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1980 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 14, 1980
Round:
7
Laps:
339
Fastest Lap:
Ickx, 3m40.6
Country:
France
Circuit:
1980 season:
Report

Every year, the Le Mans 24 Hours proves something special, whatever the predicament of sportscar racing as a whole. It has a lot to with the unique atmosphere of the Circuit of the Sarthe, and the magic of a race that runs twice around the clock on an ultra-fast eight and a half mile course still largely composed of normal main roads. This year, however, the ACO's Grand Prix d'Endurance et Vitesse was unusually interesting, mainly because of a thick wad of new rules.

For various reasons the organisers have in recent years grown anxious that the professional teams treated Le Mans as too much a test of sheer speed, and not enough a trial of true endurance. At the same time, they saw the advisability of promoting greater efficiency in the use of fuel, and desired to diminish the gap between big spending professional outfits and less well financed private stables. The combined result was a whole catalogue of innovatory regulations.

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