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1958 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1958 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 26th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 21 and 22 June 1958, on the Circuit de la Sarthe. It was also the fifth round of the 1958 World Sports Car Championship, which was running to new regulations introduced at the beginning of the season. Some 150,000 spectators had gathered for Europe's classic sports car race, around the 8.38-mile course. The prospect of an exciting duel between Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston Martin and giantkiller Porsche was enough to draw large crowds to the 24 Hours race.

Le Mans in 1958
Le Mans in 1958

The race was dominated by fifteen hours of rain, three of which were torrential, marking a bad summer solstice.[1] There were thirteen accidents, one killing gentleman-driver Jean-Marie Brussin. It marked the first ever overall win for an American and a Belgian driver and was the third win for the Scuderia Ferrari. The works Testarossas took over the lead in the third hour when, this year, it was the British challenge that ran out of steam. After their 1957 rout, the Italians took their revenge as Osca also won the Index of Performance.

Regulations

This year, the second under the new FIA Appendix C rules, a revision put a maximum engine size of 3.0 litres. This was an effort to limit the very high speeds of the new Maserati and Ferrari prototypes (and, indirectly ruling out the Jaguars) in the Sportscar Championship. The equivalence for forced-induction engines (supercharged or turbo) was reduced from x1.4 down to only x1.2 to encourage manufacturers to utilise that technology.

For the race itself, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) allowed an increase of a driver's stint to a maximum of 40 laps (from 36), although the 14-hour total limit was still in place. Pushing a car anywhere on the track, aside from in the pit-line, was now no longer allowed.[2][1]

Following Colin Chapman's example for Lotus in the previous year, many cars adopted the ‘wraparound’ windscreen to meet the official dimension requirements. This year Chapman introduced tonneau-covers for the passenger seat to reduce draught and air resistance.[1]

Entries

A total of 70 cars registered for the event, of which 59 were allowed to practice, to qualify for the 55 starting places event.[3][4][5]

Category Classes Entries
Large-engines S-3000 21 (+2 reserves)
Medium-engines S-2000 / S-1500 15 (+2 reserves)
Small-engines S-1100 / S-750 19 (+3 reserves)

The duels of the previous years between Jaguar and Ferrari were trimmed back by the new engine restriction. Although those manufacturers arrived with new engines, it also made Aston Martin (fresh from their triumph on the 1000km of Nürburgring) much more competitive, already with its tried and tested 3-litre engine. In the main class, only Ferrari and Aston Martin sent works entries.

Although defending champions Jaguar had no works team, they developed the new short-stroke 3-litre XK-engine, using carburettors not fuel-injection, to meet the 3.0L regulations for their customer teams.[6] It operated at around 5500-7000rpm, instead of the 4500-5800rpm of the previous bigger engines.[7] Winners of the past two races the Ecurie Ecosse team had two cars, for Ninian Sanderson/’Jock’ Lawrence and Jack Fairman/Masten Gregory The three other privateers included former winners Duncan Hamilton driving with Ivor Bueb. Also using the new 3-litre Jaguar motor was the new, small British manufacturer Lister, with two cars. Brian Lister had already been very successful in Britain however his lead driver, Archie Scott-Brown had been tragically killed at a sports-car race at Spa-Francorchamps just three weeks earlier.

Ferrari again arrived with a mighty force with no less than eleven cars for their works and private teams. Just prior to the meeting, Enzo Ferrari decided not to enter his latest two prototypes, reasoning that his well proven 3-litre 12-cylinder Testa Rossa was just the car for the circuit, and his best drivers. The pairings mostly came from the Ferrari F1 works team: Mike Hawthorn/Peter Collins, Phil Hill/Olivier Gendebien and Wolfgang von Trips/Wolfgang Seidel (called in to replace Luigi Musso injured in the previous weekend's Belgian Grand Prix). A fourth car was planned but Gino Munaron was also injured. The factory was backed up by no less than six other privately entered Testa Rossas, including two for Luigi Chinetti’s new North American Racing Team (NART) and single entries for Le Mans regulars Equipe Nationale Belge and Equipe Los Amigos.[8][9] A 2-litre Ferrari was entered for the Mexican Rodriguez brothers. However, Ricardo was judged to be too young (16 years old) by the ACO, and not allowed to start so he was replaced by José Behra (Jean Behra’s brother).[6][1][10]

Without its big engines and now in serious financial trouble, Maserati did not put in an effort this year, with only two private entries: in the 3-litre and a 2-litre classes.[11]

