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1958 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 21, 1958
Fastest Lap:
Hawthorn, 4m08.0
1958 season:

A review

THERE is little point at this late stage after the Le Mans 24 hour race in giving a lap by lap or hour by hour detailed account of the event; it is sufficient to précis the major happenings between 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21st and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22nd, and then look more closely into the why's and wherefore's of the event. For the first two hours weather conditions were good and Stirling Moss, driving a DBR1/300 Aston Martin ran away from the rest of the field. Without apparently stressing the engine Moss built up a commanding lead ready for when his co-driver Jack Brabham took over, but after only 2 hours 10 minutes of racing the Aston Martin engine broke in a big way and Moss stopped at Mulsanne. This left Von Trips (Ferrari), Brooks (Aston Martin) and Hawthorn (Ferrari) battling for the lead, but the last of the three stopped to refuel and Collins took over. As if in sympathy with Moss' retirement, the skies burst asunder and torrential rain fell which prevented any further serious racing, and foul weather conditions continued throughout the evening, the night, the early morning, and intermittently, all day Sunday.