In a spectacular finish to the twenty-ninth Le Mans 24-hour race June 11, Ferraris took the first three places.
In a spectacular finish to the twenty-ninth Le Mans 24-hour race June 11, Ferraris took the first three places. The winning car (No 10) was driven by P. Hill of America and O. Gendebien of Belgium. They covered the distance of 2,782.2 miles at an average speed of 115.9 m.p.h. - the fastest at which the race has been won.
W. Mairesse (Belgium) and M. Parkes (Britain) were second in another factory-entered Ferrari (No 11) - their average speed was 114.917 m.p.h. The privately entered Ferrari grand touring saloon (No 14), driven by P. Noblet and J. Guichet of France, came with an average speed of 110,24 m.p.h.
The Maserati cars never put up a real challenge to Ferrari supremacy.The highest placed car of this make (no 7), driven by A. Pabst and R.Thomson,finished in fourth place,22 laps behind the leader.Their average speed was 108.271 m.p.h.
Despite the safety measures taken after the Le Mans disaster of 1955 (when 88 spectators were killed) of limiting the cars to three litres engine size, the winners exceeded the previous greatest distance covered by 49.5 miles, and the highest race average.