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1978 Le Mans 24 Hours

1978 Le Mans 24 Hours is 46th Le Mans 24 Hours race. Passed at the Le Mans circuit. Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Jochen Mass won the pole position, Didier Pironi, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud won this race. Bob Wollek, Jürgen Barth, Jacky Ickx and Hurley Haywood, Peter Gregg, Reinhold Jöst also climbed to the podium, in second and third place. Race distance 370 laps (5,045 km).

Previous race: 1977 Le Mans 24 Hours
Next race: 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours
Race Start: 11th June 1978

Interesting facts and statistics about the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours

1st victory for the Equipe Renault Elf Sport team
1st victory for the Didier Pironi
1st victory for the Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
1st podium for the Didier Pironi
3rd podium for the Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
1st podium for the Bob Wollek
2nd podium for the Jürgen Barth
5th podium for the Jacky Ickx
2nd podium for the Hurley Haywood
2nd podium for the Peter Gregg
2nd podium for the Reinhold Jöst

1978 Le Mans 24 Hours

1978 Le Mans 24 Hours

Alpine A442 B - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Alpine A442 B #2 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: S+2.0)

WM P78 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

WM P78 #78 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GTP+3.0)

Porsche 935 /77A - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 935 /77A #90 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: IMSA+2.5)

Porsche 935 /77A - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 935 /77A #44 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: Gr.5+2.0)

Rondeau M378 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Rondeau M378 #72 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GTP3.0)

Chevron B36 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Chevron B36 #31 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: S2.0)

Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 911 Carrera RSR #66 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GT3.0)

Porsche 934 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner

Porsche 934 #62 - 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours winner (Class: GT+3.0)

