37èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1969

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37èmes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1969

Le Mans 1938
Le Mans
Le Mans 1962

Circuit Permanenthe de la Sarthe
Date: June 14th and 15th, 1969


Conditions: Warm, hazy and occasional rain
Starters: 45
Track Length: 13,469 metres
Distance: 4997.880 km
Fastest Lap: Vic Elford, GB, Porsche, 3:27.2 = 234.017 km/h
Pole Position: Rolf Stommelen, D, Porsche, 3:22.9 = 238.976 km/h
Average Speed: 208.545 km/h

The races traditionally begin with what became known as the Le Mans start, in which cars were lined up alongside the pit wall in the order in which they qualified. The starting drivers would stand on the opposite side of the front stretch. When the French flag dropped to signify the start, the drivers would run across the track to their cars, which they would have to enter and start without assistance, before driving away. This became a safety issue in the late 1960s when drivers would ignore their safety harnesses, a recent invention.

This led to drivers running the first few laps either improperly harnessed due to attempting to do it while driving or sometimes not even harnessed at all, leading to several deaths when cars were involved in accidents due to the bunched field at the start. This starting method inspired Porsche to locate the ignition key switch to the left of the steering wheel. This allowed the driver to use his left hand to start the engine, and his right hand to put the transmission into gear. This location of the ignition key switch is still found today on all Porsche 911 based models.

Feeling this type of start was unsafe, the 1969 event saw Le Mans rookie Jacky Ickx oppose the method by walking across the track while his competitors ran. Although nearly hit by a faster competitor's car while walking, Ickx took the time to fasten his safety belts before pulling away. Sadly, the first lap of that race saw privateer racer John Woolfe killed in an accident, while Ickx would go on to win the race.

CLASS WINNERS
Index of Performance Alain Serpaggi / Christian Ethuin Alpine Renault A210
Index of Thermal Efficiency Jacky Ickx / Jackie Oliver Ford GT 40
Sport-Prototypes 2501 - 3000cc Hans Herrmann / Gerard Larrousse Porsche 908
Sport-Prototypes 1601 - 2000cc Christian Poirot / Pierre Maublanc Porsche 910
Sport-Prototypes 1001 - 1150cc Alain Serpaggi / Christian Ethuin Alpine Renault A210
Sportscars Jacky Ickx / Jackie Oliver Ford GT 40
GT Jean-Pierre Gaban / Yves Deprez Porsche 911
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
Team / Entrant
Car - Engine
Driver, Nationality
1
1
6
John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ltd, GB
Ford GT 40
Jacky Ickx, B
Jackie Oliver, GB
4942
V8
-
S
5000
372
-
2
2
64
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 908 LH
Hans Herrmann, D
Gérard Larrousse, F
DNS Peter Falk, D
DNS Vic Elford, GB
DNS Brian Redman, GB
DNS Kurt Ahrens Jr, D
2996
F8
Dunlop
P
3000
372
-
3
3
7
John Wyer Automotive Engineering Ltd, GB
Ford GT 40
David Hobbs, GB
Mike Hailwood, GB
4942
V8
-
S
5000
368
-
4
4
33
Equipe Matra Elf, F
Matra MS650 Spider
Jean-Pierre Beltoise, F
Piers Courage, GB
2993
V12
-
P
3000
368
-
5
5
32
Equipe Matra Elf, F
Matra MS630 Coupé
Jean Guichet, F
Nino Vaccarella, I
2993
V12
-
P
3000
359
-
6
6
68
Deutsche Auto Zeitung, D
Ford GT 40
Helmut Kelleners, D
Reinhold Jöst, D
DNS Jean Mesange, F
4736
V8
-
S
3000
341
-
7
7
35
Equipe Matra Elf, F
Matra MS630/650
Nanni Galli, I
Robin Widdows, GB
2993
V12
-
S
3000
330
-
8
8
17
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 250 LM
Teodoro Zeccoli, I
Sam Posey, USA
DNS Ricardo Rodriguez, USA
3298
V12
-
S
5000
329
-
9
9
39
Christian Poirot, F
Porsche 910
Christian Poirot, F
Pierre Maublanc, F
1991
F6
-
P
2000
312
-
10
10
41
Jean-Pierre Gaban, B
Porsche 911 S
Jean-Pierre Gaban, B
Yves Deprez, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
306

