1960 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1960 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 24 Heures du Mans was the 28th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 25/26 June 1960, on Circuit de la Sarthe. It was the fifth and final round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. It was also the fifth round of the inaugural FIA GT Cup. Some 200,000 spectators had gathered for Europe’s classic sports car race, around an 8.36-mile course. The prospect of an exciting duel between the title contenders Ferrari and Porsche was enough to draw large crowds to the 24 Hours race.

Le Mans in 1960

Report[edit]

Entry[edit]

Just 73 racing cars were registered for this event compared to the 97 for 1959, of which only 58 when allowed to practice, trying to qualify for the 55 places for the race. The number of starters increased by one for this race, from the 54 of previous years. [1][2]

With last year’s winner Aston Martin having moved onto Formula One, the race should be Scuderia Ferrari’s for the taking, despite being behind Porsche in the championship standings. The Italian outfit, together with a numerous privateer teams would have 13 Ferrari 250s, in different guises and classes, to take the title fight to the Germans. The works squad of drivers included 1958 winners, Phil Hill/Wolfgang von Trips, and they were joined by Willy Mairesse/Richie Ginther and Olivier Gendebien/Paul Frère. Interestingly, prior to this race, Gendebien was raced for Porsche. [3]

Ferrari’s main challenge would come from a number of sources. Porsche, Maserati and even Corvette. As championship leader, Porsche should have be consisted among the favourites although their cars ran in a smaller class than their Italian rivals, but with drivers of the calibre of Jo Bonnier and Graham Hill, could they take the spoils. As for the Americans, the Corvettes were entered in the same class as the Ferraris, the cars were much heavier and bulky then the European sportscars, but they would have an advantage – their engines. [4][5]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was held over two sessions for a total of 540 minutes over the 22 and 23 June, a few days prior to the race. [6]

Race[edit]

The Ferraris and Maseratis would be fast right from the off, but wouldn’t be matched by reliability, whereas the Corvettes and Porsches would carry on early on within any problems. With the American cars, this went against the opinion of many who though their heavy cars would suffer from break issues on the tight corners like at the end of the long Mulsanne Straight. [7] Not only were the Ferraris fast, they were also much reliable than some of the other marques, although their lead 250 TR 59/60 of Hill and von Trips was the first to retire when it ran out of fuel, on lap 22. Their team-mates, Ludovico Scarfiotti and Pedro Rodríguez would also exit the race on the same lap. [8]

With the remaining Ferraris controlling the pace, the Corvettes wouldn’t be that far back. However, the overcast skies the welcomed the start had turned to heavy rain by 6pm and would cause absolute chaos as the circuit began to flood. Around Maison Blanche, William Kimberley would lose control of his Corvette and it would somersault and catch fire. [9] Shortly after, his team–mate, Fred Windridge would bounce of the embankment lining the track, again at Maison Blanche. Windridge was able to get the car back to the pits repairs. [10]

The Ferraris continued to lead during the worse of the rain, whist there was one car actually making up ground. That was the Corvette of John Fitch. He was driving like mad, and in a span of four hours, he would make his way from 13th up to 7th. [11]

By Sunday morning, the rain had cleared and the sun was shining. Ferrari remained in a strong position and would go on to win the race and the world title, while all three works Porsches would be out of the race. [12]

The winning partnership of Gendebien and Frère, averaged a speed of 106.201mph, and their winning margin over the second placed crew was four laps, driven by Ricardo Rodríguez and André Pilette. A further four laps adrift was the 1959 winner Roy Salvadori, partnered by a promising young Scottish driver, Jim Clark in an Aston Martin DBR1/30. They were the only non-Ferrari in the top seven. [13][14]


