1971 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 39th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 1971. It was the ninth round of the 1971 International Championship for Makes.

This year would be the swansong of the mighty engines – the incoming regulations would put a 3-litre limit on engine capacity. As it turned out, there was a perfect confluence of the most powerful racing cars yet seen, a long fast track and extended good weather to produce the fastest race in the event's history to date setting a record that would stand for almost 40 years.

Although there were few accidents this year, there were many cars delayed or forced to retire with mechanical problems and only twelve cars were classified at the finish. Winners, at a record speed, were Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko in their Team Martini Porsche 917.

With the imminent ban of engines over 3-litres for the upcoming 1972 season, the FIA made no changes to their standing regulations. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) likewise made very few changes. The experiment of the standing-start in echelon from the previous year was discarded. A 2-by-2 rolling start behind a safety car became the most preferred way, which remains the tradition up to the modern day. This allowed an Armco guardrail to be erected between the pits and the main straight, greatly increasing the safety of the pit-crews. Drivers were also now permitted to stay in their cars during refuelling.

On race-week plans were unveiled for an extensive realignment of the circuit, making it self-contained. It included a new Mulsanne straight alongside the public highway and a new series of curves to cut out the dangerous Maison Blanche corner – the scene of many major race accidents over the years.

This year, first prize for outright victory was US$13000 – barely the cost of a top-tier racing engine, and not reflecting the huge preparation and work required. But such was the stature of the race it kept drawing strong fields. Finally, after fourteen years, the ban on female drivers was lifted with the ACO accepting top French rally-driver Marie-Claude Beaumont in the Greder Corvette entry – the first female driver at Le Mans since 1951.

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 Reason
1 Porsche 917K 22  Martini International
Racing Team
 Gijs van Lennep
 Dr. Helmut Marko
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.9L F12 397 N/A
2 Porsche 917K 19  JW Automotive Engineering  Richard Attwood
 Herbert Müller
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.9L F12 395 N/A
3 Ferrari 512M 12  North American Racing Team  Sam Posey
 Tony Adamowicz
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 366 N/A
4 Ferrari 512M 16  David Piper Autorace
 D. Weir (private entrant)
 David Weir
 Chris Craft
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 355 N/A
5 Top Model TMC007; Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona; 1975 24h Le Mans 13th; Mignot, Gurdjian, Jones; RN48

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58  North American Racing Team  Bob Grossman
 Luigi Chinetti Jr.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 314 N/A
6 Porsche 911S 63  ASA Cachia Bundi  Raymond Touroul
 André Anselme
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 306 N/A
7 Porsche 907

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49  Wicky Racing Team  Walter Brun
 Peter Mattli
Porsche 907 Porsche 1958cc F6 306 N/A
8 Porsche 911S

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38  R. Mazzia
(private entrant)
 René Mazzia
 Jürgen Barth
Porsche 911E Porsche 2.4L F6 303 N/A
9 Porsche 911S

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42  J. Mésange
(private entrant)
 Jean Mésange
 "Gédéhem" (Gérard Darton-Merlin)
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 298 N/A
10 Porsche 911S

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26  N. Koob (private entrant)
 Porsche-Kremer Racing
 Nicolas Koob
 Erwin Kremer,  Günther Huber
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 292 N/A
11 Porsche 911S

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39  A.G.A.C.I.  Guy Verrier
 Gérard Foucault
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 290 N/A
12 Porsche 911S

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44  Paul Watson Race Organisation  Paul Vestey
 Richard Bond
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 286 N/A
N/C * Ligier JS3 24  Automobiles Ligier  Guy Ligier
 Patrick Depailler
Ligier JS3 Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 270 N/A
N/C * Porsche 911S 36  Écurie Jean Sage
(private entrant)
 Björn Waldegård
 Bernard Chenevière
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 263
 
N/A
DNF 1970 Matra-Simca MS660

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32  Equipe Matra  Chris Amon
 Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Matra-Simca MS660 Matra 3.0L V12 263
 
Fuel system
(18hr)
DNF Porsche 917L 17  JW Automotive Engineering  Jo Siffert
 Derek Bell
Porsche 917L Porsche 4.9L F12 240 Transmission
(18hr)
DNF Porsche 908

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29  Wicky Racing Team  André Wicky
 Max Cohen-Olivar
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 236 Transmission
(20hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 9  Ecurie Francorchamps  Baron Hughes de Fierlandt
 Alain de Cadenet
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 235 Transmission
(18hr)
DNF Porsche 917K

(example)

57  Zitro Racing Team
(private entrant)
 Dominique Martin
 Gérard Pillon
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 228 Transmission
(22hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 6  Scuderia Filipinetti
 Scuderia Picchio Rosso
 Corrado Manfredini
 Giancarlo Gagliardi
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 197 Transmission
(17hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

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35  P. Greub
(private entrant)
 Pierre Greub
 Sylvain Garant
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 196 Engine
(21hr)
DNF Porsche 908

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30  L. Cosson
(private entrant)
 Louis Cosson
 Helmut Leuze
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 192 Oil pipe
(16hr)
DNF Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark 1  Écurie Léopard  Jean-Claude Aubriet
 Jean-Pierre Rouget
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 189 Transmission
(16hr)
DNF Porsche 917L 18  JW Automotive Engineering  Pedro Rodriguez
 Jackie Oliver
Porsche 917L Porsche 4.9L F12 187 Oil pipe
(14hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 15  Escuderia Montjuïch  José Juncadella
 Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 186 Transmission
(14hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

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47  Wicky Racing Team  Jean-Jacques Cochet
 Jean Selz
Porsche 911S Porsche 1991cc F6 183 Transmission
(17hr)
DNF Porsche 917/20 23  Martini International
Racing Team
 Reinhold Joest
 Willi Kauhsen
Porsche 917/20 Porsche 4.9L F12 180 Accident
(12hr)
DNF Porsche 908

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28  Établissement Sonauto
Auguste Veuillet
 Claude Ballot-Léna
 Guy Chasseuil
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 169 Accident
(14hr)
DNF Porsche 914/6 69  Autohaus Max Moritz GmbH  Gerd Quist
 Dietrich Krumm
Porsche 914/6 GT Porsche 1991cc F6 160 Transmission
(15hr)
DNF Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark 2  Greder Racing  Henri Greder
 Marie-Claude Beaumont
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 141 Engine
(14hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 7  Scuderia Filipinetti  Mike Parkes
 Henri Pescarolo
Ferrari 512F Ferrari 5.0L V12 120 Engine
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

65  J. Dechaumel
(private entrant)
 Jacques Dechaumel
 Jean-Claude Parot
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 105 Rear suspension
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

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37  P. Mauroy
(private entrant)
 Pierre Mauroy
 Jean-Claude Lagniez
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 78 Transmission
(8hr)
DNF Porsche 917K 21  Martini International
Racing Team
 Vic Elford
 Gérard Larrousse
Porsche 917L Porsche 4.9L F12 74 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

41  J.-P. Gaban
(private entrant)
 Jean-Pierre Gaban
 Willy Braillard
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 68 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 10  Gelo Racing Team  Georg Loos
 Franz Pesch
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 63 Engine
(6hr)
DNF Porsche 914/6

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46  Ecurie Porsche Club Romand  Paul Keller
 Jean Sage
Porsche 914/6 GT Porsche 1991cc F6 61 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Porsche 911S 33  Rey Racing  Jacques Rey
 Jean-Pierre Cassegrain
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.5L F6 58 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M 11  North American Racing Team
 Penske Racing
 Mark Donohue
 David Hobbs
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 58 Engine
(6hr)
DNF Still Looking 50  Camel Filters Team Huron
G. Edwards
 Guy Edwards
 Roger Enever
Lola T212 Ford Cosworth FVC 1798cc S4 55 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

34  Richie Ginther Racing
(private entrant)
 Alan Johnson
 Elliot Forbes-Robinson
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 50 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

40  J. Egreteaud
(private entrant)
 Jean Egreteaud
 Jean-Marie Jacquemin
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 41 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

66  Rey Racing  Jean-Claude Guérie
 Claude Mathurin
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 34 Electrics
(5hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

48  J.-P. Hanrioud
(private entrant)
 Jean-Pierre Hanrioud
 Mario Ilotte
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 27 Engine
(5hr)
DNF Porsche 911S

(example)

43  F. Migault
(private entrant)
 Jean-Pierre Bodin
 Gilbert Courthiade
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 22 Engine
(4hr)
DNF Porsche 908 60  C. Haldi
(private entrant)
 Claude Haldi
 Hans-Dieter Weigel
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L F8 18 Transmission
(6hr)
DNF Lola T70

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5  Racing Team VDS  Teddy Pilette
 Gustave Gosselin
Lola T70 Mk. IIIB Chevrolet 5.0L V8 14 Engine
(3hr)
DNF Porsche 910

(example)

27  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Jean-Claude Andruet
Porsche 910 Porsche 3.0L F8 12 Accident
(3hr)
DNF Ferrari 512M

(example)

14  North American Racing Team  Masten Gregory
 George Eaton
Ferrari 512S Spyder Ferrari 5.0L V12 7 Fuel system
(5hr)
DNQ Porsche 911S

(example)

45  C. Laurent
(private entrant)
 Claude Laurent
 Jacques Marché
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Alpine Renault A110

(example)

52  Écurie Léopard  Jacques Bourdon
 Maurice Nussbaumer
Alpine A110 Renault 1596cc S4 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Porsche 911S

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64  Porsche-Kremer Racing  Claude Buchet
 Jean-Paul Agére
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.4L F6 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Porsche 911S

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68  Paul Watson Race Organisation  John Chatham
 Mike Coombe
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.2L F6 0 Practice accident
DNA Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark

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3  Troy Promotions Inc  Don Yenko
 Tony DeLorenzo
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark

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4  Troy Promotions Inc  Dick Thompson
 John Mahler
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0 Did not arrive
DNA Ferrari 512M

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5  Scuderia Filipinetti  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
 Ronnie Peterson
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 0 Did not arrive
DNA Porsche 917K

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19  Escuderia Nacional C.S.
(private entrant)
 Alex Soler-Roig Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 0 Did not arrive
DNA Still Looking 54  F. Migault
(private entrant)
 François Migault Huron 4A Ford Cosworth FVC 1798cc S4 0 Did not arrive
DNA Still Looking 55  Scuderia Filipinetti   Lola T212 Ford Cosworth FVC 1798cc S4 0 Did not arrive
DNF Ferrari 512M

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61  North American Racing Team  Jacky Ickx
 Clay Regazzoni
Ferrari 512M Ferrari 5.0L V12 0 Reserve

 


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