On June 11, 1978, the Alpine A442B of Didier Pironi and Jean-Pierre Jaussaud took the chequered flag to win the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
This historic triumph now has a particular resonance with a victory forty years later- after a late reversal of fortune for the Signatech Alpine Matmut team.
When the 24 hours came to an end, Nicolas Lapierre, André Negrão and Pierre Thiriet were initially second in the LMP2 class.
Following post-race technical scrutineering however, two competing teams – including the category winner – were disqualified for non-compliance of a part in the fuel restrictor. 93 days after the race, the verdict from the appeal has been rendered and the win has gone the way of the Alpine A470 in the LMP2 category.
After a 2016 triumph and subsequent podiums in 2014 and 2017, Alpine is the only team to have finished in the overall top five in each of the last three editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Currently leading the LMP2 category in the 2018-2019 Super Season, the Signatech Alpine Matmut can now focus on reclaiming the world title. The next round of the World Endurance Championship FIA WEC will be held at Fuji (October 14).
24 Hours of Le Mans classification – LMP2
- Signatech Alpine Matmut n°36 – 367 laps
- Graff-SO24 n° 39 +1 lap
- United Autosports n° 32 +2 laps
- Jackie Chan DC Racing n° 37 +6 laps
- DragonSpeed n° 31 +7 laps
- Jackie Chan DC Racing n° 38 +11 laps
- Racing Team Nederland n° 29 +11 laps
- Jackie Chan DC Racing n° 33 +12 laps
- Panis-Barthez Compétition n° 23 +15 laps
- SMP Racing n° 35 +22 laps
FIA LMP2 Teams Trophy
- Signatech Alpine Matmut n°36 – 72 points
- Jackie Chan DC Racing n°38 – 68 points
- Jackie Chan DC Racing n°37 – 61 points
- DragonSpeed n°31 – 46 points
- Racing Team Nederland n°29 – 31 points
- Larbre Competition n°50 – 28 points
- TDS Racing n°28 – 18 points
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling 3.76 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2017, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.