Official Classification[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1st S3.0 11 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Belgium Paul Frère
Ferrari 250 TR59/60 Ferrari 3.0L V12 314
2nd S3.0 17 United States N.A.RT. Belgium André Pilette
MexicoRicardo Rodríguez
Ferrari 250 TR59 Ferrari 3.0L V12 310
3rd S3.0 7 United Kingdom Border Reivers United Kingdom Jim Clark
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L I6 306
4th GT3.0 16 France F. Tavano France Fernand Tavano
France Pierre Dumay
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 302
5th GT3.0 18 United States N.A.R.T. United States George Arents
United States Alan Connell, Jr.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 300
6th GT3.0 22 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Belgium ”Eldé”
Belgium Pierre Noblet
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 300
7th GT3.0 19 United States N.A.R.T. United States Ed Hugus
United States Augie Pabst
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 299
8th GT5.0 3 United States B. S. Cunningham United States John Fitch
United States Bob Grossman
Chevrolet Corvette C1 Chevrolet 4.6L V8 281
9th S3.0 8 United Kingdom Major Ian B. Baillie United Kingdom Ian B. Baillie
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L I6 281
10th GT1.6 35 West Germany Porsche West Germany Herbert Linge
West Germany Hans Walter
Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth GTL Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 269
11th S1.6 39 West Germany Porsche East Germany Edgar Barth
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel
Porsche 718 RS 60 Porsche 1.5L Flat-4 264
12th S2.0 32 United Kingdom Enr. Lund United Kingdom Ted Lund
United Kingdom Colin Escott
MG A Twin Cam BMC 1.8L I4 262
13th GT1.3 44 France Roger Masson France Roger Masson
France Claude Laurent
Lotus Elite Climax 1.2L I4 261
14th GT1.3 41 United Kingdom Team Lotus United Kingdom John Wagstaff
United Kingdom Tony Marsh
Lotus Elite Climax 1.2L I4 257
15th S850 48 France D. B. France Gérard Laureau
France Paul Armagnac
DB Barquette Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 253
16th S1.0 46 United Kingdom Donald Healey United Kingdom John Dalton
United States John Colgate
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1.0L I4 246
17th S1.0 47 France D. B. France Pierre Lelong
France Maurice van der Bruwaene
D.B. HBR4 Panhard 0.9L Flat-2 244
18th S850 54 United States Ed. Hugus United States John Bentley
United States John Gordon
Osca Sport 750 Osca 0.7L I4 237
19th S1.0 56 France D. B. France Robert Bourharde
France Jacques Grelley
DB Coupé Panhard 0.9L Flat-2 228
20th S1.0 52 France D. B. France René Bartholoni
France Bernard de Saint-Auban
DB Coupé Panhard 0.9L Flat-2 223

Not Classified[edit]

Failed to complete final lap under own power.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
21st GT5.0 4 United States Camoradi U.S.A. RT United States Leon Lilley
United States Fred Gamble
Chevrolet Corvette C1 Chevrolet 4.6L V8 275 Insufficient distance
22nd S2.0 28 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom Keith Ballisat
France Marcel Becquart
Triumph TRS Triumph 2.0L I4 256 Insufficient distance
23rd S2.0 59 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom Les Leston
United States Mike Rotschild
Triumph TRS Triumph 2.0L I4 252 Insufficient distance
24th S2.0 29 United Kingdom Standard Triumph United Kingdom Peter Bolton
United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson
Triumph TRS Triumph 2.0L I4 249 Insufficient distance
25th GT2.0 30 Switzerland Ecurie Lausannoise Switzerland Georges Gachnang
Switzerland André Wicky
Switzerland Jean Gretener
AC Ace-Aigle Bristol 2.0L I6 239 Insufficient distance


Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
26th GT3.0 15 United Kingdom A.G. Whitehead United Kingdom Graham Whitehead
United Kingdom Henry Taylor
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 258 Engine
27th GT3.0 20 United States N.A.R.T United States William Sturgis
France Jo Schlesser
Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 253 Engine
28th GT5.0 2 United States B. S. Cunningham United States Dick Thompson
United States Fred Windridge
Chevrolet Corvette C1 Chevrolet 4.6L V8 207 Engine => Fire
29th S3.0 10 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Willy Mairesse
United States Richie Ginther
Ferrari 250 TRI/60 Ferrari 3.0L V12 204 Gearbox
30th S2.0 33 West Germany Porsche Sweden Jo Bonnier
United Kingdom Graham Hill
Porsche 718 RS 60 Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 191 Piston
31st S1.6 38 Netherlands G. de Beaufort Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
United Kingdom Dickie Stoop
Porsche 718 RS 60 Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 180 Engine
32nd S850 50 Italy Abarth & Cie France Paul Condriller
France Jean Guichet
Fiat-Abarth 850S Fiat 0.8L I4 174 Clutch
33rd GT1.3 43 United Kingdom S. G. Baillie United Kingdom Mike Parkes
United Kingdom Gawaine Baillie
Lotus Elite Climax 1.2L I4 169 Gearbox
34th S3.0 5 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Ron Flockhart
United Kingdom Bruce Halford
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L I6 168 Crankshaft
35th GT1.3 42 United Kingdom Team Lotus United Kingdom David Buxton
United Kingdom Bill Allen
Lotus Elite Climax 1.2L I4 157 Clutch
36th S1.15 45 United Kingdom Lola Ltd. Switzerland Charles Vögele
United Kingdom Peter Ashdown
Lola Mk. 1 Climax 1.1L I4 148 Piston
37th GT2.0 57 France J. Rambaux France Jean Rambaux
France Pierre Boutin
AC Ace Bristol 2.0L I6 130 Piston
38th S850 55 Italy Stanguellini Italy Raymond Quilico
Portugal Carlos Manuel Reis
Stanguellini S750 Bialbero Stanguellini 0.7L I4 103 Engine
39th S1.15 40 Italy Squadra Conrero France Bernard Costen
Italy Francesco de Leonibus
Conrero 1150 Alfa Romeo 1.1L I4 96 Gearbox
40th S3.0 25 United States Camoradi U.S.A. RT United States Lloyd Casner
United States Jim Jeffords
Maserati Tipo 61 Longtail Maserati 2.9L I4 95 Sand in gearbox
41st S1.6 36 France J. Kerguen France Jean Kerguen
Morocco Robert La Caze
Porsche 718 RS 60 Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 92 Camshaft
42nd GT3.0 23 United Kingdom J.G. Sears United Kingdom Jack Sears
United Kingdom Peter Riley
Austin-Healey 3000 BMC 2.9L I6 89 Bearing
43rd S3.0 6 United States B. S. Cunningham United States Dan Gurney
United States Walt Hansgen
Jaguar E 2A Jaguar 3.0L I6 89 Head gasket
44th S850 49 Italy Abarth & Cie France Jacques Féret
Switzerland Tony Spychiger
Fiat-Abarth 850S Fiat 0.8L I4 86 Clutch
45th S3.0 24 United States Camoradi U.S.A. RT United States Chuck Daigh
United States Masten Gregory
Maserati Tipo 61 Longtail Maserati 2.9L I4 82 Electrics
46th S850 53 Italy Osca France Jean Laroche
France André Simon
Osca S750 O.S.C.A. 0.7L I4 66 Engine
47th GT1.3 63 Italy G. Ubezzi France José Rosinski
Italy Giorgio Ubezzi
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato Alfa Romeo 1.3L I4 61 Transmission
48th S2.0 34 West Germany Porsche France Maurice Trintignant
West Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 718 RS 60 Porsche 1.6L Flat-4 57 Piston
49th GT5.0 1 United States B. S. Cunningham United States Briggs Cunningham
United States William Kimberley
Chevrolet Corvette C1 Chevrolet 4.6L V8 38 Accident => Fire
50th S850 60 Italy Abarth & Cie Italy Giancarlo Rigamonti
Italy Remo Cattini
Fiat-Abarth 700 S Fiat 0.7L I4 31 Engine
51st S850 51 France D. B. France Jean Vinatier
France Jean-Claude Vidilles
D. B. Barquette Panhard 0.7L Flat-2 30 Engine
52nd GT3.0 21 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium ”Jean Beurlys”
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 29 Accident
53rd S3.0 26 United States Camoradi U.S.A. RT Italy Gino Munaron
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti
Maserati Tipo 61 Longtail Maserati 2.9L I4 22 Electrics
54th S3.0 12 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Ferrari 250 TRI/60 Ferrari 3.0L V12 22 Out of fuel
55th S3.0 9 Italy Scuderia Ferrari West Germany Wolfgang von Trips
United States Phil Hill
Ferrari 250 TR59/60 Ferrari 3.0L V12 22 Out of fuel

[15][16][17]

Class Winners[edit]

Class Winners
Sports 3000 11 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Gendebien / Frère
Sports 2000 32 MGA Twin Cam Coupé Lund / Escott
Sports 1500 35 Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth GTL Linge / Walter
Sports 1100 46 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Dalton / Colgate
Sports 850 48 D. B. Barquette Laureau / Armagnac
Grand Touring 5000 3 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Fitch / Grossman
Grand Touring 3000 16 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Tavano / Dumay
Grand Touring 2000 no classified finishers
Grand Touring 1300 44 Lotus Elite Masson / Laurent
Biennial Cup 48 D.B. Barquette Laureau / Armagnac
Index of Performance 48 D.B. Barquette Laureau / Armagnac
Index of Thermal Efficiency 41 Lotus Elite Wagstaff / Marsh

[20]

Standings after the race[edit]

FIA World Sportscar Championship[edit]

Pos Championship Points
1 Italy Ferrari 22 (30)
2 West Germany Porsche 22 (26)
3 Italy Maserati 11
4 United Kingdom Aston Martin 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included in this set of standings.

Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 3 results out of the 5 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.


References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Quentin Spurring. Le Mans 24 Hours: The Official History of the World’s Greatest Motor Race 1949-59. Haynes Publishing. ISBN 978-1844255375
  • Brian Laban. Le Mans 24 Hours: The Complete Story of World’s Most Famous Motor Race. Haynes Publishing. ISBN 978-1852270629

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