GT40’s – 1969

1969 – Going out disgracefully 

The new Group 4/6 formula started in 1969, although not as the originators would have expected. The roll-over of the Group 4/6 was allowed due to the wish to include the low production cars to meet the rules for 1969. The minimum quantity was lowed to 25 for the Group 4 Sports Cars and this was expected to allow cars such as the Porsche 910 and the Lola T70 to be legal. Nobody expected Porsche to build a car to the Sports car rules such as the 917 and this took the rule makers entirely by surprise when it debuted at the Geneva Show in 1969.

The Group 6 rules were eased to the point where the cars could be effectively Formula 1 cars with an extra seat and an enveloping body. This was expected to suit new entrants such as Matra and Alpine. The two main entrants were Ferrari and Porsche with their 312P and 908/2. Ferrari didn’t give their full resouces to the 312P campaign and at most rounds only had one car entered. Porsche on the other hand went for safety in numbers normally having between 4 and 10 cars in each round, a mixture of 908 Long Tail Coupes, 908/2 Spiders and 917 Coupes. Alfa started their Tipo 33/3’s but after difficulties developing them and Bianchi’s death effectively withdrew.

The Alan Mann Ford F68’s were continued to develop through into 1969 and eventually joined by the F69, neither of which showed much ability and were eventually abandoned. Lolas T70 Mark 3B was present at most rounds and were always there to pick up the pieces if the front runners couldn’t finish.

JWA had begun developing their M2 in 1968 and continued into 1969 eventually starting at Brands Hatch and mainly used at other rounds, the BRM engine that was to be used was never available and when it was wasn’t reliable enough necessitating the fitting of the Ford Cosworth engine. In the interim they continued to use the GT40 and while it was out of date it was reliable.

 

 

1st – 2nd February 1969 – Daytona 24 Hours

 

Daytona in 1969 began where 1968 left off, with no new entries. Porsche sent five 908 Coupes, Ford the usual two JWA/ Gulf’s and various Lolas and others present for some colour. Qualifying showed that the Porsche’s had a clear speed advantage with only the exceptionally well prepared Penske Lola able to match them.

 

Grid Top 10

 

 

1 – Elford/ Redman                                                         2 – Donohue/ Parsons

Porsche 908 (024)                                                            Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/139)

1:52:2                                                                                    1:52:7

 

3 – Siffert/ Herrmann                                                     4 – Stommelen/ Ahrens

Porsche 908 (023)                                                            Porsche 908 (022)

1:53:4                                                                                    1:53:9   

5 – Bonnier/ Norinder                                                    6 – Attwood/ Buzzetta

Lola T70 Mark 3B Chevrolet (SL76/141)                   Porsche 908 (026)

1:54:0                                                                                    1:54:4

7 – Schuetz/ Mitter                                                         8 – Ickx/ Oliver

Porsche 908 (025)                                                            Ford GT40 (1076)

1:54:4                                                                                    1:54:5

9 – Hobbs/ Hailwood                                                     10 – Patrick/ Jordan

Ford GT40 (1075)                                                              Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3 (SL73/131)

1:55:3                                                                                    1:57:3   

 

The race started with the top 9 quickly running off and playing on their own. Elford and Siffert led from Donohue and Bonnier. The Lolas slowed to conserve themselves allowing the Porsche’s to move into places 1 thru 5. Bonnier/ Norinder where the first to go out, constant bumps and scrapes from GT competitors eventually putting them out of the running. The Porsche malady du jour was cracked exhaust manifold’s causing lengthy pit stops and eventual retirement first for Redman then Stommelen and Siffert. This left Attwood/ Buzzetta in the lead in their 908 from the Hobbs/ Hailwood GT40 in 2nd.

Schutz/ Mitter in the only other properly running 908 joined the lead battle, fighting with Hobbs/ Hailwood for 2nd. Donohue/ Parsons and Ickx/ Oliver were fighting for 4th.  The Attwood/ Buzzetta 908 had its camshaft fail putting them out and the Donohue/ Parsons T70 lost an hour while repairing a broken exhaust system.  This left the Hobbs/ Hailwood T70 leading from Schutz/ Mitter, Ickx/ Oliver and the three very slow walking wounded 908’s mentioned earlier before Elford/ Redman and Stommelen/ Ahrens retired for good. The order at sunrise was Hobbs/ Hailwood, Schutz/ Attwood and Ickx/ Oliver. This didn’t last as Hobbs/ Hailwood began to consume large quantities of water before having to retire. Siffert/ Herrmann finally retired after lunching a camshaft, Ickx/ Oliver when they overheated and crashed, Schutz/ Mitter/ Attwood were now leading. Donohue/ Parsons lost another 20 minutes, without losing any places, when their starter motor jammed during a pitstop. Just when it looked like the 908 would win it had the obligatory camshaft failure leaving the Lola of Donohue/ Parsons in an unlikely first place albeit many laps behind. It eventually unlapped itself and went on to win from another T70 and a Pontiac Firebird!

GT40

 

#1075 – Hobbs/ Hailwood (JWA/ Gulf) – Retired (Engine)

#1076 – Ickx/ Oliver (JWA/ Gulf) – NRF (Accident)

 

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

6

Mark Donohue/Chuck Parsons/Ronnie Bucknum^ Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/139] Penske Sunoco

626

2

2

8

Ed Leslie/Lothar Motschenbacher/Scooter Patrick* Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/117] AIR

596

11

3

26

Jerry Titus/Jon Ward Pontiac Firebird Jon Ward

591

16

4

20

Tony Adamowicz/Bruce Jennings/Herb Wetanson Porsche 911T H Wetanson

583

28

5

14

Bert Everett/Alan Johnson/E. Linley Coleman Porsche 911 Fine Grinding

581

29

6

39

Hugh Kleinpeter/Bob Beatty/John Gunn Chevron B8 BMW Team Raceco

579

22

7

9

Scooter Patrick/Dave Jordan/Lothar Motschenbacher* Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/131] AIR

