeras Freres

4m 19.91s

55

Jean-Marie Almeras

Almeras Freres

4m 19.91s

55

Jean-Pierre Sivel

Almeras Freres

4m 19.91s

56

Christian Bussi

"Segolen"

4m 3.89s

56

Jacques Guerin

"Segolen"

4m 3.89s

56

Segolen

"Segolen"

4m 3.89s

57

Michel Lateste

M Sardou

4m 5.02s

57

Patrick Perrier

M Sardou

4m 5.02s

58

Bobby Rahal

Cooke-Woods Racing

4m 18.3s

58

Brian Redman

Cooke-Woods Racing

4m 18.3s

58

Eddie Jordan

Cooke-Woods Racing

4m 18.3s

59

Tony Dron

GTi Engineering

4m 20.01s

59

Richard Lloyd

GTi Engineering

4m 20.01s

60

Ray Ratcliff

Pierre Honegger

4m 21.97s

60

Fred Stiff

Pierre Honegger

4m 21.97s

60

Dirk Vermeersch

Pierre Honegger

4m 21.97s

61

Colin Bond

Porsche Cars Australia

4m 24.95s

61

Peter Brock

Porsche Cars Australia

4m 24.95s

61

Jim Richards

Porsche Cars Australia

4m 24.95s

62

Michel Elkoubi

Z&W Enterprises

5m 13.06s

62

Herve Regout

Z&W Enterprises

5m 13.06s

Circuit - Le Mans

Country

France

Location

Le Mans, Pays de la Loire

Type

Temporary road course

Length

8.467 (Miles)

Record

Jochen Mass (Porsche 962), 3m25.10, 148.616 mph, Sports Cars, 1985

3,169

Championships

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Results

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Drivers

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9,346

Teams

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