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1990 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 16, 1990
Fastest Lap:
Millen, 3m40.03
1990 season:

The year of the cat

Britain's soccer fans may not have created a good impression in Sardinia, but a vast army of 50,000 motor racing supporters who crossed the channel were well behaved and ecstatic with the 1-2 result achieved by the Silk Cut Jaguar team at Le Mans. They joined Tom Walkinshaw with fervour in singing the National Anthem and more than a few tears were shed... of happiness among those celebrating, of sheer frustration by the Brun Motorsport Porsche team, denied a heroic second place by a totally unexpected engine failure 14 minutes from the end.

The build-up for this year's race had all the ingredients of excitement and drama, and no-one was disappointed. The race took place despite the intervention of FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre during the winter, but he can be credited with arousing a still greater level of support for the 24-hours, and drawing the largest crowd in recent memory.