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1986 Le Mans 24 Hours

Saturday, May 31, 1986
Round:
3
Laps:
368
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Ludwig, 3m23.3
Country:
France
Circuit:
1986 season:
Report

Bell's fourth Le Mans success

DEREK BELL became the most successful English driver ever to compete at Le Mans when he notched up his fourth victory on June 1, driving the Rothmans-Porsche 962C with Hans Stuck and Al Holbert. Three of his victories were shared with six-times winner Jacky Ickx; Olivier Gendebien and Henri Pescarolo have won four times, and four drivers have won the 24Hour race three times.

The list of achievements goes further, for this was Porsche's 11th victory since 1970 — Ferrari is the next most successful marque, with nine wins — and Bell and Holbert also won the Daytona 24-Hours in February, a rare double. It was not all plain sailing, though, because for 12 hours the number 1 works Porsche had duelled ferociously with the Joest Porsche 956 driven by Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and 'John Winter', exchanging the lead repeatedly.

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