1996 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 15, 1996
Laps:
354
Fastest Lap:
Van de Poele, 3m47.495
Country:
France
Circuit:
1996 season:
Report

Michael Cotton was at Le Mans to see Porsche's new, no-compromise GT racer edged out by a car which the Stuttgart manufacturer had commissioned two years earlier, but then chose not to race...

The most open race for many years," said all the pundits prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Even after qualifying, when the name of Porsche was written indelibly on the wall, we believed that McLaren, Ferrari and Oldsmobile had a sporting chance.

All these illusions were quickly dashed as the two mid-engined works Porsche 911 GT1s and the two Joest Racing TWR-Porsches set a pace that no rivals could possibly match, and backed it with an astonishing level of reliability.

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