1970 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 38th Grand Prix of Endurance and took place on 13 and 14 June 1970. It was the eighth round of the 1970 World Sportscar Championship season.

Once again Porsche had a dominant year in the championship and arrived as strong favourites to get their first outright victory. Their main opposition would come from Ferrari, now armed with the homologated 512S model. Fully nine 917s and eleven 512s from works-supported teams and privateers were entered. However heavy rain through most of the race neutralised much of their power and contributed to a number of serious accidents. In a race of heavy attrition where only seven cars were classified as finishers it was won by race veteran Hans Herrmann and co-driver Richard ‘Dickie’ Attwood.

For Herrmann, a veteran of 13 Le Mans, it was particularly sweet having lost by the narrowest margin the previous year. All Porsche's main challengers (Ferrari, Matra, Alfa Romeo) were beaten in the first half of the race. Porsche's dominance was complete – winning all three prizes and taking all the class-wins. The only dark spot was Ickx's accident at the Ford Chicane during the night which killed a track marshal.

This was the year that Hollywood came to Le Mans. The race provided the background for the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. Much of the racing footage of the motion picture was taken from on board a competing car, as the #29 Porsche 908/02 had been fitted with movie cameras.

After only four years, the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the FIA’s regulations body) overhauled its FIA Appendix J, redefining again the motorsport categories. GT cars were now extended to Group 3 (minimum production of 1000 cars) and Group 4 for ‘Special GT cars’ (min. =500). The former Group 4 for Sports Cars became the new Group 5 (min. = 25) while Prototypes stayed as Group 6. The 5-litre engine limit on the Sports Cars remained – allowing the Porsche 917 and new Ferrari 512 to race, although they were on notice that this would fall to a 3-litre limit for the start of the 1972 season.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) was now fully aligned with the FIA's technical regulations. They also made changes to its race regulations. Three drivers were now permitted in each car, and a driver was allowed to switch (once) to another car of the same make during the race. Maximum drive-times were set at 14 hours, in up to 240 minutes at a time with at least a one-hour break between shifts. Night-time, when headlights had to be used, was defined as between 21:00 & 04:30 and luminous car numbers were introduced. Mechanical restrictions remained – a 25-lap distance between oil replenishment and only 4 crew could work on a car on the pit-apron. Finally, every car had to complete the final lap within fifteen minutes to be classified. The most significant change was the abolition of the famous “Le Mans start”: running across the track to get in and start the car. This year the cars would still line up in echelon however the drivers would start in the cars fully strapped in (a full race harness now became compulsory). A line of four flagmen would now simultaneously wave le tricolore when drivers would start their cars and pull away.

Another 12 km of Armco was added to the track completing the project started the previous year to encircle the track with safety barriers. Also, the Esses and Tertre Rouge corners were widened and resurfaced.

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

Pos Car No. Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 Porsche 917K 23  Porsche Konstruktionen -
Salzburg
 Hans Herrmann
 Richard Attwood
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 343
2 Porsche 917K 3  Martini International
Racing Team
 Gérard Larrousse
 Willi Kauhsen
Porsche 917L Porsche 4.5L F12 338
3 Porsche 908 Spyder

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27  Martini International
Racing Team
 Helmut Marko
 Rudi Lins
Porsche 908/2LH Porsche 3.0L F8 335
4 Ferrari 512S Longtail

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11  North American Racing Team  Ronnie Bucknum
 Sam Posey
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 313
5 Ferrari 512S Longtail

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12  Ecurie Francorchamps  Baron Hughes de Fierlandt
 Alistair Walker
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 305
N/C * Chevrolet Corvette 2  Greder Racing
(private entrant)
 Henri Greder
 Jean-Pierre Rouget
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 286
6 Porsche 914/6

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40  Établissements Sonauto  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Guy Chasseuil
Porsche 914/6 GT Porsche 1991cc F6 285
N/C * Porsche 908/2 Flunder 29  Solar Productions  Herbert Linge
 Jonathan Williams
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 282
7 Porsche 911

