1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

1966 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 34th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 1966.[1] It was also the seventh round of the 1966 World Sportscar Championship season. It was the first time that Henri Pescarolo entered the race, a driver who went on to set the record for the most starts.

Le Mans in 1966

Contents

  • Pre-race 1
  • Race 2
  • Official results 3
    • Did Not Finish 3.1
  • Statistics 4
  • Trophy Winners 5
  • References 6

Pre-race

In 1966, the Ford GT40 Mk. II had become reliable. Shelby test driver Ken Miles managed to win at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring with the big block Ford. Ford sent no less than eight Mark IIs to La Sarthe, entered by three teams: Shelby, Holman & Moody and Alan Mann Racing.

Ferrari sent only two works P3s to compete against the Ford armada. Another P3 was entered by NART, and four 365 P2 were entered by Ferrari's usual private partners.

Race

The two works P3s were involved in an accident. At 01:45 the P2s had already exhausted their engine in trying to keep contact with the Mk. II and the last Ferrari prototype, the Pedro Rodríguez/Richie Ginther NART P3 retired with overheating. The race was won for Ford. For the first time in history an American car had won Le Mans.[2]

At the last pit stop, three Mark IIs were in front. Ken Miles and Denny Hulme were leading, followed by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon in the same lap. Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson were third, but twelve laps behind.

At the finish, Ford decided to stage publicity photo between Miles/Hulme and McLaren/Amon with the No. 5 following, too. According to witnesses, McLaren left a small margin to Miles and it was expected than Miles/Hulme will be declared winner after the examination of the photo finish. But the ACO declared the McLaren/Amon car had won the race, having covered more distance in 24 hours, as it had started the race several places behind the Miles/Hulme car. The ACO estimated the difference to 8 meters. This was a terrible disappointment for Ken Miles, who expected the triple crown Daytona-Sebring-Le Mans as a reward for his investment in the GT40 development. The finish remains the closest in Le Mans history.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 P
+5.0
2 Shelby-American Inc. Bruce McLaren
Chris Amon
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 360
2 P
+5.0
1 Shelby-American Inc. Ken Miles
Denis Hulme
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 360
3 P
+5.0
5 Holman & Moody / Essex Wire Corp. Ronnie Bucknum
Dick Hutcherson
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 348
4 P
2.0
30 Porsche System Engineering Jo Siffert
Colin Davis
Porsche 906/6L Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 339
5 P
2.0
31 Porsche System Engineering Hans Herrmann
Herbert Linge
Porsche 906/6L Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 338
6 P
2.0
32 Porsche System Engineering Udo Schütz
Peter de Klerk
Porsche 906/6L Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 337
7 S
2.0
58 Porsche System Engineering Günter Klass
Rolf Stommelen
Porsche 906/6L Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 330
8 GT
5.0
29 Maranello Concessionaires Piers Courage
Roy Pike
Ferrari 275 GTB/C Ferrari 3.3L V12 310
9 P
1.3
62 Société des Automobiles Alpine Henri Grandsire
Leo Cella
Alpine A210 Renault 1.3L I4 311
10 GT
5.0
57 Ecurie Francorchamps Pierre Noblet
Claude Dubois
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 310
11 P
1.3
44 Ecurie Savin-Calberson Jacques Cheinisse
Roger Delageneste
Alpine A210 Renault 1.3L I4 307
12 P
1.3
45 Société des Automobiles Alpine Guy Verrier
Robert Bouharde
Alpine A210 Renault 1.3L I4 307
13 P
1.3
46 Société des Automobiles Alpine Mauro Bianchi
Jean Vinatier
Alpine A210 Renault 1.3L I4 306
14 GT
2.0
35 "J. Franc" Jacques Dewes
Jean Kerguen
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 284
15 P
1.3
50 Jean-Louis Marnat & Cie Claude Ballot-Léna
Jean-Louis Marnat
Marcos Mini Marcos GT 2+2 BMC 1.3L I4 258

