Le Mans Classic 2022, and the winners are…

24 Hours, three races per grid, six grids, 750 racing cars,  Le Mans Classic was as spectacular on the track as it was in the village! The 10th edition attracted a full house with more than 200.850 spectators (195.000 in 2018) who came to admire the many racing and club cars on display.
Good news! Le Mans Classic will be back next year to celebrate the centenary of the 24 Hours of Mans – rendez-vous from 29th June to 2nd July 2023. In the meantime, a look back at the weekend’s results with first of all the overall classification by team which determines the big winner of Le Mans Classic, the Index of Performance classification and the results of grids 1 to 6.  

OVERALL CLASSIFICATION BY TEAM  

A team consists of six cars, each of which is represented in one of the six grids to reflect the diversity of vehicles taking part in the competition. Each grid comprises 75 cars numbered from 1 to 76 (no. 13 being banned). The cars and performances of each competitor contribute to the team’s victory.

Full classification by team

CLASSIFICATION OF THE TEAMS IN THE INDEX OF PERFORMANCE

The Index of Performance rewards the car having covered the greatest distance depending on the type of vehicle (Prototype, GT, GTS…), its cubic capacity and its age. The classification of the teams in the Index of Performance enables a wider variety of cars to access a potential place on the podium.

Classification in the Index of Performance

OVERHALL CLASSIFICATION BY GRID

The overall classification by grid doesn’t define the winners of Le Mans Classic, but it lists the drivers and co-drivers having set the best times.

Copyright – Kristof Vermeulen

Grid 1 (1923/1939)

At the end of the three races, the no. 49 Bugatti T35 driven by D. Pittaway and t. Dutton scored a comfortable victory after a dominant display. Into second came M. Halusa and A. Ames in their no. 16 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider Zagato which finished 34 seconds behind the winning car. And in third was the no. 10 BMW 328 Roadster of A. Otten and M. Griffiths locked in battle with the no. 52 Alfa Romeo until the chequered flag fell!

Overall Classification:

1) D. Pittaway and T. Dutton / 1925 / Bugatti T35 / n°49
2) M. Halusa and A. Ames / 1932 / Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider Zagato / n°16
3) A. Otten and M. Griffiths / 1939 / BMW 328 Roadster / n° 10

Grid 2 (1949/1956)

The no. 16 D-Type Jaguar driven by L. Halusa clinched a comfortable win with more than two minutes in hand over the no. 36 Aston Martin DB3S crewed by Argentineans C. Sielecki and M. Sielecki. A French team completed the podium, C. Godard and F. Godard in their no. 11 Cooper T39. Despite the T39 Cooper’s small cubic capacity, its chassis and the remarkable skills of its two drivers made the difference!

Overall Classification:

1) L. Halusa and A. Ames / 1954 / Jaguar D-type / n° 16
2) C. Sielecki and M. Sielecki / 1955/ Aston Martin DB3S / 1955 / n°36
3) C. Godard and f. Godard / 1955 / Cooper T39 /n°11

Grid 3 (1957 / 1961)

Even though J. Cottingham and M. Girardo won the third race, overall victory went to O. Bryant and G. Bryant who came out on top in the accumulated results of the three heats in their Lotus 15. Second place went to the no. 65 D-Type Jaguar driven by J. Macari and H. Newey followed in third by the no. 20 Tojeiro Jaguar in the hands of J. Cottingham and M. Girardo.

Overall Classification:

1) O.Bryant and G. Bryant / 1958 / Lotus 15 / n°18
2) J. Macari and H. Newey / 1956 / Jaguar D-type / n°65
3) J. Cottingham and M. Girardo / 1959 / Tojeiro Jaguar / n°20

Grid 4 (1962 / 1965)

The Ford GT40s dominated this grid and they clinched victory in each of the three races. Portuguese driver D. Ferrao emerged as the overall winner in his no. 8 GT40 with a total of four minutes and 36 seconds in hand over J.Farley (CEO Ford Worldwide) from America in no. 64. And third spot was filled by no. 19 in the hands of E.Breittmayer.

