List of female 24 Hours of Le Mans drivers

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This is a list of female motor racing drivers who have entered a 24 Hours of Le Mans race. 54 women are started this race, only 36 have finished. Odette Siko has the best result 4th in 1932. Ten women has class win, Marie-Claude Charmasson is the only with two wins in her category. Lella Lombardi is the only woman who raced in a Formula One race and 24 Hours Le Mans. Desiré Wilson never qualified for a World Championship Formula One race. Lyn St. James also raced in Indianapolis 500. Michèle Mouton is the only woman with a WRC win, also Christine Dacremont was a WRC driver. Keiko Ihara and Natacha Gachnang will take part in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans both in LMP2. Only four women has started the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring: St. James, Wilson, Claudia Hürtgen and Lilian Bryner, only Bryner had made top ten in the three races.

Drivers[edit]

Michèle Mouton won her class in 1975 Le Mans
Vanina Ickx reached the 7th place in 2011 Le Mans

As 2012, 55 women are raced with 123 starts (average 2.23). Anne-Charlotte Verney has started in ten times.

Name Country Years Starts Best Finish Ov Wins Ov Top 10 Class Wins
Siko, OdetteOdette Siko  France 19301933 4 4 0 2 1
Mareuse, MargueriteMarguerite Mareuse  France 19301931 2 7 0 1 0
Chetwynd, JoanJoan Chetwynd  United Kingdom 1931 1 DNF 0 0 0
Desprez, MarieMarie Desprez  France 1933 1 DNF 0 0 0
Wisdom, ElsieElsie Wisdom  United Kingdom 1933, 1938 2 DNF 0 0 0
Champney, DorothyDorothy Champney  United Kingdom 1934 1 13 0 0 0
Petre, KayKay Petre  Canada 19341935, 1937 3 13 0 0 0
Itier, Anne-CecileAnne-Cecile Itier  France 19341935, 1937 - 1939 5 12 0 0 0
Stewart, GwendaGwenda Stewart  France 19341935 2 DNF 0 0 0
Simpson, GordonGordon Simpson  United Kingdom 1935 1 24 0 0 0
Richmond, JoanJoan Richmond  Australia 1935, 1937 2 14 0 0 0
Evans, DoreenDoreen Evans  United Kingdom 1935 1 25 0 0 0
Skinner, BarbaraBarbara Skinner  United Kingdom 1935 1 25 0 0 0
Eaton, CollenCollen Eaton  United Kingdom 1935 1 26 0 0 0
Allen, MargaretMargaret Allen  United Kingdom 1935 1 26 0 0 0
Stanley-Turner, DorothyDorothy Stanley-Turner  United Kingdom 1937 1 16 0 0 0
Roux, FernandeFernande Roux  France 1937, 1938 2 DNF 0 0 0
Riddell, JoanJoan Riddell  United Kingdom 1937 1 16 0 0 0
Eccles, MarjorieMarjorie Eccles  United Kingdom 1937 1 DNF 0 0 0
Largeot, SuzanneSuzanne Largeot  France 19371939 3 12 0 0 1
Fawcett, MarjorieMarjorie Fawcett  United Kingdom 1938, 1939 2 13 0 0 0
Rouault, GermaineGermaine Rouault  France 1938, 1950 2 DNF 0 0 0
Elder, VivianeViviane Elder  France 1949 1 DNF 0 0 0
Gordine, RegineRegine Gordine  France 1950 1 DNF 0 0 0
Simon, YvoneYvone Simon  France 19501951 2 15 0 0 0
Haig, BettyBetty Haig  United Kingdom 1951 1 15 0 0 0
Charmasson, Marie-ClaudeMarie-Claude Charmasson  France 19711976 6 12 0 0 2
Beckers, ChristineChristine Beckers  Belgium 19731974, 19761977 4 11 0 0 1
Verney, Anne-CharlotteAnne-Charlotte Verney  France 19741983 10 6 0 1 1
Fontaine, YvetteYvette Fontaine  Belgium 19741975 2 11 0 0 1
Laurent, MarieMarie Laurent  France 1974 1 17 0 0 1
Rénier, MartineMartine Rénier  France 1974, 1978 2 13 0 0 0
Tarnaud, CorinneCorinne Tarnaud  France 1975 1 17 0 0 0
Dacremont, ChristineChristine Dacremont  France 19751978 4 20 0 0 1
Mouton, MichèleMichèle Mouton  France 1975 1 21 0 0 1
Hoepfner, MarianneMarianne Hoepfner  France 1975, 19771978, 1980 4 21 0 0 1
Lombardi, LellaLella Lombardi  Italy 19751977, 1980 4 11 0 0 0
Cambiaghi, AnnaAnna Cambiaghi  Italy 1977 1 DNF 0 0 0
Slaughter, JulietteJuliette Slaughter  United Kingdom 1978 1 DNF 0 0 0
Wilson, DesiréDesiré Wilson  South Africa 19821983, 1991 2 7 0 1 0
Smith-Haas, MargieMargie Smith-Haas  United States 1984 2 DNF 0 0 0
St. James, LynLyn St. James  United States 1989, 1991 2 21 0 0 0
Yoshikawa, TomikoTomiko Yoshikawa  Japan 19921994 3 15 (NC) 0 0 0
Bryner, LilianLilian Bryner   Switzerland 19931995, 1997 4 9 0 1 0
Muller, CathyCathy Muller  France 1991 1 DNF 0 0 0
Hürtgen, ClaudiaClaudia Hürtgen  Germany 19972001 4 13 0 0 0
Ickx, VaninaVanina Ickx  Belgium 2001, 2003, 2005, 20082011 7 7 0 1 0
Halliday, LizLiz Halliday  United States 20052007 3 19 0 0 0
Duno, MilkaMilka Duno  Venezuela 20012002 2 DNF 0 0 0
Stretton, AmandaAmanda Stretton  United Kingdom 2008 1 DNF 0 0 0
Gachnang, NatachaNatacha Gachnang   Switzerland 2010, 2013 2 11 0 0 0
Allemann, CyndieCyndie Allemann   Switzerland 2010 1 DNF 0 0 0
Frey, RahelRahel Frey   Switzerland 2010 1 DNF 0 0 0
Robertson, AndreaAndrea Robertson  United States 2011 1 26 0 0 0
Ihara, KeikoKeiko Ihara  Japan 2012-2013 2 DNF 0 0 0

