1961 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

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 1961 World Sportscar Championship. Ferrari and Maserati were the main title contenders, with Porsche an outside chance for the Championship.

Ferrari's competition soon wilted in the race – the Maseratis were fast but fragile. The Aston Martins, though reliable, couldn't match the Italian cars’ pace. In the end it was a race between the two works team cars and the NART entry, And when the Rodriguez brothers’ engine blew with just two hours to go, it was a clear 1–2 victory for the Ferrari works team. A privateer Ferrari GT was third with an American-run Maserati fighting it way back up to fourth, a full 22 laps behind the winner.

The second year of the new FIA regulations did not see significant changes. The controversial windscreen rules regarding minimum height and width were also updated with a maximum slope, which closed the loophole that Maserati had cleverly worked around in the previous year.

For its part, race-organisers, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) increased the maximum continuous driving stint up from 52 to 60 laps, given the faster speeds the cars were running at. However, the total driving time remained at 14 hours per driver. The time to complete the final lap time-limit was shortened from 30 to 20 minutes to reduce the incidences of slow or stationary cars out on the circuit trying to run down the clock to finish.

Where we have not had a model of the car as raced through the business I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

Pos Car

No

Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 Ferrari 250 TR61 10  SEFAC Ferrari  Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 333
2

Ferrari 250 TR61

(example)

11  SEFAC Ferrari  Willy Mairesse
 Mike Parkes
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 330
3

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

(example)

14  P. Noblet
(private entrant)
 Pierre Noblet
 Jean Guichet
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 317
4 Maserati Type 60/61 Birdcage 7  Briggs Cunningham  Augie Pabst
 Dick Thompson
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 311
5 Still Looking 33  Porsche KG  Masten Gregory
 Bob Holbert
Porsche RS61 Spyder Porsche 1967cc F4 309
6 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB 20  Equipe Nationale Belge
 
 Bob Grossman
 André Pilette
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 309
7 Still Looking 32  Porsche KG  Edgar Barth
 Hans Herrmann
Porsche RS61 Coupé Porsche 1606cc F4 306
8 Maserati Type 60/61 Birdcage

(example)

24  B.S. Cunningham  Briggs Cunningham
 Bill Kimberley
Maserati Tipo 60 Maserati 1989cc S4 303
9 Triumph TR4S 27  Standard Triumph Ltd  Peter Bolton
 Keith Ballisat
Triumph TR4S Triumph 1985cc S4 284
10

Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth

(example)

36  Porsche KG  Herbert Linge
 Ben Pon
Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth Porsche 1588cc S4 284
11

Triumph TR4S

(example)

26[32]  Standard Triumph Ltd  Les Leston
 Rob Slotemaker
Triumph TR4S Triumph 1985cc S4 279
12 Lotus Elite 38  Team Lotus Engineering  Trevor Taylor
 Bill Allen
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 268
13 Lotus Elite

(example)

40  Ecurie Edger
 
 Bernard Kosselek
 Pierre Messenez
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 267
14

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

60  Abarth & Cie  Denny Hulme
 Angus Hyslop
Abarth 850S Fiat 847cc S4 263
15

Triumph TR4S

(example)

25  Standard Triumph Ltd  Marcel Becquart
 Mike Rothschild
Triumph TR4S Triumph 1985cc S4 262
16 Still Looking 34  Sunbeam Talbot
 
 Peter Harper
 Peter Procter
Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Sunbeam 1592cc S4 261
17

1960 AC Ace

(example)

28  Equipe Chardonnet  Jean-Claude Magne
 Georges Alexandrovitch
AC Ace Bristol 1971cc S6 261
18 Still Looking 53  Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
 Gérard Laureau
 Robert Bouharde
D.B. HBR-4 Spyder Panhard 702cc F2 257
19 Still Looking 45  Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
 André Moynet
 Jean-Claude Vidilles
D.B. HBR-5 Spyder Panhard 848cc F2 243
20 Still Looking 48  Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
 André Guilhaudin
 Jean-François Jaeger
D.B. HBR-4 Panhard 848cc F2 243
21 Still Looking 47  Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
 Edgar Rollin
 René Bartholoni
D.B. HBR-4 Panhard 848cc F2 239
22 Still Looking 52  Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
 Jean-Claude Caillaud
 Robert Mougin
D.B. HBR-4 Rallye Panhard 848cc F2 237
DNF

Ferrari 250 TR61

(example)

17  North American Racing Team
 
 Pedro Rodríguez
 Ricardo Rodríguez
Ferrari 250 TRI/61 Ferrari 3.0L V12 305
DNF

Aston Martin DB4 Zagato

(example)

1  J. Kerguen
(private entrant)
 Jean Kerguen
 "Franc" (Jacques Dewez)
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L S6 286
DNF Still Looking 30  Porsche KG
 
 Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier
 Dan Gurney
Porsche RS61 Coupé Porsche 1679cc F4 262
DNF

Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth

(example)

37  A. Veuillet
(private entrant)
 Pierre Monneret
 Robert Buchet
Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth Porsche 1588cc S4 261
DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

55  Abarth & Cie
 
 Paul Condrillier
 Karl Foitek
Abarth 700S Fiat 701cc S4 255
DNF Austin Healey 3000 21  Ecurie Chiltern  John Bekaert
 Richard “Dickie” Stoop
Austin-Healey 3000 BMC 2.9L S6 254
DNF Aston Martin DBR1

