1938 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 15th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the 15th Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 17 to 18 born in 1938 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

After the success of Bugatti in the 24 -hour race in 1937, the experts expected a strong work team at the race 1938 Bugatti But just wanted to send a vehicle to the Sarthe, and this -. A 4.5 liter 57S "Tank" - was not used for problems in training in the race. So last year's winner Jean -Pierre Wimille was doomed to watch. The automotive nation France was still well represented. Eight - used by private teams - Delaware Hayes were at the start. There were also six Talbots, a Delage, the Darl'Mart Peugeots and ten Simcas who were in small classes at the start. From Great Britain came this year no work team, all vehicles were reported by private teams. For the first time, however, was a Morgan at the start, and the Atalanta was the first racing car with independent suspension, who played the race in Le Mans.

But recovery was Raymond Sommer the big favorite for the overall win. The Frenchman - the date, 1933 could only once with Tazio Nuvolari, win the race - had been given every Le Mans race, which he had denied. Summer drove an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring together with the Italian Grand Prix pilots Clemente Biondetti. It was hardly surprising that summer from the start, took the lead. First pursuer was Luigi Chinetti on a Talbot T150, followed by the remaining large-displacement French racing vehicles. In the back box it came back to the UK marriage contest between Tommy Wisdom, who drove a Singer Nine, and his wife Elsie on a MG P -Type. Neither of them saw the checkered flag, and as the duel ended in a draw.

Early on Sunday afternoon, the summer / Biondetti Alfa Romeo was by a margin of twelve rounds in the lead and drove a safe victory. After suffering a puncture on the Mulsanne but the rear suspension was so badly damaged that summer had to abandon the race. Again, a technical defect had prevented the success of the French. So suddenly were Eugène Chaboud and Jean Trémoulet on their Delahaye 135CS in leadership that drove without fifth gear since the first hour of the race. The race ended with a double victory for Delahaye before Talbot Jean Prenant and André Morel, who came third.


Pilot after Nations

  • Elder drivers: France Albert Divo (43 years )
  • Youngest Driver: France René Le Begue (24 years)

Final ranking

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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: 57
  • Starter: 42
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and dry
  • Distance: 13.492 km
  • Distance of the winning team: 3180.940 km
  • Winners section: 132.539 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Raymond Sommer - Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring ( # 19) - 5.13.800 = 154.783 km / h