1949 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1949 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 17th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 25 and 26 June 1949.

This was the first race held following the end of World War II. The war (and specifically the invasion of France) had caused racing at Le Mans to be stopped following the 1939 event and later elsewhere in the world.

Even though the war had ended four years prior, major reconstruction throughout France meant that the return of the race was of secondary concern, and thus was not run until after France had established itself again.

Luigi Chinetti won the race in the first Ferrari barchetta by driving 23.5 hours. This race also saw the death of French driver Pierre Marechal when his Aston Martin DB2 was involved in an accident at Arnage late in the race.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1949
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
2.0
22 United Kingdom Peter Mitchell-Thomson United Kingdom Peter Mitchell-Thomson
United States Luigi Chinetti
Ferrari 166MM Ferrari 2.0L V12 235
2 S
3.0
15 France Henri Louveau France Henri Louveau
Spain Juan Jover
Delage D6S-3L Delage 3.0L i6 234
3 S
2.0
26 United Kingdom Mrs. P. Trevelyan United Kingdom Harold John Aldington
United Kingdom Norman Culpan
Frazer Nash High Speed Le Mans Replica Bristol 2.0L I6 224
4 S
3.0
14 United Kingdom W.S. Watney France Louis Gérard
Spain Paco Godia
Delage D6S-3L Delage 3.0L I6 212
5 S
5.0
11 France Pierre Meyrat France Pierre Meyrat
France Robert Brunet
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 4.0L I6 210
6 S
5.0
6 United Kingdom H.S.F. Hay United Kingdom H.S.F. Hay
United Kingdom Tommy Wisdom
Embiricos Bentley Paulin Bentley 4.3L I6 210
7 S
2.0
27 United Kingdom Arthur Jones United Kingdom Arthur Jones
United Kingdom Nick Haines
Aston Martin DB2 Aston Martin 2.0L I4 207
8 S
1.5
35 United Kingdom Ecurie Lapin Blanc United Kingdom Eric Thompson
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
HRG 1500 Lightweight Le Mans Singer 1.5L I4 202
9 S
5.0
12 France René Bouchard France René Bouchard
France Pierre Larrue
Delahaye 135MS Delahaye 3.6L I6  ?
10 S
5.0
9 France Henry Leblanc France Henry Leblanc
France Jean Brault
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6  ?
11 S
2.0
29 United Kingdom Robert Lawrie United Kingdom Robert Lawrie
United Kingdom Richard W. Parker
Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports (DB1) Aston Martin 2.0L I4  ?
12 S
1.1
44 France Monopole-Poissy France Jean de Montrémy
France Eugène Dussous
Monopole Sport Gordini 1.1L I4  ?
13 S
3.0
20 United Kingdom Jack Bartlett United Kingdom Jack Bartlett
United Kingdom Nigel Mann
Healey Elliott Riley 2.4L I4  ?
14 S
1.1
47 France N.J. Mahé / R. Crovetto France Norbert Jean Mahé
France Roger Crovetto
Simca Huit Gordini 1.1L I4  ?
15 S
750
58 Czechoslovakia Let-Aviation Czechoslovakia František Sutnar
Czechoslovakia Otto Krattner
Aero Minor Sport 750 Aero 0.7L Flat-2
(2-Stroke)
 ?
16 S
1.5
41 France Auguste Lachaize France Auguste Lachaize
France Albert Debille
DB Tank Citroën 1.5L I4  ?
17 S
1.1
52 France André Guillard France André Guillard
France Théodore Martin
Simca Huit Gordini 1.1L I4  ?
18 S
750
60 France Ecurie Verte France Emmanuel Baboin
France Pierre Gay
Simca Six Simca 0.6L I4  ?
19 S
750
59 France Jacques Poch Czechoslovakia Ivan Hodač
France Jacques Poch
Aero Minor Sport 750 Aero 0.7L Flat-2
(2-Stroke)
 ?

