1975 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 43rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 1975. Colloquially called the “Le Mans Economy Run”, stringent refuelling regulations were put in place. Unable to match the requisite 7mpg fuel economy the manufacturer teams from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo withdrew and Matra had retired from the sport at the end of 1974. Therefore, this only left Gulf and Ligier as front-running works-teams.

The race was won by Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell in their Gulf GR-8, finishing just a lap ahead of the Ligier of Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil. It was the first victory for an all-British car since the Aston Martin in 1959, and for running at an ‘economic’ speed, the winner covered just one lap less than the winning car of the previous year.

The ongoing fuel-crisis was having a growing impact on international motor-racing, as critics saw the sport as a profligate waste of petrol. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), ever wanting to follow its original mandate to advance automobile technology, put in radical measures to provide a solution. All cars had to go 20 laps before refuelling with petrol and oil – roughly equivalent to 270 km (170 mi), around 7mpg, for a 25% improvement. As a reference, the Matras had only done 16 laps between their fuel stops in 1974. Fuel tanks were also limited in size.

These, however, put it out of step with the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the FIA’s regulations body) and the FIA therefore removed the Le Mans 24 Hours from the World Championship calendar. This had happened before when the FIA had excluded Le Mans in 1956 because of their stricter safety requirements. It can also be pointed out that Le Mans races prior to 1960 had run to refuelling restrictions. For its part, the CSI had postponed the introduction of its new Group 5 “silhouette” rules until 1976.

The ACO also introduced a new “GTX” (Le Mans Grand Touring Experimental) class for GT cars to use non-homologated equipment. It also opened up its entry list to Group 3 GTs, alongside the Group 5, 4 and 2 cars. Finally, the ACO allowed teams to replace any pieces of equipment during the race, but the defective parts had to be given to the ACO technical team. This year, the ACO also gave a prize to the car which used the smallest amount of fuel. Also the Index of Thermal Efficiency was now opened to all car classes.

Since the race's inception in 1923, the Le Mans circuit had incorporated using public highways. An ambitious plan in the early 1970s had been proposed to build a new Mulsanne Straight parallel to the main road and bypassing the Mulsanne corner. However, by 1975 with the economic recession and reduced interest in motor-racing, no work had been started, and in the end the project was cancelled later in the year.

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 Gulf Mirage GR8 11  Gulf Research Racing  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Gulf-Mirage GR8 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 337
2 Ligier JS2 5  Automobiles Ligier Gitanes  Jean-Louis Lafosse
 Guy Chasseuil
Ligier JS2 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 336
3 Gulf Mirage GR8 10  Gulf Research Racing  Vern Schuppan
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Gulf-Mirage GR8 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 331
4 Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

15  Joest Racing  Reinhold Joest
 Mario Casoni
 Jürgen Barth
Porsche 908/03 Porsche 3.0L F8 326
5 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

58  Gelo Racing Team  Gijs van Lennep
 John Fitzpatrick
 Manfred Schurti
 Toine Hezemans
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 316
6 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.7 HD 69  "Beurlys"
(private entrant)
 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
 Nick Faure
 John Cooper
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 312
7 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

53  ASA Cachia-Bondy  Henri Cachia
 Jacques Borras
 Pascal Moisson
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 310

 
8 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

55  Écurie Robert Buchet  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Jacques Bienvenue
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 305
9 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

65  Porsche Kremer Racing Team  Juan Carlos Bolaños
 Andres Contreras
 Billy Sprowls
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 305
10 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

84  G. Maurer
(private entrant)
 Gerhard Maurer
 Christian Baez
 Eugen Strähl
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 296
11 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

67  A.-C. Verney
(private entrant)
 Anne-Charlotte Verney
 Yvette Fontaine
 Corinne Tarnaud
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 295
12 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 47  Ecurie Francorchamps  Jean-Claude Andruet
 Teddy Pilette
 Baron Hughes de Fierlandt
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 294
13 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 48  M. Mignot
(private entrant)
 Marcel Mignot
 Philippe Gurdjian
 Harry Jones
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 294
14 Still Looking 4  A. de Cadenet
(private entrant)
 Alain de Cadenet
 Chris Craft
Lola T380 LM Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 292
15 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

20  Porsche Club Romand  Claude Haldi
 Bernard Béguin
 Peter Zbinden
Porsche 911 Carrera
RSR Turbo
Porsche 2.2L F6 Turbo 291
16 De Tomaso Pantera GT4

(example)

