1928 24 Hours of Le Mans

The sixth 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 6e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 16 to June 17, 1928 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans in northwest France.

The race

The dramatic way that have been made overall victory of the Bentley team Sammy Davis and Dudley Benjafield in the previous year meant that far more British racing teams for the race interested than the years before. In addition to the Bentley factory team Aston Martin Lagonda and were represented with works car for the first time. For the second time vehicles from the United States came to the Sarthe. Chrysler sent two 72 six to Europe, which were used by the French representative. The wheel of the car with the number seven shared the Romanian Cantacuzino - Prince pair. The car with the number eight drove André Rossignol and Henri Stoffel. Also from the USA came a mighty 4.9 -liter Stutz, which was prepared by Charles Weymann. At the wheel of the winners from 1926, Robert Bloch, and his compatriot Edouard Brisson were sitting. The French team focused mainly on small racing classes.

The race was from the beginning a three-way battle between Bentley, Chrysler and Stutz. Different teams broke away from at the top, and several times the lap record was broken. Only three rounds was the Ariès, the largest displacement French car, keep up, then the team fell out with piston damage. Sir Henry Birkin had a puncture and lost more than three hours and thus any chance of winning. On the night led the Stutz, who was plagued but on Sunday morning to problems with the transmission. During the Brikin / Chassagne- Bentley shined by a large chase collided both Lagondas in the Mulsanne and fell out.

Only with the last fuel stop Woolf Barnato was able to overtake the leading Stutz, but was himself in big trouble. The chassis of the Bentley Barnato was broken and could only roll at slow speed around the track. His victory saved the fact that Brisson nurmehr drove in the neck with a walk and could not catch up. So Barnato won with only half a lap ahead, and Bentley was able to celebrate the third overall victory.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Auguste Bertelli (48 years )
  • Youngest Driver: Monaco Louis Chiron (29 years)

Final ranking

1 Not started 2 replacement car

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Here are the teams, drivers and vehicles that were originally registered for the competition, but it did not participate for various reasons.

Class winner

Race data

  • Reported: 47
  • Started: 33
  • Counted: 17
  • Racing classes: 5
  • Attendance: unknown
  • Honorary starter of the race: unknown
  • Weather during the race weekend: dry
  • Distance: 17.262 km
  • Travel time of the winning team: 24:00:00,000 hours
  • Total rounds of the winning team: 155
  • Total distance of the winning team: 2669.272 km
  • Winners section: 111.219 km / h
  • Pole Position: unknown
  • Fastest race lap: Sir Henry Birkin - Bentley 4.5 Litre (# 3) - 8.07.000 = 127.604 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series