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
20 S
5.0
1 France André Chambas / Ecurie Verte France André Chambas
France André Morel
Talbot-Lago Gran Sport Coupe Talbot-Lago 4.5L I6 222
21 S
3.0
18 France Auguste Veuillet France Auguste Veuillet
France Edmond Mouche
Delage D6-3L Delage 3.0L I6 208
22 S
2.0
28 United Kingdom Mrs. R.P. Hichens France Pierre Marechal
United Kingdom Donald Mathieson
Aston Martin DB2 Aston Martin 2.0L i4 192
23 S
5.0
4 France Charles Pozzi France Pierre Flahaut
France André Simon
Delahaye 175S Delahaye 4.5L I6 179
24 S
1.5
42 France René Bonnet France René Bonnet
France Charles Deutsch
DB 5 Citroën 1.5L I4 175
25 S
1.5
43 United Kingdom G.E. Phillips United Kingdom George Phillips
United Kingdom R.M. Dryden
MG TC Special Body MG 1.3L I4 134
26 S
5.0
8 France Louis Villeneuve France Marius Chanal
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 128
27 S
5.0
10 United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team United Kingdom Tony Rolt
United Kingdom Guy Jason-Henry
Delahaye 135CS Delahaye 3.6L I6 126
28 S
5.0
5 France Ets. Delettrez France Jean Delettrez
France Jacques Delettrez
Delettrez Diesel Delettrez 4.4L I6
(Diesel)
123
29 S
1.1
45 France Monopole-Poissy France Jean Hémard
France Raymond Leinard
Monopole Simca 1.1L I4 120
30 S
1.1
48 France Just-Emile Vernet France Just-Emile Vernet
France Claude Batault
Simca Huit Simca 1.1L I4 118
31 S
1.1
56 France Jacques Savoye France Jacques Savoye
France Marcel Renault
Singer 9 Singer 1.0L I4 97
32 S
5.0
2 France Ecurie France France Paul Vallé
France Guy Mairesse
Talbot-Lago Monoplace Decalee Talbot-Lago 4.5L I6 95
33 S
1.1
54 France Mme Vivianne Elder France Vivianne Elder
France René Camerano
Simca Huit Simca 1.1L I4 95
34 S
1.1
46 France Robert Redge France Félix Lecerf
France Robert Redge
Simca Dého Simca 1.1L I4 89
35 S
1.1
50 France Amédée Gordini France Pierre Veyron
France José Scaron
Simca-Gordini T8 Simca 1.1L I4 88
36 S
1.5
34 United Kingdom Ecurie Lapin Blanche United Kingdom Jack Scott-Douglas
United Kingdom Neville Gee
HRG 1500 Lightweight Le Mans Singer 1.5L I4 83
37 S
3.0
16 France Marc Versini France Marc Versini
France Gaston Serraud
Delage D6-3L Delage 3.0L I6 58
38 S
2.0
23 France J.A. Plisson France Jean Lucas
France Pierre-Louis Dreyfus
Ferrari 166MM Ferrari 2.0L V12 53
39 S
5.0
3 France Charles Pozzi France Eugène Chaboud
France Charles Pozzi
Delahaye 175S Delahaye 4.5L I6 52
40 S
2.0
30 United Kingdom Peter Monkhouse United Kingdom Peter Monkhouse
United Kingdom Ernest Stapleton
Aston Martin Speed Model Aston Martin 2.0L I4 45
41 S
1.1
51 France Robert Tocheport France Robert Tocheport
Switzerland Roget Carron
Simca Huit Simca 1.1L I4 45
42 S
1.5
36 France Just-Emile Vernet France Georges Trouis
France Roger Eckerlein
Riley RMA Riley 1.5L I4 40
43 S
2.0
31 United Kingdom Dudley C. Folland United Kingdom Anthony Heal
United Kingdom Dudley Folland
Aston Martin Speed Model Aston Martin 2.0L I4 26
44 S
5.0
7 France Ecurie Rosier France Louis Rosier
France Jean-Louis Rosier
Talbot-Lago Spéciale Talbot-Lago 4.1L I6 21
45 S
1.1
57 France Camille Hardy France Camille Hardy
France Maurice Roger
Renault 4CV Renault 0.8L I4 21
46 S
1.5
33 United Kingdom Ecurie Lapin Blanche United Kingdom Peter Clark
United Kingdom Mortimer Morris-Goodall
HRG 1500 Lightweight Le Mans Singer 1.5L I4 11
47 S
3.0
19 United Kingdom Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. United Kingdom Leslie Johnson
United Kingdom Charles Brackenbury
Aston Martin DB2 Lagonda 2.6L I6 6
48 S
2.0
32 Belgium Louis Eggen Belgium Louis Eggen
Belgium Egon Kraft de la Saulx
Alvis TA 14 Alvis 1.9L I4 6
49 S
1.1
49 France Amédée Gordini France Jean Trévoux
France Marcel Lesurque
Simca-Gordini TMM Simca 1.1L I4 5

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap – #4 Charles Pozzi – 5:12.5
  • Distance – 3178.299 km
  • Average Speed – 132.420 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • 15th Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup – #22 Lord Selsdon
  • Index of Performance – #22 Lord Selsdon