1951 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 19th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the 19th Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 22 to 23 place in 1951 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

The race

The 24 -hour race this year for the Porsche brand of historical importance. For the first time two race car from Zuffenhausen in this long-distance races were sent to training. For the then fledgling sports car company, the two Frenchmen Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche piloted a Porsche 356/4 SL coupe. The second coupe drove another Frenchman, Robert Brunet, of the cockpit with the German Rudolf Sauerwein shared. However, this vehicle could not participate in the race, as Brunet so in training had an accident. For Porsche, the race was the start of a long connection with this race. If not always used by the plant itself, were up to today in every Le Mans race race cars from Porsche at the start.

In addition to Porsche, Lancia gave his Le Mans debut with an Aurelia B20 GT. From the U.S., the new sports car of Briggs Cunningham, who made ​​off with his prototypes with the 5.4 -liter V8 engine from Chrysler chances of overall victory came. Greatest opposition came from the factory Aston Martin, Jaguar and the Talbot. The three-time Le Mans winner Luigi Chinetti brought a new Ferrari 340 America Barchetta to the Sarthe.

The French team focused on the small -displacement racing classes, where Pierre Lefaucheux - the president of Renault - four factory 4CV sent into the race.

The race suffered from the outset from the bad weather, especially the Saturday was completely rained out, and on the racetrack, the water could hardly run. Five rounds after starting the Frenchman Jean Larivière had a fatal accident, when his Ferrari 212 was given at the end of Hunaundières straight aquaplaning and crashed into the guard rails.

From the start, first led José González Froilán in heavy Talbot -Lago, but was soon overtaken by Stirling Moss, who drove at an incredible pace the field and on it. At midnight, the three leading Jaguar had overtaken the rest of the field at least once. The Cunningham was the pace at the front not ride, and after the failure of the Talbot had two Jaguar - including the Moss - car - be parked with defects.

In the end, the brand from Coventry celebrated the first of seven Le Mans overall victories. Porsche celebrated a first class win, four spaces in front of the fastest Renault.


Pilot after Nations

  • Elder drivers: Italy Clemente Biondetti (53 years )
  • Youngest Driver: United Kingdom Stirling Moss (22 years)

Final ranking

1 accident in training 2 reserve

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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

  • Gemdeldet: 68
  • Starter: 60
  • Weather during the race weekend: rain on Saturday
  • Distance: 13.492 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Viscount de Rohan, President of CSI
  • Distance on the winning team: 3611.193 km
  • Winners section: 150.466 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Stirling Moss - Jaguar XK 120C (# 22) - 4.46.800 = 169.356 km / h