1962 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 30th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the Grand Prix d' Endurance les 30e 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 23 to June 24, 1962 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

New racing classes

Months before the race caused the Automobile Club de l' Ouest with a new classification for some confusion and amazement at the regular Le Mans starters. In no less than 18 classes - including the Index of Performance and the Index of Efficiency - should be crowned winner. That this is not successful in all, was that there were not even starters in some. Even the attempt to bring the experimental classes more prototypes to Le Mans failed. What reported in the GT class Ferrari 250 GTO by Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet of the NART -250 GTO, which was launched in the experimental class, difference, and the professional audience was not very clear.

Before the race, it came to a head because the officials at the ACO the Lotus 23 refused admission at scrutineering. The Little Lotus had its debut at the 1000 km race at the Nürburgring, and was located with Jim Clark at the wheel at the start of the race lead. Colin Chapman brought two 23 to Le Mans. One factory car had a 1 -liter Ford engine. The second car, which was reported by UDT Laystall Racing team, but also a work car was, had a 0.7 -liter Climax engine. The cars were considered favorites in their classes, and hours after acceptance transpired that the ACO had yielded to the pressure of the French team and the lack of security 23 attested. Chapman departed and made his announcement true, never again with a factory car to Le Mans to come.

The race

The 24 -hour race of 1962 was the last Le Mans race, which was won by a front-engined race car. With the sixth overall victory Ferrari became the sole record holder for the brands. After his fourth win as a driver Olivier Gendebien after the race its withdrawal from Le Mans. Was that the attempt failed with the experimental vehicles, could also be found in the overall standings. Among the first 13 vehicles were found eleven GT cars.

From the first round Graham Hill came in the new Aston Martin DP212 as the leader back. Until the early night hours of the Aston Martin was a serious rival to the Ferrari, then the car was made after a broken oil line from. During the night, repeated the duel from the previous year. Again the two - Rodríguez brothers delivered a fierce exchange of blows with Gendebien and Phil Hill. But the NART Ferrari fell after 14 hours with clutch failure.

At this time Mike Parkes had long since retired. The Briton had buried his Ferrari in the dreaded sand bank of the Mulsanne and the attempt to free the car back - after more than half an hour the car dug out - the engine turns over. The Maserati were fast, but not stable enough. Dick Thompson was even briefly located with the Tipo 151 after two hours in the lead, before retiring due to an accident. The GT class win Noblet and Guichet, and Charles German won with his racing car, the duel in the small classes against his former partner René Bonnet.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 accident in training 2 First Reserve 3 Reserve 4 Second Third Fourth Reserve 5 Reserve 6 Scrutineering failed failed 7 Scrutineering

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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: 80
  • Starter: 55
  • Weather during the race weekend: hot and dry
  • Distance: 13.461 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Wilfried Baumgartner, President of CSI
  • Distance of the winning team: 4451.255 km
  • Winners section: 185.255 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Phil Hill - Ferrari 330TRI LM Spyder (# 6) - 3.57.700 = 204.202 km / h