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1982 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 19, 1982
Round:
4
Weather:
Warm, dry and sunny
Laps:
359
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Ragnotti, 3m36.9
Country:
France
Circuit:
1982 season:
Report

JACKY ICKX and Derek Bell notched up another victory in the classic 24 hour race at Le Mans last month. Driving a 956 Porsche, they took over the lead in the ninth hour, but did not have things entirely their own way, suffering from a mixture problem which caused a misfire and later from a puncture which eroded their five lap lead to two. The first hours of the race were the most interesting, with Rondeau, Ford and Porsche competing keenly for the lead. The Rondeau of Mignault, Lapeyre and Spice led for the first three hours on aggregate, and the Ford C100 of Winkelhock and Niedzwiedz was given the honour for the fourth hour. For the remainder of the race, a Porsche headed the hourly bulletins, first the 956 of Haywood, Holbert and Barth which led to the eighth hour, when they were delayed first by a door blowing open and then by a wheel bearing failure: when the bearing was replaced, they suffered further delay when it was found that the suspension had also been damaged. The Rondeau which led the initial stages went out of the race at 2.00 a.m. with electrical failure, a problem which had also affected the second Ford C100 of Ludwig and Surer which had succumbed after four hours. The Winkelhock /Niedzwiedz car went out when the engine blew up.

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