The jubilant scenes at the finish line as thousands of Union Flag-waving fans invaded the circuit have gone into Le Mans folklore, as has the reception the winning trio received on the podium, with team chief Tom Walkinshaw and Jaguar boss Sir John Egan.
Two of the Jaguars failed to make the finish, the #3 car of Raul Boesel/Henri Pescarolo/John Watson suffering gearbox failure after 129 laps and the #1 car of Martin Brundle/John Nielsen losing a head gasket after 306 laps. Porsche, meanwhile, lost one of its red-and-yellow factory 962Cs, the Vern Schuppan/Sarel van der Merwe/Bob Wollek car, to engine failure at the 192-lap mark.
Le Mans 24 Hours, 1988
1 Johnny Dumfries (GB)/Jan Lammers (NL)/Andy Wallace (GB) – TWR Jaguar XJR-9 LM, 394 laps
2 Derek Bell (GB)/Klaus Ludwig (D)/Hans-Joachim Stuck (D) – Porsche AG Porsche 962C, +2m36s
3 Stanley Dickens (DK)/Frank Jelinski (D)/‘John Winter’ (D) – Joest Racing Porsche 962C, 385 laps
4 Kevin Cogan (USA)/Derek Daly (IRL)/Larry Perkins (AUS) – TWR Jaguar XJR-9 LM, 383 laps
5 David Hobbs (GB)/Frank Konrad (AUT)/Didier Theys (B) – Joest Racing Porsche 962C, 380 laps
6 John Andretti (USA)/Mario Andretti (USA)/Michael Andretti (USA) – Porsche AG Porsche 962C, 375 laps
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