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47  Écurie Luxembourg  Nicolas Koob
 Erwin Kremer
Porsche 911S Porsche 2253cc F6 282
N/C * Ferrari 312P

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57  North American Racing Team  Tony Adamowicz
 Chuck Parsons
Ferrari 312P Coupé Ferrari 3.0L V12 281
N/C * Porsche 911

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62  R. Mazzia
(private entrant)
 René Mazzia
 Pierre Mauroy
Porsche 911S Porsche 2195cc F6 275
N/C * Porsche 911

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42  Wicky Racing Team  Sylvain Garant
 Guy Verrier
Porsche 911T Porsche 1991cc F6 271
N/C * Porsche 911

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67  J. Dechaumel
(private entrant)
 Jacques Dechaumel
 Jean-Claude Parot
Porsche 911S Porsche 1991cc F6 271
N/C * Porsche 911

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45  C. Laurent
(private entrant)
 Claude Laurent
 Jacques Marché
Porsche 911S Porsche 2195cc F6 262
N/C * Porsche 911

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64  C. Haldi
(private entrant)
 Jean Sage
 Pierre Greub
Porsche 911S Porsche 1991cc F6 254
N/C * Porsche 911

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66  R. Touroul
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Lagniez
 Claude Swietlik
Porsche 911S Porsche 1991cc F6 231
DNF Still Looking 34  Donald Healey Motor Company  Roger Enever
 Andrew Hedges
Healey SR XR37 Repco 740 3.0L V8 264
DNF Porsche 917 Long Tail 25  Porsche Konstruktionen -
Salzburg
 Vic Elford
 Kurt Ahrens Jr.
Porsche 917L Porsche 4.9L F12 225
DNF Alfa Romeo T33/3 36  Autodelta SpA  Piers Courage
 Andrea de Adamich
Alfa Romeo T33/3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 222
DSQ True Scale TSM124311; Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3; 1970 24h Le Mans DNF; Zeccoli & Facetti; RN38

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35  Autodelta SpA  Rolf Stommelen
 Nanni Galli
Alfa Romeo T33/3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 220
DNF Chevron B16 Ford 49  Chevron Racing Team  Ian Skailes
 John Hine
Chevron B16 Ford Cosworth FVC 1771cc S4 213
DNF Chevron B16 Ford

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44  Chevron Racing Team  Clive Baker
 Digby Martland
Chevron B16 BMW 1992cc S4 187
DNF Porsche 906LE

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61  Wicky Racing Team  André Wicky
 Jean-Pierre Hanrioud
Porsche 907 Porsche 2195cc F6 161
DNF Porsche 917K 20  JW Automotive Engineering  Jo Siffert
 Brian Redman
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.9L F12 156
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail 5  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Jacky Ickx
 Peter Schetty
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 142
DNF Porsche 911

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63  Rey Racing
(private entrant)
 Jacques Rey
 Bernard Chenevière
Porsche 911S Porsche 2247cc F6 132
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail

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9  Escuderia Montjuich  José Juncadella
 Juan Fernandez
Ferrari 512S Spyder Ferrari 5.0L V12 130
DNF Porsche 910

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60  G. Verrier
(private entrant)
 Daniel Rouveyran
 Willy Meier
Porsche 910 Porsche 1991cc F6 128
DNF Porsche 911

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65  Hart Ski Racing
 Claude Haldi
 Claude Haldi
 Arthur Blank
Porsche 911S Porsche 2247cc F6 124
DNF Porsche 910

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46  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Ernst Kraus
Porsche 910 Porsche 1991cc F6 120
DNF Porsche 917K 18  David Piper Autorace
 AAW Racing Team
 David Piper
 Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 112
DNF Ferrari 512S

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16  Scuderia Filipinetti
 Scuderia Picchio Rosso
 Corrado Manfredini
 Gianpiero Moretti
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 111
DNF Lola T70

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4  Racing Team VDS  Teddy Pilette
 Gustave ‘Taf’ Gosselin
Lola T70 Mk. IIIB Chevrolet 4.9L V8 109
DNF Porsche 911