1978 Le Mans 24 Hours results

Position Name Car Result Lap Team Class Class position
1 Didier Pironi, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Alpine A442 B, #2 5044.530 kms 370 Equipe Renault Elf Sport S+2.0 1
2 Bob Wollek, Jürgen Barth, Jacky Ickx Porsche 936 /78, #6 4968.120 kms 365 Martini Racing Porsche System S+2.0 2
3 Hurley Haywood, Peter Gregg, Reinhold Jöst Porsche 936 /77, #7 4940.730 kms 363 Martini Racing Porsche System S+2.0 3
4 Jean Ragnotti, Guy Fréquelin, José Dolhem, Jean-Pierre Jabouille Alpine A442 A, #4 4894.390 kms 359 Equipe Renault Elf Sport Calberson S+2.0 4
5 Brian Redman, John Paul, Dick Barbour Porsche 935 /77A, #90 4607.420 kms 338 Dick Barbour Racing IMSA+2.5 1
6 Jim Busby, Rick Knoop, Chris Cord Porsche 935 /77A, #44 4592.970 kms 337 Porsche Kremer Racing Gr.5+2.0 1
7 Paulo Gomes, Marinho Amaral, Alfredo Guaraná Menezes Porsche 935, #41 4489.010 kms 330 A.S.A. Cachia-Team Pace Gr.5+2.0 2
8 Manfred Schurti, Rolf Stommelen Porsche 935 /78, #43 4447.730 kms 327 Martini Racing Porsche System Gr.5+2.0 3
9 Jean Rondeau, Bernard Darniche, Jacky Haran Rondeau M378, #72 4019.020 kms 295 Jean Rondeau GTP3.0 1
10 Vern Schuppan, Jacques Laffite, Sam Posey Mirage M9, #10 4007.730 kms 294 Grand Touring Cars Inc. S+2.0 5
11 Michel Pignard, Laurent Ferrier, Lucien Rossiaud Chevron B36, #31 3878.210 kms 285 R.O.C. La Pierre du Nord S2.0 1
12 Anny-Charlotte Verney, Xavier Lapeyre, Francois Servanin Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, #66 3817.920 kms 280 Anny-Charlotte Verney GT3.0 1
13 Andre Chevalley, François Trisconi Inaltera LM, #71 3810.170 kms 280 A. Chevalley Racing GTP3.0 2
14 Gordon Spice, John Rulon-Miller, Larry Perkins Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, #97 3801.150 kms 279 Charles Ivey Engineering IMSA+2.5 2
15 Chris Craft, Alain De Cadenet De Cadenet Lola LM, #8 3729.570 kms 274 Alain de Cadenet S+2.0 6
16 François Migault, Lucien Guitteny Ferrari 365 GT4/BB, #86 3579.340 kms 263 Ecurie Grand Compétition Car IMSA+2.5 3
17 Christian Bussi, "Segolen", Jean-Claude Briavoine Porsche 934, #62 3540.880 kms 260 "Ségolen" GT+3.0 1
DNF Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Patrick Depailler Alpine A443, #1 Engine 279 Equipe Renault Elf Sport S+2.0 7
DNC Marc Surer, Eugen Strahl, Harry Blumer Sauber C5 B, #23 3506.320 kms 258 Francy Sauber PP AG S2.0 2
DNF Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Jochen Mass Porsche 936 /78, #5 Accident 255 Martini Racing Porsche System S+2.0 8
DNC Sandro Plastina, Jean-Daniel Grandjean, Mario Luini Cheetah G601, #20 3420.670 kms 251 C. H. Graemiger S2.0 3
DNF Jean-Claude Andruet, Spartaco Dini Ferrari 512 BB, #88 Engine 251 Pozzi-Thompson J.M.S. IMSA+2.5 4
DNC Georges Bourdillat, Alain-Michel Bernard, Jean-Luc Favresse Porsche 911 Carrera, #64 3295.380 kms 242 Georges Bourdillat GT3.0 2
DNC Bruno Sotty, Gérard Cuynet, Jean-Claude Dufrey Lola T294 /6, #25 3250.890 kms 239 Pronuptia S2.0 4
DNC Michel Elkoubi, Philippe Streiff, Pierre Yver Lola T296, #24 3159.140 kms 233 Pronuptia M.R.E. S2.0 5
DNF Jean-Pierre Delaunay, Jacques Guérin, Gregg Young Ferrari 512 BB, #87 Gearbox 232 Luigi Chinetti Sr. IMSA+2.5 5
DNC Michel Lateste, Jean-François Auboiron, Dominique Lacaud Lola T297, #28 2965.070 kms 218 Dominique Lacaud S2.0 6
DNF Claude Ballot-Lena, Jean-Louis Lafosse Ferrari 512 BB, #89 Gearbox 218 Pozzi-Thompson J.M.S. IMSA+2.5 6
DNF Ian Grob, Guy Edwards Ibec P6, #19 Con rod 195 Ibec Racing Developments Hesketh Team S+2.0 9
DNF Jacques Henry, Albert Dufréne, Max Cohen-Olivar Chevron B36, #30 Piston 195 R.O.C. La Pierre du Nord S2.0 8
DNF Xavier Mathiot, Marc Sourd, Christian Debias WM P78, #78 Accident 186 W.M. Aerem GTP+3.0 1