43  Team Claude Dubois
(private entrant)
 Ecuador Marlboro Team
 Pierre Rubens
 Paolo Bozzetto
De Tomaso Pantera Ford 5.8L V8 291
17 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

77  P. Dagoreau
(private entrant)
 Philippe Dagoreau
 Thierry Sabine
 Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 285
18 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

80  X Racing  Raymond Touroul
 Philippe Hesnault
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 284
19 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

63  Porsche Club Romand  Jean-Claude Bering
 Klaus Utz
 Horst Godel
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 284
20 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

87  X Racing  Philippe Demagne
 René Boubet
Porsche 911 Carrera S Porsche 2.7L F6 282
21 Moynet LM75 35  Société Esso
(private entrant)
 Michèle Mouton
 Marianne Hoepfner
 Christine Dacremont
Moynet LM75 Simca-JRD 1994cc S4 270
22 Still Looking 30  J.-M. Lemerle
(private entrant)
 Jean-Marie Lemerle
 Patrick Daire
 Alain Levié
Lola T292 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 266
23 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

61  Écurie Armagnac Bogorre
(private entrant)
 Christian Bussi
 Patrick Metral
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 266
24 Still Looking 28  Société Racing Organisation
Course
 François Sérvanin
 Jacques Henry
 Albert Dufrène
Lola T294 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 258
25 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

71  J. Laplacette
(private entrant)
 Joël Laplacette
 Alain Leroux
 Claude Pigeon
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 258
26 Datsun 240Z

(example)

72  A. Haller
(private entrant)
 André Haller
 Hans Schuller
 Benoit Maechler
Datsun 240Z Datsun 2.4L S6 254
27 BMW 2002 Ti

(example)

91  Heidegger Racing Team  Daniel Brillat
 Giancarlo Gagliardi
 Michel Degoumois
BMW 2002Ti BMW 1990cc S4 252
N/C* Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

50  L. Meznarie
(private entrant)
 Hübert Striebig
 Hugues Kirschoffer
 Pierre Mauroy
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 243
N/C* Still Looking 38  Rays Racing  Nigel Clarkson
 Derek Worthington
Lola T292/294 Cosworth BDA 1950cc S4 241
N/C* Still Looking 23  Madison Racing Team  Richard Knight
 Mike Knight
 “Cyprien” (Christian Mons]
March 75S Cosworth BDG 1975cc S4 218
DSQ Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

78  Écurie Buchet
 C. Grandet (private entrant)
 Cyril Grandet
 Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 294
DNF Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

3  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Gérard Cuynet
 Guillermo Ortega
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L F8 249
DNF Still Looking 27  Société Racing Organisation
Course
 Xavier Lapeyre
 Christian Ethuin
 Laurent Ferrier
Lola T294 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 223
DNF Still Looking 29  Société Racing Organisation
Course
 Pierre-Marie Painvin
 Franz Hummel
Lola T292 Simca-ROC 1994cc S4 206
DNF Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

1  Wicky Racing Team  Max Cohen-Olivar
 Philippe Coran
 Joël Brachet
Porsche 908/02K Porsche 3.0L F8 161
DNF Ligier JS2 6  Automobiles Ligier Gitanes  Henri Pescarolo
 François Migault
Ligier JS2 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 146
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

59  Gelo Racing Team  Tim Schenken
 Howden Ganley
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 106
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

52  Écurie du Nord  William Vollery
 Roger Dorchy
 Eric Chapuis
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 93
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

68  G. Verrier
(private entrant)
 Guy Verrier
 Florian Vetsch
 Jean-Robert Corthay
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 91
DNF Still Looking 98  Auto Mazda Claude Buchet  Claude Buchet
 Jean Rondeau
Mazda RX-3 Coupé Mazda 12A 2-Rotor
(2.3L equiv.)
78
DNF BMW 3.0 CSL

(example)

93  H. Poulain
(private entrant)
 Hervé Poulain
 Sam Posey
 Jean Guichet
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.5L S6 73
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

96  J. Bonnemaison
(private entrant)
 Lucien Nageotte
 Gérard Picard
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 48
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

16  Joest Racing
 Tebernum Racing
 Clemens Schickentanz
 Hartwig Bertrams
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 42
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

60  Gelo Racing Team  Toine Hezemans
 Manfred Schurti
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 41
DNF Still Looking 18  Sigma Automotive  Hiroshi Fushida
 Harukuni Takahashi
Sigma MC75 Toyota 1636cc S4 Turbo 37
DNF Ligier JS2 97  Automobiles Ligier Gitanes  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
 Jean-Pierre Jarier
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 36
DNF Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV

