1963 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1963 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 31st Grand Prix of Endurance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans series and took place on 15 and 16 June 1963. It was also the tenth round of the 1963 World Sportscar Championship season.

This race saw the death of Brazilian driver Christian Heins when his Alpine M63 Renault was involved in a fatal accident: five hours into the race, the engine of the Bruce McLaren/Innes Ireland Aston Martin DP214 blew up, causing 20 liters of oil to be spilled on the track. Drivers Ninian Sanderson and Michael Salmon avoided the oil, but not Roy Salvadori; his Jaguar E-Type lightweight spun on the oil, became airborne, landed on its roof and burst into flames. Jean-Pierre Manzon in his René Bonnet Aerodjet LM6 hit the Jaguar and stopped in the middle of the track. Heins, who was leading his class at the time, was unable to avoid the wreck, swerved out of control and hit another vehicle. His car then spun into a lamp post and exploded into flames. Manzon and Salvadori were injured, but Heins died instantly of severe burns and massive head injuries.[1]

Official results[edit]

Italics = top 16 qualifier

Le Mans in 1963
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 P
3.0
21 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
Ferrari 250P Ferrari 3.0L V12 339
2 GT
3.0
24 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium Jean Blaton
Belgium Gerhard Langlois van Ophem
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 323
3 P
3.0
22 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom Mike Parkes
Italy Umberto Maglioli
Ferrari 250P Ferrari 3.0L V12 323
4 GT
3.0
25 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps France Pierre Dumay
Belgium Leon Dernier
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 322
5 P
+3.0
12 United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. United Kingdom Jack Sears
United Kingdom Michael Salmon
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 314
6 GT
3.0
26 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Masten Gregory
United Kingdom David Piper
Ferrari 250 GTO LMB Ferrari 3.0L V12 312
7 GT
+3.0
3 United Kingdom AC Cars Ltd. / W. Hurlock United Kingdom Peter Bolton
United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson
AC Cobra Hardtop Ford 4.7L V8 310
8 P
3.0
28 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Herbert Linge
Germany Edgar Barth
Porsche 718/8 WRS Spyder Porsche 2.0L Flat-8 300
9 GT
+3.0
15 United States Briggs S. Cunningham United States Briggs S. Cunningham
United States Bob Grossman
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L I6 283
10 GT
1.3
39 United Kingdom Team Elite United Kingdom John Wagstaff
United Kingdom Pat Ferguson
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 270
11 P
3.0
53 France Automobiles René Bonnet France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Claude Bobrowski
René Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 269
12 GT
2.0
31 United States Alan Hutcherson United States Alan Hutcherson
United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk
MG MGB Hardtop MG 1.8L I4 264

Not Classified[edit]

Failed to complete final lap under own power or failed to cover sufficient distance (237 laps)

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
13 - 00 United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation United Kingdom Graham Hill
United States Richie Ginther
Rover-BRM Rover 2.0L Turbine 310
14 P
3.0
41 France Automobiles René Bonnet France Bruno Basini
France Robert Bouharde
René Bonnet Aérodjet Renault-Gordini 1.1L I4 211

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
15 P
3.0
23 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom John Surtees
Belgium Willy Mairesse
Ferrari 250P Ferrari 3.0L V12 252
16 P
3.0
50 France Société des Automobiles Alpine France Bernard Boyer
France Guy Verrier
Alpine M63 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 227
17 GT
1.6
32 United Kingdom Sunbeam Talbot United Kingdom Ian Lewis
United Kingdom Keith Ballisat
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1.6L I4 200
18 GT
1.3
38 United Kingdom Team Elite Australia Frank Gardner
United Kingdom John Coundley
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1.2L I4 167
19 GT
1.6
34 Italy Scuderia St. Ambroeus Italy Giancarlo Sala
Italy Romolo Rossi
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 165
20 P
+3.0
6 United Kingdom Lola Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Richard Attwood
United Kingdom David Hobbs
Lola Mk6 GT Ford 4.6L V8 151
21 P
+3.0
7 United Kingdom David Brown / Aston Martin Lagonda United States William Kimberley
France Jo Schlesser
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.7L I6 139
22 P
+3.0
11 United States North American Racing Team (NART) United States Dan Gurney
United States Jim Hall
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 126
23 GT
+3.0
4 United States Ed Hugus United States Ed Hugus
United Kingdom Peter Jopp
AC Cobra Coupe Ford 4.7L V8 127
24 GT
2.0
30 Germany Porsche System Engineering Switzerland Heinz Schiller
Netherlands Ben Pon
Porsche 356B 2000GS GT Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 115
25 P
+3.0
10 United States North American Racing Team (NART) Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United States Roger Penske
Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Ferrari 4.0L V12 113
26 P
3.0
44 United Kingdom Lawrence Tune Engineering United Kingdom Chris Lawrence
United Kingdom Chris Spender
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 1.0L I4 110
27 P
3.0
27 Germany Porsche System Engineering Sweden Jo Bonnier
South Africa Tony Maggs
Porsche 718/8 GTR Coupe Porsche 2.0L Flat-8 109
28 GT
3.0
20 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC France Fernand Tavano
Italy Carlo Maria Abate
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 105
29 P
3.0
58 France Jean-Georges Branche France Jean-Georges Branche
Belgium Claude Dubois
Fiat-Abarth 850TC Fiat 0.8L I4 96
30 P
3.0
42 United Kingdom Donald Healey Motor Company United Kingdom Sir John Whitmore
South Africa Bob Olthoff
Austin-Healey Sprite 1100 BMC 1.1L I4 94
31 GT
2.0
29 Germany Porsche System Engineering Germany Gerhard Koch
Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
Porsche 356B 2000GS GT Porsche 2.0L Flat-4 94
32 GT
1.6
33 United Kingdom Sunbeam Talbot United Kingdom Peter Harper
United Kingdom Peter Procter
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1.6L I4 93
33 P
+3.0
9 Belgium Pierre Noblet Belgium Pierre Noblet
France Jean Guichet
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 75
34 GT
1.6
35 Italy Scuderia St. Ambroeus Italy Giampiero Biscaldi
Italy Sergio Pedretti
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 70
35 GT
+3.0
19 France Jean Kerguen France Jean Kerguen
France Jacques Dewes
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.8L I6 69
36 P
3.0
49 France Société des Automobiles Alpine France René Richard
Italy Piero Frescobaldi
Alpine M63 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 63
37 GT
+3.0
8 United Kingdom David Brown / Aston Martin Lagonda United Kingdom Innes Ireland
New Zealand Bruce McLaren
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.7L I6 59
38 P
3.0
48 France Société des Automobiles Alpine France José Rosinski
Brazil Christian Heins
Alpine M63 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 50
39 P
3.0
52 France Urbain Fabre France Jean-Pierre Manzon
France Jean Rolland
René Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 1.0L I4 47
40 P
+3.0
2 France Maserati France / Johnny Simone France André Simon
United States Lloyd Casner
Maserati Tipo 151/2 Maserati 4.9L V8 40
41 GT
+3.0
16 United States Briggs S. Cunningham United States Paul Richards
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L I6 40
42 P
+3.0
17 United Kingdom Peter J. Sargent United Kingdom Peter Sargent
United Kingdom Peter Lumsden
Lister Coupe Jaguar 3.8L I6 29
43 P
+3.0
18 United Kingdom David Brown / Aston Martin Lagonda United States Phil Hill
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Aston Martin DP215 Aston Martin 4.0L I6 29
44 P
3.0
54 France Automobiles René Bonnet France Gérard Leureau
France Jean Vinatier
René Bonnet RB5 Renault 0.7L I4 25
45 GT
+3.0
14 United States Briggs S. Cunningham United States Walt Hansgen
United States Augie Pabst
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L I6 8
46 GT
1.6
36 Switzerland Scuderia Filipinetti Switzerland Karl Foitek
Switzerland Armand Schäfer
Alfa Romeo Giulietta GZ Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 7
47 P
3.0
51 France Automobiles René Bonnet France Roger Masson
France Pierre Monneret
René Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 1.0L i4 4
48 P
3.0
55 France "Sarayac" France Guy Flayac
France Lucien Barthe
Fiat-Abarth 1000SP Fiat 1.0L I4 3
49 P
3.0
56 Germany Auto Union GmbH France Alain Bertaut
France André Guilhaudin
CD 3 DKW-Manztel 0.7L I3
(2-Stroke)
1

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #10 North American Racing Team (NART) - 3:50.09
  • Fastest Lap - #23 SpA Ferrari SEFAC - 3:53.3
  • Distance - 4561.71 km
  • Average Speed - 190.071 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Performance - #21 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #53 Autombiles René Bonnet
  • Special A.C.O. Award - #00 Owen Racing Organisation

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peralta, Pablo Robert. "Christian Heins". historicracing.com.