1923 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1923 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1923 24 Hours of Le Mans was the very first Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 26 and 27 May 1923.

Le Mans in 1923

The original intention of the race was for a winner to be declared following three straight years of competition. The Rudge-Whitworth Cup would be given to the driver combination to complete the farthest distance total over three years. Unfortunately the idea would be abandoned after the end of the first three year segment, in 1925.

Official results[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Lap
1 3.0 9 No Team Name France André Lagache
France René Léonard
Chenard et Walcker Sport Chenard et Walcker 3.0L I4 128
2 3.0 10 No Team Name France Raoul Bachmann
France Christian d'Auvergne
Chenard et Walcker Sport Chenard et Walcker 3.0L I4 124
3 2.0 23 No Team Name France Paul Gros
Belgium Raymond de Tornaco
Bignan 11HP Desmo Sport Bignan 2.0L I4 120
4 3.0 8 United Kingdom Capt. J.F. Duff Canada Capt. John F. Duff
United Kingdom Frank Clement
Bentley 3 Litre Sport Bentley 3.0L I4 112
5 2.0 24 No Team Name France Philippe de Marne
France Jean Martin
Bignan 11HP Commercial Bignan 2.0L I4 112
6 8.0 1 Belgium Compagnie Nationale Excelsior Belgium André Dills
Belgium Nicolas Caerels
Excelsior Albert 1er Excelsior 5.3L I6 112
7 3.0 11 No Team Name France Fernand Bachmann
France Raymond Glaszmann
Chenard & Walcker Tourisme Chenard & Walcker 3.0L I4 110
8 5.0 7 No Team Name France Gérard de Courcelles
France André Rossignol
Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L I6 108
9 8.0 2 Belgium Compagnie Nationale Excelsior France Gonzaque Lécureul
France "Flaud"
Excelsior Albert 1er Excelsior 5.3L I6 106
10 1.5 28 No Team Name France Max de Pourtealés
France Sosthene de la Rochefoucauld
Bugatti Brescia 16S Bugatti 1.5L I4 104
11 3.0 17 No Team Name France "Migeot"
France Eugène Verpault
Brasier TC4 Brasier 2.1L I4 99
12 1.1 34 No Team Name France Lucien Desvaux
France Georges Casse
Salmson VAL3 Salmson 1.1L I4 98
13 3.0 16 No Team Name France "Belbue"
France Paul Torchy
Delage DE 11HP Delage 2.1L I4 98
14 3.0 19 No Team Name Belgium Charles Montier
France Albert Ouriou
Montier Speciale
(Ford Model T)
Montier 2.0L I4 97
15 1.1 33 No Team Name France Maurice Benoist
France Luis Ramon Buenovinci
Salmson VAL3 Salmson 1.1L I4 93
16 2.0 21 No Team Name France M. Cappé
France Jean Dourianou
Georges Irat 4/A3 Georges Irat 2.0L I4 93
17 3.0 14 No Team Name France Jean de Marguenat
France Gaston Delalande
Rolland-Pilain B22 Rolland-Pilain 2.3L I4 92
18 1.1 35 No Team Name France Maurice Boutmy
France Jérôme Marcandanti
Amilcar CV Amilcar 1.0L I4 89
19 5.0 5 No Team Name France Robert Bloch
France "Stalter"
Lorraine-Dietrich Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L I6 88
20 3.0 12 No Team Name Switzerland Edouard Probst
France "Redon"
Berliet VH 12HP Berliet 2.6L I4 88
21 3.0 15 No Team Name France Louis Sire
France Georges Guignard
Rolland-Pilain R Rolland-Pilain 2.2L I4 84
22 1.5 29 No Team Name France Louis Pichard
France René Marie
Bugatti Brescia 16S Bugatti 1.5L I4 82
23 2.0 25 No Team Name France Jean Pouzet
France Edmond Pichon
Rolland-Pilain RP Rolland-Pilain 1.9L I4 80
24 2.0 24 No Team Name France Jules Robin
France Gérard Mariner
Rolland-Pilain RP Rolland-Pilain 1.9L I4 80
25 1.5 30 No Team Name France Louis Balart
France Charles Drouin
Corre La Licorne Corre La Licorne 1.4L I4 80
26 2.0 27 No Team Name France Léon Molon
France Lucien Molon
Vinot Deguingand BP 10HP Vinot Deguingand 1.8L I4 77
27 3.0 18 No Team Name France "Maillon"
France Léopold Jougeut
Brasier TB4 Brasier 2.1L I4 76
28 2.0 20 No Team Name France Albert Colomb
France W. Lestienne
Corre La Licorne EV 12CV Corre La Licorne 2.0L I4 74
29 2.0 22 No Team Name France "Milhaud"
France Pierre Malleveau
Georges Irat 4/A3 Georges Irat 2.0L I4 73
30 1.1 32 France Société des applications du refroidissement par air (S.A.R.A.) France Lucien Erb
France Robert Battagliola
S.A.R.A. ATS S.A.R.A. 1.1L I4 57

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
31 5.0 6 No Team Name France Henri Stoffel
France R. Labouchére
Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L I6 50
32 3.0 13 No Team Name France Roland Jacquot
France Georges Ribail
Brasier VH 12HP Brasier 2.6L I4 44
33 1.1 31 France Société des applications du refroidissement par air (S.A.R.A.) France François Piazzoli
France André Marandet
S.A.R.A. ATS S.A.R.A. 1.1L I4 14

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest lap – #8 Bentley – 9:39
  • Distance – 2209.536 km
  • Average speed – 92.064 km/h