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1973 24 Hours of Le Mans

1973 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1973 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 41st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 9 and 10 June 1973. It was the eighth round of the 1973 World Championship of Makes.

Pre-race

In 1973, Matra competed against Ferrari for the World Champion title, and Ferrari came to Le Mans, as the race could be decisive for the title. The beginning of the championship had showed that the Matra 670s had better handling, but the Ferraris showed better reliability.

The Matras 670s were updated to the 670B specification consisting mainly of larger spoilers. The main weakness of the 1972 670 was the ZF gearbox (the gearbox used in the stock GT40 Mk1 and the De Tomaso Pantera). By the end of the 1972 race, it had showed so much wear that it was obvious that it could not finish a 24-hour race with serious opposition. New Porsche "Type 1983" gearboxes especially built for Matra by Porsche were fitted in the 670B.

For Le Mans, the Ferrari 312PB had a previously unseen longtail bodywork. John Wyer was back with two Cosworth-powered Gulf Mirage M6 roadsters. In 1000 km races the M6s had proven they were serious competitors, and the Matras and Ferraris were only slightly ahead. Alfa Romeo was more affected than Ferrari by strikes and social troubles in Italy. Alfa racing subsidiary Autodelta did not enter the new flat-12 powered cars, and the marque was represented only by a V8 powered private car entered by Scuderia Brescia Corse. A Sigma powered by a Mazda Wankel engine was entered; this was the first Japanese car to qualify for Le Mans, as well as the first Wankel-powered car to race.

Race

Ferrari sent the Arturo Merzario/Carlos Pace 312PB out first as a hare.

Matra raced to their plan and let the Ferrari go. While the Matras were all running at the same speed, the Ferraris had a variety of strategies. Carlos Reutemann and Tim Schenken were running among the Matra. Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman were running with the slowest 3L cars, the Lolas and the private Alfa Romeo.

Ferrari swapped the lead with Matra through the next four hours, but Henri Pescarolo would repeat as winner, with Gérard Larrousse as co-driver.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
3.0
11 23x15px Equipe Matra-Simca Shell 23x15px Henri Pescarolo
23x15px Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 355
2 S
3.0
16 23x15px SpA Ferrari SEFAC 23x15px Arturo Merzario
23x15px Carlos Pace
Ferrari 312PB Ferrari 3.0L Flat-12 349
3 S
3.0
12 23x15px Equipe Matra-Simca Shell 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 331
4 S
3.0
46 23x15px Martini Racing Team 23x16px Herbert Müller
23x15px Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 328
5 S
3.0
3 23x15px Escuderia Montjuich — Tergal 23x16px Bernard Chenevière
23x15px Juan Fernandez
23x15px Francisco Torredemer
Porsche 908/3 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 319
6 GT
5.0
39 23x15px Automobiles Charles Pozzi 23x15px Claude Ballot-Léna
23x15px Vic Elford
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 316
7 S
3.0
4 23x15px Guillermo Ortega — Ecuador Marlboro 23x15px Guillermo Ortega
23x15px Fausto Merello
Porsche 908/1 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 316
8 GT
3.0
45 23x15px Porsche Kremer Racing Team 23x16px Paul Keller
23x15px Erwin Kremer
23x15px Clemens Schickentanz
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 316
9 GT
5.0
40 23x15px Automobiles Charles Pozzi 23x15px Alain Serpaggi
23x15px José Dolhem
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 315
10 GT
3.0
63 23x15px Gelo Racing Team 23x15px Georg Loos
23x15px Jürgen Barth
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 311
11 T
5.0
51 23x15px BMW Motorsport 23x15px Toine Hezemans
23x15px Dieter Quester
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.3L I6 307
12 GT
+5.0
30 23x15px Greder Racing Team 23x15px Henri Greder
23x15px Marie-Claude Charmasson
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 303
13 GT
5.0
38 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px François Migault
23x15px Luigi Chinetti Jr.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 299
14 GT
3.0
48 23x15px Porsche Sonauto BP Racing 23x15px Peter Gregg
23x15px Guy Chasseuil
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 298
15 S
3.0
60 23x15px Scuderia Brescia Corse 23x15px Carlo Facetti
23x15px Sergio Morando
23x15px Teodoro Zeccoli
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33TT3 Alfa Romeo 3.0L V8 298
16 GT
3.0
41 23x16px Schiller Racing Team 23x16px Jean Selz
23x16px Florian Vetsch
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.7L Flat-6 297
17 GT
3.0
42 23x15px René Mazzia 23x15px Pierre Mauroy
23x15px Marcel Mignot
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 290
18 GT
+5.0
69 23x15px J.C. Aubriet / Écurie Léopard 23x15px Jean-Claude Aubriet
23x15px "Depnic"
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 282
19 S
3.0
18 23x15px Claude Laurent 23x15px Claude Laurent
23x15px Martial Delalande
23x15px Jacques Marché
Ligier JS2 Maserati 2.9L V6 270
20 GT
5.0
34 23x15px Ecurie Francorchamps 23x15px Jean-Claude Andruet
23x15px Richard Bond
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 270
21 S
3.0
52 23x16px Wicky Racing Team 23x16px André Wicky
23x15px Max Cohen-Olivar
23x16px Philippe Carron
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 270