The new regulations suited Aston Martin very well, as they had already been running 3-litre cars for several years. They entered three of their updated DBR1s, as well as a privateer entry for the Whitehead brothers running a three-year old Aston Martin DB3S (the runner-up car in 1955[12]). The strong driver line-up in the works team consisted of Stirling Moss/Jack Brabham, Tony Brooks/Maurice Trintignant and Roy Salvadori/ Stuart Lewis-Evans.[6][8][9]

After its success in the previous year, Lotus returned with four works cars and two private entries. It was only a month after Cliff Allison came sixth after the team's auspicious F1 début at the Monaco Grand Prix. For this race, they put at least one car in 4 classes. The new Lotus 15 was designed by Frank Costin and carried several Coventry-Climax engine options: a 2-litre, 1.5-litre or even 750cc (for the affiliated Equipe Lotus France privateer team). Colin Chapman also got Coventry Climax to develop a new 741cc engine based on their 650cc lightweight boat engine. Finally, there were also a pair of older Lotus 11 models to contest the S-1100 class

The S-2000 class had a diverse group of eight entries: aside from the new Lotus and the privateer Maserati, AC returned with two entries, one based around a John Tojeiro design. NART had a Ferrari 500 TR, and the British company Peerless entered a true GT car, with a Triumph engine.

Porsche, having dominated the S-1500 class now broadened their focus by uprating two of their three works 718 RSKs with 1.6L engines. The 718RSK in the S-1500 was supported by three privately entered 550A cars. As well as a works Lotus there were two Alfa Romeo Giuliettas from the Italian Squadra Virgilio Conrero team.

The reduced S-1100 class was the preserve of the Coventry Climax engine – two Lotuses and a car from the new specialist designer John Tojeiro. There was a big field in the smallest S-750 class and dominated by works entries: defending champions Lotus had two cars; from France were three from Deutsch et Bonnet, four from Monopole and one from specialist VP-Renault. Italy had a pair of OSCAs and four from Stanguellini

Practice

After the success of the vintage cars in the previous year, this year on the Friday evening the ACO held a 1-hour regularity trial for classic Le Mans race-cars.[2]

Qualifying was held over three sessions for a total of 660 minutes over the Wednesday and Thursday. Most of the qualifying runs took place on a dry track and the best time was achieved by Moss, who pushed his Aston Martin around in time of 4:07, averaging 121.7 mph. Next quickest were Brooks and most of his Aston Martin teammates, ahead of the rest of the field. Fastest Jaguar went to Fairman, who did 4 min 13 sec, a time matched by Hawthorn in his Ferrari. The others Ferraris were around the 4 min 20 sec mark.[9]

The 2-litre Lotus 15 proved remarkably quick – Allison and debutante Graham Hill had the 4th and 5th fastest times in practice in a car virtually half the weight of the Ecosse Jaguars. In contrast the small works Lotus broke its new engine and had to switch to an FWC-spare.[13]

As a comparison, some of the lap-times recorded during practice were:[14][1]

Class Car Driver(s) Best Time
S-3000 Aston Martin DBR1/300 #2 Moss 4min 07.3sec
S-2000 Lotus 15 #26 G. Hill 4min 12.7sec
S-3000 Jaguar D-Type #6 Fairman 4min 13sec
S-3000 Ferrari 250 TR/58 #12 Hawthorn 4min 13sec
S-2000 Porsche 718 RSK #29 Behra 4min 20.5sec[1] /
4min 29sec[14]
S-1500 Porsche 718 RSK #31 Barth 4min 31sec
S-1100 Lotus 11 #38 Frost/Hicks 5min 10sec
S-750 OSCA 750S #42 de Tomaso 5min 19sec

Race

Start

It was a hot and sunny afternoon when the French tricolour fell at 4 pm. The first driver away was Moss in his Aston Martin – as lightning-quick off the line as usual – chased by his teammate Brooks and the Jaguars and Ferraris. Just 4½ minutes after his standing start, Moss came past at the end of the first lap with a quarter-mile, five-second, lead on Hawthorn, Brooks, von Trips, Gendebien and the Aston of Salvadori. The best Jaguar was tenth.[15] At the end of the second lap, Sanderson brought in one of the Ecosse Jaguars with a broken piston. Five laps later, his teammate Fairman arrived with the same terminal problem.[7] The rapid Allison/Hill 2-litre Lotus, so fast in practise, had also retired after only three laps with a blown head-gasket.[16]