578

10

8

47

Harold Williamson/George Drolsom Porsche 911 H Williamson

577

34

9

68

Jacques Duval/George Nicholas/Andre Samson^ Porsche 911T Jacques Duval

571

31

10

48

André Wicky/Sylvain Garant Porsche 911T Wicky

569

36

11

97

Claudio Maglioli/Raffaele Pinto Lancia Fulvia HF Zagato Algar Ent

566

45

12

5

Bob Grossman/Bob Dini Chevrolet Camaro Randy’s

549

21

13

28

Jim Corwin/Mike Manner/Carson Baird/Fred Pipen* Chevrolet Camaro Jim Corwin

549

37

14

86

Pete Harrison/Jack Ryan/Bobby Allison* Porsche 911 RBM Motors

548

35

15

61

Masten Gregory/Richard Broström Porsche 910 [028] Sportscars Unlimited

544

14

16

96

Smokey Drolet/John Tremblay/Vince Gimondo/John Belperche Chevrolet Corvette Zorian Prod

532

48

17

83

Jim Baker/Clive Baker/Paul Richards Austin-Healey Sprite Jim Baker

527

63

18

4

Jim McDaniel/Steve Pieper/Bill Scott Zink VSR Volkswagen HRH Corp

519

52

19

55

Jim Gammon/Ray Mummery/Reggie Smith^ MG B C Waldron

508

53

20

62

Rudy Bartling/Fritz Hochreuter/Rainer Brezinka/Horst Petermann^ Porsche 906 R Brezinka

507

24

21

18

Maurice Carter/Nat Adams Chevrolet Camaro M Carter

501

32

22

32

Harold Rose/Mike Richards/Steve Hill^ Chevrolet Camaro Harold Rose

499

40

23

41

Sam Posey/Ricardo Rodriguez Ferrari 275GTB/C[9063] NART

494

26

NRF

53

Udo Schütz/Gerhard Mitter/Richard Attwood Porsche 908L [025] Porsche

483

7

25

79

Art Riley/Arthur Mollin Volvo 122S A Mollin

473

58

NRF

1

Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver Ford GT40 [1076] Gulf/ JWA

470

8

27

81

Bill Pryor/José Marina Alfa Romeo Giulia SS A Arutunoff

451

55

28

15

Larry Bock/Larry Dent Chevrolet Camaro Larry Drover

449

27

NC

56

Thomas D. Harris/Chris Waldron/Ben Scott MG B Ch Waldron

428

54

DNF

50

Jo Siffert/Hans Herrmann Porsche 908L [023] Porsche

415

3

DNF

2

David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Ford GT40 [1075] Gulf/ JWA

401

9

DNF

46

John Debo/E. M. Parkerson Triumph TR4 Bud Boles

378

56

NC

43

Gary Wright/Bill Craine Porsche 911 Gary Wright

337

33

NC

98

Bruce Hollander/Robert Clark/Wayne Marsula Lancia Fulvia HF Z Algar

331

59

DNF

54

Rolf Stommelen/Kurt Ahrens, Jr. Porsche 908L [022] Porsche

313

4

DNF

52

Vic Elford/Brian Redman Porsche 908L [024] Porsche

277

1

DNF

51

Richard Attwood/Joe Buzzetta Porsche 908L [026] Porsche

273

6

DNF

77

Marty Gifford/Bill Campbell Porsche 911 Williams

272

46

DNF

22

Bob Bailey/Jim Locke/Mike Downs Porsche 911 Porsche

249

47

DNF

73

Fred Opert/Paul Sanford Porsche 911 Fred Opert

223

51

DNF

57

Dave Heinz/Clarence Moerwald MG B David Heinz

221

57

DNF

33

John McComb/Dave Dooley Ford Mustang H McComb

219

23

DNF

91

Norberto Mastandrea/Doug Silvers/Robin Ormes Chevrolet Camaro Mar Shipping

210

41

DNF

11

Don Yenko/Dick Guldstrand Chevrolet Camaro Best Photo

208

19

DNF

67

Jerry Thompson/Jim Harrell/Tony DeLorenzo Chevrolet Sting Ray Owens Corning

201

15

DNF

21

Jim Netterstrom/John Kelly/Mike Downs* Porsche 911 Porsche

182

39

DNF

58

Alex Soler-Roig/Rudi Lins/Pauli Toivonen* Porsche 907 2.2 Alex Soler-Roig

158

12

DNF

36

Wilbur Pickett/Mike Downs/Bob Tullius^/Bill Bean* Porsche 911 Wilbur Pickett

153

38

DNF

40

Charlie Kolb/Giampiero Biscaldi Ferrari 206S [014] NART

152

18

DNF

17

David McClain/Or Costanzo Chevrolet Camaro David H. McClain

145

43

DNF

25

Eduardo Dibos-Chappuis/Mario Calabattisti Alfa Romeo T33/2 Motoritalia

139

20

DNF

59

Peter Gregg/Sten Axelsson Porsche 911 Brumos Porsche

137

30

DNF

99

Richard Robson/Rajah Rodgers Jaguar XK-E Ri Robson

116

49

DNF

69

Ed Lowther/Robert D. Esseks/Frank Dominianni Chevrolet Corvette R D. Esseks

109

61

DNF

93

Rick Cline/Michael Pickering Triumph GT6 R Cline

108

66

DNF

72

Billy Hagan/John McVeigh/Frans Gillebard Mercury Cougar Lafayette

88

42

DNF

88

Francis C. Grant/Dieter Oest/Barry Batchin Lancia Fulvia HF F C. Grant

79

60

DNF

38

Fausto Merello/Umberto Maglioli/Edward Alvarez^ Ferrari 250LM [6107] Team Raceco

68

50

DNF

60

Jo Bonnier/Ulf Norinder/Johnny Servoz-Gavin^ Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/141] Sportscars

52

5

DNF

16

Wedge Rafferty/Jack Gearhart^/Richard Wisler^ Chevrolet Corvette Wes Rafferty

48

44

DNF

92

Wilton T. Jowett, Jr./Craig Fisher^ Chevrolet Camaro W T. Jowett,

44

17

DNF

66

Tony DeLorenzo/Dick Lang^ Chevrolet Sting Ray O Corning

23

13

DNF

45

George Waltman/Wallis Bird^ OSCA GT2 Maserati George Waltman

0

65

 

