16èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1939

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16èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1939

Le Mans 1938
Le Mans
Le Mans 1962

Circuit Permanenthe de la Sarthe
Date: June 17th and 18th, 1939


Conditions: Mild, Sunny
Starters: 42
Track Length: 13,492 metres
Distance: 3354.760 km
Fastest Lap: Robert Mazaud, Delahaye, 5:12.1 = 155.627 km/h on lap 25
Average Speed: 139.781

Originally, there were no rules on the number of drivers in a car or how long they can drive. Although almost all teams used two drivers in the early decades, some Le Mans drivers like Pierre Levegh attempted to run the race themselves, hoping to save time by not having to change drivers, although this was later banned. Up until the 1980s there were teams where only two drivers competed, but by the end of the decade it was placed into the rules that at least three drivers were necessary.

By the 1990s, due to the speeds of the cars and the strain it put on drivers, further rules were put in place in order to aid in driver safety. Drivers could not drive more than four hours consecutively, and no one driver could run for more than fourteen hours total. This has reduced driver fatigue during the races.

CLASS WINNERS
14th Biennial Cup
(Rudge-Whitworth Cup)
A. Gordini / J. Scaron Simca Huit
Index of Performance
2nd Annual Cup
A. Gordini / J. Scaron Simca Huit
3001 - 5000 cc J. P. Wimille / P. Veyron Bugatti 57 C
2001 - 3000 cc L. Gérard / G. Monneret Delage 3 L
1501 - 2000 cc von Schaumberg-Lippe / F Wencher BMW 328
1101 - 1500 cc P. Clark / M. Chambers HRG
751 - 1100 cc A. Gordini / J. Scaron Simca Huit
501 - 750 cc Ad. Alin / Al. Alin Simca Cinq
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
Team / Entrant
Car - Engine
Driver, Nationality
1
1
1
Jean-Pierre Wimille, F
Bugatti T57 C 'Tank'
Jean-Pierre Wimille, F
Pierre Veyron, F
3251
sc
L8
8.0
3354.760
-
2
2
21
Ecurie Walter Watney
Delage D6-3 L
Louis Gérard, F
Georges Monneret, F
2991
L6
3.0
3312.222
-
3
3
5
Lagonda Ltd, GB
Lagonda V12
Austin (Arthur ?) Dobson, GB
Charles Brackenbury, GB
4479
V12
5.0
3229.451
-
4
4
6
Lord Selsdon, GB
Lagonda V12
Lord Selsdon, GB
Lord William Waleran, GB
4479
V12
5.0
3219.481
-
5
5
26
BMW, D
BMW 328 Touring Coupé "Stromlinien-Innenlenker"
Prince Max 'Sause' zu Schaumburg-Lippe, A
Fritz Hans Wenscher, D
1976
L6
2.0
3188.450
-
6
6
12
Louis Villeneuve, F
Delahaye 135 CS
Louis Villeneuve, F
René Biolay, F
3590
L6
5.0
3180.287
-
7
7
27
BMW, D
BMW 328
Ralph Röese, D
Paul Heinemann, D
1976
L6
2.0
3106.969
-
8
8
20
Count Heyden, GB
Delahaye 135 CS
R.R.C. 'Rob' Walker, GB
Ian Connell, GB
3557
L6
5.0
3025.799
-
9
9
28
BMW, D
BMW 328
Willi Briem, D
Rudolf Scholz, D
1976
L6
2.0
2975.903
-
10
10
39
Gordini, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Amedée Gordini, F
José Scaron, B/F
1087
L4
1.1
2885.906
-
11
11
14
Joseph Chotard, F
Delahaye 135 SC
Joseph Chotard, F
"Jacques Seylair" (Lucien Langlois), F
3575
L6
5.0
2733.409
-
12
12
29
Commander R.P. Hitchens, GB
Aston Martin Speed Model
Commander Robert P. Hitchens, GB
Mortimer Morris-Goodall, GB
1969
L4
2.0
2688.148
-
13
13
41
Gordini, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Guy Lapchin, F
Charles Plantivaux, F
1087
L4
1.1
2640.811
-
14
14
32
Ecurie Lapin Blanc, GB
HRG (- Singer ?)
P.C.T. 'Peter' Clark, GB
Marcus Chambers, GB
1496
L4
1.5
2599.700
-
15
15
37
Mrs Marjorie Fawcett, GB
Morgan 4+4 - Standard Ten
Geoffrey White, GB
C.M. (Cuthbert Marc) Anthony, GB
1104
L4
1.1
2493.292
-
16
16
34
Just Emile Vernet, F
Riley TT Sprite Pourtout
Just-Emile Vernet, F
