Just as the race reached its 16 and half hour mark the final nail went into Jaguar's coffin. With Jean-Louis Schlesser at the wheel the remaining Silk Cut V12 suffered a massive tyrefailure which literally ripped up the bodywork. Schless managed to control the ensuing slide and limped carefully back to the pits, where Tom Walkinshaw's crew set about rebuilding the second place runner. Close examination revealed, however, that the shredded tyre had actually smashed the wishbone-locating hug that is cast into the gearbox, so there could no further question of continuing. "It's something we'll be redesigning for next year," said a disappointed Derek Warwick.
1986, Le, Mans, Jean, Louis, Schlesser, puncture, Jaguar, XJR-6