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Le Mans 24 hours

Le Mans, France

Date: 10/6/1972 to: 11/6/1972
Track length: 13.640 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 66
Starters: 55
Finishers: 18 classified

Pole position:
Fastest lap:

Distance: 24 hours
Average speed:
Weather: Some rain
Ruleset: Group 2, Group 4, Group 6
Car info: 1972 Cars

 

For the first time, group 2 touring cars were allowed to race at Le Mans. They raced the GT’s and the non-homologated Ligiers in the Shadow of the hollow Matra victory. It was hoped that they, one day, would lead the field instead of being lapped - the last action proved fatal for Bonnier, who tried to pass a Ferrari Daytona on the straight, only to crash.

The GT Ferrari’s finished position 5-9, Porsche had a bad Le Mans, only one of the 911’s surviving. Ford could impress little with the Capri, two cars finished in 10th and 11th position, while the third one retired; the BMW Schnitzer coupé retired in the 6th hour; AMG Mercedes did not enter at all after the disappointing outing in April.


Sportscar Race
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
5 1 39 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
(François Migault, F)
4390 V12 GT +2000 306 laps 28 4.25,4    
6 2 74 North American Racing Team
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Sam Posey, USA
Tony Adamowicz, USA
4390 V12 GT +2000 304 22 4.23,1    
7 3 34 Scuderia Filipinetti
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Michael Parkes, GB
Jean-Louis Lafosse, F
Jean-Jacques Cochet, F
4390 V12 GT +2000 302 33 4.26,1    
8 4 36 Ecurie Francorchamps
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Derek Bell, GB
Teddy Pilette, B
Richard Bond, GB
4390 V12 GT +2000 302 26 4.25,1    
9 5 38 North American Racing Team
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Claude Buchet, F
Jean-Pierre Jarier, F
(Pierre Laffeach, F)
4390 V12 GT +2000 297 25 4.24,7    
10 1 54 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Gerry Birrell, GB
Claude Bourgoignie, B
2940 V6 T +2000 292 35 4.28,9    
11 2 52 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Dieter Glemser, D
Alex Soler-Roig, E
2940 V6 T +2000 289 34 4.26,5    
13 6 41 Louis Meznarie
Porsche 911 S
Michael Keyser, USA
Jürgen Barth, D
Sylvain Garant, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 285 44 4.37,9    
15 7 4 North American Racing Team
Chevrolet Corvette ZL1
Dave Heinz, USA
Robert Johnson, USA
7000 V8 GT +2000 284 51 4.42,8    
16 8 32 Claude Dubois
De Tomaso Pantera
Jean-Marie Jacquemin, B
Yves Deprez, B
5763 V8 GT +2000 282 48 4.39,8    
17 9 46 North American Racing Team
Ferrari Dino 246 GT
Pierre Laffeach, F
Gilles Doncheux, F
(Yves Forrestier, F)
ca. 2500 V6 GT +2000 265 55 4.53,8    
DNF   29 Greder Racing Team
Chevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder, F
Marie-Claude Charmasson ("Beaumont"), F
7000? V8 GT +2000 235 46 4.38,9   Accident
DNF   57 North American Racing Team
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Luigi Chinetti Jr, USA
Masten Gregory, USA
4390 V12 GT +2000 226 29 4.25,7   Head gasket
DNF   42  
Porsche 911 S
Claude Haldi, CH
Paul Keller, CH
Gerard Darton Merlin ("Gedehem"), F
2494 B6 GT +2000 208 40 4.35,2   Head gasket
DNF   34 Scuderia Filipinetti
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Bernard Chenevière, CH
Florian Vetsch, CH
Gérard Pillon, CH
4390 V12 GT +2000 204 36 4.29,1   Accident
DNF   22 Automobiles Ligier
Ligier JS2 Maserati
Pierre Maublanc, F
Jacques Laffite, F
(Jean-Pierre Paoli, F)
2938 V6 S +2000 195 47 4.39,7   Engine
DNF   71 Ecurie Léopard
Chevrolet Corvette
Jean Claude Aubriet, F
Jean-Claude Depince ("Depnic"), F
R. Sylvain, F
7000? V8 GT +2000 188 53 4.48,4   Head gasket
DNF   56 Claude Laurent
Ligier JS2 Maserati
Martial Delalande, F
Claude Laurent, F
Jacques Marché, F
2938 V6 S +2000 186 54 4.49,9   Engine
DNF   45  
Porsche 911 S
Fernand T. Sarapoulos ("Lee Banner"), GR
Dominique Bardini, F
Raymond Touroul, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 183 45 4.38,6   Engine
DNF   53 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jochen Mass, D
Hans-Joachim Stuck, D
2940 V6 T +2000 152 30 4.25,9   Engine
DNF   72 John Greenwood Racing
Chevrolet Corvette
Bernard Darniche, F
Alain Cudini, F
John Greenwood, USA
7000? V8 GT +2000 82 16 4.18,8   Head gasket
DNF   49 Team Schnitzer Motul
BMW 2800 CS
Hans Heyer, D
René Herzog, CH
2996 L6 T +2000 70 41 4.35,3   Oil pressure
DNF   44  
Porsche 911 S
Georg Loos, D
Jean Sage, F
Franz Pesch, D
(Jean-Claude Favre, F)
(Jean-Pierre Hanrioud, F)
(Pierre Greub, CH)
2494 B6 GT +2000 64 52 4.46,2   Engine
DNF   28 John Greenwood Racing
Chevrolet Corvette
Dick Smothers, USA
John Greenwood, USA
Alain Cudini, F
7000? V8 GT +2000 53 38 4.31,2   Piston
DNF   80 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
John Fitzpatrick, GB
Erwin Kremer, D
Juan Carlos Bolanos, MEX
2464 B6 GT +2000 39 32 4.25,9   Crankshaft
DNF   30 Escuderia Montjuich
De Tomaso Pantera
Fernando de Baviera, E
José Juncadella, E
(Herbert Müller, CH)
5763 V8 GT +2000 36 49 4.42,1   Head gasket
DNF   79 Jean-Pierre Gaban
Porsche 911 S
Hermès Delbar, B
Roger Vanderschrick, B
(Willy Braillard, B)
2494 B6 GT +2000 64 39 4.33,9   Engine
DNF   31 Escuderia Montjuich
De Tomaso Pantera
Herbert Müller, CH
Cox Kocher, CH
5763 V8 GT +2000 31 42 4.36,7   Head gasket
DNF   84 Shark Team
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jean-Pierre Rouget, F
Jean-Claude Geurie, F
(Cyril Grandet, F)
2940? V6 T +2000 26 43 4.37,2   Oil pressure
DNF   75 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Daniel Rouveyran, F
François Migault, F
(Jean-Claude Andruet, F)
4390 V12 GT +2000 22 20 4.21,7   Clutch
DNF   21 Automobiles Ligier
Ligier JS2 Maserati
Guy Ligier, F
Jean-Francois Piot, F
(Jean-Pierre Paoli, F)
2938 V6 S +2000 7 23 4.24,2   Valve
DNF   33 Societé Franco-Brittanic
De Tomaso Pantera
Guy Chasseuil, F
Jean Vinatier, F
5763 V8 GT +2000 3 37 4.29,4   Head gasket
DNF   37 Maranello Concessionaires
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Peter Westbury, GB
John Hine, GB
(Mark Konig, GB)
4390 V12 GT +2000   27 4.25,3   Piston
DNF   40  
Porsche 911 S
Pierre Mauroy, F
Marcel Mignot, F
(René Mazzia, F)
2494 B6 GT +2000   50 4.42,6   Engine
DNS   43  
Porsche 911 S
Jean Mesange, F
Gerard Darton Merlin ("Gedehem"), F
2494 B6 GT +2000     4.30,4    
DNS   78 Gelo Racing Team
Porsche 911 S
Georg Loos, D
Franz Pesch, D
2494 B6 GT +2000     4.38,3    
DNQ   47 Motor Racing Facilities Ltd
Datsun 240Z
Robert Grant, GB
Martin Birrane, IRL
ca. 2400 L6 GT +2000     5.00,2    
DNQ   51 Wicky Racing Team
Porsche 911 S
Juan Diez, E
Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000     5.02,7    
DNQ   55 A.G.A.C.I.
Citroën SM
Guy Verrier, F
Gerard Foucault, F
3000? V6 T +2000     5.11,2    
DNQ   73 Scuderia Brescia Corse
De Tomaso Pantera
Enrico Pasolini, I
Gianpiero Moretti, I
Mario Casoni, I
Marsilio Pasotti ("Pam"), I
5763 V8 GT +2000     4.49,1    
DNQ   82  
Ford Capri RS 2600
Claude Bouchet, F
Joël Bonnemaison, F
2940? V6 T +2000     5.11,2