1961 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1961 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 29th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 10 and 11 June 1961. It was also the 4th round of the World Sportscar Championship.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1961
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
3.0
10 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United States Phil Hill
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 333
2 S
3.0
11 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Willy Mairesse
United Kingdom Mike Parkes
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 330
3 GT
3.0
14 Belgium Pierre Noblet Belgium Pierre Noblet
France Jean Guichet
Ferrari 250GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 317
4 S
3.0
7 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Augie Pabst
United States Richard Thompson
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 311
5 S
2.0
33 Germany Porsche System Engineering United States Masten Gregory
United States Bob Holbert
Porsche 718/4 RS Spyder Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 309
6 GT
3.0
20 United States North American Racing Team (NART)
Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge
United States Bob Grossman
Belgium André Pilette
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0 L V12 309
7 S
2.0
32 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Edgar Barth
Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 718/4 RS Coupe Porsche 1.6 L Flat-4 306
8 S
2.0
24 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Briggs Cunningham
United States William Kimberley
Maserati Tipo 60 Maserati 2.0 L I4 303
9 S
2.0
26 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom Peter Bolton
United Kingdom Keith Ballisat
Triumph TR4S Triumph 2.0 L I4 284
10 S
1.6
36 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Herbert Linge
Netherlands Ben Pon
Porsche 356B Abarth GTL Porsche 1.6 L Flat-4 284
11 S
2.0
27 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom Les Leston
Netherlands Rob Slotemaker
Triumph TR4S Triumph 2.0L I4 279
12 GT
1.3
38 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United Kingdom William E.J. Allen
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2 L I4 268
13 GT
1.3
40 France Ecurie Edger France Bernard Kosselek
France Pierre Messenez
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2 L I4 267
14 S
850
60 Italy Abarth & Cie New Zealand Denis Hulme
New Zealand Angus Hyslop
Fiat-Abarth 850S Fiat 0.85 L I4 263
15 S
2.0
25 United Kingdom Standard Triumph France Marcel Becquart
United States Michael Rotschild
Triumph TR4S Triumph 2.0L I4 262
16 GT
1.6
34 United Kingdom Sunbeam Talbot United Kingdom Peter Harper
United Kingdom Peter Procter
Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Sunbeam 1.6L I4 261
17 GT
2.0
28 France Equipe Chardonnet France Jean-Claude Magne
France Georges Alexandrovitch
AC Ace Bristol 2.0L I6 261
18 S
850
53 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Gérard Laureau
France Robert Bouharde
DB HBR 4 Panhard 0.75 L Flat-2 257
19 S
850
45 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France André Moynet
France Jean-Claude Vidilles
DB HBR 5 Coupé Panhard 0.85 L Flat-2 243
20 S
850
48 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France André Guilhaudin
France Jean-François Jaeger
DB HBR 4 "Le Monstre" Panhard 0.85 L Flat-2 243
21 S
850
47 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Edgar Rollin
France René Bartholoni
DB "Vitrine" Coupé Panhard 0.85 L Flat-2 239
22 S
850
52 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Jean-Claude Caillaud
France Robert Mougin
DB HBR 5 Panhard 0.85 L Flat-2 237

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
23 GT
4.0
1 France Jean Kerguen France Jean Kerguen
France Jacques Dewes
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L I6 286
24 S
850
55 Italy Abarth & Cie France Paul Condriller
Switzerland Carl Foitek
Fiat-Abarth 700S Fiat 0.7L I4 255
25 S
3.0
17 United States North American Racing Team (NART) Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 305
26 S
2.0
30 Germany Porsche System Engineering Sweden Jo Bonnier
United States Dan Gurney
Porsche 718/4 RS Coupe Porsche 1.7L Flat-4 262
27 S
1.6
37 France Auguste Veuillet France Pierre Monneret
France Robert Buchet
Porsche 356B Abarth GTL Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 261
28 GT
3.0