Moss was very fast – extending his lead by 3 seconds a lap over the pursuing Ferraris. Hawthorn, leading the pack, tried his hardest – setting the fastest lap of the race at 4min 08sec. After the first hour, Moss was leading Hawthorn by 26 sec. Then came von Trips, Brooks, Gendebien and Hamilton in his Jaguar, with only the first three on the lead lap.[17] Behra's uprated Porsche was leading the 2-litre class, running in 11th ahead of bigger Ferraris, Jaguars and Listers and well ahead of the rest of their class. Meanwhile, the two OSCAs were leading the S-750 class as well as the Index of Performance. The Ecosse Jaguars were gone – the team blaming the ‘official’ fuel for burning out the pistons[11] though it was traced to defective valvegear operation.[7]

Such was Moss's pace, all the competitors with exception of the first three leaders, had been lapped at least once. In the next hour Moss extended his lead to 95 seconds. Hawthorn tried to keep up, but his car was now suffering from a slipping clutch, with von Trips and Brooks rapidly closing in on him.[17] Then at 6.10pm just a lap before the first pit-stops were due, Moss stopped at the Mulsanne corner with a broken conrod.[12] Hawthorn went to the pits for an extended stop and it was the other works Ferraris – Hill ahead of von Trips – who took up the lead positions, ahead of Brooks’ Aston Martin and Hamilton's Jaguar.

Soon after, the weather (which was to dominate the rest of the race) suddenly changed as an enormous storm swept across the circuit, flooding the track and reducing the visibility to nil.[10][9] The track was soon awash and a terrible series of accidents began: between 6.30 and 10pm, no less than a dozen cars were involved in crashes. In the 3rd hour Maurice Charles lost control of his Jaguar in the downpour at Maison Blanche and was taken to hospital after being hit by two other cars.[7] In the 5th hour as a second downpour started, Stuart Lewis-Evans tangled the second Aston Martin with a back-marker at Dunlop Curve doing terminal damage.

But the worst happened in the twilight just after 10pm when Jean-Marie Brussin (racing under the pseudonym “Mary”) lost control of his Jaguar going into the sweeping Dunlop curve after the pits, hitting the earth bank, rolling and ending up near the crest of the rise. Unsighted, the next car on the scene was Bruce Kessler’s NART Ferrari, running 5th, who smashed into the Jaguar and burst into flames. Kessler was fortunate to be thrown clear, receiving only heavy bruising and broken ribs, but Brussin was killed in the accident.[18][17][19] Duncan Hamilton, running second at the time, was next to the scene but was alerted by an anonymous spectator throwing his hat onto the track – an action that Hamilton later considered possibly saved his life - by giving him just enough time to lift off and avoid the wrecked cars.[20]

Night

Hamilton was driving extremely well in the wet and soon after 10pm had his Jaguar up to second and within the hour had taken the lead after the next scheduled pit-stops. Phil Hill recalled the night-time driving: “The volume of rain was amazing but I discovered that if I sat on the tool roll to prop myself up – no, we didn’t use seatbelts – and then tilted my head back and looked just over the tip of the windshield and under the bottom of my visor, the view wasn’t too bad.” He also keenly listened out for the sound of downshifting gears from cars ahead to get an idea of the approaching Mulsanne corner at the end of the long straight.[21][22][23]

Indeed, around 11.40pm von Trips (in the second-placed Ferrari) came to the high-speed Mulsanne kink and saw wreckage across the track and a driver lying unconscious on the road. Jean Hébert had been thrown clear when he rolled his Alfa Romeo avoiding a crashed car, and which had then caught fire. Von Trips stopped, ran back and pulled the Frenchman clear, as well as the biggest of the wreckage. When marshals ran up from the nearest post, he got back into his car and carried on his race. Hébert was not seriously injured.[24][25]

Another major accident then occurred at the Dunlop curve just before midnight. American Jay Chamberlain crashed his Lotus also avoiding a spinning car. He was lucky to be picked off the track before François Picard, in the Equipe Los Amigos Ferrari, crashed into it and destroying both cars, although both Chamberlain and Picard only received minor injuries. At 12.15am Wolfgang Seidel slipped his Ferrari, running 3rd, off at Arnage. Although only suffering light damage, it was well and truly stuck in the thick mud. Seidel was later reprimanded for not making more of an effort to dig out the car.[23] Hill, having taken over from Gendebien, drove exceptionally through the rain to catch and pass Hamilton's co-driver Ivor Bueb to go back into the lead. By 2.30am he had established a solid lap-and-a-half advantage.[26]

