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1974 24 Hours of Le Mans

1974 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 42nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 15 and 16 June 1974. It was the fifth round of the 1974 World Championship for Makes.

Pre-race

In 1974, Ferrari retired from endurance racing. Matra had developed the Matra 670 into a more aerodynamic version, the 680. Three 670s and one 680 were entered. In addition, John Wyer entered two Gulf-GR7s.

Race

Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse's Matra 670 was leading at dawn. Around 10:00 a.m. the Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera running in second place lost its fifth gear, causing the car to lose around 40 seconds per lap to the leading Matra.

But just before 11:00 a.m., Pescarolo had a gearbox failure. The Porsche-designed Matra gearbox problem was easy to repair, but when Pescarolo returned to the race, he had lost 45 minutes. The Porsche 911 Turbo was now in the same lap, which was a surprising achievement for a road-car derivative car against the prototypes.

Rain began to fall during the final hour. Pescarolo managed to build a six-lap lead over the Porsche by the end. It was Matra's and Pescarolo's third consecutive Le Mans victory. At the end of the season Matra announced its retirement from racing.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
3.0
7 23x15px Équipe Gitanes 23x15px Henri Pescarolo
23x15px Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670C Matra 3.0L V12 337
2 S
3.0
22 23x15px Martini Racing Team 23x15px Gijs van Lennep
23x16px Herbert Müller
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo Porsche 2.1L Turbo Flat-6 331
3 S
3.0
9 23x15px Équipe Gitanes 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jabouille
23x15px François Migault
Matra-Simca MS670C Matra 3.0L V12 324
4 S
3.0
11 23x15px Gulf Research Racing Co. 23x15px Derek Bell
23x15px Mike Hailwood
Gulf GR7 [1] Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 317
5 GT 71 23x15px Raymond Touroul 23x15px Cyril Grandet
23x15px Dominique Bardini
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 313
6 GT 54 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Dave Heinz
23x15px Alain Cudini
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 312
7 GT 66 23x16px Porsche Club Romand 23x16px Bernard Chenevière
23x16px Peter Zbinden
23x15px Michel Dubois
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 312
8 S
3.0
15 23x15px Automobiles Ligier 23x15px Jacques Laffite
23x15px Alain Serpaggi
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6 310
9 S
3.0
1 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Teodoro Zeccoli
23x15px Jean-Claude Andruet
Ferrari 312P Ferrari 3.0L V12 298
10 GT 70 23x15px ASA Cachia 23x15px Raymound Touroul
23x15px Henri Cachia
23x15px Dennis Rua
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 288
11 GT 56 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Christian Ethuin
23x15px Lucien Guitteny
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 285
12 GT 69 23x15px Lucien Negeotte 23x15px Lucien Negeotte
23x15px Jean-Pierre Laffeach
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 276
13 GT 59 23x15px Pierre Mauroy 23x15px Anne-Charlotte Verney
23x15px Pierre Mauroy
23x15px Martine Rénier
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 276
14 GT 63 23x15px Jean-Claude Lagniez 23x15px Jean-Claude Lagniez
23x15px Gérard Meo
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 274
15 T 86 23x15px Jean-Claude Aubriet 23x15px Jean-Claude Aubriet
23x15px "Depnic"
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.5L I6 269
16 GT 57 23x15px Marcel Mignot 23x15px Marcel Mignot
23x15px Harry Jones
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12 266
17 S
2.0
30 23x15px "Christine" - Écurie Seiko 23x15px Christine Beckers
23x15px Yvette Fontaine
23x15px Marie Laurent
Chevron B23 Ford Cosworth FVC 2.0L I4 265
18 GT 51 23x15px Henri Greder 23x15px Henri Greder
23x15px Marie-Claude Charmasson
Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet 7.0L V8 253
19 S
3.0
65 23x15px Christian Poirot 23x15px Christian Poirot
23x15px Jean Rondeau
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8 251
20 GT 73 23x16px Paul Blancpain
23x15px Toad Hall
23x15px Michael Keyser
23x15px Milt Minter
23x16px Paul Blancpain
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6 246

Not Classified

Failed to cover 70% of winner's laps (235 laps)

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
21 S
3.0
25 Template:Country data JPN Mazda Automotive Template:Country data JPN Yasuhiro Okamoto
Template:Country data JPN Harukuni Takahashi
Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
Sigma MC74 Mazda 12A 1.2L 2-Rotor 155