22nd March 1969 – Sebring 12 Hours

 

Sebring in March presented three new 3 Litre Prototype’s, the Ferrari 312P, the Porsche 908/2 and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3. Ferrari had only a single 312P, NART entered an ancient 330P3 that had been sleeved down to 3 litres! Porsche had five of the new 908/2 spiders and Alfa three examples of the 33/3. As expected there were many Lolas, especially the American entries and the same two Gulf/ JWA GT40’s as seen at Daytona

Grid Top 10

 

1 – Amon/ Andretti                                                                         2 – Bucknum/ Donohue

Ferrari 312P (0868)                                                                          Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/139)

2:40:14                                                                                                  2:40:92

3 – Mitter/ Schutz                                                                            4 – Siffert/ Redman

Porsche 908/2 (003)                                                                        Porsche 908/2 (002)

2:42:77                                                                                                  2:42:9

5 – Patrick/ Jordan                                                                           6 – Motschenbacher/ Leslie                       

Lola T70 Mark 3 Chevrolet (SL73/131)                                      Lola T70 Mark 3 Chevrolet (SL73/117)

2:43:44                                                                                                  2:44:05

7 – Norinder/ Bonnier                                                                    8 – Elford/ Attwood

Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/141)                                   Porsche 908/2 (005)

2:44:37                                                                                                  2:44:38

9 – Herrmann/ Ahrens                                                                   10 – Rodriguez/ Parsons

Porsche 908/2 (001)                                                                        Ferrari 330P3 (0838)       

2:44:51                                                                                                  3:01:36

                                                                                                                                                                               

 

The race began with three Alfa Romeo retirements firstly a wheel coming off the GAlli/ Giunti entry and then the other two overheating. The real race started with the cars doing their usual Le Mans style start and Siffert making the most of the opportunity to take a large lead into the first corner. Herrmann made up the gap and started tussling with the leaders. Donohue also caught up to Siffert and they battled for 1st over the 1st hour. Amon had to stop and deal to a faulty gear lever, accomplished by kicking it.

Patrick and Norinder were out in their Lola’s during the early running. Redman had to stop to check his steering allowing Bucknum and a recovering Amon through, Amon eventually taking the lead. This didn’t last long, Amon spinning and allowing Ickx/ Oliver to move up towards the front before they too had problems when their throttle jammed and the resulting damage to the nose of the car needing a pit stop to sort. Herrmann/ Ahrens were the first 908 to retire when they had a chassis crack, Siffert/ Redman having already retired with the same problem.

The Mitter/ Schutz 908/2 was still going strong and was leading the Amon/ Andretti 312P, minor indients plaguing the Ferrari’s otherwise faultless run. Stommelen/ Buzzetta also had chassis failure in their 908/2, delays also befell the Elford/ Attwood 908/2 allowing the 312P to take the lead but after an earlier incident there was no way they could still keep to race pace. The attrition allowing Ickx/ Oliver in the GT40 to take the lead and sail on to a victory.

GT40

 

#1049 – Grant/ Oest (Grant) – NC

#1075 – Ickx/ Oliver (Gulf/ JWA) – 1st

#1076 – Hobbs/ Hailwood  (Gulf/ JWA) – Retired (Suspension)

 

Result                                                                         

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

22

Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver Ford GT40 [1075] JWA/ Gulf

239

12

2

25

Chris Amon/Mario Andretti Ferrari312P[0868] Ferrari SEFAC

238

1

3

27

Rolf Stommelen/Joe Buzzetta/Kurt Ahrens, Jr. Porsche 908/02 [044] Porsche

235

11

4

44

Alex Soler-Roig/Rudi Lins Porsche 907 2.2 Es~NSC

233

16

5

29

Gerhard Mitter/Udo Schütz Porsche 908/02 [003] Porsche

232

3

6

11

Lothar Motschenbacher/Ed Leslie Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/117] A.I.R.

229

6

7

30

Vic Elford/Richard Attwood Porsche 908/02 [005] Porsche

228

8

8

45

Fred Baker/Dick Smothers Porsche 906LE SBRT

215

18

9

37

Ricardo Rodriguez/Charlie Kolb/Sam Posey^ Ferrari Dino 206S NART

215

25

10

5

Don Yenko/Bob Grossman/Dick Guldstrand^ Chevrolet Camaro Z28 BPS

209

22

11

46

Armando Capriles/Alfredo Atencio/Dimis Maratos^/Francisco Romero* Porsche 906LE Esc. Manana

203

26

12

52

Gérard Larrousse/André Wicky/Jean Sage/Sylvain Garant* Porsche 911T Wicky

201

38

13

47

Bob Bailey/Jim Locke/Bruce Jennings^ Porsche 911T [11810429] PART

199

37

14

2

Dick Lang/Gib Hufstaeder Chevrolet Corvette Troy

196

20

15

35

Andrew Hedges/Paddy Hopkirk MGC BLMC

195

49

16

90

Jim Netterstrom/Bruce Jennings/Mike Downs Porsche 911 PART

195

36

17

53

Wilbur Pickett/Peter Gregg Porsche 911 Pickett

192

40

18

65

Claudio Maglioli/Raffaele Pinto/Mike Tillson* Lancia Fulvia HFZagato Algar

191

47

19

94

Robin Ormes/Norberto Mastandrea Chevrolet Camaro FBRT

189

41

20

71

Jim Baker/Paul Richards/Clive Baker Austin-Healey Sprite RFORT

184

48

21

4

Or Costanzo/Dave Heinz Chevrolet Corvette Troy

184

21

22

17

Vince Gimondo/John Tremblay Chevrolet Camaro B Behrens

182

27

23

72

Janet Guthrie/Donna Mae Mims/Liane Engeman Austin-Healey Sprite RFORT

182

54

24

1

Tony DeLorenzo/Jerry Thompson/Ron McConkey^ Chevrolet Corvette Troy

 

