1931 24 Hours of Le Mans

The ninth 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 9e 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 13 to 14 place in 1931 at the Circuit des 24 Heures in Le Mans.

The race

After the few starters in 1930 more teams came again in 1931 after Le Mans. For the first time were works teams from Bugatti and Alfa Romeo at the start. With the Molsheimer companies involved again after many years a French automobile producer in the race, were granted the chance for overall victory. In one of the three plant - Bugatti, the two later Grand Prix Louis Chiron and Achille Varzi pilot shared the cockpit. From Great Britain came two Talbots, who had an outside chance of winning. The two British brands Aston Martin and MG made ​​their debut at La Sarthe. MG continued until the end of the 1930s, from 1931 always a women's team in the 24 -hour race one. With Raymond Sommer another Grand Prix driver made ​​his Le Mans debut.

In the race, the Bugatti had big problems with the Michelin tires. Even in training, it became clear that the soft compound of the French tire brand were no match for the fast Bugattis. On Saturday night Caberto Conelli had after a puncture then a serious accident. The wreck of the Bugatti Type 50S hurled into a group of spectators, being a spectator was killed. On learning of the tragedy Ettore Bugatti pulled the two other cars from the race back. The rest of the race became a duel between the Alfa Romeos against the Mercedes -Benz of Boris Ivanovski and Henri Stoffel. At the end of the private Alfa Romeo 8C, by Francis Curzon and Tim Birkin won down, the first time surpassed 3017.654 km, the 3000 km mark in the total distance.


Pilot after Nations

  • Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Auguste Bertelli (51 years )
  • Youngest Driver: France Pierre Louis -Dreyfus (23 years)

Final ranking

1 engine failure in Training 2 Training 3 car 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: 29
  • Starter: 26
  • Weather during the race weekend: sunny, rain at night
  • Distance: 16.340 km
  • Distance of the winning team: 3017.654 km
  • Winners section: 125.735 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Boris Ivanowski - Mercedes- Benz SSK (# 1) - 7.03.000 = 139.234 km / h