-
11
11
40
Auguste Veuillet, F
Porsche 911 T
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Guy Chasseuil, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
301
-
12
12
50
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A210 - Renault R8 Gordini
Alain Serpaggi, F
Christian Ethuin, F
DNS André de Cortanze, F
DNS Bob Wollek, F
DNS Bernard Tramont, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
1005
L4
-
P
1150
292
-
13
13
44
Claude Laurent, F
Porsche 911 T
Claude Laurent, F
Jacques Marché, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
287
-
14
14
67
Philippe Farjon, F
Porsche 911 S
Philippe Farjon, F
Jacques 'Jacky' Dechaumel, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
286
-
15
DNF
12
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 917 LH
Vic Elford, GB
Richard Attwood, GB
DNS Peter Falk, D
4494
F12
Dunlop
S
5000
327
22h
Gearbox, clutch
16
DNF
22
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 908 LH
Rudi Lins, A
Willi Kauhsen, D
DNS Udo Schütz, D
DNS Karl Freiherr von Wendt, D
DNS Kurt Ahrens Jr, D
DNS Jo Siffert, CH
DNS Brian Redman, GB
2996
V8
Dunlop
P
3000
317
22h
Gearbox
17
DNF
45
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A210 - Renault R8 Gordini TwinCam
Jean-Claude Killy, F
Bob Wollek, F
DNS Alain Serpaggi, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Nicolas, F
1470
L4
-
P
1600
242
20h
Shock absorber
18
DNF
66
Jean Egreteaud, F
Porsche 911 T
Jean Egreteaud, F
Raymond Lopez, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
241
20h
Accident
19
DNF
18
SpA Ferrari SEFAC, I
Ferrari 312P Coupé
Pedro Rodriguez, MEX
David Piper, GB
DNS Chris Amon, NZ
DNS Ernesto Brambilla, I
2997
V12
-
P
3000
223
16h
Gearbox
20
DNF
29
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A220/69- Renault Gordini
Patrick Depailler, F
Jean-Pierre Jabouille, F
DNS Mauro Bianchi, B
2996
V8
-
P
3000
209
18h
Con rod
21
DNF
23
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 908 LH
Udo Schütz, D
Gerhard Mitter, D
DNS Peter Falk, D
DNS Richard Attwood, GB
2996
F8
Dunlop
P
3000
199
14h
Accident
22
DNF
2
Scuderia Filipinetti, CH
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Jo Bonnier, S
Masten Gregory, USA
DNS Herbert Müller, CH
4995
V8
-
S
5000
196
13h
Engine
23
DNF
1
Scuderia Filipinetti, CH
Chevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder, F
Reine Wisell, S
DNS Ronnie Peterson, S
DNS Umberto Maglioli, I
6998
V8
-
GT
+2000
196
16h
Gear selection
24
DNF
63
Marcel Martin, F
Porsche 911 T
René Mazzia, F
Pierre Mauroy, F
DNS Jean Mesange, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
174
12h
Gearbox
25
DNF
31
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A220/68 - Renault Gordini
Jean-Pierre Nicolas, F
Jean-Luc Thérier, F
DNS Henri Grandsire, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Jabouille, F
DNS Patrick Depailler, F
DNS Jean Vinatier, F
DNS André de Cortanze, F

DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
2996
V8
-
P
3000
160
12h
Head gasket
26
DNF
34
Equipe Matra Elf, F
Matra MS630/650 Spider
Johnny Servoz-Gavin, F
Herbert Müller, CH
DNS Henri Pescarolo, F
DNS Jean Guichet, F
2993
V12
-
P
3000
158
12h
Electrics
27
DNF
14
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 917 LH
Rolf Stommelen, D
Kurt Ahrens Jr, D
DNS Peter Falk, D
4494
F12
-
S
5000
148
15h
Oil leak
28
DNF
28
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A220/69 - Renault Gordini
Jean Vinatier, F
André de Cortanze, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
DNS Mauro Bianchi, B
DNS Henri Grandsire, F
2996
V8
-
P
3000
133
12h
Oil pipe
29
DNF
8
Peter Sadler, GB
Ford GT40
Peter Sadler, GB
Paul Vestey, GB
DNS Peter Westbury, GB
DNS Edward Nelson, GB
4728
V8
-
S
5000
106
10h
Electrics
30
DNF
43
J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd., GB
Chevron B8 - BMW
Roger Enever, GB
Peter Brown, GB
1991
L4
-
S
2000
100
8h
Piston
31
DNF
49
Trophée Le Mans Alpine, F
Alpine A210 - Renault R8 Gordini
Jacques Foucteau,F
Patrice Compain, F
DNS Alain LeGuellec, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Foisy, F
1296
L4
-
P
1300
97
10h
Chassis, wishbone
32
DNF
20
Racing Team VDS, B
Alfa Romeo T33B/2
Gustave 'Taf' Gosselin, B
Claude Bourgoignie, B
DNS Teddy Pilette, B
1995
V8
-
P
2000
76
8h
Accident
33
DNF
20
Hart Ski Racing, CH
Porsche 908/02 LH
Jo Siffert, CH
Brian Redman, GB
DNS Peter Falk, D
DNS Willi Kauhsen, D
DNS Dieter Spoerry, CH
2996
F8
-
P
3000
60
6h
Gearbox
34
DNF
30
Société des Automobiles Alpine, F
Alpine A220/69 - Renault Gordini
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Henri Grandsire, F
DNS Mauro Bianchi, B
DNS Jean-Pierre Jabouille, F
DNS André de Cortanze, F
2996
V8
-
P
3000
48
6h
Head gasket, oil leak
35
DNF
9
Alan Mann Racing Ltd, GB
Ford GT40
Frank Gardner, AUS
Malcolm Guthrie, GB
DNS Chris Craft, GB
4942
V8
-
S
5000
42
6h
Drive shaft, overheating
36
DNF
36
Racing Team VDS, B
Alfa Romeo T33B/2 2.5
Teddy Pilette, B
Rob Slotemaker, NL
2497
V8
-
P
3000
36
5h
Oil pressure
39
DNF
42
Wicky Racing Team, CH
Porsche 911 T
André Wicky, CH
Edgar Berney, CH
DNS Pierre Maublanc, F
DNS Jean Clement, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
34
4h
Piston, rocker
38
DNF
62
Mark Konig, GB
Nomad Mk II - BRM P56
Mark Konig, GB
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1998
V8
-
P
2000
28
4h
Gearbox
39
DNF
37
Donald Healey Motor Co, GB
Healey SR - Coventry Climax FWMW
Clive Baker, GB
John Harris, GB (DND)
1998
V8
-
P
2000
14
4h
Radiator
40
DNF
51
Ecurie Fiat-Abarth France, F
Fiat-Abarth 1000 SP
Maurizio Zanetti, I
Ugo Locatelli, I
1001
L4
-
P
1150
9
2h
Distributor
41
DNF
60
Robert Buchet, F
Porsche 910
Baron Jean de Mortemart, F
Jean Mesange, F
DNS Jean Sage, F
DNS Robert Buchet, F
1991
F6
-
P
2000
4
2h
Engine
42
DNF
46
Ecurie Savin-Calberson, F
Alpine A210 - Renault R8G TwinCam
Alain LeGuellec, F
Bernard Tramont, F (DND)
DNS Jean-Pierre Nicolas, F
DNS Jean-Luc Therier, F
DNS Henri Grandsire, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
1470
L4
-
P
1600
1
1h
Head gasket
43
DNF
10
John Woolfe Racing, GB
Porsche 917
John Woolfe, GB*
Herbert Linge, D (DND)
DNS Kurt Ahrens Jr, D
DNS Digby Martland, GB
4494
F12
-
S
5000
0
1h
*Fatal accident
44
DNF
19
SpA Ferrari SEFAC, I
Ferrari 312P Coupé
Chris Amon, NZ
Peter Schetty, CH (DND)
DNS Ernesto 'Tino' Brambilla, I
2997
V12
-
P
3000
0
1h
Accident, Fire
45
DQ
59
Scuderia Filipinetti, CH
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Claude Haldi, CH
Jacques Rey, CH
DNS Ronnie Peterson, S
DNS Alain Finkelstein, F
3285
V12
-
GT
+2000
39
5h
Illegal oil replenishment
46
DNS
15
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 917 LH
Udo Schütz, D
Rudi Lins, A
Herbert Linge, D
Brian Redman, GB
4494
F12
-
S
5000
-
Sparce car
46
DNS
16
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Sam Posey, USA
Bob Grossman, USA