Did Not Finish

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
22 GT 72 23x15px Polifac Gelo Racing Team 23x15px Franz Pesch
23x15px Jürgen Barth
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
23 GT 62 23x15px Ecurie Francorchamps 23x15px Hughes de Fierlandt
23x15px Richard Bond
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
24 GT 67 23x16px Porsche Club Romand 23x16px William Vollery
23x16px Eric Chapuis
23x15px Roger Dorchy
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
25 S
2.0
44 23x15px Gérard Cuynet 23x15px Gérard Cuynet
23x15px Yves Evrard
23x15px Jean-Louis Gama
Porsche 910 Porsche 2.0L Flat-6
26 T 90 23x15px Shark Team 23x15px Jean-Claude Guérie
23x15px Serge Godard
23x15px Dominique Fornage
Ford Capri RS Ford 3.0L V6
27 S
2.0
43 23x15px Racing Organisation Course 23x15px Robert Mieusset
23x15px Fred Stalder
23x15px François Sérvanin
Lola T292 ROC-Chrysler 2.0L I4
28 S
3.0
10 23x15px Alain de Cadenet 23x15px Chris Craft
23x15px John Nicholson
De Cadenet LM Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
29 GT 64 23x15px Polifac Gelo Racing Team 23x15px Georg Loos
23x15px Clemens Schickentanz
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
30 T 87 23x15px BMW Jolly Club 23x15px Manfred Mohr
23x15px Martino Finotto
23x15px Carlo Facetti
BMW 3.0CSL BMW 3.5L I6
31 GT 61 23x15px Robert Buchet 23x15px Claude Ballot-Léna
23x15px Vic Elford
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
32 S
3.0
17 23x15px Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team 23x15px Fausto Merello
23x15px Guillermo Ortega
23x15px Lothar Ranft
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8
33 S
3.0
6 23x15px Équipe Gitanes 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier
Matra-Simca MS680 Matra 3.0L V12
34 S
3.0
8 23x15px Équipe Gitanes 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
23x15px Bob Wollek
23x15px José Dolhem
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12
35 S
3.0
14 23x15px Automobiles Ligier 23x15px Guy Chasseuil
23x15px Michel Leclère
Ligier JS2 Maserati 3.0L V6
36 S
3.0
28 23x16px Michel Dupont Scato 23x16px Heinz Schulthess
23x15px Michel Lateste
Lola T284 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
37 S
3.0
21 23x15px Martini Racing Team 23x15px Helmut Koinigg
23x15px Manfred Schurti
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo Porsche 2.1L Turbo Flat-6
38 S
3.0
46 23x15px Rebaque-Rojas Racing Team 23x15px Guillermo Rojas
23x15px Héctor Rebaque
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
39 GT 68 23x15px Samson Kremer Racing 23x15px Hans Heyer
23x16px Paul Keller
23x15px Erwin Kremer
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
40 S
3.0
19 23x16px Wicky Racing Team 23x16px André Wicky
23x15px Jacques Boucard
23x15px Louis Cosson
Porsche 908/2 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8
41 S
3.0
12 23x15px Gulf Research Racing Co. 23x15px Vern Schuppan
23x15px Reine Wisell
Gulf GR7 [1] Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8
42 S
2.0
23 23x15px Mamers-Grac-Gotti-Meca 23x15px Max Mamers
23x15px Xavier Lapeyre
Grac-Gotti MT20 Chrysler-Simca JRD 2.0L I4
43 GT 58 23x15px Escuderia Montjuich 23x16px Claude Haldi
23x15px José-Maria Fernández
23x15px Jean-Marc Seguin
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
44 GT 60 23x15px Louis Meznarie 23x15px Hubert Striebig
23x15px Helmut Kirschoffer
23x15px Jean-Louis Chateau
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Porsche 3.0L Flat-6
45 GT 52 23x16px Wicky Racing Team 23x15px Max Cohen-Olivar
23x16px Philippe Carron
De Tomaso Pantera Ford 5.8L V8
46 S
3.0
18 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Jean-Louis Lafosse
23x15px Giancarlo Gagliardi
Ferrari 308 GT4 Ferrari 3.0L V8
47 S
2.0
27 23x16px Michel Dupont Scato 23x16px Michel Dupont
23x16px Gregor Fischer
23x15px Daniel Brillat
Chevron B23/26 Ford Cosworth BDG 1.8L I4
48 S
3.0
31 23x15px Écurie Tibidabo 23x15px Francisco Torredemer
23x15px Juan Fernández
23x15px Bernard Tramont
Porsche 908/3 Porsche 3.0L Flat-8
49 GT 55 23x15px North American Racing Team 23x15px Jean-Pierre Paoli
23x15px Alain Couderc
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Ferrari 4.4L V12

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #7 Equipe Gitanes - 3:35.18
  • Fastest Lap - #6 Equipe Gitanes - 3:42.70
  • Distance - 4606.571 km
  • Average Speed - 191.940 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #71 Raymond Touroul

References

  1. ^ a b 24 Heures du Mans, Automobile Year - 1974/75, page 222