DNC John Winter, Dieter Schornstein, Philippe Gurdjian Porsche 935 K2, #45 2494.860 kms 183 Porsche Kremer Racing Gr.5+2.0 4
DNC Tony Charnell, Robin Smith, Fréderic Alliot, Richard Jones Chevron B31, #27 Not classified 181 Mogil Motors Ltd. with Kores Racing S2.0 7
DNF Marianne Hoepfner, Christine Dacremont WM P76, #76 Head gasket 171 W.M. Aerem GTP3.0 3
DNF Edgar Dören, Romain Feitler, Hervé Poulain, Gerhard Holup Porsche 934, #68 Gearbox 167 Hervé Poulain GT+3.0 2
DNF Jean-Pierre Jarier, Derek Bell Alpine A442 A, #3 Differential 162 Equipe Renault Elf Sport S+2.0 10
DNF Bob Garretson, Bob Akin, Steve Earle Porsche 935 /77A, #91 Accident 159 Dick Barbour Racing IMSA+2.5 7
DNF Michel Dubois, Daniel Gache, Julien Sanchez Chevron B36, #29 Accident 142 R.O.C. Modylock S2.0 9
DNF Herbert Muller, Claude Haldi, "Nico" Porsche 935, #48 Gearbox casing 140 Meccarillos Cégécol Racing Team Gr.5+2.0 5
DNF Georges Morand, Christian Blanc, Eric Vuagnat Lola T296, #26 Oil pressure 130 G.V.E.A. S2.0 10
DNF Pierre-François Rousselot, Jean-Marie Lemerle, Alain Levié Lola T294 /6, #21 Broken rear chassis 126 Jean-Marie Lemerle S2.0 11
DNF Antoine Salamin, Gérard Vial, Yves Courage, Joël Laplacette Porsche 930, #65 Brakes, accident 116 Joël Laplacette GT+3.0 3
DNF Dieter Quester, Rad Dougall, Tom Walkinshaw Osella PA6, #34 Accident 113 BMW (G.B.) Racing-Tolemans Racing S2.0 12
DNF Nick Faure, John Beasley, Simon Phillips, Martin Raymond De Cadenet Lola T380, #12 DQ:Insufficient distance covered 99 Simon Phillips Racing with Batco France S+2.0 11
DNF Guy Chasseuil, Jean-Claude Lefebvre Porsche 934, #61 Piston 61 Auto Daniel Urcun GT+3.0 4
DNF Ian Harrower, Juliette Slaughter, Brian Joscelyne, Tony Birchenhough Lola T294S, #32 Engine 61 Dorset Racing Association with Kelly Girl S2.0 13
DNF Jean-Daniel Raulet, Max Mamers WM P77, #77 Clutch 44 W.M. Aerem GTP+3.0 2
DNF Bill Whittington, Don Whittington, Franz Konrad Porsche 935 /77A, #94 Accident 41 Whittington Brother Inc. Racing Gr.5+2.0 6
DNF Teddy Pilette, Nick Faure, "Jean Beurlys", Raymond Touroul Ferrari 512 BB, #85 Gearbox 39 "Beurlys" IMSA+2.5 8
DNF Willy Braillard, Jean-Louis Ravenel, Jacky Ravenel, Philippe Dagoreau Porsche 934, #69 Injection pump 35 Jean Louis Ravenel-V.S.D. GT+3.0 5
DNF Martin Raymond, "Steve", Mike Franey Porsche 935 /77A, #46 Engine 34 Porsche Kremer Racing Gr.5+2.0 7
DNF Michel Leclere, Sam Posey Mirage M9, #11 Electrics 33 Grand Touring Cars Inc. S+2.0 12
DNF Brad Frisselle, Robert Kirby, John Hotchkis Chevrolet Monza, #84 Head 30 Wynn's International Belgium IMSA+2.5 9
DNF Bob Evans, Richard Down Lola T294S, #33 Puncture, broken chassis 23 Cloud Engineering Ltd. - Dorset S2.0 14
DNF John Fitzpatrick, Toine Hezemans Porsche 935 /77A, #47 Piston 19 Weisberg Gelo Team Gr.5+2.0 8
DNQ John Cooper, Bob Evans, Pete Lovett De Cadenet Lola LM, #9 Reserve 0 Alain de Cadenet S+2.0 13
DNQ Guy Chasseuil, Hubert Striebig Toj SC303, #14 Reserve 0 BP Racing S+2.0 14
DNQ Jean Belliard, Thierry Perrier Porsche 911 Carrera RS, #98 Reserve 0 Thierry Perrier IMSA+2.5 10
DNQ Pierre Dieudonne BMW 3.0 CSL, #96 Reserve 0 Garage du Bac IMSA+2.5 11
DNQ Clemens Schickentanz, Hans Heyer Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, #40 Reserve 0 A.M.G. Motorenbau GmbH Gr.5+2.0 9
DNQ Anna Cambiaghi Lola T296 /7, #22 Reserve 0 Agence Locomotiv S2.0 15
DNQ Guy de Saint-Pierre, Marcel Mignot Alpine A310, #73 Reserve 0 Bernard Décure GTP3.0 4
DNQ Simon De Lautour, Gérard Bleynie, Roland Ennequin Porsche 934, #60 Did not qualify 0 Meccarillos Cégécol Racing Team GT+3.0 6
DNQ Christian Gouttepifre, Raymond Touroul, Robert Boubet Porsche 911 Carrera RS, #63 DQ: illegal engine 0 Christian Gouttepifre GT3.0 3