4390
V12
-
S
5000
-
Accident
47
DNS
58
Ecurie ASA - ESCA, F
Ford GT40
Jean-Pierre Hanrioud, F
Dominique Martin, CH
4942
V8
-
S
5000
-
Engine
48
DNS
61
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari Dino 206 S
Ricardo Rodriguez, USA
Francois Migault, F
Robert 'Jimmy' Mieusset, F
1987
V6
-
S
2000
-
Accident
49
DNQ
47
Unipower Cars, GB
Unipower GT - BMC A-series
Piers Forester, GB
Stanley Robinson, GB
DNS Andrew Hedges, GB
1298
L4
-
P
1300
-
-
50
DNQ
48
Brian Sherwood / Piper Cars Ltd, GB
Piper GTR - Ford TwinCam
Tim Lalonde, GB
John Burton, GB
DNS Roger Sparkes, GB
DNS Peter Creasey, GB
1300
L4
-
P
1300
-
-
51
REE
57
Lola Cars Ltd, GB
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Ulf Norinder, S
-
4991
V8
-
GT
+2000
-
-
52
REE
59
Scuderia Filipinetti, CH
Ferrari 312P
Herbert Müller, CH
Jonathan Williams, GB
2997
V12
-
P
3000
-
-
53
REE
64
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 910
-
-
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
54
REE
65
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 910
-
-
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
55
REE
67
Philippe Farjon, F
Porsche 906
Philippe Farjon, F
-
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
56
REE
69
Jacques Bourdon, F
Alpine A110 - Renault R8 Gordini
Jacques Bourdon, F
Maurice Nusbaumer, F
1296
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
57
REE
70
Squadra Bardahl
Alpine A110 - Renault R8 Gordini
-
-
1296
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
58
REE
71
Yves Leroux, F
Alpine A110 - Renault R8 Gordini
Yves Leroux, F
Marcel Grue, F
1296
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
59
DNA
2
Scuderia Filipinetti, CH
Chevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder, F
-
6998
V8
-
GT
+2000
-
-
60
DNA
3
John Woolfe Racing, GB
McLaren M6B (Trojan) – Chevrolet
John Woolfe, GB
Bruce McLaren, NZ
4998
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
61
DNA
4
Lola Cars Ltd, GB
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Paul Hawkins, AUS
Mark Donohue, USA
4991
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
62
DNA
5
Lola Cars Ltd, GB
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Mike Hailwood, GB
John Love, RSR
4991
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
63
DNA
6
Lola Cars Ltd, GB
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Piers Courage, GB
-
4991
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
64
DNA
11
Ecurie Ford France SA, F
Ford GT40
Michel Martin, F
Hervé Bayard, F
4942
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
65
DNA
16
Svenska Volkswagen AB, S
Porsche 908
Björn Waldegård, S
-
3000
F8
-
P
3000
-
-
66
DNA
19
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo T33B
Lucien Bianchi, B
-
2998
V8
-
P
3000
-
Fatal accident in test
67
DNA
20
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo T33B
-
-
2998
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
68
DNA
21
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo T33B
-
-
2998
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
69
DNA
22
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo T33B
-
-
2998
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
70
DNA
24
Escuderia Nacional (Alex Soler-Roig), E
Porsche 908/02
Alex Soler-Roig, E
Gérard Larrousse, F
3000
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
71
DNA
31
Ecurie Savin-Calberson, F
Alpine A220 - Renault Gordini
-
-
2996
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
72
DNA
36
Abarth-Osella, I
Abarth 3000 SP
Toine Hezemans, NL
-
3000
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
73
DNA
39
Brian Sherwood / Piper Cars Ltd, GB
Piper GT - Martin V8
Brian Sherwood, GB
Tim Lalolnde
2000
V8
-
P
2000
-
-
74
DNA
41
Auguste Veuillet, F
Porsche 910
Sylvain Garant, F
-
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
75
DNA
45
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 910
