1971 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 39th 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 39e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, was held from June 12 to 13, 1971 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 2.1 pilots after Nations
  • 2.2 Final ranking
  • 2.3 Only in the message list
  • 2.4 Class Winner
  • 2.5 racing data

The race

The race of records

The 24 -hour race of 1971 went down in the history of this event as a race of Records. After a journey time of 24 hours, the winning Porsche had 917 of Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep with 5335.313 kilometers driven set a new distance record, surpassing the previous record of Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt in 1967 to just under 100 kilometers. This distance corresponds to a racing section of 222.304 km / h and including all pit stops. Was long regarded this record as one for the ages. 2010, however, the record fell as the Audi R15 TDI of Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller also 397 laps and covered by the longer route improved the record to 5410.713 kilometers. The two behind the goal that arrived Audis put a longer distance than the Porsche back in 1971.

In the training Jackie Oliver drove a record lap with an average speed of 250.069 km / h. No one was faster in front of him driven at Le Mans.

New start procedure

As early as the year before, in 1925, introduced Le Mans start was adapted. After the protests of the riders had heaped that run across the street to their stationary vehicles, and these had to start only in 1970 already - albeit still placed diagonally in front of the boxes - started standing. The main criticism was that the driver could not belt properly and to have some of them created without the belt, drove up to the first pit stop in the race.

From 1971 onwards, was completely omitted this tradition and the Indianapolis start over, in which the vehicles lap behind the pace car cover and are sent with the crossing the starting line at full speed into the race.

Before the race

Even before the race it was clear this would be a race event of the Porsche brand this long-distance race. Of the 49 starters were 33 Porsches. This variety was led by seven Porsche 917 was striking the 917 Reinhold Joest and Willi the Kauhsen, which was designated as the "Pink Pig" and had a painting of pig carcasses. The Martini Racing 917 short-tail had a lightweight body made ​​of magnesium. Among the 917 five 3-liter Porsche 908/ 02 and a 2 -liter Porsche 907 and Porsche were 18 911 and two Porsche 914, all of which were in the GT class at the start. After the abandonment of the works team Ferrari, it remained private teams reserved the Ferrari 512M to get to the start. From the new Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 were produced for homologation of the GT class too little units, so all reported 365 had to go with the sports car at the start.

Matra introduced with the MS660 only a prototype to Le Mans and the Ligier JS3 had the 3-liter Cosworth engine in Formula 1 as a drive.

The race course

As in the two previous years, took over the Porsche 917 from the start the lead. Jackie Oliver drove to the beginning record laps and lay with his partner Pedro Rodríguez, the first seven hours of racing at the top, only interrupted by various pit stops. The best Ferrari was at this time of lying to the fifth position 512 by David Hobbs and Mark Donohue. When the Oliver -917 failed with a technical defect, a Ferrari was a short one-time lead. The distance traveled by José Nino Vaccarella and Juncadella Escuderia - Montjuich -512 led to transmission damage.

The second half of the race was the Marko / van Lennep - car to the top and gave it does not let up until the end.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 not qualified 2 3 not qualified not qualified 4 withdrawn

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: 86
  • Started: 49
  • Weather during the race weekend: cold and dry
  • Distance: 13.469 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Mr. Watson, American ambassador in Paris
  • Distance of the winning team: 5335.313 km
  • Winners section: 222.304 km / h
  • Pole Position: Jackie Oliver - Porsche 917L (# 18) - 3.13.900 = 250.069 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Jackie Oliver - Porsche 917L (# 18) - 3.18.400 = 244.387 km / h
  • Race series: 9th round to World Sportscar Championship