1973 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 41st Grand Prix of Endurance and took place on 9 and 10 June 1973. It was the eighth round of the 1973 World Championship of Makes.

The race promised to be close, with Ferrari, Matra and Porsche all having two wins in the championship along with a surprise victory for Mirage at Spa. It did indeed turn out to be one of the most tense Le Mans, with the race won in the pits as both Ferrari and Matra took turns in the lead only to be stymied by mechanical failures. All three Ferraris had time in the lead, but as mechanical issues overtook them it was the Matra of Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse, despite its own tribulations, that took the chequered flag. In the end it was a comfortable six-lap margin over the second-placed Ferrari of Merzario and Pace with the Matra of Jabouille/Jaussaud third.

There was a certain symmetry for a French car and a French team winning the fiftieth anniversary of the first 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ferrari did win the GT category after a close tussle with Porsche, and BMW had the only finisher in the Group 2 Touring Car category.

In the second year of the new regulations, there were no changes. This year the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) extended the eligible classes to eight with an extra one each in Group 5 and 2. Reserves were not kept, rather the ACO selected the 55 starters from those who arrived taking into account the results of the Four-Hour race at the Test Weekend.

1973 was the 50th anniversary of the first race and there was much pomp and celebration. Included in this were races for pre-war and post-war cars and the first parade of historic Le Mans competitors. The French Post Office issued a special commemorative stamp.

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 Matra-Simca MS670B 11  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  Henri Pescarolo
 Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 355 N/A
2 Ferrari 312PB 16  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Arturo Merzario
 Carlos Pace
Ferrari 312PB-73 Ferrari 3.0L F12 349 N/A
3 Matra-Simca MS670B 12  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  Jean-Pierre Jabouille
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 331 N/A
4 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 46  Martini Racing Team  Herbert Müller
 Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 328 N/A
5 Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

3  Escuderia Montjuïch
 Haberthur Racing[8]
 Juan Fernandez
 Francisco Torredemer
 Bernard Chenevière
Porsche 908/03 Porsche 3.0L F8 319 N/A
6 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 39  Automobiles Charles Pozzi  Vic Elford
 Claude Ballot-Léna
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 316 N/A
7 Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

4  G. Ortega
(private entrant)
 Guillermo Ortega
 Fausto Morello
Porsche 908/02K Porsche 3.0L F8 316 N/A
8 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 45  Kremer Racing Team  Erwin Kremer
 Paul Keller
 Clemens Schickentanz
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 316 N/A
9 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

40  Automobiles Charles Pozzi  Alain Serpaggi
 José Dolhem
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 315 N/A
10 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

63  Gelo Racing Team  Georg Loos
 Jürgen Barth
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 311 N/A
11 BMW 3.0 CSL 51  BMW Motorsport  Toine Hezemans
 Dieter Quester
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.3L S6 307 N/A
12 Chevrolet Corvette C3

(example)

30  Greder Racing Team  Henri Greder
 Marie-Claude Beaumont
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 303 N/A
13 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 38  North American Racing Team  François Migault
 Luigi Chinetti Jr
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 299 N/A
14 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 48  Sonauto BP Racing  Peter Gregg
 Guy Chasseuil
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 298 N/A
15 Alfa Romeo T33/3 60  Scuderia Brescia Corse  Carlo Facetti
 “Pam” (Marsillio Pasotti)
 Teodoro Zeccoli
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 298 N/A
16 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

41  Schiller Racing Team
(private entrant)
 Jean Selz
 Florian Vetsch
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.7L F6 298 N/A
17 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 42  R. Mazzia
(private entrant)
 Pierre Mauroy
 Marcel Mignot
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8L F6 290 N/A
18 Chevrolet Corvette C3

(example)

69  Écurie Léopard  Jean-Claude Aubriet
 "Dépnic" (Jean-Claude Depince)
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 282 N/A
19 Ligier JS2

(example)

18  C. Laurent
(private entrant)
 Claude Laurent
 Martial Delalande
 Jacques Marché
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 270 N/A
20 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 34  Ecurie Francorchamps
 
 Jean-Claude Andruet
 Richard Bond
Ferrari 365 GTB/4
 
Ferrari 4.4L V12
 
270
 

N/A
21 Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

52  Wicky Racing Team  André Wicky
 Max Cohen-Olivar
 Philippe Carron
Porsche 908/02K Porsche 3.0L F8 270 N/A
DNF Ferrari 312PB

(example)

15  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Jacky Ickx
 Brian Redman
Ferrari 312PB-73 Ferrari 3.0L F12 332 Engine
(24hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

6  North American Racing Team  Sam Posey
 Milt Minter
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 254 Engine
(21hr)
DNF Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV 55  Ford Motorenwerke
Deutschland
 Dieter Glemser
 John Fitzpatrick
 Hans Heyer
Ford Capri LV Ford 3.0L V6 239 Engine
(20hr)
DNF Chevron B23(example) 25  M. Dupont
(private entrant)
 Michel Dupont
 Paul Blancpain
Chevron B23 Cosworth FVC 1980cc S4 229 Gearbox
(22hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 33  J.C. Bamford Excavators
(private entrant)
 Neil Corner
 Willie Green
Ferrari 365 GTB/4
 
Ferrari 4.4L V12
 
214
 
Gearbox
(18hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 37  North American Racing Team  Rubén Luis di Palma
 Nestor García-Veiga
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 211 Transmission
(18hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

36  North American Racing Team  Bob Grossman
 Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 192 Accident
(19hr)
DNF Ligier JS2

(example)

19  Automobiles Ligier  Alain Couderc
 Jean-Pierre Paoli
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 174 Oil leak
(17hr)
DNF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

