A true classic, the 10th edition Le Mans Classic lived up to its billing

Kristof Vermeulen / Peter Auto

A true classic, the 10th edition Le Mans Classic lived up to its billing

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A true classic, the 10th edition Le Mans Classic lived up to its billing

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24 hours, six grids, three races per grid, 750 racing cars—the 2022 Le Mans Classic was truly spectacular on track even as it overran the nearby village. The 10th edition attracted a full house with 200,850 spectators packing the grounds, taking it all in over four days, June 29-July 3.

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A bi-annual event since its inception with the string broken due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Le Mans Classic will be back next year to celebrate the 24 Hours of Mans centenary. Plan now to rendez-vous June 29 to July 2, 2023.

In the meantime, lengthy look back at the weekend results—the overall classification by team which determines the big winner of Le Mans Classic, the Index of Performance classification, and the final 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.

Click HERE for 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.

Click HERE for the classification in the Index of Performance.

Overall 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.

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 checkered flag fell.

1) D. Pittaway and T. Dutton / 1925 / Bugatti T35 / No. 49

2) M. Halusa and A. Ames / 1932 / Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider Zagato / No. 16

3) A. Otten and M. Griffiths / 1939 / BMW 328 Roadster / No. 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 smaller displacement engine, its chassis and the remarkable skills of its two drivers made the difference.

1) L. Halusa and A. Ames / 1954 / Jaguar D-type / No. 16

2) C. Sielecki and M. Sielecki / 1955/ Aston Martin DB3S / 1955 / No. 36

3) C. Godard and f. Godard / 1955 / Cooper T39 / No. 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.

1) O.Bryant and G. Bryant / 1958 / Lotus 15 / No. 18

2) J. Macari and H. Newey / 1956 / Jaguar D-type / No. 65

3) J. Cottingham and M. Girardo / 1959 / Tojeiro Jaguar / No. 20

Grid 4 (1962 / 1965)

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 (the Ford Worldwide CEO!) from America in No. 64. And third spot was filled by No. 19 in the hands of E.Breittmayer.

1) D. Ferrao / 1965 / Ford GT40 / No. 8

2) J.Farley / 1965 /Ford GT40 / No. 64

3) E.Breittmayer / 1965 / Ford GT40 / No. 19

Grid 5 (1966-1971)

A great battle was expected in this grid between the Ferrari 312 P crewed by R. Lips and D. Franklin and a plethora of well-driven Lola T70s. Despite the latter machines all running into a raft of technical issues, 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 heavily favored No. 58 Ferrari 312 P driven by R. Lips and D. Franklin.

1) N. Sleep and A. Montgomery / 1967 / Lola T70 Mk.3 / No. 37

2) H. Fletcher / 1971 / Chevron B19 / No. 25

3) R. Lips and D. Franklin / 1969 / Ferrari 312 P/ No. 58

Grid 6 (1972-1981)

Grid 6 featured a great duel between the No. 33 TOJ SC304 of Y. Scemama and R. Mille and P. Lafargue’s No. 65 Lola T-298. But both cars suffered various glitches and outsiders emerged in the final results, with first place going to L. Caron in his No. 7 Chevron B31. Second was the No. 53 Cheetah G601 driven B. Eggiman, and into third came another Chevron, the No. 41 B36 in the hands of P. Bruehwiler.

1) L. Caron / 1975 / Chevron B31/ No. 7

2) B. Eggimann / 1976 / Cheetah G601/ No. 53

3) P. Bruehwiler / 1976 / Chevron B36 / No. 41

Classification by grid in the Index of Performance

Grid 1 (1923-1939)

1) D. Pittaway and T. Dutton / 1925 / Bugatti T35 / No. 49

2) M. Halusa and A. Ames / 1932 / Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Spider Zagato / No. 16

3) A. Ottent and M. Griffiths / 1939 / BMW 328 Roadster / No. 10

Grid 2 (1949-1956)

1) P. Henry and J. Saunier / 1950 / Renault 4CV / No. 47

2) J. Penillard / 1954 / Porsche 356 (Pre-A) 1300 coupé / No. 30

3) A. Serpaggi and G. Gaudy / 1950 / Renault 4CV / No. 46

Grid 3 (1957-1961)

1) D. Clark and P. Fillon / 1959 / Lotus Elite / No. 67

2) R. Ingram and I. Rowley / 1961 / Lotus Elite S2 / No. 37

3) J. LAGUERRE, A. LAGUERREand Y. ZAGAME / 1963 / CD 62 Panhard / No. 50

Grid 4 (1962-1965)

1) S. Evans / 1965 / Lotus Elan 26R / No. 17

2) N. Pastorelli / 1964 / Ferrari 250 GTO / No. 6

3) D. Ferrao / 1965 / Ford GT40 / No. 8

Grid 5 (1966-1971)

1) R. Lips and D. Franklin / 1969 / Ferrari 312 P / No. 58

2) H. Fletcher / 1971 / Chevron B19 / No. 25

3) NELSON / 1971 / Chevron B19 / No. 57

Grid 6 (1972-1981)

1) R. Terrail and J. Aeberhard / 1974 / Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 / No. 67

2) B. Eggiman / 1976 / Cheetah G601 / No. 53

3) D. Denat and U. Kolb / 1974 / Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 / No. 61

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4th place in the Index of Performance for the No. 66 Chevron B21 driven by Carlos Tavares (he Stellantis Group CEO)

3rd place in 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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