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Andre Rossignol

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André Rossignol raced in five of the first six editions of the Le Mans 24 Hours and was the first two-time winner of the race.

He was a mainstay of the Lorraine-Dietrich team that was increasingly competitive during those early years. Rossignol shared a B3-6 with Henry de Courcelles at Le Mans from 1923 with increasing success – a class winner in that inaugural event and third overall a year later.

First double winner at Le Mans

They were paired together again in 1925 and won at Le Mans before finishing second in the Spa 24 Hours in an impressive double achievement that year. Lorraine-Dietrich decided to split its successful driving partnership for 1926 but that did not stop Rossignol from completing a back-to-back victory at Le Mans – now sharing the winning car with Robert Bloch in a 1-2-3 for the team.

However, those results were not good for Rossignol’s racing career for, flushed with success, Lorraine-Dietrich withdrew from the sport. Out of racing for a year, he returned to Le Mans in 1928 with a Chrysler 72 and Henri Stoffel as his co-driver. Rossignol’s unbroken record of finishes continued with third position and they were also sixth at Spa that year.

That was his final season in the sport and André Rossignol is a largely forgotten name on the list of winners at Le Mans. But his record of two wins and two third place finishes from five starts bares scrutiny alongside many more famous drivers.