BMW wins at Le Mans

The BMW V12 LMR of Pierluigi Martini, Yannick Dalmas and Joachim Winkelhock has won the Le Mans 24 Hours

BMW wins at Le Mans

The car that qualified in sixth spent much of the closing hours of the race holding off the Toyota GT-One of Ukyo Katayama until the Japanese team suffered a puncture with less than 45 minutes to go.

The BMW survived the 24 hours while potentially faster competition from Toyota and Mercedes suffered accidents and mechanical failure.

Thierry Boutsen and Martin Brundle crashed out two of the Toyotas while Mercedes withdrew their remaining entry when Peter Dumbreck suffered an enormous and controversial accident in the troubled Mercedes CLR.

The leading BMW of JJ Letho crashed on lap 305 promoting the Martini car to the lead. The Letho car had led for ten hours with the eventual winners shadowing them in second. The two BMW's succeeded in holding their own throughout the night while Katayama's Toyota gained ground slowly.

Letho's retirement meant the No 15 BMW was fighting for the lead instead of supporting the No 17 car which had had a safety margin of two laps.

The Audi R8Rs finished third and fourth despite having qualified badly. The No 8 car of Emanuele Pirro, Frank Biela and Didier Theys finished ahead of the Michele Alboreto, Rinaldo Capello and Laurent Aiello car.

The second Audi spent the final hours of the race trading fourth place with the No 13 Courage-Nissan C52 of Andrea Montermini, Alex Caffi and Mimmo Schiattarella which finally finished in fifth.

Sixth place was taken by the No 12 Panoz of David Brabham, Eric Barnard and Butch Leitzinger. Both Panoz's suffered a number of problems throughout the race with the number No 11 car of Magnussen, O'Connell and Agnelli doing well to finish in 11th.

In 10th place overall, the winner of the GTS category was the No 51 Team ORECA Chrysler Viper of Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy. The team's number 52 car, driver by Tommy Archer, Justin Bell and Marc Duez, finished 12th overall to take second in the class after they suffered a number of gearbox related problems.

Third place in the GTS category was taken by another Viper, the No 56 car of Chamberlain Engineering driven by Ni Amorin, John Hugenholtz and Toni Seiler.

Final results from 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours:

























































































































































































Pos


No


Drivers


Car


Class


laps


1


15


Winkelhock/Martini*/Dalmas


BMW V12LMR


01


365


2


3


Katayama*/Tsuchiya/Suzuki


Toyota GT-One


01


364


3


8


Pirro/Biela*/Theys


Audi R8R


01


360


4


7


Alboreto/Capello*/Aiello


Audi R8R


01


346


5


18


Bscher/Auberlen/Soper*


BMW V12 LM98


01


345


6


13


Caffi/Montermini*/Schiattarella


Courage C52


01


342


7


12


Brabham*/Bernard/Leitzinger


Panoz LMP Roadster S


01


336


8


21


Cottaz*/Goossens/Ekblom


Nissan C52


01


334


9


14


Pescarolo/Ferte*/Gay


Courage C50


01


327


10


51


Beretta*/Wendlinger/Dupuy


Viper Team ORECA


02


325


11


11


O'Connell/Magnussen*/Angelelli


Panoz LMP Roadster S


01


323


12


52


Archer/Bell/Duez*


Viper Team ORECA


02


318


13


81


Alzen*/Huisman/Riccitelli Manthey


Porsche 996GT3


03


317


14


56


Amorim*/Hugenholtz/Seiler


Chamberlain Viper


02


314


15


50


Breyner*/Breyner/Breyner


Cica Team ORECA


02


312


16


55


Clerico*/Lagniez/Martinolle


Belmondo Viper


02


309


17


54


Belmondo/Monteiro*/Rostan


Belmondo Viper


02


299


18


64


Konrad*/Kitchak/Slater


Konrad Porsche 911GT2


02


293


19


80


Muller*/Wollek/Maylander


Porsche 996GT3


03


292


20


62


Hurtgen*/Ahrle/Vosse


Roock Porsche 993GT2


02


290


21


84


Perrier*/Ricci/Nourry


Perspective Porsche 993RSR


03


288


22


57


Erdos*/Vann/Glasel


Chamberlain Viper


02


270


23


65


Chereau/Gouselard*/Yver


Chereau Porsche 911GT2


02


240

           
           


Retirements













































































































































17


Kristensen/Lehto*/Muller


BMW V12LMR


01


304


25


Donohue/Belloc*/Ayari


Chrysler viper


02


271


63


Haupt*/Robinson/Price


Roock Porsche 993GT2


02


232


19


Matushita/Kato*/Nakaya


BMW V12 LM98


01


223


26


Lammers*/Kox/Coronel


Konrad Lola B98/10


01


213


10


Weaver/Wallace*/McCarthy


Audi R8C


01


198


2


Boutsen*/Kelleners/McNish


Toyota GT-One


01


173


61


Palmberger/Kaufmann*/Ligonnet


Freisinger Porsche 911GT2


02


157


27


Saldana/Orbell/Deradigues*


Kremer Lola


01


146


67


Jarier*/Bourdais/Detoisy


Larbre Porsche 911GT2


02


134


66


Monteiro/Monteiro*/Maisonneuve


Estoril Porsche 911GT2


02


123


22


Motoyama*/Krumm/Comas


Nissan R391


01


110


1


Brundle*/Collard/Sospiri


Toyota GT-One


01


90


25


Tinseau*/Montagny/Terrien


Lola T98/10


01


77


6


Schneider*/Lamy/Lagorce


Mercedes CLR


01


76


5


Bouchut*/Heidfeld/Dumbreck


Mercedes CLR


01


75


24


Terada*/Freon/Donovan


Autoexe LMP99


01


74


29


Policand*/Baldi/Pescatori


Ferrari 333SP


01


71


32


Apicella*/Rosenblad/Lewis


Riley&Scott


01


67


9


Johansson/Ortelli*/Abt


Audi R8C


01


55


31


Gache*/Formato/Thevenin


Riley&Scott


01


25


60


Lintott*/Jurasz/Iketai


Porsche 911GT2


02


24


4


Webber*/Gounon/Tiemann


Mercedes CLR


01


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