Hawthorn and Collins finally retired at 2am – having driven back up to 9th after falling as low as 18th with their clutch problems. NART's last Ferrari running – the 2-litre 500 TR of Rodriguez / Behra - retired just before half-time with a holed radiator.[27] At this point, there were just 26 cars left running, just half the field. The weather was not improving. Hill/Gendebien were still leading with Hamilton/Bueb a lap adrift. Now in third, some five laps behind the leader was the Aston Martin of Brooks/Trintignant, still going strong. The S-2000 Behra/Herrmann Porsche (proving very stable in the rain) had moved up to 4th overtaking the Whitehead brothers’ Aston Martin. The Halford/Taylor Lister was 6th with the Barth/ Frère Porsche in 7th leading the S-1500 class. Meanwhile, in the Index of Performance, it was a very close race between the works cars of de Tomaso's OSCA and Laureau's DB[17][9]

Morning

Soon after 6am Trintignant, who had been running a solid 3rd through the night, was stopped by a broken gearbox.[12][28] It ground to a halt at Mulsanne corner, where Moss had parked the sister car almost exactly twelve hours earlier.

Bruce Halford's Lister-Jaguar was running in 7th when it struck engine problems. Losing half an hour replacing the camshaft it then stopped on the Mulsanne straight. Watched by a crowd, and discretely advised by his mechanic standing nearby, co-driver Brian Naylor spent over an hour repairing the gearbox on his own and bump-starting it again.[29]

Hamilton had been running a solid 2nd place all morning but it was another heavy thunderstorm around noon that led to his retirement. Coming into Arnage he was suddenly confronted with a stationary Panhard in the road. Taking avoiding action, he lost control and rolled the Jaguar which landed upside-down straddling a water-soaked ditch. Once again, he was lucky as two spectators were nearby, sheltering from the heavy rain, and could pull out the unconscious Hamilton before he drowned. He was taken to hospital with concussion, minor cuts and leg injuries.[20][9][4] Hamilton's accident had happened right in front of Hill and the Jaguar's demise left the Hill / Gendebien Ferrari with an enormous 10-lap lead over Whitehead's Aston Martin. The Porsche team had been having an outstanding race with the Behra / Herrmann 1.6L RSK up to 3rd despite, struggling with fading brakes. The 1.5L variant of Barth/Frère was a lap behind and the privateer Porsche of Carel de Beaufort in 5th.

Finish and post-race

By mid-afternoon the rain finally ceased, so it was rather ironic that the race ended in sunshine on a drying track. Hill crossed the finish line at 4pm, ending one of the wettest and most difficult 24 Heures du Mans in history. Second step on the podium went to the private-entry Aston Martin of the Whitehead brothers. Porsche completed its best Le Mans to date with a remarkable 3-4-5 result with the S-2000 and S-1500 class victories after so many of the bigger-engined cars failed.

The OSCA of de Tomaso/Davis won the S-750 class, finishing 11th overall, having been chased hard throughout the race by the DB-Panhard of Laureau/Cornet, eventually finishing only 2 laps ahead of them. Three DBs finished, however only a single representative from Lotus, Stanguellini and Monopole got to the finish line in this largest class. In contrast, both OSCAs finished and claimed a 1-2 success in the Index of Performance, giving both major trophies to Italian cars. Alejandro de Tomaso subsequently founded his own supercar company in the next year, with his racing wife, Coca-Cola heiress, Elizabeth Isabel Haskell.[30][31] The new Tojeiro-AC eventually finished 8th, and second in S-2000 (the only other classified finisher in the class) but 31 laps behind the Porsche. Throughout Sunday Stoop and Bolton had battled loose handling, traced to the differential mountings gradually falling apart and had driven very cautiously in the bad weather. It managed to exactly meet its Index requirements with a ratio of 1.0, whereas the other AC, finishing 2 laps behind just missed out being classified. The Lister made it to the finish but its delays had also cost it too much time to be classified.[32][33]

