1956 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1956 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 24th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 28 and 29 July 1956.

Following the events of 1955, the front stretch and pit lane were redesigned in order to enhance driver and spectator safety. This involved a change to the layout of the Dunlop curve, shortening the overall length of the track by 31 meters.

This race saw the death of French driver Louis Héry when his Monopole was involved in an accident early in the race.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1956
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
5.0
4 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.4L I6 300
2 S
3.0
8 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Peter Collins
Aston Martin DB3S Aston Martin 2.9L I6 299
3 S
3.0
12 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien
France Maurice Trintignant
Ferrari 625LM Touring Ferrari 2.5L I4 293
4 S
5.0
5 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium Jacques Swaters
Belgium Freddy Rousselle
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.4L I6 284
5 S
1.5
25 West Germany Porsche KG West Germany Richard von Frankenberg
West Germany Wolfgang von Trips
Porsche 550A/4 RS Coupe Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 282
6 S
5.0
1 United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb
Jaguar D-Type FI Jaguar 3.4L I6 280
7 S
1.1
36 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Reg Bicknell
United Kingdom Peter Jopp
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax 1.1L I4 253
8 S
1.1
33 United Kingdom Cooper Car Company United States Ed Hugus
United States John Bentley
Cooper T39 Coventry Climax 1.1L I4 252
9 S
1.5
30 France Claude Bourillot France Claude Bourillot
France Henri Perroud
Maserati 150S Maserati 1.5L I4 245
10 S
750
40 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Gérard Laureau
France Paul Armagnac
DB HBR5 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 231
11 S
750
45 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Jean-Claude Vidilles
France Jean Thépenier
DB HBR Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 225
12 S
750
46 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France André Héchard
France Roger Masson
DB HBR Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 220
13 S
1.5
34 West Germany Porsche KG France Roland Bourel
France Maurice Slotine
Porsche 356A/4 Porsche 1.3L Flat-4 212
14 S
1.1
41 France Just-Emile Vernet France Jean-Marie Dumazer
France Lucien Campion
VP 166R Renault 0.8L I4 210

Not Classified[edit]

Failed to complete final lap under own power.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
15 S
3.0
14 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Tony Brooks
United Kingdom Reg Parnell
Aston Martin DBR1/250 Aston Martin 2.5L I6 246

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
16 S
3.0
17 France Automobiles Talbot France Louis Rosier
France Jean Behra
Talbot-Lago Sport 2500 Maserati 2.5L I6 220
17 S
5.0
6 United Kingdom Roger Walshaw United Kingdom Roger Walshaw
United Kingdom Peter Bolton
Jaguar XK140 Jaguar 3.5L I6 209
18 S
3.0
9 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Peter Walker
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
Aston Martin DB3S Aston Martin 2.9L I6 173
19 S
1.5
32 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Colin Chapman
United States Herbert MacKay-Fraser
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax 1.5L I4 172
20 S
2.0
22 France Jean Lucas France Francois Picard
United States Robert Tappan
Ferrari 500 TR Ferrari 2.0L I4 137
21 S
1.5
24 West Germany Porsche KG Italy Umberto Maglioli
West Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 550A/4 RS Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 136
22 S
1.1
37 France René Breuil France Jean Py
France Yves Dommée
RB Fiat-O.S.C.A. 1.1L I4 116
23 S
3.0
10 Italy Scuderia Ferrari France André Simon
United States Phil Hill
Ferrari 625LM Touring Ferrari 2.5L I4 107
24 S
2.0
23 United Kingdom Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd. United Kingdom Richard Stoop
Australia Tony Gaze
Frazer Nash Sebring Bristol 2.0L I6 100
25 S
3.0
16 France Automobiles Gordini Brazil Hermano da Silva Ramos
France André Guelfi
Gordini T23S Gordini 2.5L I6 90
26 S
1.1
35 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Cliff Allison
United Kingdom Keith Hall
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax 1.1L I4 89
27 S
3.0
19 France Jean-Paul Colas France Serge Nersessian
France Georges Monneret
Salmson 2300S Salmson 2.3L I4 80
28 S
3.0
15 France Automobiles Gordini France Robert Manzon
France Jean Guichet
Gordini T15S Gordini 2.5L I8 80
29 S
2.0
20 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium Alain de Changy
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Ferrari 500 TR Ferrari 2.0L I4 76
30 S
1.5
29 France Automobiles Gordini Belgium André Milhoux
France Charles de Clareur
Gordini T17S Gordini 1.5L I6 67
31 S
750
48 Italy Moretti Automobili France Marcel Lauga
France Jean-Michel Durif
Moretti 750 Gran Sport Zagato Moretti 0.7L I4 62
32 S
1.5
26 West Germany Porsche KG West Germany Max Nathan
West Germany Helm Glöckler
Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 61
33 S
2.0
21 France Pierre Meyrat France Pierre Meyrat
France Fernand Tavano
Ferrari 500 TR Ferrari 2.0L I4 61
34 S
3.0
7 West Germany Prince Paul Metternich West Germany Prince Paul Metternich
West Germany Wittigo von Einsiedel
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Mercedes-Benz 3.0L I6 58
35 S
750
49 France Automobiles Panhard France Jean Hémard
France Pierre Flahaut
Monopole X88 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 50
36 S
1.5
27 West Germany Wolfgang Seidel Netherlands Mathieu Hezemans
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
Porsche 550A/4 RS Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 48
37 S
750
50 France Automobiles Panhard France Pierre Chancel
France André Beaulieux
Monopole X88 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 46
38 S
1.5
28 France Gustave Olivier France Claude Storez
West Germany Helmut Polensky
Porsche 550/4 Spyder Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 45
39 S
750
52 Italy Automobili Stanguellini France René Philippe Faure
France Gilbert Foury
Stanguellini 750 Sport Stanguellini 0.7L I4 36
40 S
1.5
31 France Louis Cornet France Louis Cornet
France Robert Mougin
Maserati 150S Maserati 1.5L I4 35
41 S
3.0
18 France Automobiles Talbot Italy Geoffredo Zehender
France Jean Lucas
Talbot-Lago Sport 2500 Maserati 2.5L I6 32
42 S
750
53 Italy Automobili Stanguellini France Pierre Duval
France Georges Guyot
Stanguellini 750 Sport Stanguellini 0.7L I4 23
43 S
750
47 Italy Moretti Automobili France Marceau Esculus
France Francois Guillaud
Moretti 750 Gran Sport Moretti 0.7L I4 22
44 S
750
51 France Louis Héry France Louis Héry
France Lucien Pailler
Monopole X86 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 5
45 S
750
42 Italy Automobili O.S.C.A. France Jean Laroche
France Rémy Radix
O.S.C.A. Sport 750 O.S.C.A. 0.7L I4 4
46 S
5.0
3 United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United Kingdom Ken Wharton
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.4L I6 3
47 S
5.0
2 United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd. Belgium Paul Frère
United Kingdom Desmond Titterington
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.4L I6 2
48 S
3.0
11 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Spain Alfonso de Portago
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton
Ferrari 625LM Touring Ferrari 2.5L I4 2
49 S
750
44 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Fernand Carpentier
France Pierre Savary
DB HBR5 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 2

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap - #1 Jaguar Cars Ltd. - 4:20.0
  • Distance - 4,034.929 km (2,507.189 mi)
  • Average Speed - 168.122 km/h (104.466 mph)

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • 22nd Biennial Cup - #40 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet
  • Index of Performance - #40 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet