1975 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 43rd 24 - hour race at Le Mans, the 43e Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 14 to June 15, 1975 held 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

New Regulations

Again, it was by the officials of the Automobile Club de l' Ouest Technical Regulations are revised, and the processes before and during the race were adjusted. So had 1975 by the teams at least 20 laps between the respective fuel stops are unavoidable, and the drivers were allowed to drive their qualifying times only after 21 clock at night. In the sports car of engine capacity was limited to a maximum of 3 liters; this restriction did not apply to the other race categories.

Chaos at the start

On Sunday 14 clock 30 only 1 1/2 hours before the race start, set the technical delegates of the ACO suddenly realize that the engine of the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, which, inter alia, the Briton Richard Bond was at the wheel and the Luigi Chinetti for his North American Racing Team had reported, did not meet the regulations and was quickly classified as not qualified. Over an hour Chinetti discussed with the officials, but without result. It also did not help that the Italian-born Americans had won the race as a driver three times; the members of the ACO remained hard. Enraged pulled Chinetti then the three qualified Ferrari 365 TB / 4 of the race back and took care of bustle in the pit lane. Three spare car moved shortly after before the race and made a few minutes before starting on the way to the grid. In the confusion introduced by the Swiss Claude Haldi his Porsche 911 Carrera on the wrong starting place and set off a chain reaction. According to him, all vehicles were on the wrong places. The chaos perfectly made ​​a Race Team from Ecuador, which - although not qualified - the confusion took advantage and went into the race from the pit lane. After three rounds, however, the illegal journey was over, and the car was taken with the black flag of the race. It is still the only illegal start to the 24 - hour race.

The 3-fold Ortega

Special features of the 1975 race was also the fact that one and the same driver repeatedly appeared in the message and start list: the Ecuadorians Guillermo Ortega was equal to three times on the list. He was reported as the fourth pilot in illegal launched Porsche 911 Carrera RSR of Ecuador Marlboro team, qualified together with Lothar Ranft for the same team and not finally drove the Porsche 908/ 2 of Christian Poirot.

The race course

After the withdrawal of Matra from the World Sportscar Championship and the absence of Willi Kauhsen Racing team, which the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 started in the World Cup, the contenders reduced to the victory in the overall standings on a few vehicles. First, there were the Gulf employed by John Wyer GR8 and on the other brought by Guy Ligier JS2 to Le Mans. Then there was a prepared Reinhold Joest Porsche 908 Mileage of 23 hours was the Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell GR8 lead. Voltage was only at the end of the race when the Ligier of Jean -Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil could strongly make up the leading car, because this longer time was to repair to the box. At the end of the Gulf cars won but surely with a lap ahead.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 used only in training 2 replacement car 3 not qualified not qualified 4 5 6 not qualified not qualified not qualified 7 8 9 not qualified not qualified not qualified 10 11 12 not qualified not qualified 13 retired 14 retired 15 retired

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: 101
  • Started: 56
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and sunny
  • Distance: 13.640 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Jean -Marie Balestre, president of the French motorsport federation
  • Distance of the winning team: 4595.577 km
  • Winners section: 191.482 km / h
  • Pole Position: Jacky Ickx - Gulf GR8 (# 11) - 3.37.060 = 246.531 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Chris Craft - De Cadenet - Lola T380 (# 4) - 3.53.800 = 210.025 km / h
  • Race series: counted at any racing series