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1983 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 18, 1983
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Ickx, 3m29.70
1983 season:

Predictable but interesting

Having celebrated the 50th running of Le Mans last year, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest did not make such a fanfare about the 60th anniversary of the 24-hour race, though the parade of old cars and previous winners has now become a regular and popular feature of the preliminaries. Porsches dominated the entry list with 11 of their type 956 Group C cars, three from the factory and eight in the hands of customers, virtually identical to the ones which took the top three places last year. Jacky Ickx led the Rothmans-Porsche works team hoping for an unprecedented seventh win, partnered by Derek Bell hoping for his fourth. Germans Jochen Mass and Stefan Bellof shared the second, with Americans Al Holbert and Hurley Haywood in the third with Australian Vern Schuppan. A fourth 956 was used by several members of the team as a training car, equipped with cameras and running with a high downforce tail, and as Ickx qualified it seventh fastest, below last year's pole time, it was seriously considered running it for Schuppan and Jurgen Barth.