Porsches took the first three places in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race that ended on Sunday (14 June).
Porsches took the first three places in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race that ended on Sunday (14 June). The winning car was driven by Dick Attwood and Hans Herrmann and gave Porsche its first-even victory in the sports car classic.
The victory of the West German cars shattered the hopes of the Italian Ferraris, and the winning car averaged nearly 192 kph (119 mph) for the race.
Almost continual rain made the driving extremely difficult and many entries dropped out after accidents or mechanical breakdowns. The race was marred by a pre-dawn accident in which a race marshal was killed after the Ferrari of Belgian Jackie Ickx skidded off the track. Second place went to the Porsche driven by Gerard Larrousse and Willy Kauhsen with a three litre Porsche 908 driven by Rudolf Lins and Helmut Marko in third position.