42émes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1974

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42émes Grand Prix d'Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans 1974

Le Mans 1938
Le Mans
Le Mans 1962

Circuit Permanenthe de la Sarthe
Date: June 15th and 16th, 1974


Conditions: Warm and Sunny
Starters: 49
Track Length: 13,640 metres
Distance: 4606.571 km
Fastest Lap: Jean-Pierre Jarier, Matra, 3:42.7 = 220.494 km/h
Pole Position: Henri Pescarolo, Matra, 3:35.18 = 227.554 km/h
Average Speed: 191.940 km/h
THE CLAIM on the advertising posters that the Le Mans 24-Hour race was "la plus grande course du Monde" seemed rather extravagant when the final entry list was published, showing that the Alfa Romeo team had with-drawn from the race and that the lead would probably be disputed by four Matra-Simcas and rwo Gulfs, with two turbocharged Porsche 911 Carreras and two Ligier-Maseratis following up, hoping for good placings as the faster prototypes retired. Yet it turned out to be an interesting race with moments of excitement, and by midnight only one Matra, that of Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse, was running strongly; on Sunday morning that car spent an hour in the pits having its gearbox rebuilt, and the turbocharged Porsche driven by Herbert Muller and Gijs van Lennep was only one lap behind when the Matra went on its way.

There were jubilant scenes at the finish, for the Matra-Simca team had won the race for the third consecutive time, and Henri Pescaarolo achieved his personal hat-trick of victories. It had seemed a foregone conclusion that Matra would win, yet within four hours of the start the team was virtually halved as Jarier collided with another car in the pits lane, and Jabouille's car was overheating badly. Jarier and Beltoise were catching up quickly when their engine broke a few minutes before middnight, and almost simultaneously Jaussaud's car came to the pits silently with another broken engine.

The Gulf team had anticipated transsmission trouble and fitted ZF gearboxes instead of Hewland equipment, but it was the constant velocity jointed driveshafts which let the team down. The Schuppan/Wisell car retired on Saturday evening with a broken cv joint, and in the latter half of the race Bell and Hailwood were making long pit stops to have the cv joints on their car greased liberally. They finished fourth, unable to challenge even Jabouille's overheating Matra. The Martini/works team had a setback when Koinigg's car blew up its turbocharged engine dramatically on the Mulsanne Straight during the night, but Muller/van Lennep had a virtually trouble-free run until they lost the use of fifth gear on Sunday morning.

The Grand Touring class, and fifth place overall, went to the Ferrari Daytona of Claude Grandet and "Depnic" after the majority of the 14 Porsche Carreras sustained transsmission failures of one sort or another, but interest was maintained all the way to the finish as the NART Ferrari Daytona of Dave Heinz/Alain Cudini passed the Cheneviere/ Zbinden Porsche Carrera into sixth place in the closing minutes. Hopes of a good British finish ran high at the 13-hour mark when Alain de Cadenet's amateur team lay in third place (the de Cadenet-Ford DFV being driven by Chris Craft and John Nicholson), ahead of the Gulf GR7, but a suspension failure dropped the de Cadenet back and another suspension breakage caused Nicholson to spin and bounce off the armeo in front of the pits.
CLASS WINNERS
Index of Thermal Efficiency Cyril Grandet / Dominique 'Bardini' Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Sport 2001 - 3000cc Henri Pescarolo / Gerard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670 C
Sport - 2000cc Y. Fontaine / C. Beckers / M. Laurent Chevron B23 - Cosworth FVC
GTS, unlimited Henri Greder / Marie-Claude Beaumont Chevrolet Corvette
GTS - 5000cc Cyril Grandet / Dominique Bardini Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Touring Special Jean-Claude Aubriet / 'Depnic' BMW CSL
Please Note: You can sort this listing by simply clicking on the column heading
Team / Entrant
Car - Engine
Driver, Nationality
1
1
7
Equipe Gitanes, F
Matra-Simca MS670C - Matra MS73
Henri Pescarolo, F
Gérard Larrousse, F
2993
V12
Goodyear
S
3000
338
-
2
2
22
Martini Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo - Porsche 911/78
Gijs van Lennep, NL
Herbert Müller, CH
DNS Manfred Schurti, FL
2142
tc
F6
Dunlop
S
3000
332
-
3
3
9
Equipe Gitanse, F
Matra-Simca MS670C - Matra MS73
Jean-Pierre Jabouille, F
Francois Migault, F
2993
V12
Goodyear
S
3000
322
-
4
4
11
Gulf Research Racing Co, GB
Gulf GR7 (Mirage) - Ford Cosworth DFV
Derek Bell, GB
Mike Hailwood, GB
DNS Vern Schuppan, AUS
2993
V8
Firestone
S
3000
318
-
5
5
71
Raymond Touroul, F
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Cyril Grandet, F
Dominique Bardini, F
DNS Raymond Touroul, F
DNS Daniel Segard, F
4390
V12
-
GT
5000
314
-
6
6
54
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Dave Heinz, USA
Alain Cudini, F
DNS Teodoro Zeccoli, I
DNS Alain Couderc, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Paoli, F
DNS Henri Guyomard, F
4390
V12
Goodyear
GT
5000
313
-
7
7
66
Porsche Club Romand, CH
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Bernard Cheneviére, CH
Peter Zbinden, CH
Michel Duobis, CH
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
313
-
8
8
15
Automobiles Ligier, F
Ligier JS 2 - Maserati
Jacques Laffite, F
Alain Serpaggi, F
DNS Guy Ligier, F
2991
V6
Michelin
S
3000
311
-
9
9
1
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 312P "CanAm 1969"
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Teodoro Zeccoli, I
DNS Jean-Francois Jaunet, F
DNS Dave Heinz, USA
DNS Henri Guyomard, F
DNS Giancarlo Gagliardi, I
2998
V12
Goodyear
S
3000
299
-
10
10
70
A.S.A. Cachia - Bondy, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Raymond Touroul, F
Henri Cachia, F
Denis Rua, F
DNS Jacques Borras, F
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
289
-
11
11
56
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Christian Ethuin, F
Lucien Guitteny, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
4390
V12
Goodyear
GT
5000
286
-
12
12
69
Claude Haldi, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Lucien Nageotte, F
Jean-Pierre Laffeach, F
Jean-Francois Jaunet, F
DNS Dominique Thiry, F
DNS Marc Houllier, F
DNS Claude Haldi, F
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
277
-
13
13
59
Pierre Mauroy, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Anny-Charlotte Verney, F
Pierre Mauroy, F
Martine Rénier, F
DNS Björn Waldegård, S
DNS Gérard Cuynet, S
DNS Jean-Louis Gama, F
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
277
-
14
14
63
Jean-Claude Lagniez, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Jean-Claude Lagniez, F
Gérard Meo, F
DNS Jean Egreteaud, F
DNS Guy Chasseuil, F
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
275
-
15
15
86
Jean-Claude Aubriet, F
BMW 3.0 CSL 3.5
Jean-Claude Aubriet, F
"Depnic" (Jean-Claude Depince), F
3498
L6
-
GT
5000
270
-
16
16
57
Marcel Mignot, F
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Marcel Mignot, F
Harry Jones, USA
DNF René Mazzia, F
4390
V12
-
GT
5000
267
-
17
17
30
"Christine" - Ecurie Seiko, B
Chevron B23 - Ford Cosworth FVC
Christine Beckers, B
Yvette Fontaine, F
Marie Laurent, F
DNS Claude Michy, F
1790
L4
Firestone
S
2000
266
-
18
18
51
Henri Greder, F
Chevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder, F
"Marie-Claude Beaumont" (Marie-Claude Charmasson), F
DNS Alain Cudini, F
6998
V8
Michelin
GT
+5000
254
-
19
19
65
Christine Poirot, F
Porsche 908/2
Christian Poirot, F
Jean Rondeau, F
DNS Elio Cogo, F
2997
F8
-
S
3000
252
-
20
20
73
Paul Blancpain - Toad Hall, CH/USA
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Michel Keyser, USA
Milt Minter, USA
Paul Blancpain, CH
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
247
-
21
NC
25
Mazda Automotive, J
Sigma MC74 - Mazda 12A
Yasuhiro Okamoto, J
Harakuni Takahashi, J
Yojiro Terada, J
DNS Hiroshi Fushida, J
2992
2R
Dunlop
S
3000
156
-
22
DNF
72
Polifac Gelo Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Franz Pesch, D
Jürgen Barth, D
DNS Georg Loos, D
DNS Jürgen Neuhaus, D
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
232
23h
Engine
23
DNF
62
Ecurie Francorchamps, B
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Baron Hughes de Fierlandt, B
Richard Bond, GB
DNS "Jean Beurlys" (Jean Blaton), B
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
227
19h
Clutch
24
DNF
67
Porsche Club Romand, CH
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
William Vollery, CH
Eric Chapuis, CH
Roger Dorchy, F
DNS André Savary, CH
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
225
19h
Engine
25
DNF
90
Shark Team, F
Ford Capri LV (RS ?)