(example)

95  Shark Team  Jean-Claude Guérie
 Dominique Fornage
Ford Capri LV Ford 3.0L V6 27
DNF De Tomaso Pantera GT4

(example)

7  Beurlys International
Auto (private entrant)
 Pietro Polese
 "Willer" (Germano Premol)
De Tomaso Pantera Ford 5.8L V8 22
DNF Renault Alpine A441

(example)

26  Equipe Elf Switzerland  Marie-Claude Beaumont
 Lella Lombardi
Renault-Alpine A441C Renault 1997cc V6 20
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

57  Ganto Racing  John Rulon-Miller
 Tom Waugh
 Serge Godard
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 16
DNF Still Looking 12  Racing Team Schulthess
(private entrant)
 Heinz Schulthess
 Hervé Bayard
 André Savary
Lola T284 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 16
DNF Still Looking 40  P. Mettetal
(private entrant)
 Jean Ragnotti
 Michel Lateste
Tecma 755 Ford-Hart 1790cc S4 11
DNF Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

83  J.-Y. Gadal
(private entrant)
 Jean-Yves Gadal
 "Ségolen" (André Gahinet)
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 2.7L F6 6
DNF BMW 3.0 CSL

(example)

90  J.-C. Aubriet
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Aubriet
 "Dépnic" (Jean-Claude Depince)
BMW 3.0 CSL BMW 3.5L S6 1
DNF Chevrolet Corvette C3 42  H. Greder
(private entrant)
 Henri Greder
 Alain Cudini
Chevrolet Corvette C3 Chevrolet 7.0L V8 0
DNS Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

45  North American Racing Team  Ronnie Bucknum
 Carlo Facetti
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 0
DNS Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

46  North American Racing Team  Jean-Pierre Malcher
 Patrick Langlois
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Michelotti Spider Ferrari 4.4L V12 0
DNS Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

62  Escuderia Montjuïch  Juan Fernández
 Francisco Perez
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L F6 0
DNS Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

(example)

99  North American Racing Team  Lucien Guitteny
 Jacky Haran
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxe Ferrari 4.4L V12 0
DNQ Mini Racing; Porsche 908 Spyder; 1969 24H Le Mans DNF; Siffert & Redman; RN20

(example)

2  Ecuador Marlboro Team
(private entrant)
 Guillermo Ortega
 Lothar Ranft
Porsche 908/02 Porsche 3.0L F8 0
DNQ Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

9  Ecuador Marlboro Team
(private entrant)
 Fausto Merello
 Francisco Madera
 Louis Larrea
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0L F6 0
DNQ Ferrari 308 GT4

(example)

17  North American Racing Team  Richard Bond
 Giancarlo Gagliardi
 Harley Cluxton
Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 LM Ferrari 2.9L V8 0
DNQ Still Looking 33  J.-L. Gama
(private entrant)
 Jean-Louis Gama
 Franc Leclercq
 “Deneulin”
GLD 910/6 Porsche 1991cc F6 0
DNQ Lamborghini Islero

(example)

34  P. Rilly
(private entrant)
 Paul Rilly
 Roger Le Veve
Lamborghini Islero Lamborghini 3.9L V12 0
DNQ Still Looking 39  M. Lateste
(private entrant)
 Michel Lateste
 Gilbert Sedergo
Sederap Cosworth BDG 1844cc S4 0
DNQ Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

54  A. Pallavicini
(private entrant)
 Angelo Pallavicini
 Marco Vanoli
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0 F6 0
DNQ Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

70  Les Maisons de Week-End
(private entrant)
 Jean-Louis Ravenel
 Jacky Ravenel
 Dany Wauters
Porsche 911 Carrera RS Porsche 3.0 F6 0
DNQ Porsche 911 RSR Turbo

(example)

73  T. Perrier
(private entrant)
 Thierry Perrier
 Jean Belliard
Porsche 911S Porsche 2.3L F6 0
DNQ De Tomaso Pantera GT4

(example)

75  Wicky Racing Team  André Wicky
 José Thibault
 Elio Cogo
 Philippe Carron
De Tomaso Pantera Ford 5.8L V8 0
DNQ Plymouth Barracuda

(example)

89  M. Guicherd
(private entrant)
 Michel Guicherd
 Jean-Claude Géral
 Christian Avril
Chrysler Hemicuda Chrysler Hemi 7.0L V8 0
DNQ Ford Capri MkI 2600 RV

(example)

94  Shark Team  Christian Gouttepifre
 Jean-Pierre Bodin
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 0

 


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