Le Mans Classic: 7 Former winners for the 7th event

This historic meeting also attracts the top drivers who take part in the modern event, seven of whom have won it !

Le Mans Classic: 7 Former winners for the 7th event

Le Mans Classic is held every two years and it provides a unique opportunity to see the cars that raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours between 1923 and 1979 doing battle on the big circuit. This historic meeting also attracts the top drivers who take part in the modern event, seven of whom have won it !

Of the seven former victors taking part the one with the most victories to his name (5) with Audi (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) is Emanuele Pirro . Three months after his first outing in the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, the Italian driver has stayed faithful to the firm from Turin and he will drive a 33TT12 from 1974.

Romain Dumas
Romain Dumas

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Andy Wallace is another who remains faithful to a make and 26 years after helping Jaguar to its sixth win in the Sarthe he is back at the wheel of a 1955 D - Typ e. The Englishman with 19 outings in the 24 Hours is one of the drivers with the highest number of starts. However, he is beaten by Emmanuel Collard who will be on the grid for the 20th time before competing in Le Mans Classic in a Porsche 910 and a 911 RS R. Hernando da Silva Ramos is also very experienced and the sprightly 88 year old will be back in the Sarthe in an Aston Martin DB2/4 similar to the one he drove 60 years ago!

This year marks Porsche’s return to the prototype category, and some of the mos t famous representatives of the make will be taking part in Le Mans Classic: Jürgen Barth , winner of the race in 1977, will drive a Porsche 907 from 1967. Two - time victor Gijs van Lennep will be at the wheel of a 936 like the one in which he took the chequ ered flag in 1976. Kristian Poulsen, first in the LM P2 category in 2009 in an RS Spyder, will discover another universe than that of carbon fibre in a 1957 Porsche 356. Double category winner Raymond Narac will stay faithful to his 911, but will travel 40 years back in time to a 3 - itre RSR of 1 974. Current works Porsche driver Romain Dumas , first in the 2010 race in an Audi, will team up with Richard Mille in a Porsche 935.

Two other French winners will be on the grid: Gérard Larrousse , two - time victor w ith Matra (and current Drivers’ Club President) will be at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR while Eric Hélary , one of the heroes of Peugeot’s historic triple in 1993, will share his time between two Corvette C3s (1970 and 1974).

A De - Cadenet Lola will race in the sixth grid, but its creator, Alain de Cadenet prefers an older model, a D - Type Jaguar from 1956, shared with Brian Redman.. Same decision for driver - constructor Jacques Nicolet who will quit the cockpit of his modern LM P2 prototype for a venerable 1968 Costin Nathan.

Many other people who have raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours are expected: Jacques Laffite (Porsche 910), Paul Belmondo (Ford GT 40), Vanina Ickx (Ford Mustang Shelby 350), Jean Ragnotti and Alain Serpaggi (Alpine Renault A 442 B) and Nanni Galli, Christophe Tinseau, Pierre de Thoisy, Elliott Forbes - Robinson, Michel Lecourt, Jean - Marc Merlin, Luís Pérez Companc, Stuart Hall, Hans Hugenholtz, Roald Goethe, François Perrodo, Xavier Pompidou, John Sheldon, Patrice Lafargue, Lucien Rossiau d, Frédéric Da Rocha, Erik Maris, Lucien Guitteny

The drivers will sign autographs in two sessions partnered by the Drivers’ Club on Friday 4th July at 17h00 and Sunday 6 th July at 11h30.

Le Mans Classic

shares
comments
Le Mans Classic: Sebastien Loeb will signal the start

Previous article

Le Mans Classic: Sebastien Loeb will signal the start

Next article

Perrinn Limited open source 'myLMP1' show car unveiled

Perrinn Limited open source 'myLMP1' show car unveiled
Load comments
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in LMP2 at Le Mans Prime

The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in LMP2 at Le Mans

Kevin Magnussen will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this weekend alongside father Jan in LMP2. But the Danes won't be the only ex-F1 drivers to appear in the hotly contested category this year.

Le Mans
Aug 20, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload Prime

How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload

The 23-car GTE Am field promises to be one of the most open in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, with the added jeopardy of managing the enthusiasm of amateur drivers to boot, as Absolute Racing Porsche driver Marco Seefried explains

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021