• Short Summary

    The fiftieth Le Mans Twenty-Four-Hour Motor Race was won on Sunday (June 10) by a French Matra Simca -- car II -- at an average speed of over 200 kilometres an hour.

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    The fiftieth Le Mans Twenty-Four-Hour Motor Race was won on Sunday (June 10) by a French Matra Simca -- car II -- at an average speed of over 200 kilometres an hour.

    In last year's first ever Le Mans victory for a Matra, Henri Pescarolo won with Britain's Graham Hill, but his teaming this year with Gerald Larrousse made it an all-French triumph -- the first since 1950.

    The leading Ferrari - car 15, driven by Jacky Ickx of Belgium and Britain's Brian Redmond, had held off the French challenge for nearly seven hours. But one-and-a-hall hours from the and, the Ferrari had to retire with burnt-out valves. The Matra was by then so far shead of the rest of the field, that it had only to finish to win. But a faulty starter motor meant every pit stop was a possible exit from the race.

    Finally, however, Peascarolo was able to dawdle over the last lap to let the second Matra catch up, so that they could cross the line together.

    A Ferrari, driven by the Italian Marzario and the Brazilian Pace, finished second. This means that Ferrari still keep a firm hold on the World Manufacturers Championship, with 110 points to Matra's 84.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2F5HRHSZITTUQNX80YQI9M553
    Media URN:
    VLVA2F5HRHSZITTUQNX80YQI9M553
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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