The 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans
was the 54th Grand Prix of Endurance as well as the third round of the 1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
. It took place on May 31 and June 1, 1986.
Due to construction of a new roundabout at the Mulsanne corner, a new portion of track had to be built in order to avoid the roundabout. This created a right hand kink prior to the new Mulsanne turn.
For 1986, the new works 962C of Hans-Joachim Stuck
, Derek Bell
and Al Holbert
was able to overcome the two-time defending winners at Joest Racing
. The race itself was marred by the death of Jo Gartner
in a crash on the Mulsanne Straight early on Sunday morning. The accident was caused by gearbox failure, locking up the rear wheels and sending the car into the armco. The sole remaining Kremer Racing
Porsche retired soon after the accident. The Joest/Ludwig car suffered from engine bearing failure following the extended pace car laps.
Class winners in bold
. Cars failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).
† - #66 Cosmik Racing and #79 Ecurie Ecosse were both disqualified for receiving outside assistance.
- Pole Position - #2 Rothmans Porsche - 3:15.990
- Fastest Lap - #7 Joest Racing - 3:23.300
- Distance - 4972.731 km
- Average Speed - 207.197 km/h
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