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1997 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 14, 1997
Fastest Lap:
Kristensen, 3m45.068
1997 season:

People, unless presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, will believe what they wish, and those who stood by a track in France for 24 hours in the middle of June wished they had seen a great motor race and therefore did. The simple truth, available to those who wanted to find it, was that this year, Le Mans did not host a great or even a particularly good motor race.

The remarkable thing about this is that it simply didn't matter. Yes, as fans, we would have liked an Ickx-Hermann last-lap drama but not one of us expected it. At Le Mans, on all bar the most freakish occasions, it just doesn't happen. There are, of course, excitements and surprises along the way, you couldn't possibly attempt to pack over 1100 race car hours into a single day without them, but the history books will remember that Porsche won Le Mans. Again.