17

25

16

Richard Stevens/Robert Barg Chevrolet Camaro R. Stevens

180

44

26

59

Smokey Drolet/Rosemary Smith BMW 2002 Elsco

179

52

27

66

Innes Ireland/Mike Tillson/Howard Hanna/Reggie Smith Jr* Lancia FulviaHFZagato Algar

179

51

28

62

Logan Blackburn/Gerald Truitt MG B GT BLMC

178

60

29

84

George Drolsom/Harold Williamson/E.Linley Coleman* Porsche 911 Dr. H Williamson

175

45

30

93

Craig Fisher/Serge Adams Chevrolet Camaro Todco

174

71

31

20

David McClain/Don Kerney Chevrolet Camaro DH McClain

174

33

32

99T

John K.Colgate Jr/Don Parks/Paddy Hopkirk^/Andrew Hedges^/Bill Brack^/R.Craig Hill^/Gerald Truitt^/Logan Blackburn^/Robert Samm* MG B Gerry Racing

172

62

33

73

Gregg Cameron/Ralph Kemmerer/Robert Phillips^ Austin-Healey Sprite A Tuckerman

170

61

34

36

Bill Brack/R. Craig Hill MGC BLMC

169

42

35

41

Armando de Ambadgio/Sergio Trevale/Gustavo Sandoval^ Alfa Romeo GTA Junior E Manana

167

63

NC

38

Sam Posey/Bob Dini/Ricardo Rodriguez^ Ferrari Dino 206S NART

166

29

NC

26

Pedro Rodriguez/Chuck Parsons Ferrari 330P3 [0838] NART

163

19

NC

49

Merv Rosen/Dave Morrell Porsche 906 M. Rosen

162

58

NC

64

Chris Waldron/Ben Scott/Dean Donley MG B Waldron

155

56

NC

85

Richard Crebs/Ronald Strickler/Robert Whitaker Alfa Romeo GTA R. Crebs

153

64

NC

60

Walter Brown/Buzz Marcus Opel Rallye Jim Cooke

152

65

DNF

63

Jim Gammon/Ray Mummery/Roger Houghton MG B Waldron

150

53

NC

24

Francis C. Grant/Dieter Oest Ford GT40 (1049) Auto Ent

148

32

NC

57

Umberto Maglioli/Hugh Kleinpeter/Bob Beatty/Derek Bennett* Chevron B8 BMW Raceco Miami

143

28

NC

43

Ray Heppenstall/Howard Brown/Howard Hanna* HeppenstallVW LeHigh Acres

142

43

NC

18

Wilton T. Jowett, Jr./Bob Tullius/Craig Fisher* Chevrolet Camaro Wilton T. Jowett

140

24

DNF

31

Jo Siffert/Brian Redman Porsche 908/02 [002] Porsche

133

4

DNF

51

Gregg Loomis/Pete Harrison/Jack Ryan Porsche 911S RBM Motors

130

39

NC

69

Reggie Smith/Tony Lilly/Don Pickett/John F. Howard^ Lotus Europa Renault JF Howard

130

59

NC

98

Ronald D. Polimeni/Robert Theall Volvo PV544 GW Sanderson

128

69

DNF

23

David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Ford GT40 [1076] JWA/ Gulf

99

13

DNF

28

Hans Herrmann/Kurt Ahrens, Jr./Rolf Stommelen Porsche 908/02 [001] Porsche

97

9

DNF

9

Ronnie Bucknum/Mark Donohue Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/139] Penske Racing

96

2

DNF

19

Maurice Carter/Nat Adams Chevrolet Camaro M Carter

85

34

DNF

50

Jacques Duval/George Nicholas Porsche 911T GP Oil

62

35

DNF

21

Larry Dent/Larry Bock Chevrolet Camaro L/D Racing

62

31

DNF

7

Charlie Rainville/Paul Pettey Ford Mustang Argento

57

68

DNF

3

Ed Lowther/Robert D. Esseks/Frank Dominianni Chevrolet Corvette RD Esseks

55

23

DNF

54

Paul Sanford/Fred Opert Porsche 911 Fred Opert

53

50

DNF

14

Ulf Norinder/Jo Bonnier Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/141] Ecurie Bonnier

49

7

DNF

88

Randy Blessing/Don Cummings/Warren Stumes Shelby GT350 DC Cummings

45

57

DNF

58

Ed Hugus/Chuck Dietrich/Eugene Nearburg^ BMW 2002 Elsco

36

46

DNF

48

Mike Rahal/*Bill Stroh/Hugh Wise^ Porsche 906 Mike Rahal

31

30

DNF

6

Garry R.Davis/Herbert R.Madray/Don Madray/Robert E.Davis^ Ford Mustang H Madray

26

67

DNF

33

Nino Vaccarella/Lucien Bianchi/Mario Casoni* Alfa Romeo T33-3 Autodelta

17

14

DNF

32

Mario Casoni/Andrea de Adamich^/John Surtees^ Alfa Romeo T33-3 Autodelta

15

10

DNF

10

Scooter Patrick/Dave Jordan^ Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/131] AIR

15

5

DNF

68

Bill Scott/Jim McDaniel^/Steve Pieper^ Zink VSR Volkswagen HRH

13

55

DNF

67

Bill Boye/Russ Shirey^ Beach 4B Volkswagen Competition

6

66

DNF

34

Giovanni Galli/Ignazio Giunti^/Mario Casoni^/John Surtees* Alfa Romeo T33-3 Autodelta

2

15

 
13th April 1969 – Brands Hatch 6 Hours

Brands Hatch was the third round of the 1969 WSC and the first of the major European rounds. The Gulf/ JWA team chose this round to debut the Mirage – BRM M2/300, entering the car for Ickx/ Oliver alongside a GT40 for Hobbs/ Hailwood, although both where well off the pace only qualifying 11th and 14th respectively. Porsche had their usual wealth of entries with four 908/2 spiders, Ferrari again had only the one 312P, several privately entered  Lolas and making yet another rare entry, the Alan Mann F68 and their new F69 Spider. The death of Lucien Bianchi at the Le Mans trials had rather sapped the spirit of the Alfa team who didn’t enter the race. Porsche and Ferrari were quick in practice, Siffert especially.

