1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 33rd 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 33e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 19 to June 20, 1965 held at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 2.1 Ed Hugus, the third man
  • 3.1 pilots after Nations
  • 3.2 Final ranking
  • 3.3 Only in the message list
  • 3.4 Class Winner
  • 3.5 racing data

The race

Ford and Ferrari

Following the significant defeat in 1964 the leaders of Ford organized around the activities of the racing team. Most important decision was the commitment by Carroll Shelby. The former racing driver Shelby, who had won the endurance race at the Sarthe in 1959 as a driver, was now racing team owner. In his Shelby American Incorporation especially AC Cobra were used. Shelby let replace the previous 4.2- liter engines by the 4.7-liter V8 engines from the Cobras. There were also two new GT40 Mk.II, which were each equipped with 7-liter engines. Ford Motorsport boss John Wyer managed two more GT40 at the private teams of Georges Filipinetti and Rob Walker to place. Thus, a total of six GT40 at the start, because the sixth car was reported by Ford France. This driven by Maurice Trintignant and Guy Ligier vehicle was a single piece and the only ever used in Le Mans GT40 Roadster.

The Ferrari factory team brought two new P2 to Le Mans. These new prototypes had besides a Spyder body and new DOHC V12 engines. Then there was a 3.3 -liter 275P2 and a 6- Zyinder Dino with a 1.6 - liter engine. The client version of the Ferrari P types, the 365er with identem chassis but less power was delivered to the British team Maranello Concessionaires of Ronnie Hoare and the North American Racing Team by Luigi Chinetti.

The 1964 developed 250LM had the 3.3 - liter engine from the Ferrari 275 GTB. In the literature to solve these vehicles, especially in connection with the race at Le Mans, irritation from. According to the typology of the Ferrari car was supposed to be called 275Lm analogous to the 275 GTB. Therefore, this term is also selected in some statistics. However, the 250LM was based on the Ferrari 250P and was officially designated as such by Ferrari. Since Ferrari could not produce the required 100 units for homologation in the GT class had to compete in the prototype class which all privately entered car.

The race course

After the obligatory Le Mans start Chris Amon came in the Shelby -MK. II as the leader of the first round back to the start and finish. Behind another Ford Joseph Siffert was in third place. Siffert drove the Maserati Tipo 65, had developed the Maserati for the French company representatives Johnny Simone. But Siffert came just three laps in, then he had an accident and had to give up. This racing car is still the last Maserati, which was used in the 24- hour race.

After two hours of racing time three Fords were eliminated, as Chris Amon came to the pits with clutch problems. The guide took Ken Miles, who is a Ford cockpit with Bruce McLaren parted. For Ford, however, the race was a debacle. Shortly after midnight, all cars were excreted. Not fare much better, Ferrari, all factory cars went to Sunday morning lost. As last year's winner Jean Guichet after 315 laps turned out with transmission failure, a duel of two private Ferrari 250LM developed for the win.

The vehicle was used by the North American Racing Team and driven by Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt. The vehicle was given at the beginning little chance of a finish. Jochen Rindt was in his younger years as a racing driver especially materialmordend, and seemed to get through to his driving style as almost impossible. The second 250LM was reported by Frenchman Pierre Dumay, of the cockpit with the Belgians Taf Gosselin shared. On Sunday, about two hours before the race ended this 250LM safely in, as Gosselin at the end of Les- Hunaudières line had a puncture. The tire exploded and destroyed the body at the back of the car. Gosselin brought the car back to the pits though, but due to the lengthy repair lost to seven rounds. To the amazement of all Rindt Gregory Ferrari was now at the top. But this car also had technical problems. Above all, the starter made ​​difficulties, which made every pit stop at a game of chance. At the end Rindt and Gregory won but with a safe margin of five laps on the Belgian Ferrari. It is still the last overall victory of the Italian sports car brand in Le Mans.

Ed Hugus, the third man

The American Ed Hugus was reserve driver for the North American Racing Team. After damaligem regulations every race team was allowed to nominate a replacement driver for all used vehicles. This could then be used, if before the race, it was clear that one of the race drivers for health reasons was not allowed to start or could. However, it was also these Regulations, as so many in motorsport, not formulated precisely enough. Thus, it remained unclear whether the replacement driver could also be used during the ongoing race. Was clearly regulated by only that precipitated by an accident the driver could not be replaced.

Nearly Ago 4 clock in the night came Masten Gregory completely unexpected to the box. Gregory, who was nearsighted and wore his glasses in the cockpit had to get smoke in the car and in the eyes. Around the track were like every year the night hundreds of barbecues in progress. The thereby resulting smoke drifted like fog on the route and disabled often the drivers. Unfortunately, Jochen Rindt was not on the box - his next bet should be only two hours later - and no one knew where he was. But was present Ed Hugus who unceremoniously put on the helmet of Gregory and his stint drove to the end. A wide range of sports public remained hidden these things for decades. Only Hugus itself has cleared up the situation in a letter of 2005. Hugus neither was present at the award ceremony, he stood still in the official results. However, images from 1965 show a standing in front of the grandstand Hugus winner. A rumor also has it that the Americans hampered by crowds, it is not timely managed, despite the help of two gendarmes to the ceremony. Luigi Chinetti told years after the race Hugus that although he had reported the incident to officials of the ACO, but these did not had any great interest in the situation. The French journalist Christian Moity, editor of various books on the 24 -hour race, contradicts this view in a publication. Chinetti had every reason to keep quiet about the driver change because of the risk of a disqualification would have been relatively large. Hugus to nowadays on the honor of having won the 24 hour race without. Although in recent years his name has found admission to the winners' list of recent publications on Le Mans, the official result of 1965 was not changed until today.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 not qualified 2 Training 3 car engine failure in training 4 Spare 5 Spare 6 Reserve

Only in the message list

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: 92
  • Starter: 52
  • Weather during the race weekend: hot and dry
  • Distance: 13.461 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Maurice Herzog, Minister of Youth and Sports
  • Distance of the winning team: 4677.110 km
  • Winners section: 194.880 km / h
  • Pole Position: Phil Hill - Ford GT40 Mk II (# 2) - 3.33.000 = 227.509 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Phil Hill - Ford GT40 Mk II (# 2) - 3.37.500 = 222.803 km / h
  • Racing series 12 round of the World Sportscar Championship