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.
SV PAN Dar 16 around band with lights on at dawn
SV PAN car 51
SV Car II around bend
SV PAN 15 and 41 round bend
TV Cars along straight
SV PAN car II round bend
SVs 35 and 28 and 60 around bend
SV Crowd PAN TO car II round bend along straight (2 shots)
SV Cars along straight
SV Cars across finishing line
SV & GV Crowd surge around car II
SV & GV Police control crowd as Pescarolo opens champagne
CARS AROUND BEND; CARS ON STRAIGHT; WINNING MATRA AROUND BEND; ICKX'S FERRARI ROUND BEND; CROWD; BLUE MATRA WINNING; POLICE KEEPING BACK CROWD; PESCAROLO DRINKING CHAMPAGNE.
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For further coverage of 1973 Le Mans please refer to Production No. 5575/73.
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Background: 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.