Grid Top 10

1 – Siffert/ Redman                                                                             2 – Amon/ Rodriguez

Porsche 908/2 (011)                                                                           Ferrari 312P (0870)

1:28:8                                                                                                    1:30:0

3 – Bonnier/ Mueller                                                                          4 – Elford/ Attwood

Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/145)                                         Porsche 908/2 (010)

1:31:6                                                                                                    1:32:0

5 – Mitter/ Schutz                                                                                6 – Herrmann/ Stommelen

Porsche 908/2 (008)                                                                           Porsche 908/2 (007)

1:32:2                                                                                                    1:33:2

7 – Hulme/ Gardner                                                                            8 – Taylor/ Dibley                                                               

Ford P68 F3L                                                                                        Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/144)

1:33:2                                                                                                    1:33:6                   

9 – Hawkins/ Williams                                                                         10 – Revson/ Axelsson

Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/142)                                         Lola T70 Chevrolet Mark 3B (SL76/138)

1:34:2                                                                                                    1:34:4                                                                                                   

Amon led into the first corner with Siffert close behind before Amon had to pit to replace a flat tire. Both the Bonnier and Taylor had to pit for various maladies putting them well down the order. The order was Siffert, Elford, Mitter, Amon, Hawkins, Ickx. By the first pit stops Siffert had already pulled out a two lap lead. The race was enlivened when the Mirage retired with a broken drive shaft and the two Lola’s went out with identical cracks in suspension uprights.

Bonnier crashed spectacularly but fortunately without injury, but Siffert in the lead Porsche kept driving flawlessly eventually winning by two laps from teammates Elford/ Attwood and Mitter/ Schuetz.

GT40

 

#1010 (II) – Sadler/ Vestey (Sadler) – 11th

#1074 – Hawkins/ Hobbs (Gulf/ JWA) – 5th

#1081 – Kelleners/ Joest (Lehman) – NRF (Gearbox)

#AMGT-2 – Juncadella/ Spice – Retired (Clutch)

Result

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

53

Jo Siffert/Brian Redman Porsche 908/02 [011] Porsche

227

1

2

55

Vic Elford/Richard Attwood Porsche 908/02 [010] Porsche

225

4

3

54

Gerhard Mitter/Udo Schütz Porsche 908/02 [008] Porsche

223

5

4

60

Chris Amon/Pedro Rodriguez Ferrari 312P [0870] Ferrari SEFAC

223

2

5

10

David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Ford GT40 [1074] JWA/ Gulf

207

14

6

56

Hans Herrmann/Rolf Stommelen Porsche 908/02 [007] Porsche

205

6

7

25

Reine Wisell/John Hine/Derek Bennett*/Tony Dean* Chevron B8 BMW Chevron Cars

205

20

8

7

Chris Craft/Eric Liddell Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/134] Tech-Speed Racing

205

12

9

21

Rob Slotemaker/Teddy Pilette Alfa Romeo T33/2 Racing Team VDS

203

23

10

62

Gerhard Koch/Hans-Dieter Dechent Porsche 907 2.2 GBGRT

201

25

11

8

Peter Sadler/Paul Vestey Ford GT40 [1010(II)] Peter Sadler

199

28

12

24

Digby Martland/Richard Broström/Charles Lucas^/Masten Gregory* Porsche 910 [028] Patrick McNally

199

19

13

71

John Miles/Brian Muir/Bill Brack* Lotus 62 Vauxhall [1] Gold Leaf Lotus

190

16

14

27

Peter Brown/Roger Enever/Alec Poole* Chevron B8 BMW Clive Baker

187

24

15

82

Tony Beeson/Alain De Cadenet Ferrari 206S[024] Scodec de Cadenet

187

32

NRF

9

Helmut Kelleners/Reinhold Jöst Ford GT40 [1081] IGFA

186

30

NRF

2

David Piper/Roy Pierpoint/Pedro Rodriguez* Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/150] David Piper

182

13

18

79

John Blades/Jim Morley Chevron B8 Ford Ben Shermann

181

27

NRF

5

Trevor Taylor/Hugh Dibley Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/144] Team Elite

178

8

NRF

3

Jo Bonnier/Herbert Müller/Paul Hawkins^ Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/145] Scuderia Filipinetti

173

3

21

6

Robin Widdows/Ulf Norinder Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/141] Sportscars Unlimited

170

15

22

81

Mike Crabtree/Peter Jackson Nomad Mk.1 BRM Julian Hasler

157

33

DNF

83

Gijs van Lennep/Toine Hezemans Abarth 2000S S.R.T. Holland

148

21

DNF

1

Paul Hawkins/Jonathan Williams/Jo Bonnier^ Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/142] Paul Hawkins Racing Ltd.

133

9

DNF

4

Peter Revson/Sten Axelsson/Denny Hulme/Jackie Oliver^ Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/138] Sidney Taylor Racing

120

10

DNF

22

Gustave Gosselin/Claude Bourgoignie Alfa Romeo T33/2 Racing Team VDS

100

29

DNF

11

José Juncadella/Gordon Spice/Juan Fernandez^ Ford GT40 [AMGT-2] Escuderia Montjuich

95

17

DNF

51

Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver Mirage M2/300 BRM [002] JWA/ Gulf

88

11

DNF

78

John Lepp/John Bridges/Derek Bennett* Chevron B8 Ford Chevron Cars

50

26

DNF

63

Rudi Lins/Willy Kauhsen Porsche 907 2.2 German BG Racing Team

44

18

DNF

23

Nick Gold/Juan Fernandez/Gordon Spice*/Charles Lucas*/Digby Martland*/Richard Brostrom*/Masten Gregory* Porsche 906 Nick Gold

40

22

DNF

58

Denny Hulme/Frank Gardner^/Masten Gregory^ Ford F3L P68 Alan Mann Racing Ltd.

