1930 24 Hours of Le Mans

The eighth 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 8e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 21 to June 22, 1930 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans.

The race

After the success of Bentley in the last three years came in the French press on criticism of the domestic automotive industry, which produced no victory enabled vehicles to Le Mans. The producers who took part in the race, focused on the small displacement classes, which excluded a victory in the overall standings. 1930 changed to this state nothing. On the contrary, in 1930 only three French racing car participated in long-distance races in part, the two Stutz were called by the French team, but had been produced in the United States. Also featured in the pilot, the French no longer the majority. The majority of the drivers came with 20 participants from the UK. In general, one felt also in Europe already the consequences of the Great Depression, and the Motorsport was not spared of it. Only 17 cars were on Saturday, June 21, 1930, prepared for the Le Mans start - the smallest starting field that ever went into the race at Le Mans.

As clear favorites were again the Bentleys. Among the three factory cars, which were led by Woolf Barnato in " Old Number One", came two private Blower, who belonged to the fleet of Dorothy Padget. For the British lady drove Tim Birkin, Dudley Benjafield and French veteran Jean Chassagne. Although there are only two British Talbots were in large classes to the two Stutz, the event could come up with some novelties. The first time was a women's team at the start, and Francis Curzon drove the first Alfa Romeo of the 24- hour race. Also, the first German team took the journey to the west of France. With much support from Alfred Neubauer and Mercedes- Benz Rudolf Caracciola drove a Mercedes -Benz SS

Caracciola also dominated the early laps of the race, to Birkin supplanted him in the fourth round of the top. Until the night the German team delivered a tough battle with the Bentleys, the lead changed hands again and again. On the night of the Mercedes had but will shut off. A faulty ignition coil had drained the battery, which could not be changed according to the rules. After the cars are no longer allowed to start, Caracciola had to retire. The two Blower Bentley fell out, but the double victory of Bentley was never in danger. Woolf Barnato, with his third team-mates celebrated his third overall win in a row. For the British brand ended with the fourth consecutive win hegemony in Le Mans. That same year, the race team was disbanded and Bentley sold a year later to Rolls -Royce. It should pass away 73 years before will win with the Speed ​​8 Bentley again at the Sarthe.

With Odette Siko and Marguerite Mareuse for the first time were two women in the 24 -hour race at the start. The Damenduo recorded with its Bugatti Type 40 seventh in the overall standings.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Earl Howe (46 years )
  • Youngest Driver: United Kingdom Clive Dunfee (20 years)

Final ranking

1 Problems with the gasoline, then a cylinder overheated 2 Not Started 3 training cart 4 training cart

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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: 27
  • Started: 17
  • Counted: 9
  • Racing classes: 7
  • Attendance: unknown
  • Honorary starter of the race: unknown
  • Weather during the race weekend: hot and sunny, rain on Sunday
  • Distance: 16.340 km
  • Travel time of the winning team: 24:00:00,000 hours
  • Total rounds of the winning team: 179
  • Total distance of the winning team: 2930.663 km
  • Winners section: 122.111 km / h
  • Pole Position: unknown
  • Fastest race lap: Tim Birkin - Blower Bentley C (# 9) - 6.48.000 = 144.362 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series