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43  J.-P. Gaban
(private entrant)
 Jean-Pierre Gaban
 Willy Braillard
Porsche 911S Porsche 2195cc F6 109
DNF 1970 Matra-Simca MS660 31  Equipe Matra Elf  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
 Henri Pescarolo
Matra-Simca MS660 Matra 3.0L V12 79
DNF Matra 650

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32  Equipe Matra Elf  Jack Brabham
 François Cevert
Matra-Simca MS650 Matra 3.0L V12 76
DNF Matra 650

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30  Equipe Matra Elf  Patrick Depailler
 Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Matra-Simca MS650 Matra 3.0L V12 70
DNF Porsche 911

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59  J. Égreteaud
(private entrant)
 Jean Égreteaud
 Jean Mésange
Porsche 911S Porsche 2247cc F6 70
DNF Ligier JS2

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50  Automobiles Ligier  Guy Ligier
 Jean-Claude Andruet
Ligier JS1 Ford Cosworth FVC 1786cc S4 65
DNF Ferrari 512S

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10  North American Racing Team
 Gelo Racing Team
 Georg Loos
 Helmut Kelleners
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 54
DNF Porsche 917

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22  JW Automotive Engineering  David Hobbs
 Mike Hailwood
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 49
DNF Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 38  Autodelta SpA  Teodoro Zeccoli
 Carlo Facetti
Alfa Romeo T33/3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 43
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail 7  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Derek Bell
 Ronnie Peterson
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 39
DNF Ferrari 512M 8  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Arturo Merzario
 Clay Regazzoni
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 38
DNF Chevrolet Corvette

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1  Écurie Léopard  Jean-Claude Aubriet
 Joseph Bourdon
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 37
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail

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15  Scuderia Filipinetti  Mike Parkes
 Herbert Müller
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 37
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail

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14  Scuderia Filipinetti  Jo Bonnier
 Reine Wisell
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 36
DNF Porsche 917

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21  JW Automotive Engineering  Pedro Rodriguez
 Leo Kinnunen
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.9L F12 22
DNF Chevron B16 Ford

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48  Levi's International Racing Team  Julian Vernaeve
 Yves Deprez
Chevron B16 Mazda 10A Twin Rotory 19
DNF Ferrari 512S Longtail

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6  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Nino Vaccarella
 Ignazio Giunti
Ferrari 512S Ferrari 5.0L V12 7
DNF Alfa Romeo T33/3 37  Autodelta SpA  Toine Hezemans
 Masten Gregory
Alfa Romeo T33/3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 5
DNS Lola T70

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17  Grand Bahamas Racing Team  Robin Ormes
 David Prophet
Lola T70 Mk. IIIB Chevrolet 4.9L V8 Did not qualify
DNS Porsche 908 Spyder

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28  Martini International
Racing Team
 André de Cortanze
 Dieter Spoerry,  Rudi Lins
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 Practice accident
DNS Ferrari 312P

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39  North American Racing Team  Tony Adamowicz
 Sam Posey
Ferrari 312P Coupé Ferrari 3.0L V12 Spare car
DNS Porsche 911

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41  Wicky Racing Team  Sylvain Garant
 Jean Mésange
Porsche 911S Porsche 2195cc F6 Withdrawn
DNQ Chevron B8

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68  R. Johnson
(private entrant)
 Roy Johnson
 Erwin Barnes
Chevron B8 BMW 1991cc S4 Did not qualify
DNA Porsche 917

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24  Porsche Konstruktionen -
Salzburg
 Hans-Heinrich ‘Rico’ Steinemann
 Dieter Spoerry
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 Withdrawn
DNA Porsche 917

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26  JW Automotive Engineering  Jackie Stewart
 Steve McQueen
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 Withdrawn
DNA Porsche 906LE

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54  G. Verrier
(private entrant)
 Guy Verrier
 Frederic Mural
Porsche 907 Porsche 2.2L F6 Reserve

 


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