14

7

DNF

75

Ian Tee/Willie Green^/Michael Argetsinger* Ginetta G16A BRM W. J. Tee

9

31

DNF

12

David Prophet/Edward Nelson^ Lola T70 Mk.3 Chevrolet [SL73/105] David Prophet

4

34

 
29th – 30th March 1969 – Le Mans Trials

3:30:7 – #45 – Porsche 917 (002) – Stommelen

3:33:9 – #7 – Matra M630/650(03) – Servoz – Gavin

3:35:2 – #4 – Lola Chevrolet T70 Mark 3B (SL76/142) – Hawkins   

3:35:3 – #25 – Porsche 908 (031) – Ahrens

3:37:8 – #18 – Ferrari 312P (0870) – Amon

3:40:2 – #19 – Alfa 33/3 – Bianchi

3:41:0 – #30 – Alpine A220 (1734) – Bianchi

3:47:5 – #15 – Alfa 33/2 – Pilette

3:50:0 – #28 – Alpine A220 (1737) – Bianchi

3:51:8 – #29 – Alpine A220 (1736) – Depailler

3:59:6 – #46 – Porsche 917 (003) – Herrmann

4:06:2 – #37 – Alfa 33/2 – Gosselin

4:07:9 – #51 – Alpine A210 (1726) – Wollek

4:08:5 – #60 – Porsche 910 – Buchet

4:11:2 – #52 – Alpine A210 (1726) – Grandsire

4:19:2 – #37 – Healey – Climax SR – Harris

4:21:7 – #54 – Alpine A210 – Andruet

4:23:7 – #58 – Ford GT40 (1033) – Martin

4:31:9 – #63 – Porsche 911T – Mesange

4:34:4 – #43 – Porsche 911T – Wicky

4:34:3 – #66 – Porsche 911T – Egreteaud

4:43:8 – #55 – Alpine A210 – Andruet

4:57:6 – #14 – Alpine A110 – Compaign

5:16:5 – #53 – Unipower GT – Forrester

Between Brands Hatch and Le Mans where four races in the 1969 WSC, Monza, Targa Florio, Spa and Nurburgring. Porsche took a 1 – 2 – 3 victrory at Monza after JWA/ Gulf sent no entries and both Ferrari 312P’s retired. Targa Florio was a 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 victory for the cars from Stutgart with very little competition. Spa had two Mirage – BRM entries, neither performed well in the race with only Hobbs/ Hailwood finishing, in 7th. Once again it was a Porsche victory Siffert/ Redman winning in a 1 – 3 – 4 with only Rodriguez/ Piper taking 2nd to spoil the clean sweep. Other excitement was provided by the 917 making its debut and taking pole although none of the Porsche drivers wanted to actually drive it. Nurburgring was another Porsche clean sweep taking the top 5 positions, the two Mirage’s not making any impression. The Ferrari 312P qualified well but didn’t finish.

14th – 15th June 1969 – Le Mans 24 Hours

 

 

For the first time since 1965/66 there were several strong contestants for the top places at Le Mans in 1969, for Ford there was the swansong effort of John Wyer’s Gulf GT40’s with two of their aging but faithfull GT40’s, entered after the Mirage M2’s were deemed unready. Ferrari had two 312P’s, Matra had four cars including the new MS650 with a 3 Litre V12 and Alpine its new A220 in 3 Litre V8 form. Expected to overshadow these entries was the Porsche equipe whose armada of entries included four 908’s and in a portent of what was to come, three 917’s, all backed by the numerous GT and private entries.

 

 Key entries

 

 Alpine

Alpine – #28 – A220/69 (1737) – de Cortanze/ Vinatier, #29 – A220/69 (1736) – Jabouille/ Depailler, #30 – A220/69 (1734) – Grandsire/ Andruet, #31 – A220/68 (1731) – Therier/ Nicolas

Ferrari

Ferrari – #18 – 312P (0870) – Rodriguez/ Piper, #19 – 312P (0872) – Amon/ Schetty

 

Ford

Alan Mann – #9 – GT40 (1010(II)) – Gardner/ Guthrie

Deutche Auto Zeitung – #68 – GT40 (1081) – Kelleners/ Jost

JWA/ Gulf – #6 – GT40 (1075) – Ickx/ Oliver, #7 – GT40 (1076) – Hobbs/ Hailwood

Sadler – #8 – GT40 (1010(II)) – Sadler/ Vestey

 

Lola

Filipinetti – #2 – T70 Mark 3B Chev. (SL76/151) – Bonnier/ Gregory

Matra

Matra – #32 – MS630 (04) – Guichet/ Vaccarella, #33 – MS650 (01) – Courage/ Beltoise, #34 – MS630/650 (03) – Servoz – Gavin/ Muller, #35 – MS630/650 (02) – Galli/ Widdows

Porsche

Buchet – #60 – 910 (007) – de Mortemart/ Mesange

Hart Ski Racing – #20 – 908/20 (028) – Siffert/ Redman

Poirot – #39 – 910 (006) – Poirot/ Maublanc

Porsche – #12 – 917LH (008) – Elford/ Attwood, #14 – 917LH (007) – Stommelen/ Ahrens, #22 – 908LH (029) – Lins/ Kauhsen, #23 – 908LH (030) – Schutz/ Mitter, #24 – 908LH (031) – Herrmann/ Larrousse

Woolfe – #10 – 917 (005) – Woolfe/ Linge

 

Qualifying for Le Mans showed a Porsche dominance with their entries taking 1st thru 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th and running times that were fully 13 seconds lower than 1968. Certainly the 917’s were incredibly quick but also evil handlers with the drivers petrified of them. Stories of the cars weaving from one side of the Mulsanne straight to the other with very little driver control were common but they did attain a top speed of no less than 240 MPH. The best qualifying Ford was back in 13th fully 13 seconds slower than the pole – sitter.    