Rolf Stommelen, D
Kurt Ahrens Jr, D
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
76
DNA
46
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 910
Joe Buzzetta, USA
Hans Herrmann, D
1991
F6
-
S
3000
-
-
77
DNA
48
Abarth-Osella, I
Abarth 2000 SP
Johannes Ortner, A
-
1946
-
-
S
2000
-
-
78
DNA
49
Squadra Corse Lancia, I
Lancia Fulvia HF F&M Speziale
Sandro Munari, I
Rauno Aaltonen, SF
1584
V4
-
P
1600
-
-
79
DNA
50
Squadra Corse Lancia, I
Lancia Fulvia HF F&M Speziale
Claudio Maglioli, I
Raffaele Pinto, I
1584
V4
-
P
1600
-
-
80
DNA
69
Ecurie Léopard, F
Alpine A210 - Renault R8 Gordini TwinCam
Jean-Pierre Nicolas, F
Jean-Luc Therier, F
Alain LeGuellec, F
Bernard Tramont, F
1470
L4
-
P
1600
-
-
81
NAC
4
André Wicky Racing Team, CH
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
André Wicky, CH
-
4995
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
82
NAC
5
Robin Ormes, BS
Lola T70 Mk III B - Chevrolet
Michael d'Udy, GB
Frank Gardner, AUS
4995
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
83
NAC
9
Escuderia Montjuich, E
Ford GT40
José Juncadella, E
-
4728
V8
-
S
5000
-
-
84
NAC
19
Brian Sherwood / Piper Cars, GB
Piper GT - Ford
John Bamford, GB
John Burton, GB
-
L4
-
P
3000
-
-
85
NAC
20
David Piper, GB
Porsche 908/02
David Piper, GB
-
3000
F8
-
P
3000
-
-
86
NAC
30
Escuderia Repsol, E
Porsche 908/02
Ben Heiderich, E
-
3000
F8
-
P
3000
-
-
87
NAC
31
Ben Pon, NL
Porsche 908/02
Gijs van Lennep, NL
Toine Hezemans, NL
3000
F8
-
P
3000
-
-
88
NAC
41
Gérard Larrousse, F
Porsche 908/02
Gérard Larrousse, F
Dieter Spoerry, CH
3000
F8
-
P
3000
-
-
89
NAC
47
Scuderia Serenissima, I
Serenissima Mk 168 (McLaren) - ATS
-
-
3000
V8
-
P
3000
-
-
90
NAC
49
José Juncadella, E
Porsche 907
Juan Fernandez, E
-
2200
F6
-
P
3000
-
-
91
NAC
50
BG Racing
Porsche 907
-
-
2200
F6
-
P
3000
-
-
92
NAC
51
BG Racing
Porsche 907 - Porsche 901
-
-
1991
F6
-
P
2000
-
-
93
NAC
55
Marcos Racing, Ltd, GB
Marcos Mantis - Volvo B18
Jem Marsh, GB
John Quick, GB
1778
L4
-
P
2000
-
-
94
NAC
56
Chris J. Lawrence, GB
Deep Sanderson 302 - Martin
John Wingfield, GB
Peter Bolton, GB
2000
V8
-
P
2000
-
-
95
NAC
59
Racing Team A.A.W., SF
Porsche 910 - Porsche 901
-
-
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
96
NAC
62
Rudi Lins, A
Porsche 910 - Porsche 901
Rudi Lins, A
Peter Peter, A
1991
F6
-
P
2000
-
-
97
NAC
63
Edgar Herrmann, KEN
Porsche 911 T
Edgar Herrrmann, KEN
Hans Schuller, D
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
98
NAC
65
Claude Buchet, F
Porsche 911 S
Claude Buchet, F
Henri Guyomard, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
99
NAC
66
Herman Damseaux,
Porsche 911
-
-
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
100
NAC
73
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 911
-
-
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
101
NAC
74
Porsche System Engineering, D
Porsche 911
-
-
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
102
NAC
75
Sportscars Unlimited, CH
Porsche 910 - Porsche 901
Richard Broström, S
Masten Gregory, USA
1991
F6
-
S
2000
-
-
103
NAC
76
Claude Haldi, CH
Porsche 911 T
Edgar 'Ficho' Berney, CH
Claude Haldi, CH
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
104
NAC
78
Patrice Sanson, F
Porsche 911 S
Patrice Sanson, F
Roland Lefevre, F
1991
F6
-
GT
2000
-
-
105
NAC
79
William 'Bill' Bradley, GB
Porsche 907 - Porsche 901
Alan Rollinson, GB
Tony Dean, GB
1991
F6
-
P
2000
-
-
106
NAC
83
Chris Waldron, GB
MG B - BMC B-series
-
-
1798
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
107
NAC
84
Chris Waldron, GB
MG B - BMC B-series
-
-
1798
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
108
NAC
94
Bernard Collomb, F
Alpine A110 - Renault R8 Gordini
Bernard Collomb, F
Francois Lacarrau, F
1296
L4
-
GT
2000
-
-
109
NAC
100
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 275 GTB/2
-
-
3285
V12
-
-
-
-
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