1998 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1998 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 66th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 6 and 7 June 1998.


1998 saw a significant increase in manufacturer involvement. Porsche and Mercedes-Benz remained, with upgraded cars in both GT1 and LMP. Toyota sent three of their new, extremely fast GT-One racing cars, while BMW, in association with WilliamsF1, launched the new BMW V12 LM. Nissan sent 4 of their new R390 GT1s. The United States was also represented properly with a two car team from Panoz, with Ford powered Esperante GTR-1s, and factory-backed Chrysler Viper GTS-R in the GT2 class entered by Oreca.

Porsche won the race as the faster cars from Mercedes, BMW and Toyota retired with mechanical difficulties and accident damage. The remaining Nissans and outdated McLarens were unable to match the pace of the upgraded 911 GT1s. Following this race, Porsche went into a sabbatical, rumored to be part of a plan to allow Porsche's partner Audi to develop their own sportscar without competition from within the alliance.

Porsche would return to Le Mans in 2014; they would eventually win the 2015 race.

The GT2 class win by the Chrysler Viper GTS-R was the first GT class win for an American made car since the Shelby Daytona Coupe won in 1964.

Le Mans in 1998

Official results[edit]

The overall winning #26 Porsche 911 GT1 '98 on display in the new Porsche Museum, Stuttgart.
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMGT1 26 Germany Porsche AG France Laurent Aïello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 351
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
2 LMGT1 25 Germany Porsche AG Germany Jörg Müller
Germany Uwe Alzen
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT1-98 M 350
Porsche 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
3 LMGT1 32 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Aguri Suzuki
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 347
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
4 LMGT1 40 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
United States Bill Auberlen
McLaren F1 GTR P 343
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
5 LMGT1 30 Japan Nissan Motorsport Denmark John Nielsen
Germany Michael Krumm
France Franck Lagorce
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
6 LMGT1 31 Japan Nissan Motorsport Netherlands Jan Lammers
France Érik Comas
Italy Andrea Montermini
Nissan R390 GT1 B 342
Nissan VRH35L 3.5L Turbo V8
7 LMGT1 45 United States Panoz Motor Sports Australia David Brabham
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
Panoz GTR-1 M 335
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
8 LMP1 12 United States Doyle-Risi Racing South Africa Wayne Taylor
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Spain Fermín Velez
Ferrari 333 SP P 332
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
9 LMGT1 27 Japan Toyota Motorsport Japan Ukyo Katayama
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One M 326
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
10 LMGT1 33 Japan Nissan Motorsport Japan Satoshi Motoyama
Japan Takuya Kurosawa
Japan Masami Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 B 319
Nissan VRH35L 3.5 L Turbo V8
11 LMGT2 53 France Viper Team Oreca United Kingdom Justin Bell
United States David Donohue
Italy Luca Drudi
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
12 LMP1 16 Germany Kremer Racing Italy Rocky Agusta
Italy Almo Coppelli
France Xavier Pompidou
Kremer K8/2 Spyder G 314
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
13 LMGT2 51 France Viper Team Oreca Monaco Olivier Beretta
Portugal Pedro Lamy
United States Tommy Archer
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 312
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
14 LMP1 3 United States Moretti Racing Inc. Italy Gianpiero Moretti
Italy Mauro Baldi
Belgium Didier Theys
Ferrari 333 SP Y 311
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
15 LMP1 15 France La Filière France Henri Pescarolo
France Olivier Grouillard
France Franck Montagny
Courage C36 M 304
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
16 LMP1 24 France Courage Compétition Japan Yojiro Terada
France Franck Fréon
France Olivier Thévenin
Courage C41 M 300
Porsche Type-935 3.0 L Turbo Flat-6
17 LMGT2 64 Germany Roock Racing Motorsport Germany Claudia Hürtgen
France Michel Ligonnet
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 285
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
18 LMGT2 69 France Michel Nourry France Michel Nourry
France Thierry Perrier
France Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 911 GT2 G 276
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
19 GT2 56 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering United Kingdom Gary Ayles
United States Matt Turner
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 270
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
20 LMGT2 68 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing France Éric Graham
France Hervé Poulain
France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Porsche 911 GT2 D 268
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
21 LMGT2 55 United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering Portugal Ni Amorim
Portugal Gonçalo Gomes
Portugal Manuel Mello-Breyner
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 264