By country[edit]

Country First Drivers Starts Top 10 Class Win
France France 1930 21 57 4 10
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1931 15 17 0 0
United States United States 1984 4 8 0 0
Switzerland Switzerland 1993 4 8 1 0
Belgium Belgium 1973 2 11 1 1
Italy Italy 1975 2 5 0 0
Japan Japan 1992 2 5 0 0
Germany Germany 1997 1 4 0 0
Canada Canada 1934 1 3 0 0
South Africa South Africa 1982 1 3 1 0
Australia Australia 1935 1 2 0 0
Venezuela Venezuela 2001 1 2 0 0

All women's teams[edit]

Dacremon, Mouton and Hoepfner 1975 Le Mans class-winning Moynet LM 75

22 all women's teams has entered to a Le Mans race. Only 12 have finished the race scoring 2 class win in 1974 and 1975.

Year Team Drivers Car Finish Class
1930 France Mme Mareuse France Marguerite Mareuse
France Odette Siko
Bugatti T 40 7 2
1931 France Mme Mareuse France Marguerite Mareuse
France Odette Siko
Bugatti T 40 DSQ DSQ
1934 United Kingdom Miss D. Champney United Kingdom Dorothy Champney
Canada Kay Petre
Riley Ulster IMP 13 5
1935 United Kingdom Captain G. E. T. Eyston United Kingdom Gordon Simpson
Australia Joan Richmond
MG PA Midget 24 9
1935 United Kingdom Captain G. E. T. Eyston United Kingdom Doreen Evans
United Kingdom Barbara Skinner
MG PA Midget 25 10
1935 United Kingdom Captain G. E. T. Eyston United Kingdom Margaret Allen
United Kingdom Coleen Eaton
MG PA Midget 26 11
1935 United Kingdom Riley Motor Company United Kingdom Elsie Wisdom
Canada Kaye Petre
Riley Nine MPH Six Racing DNF DNF
1937 United Kingdom G. E. T. Eyston United Kingdom Dorothy Stanley-Turner
Australia Joan Riddell
MG Midget PB 16 4
1938 France Mmes Roux et Rouault France Fernande Roux
France Germaine Rouault
Amilcar "Pegase Special" G36 DNF DNF
1939 France Mme. A. Itier France Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier
France Suzanne Largeot
Simca Huit DNF DNF
1950 France Rouault et Gordine France Germaine Rouault
France Regine Gordine
Simca-Gordini TMM DNF DNF
1951 United States Luigi Chinetti United Kingdom Betty Haig
France Yvone Simon
Ferrari 166 MM Coupé 15 3
1974 Belgium "Christine" - Ecurie Seiko Belgium Christine Beckers
France Marie Laurent
Belgium Yvette Fontaine
Chevron B 23 17 1
1975 France Anne-Charlotte Verney France Anne-Charlotte Verney
Belgium Yvette Fontaine
France Corinne Tarnaud
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 11 6
1975 France Société Esso France Christine Dacremont
France Michèle Mouton
France Marianne Hoepfner
Moynet LM75 21 1
1975 Switzerland Elf Switzerland France Marie-Claude Charmasson
Italy Lella Lombardi
Renault-Alpine A441 DNF DNF
1976 France Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
Italy Lella Lombardi
Lancia Stratos 20 2
1977 France Inaltera Belgium Christine Beckers
Italy Lella Lombardi
Inaltera LM77 11 4
1977 France Team Esso Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
France Marianne Hoepfner
Lancia Stratos DNF DNF
1978 France WM A.E.R.E.M. / Team Esso Aseptogyl France Christine Dacremont
France Marianne Hoepfner
WM P76 / Peugeot DNF DNF
1991 France Euro Racing
Japan A.O. Racing
United States Lyn St. James
South Africa Desiré Wilson
France Cathy Muller
Spice SE90C / Ford DNF DNF
2010 Switzerland Matech Competition Switzerland Natacha Gachnang
Switzerland Cyndie Allemann
Switzerland Rahel Frey
Ford GT DNF DNF

Records[edit]

  • Most Starts: Anne-Charlotte Verney, 10
  • Best Finish: Odette Siko, 4th in 1932
  • Most female drivers in the start: 1935, with 9
  • Most all-woman teams: 1935, with 4

See also[edit]