Jean-Claude Guérie, F
Serge Gordard, GB
Dominique Fornage, F
DNS Cyril Grandet, F
2990
V6
-
TS
186
16h
Clutch
26
DNF
10
Alain de Cadenet, GB
De Cadenet LM (Lola) - Ford Cosworth DFV
Chris Craft, GB
John Nicholson, NZ
DNS Alain de Cadenet, GB
2993
V8
Firestone
S
3000
168
15h
Accident
27
DNF
87
BMW Jolly Club, I
BMW 3.0 CSL
Manfred Mohr, D
Martino Finotto, I
Carlo Facetti, I
3498
L6
-
TS
155
14h
Head gasket
28
DNF
43
Racing Organisation Course, F
Lola T292 - ROC Chrysler-Simca
Robert 'Jimmy' Mieusset, F
Fred Stalder, F
Francois Servanin, F
DNS Hervé Bayard, F
1996
L4
Firestone
S
2000
145
15h
Fuel injection
29
DNF
44
Gérard Cuynet, F
Porsche 910
Gérard Cuynet, F
Yves Evrard, F
Jean-Louis Gama, F
1998
F6
Goodyear
S
2000
143
17h
Out of fuel
30
DNF
64
Polifac Gelo Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Georg Loos, D
Clemens Schickentanz, D
DNS Jürgen Barth, D
DNS John Fitzpatrick, GB
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
134
14h
Ignition
31
DNF
17
Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team, EC
Porsche 908/02
Fausto Merello, EC
Guillermo Ortega, EC
Lothar Ranft, EC
DNS Pascal Michelet (EC)
2994
F8
Goodyear
S
3000
122
11h
Accident
32
DNF
8
Equipe Gitanes, F
Matra-Simca MS670B - Matra MS73
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, F
Bob Wollek, F
José Dolhem, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Beltoise, F
DNS Jean-Pierre Jarier, F
2993
V12
Goodyear
S
3000
120
9h
Engine
33
DNF
61
Robert Buchet, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Vic Elford, GB
DNS Bob Wollek, F
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
117
11h
Oil leak, drive shaft
34
DNF
6
Equipe Gitanes, F
Matra-Simca MS680 - Matra MS73
Jean-Pierre Beltoise, F
Jean-Pierre Jarier, F
2993
V12
Goodyear
S
3000
104
9h
Engine
35
DNF
21
Martini Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo - Porsche 911/78
Helmut Koinigg, A
Manfred Schurti, FL
DNS Herbert Müller, CH
2142
tc
F6
Dunlop
S
3000
87
8h
Engine
36
DNF
14
Automobiles Ligier, F
Ligier JS 2 - Maserati
Guy Chasseuil, F
Michel Leclére, F
DNS Guy Ligier, F
2991
V6
Michelin
S
3000
82
9h
Valves
37
DNF
68
Samson Kremer Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Hans Heyer, D
Paul Keller, CH
Erwin Kremer, D (DND)
DNS Claude Ballot-Léna, F
DNS Clemens Schickentanz, D
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
65
6h
Engine
38
DNF
46
Rebaque Rojas Racing Team, MEX
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR - Porsche 2v SOHC
Guillermo 'Memo' Rojas, MEX
Hector Rebaque, MEX
DNS Fred van Beuren Jr, MEX
2992
F6
Goodyear
GT
5000
60
7h
Ignition
39
DNF
12
Gulf Research Racing Co, GB
Gulf GR7 (Mirage) - Ford Cosworth DFV
Reine Wisell, S
Vern Schuppan, AUS
DNS Derek Bell, GB
DNS Mike Hailwood, GB
2993
V8
Firestone
S
3000
49
5h
Engine
40
DNF
23
Mamers-Grac-Gotti-Meca, F
GRAC MT20 - Chrysler Simca JRD
Max Mamers, F
Xavier Lepeyre, F
DNS Pierre-Marie Painvin, F
1994
L4
Goodyear
S
2000
45
5h
Clutch, drive shaft
41
DNF
58
Escuderia Montjuich, E
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Claude Haldi, CH
José-Marie Fernandez, E
Jean-Marc Seguin, F
DNS Niki Bosch, E
2994
F6
Dunlop
GT
5000
43
5h
Valves
42
DNF
19
Wicky Racing Team, CH
Porsche 908/02
André Wicky, CH (DND)
Jacques Boucard, F
"Nouvestille" (Louis Cosson), F
DNS Max Cohen Olivar, MOR
DNS Philippe Carron, CH
DNS Peter Mattli, CH
DNS Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann, CH
2996
F8
Firestone
S
3000
41
6h
Gearbox
43
DNF
28
Michel Dupont Scato, CH
Lola T284 - Ford Cosworth DFV/Mader
Heinz Schulthess, CH
Michel Lateste, F
DNS Gérard Cayeux, F
DNS Michel Dupont, CH
2993
V8
Firestone
S
3000
32
4h
Engine
44
DNF
18
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari Dino 308 GT/4
Giancarlo Gagliardi, I
Jean-Louis Lafosse, F
DNS Jean-Claude Andruet, F
DNS Henri Guyomard, F
2926
V8
Goodyear
S
3000
30
4h
Clutch, wheel
45
DNF
60
Louis Meznarie, F
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR
Hubert Striebig, F
Helmut Kirschoffer, D (DND)
Jean-Louis Chateau, F (DND)
2994
F6
-
GT
5000
23
4h
Accident
46
DNF
52
Wicky Racing Team, CH
De Tomaso Pantera - Ford
Max Cohen-Olivar, MOR
Philippe Carron, CH (DND)
DNS André Wicky, CH
DNS Mario Casoni, I
5772
V8
Firestone
GT
+5000
16
4h
Timing gear
47
DNF
31
Ecurie Tibidabo, E
Porsche 908/03
Francesco Torredemer, E
Juan Fernandez, E (DND)
Bernard Tramont, F (DND)
DNS Eugenio Baturone, E
2994
F8
Goodyear
S
3000
12
3h
Gearbox
48
DNF
55
North American Racing Team, USA
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Jean-Pierre Paoli, F
Alain Couderc, F (DND)
DNS Teodoro Zeccoli, I
DNS Christian Ethuin, F
DNS Henri Guyomard, F
DNS Lucien Guitteny, F
4390
V12
Goodyear
GT
5000
4
Accident
49
DNF
27
Michel Dupont Scato, CH
Chevron B23/26 - Ford Cosworth BDG (FVC?)
Michel Dupont, CH
Daniel Brillat, F
Gregor Fischer, CH (DND)
DNS Laurent Ferrier, F
DNS Paul Blancpain, CH
1790
L4
Firestone
S
2000
3
Piston ring
50
DNQ
98
Claude Buchet, F
Mazda RX-3 (S124A) Coupé
Claude Buchet, F
"Agere" (Jean-Paul Agéres), F
Frederic Canal, F
-
2R
-
TS
-
-
51
DNA
3
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12
Rolf Stommelen, D
Andrea de Adamich, I
2995
F12
-
S
3000
-
-
52
DNA
4
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12
Arturo Merzario, I
Carlo Facetti
2995
F12
-
S
3000
-
-
53
DNA
6
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12
Carlo Facetti, I
Teodoro Zeccoli, I
Rolf Stommelen, D
2995
F12
-
S
3000
-
-
54
DNA
7
Autodelta SpA, I
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT12
Andrea de Adamich, I
Arturo Merzario, I
2995
F12
-
S
3000
-
-
55
DNA
21
Automobiles Ligier, F
Ligier JS2 - Maserati
-
-
2991
V6
-
S
3000
-
-
56
DNA
22
North American Racing Tem, USA
Lamborghini Urraco P250
-
-
2463
V8
-
S
3000
-
-
57
DNA
23
Wicky Racing Team, CH
Lamborghini Urraco P250
André Wicky, CH
Florian Vetsch, CH
Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann, CH
2463
V8
-
S
3000
-
-
58
DNA
24
Lancia Marlboro, I
Lancia Stratos
Sandro Munari, I
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
Umbert Maglioli, I
2418
V6
-
S
3000
-
-
59
DNA
26
Pierre-Marie Painvin, F
GRAC MT20 - Chrysler-Simca JRD
Lucien Guitteny, F
Guy Fréquelin, F
Pierre-Marie Painvin, F
1994