Grid Top 10

1 – Stommelen/ Ahrens                                                                                2 – Elford/ Attwood

Porsche 917LH (007)                                                                       Porsche 917LH (008)

3:22:9                                                                                                    3:26:7                                                                   

3– Siffert/ Redman                                                                          4 – Lins/ Kauhsen

Porsche 908/2 (028)                                                                        Porsche 908 (029)                           

3:29:9                                                                                                    3:32:6                                                   

5 – Rodriguez/ Piper                                                                       6 – Herrmann/ Larrousse

Ferrari 312P (0870)                                                                          Porsche 908 (031)

3:35:5                                                                                                    3:35:6

7 – Amon/ Schetty                                                                          8 – Schuetz/ Mitter

Ferrari 312P (0872)                                                                          Porsche 908 (030)                                           

3:35:6                                                                                                    3:35:6

9 – Woolfe/ Linge                                                                            10 – Bonnier/ Gregory

Porsche 917LH (005)                                                                       Lola T70 Chev. Mark 3B (SL76/151)

3:35:8                                                                                                    3:36:2   

The start of the race at 4Pm was normally one of great excitement, with all of the drivers running across to their cars, strapping themselves in, and departing. Most drivers such as the Gulf team drivers knew that you don’t win a 24 Hour race in the first lap and took their time to buckle in and then started, others, caught up in the excitement missed the crucial first step. This race started in the most tragic manner possible, John Woolfe an English amateur had been warned about his evil beast of a 917, his co – driver had even refused to drive the car and had to be replaced by a works driver. Further his lack of experience in top flight racing was of concern to many. When starting the race he hadn’t strapped himself in and on the first lap while approaching Maison Blanche he put two wheels onto the grass, the car rolled, split into two and caught fire. Chris Amon, following ran over the fuel tank, fortunately without injury but Woolfe died en route to Hospital.

The entire incident blocked the track with several minutes passing before a route through the wreckage was created. Eventually the race resumed with the order; Stommelen, Elford, Siffert, Schutz, Herrmann, Bonnier, Lins, Servoz – Gavin and Galli. The 917’s were the first to pit with higher fuel consumption than anyone else and Stommelen’s became hopelessly delayed with clutch issues. The leading Matra also dropped back with a broken suspension while the Siffert/ Redman 908 dropped out. The last Ferrari also dropped back with gearbox failure.

With all of the retirements the two Fords were running in 7th and 8th. The Lins/ Kauhsen Porsche lost third gear and the Widdows Matra damaged its tail. The Herrmann/ Larrousse 908 lost 30 minutes when a wheel bearing seized leaving the Elford/ Attwood 917 and Schutz/ Mitter 908 a substantial lead.  Schutz realising he was close to the lead decided to put on a bit of pace to catch up and all very needlessly collided with Larrousse’s 908. Larrousse continued but Schutz’s mount did not, rolling and catching fire, fortunately without serious injury.

Lins/ Kauhsen’s 908 was now in second, albeit 4 laps behind the leading 917. Oliver/ Ickx were now in 3rd, Herrmann/ Larrousse 4th and Hobbs/ Hailwood 5th. At 11AM the leading Porsche started to trail smoke and gearbox failure was detected and while the car continued it was at a much slower pace, only to retire shortly after. Then Kauhsen in the leading 908 had his clutch fail, leaving Ickx/ Oliver in the lead from Herrmann/ Larrousse, and both on the same lap.

Herrmann picked up the pace, Oliver pitted to hand over to Ickx, and when the GT40 resumed they were 43 seconds behind the 908. The Porsche pitted for Larrousse to take over and for the next 90 minutes the two roared around with the Porsche never more than a few seconds behind the big GT40. With a little more than an hour to go both cars pitted for the last time, Ickx staying in the car, while Herrmann replaced Larrousse and the stage was set for an epic last hour. There was now only a few seconds behind.

Each car took turns leading with the 908 being much faster in a straight line, the GT40 better under braking. After many lead changes between the two, Ickx took the lead for the last time on the last lap at Mulsanne corner and won the race by 100 metre’s. When one considers that the two leading cars covered bit kess than 4998KM, the winning margin was pretty small. This was to be the last major entry of a GT40 in a race with only minor privateer teams entering them again.

GT40

 

#1009 (II) – Gardner/ Guthrie – Retired (Overheating)

#1010 (II) – Sadler/ Vestey – Retired (Electrics)

#1075 – Ickx/ Oliver – 1st

#1076 – Hobbs/ Hailwood – 3rd

#1081 – Kelleners/ Joest – 6th

 

Results

Pos Car # Drivers Car Entrant Laps Grid

1

6

Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver Ford GT40 [1075] JWA/ Gulf

372

13

2

64

Hans Herrmann/Gérard Larrousse/Peter Falk*/Vic Elford*/Brian Redman*/Kurt Ahrens Jr* Porsche 908 LH [031] Porsche

372

6

3

7

David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Ford GT40 [1076] JWA/ Gulf

368

14

4

33

Piers Courage/Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra MS650 [01] Matra Elf

368

12

5

32

Jean Guichet/Nino Vaccarella Matra MS630 [04] Matra Elf

359

17

6

68

Helmut Kelleners/Reinhold Jöst/Jean Mesange* Ford GT40 [1081] DAZ

341

22

7

35

Nanni Galli/Robin Widdows Matra MS630/650 [02] Matra

330

16

8

17

Teodoro Zeccoli/Sam Posey/Ricardo Rodriguez Ferrari 250LM [5893] NART

329

23

NRF

12

Vic Elford/Richard Attwood/Peter Falk* Porsche 917 LH [008] Porsche

327

2

NRF

22

Rudi Lins/Willy Kauhsen/Jo Siffert^ Porsche 908 LH [029] Porsche

317

4

9

39

Christian Poirot/Pierre Maublanc Porsche 910 [006] Poirot

312

28

10

41

Jean-Pierre Gaban/Yves Deprez Porsche 911S JP Gaban

306

38

11

40

Claude Ballot-Léna/Guy Chasseuil Porsche 911T [11820779] A Veuillet

301

39

12

50

Alain Serpaggi/Christian Ethuin/Andre de Cortanze*/Bob Wollek*/Bernard Tramont*/Jean-Claude Andruet* Alpine A210 Renault Alpine

292

44

13

44

Claude Laurent/Jacques Marché Porsche 911T Claude Laurent

287

45

14

67

Philippe Farjon/Jacky Dechaumel Porsche 911S Philippe Farjon

286

42

DNF

45

Bob Wollek/Jean-Claude Killy/Alain Serpaggi*/Jean-Pierre Nicolas* Alpine A210 Renault [1726] Alpine

