1958 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 26th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 26e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 21 to June 22, 1958 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.
Heavy rain and fierce, sometimes gusty winds affected the 24 -hour race of 1958 term. 15 hours in the race there was a veritable deluge that led to thirteen accidents, one of them fatal.
Big favorite was the overall winner of the racing team Ferrari, who brought her new 3-liter Testa Rossa also to the Sarthe. Including the works cars were no less than ten Testarossa at the start, with the North - American -Racing - Testa - Rossa by José Behra and Pedro Rodríguez had a 4-cylinder 2- liter engine. After the withdrawal of Maserati from the World Sportscar Championship in late 1957, the Jaguar and Aston Martins were the toughest opponent of Ferrari for success in the overall standings.
The not even 17 years old Mexican Ricardo Rodríguez was not permitted, despite heavy intervention of his father by the organizing Automobile Club de l' Ouest. The race was started in a violent thunderstorm. The audience did not see much more than the spray of passing vehicles. Stirling Moss took over Aston Martin DB3 the lead and held it until the early evening hours. Just after 18 clock - at this time three Jaguar D -Type had already failed with engine failure - it came in the incident mist to a collision between the U.S. Ferrari driver Bruce Kessler and the French industrialist Jean -Marie Brousselet, one as a private driver Jaguar D -Type was driving. Brousselet was killed and seriously injured Kessler.
At midnight came at Jaguar hopes of overall victory on when Duncan Hamilton took the lead. But this Jaguar fell by a collision. Thus the way was clear for the Ferrari factory team with Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill. It was the first Le Mans victory for a U.S. American and Belgian racing driver. For the fourth consecutive year, Mike Hawthorn drove the fastest lap of the race, did not come because of bad weather, however, approached his best time from the previous year.
Pilot after Nations
- Oldest Driver: United Kingdom Jack Fairman (45 years )
- Youngest Driver: Mexico 1934 Pedro Rodríguez (18 years)
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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.
- Reported: 71
- Starter: 55
- Distance: 13.461 km
- Honorary starter of the race: Mr. Chaplain, mayor of Le Mans
- Distance of the winning team: 4101.926 km
- Winners section: 170.914 km / h
- Fastest race lap: Mike Hawthorn - Ferrari 250TR58 (# 12) - 4.08.000 = 195.402 km / h
- Race series: 5th round of the World Sportscar Championship