Preliminary 1996 information

The 24 hours of Le Mans will be held on the 15th and 16th of June 1996. The registration are open until the 10th of march. 76 candidates will be kept : - 11 cars soon qualified for the race (function of LM 95 performance) - 65 having to...

The 24 hours of Le Mans will be held on the 15th and 16th of June 1996.

The registration are open until the 10th of march. 76 candidates will be kept : - 11 cars soon qualified for the race (function of LM 95 performance) - 65 having to come prequalifying on the 28th of April. . 37 of those will be qualified for the race, . plus 4 reserve cars.

Based on last year rules, here are some changes : 1- this year, added to the wheight/power ratio based on . whether the car engine was turbo or atmo . whether the car was a "market car concept" or a "special competition purpose concept" the organisers are introducing a new parameter : . the engine torque. The formula is said to be complicated but not given by my information. To cut it short it tries to give 500hp per 1000Kg.

2- Prototypes and GT cars will be aligned on 2 distinct lines on the starting grid (one lane for protos and the other lane for GT cars) ; with 48 cars on the grid.

3- After 18 hours of race, the cars that did not complete half the distance of the leader will be eliminated. (this to avoid, I suppose, the "finishing" of "rebuilt cars as last year Honda num. 46 rebuilt during the night and the Corvette num. 30 staying until the 20th hour in the classification with only 54 laps ! when the leader had 215 !).

4- The "damier" flag will be given, not to the first car crossing the finish line after the 24th hour as last year ; but to the winner of the race.

Cheers until next time.

Charles.

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