This was Ferrari's third win, and coincidentally, the 1954 second victory had also been a contest in the rain versus Duncan Hamilton's Jaguar. This time however none of the Jaguars or works Aston Martins finished. Despite the atrocious weather for most of the race, the race distance of winners Gendebien and Hill would still have given them fifth place in the previous year's race. For the fourth consecutive race, Hawthorn was the quickest driver over a single lap, but his best lap of 4’ 08 was well down on his 3’ 58.7 record of 1957.[10] Sadly, this was the last Le Mans for the Ferrari works drivers: both Musso and Collins were killed in Grand Prix later in the year and, after retiring as the 1958 F1 World Champion, Hawthorn would also be killed within the next year.[34][35] In a grim year it also saw the death of Peter Whitehead, killed in an accident when his half-brother was driving in the Tour de France Automobile.[12]

Official results

Results taken from Quentin Spurring's book, officially licensed by the ACO[36] Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S3.0 14 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United States Phil Hill
Ferrari 250 TR/58 Ferrari 3.0L V12 305
2 S3.0 5 United Kingdom A.G. Whitehead
(private entrant)
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
United Kingdom Graham Whitehead
Aston Martin DB3S Aston Martin 3.0L S6 293
3 S2.0 29 West Germany Porsche KG France Jean Behra
West Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 718 RSK Porsche 1588cc F4 291
4 S1.5 31 West Germany Porsche KG East Germany Edgar Barth
Belgium Paul Frère
Porsche 718 RSK Porsche 1498cc F4 290
5 S1.5 32 Netherlands Baron de Beaufort Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
West Germany Herbert Linge
Porsche 550A Porsche 1498cc F4 288
6 S3.0 21 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
Belgium Alain de Changy
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 279
7 S3.0 22 United States E. Hugus
(private entrant)
United States Ed Hugus
United States Ray “Ernie” Erickson
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 278
8 S2.0 28 United Kingdom AC Cars Ltd United Kingdom Richard “Dickie” Stoop
United Kingdom Peter Bolton
AC Ace LM Prototype Bristol 1971cc S6 257
N/C * S2.0 27 United Kingdom A.C. Ace Ltd. Switzerland Hubert Patthey
Belgium Georges Berger
AC Ace Bristol 1971cc S6 255
9 S1.5 34 France J.-P. Colas
(private entrant)
France Jean Kerguen
France "Franc" (Jacques Dewez)
Porsche 550A Porsche 1498cc F4 254
10 S750 42 Italy Automobili OSCA Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso
United Kingdom Colin Davis
O.S.C.A. 750S OSCA 749cc S4 252
11 S750 44 France Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
France Gérard Laureau
France Louis Cornet
D.B. HBR-4 Spyder Panhard 745cc F2 250
12 S750 46 France Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
France Paul Armagnac
France Jean-Claude Vidilles
D.B. HBR-4 Spyder Panhard 745cc F2 242
13 S750 41 Italy Automobili Osca France Jean Laroche
France Rémy Radix
O.S.C.A. 750S OSCA 749cc S4 241
N/C * S3.0 10 United Kingdom B. Halford
(private entrant)
United Kingdom Bruce Halford
United Kingdom Brian Naylor
Lister Jaguar 3.0L I6 241
N/C * S2.0 24 United Kingdom Peerless Cars United Kingdom Peter Jopp
United Kingdom Percy Crabb
Peerless GT Coupé Triumph 1991cc S4 240
14 S750 51 France Equipe Monopole Courses France Jacques Poch
France Guy Dunaud-Saultier
Monopole X86 Panhard 745cc F2 218
15 S750 45 France Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
France Robert Mougin
France Jean Lucienbonnet
D.B. HBR-4 GTS Coupé Panhard 745cc F2 214
16 S750 53 Italy Automobili Stanguellini France François Sigrand
France René-Louis Revillon
Stanguellini S750 Sport Fiat 741cc S4 212
17 S750 55 United Kingdom Team Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Alan Stacey
United Kingdom Tom Dickson
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax FWC
741cc S4
202
  • Note *: Not Classified because of Insufficient distance covered