Overall Classification:

1) D. Ferrao / 1965 / Ford GT40 / n°8
2) J.Farley /1965 /Ford GT40 /n° 64
3) E.Breittmayer /1965 / Ford GT40 / n°19

Grid 5 (1966 /1971)

A great battle was expected in Grid 5 between the Ferrari 312 P crewed by R. Lips / D. Franklin and a plethora of well-driven Lola T70s, which ran into a raft of technical niggles. However, a Lola did emerge victorious thanks to no. 37 of N. Sleep and A. Montgomery, which topped the timesheets by just 15 seconds from the no. 25 Chevron B19 with H. Fletcher at the wheel. The final place on the podium was filled by the aforementioned no. 58 Ferrari 312 P driven by R. Lips and D. Franklin.

Overall Classification:

1) N. Sleep and A. Montgomery / 1967 / Lola T70 Mk.3 / n°37
2) H. Fletcher / 1971 / Chevron B19 / n°25
3) R. Lips and D. Franklin / 1969 / Ferrari 312 P/ n°58

Grid 6 (1972/1981)

During the weekend we saw a great duel between the no. 33 TOJSC304 of Y. Scemama and R. Mille and P. Lafargue’s no. 65 Lola T298 . But both cars suffered various glitches and outsiders shone among the front-runners with first place going to L. Caron in his no. 7 Chevron B31. Second place went to the no. 53 Cheetah G601 driven B. Eggiman and into third came another Chervon, the no. 41 B36 in the hands of P. Bruehwiler.
Overall Classification

1) L. Caron / 1975 / Chevron B31/ n°7
2) B. Eggimann / 1976 / Cheetah G601/ n°53
3) P. Bruehwiler / 1976 / Chevron B36 / n°41

CLASSIFICATION BY GRID IN THE INDEX OF PERFORMANCE

Grid 1 (1923 /1939)

1) D. Pittaway and T. Dutton / 1925 / Bugatti T35 / n° 49
2) M. Halusa and A. Ames / 1932 / Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider Zagato / n° 16
3) A. Ottent and M. Griffiths / 1939 / BMW 328 Roadster / n°10

Grid 2 (1949/1956)

1) P. Henry and J. Saunier / 1950 / Renault 4CV / n°47
2) J. Penillard / 1954 / Porsche 356 (Pre-A) 1300 coupé / n°30
3) A. Serpaggi and G. Gaudy / 1950 / Renault 4CV / n°46

Grid 3 (1957 / 1961)

1) D. Clark and P. Fillon / 1959 / Lotus Elite / n° 67
2) R. Ingram and I. Rowley / 1961 / Lotus Elite S2 / n° 37
3) J. LAGUERRE, A. LAGUERREand Y. ZAGAME / 1963 / CD 62 Panhard / n° 50

Grid 4 (1962 / 1965)

1) S. Evans / 1965 / Lotus Elan 26R / n° 17
2) N. Pastorelli / 1964 / Ferrari 250 GTO / n°6
3) D. Ferrao / 1965 / Ford GT40 / n°8

Grid 5 (1966 /1971)

1) R. Lips and D. Franklin / 1969 / Ferrari 312 P / n° 58
2) H. Fletcher / 1971 / Chevron B19 / n° 25
3) NELSON / 1971 / Chevron B19 / n° 57

Grid 6 (1972/1981)

1) R. Terrail and J. Aeberhard / 1974 / Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 / n°67
2) B. Eggiman / 1976 / Cheetah G601 / n°53
3) D. Denat and U. Kolb / 1974 / Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 / n°61

Cars powered by the Aramco synthetic fuels

  • 4th place in the Index of Performance for the no. 66 Chevron B21 driven by Carlos Tavares, The Stellantis Group CEO
  • 3rd place in the final classification of the Index of Performance for the two cars of the no. 67 team: the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and the Lotus Elite of D. Clark
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