Le Mans Legends Display Big Race Heritage

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The Le Mans Legends race on Saturday morning should be a highlight of the build up to the actual 24-Hour races itself as well as reminding racegoers of the rich heritage of the event. With the eligible date range extended this year letting in the cars of the late 1960s, the event has a broad range of classic entries (see full list below) ranging from a 750cc Panhard to a pack of GT40s!

Thursday evening’s qualifying session saw the 1960s sports racers to the fore, with the French GT40 of Bernard Thuner and Claude Nahum quickest ahead. Just two seconds behind was the GT40 of Diogo Ferrao amd Martin Stretton, the front two almost twelve seconds clear of the pack and looking to have the race at the front to themselves.

Qualifying Top Ten:

1 Bernard Thuner F / Claude Nahum F (Ford GT40 Mk1) 4m30.280s

2 Diogo Ferrao PT / Martin Stretton GB (Ford GT40) 4m32.753s

3 Richard Meins GB (Ford GT40 1966) 4m44.514s

4 Sylvain Stepak F / Jean Luc Blanchemain F (Alpine A220) 4m44.514s

5 Philip Walker GB / Miles Griffiiths GB  (Ford GT40) 4m46.506s

6 Ludovic Caron F (Shelby Cobra 289 MkII) 4m47.700s

7 Andrew Smith GB / James Cottingham GB (Ford GT40 Mk1) 4m47.837s

8 Chris Ward GB (Lister Costin) 4m49.972s

9 David Hart NL (AC Cobra Le Mans) 4m50.718

10 Marc Doncieux F (Ford GT40) 4.56.741s

The Le Mans Legend race is From 10.05 to 10.50 local time at Le Mans on Saturday (June 13th) morning and don’t forget the English language commentary on Radio Le Mans (available from their website) is sponsored by HistoricRacingNews.com!

Full Le Mans Legends Entry List (number, car, year, engine capacity, driver(s)):

LML1 Cars 1949-1954 over 2000

2 Jaguar C-type (1952) 3400 David Wenman GB

4 Allard J2X Le Mans (1952) 5400 Andy Dee-Crowne  GB

5 Jaguar C-type (1952) 3442 John Young GB

15 Allard J2 (1950) 5400 Patrick Watts GB

30 Jaguar XK120 OTS (1950) 3442 Wil Arif GB

54 Cooper Jaguar T33 (1954) 3442 Derek Hood GB

121 Aston Martin DB2 Lightweight Le Mans (1951) 2580 Glynn Allen GB / Tim Stamper GB

155 Aston Martin DB2 (1953) 2922 Andrew Sharp GB

LML2 Cars 1955-1959 over 2000

11 Jaguar D-Type (1955) 3400 Harry Wyndham GB

17 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (1955) 2996 Graf Joachim Von Finckenstein D

19 Mercedes 300M Gullwing (1955) 2996 Paul Chase-Gardener GB

41 Lister Costin (1959) 3781 Chris Ward GB

42 Jaguar XK140 FHC (1955) 3443 Carlos Martinez De Campos ES / Chris Keith Lucas GB

49 Jaguar D-type (1955) 3440 Clive Joy GB Jarrah Venables GB

55 Cooper Monaco T49 (1960) 2500 Gregory Martin CH

LML3 Cars 1955-1959 under 2000

7 Lotus 11 Le Mans (1957) 1499 David Cooke GB / Neil Twyman GB

23 AC Ace (1957) 1971 Richard Lake GB

26 Panhard Monopole X86 (1956) 750 François Cointreau F

31 Connaught ALSR (1954) 1484 Paul Griffin GB / Gillian Carr GB

60 Lotus 15 (1959) 1998 Guy Peeters B / Michel Wanty B

70 Lotus 17 Prototype (1959) 1220 Dion Kremer GB

LML4 GT Cars 1960-68 over 2000

1 Chevrolet Corvette (1960) 4637 Alain Rüede CH

8 Aston Martin Project 214 (1963) 3996 Martin Brewer GB / Tim Mogridge GB

9 AC Cobra Shelby American (1962) 4724 Nicolas ChambonF

18 Aston Martin DP214 (1962) 3750 Robert Rawe GB / Stephen Archer GB

21 Austin-Healey 3000 (1959) 3000 Karsten Le Blanc NL / Christiaen van Lanschot NL

22 AC Cobra (1964) 4727 Michael Squire GB

24 Jaguar E-type Lightweight (1961) 3800 Sam Thomas GB / Sam Hancock GB

25 Jaguar E-type Low Drag (1961) 3800 Martin Melling GB

29 Morgan Plus 4 Supersports (1956) 2188 Keith Ahlers GB / Billy Bellinger GB

32 Austin-Healey 3000 MK1 (1960) 2912 Katarina Kyvalova SK

33 Aston Martin DB4GT (1960) 3700 Tom Alexander GB / Adrian Willmott GB

34 Chevrolet Corvette (1965) 6584 Eberhard Baunach D

38 Ferrari 275 GTB (1966) 3300 Jan Gijzen NL

86 Tojeiro EE Buick (1962) 3500 Till Bechtolsheimer GB

89 Jaguar E-type Semi-Lightweight (1965) 3781 Steve Soper GB

112 Maserati 151/154 (1965) 5044 Barrie Baxter CA

122 Jaguar E-type Semi-Lightweight (1965) 3781 Siamak Siassi CH / Wolfgang Kaufmann D

201 Shelby Cobra 289 MkII (1963) 4855 Ludovic Caron F

LML5 GT Cars 1960-65 under 2000

10 Porsche 904/8 (1964) 1981 Afschin Fatemi D

27 Lotus Elan (1965) 1594 John Sheldon GB

36 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (1963) 1600 Jean Laurent-Bellue F / Alex Furiani D

39 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports (1961) 1991 John Emberson GB

44 TVR Grantura MkIII (1963) 1840 Phil Hooper GB / Ian Bankhurst GB

45 MG B Roadster (1963) 1845 David Green GB / Matthew Green GB

46 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite (1960) 1300 Christopher Clegg GB / Charles Clegg GB

57 Alfa Romeo TZ1 (1964) 1600 Holly Mason-Franchitti GB

59 Morgan Plus 4 Supersports (1962) 1991 Simon King GB

64 TVR Grantura (1964) 1840 Colin Elstrop GB / John Coyle GB

65 Porsche 901 (1965) 1991 Mark Bates GB / James Bates GB

83 Marcos Mini Marcos GT (1967) 1250 Josh Sadler GB / Barrie Williams GB

138 MGB (1962) 1845 Paul Latimer GB / James Owen GB

183 Lotus Elite (1961) 1220 Gideon Hudson GB

LML6 Sports Racing Cars 1961-68

3 Ford GT40 (1966) 4727 Richard Meins GB

6 Ford GT40 (1965) 4736 Diogo Ferrao PT / Martin Stretton GB

12 Ford GT40 Mk1 (1968) 4949 Bernard Thuner F / Claude Nahum F

14 Ford GT40 (1966) 4800 Marc Doncieux F

20 Porsche 910 (1967) 1991 Rainer Becker D

28 Alpine A220 (1968) 2995 Sylvain Stepak F / Jean Luc Blanchemain F

37 Ford GT40 (1965) 4700 Philip Walker GB / Miles Griffiiths GB

63 Ford GT40 Mk1 (1965) 4700 Andrew Smith GB / James Cottingham GB

Reserve:

76 (4) AC Cobra Le Mans (1963) 4743 David Hart NL