Did Not Finish

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps Reason
DNF S3.0 8 United Kingdom J. D. Hamilton
(private entrant)
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L S6 251 Accident (20hr)
DNF S3.0 3 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Tony Brooks
France Maurice Trintignant
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L S6 173 Gearbox (15hr)
DNF S1.1 38 United Kingdom Team Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Innes Ireland
United Kingdom Mike Taylor
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4
162 Electrics (20hr)
DNF S3.0 1 Spain F. Godia-Sales
(private entrant)
Spain Francisco “Chico” Godia-Sales
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Maserati 300 S Maserati 3.0L S6 142 Transmission (15hr)
DNF S750 47 France B. Deviterne
(private entrant)
France Marcel Laillier
France René Bartholoni
D.B. HBR-5 Coupé Panhard 745cc F2 129 Engine (14hr)
DNF S2.0 25 United States North American Racing Team Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
France José Behra
Ferrari 500 TR Ferrari 1998cc V12 119 Overheating (12hr)
DNF S3.0 12 Italy Scuderia Ferrari United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United Kingdom Peter Collins
Ferrari 250 TR/58 Ferrari 3.0L V12 112 Clutch (11hr)
DNF S750 54 Italy Automobili Stanguellini France René-Philippe Faure
France Michel Nicol
Stanguellini S750 Sport Fiat 741cc S4 110 Engine (14hr)
DNF S3.0 16 Italy Scuderia Ferrari West Germany Wolfgang von Trips
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel
Ferrari 250 TR/58 Ferrari 3.0L V12 101 Accident (9hr)
DNF S750 48 France Equipe Monopole Course France Maurice van der Bruwaene
France Jacques Lefourel
Monopole X89 Panhard 745cc F2 101 Accident (12hr)
DNF S1.1 40 United Kingdom John Ogier United Kingdom Tommy Bridger
United Kingdom Peter Blond
Tojeiro TCM Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4
83 Transmission (9hr)
DNF S3.0 19 United States North American Racing Team France Fernand Tavano
United States Edwin 'Ed' Martin
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 77 Electrics (8hr)
DNF S3.0 20 France Equipe Los Amigos France François Picard
Guatemala Jaroslav Juhan
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 72 Accident (7hr)
DNF S3.0 18 United States North American Racing Team United States Dan Gurney
United States Bruce Kessler
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 64 Accident (7hr)
DNF S1.5 37 Italy Squadra Virgilio Conrero France Jean Hébert
France Marcel Lauga
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4 59 Accident (8hr)
DNF S2.0 30 West Germany Porsche KG West Germany Richard von Frankenberg
France Claude Storez
Porsche 718 RSK Porsche 1588cc F4 55 Accident (9hr)
DNF S3.0 4 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L S6 49 Accident (5hr)
DNF S3.0 11 France H. Peignaux
(private entrant)
France "Mary" (Jean-Marie Brussin)
France André Guelfi
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L S6 47 Fatal accident (7hr)
DNF S3.0 17 France F. Tavano
(private entrant)
Cuba Alfonso Gomez-Mena
Italy Piero Drogo
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 45 Engine (7hr)
DNF S750 50 France Equipe Monopole Course France Bernard Consten
France Jean Vinatier
Monopole VM-S Panhard 745cc F2 44 Engine (10hr)
DNF S3.0 9 Belgium Equipe Nationale Belge Belgium Freddy Rousselle
Belgium Claude Dubois
Lister Jaguar 3.0L S6 43 Engine (4hr)
DNF S1.5 35 United Kingdom Lotus Engineering United States Jay Chamberlain
United States Pete Lovely
Lotus 15 Coventry Climax FPF
1476cc S4
39 Accident (8hr)
DNF S750 52 Italy Automobili Stanguellini France Georges Guyot
France Pierre Ros
Stanguellini 750 S Fiat 741cc S4 38 Accident (5hr)
DNF S3.0 58
(reserve)
Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Belgium Lucien Bianchi
Belgium Willy Mairesse
Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 33 Accident (4hr)
DNF S1.5 36 Italy Squadra Virgilio Conrero Italy Giorgio Ubezzi
Belgium Eric Catulle
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4 31 Fuel system (8hr)
DNF S3.0 2 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Australia Jack Brabham
Aston Martin DBR1/300 Aston Martin 3.0L S6 30 Engine (3hr)
DNF S3.0 57
(reserve)
United Kingdom M. Charles
(private entrant)
United Kingdom Maurice Charles
United Kingdom John Young
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L S6 29 Accident (3hr)
DNF S1.1 39 United Kingdom Car Exchange United Kingdom Bob Hicks
United Kingdom Bill Frost
Lotus 11 Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4
28 Accident (3hr)
DNF S2.0 23 France J. Thépenier
(private entrant)
France Eugène Martin
France Michel Dagorne
Maserati 200 SI Maserati 1994cc S4 20 Gearbox (3hr)
DNF S750 56 France Equipe Lotus France France André Héchard
France Roger Masson
Lotus 15 Coventry Climax FWMA
741cc S4
19 Accident (4hr)
DNF S750 49 France Equipe Monopole Course France René Cotton
FranceAndré Beaulieux
Monopole X86 Panhard 745cc F2 10 Engine (2hr)
DNF S3.0 6 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United States Masten Gregory
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L S6 7 Engine (1hr)
DNF S2.0 26 United Kingdom Team Lotus Engineering United Kingdom Cliff Allison
United Kingdom Graham Hill
Lotus 15 Coventry Climax FPF
1965cc S4
3 Engine (1hr)
DNF S3.0 7 United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson
United Kingdom John ‘Jock’ Lawrence
Jaguar D-Type Jaguar 3.0L S6 2 Engine (1hr)
DNF S750 43 France Automobiles V.P. France Jean-Marie Dumazer
France Robert Dutoit
V.P. Spyder Renault 747cc S4 2 Gearbox (1hr)