Qualifying Results for the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours on the Le Mans circuit

Position Name Car Result Team
1 Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Jochen Mass Porsche 936 /78, #5 3:27.600 Martini Racing Porsche System
2 Jean-Pierre Jabouille, Patrick Depailler Alpine A443, #1 3:28.400 Equipe Renault Elf Sport
3 Manfred Schurti, Rolf Stommelen Porsche 935 /78, #43 3:30.900 Martini Racing Porsche System
4 Bob Wollek, Jürgen Barth, Jacky Ickx Porsche 936 /78, #6 3:35.200 Martini Racing Porsche System
5 Didier Pironi, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Alpine A442 B, #2 3:35.700 Equipe Renault Elf Sport
6 Hurley Haywood, Peter Gregg, Reinhold Jöst Porsche 936 /77, #7 3:37.300 Martini Racing Porsche System
7 Jean-Pierre Jarier, Derek Bell Alpine A442 A, #3 3:37.900 Equipe Renault Elf Sport
8 Jean Ragnotti, Guy Fréquelin, José Dolhem, Jean-Pierre Jabouille Alpine A442 A, #4 3:42.700 Equipe Renault Elf Sport Calberson
9 Vern Schuppan, Jacques Laffite, Sam Posey Mirage M9, #10 3:45.800 Grand Touring Cars Inc.
10 Chris Craft, Alain De Cadenet De Cadenet Lola LM, #8 3:46.200 Alain de Cadenet
11 John Fitzpatrick, Toine Hezemans Porsche 935 /77A, #47 3:46.500 Weisberg Gelo Team
12 Michel Leclere, Sam Posey Mirage M9, #11 3:48.300 Grand Touring Cars Inc.
13 Ian Grob, Guy Edwards Ibec P6, #19 3:50.200 Ibec Racing Developments Hesketh Team
14 Jim Busby, Rick Knoop, Chris Cord Porsche 935 /77A, #44 3:50.700 Porsche Kremer Racing
15 Nick Faure, John Beasley, Simon Phillips, Martin Raymond De Cadenet Lola T380, #12 3:51.900 Simon Phillips Racing with Batco France
16 Brian Redman, John Paul, Dick Barbour Porsche 935 /77A, #90 3:52.600 Dick Barbour Racing
17 Bill Whittington, Don Whittington, Franz Konrad Porsche 935 /77A, #94 3:52.800 Whittington Brother Inc. Racing
18 Xavier Mathiot, Marc Sourd, Christian Debias WM P78, #78 3:52.900 W.M. Aerem
19 Andre Chevalley, François Trisconi Inaltera LM, #71 3:53.900 A. Chevalley Racing
20 Martin Raymond, "Steve", Mike Franey Porsche 935 /77A, #46 3:54.800 Porsche Kremer Racing
21 Herbert Muller, Claude Haldi, "Nico" Porsche 935, #48 3:55.800 Meccarillos Cégécol Racing Team
22 Dieter Quester, Rad Dougall, Tom Walkinshaw Osella PA6, #34 3:56.200 BMW (G.B.) Racing-Tolemans Racing
23 Paulo Gomes, Marinho Amaral, Alfredo Guaraná Menezes Porsche 935, #41 3:59.500 A.S.A. Cachia-Team Pace
24 Marc Surer, Eugen Strahl, Harry Blumer Sauber C5 B, #23 4:00.100 Francy Sauber PP AG
25 Brad Frisselle, Robert Kirby, John Hotchkis Chevrolet Monza, #84 4:02.300 Wynn's International Belgium
26 Tony Charnell, Robin Smith, Fréderic Alliot, Richard Jones Chevron B31, #27 4:03.300 Mogil Motors Ltd. with Kores Racing
27 Jean-Daniel Raulet, Max Mamers WM P77, #77 4:03.500 W.M. Aerem
28 John Winter, Dieter Schornstein, Philippe Gurdjian Porsche 935 K2, #45 4:04.200 Porsche Kremer Racing
29 Michel Pignard, Laurent Ferrier, Lucien Rossiaud Chevron B36, #31 4:04.200 R.O.C. La Pierre du Nord
30 Michel Lateste, Jean-François Auboiron, Dominique Lacaud Lola T297, #28 4:04.500 Dominique Lacaud
31 Bob Garretson, Bob Akin, Steve Earle Porsche 935 /77A, #91 4:05.200 Dick Barbour Racing
32 Edgar Dören, Romain Feitler, Hervé Poulain, Gerhard Holup Porsche 934, #68 4:07.000 Hervé Poulain
33 Claude Ballot-Lena, Jean-Louis Lafosse Ferrari 512 BB, #89 4:07.100 Pozzi-Thompson J.M.S.
