• Short Summary

    Despite last minute mechanical problems with their British Gulf-Ford, Derek Bell of Britain and Jacky Ickx of Belgium won the French Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (15 June).

  • Description

    Despite last minute mechanical problems with their British Gulf-Ford, Derek Bell of Britain and Jacky Ickx of Belgium won the French Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (15 June).

    With less than two hours to go, the leading car was hampered by a cracked exhaust pipe. It lost almost three laps to its closest rival -- a French Ligier -- when it was pulled into the pits.

    It was the second time that Ickx had won at Le Mans...but a first victory for Bell. Ickx last won in 1969 in a Ford GT40, which -- like the Gulf-Ford on sunday -- had been entered by Britain's John Wyer.

    The team covered the 4,596.6 kilometres (2.857.6 miles) at an average speed of 191.5 k.p.h. (119 m.p.h.).

    The Ligier -- driven by Frenchmen Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil -- averaged 190 6 k.p.h. (about 118.4 m.p.h.) to cover 4,573.4 kilometres (2,841.8 miles). It took the second place.

    The second Gulf-Ford covered 4,504.9 kilometres (2,799.3 miles) at a speed of 187.7 k.p.h. (116.6 m.p.h.) to come in third. It was driven by Australian Vern Schuppan and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jaussand.

    The new rules this year -- imposing 20 laps on one tank of petrol -- did not noticeably slow the cars, although it caused the disqualification of, a French-entered Porsche Carrera which refuelled inside the limit.

    SYNOPSIS: Sunday's Le Mans twenty-four-hour sports car race... speeding into its last dramatic and gruelling hours.

    A British-Belgian team -- Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx -- driving a Gulf-Ford has been leading for almost twenty hours... when a mechanical problem developed...

    This gave the French Ligier, driven by Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil, a chance to catch up. It was five laps behind when a cracked exhaust pipe threatened to slow down the Gulf-Ford. As Bell and Ickx pulled into the pits, Lafosse and Chasseuil managed to close the gap by almost three laps.

    A second Gulf-Ford was racing neck and neck with the ??? for second place, when Bell and Ickx shot past the chequered flag. It was the first victory for Bell, but the second for Ickx who won the Nineteen-sixty-nine Le Mans in a Ford GT-Forty. Both cars were entered by Britain's John Wyer. Bell and Ickx had covered nearly four thousand and six hundred kilometres.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8QDXW4VBNLNKCITQYW4UR79Q2
    Media URN:
    VLVA8QDXW4VBNLNKCITQYW4UR79Q2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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