1960 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 28th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 28e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 25 to June 26, 1960 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.
For 24 -hour race in 1960, the two U.S. racing teams of Briggs Cunningham and Lloyd Casner came with their Chevrolet Corvettes to Le Mans. Cunningham brought the Jaguar D -Type 2A also a predecessor of the Jaguar E-Type at the track, with the Dan Gurney scored the fastest lap time in training. The vehicle had a 3-liter aluminum engine and a 4- speed quick shift gearbox. Hansgen and Gurney missed with the car at the end of the Mulsanne straight just under 300 km / h barrier. The Corvettes had 4.6-liter engines with direct petrol injection.
Maserati made his Le Mans comeback with the Tipo 61. After the withdrawal of the factory team of Jaguar and Aston Martin, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa were the big favorites for overall victory in this race. Also in the GT class Ferrari was the declared favorite with the 250 GT. Not even the Porsche RSK -detail could change anything.
The race started for Ferrari but with a disaster. The technicians of the factory team had miscalculated the fuel consumption, which meant that both the plant -Testa Rossa by Wolfgang von Trips and the carriage of Ludovico Scarfiotti after only 22 laps left lying on the track without fuel. At Ferrari had been overlooked that the new steeper windshield causes more air resistance and thus led to a greater gas mileage.
At this point there was still the Maserati Birdcage by Dan Gurney at the top, which was replaced by Cunningham Jaguar when it starts to rain. After its failure the stage was set for the third plant Testa Rossa, who was the gasoline - Drama narrowly escaped. Olivier Gendebien celebrated his second overall victory and his compatriot Paul Frère his first and only victory at the Sarthe.
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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: 72
- Starter: 55
- Weather during the race weekend: rain on Saturday, dry on Sunday
- Distance: 13.461 km
- Honorary starter of the race: Prince de Merode, President of the FIA and the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium
- Distance of the winning team: 4217.500 km
- Winners section: 170.914 km / h
- Fastest race lap: Masten Gregory - Maserati Tipo 61 (# 24) and Dan Gurney - Jaguar D -Type ( # 6) - 4.04.400 = 198.605 km / h
- Race series: 5th round of the World Sportscar Championship; 3rd round of the FIA GT Cup