21 United Kingdom Ecurie Chiltern United Kingdom John Bekaert
United Kingdom Richard Stoop
Austin-Healey 3000 BMC 2.9L I6 254
29 S
850
54 France Roger Masson France Roger Masson
France Paul Armagnac
DB HBR 4 Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 208
30 GT
1.3
39 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United Kingdom John Wyllie
United Kingdom David Buxton
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 193
31 S
3.0
4 United Kingdom Essex Racing Stable United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
South Africa Tony Maggs
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L I6 243
32 S
2.5
23 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Germany Wolfgang von Trips
United States Richie Ginther
Ferrari Dino 246SP Ferrari 2.4L V6 231
33 S
3.0
12 Italy Scuderia Ferrari France Fernand Tavano
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti
Ferrari 250 GT/TR SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 163
34 GT
3.0
16 Italy Scuderia Serenissima France Maurice Trintignant
Italy Carlo Maria Abate
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 162
35 S
1.0
43 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States David Cunningham
United States Ed Hugus
O.S.C.A. Sport 1000 O.S.C.A. 1.0L I4 125
36 S
850
56 Italy Abarth & Cie Italy Giancarlo Sala
Italy Giancarlo Rigamonti
Fiat-Abarth 700S Fiat 0.7L I4 111
37 GT
1.3
35 United Kingdom Sunbeam Talbot United Kingdom Peter Jopp
United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1.6L I4 130
38 S
850
8 Italy Scuderia Serenissima France Piero Frescobaldi
Italy Raffaele Cammarota
Fiat-Abarth 700S Fiat 0.7L I4 124
39 S
3.0
5 United Kingdom Border Reivers United Kingdom Jim Clark
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L I6 132
40 GT
2.0
29 France Ecurie Lausannoise Switzerland André Wicky
Switzerland Edgar Berney
AC Ace Bristol 2.0L I6 115
41 S
850
51 United Kingdom UDT / Laystall Racing Team United Kingdom Cliff Allison
United Kingdom Mike McKee
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax FWMC 0.7L I4 102
42 GT
3.0
18 United States North American Racing Team
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Graham Hill
Ferrari 250GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 121
43 GT
1.3
41 France Ecurie Los Amigos France Jean-François Malle
United Kingdom Robin Carnegie
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 86
44 S
850
50 Italy Automobiles O.S.C.A. France Jean Laroche
United Kingdom Colin Davis
O.S.C.A. Sport 750 O.S.C.A. 0.7L I4 85
45 S
1.0
42 United Kingdom Donald Healey Motor Company United States John K. Colgate Jr.
Australia Paul Hawkins
Austin-Healey Sprite Sebring BMC 1.0L I4 64
46 GT
3.0
19 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States George Arents
United States George Reed
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 76
47 GT
3.0
15 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Georges Berger
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 60
48 S
3.0
9 Italy Scuderia Serenissima Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
Italy Nino Vaccarella
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 53
49 S
1.0
46 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson
United Kingdom Alan McKay
Austin-Healey Sprite Sebring BMC 1.0L I4 40
50 S
3.0
6 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Walt Hansgen
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 31
51 S
2.5
22 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Tom Dickson
United Kingdom Bruce Halford
Cooper T57 Monaco Mk.II Coventry Climax 3.0L I4 32
52 GT
4.0
3 United Kingdom Essex Racing Stable Australia Lex Davison
Australia Bib Stillwell
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L I6 25
53 GT
4.0
2 United Kingdom Essex Racing Stable United Kingdom Jack Fairman
France Bernard Consten
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L I6 22
54 S
2.0
58 United Kingdom Ted Lund United Kingdom Ted Lund
South Africa Bob Olthoff
MG MGA Coupé MG 1.8L I4 14
55 S
850
49 Italy Abarth & Cie Italy Teodoro Zeccoli
France Jean Vinatier
Fiat-Abarth 700S Spyder Fiat 0.7L I4 15

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap - #17 North American Racing Team (NART) - 3:59.09
  • Distance - 4476.58 km
  • Average Speed - 186.527 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Performance - #53 Autombiles Deutsch et Bonnet
  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #34 Sunbeam Talbot