Did Not Finish

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
22 S
3.0
15 23x15px SpA Ferrari SEFAC 23x15px Jacky Ickx
23x15px Brian Redman
Ferrari 312PB Ferrari 3.0L Flat-12 332
23 S
2.0
25 23x16px Michel Dupont 23x16px Michel Dupont
23x16px Paul Blancpain
Chevron B23 Ford Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4 229
24 GT
5.0
6 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Sam Posey
23x15px Milt Minter
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 254
25 T
3.0
55 23x15px Ford Motorwerke 23x15px Dieter Glemser
23x15px John Fitzpatrick
23x15px Hans Heyer
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 239
26 S
3.0
7 23x15px Équipe Gitanes Cigarettes France 23x15px Jean-Louis Lafosse
23x15px Reine Wisell
23x15px Hughes de Fierlandt
Lola T282 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 164
27 GT
5.0
36 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Lucien Guitteny
23x15px Bob Grossman
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 192
28 GT
5.0
33 23x15px J.C. Bamford Excavators Ltd. 23x15px Neil Corner
23x15px Willie Green
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 163
29 GT
5.0
37 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Rubén Luis di Palma
23x15px Nestor García-Veiga
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 211
30 S
3.0
8 23x15px Gulf Research Racing 23x15px Derek Bell
23x15px Howden Ganley
Mirage M6 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 163
31 GT
5.0
56 23x15px Shark Racing Team 23x15px Jean-Claude Guérie
23x15px Cyril Grandet
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 174
32 S
3.0
19 23x15px Automobiles Ligier 23x15px Jean-Pierre Paoli
23x15px Alain Couderc
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 174
33 T
5.0
50 23x15px BMW Motorsport 23x15px Chris Amon
23x15px Hans Joachim Stuck
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.3L I6 160
34 T
3.0
53 23x15px Ford Motorwerke 23x15px Jean Vinatier
23x15px Helmut Koinigg
23x15px Gerry Birrell
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 152
35 GT
3.0
49 23x15px Jean Egreteaud 23x15px Jean Egreteaud
23x15px Jean-Claude Lagniez
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 139
36 S
2.0
22 23x15px Raymond Touroul 23x15px Raymond Touroul
23x15px Jean-Pierre Rouget
Porsche 910 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6 142
37 S
3.0
5 23x15px Duckhams Oil 23x15px Alain de Cadenet
23x15px Chris Craft
Duckhams LM
(Lola T280)
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 81
38 S
3.0
17 23x15px SpA Ferrari SEFAC 23x15px Tim Schenken
23x15px Carlos Reutemann
Ferrari 312PB Ferrari 3.0L Flat-12 182
39 S
3.0
10 23x15px Équipe Matra-Simca Shell 23x15px François Cevert
23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 157
40 S
2.5
26 Template:Country data JPN Sigma Automotive Template:Country data JPN Tetsu Ikuzawa
Template:Country data JPN Hiroshi Fushida
23x15px Patrick Dal Bo
Sigma MC73 Mazda 12A 2.3L 2-Rotor 79
41 GT
3.0
44 23x16px Porsche Club Romand 23x15px Jean-François Piot
23x16px Peter Zbinden
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 110
42 GT
3.0
78 23x15px Jean Sage 23x15px Hervé Bayard
23x15px René Ligonnet
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 95
43 GT
3.0
43 23x15px Max Moritz Racing Team 23x15px Gerd Quist
23x15px Manfred Laub
23x15px Jürgen Zink
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 2.8L Flat-6 103
44 S
3.0
9 23x15px Gulf Research Racing 23x15px Mike Hailwood
23x15px John Watson
23x15px Vern Schuppan
Mirage M6 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 112
45 S
2.0
21 23x15px Pierre Maublanc 23x15px Pierre Maublanc
23x15px Robert Mieusset
Chevron B23 BMW 2.0L I4 90
46 S
3.0
14 23x15px Equipe Matra-Simca Shell 23x15px Patrick Depailler
23x15px Bob Wollek
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 84
47 S
2.0
28 23x15px Jacques Henry 23x15px Jacques Henry
23x15px Fred Stalder
23x15px Gernard Grobot
Lola T292 Ford Cosworth FVC 1.9L I4 84
48 S
3.0
47 23x15px Martini Racing Team 23x15px Reinhold Joest
23x16px Claude Haldi
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 54
49 S
2.0
27 23x15px Escuderia Montjuich 23x15px José Juncadella
23x15px Jorge de Bagration
Chevron B23 Ford Cosworth FVC 1.9L I4 52
50 S
3.0
61 23x15px Daniel Rouveyran 23x15px Daniel Rouveyran
23x15px Christian Mons
23x15px Christian Ethuin
Lola T280/82 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 38
51 GT
+5.0
29 23x15px John Greenwood 23x15px John Greenwood
23x15px Bob Johnson
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 37
52 S
3.0
62 23x15px Automobiles Ligier 23x15px Guy Ligier
23x15px Jacques Laffite
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 24
53 T
3.0
54 23x15px Ford Motorwerke 23x15px Gerry Birrell
23x15px Hans Heyer
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6 4
54 S
2.0
2 23x16px Blancpain Total Dinitrol 23x15px Roger Dubois
23x15px Christine Beckers
23x15px Pierre Pagani
Chevron B21/23 Ford Cosworth FVC 1.8L I4 9
55 T
5.0
58 23x16px Wicky Racing Team 23x16px Walter Brun
23x16px Cox Kocher
23x16px Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.3L I6 1

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #16 SpA Ferrari SEFAC - 3:37.50
  • Fastest Lap - #10 Equipe Matra-Simca Shell - 3:39.60
  • Distance - 4853.945 km
  • Average Speed - 202.247 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #45 Porsche Kremer Racing Team

References

  • Invalid language code. 24 heures du Mans 1973 in Automobile Historique n°49, June/July 2005