242

34

DNF

66

Jean Égreteaud/Raymond Lopez Porsche 911T J Egreteaud

241

37

DNF

18

Pedro Rodriguez/David Piper/Chris Amon*/Ernesto Brambilla* Ferrari 312P Coupé [0870] Ferrari SEFAC

223

5

DNF

29

Jean-Pierre Jabouille/Patrick Depailler/Mauro Bianchi* Alpine A220/69 Renault [1736] Alpine

209

20

DNF

23

Udo Schütz/Gerhard Mitter/Peter Falk*/Richard Attwood* Porsche 908 LH [030] Porsche

199

8

DNF

2

Jo Bonnier/Masten Gregory/Herbert Mueller* Lola T70 Mk.3B Chevrolet [SL76/151] Filipinetti

196

10

DNF

1

Henri Greder/Reine Wisell/Ronnie Peterson^/Umberto Maglioli* Chevrolet Corvette Filipinetti

196

26

DNF

63

René Mazzia/Pierre Mauroy/Jean Mesange^ Porsche 911T Marcel Martin

174

43

DNF

31

Jean-Luc Thérier/Jean-Pierre Nicolas/Henri Grandsire*/Jean-Pierre Jabouille*/Patrick Depailler*/Jean Vinatier*/Andre de Cortanze*/Jean-Claude Andruet* Alpine A220/68 Renault [1731] Alpine

160

19

DNF

34

Johnny Servoz-Gavin/Herbert Müller/Henri Pescarolo*/Jean Guichet* Matra MS630/650 [03] Equipe Matra Elf

158

11

DNF

14

Rolf Stommelen/Kurt Ahrens, Jr./Peter Falk* Porsche 917 LH [007] Porsche

148

1

DNF

28

André de Cortanze/Jean Vinatier/Jean-Claude Andruet*/Mauro Bianchi*/Henri Grandsire* Alpine A220/69 Renault [1737] Alpine

133

18

DNF

8

Peter Sadler/Paul Vestey/Edward Nelson* Ford GT40 [1010(II)] Peter Sadler

106

25

DNF

43

Roger Enever/Peter Brown Chevron B8 BMW J.C.B.

100

31

DNF

49

Jacques Foucteau/Patrice Compain/Alain LeGuellec*/Jean-Claude Andruet* Alpine A210 Renault Trophée Le Mans Alpine

97

35

DNF

38

Claude Bourgoignie/Gustave Gosselin/Teddy Pilette* Alfa Romeo T33/2 Racing Team VDS

76

27

DNF

20

Jo Siffert/Brian Redman/Peter Falk*/Willy Kauhsen*/Dieter Spoerry* Porsche 908/02L [028] Hart Ski Racing Team

60

3

DNF

30

Henri Grandsire/Jean-Claude Andruet/Jean-Pierre Jabouille*/Mauro Bianchi*/Andre de Cortanze* Alpine A220/69 Renault [1734] Société Automobiles Alpine

48

21

DNF

9

Frank Gardner/Malcolm Guthrie/Chris Craft* Ford GT40 [1009(II)] Alan Mann

42

15

DNF

59

Jacques Rey/Claude Haldi/Ronnie Peterson^/Alain Finkelstein* Ferrari 275 GTB/C [9079] Scuderia Filipinetti

39

36

DNF

62

Mark Konig/Tony Lanfranchi Nomad Mk.2 BRM Mark Konig

28

33

DNF

36

Teddy Pilette/Rob Slotemaker Alfa Romeo T33/2.5 VDS

36

24

DNF

42

André Wicky/Edgar Berney/Pierre Maublanc^/Jean Clement* Porsche 911T Wicky Racing Team

34

40

DNF

37

Clive Baker/John Harris^ Healey SR Climax Donald Healey

14

29

DNF

51

Maurizio Zanetti/Ugo Locatelli Fiat-Abarth 1000SP Ecurie Fiat-

9

41

DNF

60

Jean de Mortemart/Jean Mesange/Jean Sage^/Robert Buchet* Porsche 910 Robert Buchet

4

30

DNF

46

Alain LeGuellec/Bernard Tramont^/Jean-Pierre Nicolas*/Jean-Luc Therier*/Henri Grandsire*/Jean-Claude Andruet* Alpine A210 Renault Ecurie Savin-Calberson

1

32

DNF

19

Chris Amon/Peter Schetty^ Ferrari 312P [0872] SpA Ferrari SEFAC

0

7

DNF

10

John Woolfe/Herbert Linge^/Kurt Ahrens, Jr.^/Digby Martland^ Porsche 917 [005] John Woolfe

0

9

DNS

58

Jean-Pierre Hanrioud/Dominique Martin Ford GT40 [1033] Ec ASA – ESCA

 

 

DNA

11

Hervé Bayard/Michel Martin Ford GT40 Ecurie Ford FR

 

 

 1969 – the finale ended with Porsche taking out the Watkins Glen 6 Hours with Siffert/ Redman winning in a 908/2 Spider and then winning the Osterreichring 1000KM with Siffert/ Ahrens winning in a 917. Porsche were convincing winners of the 1969 WSC with 70 points, Ford coming second with 26.The Osterreichiring victory was a portent for what was to be two of the most exciting years of racing ever in 1970 & 1971. The 917 had been an unusually bad car to begin with and needing much development which eventually occurred when JWA took over the role of co – developer and altered the aerodynamics of the 917 sacrificing speed for stability.

 The 1970 season saw Ferrari’s challenger, the 512S take the challenge to Porsche and the racing was extremely close with the Porsche’s almost always winning but always pushed by the Ferraris. Further development bought on some challengers with the Alfa 33TT3, Ferrari 312PB, Matra MS670 and Porsche 908/3 all making their debuts in the 3 Litre categories.

Racing the GT40 continued with various privateers having a go in various Group 4 and other events and in South America and Oceania they were competing in meets thru into the 1970’s albeit with limited success. Laterly the English, European and American classic racing series always see’s at least a few GT40’s entered where appropriate.

 

 

 

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