At Le Mans, the most dramatic finish ever in the history of the 24-hour race on Sunday gave Ford its fourth successive win in the classic race.
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Background: At Le Mans, the most dramatic finish ever in the history of the 24-hour race on Sunday gave Ford its fourth successive win in the classic race. A British-entered Ford GT-40, driven by the Belgian driver Jackie Ickx, and Britain's Jack Oliver, fought out a thrilling duel in the closing, stages with a German Porsche.
Throughout the final two-and-a-half hours the Ford was constantly exchanging the lead position with its rival. Porches had dominated the early stages of the event, but gradually they began to drop out.
The GT-40 finished only yards (metres) ahead of its rival. So close was the final result that the average speed of the GT-40 -- more than 129 miles an hour (207.6 KPH) -- was only a few thousandths of a mile (KM) faster than the Porsche.
At the finish the crowds surged on to the track for a better view of the winning drivers -- and the car which had covered a record 3,175 miles (5,109.637 KM).
Second, only yards (metres) behind the GT-40, came a West German works Porsche driven by West German Hans Herrmann and Gerard Larousse, of France, and third came another GT-40 driven by Britens David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood.