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. 57 women have started this race with the most recent being Christina Nielsen and Inès Taittinger in 2016. No women competed in 2015, the first year since 2004 to have no female participation.

39 women have finished the race. The best result was achieved by Odette Siko who finished 4th overall and 1st in the 2 litre class in 1932. Ten women have class wins; 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. Only five women have started the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring: St. James, Wilson, Milka Duno, Claudia Hürtgen and Lilian Bryner; only Bryner had made the top ten in the three races.

Drivers[edit]

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

As 2016, 59 women have raced with 129 entries. Anne-Charlotte Verney has entered ten times.

Name Country Years Starts Best Finish Ov Wins Ov Top 10 Class Wins
Odette Siko  France 19301933 4 4 0 2 1
Marguerite Mareuse  France 19301931 2 7 0 1 0
Joan Chetwynd  United Kingdom 1931 1 DNF 0 0 0
H.H. Stisted  United Kingdom 1931 1 DNF 0 0 0
Elsie Wisdom  United Kingdom 1933, 1935, 1938 3 DNF 0 0 0
Marie Desprez  France 1933 1 DNF 0 0 0
Dorothy Champney  United Kingdom 1934 1 13 0 0 0
Kay Petre  Canada 19341935, 1937 3 13 0 0 0
Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier  France 19341935, 1937 - 1939 5 12 0 0 0
Gwenda Stewart  United Kingdom 19341935 2 DNF 0 0 0
Gordon Simpson  United Kingdom 1935 1 24 0 0 0
Joan Richmond  Australia 1935, 1937 2 14 0 0 0
Doreen Evans  United Kingdom 1935 1 25 0 0 0
Barbara Skinner  United Kingdom 1935 1 25 0 0 0
Collen Eaton  United Kingdom 1935 1 26 0 0 0
Margaret Allen  United Kingdom 1935 1 26 0 0 0
Dorothy Stanley-Turner  United Kingdom 1937 1 16 0 0 0
Fernande Roux  France 1938 1 DNF 0 0 0
Joan Riddell  United Kingdom 1937 1 16 0 0 0
Marjorie Eccles  United Kingdom 1937 1 DNF 0 0 0
Suzanne Largeot  France 19371939 3 12 0 0 1
Marjorie Fawcett  United Kingdom 1938 1 13 0 0 0
Germaine Rouault  France 1938, 1950 2 DNF 0 0 0
Viviane Elder  France 1949 1 DNF 0 0 0
Regine Gordine  France 1950 1 DNF 0 0 0
Yvone Simon  France 19501951 2 15 0 0 0
Betty Haig  United Kingdom 1951 1 15 0 0 0
Gilberte Thirion  Belgium 1954 1 39 0 0 0
Marie-Claude Beaumont  France 19711976 6 12 0 0 2
Christine Beckers  Belgium 19731974, 19761977 4 11 0 0 1
Anne-Charlotte Verney  France 19741983 10 6 0 1 1
Yvette Fontaine  Belgium 19741975 2 11 0 0 1
Marie Laurent  France 1974 1 17 0 0 1
Martine Rénier  France 1974, 1978 2 13 0 0 0
Corinne Tarnaud  France 1975 1 17 0 0 0
Christine Dacremont  France 19751978 4 20 0 0 1
Michèle Mouton  France 1975 1 21 0 0 1
Marianne Hoepfner  France 1975, 19771978, 1980 4 21 0 0 1
Lella Lombardi  Italy 19751977, 1980 4 11 0 0 0
Anna Cambiaghi  Italy 1977 1 DNF 0 0 0
Juliette Slaughter  United Kingdom 1978 1 DNF 0 0 0
Desiré Wilson  South Africa 19821983, 1991 3 7 0 1 0
Margie Smith-Haas  United States 19841985 2 DNF 0 0 0
Lyn St. James  United States 1989, 1991 2 21 0 0 0
Tomiko Yoshikawa  Japan 19921994 3 15 (NC) 0 0 0
Lilian Bryner   Switzerland 19931995, 1997 4 9 0 1 0
Cathy Muller  France 1991 1 DNF 0 0 0
Claudia Hürtgen  Germany 19971999, 2001 4 13 0 0 0
Vanina Ickx  Belgium 2001, 2003, 2005, 20082011 7 7 0 1 0
Liz Halliday  United States 20052007 3 19 0 0 0
Milka Duno  Venezuela 20012002 2 DNF 0 0 0
Amanda Stretton  United Kingdom 2008 1 DNF 0 0 0
Natacha Gachnang   Switzerland 2010, 2013 2 11 0 0 0
Cyndie Allemann   Switzerland 2010 1 DNF 0 0 0
Rahel Frey   Switzerland 2010 1 DNF 0 0 0
Andrea Robertson  United States 2011 1 26 0 0 0
Keiko Ihara  Japan 20122014 3 15 0 0 0
Christina Nielsen  Denmark 2016-2017 2 35 0 0 0
Inès Taittinger  France 2016 1 DNF 0 0 0

By country[edit]

Country First Drivers Starts Top 10 Class Win
France France 1930 22 58 4 10
United Kingdom United Kingdom 1931 16 17 0 0
United States United States 1984 4 8 0 0
Switzerland Switzerland 1993 4 8 1 0
Belgium Belgium 1954 3 12 1 1
Italy Italy 1975 2 5 0 0
Japan Japan 1992 2 6 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
Denmark Denmark 2016 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

23 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
1931 United Kingdom Hon. Mrs. Chetwynd United Kingdom Joan Chetwynd
United Kingdom H.H. Stistend
MG C-Type Midget DNF DNF
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 Collen 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 PB Midget 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 Beaumont
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 10
  • Most all-woman teams: 1935, with 4

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