Did Not Start

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Reason
DNS S3.0 15 Sweden J. Bonnier
(private entrant)
Sweden Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier Ferrari 250 TR Ferrari 3.0L V12 Withdrawn
DNS S1.5 33 Belgium C. Goethals
(private entrant)
Belgium Christian Goethals Porsche 550A Porsche 1498cc F4 Withdrawn
DNS S1.5 59
(reserve)
Switzerland H. Schiller
(private entrant)
Switzerland Heinz Schiller
Switzerland Claude Tot
Switzerland Hans Wirz
Porsche 550A Porsche 1498cc F4 Reserve entry
DNS S750 60
(reserve)
Italy Automobili Stanguellini France Roger Castelain
France Pierre Ros
Stanguellini 750 S Fiat 741cc S4 Reserve entry
DNS S750 61
(reserve)
France Automobiles V.P. France Louis Chardin
France Michel Heymel
V.P. Sport Renault 747cc S4 Reserve entry
DNS S750 62
(reserve)
France De Pontac France .. Laforcade
France Gaston Serraud
CTAP Renault 747cc S4 Reserve entry
DNS S2.0 63
(reserve)
United Kingdom Peerless Cars United Kingdom Ian Baillie
United Kingdom Richard Gibson
United Kingdom John Dalton
Peerless GT Coupé Triumph 1991cc S4 Reserve entry

Index of Performance

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Score
1 S750 42 Italy Automobili OSCA Argentina Alejandro de Tomaso
United Kingdom Colin Davis
O.S.C.A. 750S 1.270
2 S750 44 France Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
France Gérard Laureau
France Louis Cornet
D.B. HBR-4 Spyder 1.265
3 S750 46 France Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet
France Paul Armagnac
France Jean-Claude Vidilles
D.B. HBR-4 Spyder 1.225
4 S750 41 Italy Automobili Osca France Jean Laroche
France Rémy Radix
O.S.C.A. 750S 1.216
5 S1.5 31 West Germany Porsche KG East Germany Edgar Barth
Belgium Paul Frère
Porsche 718 RSK 1.191
6 S1.5 32 Netherlands Baron de Beaufort Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort
West Germany Herbert Linge
Porsche 550A 1.183
7 S2.0 29 West Germany Porsche KG France Jean Behra
West Germany Hans Herrmann
Porsche 718 RSK 1.181
8 S3.0 14 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United States Phil Hill
Ferrari 250 TR/58 1.135
9 S750 51 France Equipe Monopole Courses France Jacques Poch
France Guy Dunaud-Saultier
Monopole X86 1.103
10 S3.0 5 United Kingdom A.G. Whitehead
(private entrant)
United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
United Kingdom Graham Whitehead
Aston Martin DB3S 1.089
  • Note: Only the top ten positions are included in this set of standings. A score of 1.00 means meeting the minimum distance for the car, and a higher score is exceeding the nominal target distance.[37]

24th Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup (1957/1958)

There were no eligible finishers for the Biennial Cup.[38]

Statistics

Taken from Quentin Spurring's book, officially licensed by the ACO

  • Fastest Lap in practice – Moss, #2 Aston Martin DBR1/300 – 4m 07.3s; 195.85 kp/h (121.70 mph)
  • Fastest Lap: Hawthorn, #12 Ferrari 250 TR/58 - 4:08.0secs; 195.40 kp/h (121.42 mph)
  • Distance - 4,101.93 km (2,548.82 mi)
  • Winner's Average Speed - 170.91 km/h (106.20 mph)
  • Attendance – 150 000[14]

Standings after the race

Pos Championship Points
1 Italy Ferrari 32 (38)
2 West Germany Porsche 18 (19)
3 United Kingdom Aston Martin 14
4 United Kingdom Lotus 3
5 Italy Osca 2

Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for additional cars finishing. Only the best 4 results out of the 6 races would be included for the final score. Total points earned, but not counted towards the championship, are given in brackets.