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
22 LMGT2 65 Germany Roock Racing Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Schirle
Germany André Ahrlé
United Kingdom David Warnock
Porsche 911 GT2 Y 247
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
23 LMGT2 72 France Larbre Compétition France Patrice Goueslard
France Jean-Luc Chéreau
France Pierre Yver
Porsche 911 GT2 M 240
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 29 Japan Toyota Motorsport Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Germany Ralf Kelleners
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Toyota GT-One M 330
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT2 71 Portugal Estoril Racing France Michel Maisonneuve
France Manuel Monteiro
France Michel Monteiro
Porsche 911 GT2 P 277
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 44 United States Panoz Motor Sports France Éric Bernard
France Christophe Tinseau
United States Johnny O'Connell
Panoz GTR-1 M 236
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
DNF LMP1 13 France Courage Compétition France Didier Cottaz
Belgium Marc Goossens
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Courage C51 M 232
Nissan VRH35Z 3.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMGT1 41 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren Germany Dr. Thomas Bscher
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Italy Rinaldo Capello
McLaren F1 GTR G 228
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 8 Germany Porsche AG France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
United States David Murry
United Kingdom James Weaver
Porsche LMP1-98 M 218
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 10 France Pilot Racing France Michel Ferté
France Pascal Fabre
France François Migault
Ferrari 333 SP D[1] 203
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 67 Switzerland Elf Haberthur Racing Belgium Michel Neugarten
France Jean-Claude Lagniez
France David Smadja
Porsche 911 GT2 D 198
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 28 Japan Toyota Motorsport United Kingdom Martin Brundle
France Emmanuel Collard
France Éric Hélary
Toyota GT-One M 191
Toyota R36V 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 5 France Jabouille-Boursche Italy Vincenzo Sospiri
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Jérôme Policand
Ferrari 333 SP M 187
Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12
DNF LMGT2 60 France Société Chereau France Jean-Pierre Jarier
Sweden Carl Rosenblad
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Porsche 911 GT2 M 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT2 62 Canada CJ Motorsport United States John Morton
Canada John Graham
Germany Harald Grohs
Porsche 911 GT2 G 164
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 21 France Philippe Gache France Philippe Gache
Australia Wayne Gardner
Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Riley & Scott Mk III P 155
Ford 5.1 L V8
DNF LMP1 14 France Courage Compétition Sweden Fredrik Ekblom
France Patrice Gay
Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya
Courage C51 M 126
Nissan VRH35Z 3.5 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP1 7 Germany Porsche AG Italy Michele Alboreto
Sweden Stefan Johansson
France Yannick Dalmas
Porsche LMP1-98 M 107
Porsche Type-935 3.2 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP2 22 France Didier Bonnet France Lionel Robert
France Édouard Sezionale
France Pierre Bruneau
Debora LMP296 M 106
BMW S50 3.2 L I6
DNF LMGT2 61 Germany Krauss Race Sports International Germany Bernhard Müller
Germany Michael Trunk
Germany Ernst Palmberger
Porsche 911 GT2 D 71
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMP1 1 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Denmark Tom Kristensen
BMW V12 LM M 60
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP1 2 Germany Team BMW Motorsport Italy Pierluigi Martini
Germany Joachim Winkelhock
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
BMW V12 LM M 43
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMGT1 36 Germany AMG-Mercedes France Jean-Marc Gounon
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
France Christophe Bouchut
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 31
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 50 France Viper Team Oreca Austria Karl Wendlinger
Belgium Marc Duez
Netherlands Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 28
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGT2 70 Germany Konrad Motorsport Austria Franz Konrad
United States Larry Schumacher
United States Nick Ham
Porsche 911 GT2 D 24
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT1 35 Germany AMG-Mercedes Germany Bernd Schneider
Australia Mark Webber
Germany Klaus Ludwig
Mercedes-Benz CLK-LM B 19
Mercedes-Benz GT108B 5.0 L V8
DNF LMGT2 73 Germany Konrad Motorsport Switzerland Toni Seiler
United States Peter Kitchak
Italy Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT2 D 2
Porsche 3.6 L Turbo Flat-6


  • Pole Position - #35 AMG-Mercedes - 3:35.544
  • Fastest Lap - #28 Toyota Motorsport - 3:41.809
  • Distance - 4783.78 km
  • Average Speed - 199.324 km/h[2]
  • Highest Trap Speed — Toyota GT-One - 345 km/h (practice)


  1. ^ "1998 Le Mans 24 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. ^ "The overall winners' list from the official site of Le Mans". Archived from the original on 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2010-05-10.