34 Jean-Claude Andruet, Spartaco Dini Ferrari 512 BB, #88 4:07.300 Pozzi-Thompson J.M.S.
35 Michel Dubois, Daniel Gache, Julien Sanchez Chevron B36, #29 4:07.800 R.O.C. Modylock
36 Jean-Pierre Delaunay, Jacques Guérin, Gregg Young Ferrari 512 BB, #87 4:16.300 Luigi Chinetti Sr.
37 Willy Braillard, Jean-Louis Ravenel, Jacky Ravenel, Philippe Dagoreau Porsche 934, #69 4:08.000 Jean Louis Ravenel-V.S.D.
38 Jacques Henry, Albert Dufréne, Max Cohen-Olivar Chevron B36, #30 4:08.300 R.O.C. La Pierre du Nord
39 Guy Chasseuil, Jean-Claude Lefebvre Porsche 934, #61 4:09.100 Auto Daniel Urcun
40 Jean Rondeau, Bernard Darniche, Jacky Haran Rondeau M378, #72 4:09.400 Jean Rondeau
41 Ian Harrower, Juliette Slaughter, Brian Joscelyne, Tony Birchenhough Lola T294S, #32 4:10.400 Dorset Racing Association with Kelly Girl
42 Teddy Pilette, Nick Faure, "Jean Beurlys", Raymond Touroul Ferrari 512 BB, #85 4:10.900 "Beurlys"
43 Michel Elkoubi, Philippe Streiff, Pierre Yver Lola T296, #24 4:11.700 Pronuptia M.R.E.
44 Bob Evans, Richard Down Lola T294S, #33 4:12.000 Cloud Engineering Ltd. - Dorset
45 Georges Morand, Christian Blanc, Eric Vuagnat Lola T296, #26 4:12.200 G.V.E.A.
46 Pierre-François Rousselot, Jean-Marie Lemerle, Alain Levié Lola T294 /6, #21 4:13.700 Jean-Marie Lemerle
47 Gordon Spice, John Rulon-Miller, Larry Perkins Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, #97 4:14.700 Charles Ivey Engineering
48 Bruno Sotty, Gérard Cuynet, Jean-Claude Dufrey Lola T294 /6, #25 4:15.800 Pronuptia
49 François Migault, Lucien Guitteny Ferrari 365 GT4/BB, #86 4:15.900 Ecurie Grand Compétition Car
50 Sandro Plastina, Jean-Daniel Grandjean, Mario Luini Cheetah G601, #20 4:19.300 C. H. Graemiger
51 Anny-Charlotte Verney, Xavier Lapeyre, Francois Servanin Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, #66 4:19.600 Anny-Charlotte Verney
52 Christian Bussi, "Segolen", Jean-Claude Briavoine Porsche 934, #62 4:21.600 "Ségolen"
53 Marianne Hoepfner, Christine Dacremont WM P76, #76 4:22.800 W.M. Aerem
54 Antoine Salamin, Gérard Vial, Yves Courage, Joël Laplacette Porsche 930, #65 4:25.000 Joël Laplacette
55 Georges Bourdillat, Alain-Michel Bernard, Jean-Luc Favresse Porsche 911 Carrera, #64 4:28.200 Georges Bourdillat
56 John Cooper, Bob Evans, Pete Lovett De Cadenet Lola LM, #9 3:52.900 Alain de Cadenet
57 Guy Chasseuil, Hubert Striebig Toj SC303, #14 4:14.800 BP Racing
58 Anna Cambiaghi Lola T296 /7, #22 4:27.800 Agence Locomotiv
59 Clemens Schickentanz, Hans Heyer Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, #40 4:26.100 A.M.G. Motorenbau GmbH
60 Guy de Saint-Pierre, Marcel Mignot Alpine A310, #73 4:34.400 Bernard Décure
61 Jean Belliard, Thierry Perrier Porsche 911 Carrera RS, #98 4:23.500 Thierry Perrier
62 Pierre Dieudonne BMW 3.0 CSL, #96 4:25.300 Garage du Bac
63 Simon De Lautour, Gérard Bleynie, Roland Ennequin Porsche 934, #60 no time Meccarillos Cégécol Racing Team
64 Christian Gouttepifre, Raymond Touroul, Robert Boubet Porsche 911 Carrera RS, #63 no time Christian Gouttepifre

List of all cars for the 1978 Le Mans 24 Hours on the Le Mans circuit

Alpine A443

Renault

WM P78

Peugeot

WM P76

Peugeot

WM P77

Peugeot

Chevrolet Monza

Chevrolet

Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC

Mercedes-Benz

Alpine A310

Renault

Porsche 935

Porsche

Porsche 934

Porsche

Ibec P6

Ford

Porsche 930

Porsche

Mirage M9

Renault