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f Moity 1974, p.69
  2. ^ a b Spurring 2011, p.310
  3. ^ Spurring 2011, p.308
  4. ^ a b http://www.racingsportscars.com/race/Le_Mans-1958-06-22.html
  5. ^ http://www.lemans-history.com/provas.php?ano=1958
  6. ^ a b c Clausager 1982, p100
  7. ^ a b c d Spurring 2011, p.322
  8. ^ a b http://www.racingsportscars.com/entry/Le_Mans-1958-06-22.html
  9. ^ a b c d e f http://www.sportscars.tv/Newfiles/lemans58-1.html
  10. ^ a b c http://www.sportscars.tv/Newsfiles/lemans58.html[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b Laban 2001, p.125
  12. ^ a b c d Spurring 2011, p.317
  13. ^ Spurring 2011, p.326
  14. ^ a b c Clarke 2009, p.11: Road & Track Oct 1958
  15. ^ Clarke 2009, p.12: Motor Jun25 1958
  16. ^ Spurring 2011, p.327
  17. ^ a b c d Clarke 2009, p.12: Road & Track Oct 1958
  18. ^ Spurring 2011, p.311
  19. ^ Clarke 2009, p.19: Motor Jun25 1958
  20. ^ a b Spurring 2011, p.323
  21. ^ Hill 2004, p.122
  22. ^ Cannell 2011, p.173
  23. ^ a b Fox 1973, p.143
  24. ^ Spurring 2011, p.325
  25. ^ Cannell 2011, p.174
  26. ^ Cannell 2011, p.176
  27. ^ Spurring 2011, p.315
  28. ^ Clarke 2009, p.21: Motor Jun25 1958
  29. ^ Spurring 2011, p.329
  30. ^ Spurring 2011, p.318
  31. ^ http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/database/drivers/13164-alejandro-de-tomaso
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2015-12-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ http://www.sportscars.tv/Newsfiles.lemans58-1.html[permanent dead link]
  34. ^ Spurring 2011, p.314
  35. ^ Clausager 1982, p101
  36. ^ Spurring 2011, p.2
  37. ^ Clarke 1997, p.88
  38. ^ Spurring 2011, p.335

References

  • Spurring, Quentin (2011) Le Mans 1949-59 Sherborne, Dorset: Evro Publishing ISBN 978-1-84425-537-5
  • Cannell, Michael (2011) The Limit London: Atlantic Books ISBN 978-184887-224-0
  • Clarke, R.M. - editor (2009) Le Mans 'The Ferrari Years 1958-1965' Cobham, Surrey: Brooklands Books ISBN 1-85520-372-3
  • Clausager, Anders (1982) Le Mans London: Arthur Barker Ltd ISBN 0-213-16846-4
  • Fox, Charles (1973) The Great Racing Cars and Drivers London: Octopus Books Ltd
  • Hill, Phil (2004) Ferrari: A Champion's View Deerfield: Dalton Watson Fine Books ISBN 978-185443-212-4
  • Laban, Brian (2001) Le Mans 24 Hours London: Virgin Books ISBN 1-85227-971-0
  • Moity, Christian (1974) The Le Mans 24 Hour Race 1949-1973 Radnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton Book Co ISBN 0-8019-6290-0

External links

  • Racing Sports Cars – Le Mans 24 Hours 1958 entries, results, technical detail. Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • Le Mans History – Le Mans History, hour-by-hour (incl. pictures, YouTube links). Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • Sportscars.tv – race commentary. Retrieved 10 March 2017
  • World Sports Racing Prototypes – results, reserve entries & chassis numbers. Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • Unique Cars & Parts – results & reserve entries. Retrieved 10 March 2017
  • Formula 2 – Le Mans 1958 results & reserve entries. Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • YouTube English colour footage & engine sound (1½ mins). Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • YouTube English b/w footage (3 mins). Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • YouTube French colour footage (3 mins). Retrieved 13 February 2017
  • YouTube German colour footage, looking at Porsche (3 mins). Retrieved 13 February 2017


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