(example)

4  Essex Racing Team
 
 Roy Salvadori
 Tony Maggs
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L S6 243
DNF Still Looking 23  SEFAC Ferrari
 
 Wolfgang von Trips
 Richie Ginther
Ferrari 246 SP Ferrari 2.4L V6 231
DNF Still Looking 54  R. Masson
(private entrant)
 Roger Masson
 Paul Armagnac
D.B. HBR-4 Panhard 702cc F2 208
DNF Lotus Elite 39  Team Lotus Engineering  John ‘Mac’ Wyllie
 David Buxton
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 193
DNF Ferrari 250 GT 12  SEFAC Ferrari  Fernand Tavano
 Giancarlo Baghetti
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 163
DNF Ferrari 250 GT 16  Scuderia Serenissima  Maurice Trintignant
 Carlo Maria Abate
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 162
DNF Aston Martin DBR1 5  Border Reivers  Jim Clark
 Ron Flockhart
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L S6 132
DSQ Sunbeam Alpine 35  Sunbeam Talbot  Peter Jopp
 Paddy Hopkirk
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1592cc S4 130
DNF Still Looking 43  North American Racing Team
 
 Ed Hugus
 David Cunningham
O.S.C.A. Sport 1000 OSCA 988c S4 125
DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

8  Scuderia Serenissima
 
 Piero Frescobaldi
 Raffaele Cammarota
Abarth 700S Fiat 701cc S4 124
DNF Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta 18  North American Racing Team
 Rob Walker Racing Team
 Stirling Moss
 Graham Hill
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 121
DNF

1960 AC Ace

(example)

29  Ecurie Lausannoise
 
 André Wicky
 Edgar Berney
AC Ace Bristol 1971cc S6 115
DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

56  Abarth & Cie
 
 Giancarlo Sala
 Giancarlo Rigamonti
Abarth 700S Fiat 701cc S4 111
DNF Lotus Elite

(example)

51  UDT Laystall Racing Team  Cliff Allison
 Mike McKee
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 102
DNF Lotus Elite

(example)

41  Ecurie Los Amigos  Jean-François Malle
 Robin Carnegie
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 86
DNF Still Looking 50  Automobili OSCA
 
 Jean Laroche
 Colin Davis
O.S.C.A. Sport 750 OSCA 746cc S4 85
DNF Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB 19  North American Racing Team  George Arents
 George Reed
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 76
DNF Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

(example)

42  Donald Healey Motor Company  John K. Colgate Jr.
 Paul Hawkins
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 994cc S4 64
DNF Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

(example)

15  Ecurie Francorchamps
 
 Lucien Bianchi
 Georges Berger
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12 60
DNF Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage 9  Scuderia Serenissima  Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Nino Vaccarella
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 53
DNF Austin Healey Sebring Sprite 46  Ecurie Ecosse  Ninian Sanderson
 Alan McKay
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 994cc S4 40
DNF Still Looking 22  Ecurie Ecosse
 
 Tommy Dickson
 Bruce Halford
Cooper T57 ‘Monaco’ Coventry Climax 2.6L S4 32
DNF Maserati Tipo 63 Birdcage

(example)

6  B.S. Cunningham
 
 Walt Hansgen
 Bruce McLaren
Maserati Tipo 63 Maserati 3.0L V12 31
DNF

Aston Martin DB4 Zagato

(example)

3  Essex Racing Team
 
 Lex Davison
 Bib Stillwell
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L S6 25
DNF

Aston Martin DB4 Zagato

(example)

2  Essex Racing Team  Jack Fairman
 Bernard Consten
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L S6 22
DNF

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

49  Abarth & Cie  Teodoro Zeccoli
 Jean Vinatier
Abarth 700S Fiat 701cc S4 15
DNF MGA Twin Cam 58  T. Lund
(private entrant)
 Ted Lund
 Bob Olthoff
MG MGA Twin Cam MG 1762cc S4 14
DNS Lotus 19

(example)

31  Team Lotus Engineering  Trevor Taylor
 Peter Arundell
Lotus 19 Coventry Climax 1964cc S4 Withdrawn
DNS

Simca Abarth 1300

(example)

44  Equipe Nationale Belge  Claude Dubois
 Gerhard Langlois van Ophem
Abarth 1000S Fiat 982cc S4 Withdrawn
DNS Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

(example)

57  R. de Lageneste
(private entrant)
 Roger de Lageneste
 “Loustel” (Pierre Dumay)
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Ferrari 3.0L V12  
DNS Still Looking 59  M. Martin
(private entrant)
 Maurice Martin
 Jean-François Jaeger
D.B. HBR Panhard 851cc F2  
DNS Austin Healey 3000

(eample)

61  Cambridge Racing  Jim Clark
 Trevor Taylor
Austin-Healey 3000 BMC 2.9L S6  
DNS Lotus Elite

(example)

62  M. Porthault
(private entrant)
 Maurice Porthault
 Jean Devos
Lotus Elite Coventry Climax 1216cc S4  
DNS BMW 700 LS

(example)

63  C. Faucher
(private entrant)
 Christian Faucher
 J-J Petit
BMW 700S BMW 700cc S4  

 


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