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1976 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1976 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 1976 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 44th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 1976.

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Race

The regulations for Le Mans were changed again, with the fuel limitations removed and Group 5 cars were allowed to compete with Group 6 cars. Porsche entered two 936s and one 935, while the Renault Alpine A442 turbo also made its first appearance at Le Mans with one entry. For the first and only time in the history of the race, two NASCAR cars were invited to compete. They attracted considerable media attention and were popular with the French public, however they performed disappointingly in the race itself. The new Porsche 936 turbo won in its debut.

The race saw the death of Frenchman André Haller when his Datsun 260Z was involved in an accident at the Mulsanne Kink.

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #19 Renault Sport - 3:33.01
  • Fastest Lap - #19 Renault Sport - 3:43.00
  • Distance - 4769.923 km
  • Average Speed - 198.746 km/h
  • References

    1976 24 Hours of Le Mans Wikipedia


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