• Short Summary

    Britain's Derek Bell and Belgian Jacky Ickx at the wheel of a British Gulf Ford win the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (15 June)
    It was the second time Ickx had won the race but first victory for Bell.

  • Description

    Britain's Derek Bell and Belgian Jacky Ickx at the wheel of a British Gulf Ford win the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (15 June)
    It was the second time Ickx had won the race but first victory for Bell.

    They led for the last 20 hours and were only threatened in the last two when a cracked exhaust and transmission trouble slowed them down.

    This year's Le Mans signalled a revolution in motor racing. For the first time, a strict limit was imposed on fuel consumption, the race organisers demanding that 20 laps of the circuit be completed between refuelling of taking on oil.

    Ickx and Bell covered the 2,857 miles (4,595.6 kilometres) at an average speed of 118.9 miles an hour (191.5 kph).

    As the mechanical troubles hit the British car, Frenchmen Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil forced the pace in their Ligier, closing the lead but failing to catch the British car.

    The other Gulf ford looked like making if a double for the British cars, but was also troubled by its transmission and finished third, driven by Australian Vern Schuppan and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jaussaud.

    The Ligiers were the most serious rivals to the Gulf Fords, but two of them retired, one after a collision and the other after blowing a tyre at high speed.

    The race lacked drama for all but the last two hours, becoming something of a procession highlighted only by the occasional retirement of low-placed cars and the troubles of a few which had been expected to do well.

    SYNOPSIS: The classic twenty four hour Le Mans sports car race -- the crowds and the car crews are eager, despite its loss of championship status this season.

    The start of the race, and the cars are away. Favourites for this year's event -- the British Gulf Fords, but the French Ligier-Gitanes team have promised hot competition. And the British cars went quickly ahead, leading from the fourth hour onwards.

    Car number eleven, a Gulf Ford driven by Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx, French Ligiers pressed them all the way.

    Number 10, the other Gulf Ford driven by Vern Schuppan, an Australian, and Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, came third. Both British cars were plagued by mechanical troubles.

    Number 5, the Ligier driven by Frenchmen Jean-Louis Lafosse and Guy Chasseuil, almost caught up in the final two hours, but finished second.

    The race lacked drama, but in the last two hours it build up to a climax as mechanical trouble hit the British cars, and a furious battle developed with the Frenchmen.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADSAEN9MDETTJ4KM116R279O09
    Media URN:
    VLVADSAEN9MDETTJ4KM116R279O09
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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