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Le Mans Test Weekend

Le Mans, France

Date: 18/3/1972 to: 19/3/1972
Track length: 13.640 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: unknown
Starters: 25 total
Finishers: 12 classified

Pole position:
Fastest lap:

Distance: 4 hours
Average speed:
Weather: Saturday: sunny, rain in the afternoon
Ruleset: Group 2, Group 4, Group 6
Car info: 1972 Cars

 

The main reason to compete in this weekend was the later 24h race. Apart from the practice sessions, a 4-hour race took place. De Tomaso was fastest of the GT’s (and 5th overall), but AMG Mercedes was disappointing, although 280 km/h was reached on the straight. Brake troubles and a few other problems prevented a good time. Ford was satisfied, they were faster than all the Porsches!
The four hour race had a reduced entry and became a whitewash for Porsche, after the Ligier retired with a broken gearbox.


Practice sessions
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 30 Escuderia Montjuich
De Tomaso Pantera
Herbert Müller, CH
Michael Parkes, GB
5763 V8 GT +2000 4.16,3        
6 2 39 Charles Pozzi
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Claude Ballot-Léna, F
Jean-Claude Andruet, F
4390 V12 GT +2000 4.19,4        
8   21 Automobiles Ligier
Ligier JS2 Maserati
Guy Ligier, F
Jean-Francois Piot, F
2938 V6 S +2000 4.22,1        
9 1 52 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Hans-Joachim Stuck, D
Jochen Mass, D
2940 V6 T +2000 4.31,1        
10 3 43 Jean Mesange
Porsche 911 S
Paul Keller, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.32,8        
11 4 68 Ecurie Léopard
Chevrolet Corvette
Jean Claude Aubriet, F
7000 V8 GT +2000 4.33,0        
13 5 45 Raymond Touroul
Porsche 911 S
Raymond Touroul, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.33,8        
14 6 97 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
Erwin Kremer, D
2464 B6 GT +2000 4.34,4        
15 7 42 Claude Haldi
Porsche 911 S
Paul Keller, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.34,7        
16 8 76 Club Porsche Romand Bonomel
Porsche 911 S
Ennio Bonomelli, I
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.36,1        
17 9 76 René Mazzia
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Barth, D
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.37,6        
18 10 76 Jean Sage
Porsche 911 S
Pierre Greub, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.38,3        
19 11 76 Robert Buchet
Porsche 911 S
Guy Gentis, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.40,4        
20 12 76 Jean-Pierre Gaban
Porsche 911 S
Hermès Delbar, B
Jean-Pierre Gaban, B
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.45,4        
22 2 48 AMG
Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3
Clemens Schickentanz, D
6834 V8 T +2000 4.48,4        
23 13 93 Louis Meznarie
Porsche 911 S
Sylvain Garant, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 4.56,2        
24 3 81 Greder Racing Team
Opel Commodore GS
Jean Ragnotti, F
2998 L6 T +2000 5.50,2        
25 14 29 Greder Racing Team
Chevrolet Corvette
Christine Beckers ("Christine"), B
7000? V8 GT +2000 no time        

4 hour 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
3 1 90 Porsche Club Romand
Porsche 911 S
Paul Keller, CH
Jean Mesange, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 52 laps 4 4.30,5    
4 2 45 Raymond Touroul
Porsche 911 S
Raymond Touroul, F
Fernand T. Sarapoulos ("Lee Banner"), GR
2494 B6 GT +2000 52 6 4.33,6    
6 3 75 Robert Buchet
Porsche 911 S
Guy Gentis, F
Jean-Paul Bodin, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 51 16 4.40,4    
7 4 94 Heinz Schiller
Porsche 911 S
Jean Selz, CH
Florian Vetsch, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000 51 12 4.37,4    
8 5 98  
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Philippe Cornet, F
Epinat
4390 V12 GT +2000 50 7 4.34,0    
9 6 78 Jean-Pierre Gaban
Porsche 911 S
Willy Braillard, B
Hermès Delbar, B
2494 B6 GT +2000 49 20 4.49,7    
10 7 93 Louis Meznarie
Porsche 911 S
Sylvain Garant, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 48        
11 1 85  
Ford Capri RS 2600
Joël Bonnemaison, F
Marcel Grué, F
2940? V6 T +2000 43 25 5.23,1    
12 2 99  
Mazda Familia R100 M10A coupé
Claude Buchet, F
Jean-Paul Agère, F
2 x 491 R2 T -2000? 42 27 5.42,3    
NC   87  
Alpine A 110 1600S
Maurice Nusbaumer, F
J.C. Zaganelli, F
1600 L4 S? -2000 29 22 5.00,7    
DNF   91  
Porsche 911 S
Dominique Bardini, F
Jean-Claude Lagniez, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 41 13 4.38,8   Oil system
DNF   92 Pierre Greub
Porsche 911 S
Jean-Claude Favre, F
Pierre Greub, CH
(Jean Sage, F)
2494 B6 GT +2000 28 21 4.52,2   Clutch
DNF   61 Wicky Racing Team
Porsche 911 S
Max Cohen-Olivar, MOR
Jean-Pierre Aeschlimann, CH
2494 B6 GT +2000 13 17 4.40,7   Accident
DNF   68 Ecurie Leopard
Chevrolet Corvette
Jean Claude Aubriet, F
7000? V8 GT +2000 12 8 4.34,3   Engine
DNF   97 Porsche Kremer
Porsche 911 S
Erwin Kremer, D
2464 B6 GT +2000 11 19 4.45,8   Oil system
DNF   95 Shark Racing
Ford Capri RS 2600
Jean-Claude Geurie, F
Jean-Pierre Rouget, F
2940? V6 T +2000 10 11 4.36,8    
DNF   40 Rene Mazzia
Porsche 911 S
Jürgen Barth, D
Pierre Mauroy, F
2494 B6 GT +2000 9 10 4.36,2   Clutch
DNF   21 Automobiles Ligier
Ligier JS2 Maserati
Guy Ligier, F
Jean-Francois Piot, F
2938 V6 S +2000 8 5 4.31,9   Gearbox
DNF   48 AMG
Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3
Hans Heyer, D
Clemens Schickentanz, D
6834 V8 T +2000 4 18 4.41,3    
DNF   76  
Porsche 911 S
Ennio Bonomelli, I
Pino Pica, I
2494 B6 GT +2000 3 15 4.40,4   Accident
DNF   81 Greder Racing Team
Opel Commodore GS
Henri Greder, F
Jean Ragnotti, F
2998 L6 T +2000 2 26 5.37,8   Engine
DNF   52 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Hans-Joachim Stuck, D
2940 V6 T +2000 1 23 5.16,4   Accident