56  Shark Racing Team
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Guérie
 Cyril Grandet
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 174 Gearbox
(17hr)
DNF Lola T280

(example)

7  Équipe Gitanes
Cigarettes de France
 Jean-Louis Lafosse
 Reine Wisell
 Baron Hughes de Fierlandt
Lola T282 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 164 Transmission
(20hr)
DNF Still Looking 8  Gulf Research Racing  Derek Bell
 Howden Ganley
Mirage M6 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 163 Oil pump
(18hr)
DNF BMW 3.0 CSL

(example)

50  BMW Motorsport  Chris Amon
 Hans-Joachim Stuck
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.3L S6 162 Accident
(16hr)
DNF Ferrari 312PB

(example)

17  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Tim Schenken
 Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari 312PB-73 Ferrari 3.0L F12 162 Engine
(12hr)
DNF Matra-Simca MS670B 10  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  François Cevert
 Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 157 Accident
(12hr)
DNF Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV

(example)

53  Ford Motorenwerke
Deutschland
 Jean Vinatier
 Helmut Koinigg
 Gerry Birrell
Ford Capri LV Ford 3.0L V6 152 Engine
(15hr)
DNF Porsche 910

(example)

22  R. Touroul
(private entrant)
 Raymond Touroul
 Jean-Pierre Rouget
Porsche 910 Porsche 1985cc F6 142 Fuel system
(13hr)
DNF Porsche 911 Carrera RS(example) 49  J. Egreteaud
(private entrant)
 Jean Egreteaud
 Jean-Claude Lagniez
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8L F6 140 Axle
(14hr)
DNF Still Looking 9  Gulf Research Racing  Mike Hailwood
 John Watson
 Vern Schuppan
Mirage M6 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 122 Accident
(10hr)
 
DNF Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

44  Porsche Club Romand  Jean-François Piot
 Peter Zbinden
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8L F6 110 Gearbox
(10hr)
DNF Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

43  Max Moritz Racing Team  Gerd Qvist
 Manfred Laub
 Jürgen Zink
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8L F6 103 Accident
(10hr)
DNF Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

78  J. Sage
(private entrant)
 Hervé Bayard
 René Ligonnet
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8L F6 95 Engine
(10hr)
DNF Chevron B23 21  P. Maublanc
(private entrant)
 Pierre Maublanc
 Robert Mieusset
Chevron B21/B23 BMW-Schnitzer M12 1991cc S4 90 Engine
(9hr)
DNF Matra-Simca MS670B

(example)

14  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  Patrick Depailler
 Bob Wollek
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 84 Oil pump
(8hr)
DNF Still Looking 5  Duckhams Oil
Motor Racing
 Alain de Cadenet
 Chris Craft
Duckhams LM72 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 81 Transmission
(13hr)
DNF Still Looking 26  Sigma Automotive  Tetsu Ikuzawa
 Hiroshi Fushida
 Patrick Dal Bo
Sigma MC73 Mazda 12A 2-Rotor
(2.3L equiv.)
79 Transmission
(12hr)
DNF Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

47  Martini Racing Team  Reinhold Joest
 Claude Haldi
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L F6 65 Out of fuel
(7hr)
DNF Lola T280

(example)

28  J. Henry
(private entrant)
 Jacques Henry
 Fred Stalder
 Bernard-Etienne Grobot
Lola T290 Cosworth FVC 1850cc S4 64 Engine
(8hr)
DNF Chevron B23

(example)

27  Escuderia Montjuïch  José Juncadella
 Jorge de Bagration
Chevron B23 Cosworth FVC 1930cc S4 52 Gearbox
(6hr)
DNF Lola T280 61  D. Rouveyran
(private entrant)
 Daniel Rouveyran
 Christian Mons
 Christian Ethuin
Lola T280/282 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 38 Gearbox
(5hr)
DNF Chevrolet Corvette C3 29  John Greenwood Racing  John Greenwood
 Bob Johnson
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.1L V8 37 Engine
(4hr)
DSQ Ligier JS2

(example)

62  Automobiles Ligier  Guy Ligier
 Jacques Laffite
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 24 Premature oil refill (4hr)
DNF Chevron B23

(example)

2  Dinitrol Total Blancpain
(private entrant)
 Roger Dubois
 Christine Beckers
 Pierre Pagani
Chevron B21/23 Cosworth FVC 1796cc S4 9 Fuel injection
(3hr)
DNF Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV

(example)

54  Ford Motorenwerke
Deutschland
 Gerry Birrell
 Hans Heyer
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 4 Electrics
(3hr)
DNF BMW 3.0 CSL

(example)

58  Wicky Racing Team  Walter Brun
 Cox Kocher
 Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.3L S6 1 Engine
(2hr)
 
DNS Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

57  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Jean Rondeau
 Jürgen Barth
Porsche 908/02K Porsche 3.0L F8 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Still Looking 65  M. Elkoubi
(private entrant)
 Yves Martin
 Ugo Locatelli
 Massimo Martino
ACE PB-2 Cosworth BDA 1898cc S4 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Chevron B23

(example)

66  Promoto Racing Services
(private entrant)
 Brian Robinson
 José Uriarte
 Hervé Leguellec
Chevron B19/21 Cosworth FVC 1850cc S4 0 Did not qualify
DNS Chevrolet Corvette C3

(example)

68  John Greenwood Racing  Don Yenko
 Ron Grable
 Jim Greendyke
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0 Disqualified
DNQ Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

75  Porsche Club Romand  Pierre Greub
 Paul Keller
 Philippe Farjon
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8cc F6 0 Did not qualify
DNQ Porsche 911 Carrera RS

(example)

84  L. Meznarie
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Boucher
 Jacques Guérin
 Didier Jaunet
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.8cc F6 0 Reserve

 


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