Carl de Bodard, F
1496
L4
1.5
2434.625
-
17
17
38
Victor Camerano, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Victor Camerano, F
Henri Louveau, F
1090
L4
1.1
2212.264
-
18
18
45
Arthur W. Jones, GB
Singer Le Mans Replica
Arthur W. Jones, GB
Gordon Wilkins, GB
972
L4
1.1
2090.423
-
19
19
48
Gordini, F
Simca Cinq - Fiat
Adrien Alin, F
Albert Alin, F
566
L4
750
1999.472
-
20
20
49
Gordini, F
Simca Cinq - Fiat
Maurice Aimé, F
Albert Leduc, F
570
L4
750
1987.249
-
21
DNF
25
Raymond Sommer, F
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS
Raymond Sommer, F
"B. Bira" (Prince Birabongse Banutej Bhanuband), SIAM
2443
L6
3.0
173
2334.116
Engine
22
DNF
18
Ecurie Francia, F
Delahaye 135 CS
Marcel Contet, F
Robert Brunet, F
3575
L6
5.0
171
2307.132
Suspension
23
DNF
31
Victor Polledry, F
Aston Martin 1½
Victor Polledry, F
R Robert, F
1497
L4
1.5
155
2091.260
-
24
DNF
3
Luigi Chinetti, I
Talbot T26
Luigi Chinetti, I
T.A.S.O. 'Donald' Mathieson, GB
4483
L6
5.0
154
2077.768
Accident
25
DNF
22
Ecurie Walter Watney, GB
Delage D6-3L
Armand Hug, CH
Roger Loyer, F
2968
L6
3.0
152
2064.276
Accident
26
DNF
15
Robert Mazaud, F
Delahaye 135 CS
Robert Mazaud, F
Marcel Mongin, F
3565
L6
5.0
115
1551.580
Fire
27
DNF
44
Archie Scott, GB
Singer Nine Le Mans Replica
Archie (Jack?) Scott, GB
Tommy Wisdom, GB
980
L4
1.1
105
1416.660
Dirty fuel
28
DNF
9
Luigi Chinetti, I
Talbot Lago SS
René Le Begue, F
"Pierre Levegh" (Pierre Boullin) , F
3996
L6
5.0
102
1376.184
Ignition
29
DNF
19
Ecurie Francia, F
Delahaye 135 CS
Eugene Chaboud, F
Yves Giraud-Cabantous, F
3568
L6
5.0
99
1335.708
-
30
DNF
8
T.A.S.O. Mathieson, GB
Talbot 150SS Figoni
Philippe de Massa, F
Norbert Jean Mahé, F
3998
L6
5.0
88
1187.296
Valve spring
31
DNF
7
Luigi Chinetti, I
Talbot T26
André Morel, F
Jim Bradley, GB
DNS Cholsol
4468
L6
5.0
88
1187.296
-
32
DNF
10
Jean Trémoulet, F
Talbot Lago SS
Jean Trémoulet, F
Raoul Forestier, F
3997
L6
5.0
68
876.980
-
33
DNF
36
Michael Collier, GB
MG Midget PA
Mike Collier, GB
Lewis Welch, GB
847
L4
1.1
63
849.996
-
34
DNF
16
Ecurie Francia, F
Delahaye 135 CS
Joseph Paul, F
Jean Trévoux, F
3604
L6
5.0
62
849.996
-
35
DNF
11
André Bellecroix, F
Delahaye 135CS
André Belleroix, F
Gaston Serraud, F
3604
L6
5.0
50
674.600
Accident
36
DNF
43
Just Emile Vernet, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Robert Cayeux, F
Gaston Tramer, F
1090
L4
1.1
50
674.600
-
37
DNF
4
Luigi Chinetti, I
Talbot T26
"Heldé", (Pierre Louis-Dreyfus), F
"Nime", (Antoine 'Tony' Schumann, F
DNS Shrubsall, GB
DNS Anthony Heal, GB
4483
L6
5.0
45
607.140
-
38
DNF
47
Claude Bonneau, F
MG Midget PB
Claude Bonneau, F
Max Mathieu, F
954
L4
1.1
40
539.680
Carburettor
39
DNF
40
Gordini, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Jean Breillet, F
Albert Debille, F
1087
L4
1.1
29
391.268
Accident
40
DNF
42
Mme Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier, F
Simca Huit - Fiat
Mme Anne-Cecile Rose-Itier, F
Mme Suzanne Largeot, F
1087
L4
1.1
26
350.792
Accident
41
DNF
30
Adler, D
Adler Trumpf
Otto Löhr, D
Paul von Guilleaume, D
1498
L4
1.5
6
80.952
Piston
42
DNF
46
Jacques Savoye, F
Singer NineLe Mans Replica Savoye Special
Jacques Savoye, F
Pierre Savoye, F
967
L4
1.1
4
53.968
-
43
DNS
-
Adler, D
Adler Trumpf
Baron Huschke von Hanstein, D
Karkmann, D
-
-
-
-
-
44
DNA
-
Lucy O'Reilly Schell, F
Delahaye 145
-
-
-
-
-
-
45
DNA
-

Atalanta
-
-
-
-
-
-
46
DNA
-

Bentley
-
-
-
-
-
-
47
DNA
-
Robert Arbuthnot, GB
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A
Robert Arbuthnot, GB
-
-
-
-
-
-
48
DNA
-
- Charles Dodson, GB
Sammy Davis, GB
-
-
-
-
-
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