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
60
DNA
27
Paulenco Racing
March 74S - BMW M12
Emilio Zapico, E
Yves Martin, F
Alan Stubbs, GB
1994
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
61
DNA
29
Raymond Touroul, F
March 74S - BMW M12
Raymond Touroul, F
-
1994
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
62
DNA
32
José Uriarte, ANG
Lola T292 - Ford Cosworth
José Uriarte, ANG
Hervé LeGuellec, F
-
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
63
DNA
33
Paul Blancpain, F
Chevron B23 - Ford Cosworth
Paul Blancpain, CH
-
-
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
64
DNA
34
Michel Lateste, F
A.C.E. PB2 - Ford Cosworth
Michel Lateste, F
Michel Dufust, F
Robert Nee, F
-
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
65
DNA
36
Pascal Michelet, EC
Ferrari 250 LM
Pascal Michelet, EC
Francisco Madera, EC
Francisco Perez, EC
Louis Larrea, EC
2953
V12
-
S
3000
-
-
66
DNA
40
Wicky Racing Team, CH
De Tomaso Pantera - Ford
Max Cohen-Olivar, MOR
Pierre-Francois Rousselot, F
5571
V8
-
GT
+5000
-
-
67
DNA
41
John Greenwood, USA
Chevrolet Corvette
John Greenwood, USA
-
6998
V8
-
GT
+5000
-
-
68
DNA
52
Martini Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RS
-
-
3498
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
69
DNA
53
Martini Racing Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera RS
-
-
3498
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
70
DNA
57
Samson Kremer Team, D
Porsche 911 Carrera
-
-
-
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
71
DNA
58
Jean-Louis Chateau, F
Porsche 911 Carrera
Jean-Louis Chateau, F
Hubert Striebig, F
-
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
72
DNA
60
Opal Lubrifiants, F
Porsche 911 SE
Denis Rua, F
Jean-Pierre Laffeach, F
Jean-Francois Jaunet, F
Jean Ortelli, F
-
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
73
DNA
61
Heinz Schiller, CH
Porsche 911 Carrera RS
Jean Selz, CH
Florian Vetsch, CH
-
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
74
DNA
63
A.S.A. Cachia, F
Porsche 911 S
Jacques Borras, F
-
-
F6
-
GT
5000
-
-
75
DNA
64
BMW Motorsport GmbH; D
BMW 3.0 CSL
-
-
3498
L6
-
TS
-
-
75
DNA
65
BMW Motorsport GmbH; D
BMW 3.0 CSL
-
-
3498
L6
-
TS
-
-
76
DNA
-
BMW Motorsport GmbH; D
BMW 3.0 CSL
-
-
3498
L6
-
TS
-
-
77
DNA
66
Walter Brun, CH
BMW 3.0 CSL
Walter Brun, CH
-
3498
L6
-
TS
-
-
78
DNA
67
Gelo Racing Team, D
BMW 3.0 CSL
Jürgen Barth, D
-
3498
L6
-
TS
-
-
79
DNA
70
Francesco Torredemer, E
Ford Capri RS
Jorge Pla, E
Luis Rosal, E
José Clot, E
-
V6
-
TS
-
-
80
DNA
-
Mike Coombe, GB
March 74S - Ford Cosworth DFV
-
-
3000
V8
-
S
3000
-
-
81
DNA
-
Jean-Marc Seguin, F
Porsche 911 Carrera
Jean-Marc Seguin, F
-
-
F6
-
GT
3000
-
-
82
DNA
-
Philippe Montels, F
Jide - Renault 2000
Philippe Montels, F
P. Le Greves, F
-
-
-
-
-
-
83
DNA
-
Equipe Gitanes, F
Matra-Simca MS670C
-
-
2993
V12
-
S
3000
-
-
84
DNA
22
Michel Dupont Scato, CH
Chevron B26 - Ford Cosworth
-
-
-
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
85
DNA
-
Michel Dupont Scato, CH
Chevron B21 - Ford Cosworth
-
-
-
L4
-
S
2000
-
-
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