1939 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1939 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 16th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 17 and 18 June 1939.

The following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally planned for June 1940, but due to the invasion of France in May the race was called off. Racing would not return to Le Mans until 1949, long after the war had ended.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1939
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 8.0 1 France Jean-Pierre Wimille France Jean-Pierre Wimille
France Pierre Veyron
Bugatti Type 57C Tank Bugatti 3.3L Supercharged I8 248
2 3.0 21 United Kingdom Ecurie Walter Watney France Louis Gérard
France Georges Monneret
Delage D6-3L Delage 3.0L I6 245
3 5.0 5 United Kingdom Lagonda Ltd. United Kingdom Arthur Dobson
United Kingdom Charles Brackenbury
Lagonda V12 Lagonda 4.5L V12 239
4 5.0 6 United Kingdom Lord Selsdon United Kingdom Lord Selsdon
United Kingdom Lord William Waleran
Lagonda V12 Lagonda 4.5L V12 238
5 2.0 26 Germany BMW Germany Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe
Germany Frtiz Hans Wenscher
BMW 328 Touring Coupe BMW 2.0L I6 236
6 5.0 12 France Louis Villeneuve France Louis Villeneuve
France René Biolay
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 235
7 2.0 27 Germany BMW Germany Ralph Röese
Germany Paul Heinemann
BMW 328 BMW 2.0L I4 230
8 5.0 20 United Kingdom Count Heyden United Kingdom R.R.C. Rob Walker
United Kingdom Ian Connell
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 224
9 2.0 28 Germany BMW Germany Willi Breim
Germany Rudolf Scholtz
BMW 328 BMW 2.0L I4 220
10 1.1 39 France Gordini France Amédée Gordini
France José Scaron
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 213
11 5.0 14 France Joseph Chotard France Joseph Chotard
France Jacques Seylair
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 202
12 2.0 29 United Kingdom Robert Peverell Hichens United Kingdom Robert P. Hichens
United Kingdom Mortimer Morris-Goodall
Aston Martin Speed Model Aston Martin 2.0L I4 199
13 1.1 41 France Gordini France Guy Lapchin
France Charles Plantivaux
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 195
14 1.5 32 United Kingdom Ecurie Lapin Blanc United Kingdom Peter Clark
United Kingdom Marcus Chambers
HRG 1500 Singer 1.5L I4 192
15 1.1 37 United Kingdom Mrs. Majorie Fawcett United Kingdom Geoffrey White
United Kingdom C.M. Anthony
Morgan 4/4 Coventry Climax 1.1L I4 184
16 1.5 34 France Just-Emile Vernet France Just-Emile Vernet
France Carl de Bodard
Riley Sprite TT Pourtout Riley 1.5L I4 180
17 1.1 38 France Victor Camerano France Victor Camerano
France Henri Louveau
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 163
18 1.1 45 United Kingdom Arthur W. Jones United Kingdom Arthur W. Jones
United Kingdom Gordon Wilkins
Singer Le Mans Replica Singer 1.0L I4 154
19 750 48 France Gordini France Adrien Alin
France Albert Alin
Simca Cinq Fiat 0.6L I4 148
20 750 49 France Gordini France Maurice Aimé
France Albert Leduc
Simca Cinq Fiat 0.6L I4 147

Did not finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
21 3.0 25 France Raymond Sommer France Raymond Sommer
Thailand Prince Bira
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS Alfa Romeo 2.4L I6 173
22 5.0 18 France Ecuria Francia France Marcel Contet
France Robert Brunet
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 171
23 1.5 31 France Victor Polledry France Victor Polledry
France R. Robert
Aston Martin 1½ Ulster Aston Martin 1.5L I4 155
24 5.0 3 Italy Luigi Chinetti Italy Luigi Chinetti
United Kingdom Donald Mathieson
Talbot T26 Talbot 4.5L I6 154
25 3.0 22 United Kingdom Ecurie Walter Watney Switzerland Armand Hug
France Roger Loyer
Delage D6-3L Delage 3.0L I6 152
26 5.0 15 France Robert Mazaud France Robert Mazaud
France Marcel Mongin
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 115
27 1.1 44 United Kingdom Archie Scott Brown United Kingdom Archie Scott Brown
United Kingdom Tommy Wisdom
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica Singer 1.0L I4 105
28 5.0 9 Italy Luigi Chinetti France René Le Begue
France Pierre Levegh
Talbot-Lago SS Talbot 4.0L I6 102
29 5.0 19 France Ecurie Francia France Eugène Chaboud
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 99
30 5.0 8 United Kingdom T.A.S.O. Mathieson France Philippe de Massa
France Norbert Jean Mahé
Talbot 150SS Figoni Talbot 4.0L I6 88
31 5.0 7 Italy Luigi Chinetti France André Morel
United Kingdom Jim Bradley
Talbot T26 Talbot 4.5L I6 88
32 5.0 10 France Jean Trémoulet France Jean Trémoulet
France Raoul Forestier
Talbot-Lago SS Talbot 4.0L i6 68
33 1.1 36 United Kingdom Michael Collier United Kingdom Mike Collier
United Kingdom Lewis Welch
MG PA Midget MG 0.8L I4 63
34 5.0 16 France Ecurie Francia France Joseph Paul
France Jean Trévoux
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 62
35 5.0 11 France André Bellecroix France André Bellecroix
France Gaston Serraud
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 50
36 1.1 43 France Just-Emile Vernet France Robert Cayeux
France Gaston Tramar
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 50
37 5.0 4 Italy Luigi Chinetti France Pierre-Louis Dreyfus
France Antoine Schumann
Talbot T26 Talbot 4.5L I6 45
38 1.1 47 France Claude Bonneau France Claude Bonneau
France Max Mathieu
MG PB Midget MG 1.0L I4 40
39 1.1 40 France Gordini France Jean Breillet
France Albert Debille
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 29
40 1.1 42 France Mme Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier France Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier
France Suzanne Largeot
Simca Huit Fiat 1.1L I4 26
41 1.5 30 Germany Adler Germany Otto Löhr
Germany Paul von Guilleaume
Adler Trumpf Adler 1.5L I4 6
42 1.1 46 France Jacques Savoye France Jacques Savoye
France Pierre Savoye
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica
"Savoye Special"
Singer 1.0L I4 4

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap – #15 Robert Mazaud – 5:12.1
  • Distance – 3354.76 km
  • Average Speed – 139.781 km/h

Trophy winners[edit]

  • 14th Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup – #39 Gordini
  • Index of Performance – #39 Gordini