Did Not Finish

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
16 S
2.0
33 Porsche System Engineering Peter Gregg
Sten Axelsson
Porsche 906/6 Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 321
17 P
+5.0
3 Shelby-American Inc. Dan Gurney
Jerry Grant
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 257
18 P
1.3
49 Donald Healey Motor Company Paddy Hopkirk
Andrew Hedges
Austin-Healey Sprite Le Mans BMC 1.3L I4 237
19 S
5.0
14 Scuderia Filipinetti
F.R. English Ltd. / Comstock Racing
Peter Sutcliffe
Dieter Spoerry
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.7L V8 233
20 P
5.0
21 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Lorenzo Bandini
Jean Guichet
Ferrari 330 P3 Ferrari 4.0L V12 226
21 GT
5.0
26 Ed Hugus Gianpiero Bascaldi
Michel de Bourbon-Parma
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 218
22 S
5.0
28 Equipe Nationale Belge Gustave Gosselin
Eric de Keyn
Ferrari 250LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 218
23 P
1.3
47 Société des Automobiles Alpine Berndt Jansson
Pauli Toivonen
Alpine A210 Renault 1.3L I4 217
24 S
5.0
59 Essex Wire Corporation Peter Revson
Skip Scott
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.7L V8 212
25 S
5.0
15 Ford France S.A. Guy Ligier
Bob Grossman
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.7L V8 205
26 P
5.0
19 Scuderia Filipinetti Willy Mairesse
Herbert Müller
Ferrari 365 P2/P3 Ferrari 4.4L V12 166
27 S
5.0
60 Essex Wire Corporation Jochen Neerpasch
Jacky Ickx
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.7L V8 154
28 P
5.0
27 North American Racing Team (NART) Richie Ginther
Pedro Rodríguez
Ferrari 330 P3 Spyder Ferrari 4.0L V12 151
29 P
1.3
48 Donald Healey Motor Company John Rhodes
Clive Baker
Austin-Healey Sprite Le Mans BMC 1.3L I4 134
30 P
5.0
17 Ecurie Francorchamps Jean Blaton
Pierre Dumay
Ferrari 365 P2/P3 Ferrari 4.4L V12 129
31 P
5.0
20 SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ludovico Scarfiotti
Mike Parkes
Ferrari 330 P3 Ferrari 4.0L V12 123
32 P
1.15
55 Société des Automobiles Alpine André de Cortanze
Jean-Pierre Hanrioud
Alpine A210 Renault 1.0L I4 118
33 P
2.0
41 Matra Sports SARL Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Matra MS620 BRM 1.9L V8 112
34 P
+5.0
9 Chaparral Cars Inc. Phil Hill
Joakim Bonnier
Chaparral 2D Chevrolet 5.4L V8 111
35 P
+5.0
7 Alan Mann Racing Ltd. Graham Hill
Brian Muir
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 110
36 P
2.0
34 Auguste Veuillet Robert Buchet
Gerhard Koch
Porsche 906/6 Carrera 6 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 110
37 P
2.0
42 Matra Sports SARL Jo Schlesser
Alan Rees
Matra MS620 BRM 1.9L V8 100
38 P
+5.0
6 Holman & Moody Mario Andretti
Lucien Bianchi
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 97
39 P
1.15
53 S.E.C. Automobiles CD Georges Heligouin
Jean Rives
CD SP66 Peugeot 1.1L I4 91
40 P
5.0
18 North American Racing Team (NART) Masten Gregory
Bob Bondurant
Ferrari 365 P2 Ferrari 4.4L V12 88
41 P
1.15
51 S.E.C. Automobiles CD Claude Laurent
Jean-Claude Ogier
CD SP66 Peugeot 1.1L I4 54
42 P
1.3
54 North American Racing Team (NART) François Pasquier
Robert Mieusset
ASA RB613 Ferrari 1.3L I4 50
43 P
5.0
24 Scuderia San Marco Jean-Claude Sauer
Jean de Mortemart
Serenissima Jungla GT Spyder ATS 3.5L V8 40
44 P
+5.0
11 Prototip Bizzarrini SAL Sam Posey
Massimo Natili
Bizzarrini 5300GT Chevrolet 5.4L V8 39
45 P
2.0
43 Matra Sports SARL Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Henri Pescarolo
Matra MS620 BRM 1.9L V8 38
46 P
5.0
16 Maranello Concessionaires Richard Attwood
David Piper
Ferrari 365 P2 Spyder Ferrari 4.4L V12 33
47 P
1.3
61 ASA Spartaco Dini
Ignazio Giunti
ASA RB613 Ferrari 1.3L I4 31
48 P
+5.0
8 Alan Mann Racing Ltd. Sir John Whitmore
Frank Gardner
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 31
49 P
1.15
52 S.E.C. Automobiles CD Pierre Lelong
Alain Bertaut
CD SP66 Peugeot 1.1L I4 19
50 P
2.0
36 Maranello Concessionaires Mike Salmon
David Hobbs
Ferrari Dino 206S Ferrari 2.0L V6 14
51 P
+5.0
4 Holman & Moody Mark Donohue
Paul Hawkins
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8 12
52 P
2.0
38 North American Racing Team (NART) Charlie Kolb
George Follmer
Ferrari Dino 206S Ferrari 2.0L V6 9
53 P
+5.0
10 Prototip Bizzarrini SRL Edgar Berney
André Wicky
Bizzarrini P538 Chevrolet 5.4L V8 8
54 S
5.0
12 F.R. English Ltd. \ Comstock Racing Innes Ireland
Jochen Rindt
Ford GT40 Mk.I Ford 4.7L V8 8
55 P
2.0
25 Scuderia San Marco
North American Racing Team (NART)
Nino Vaccarella
Mario Casoni
Ferrari Dino 206S Ferrari 2.0L V6 7

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #3 Shelby-American Inc. - 3:30.6
  • Fastest Lap - #3 Shelby-American Inc. - 3:30.6
  • Distance - 4843.09 km
  • Average Speed - 210.795 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Performance - #30 Porsche System Engineering
  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #33 Ecurie Savin-Calberson

References

  1. ^ Motor Sport, July 1966, Pages 596-597.
  2. ^ http://www.supercars.net/cars/692.html