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1962 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 23, 1962
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
P Hill, 3m57.7
1962 season:

The same G.T. and Prototype muddle existed at Le Mans as at the other long-distance races this season, but by ignoring the complicated rules and regulations with which G.T. racing is becoming bogged down it was possible to enjoy Le Mans for once because the sun was shining.

At the start of the race Gendebien in the 4-litre V12 sports (sorry, Prototype) front-engined Ferrari and Graham Hill in the 4-litre Aston Martin Prototype waged a short duel, with Gendebien getting the upper hand before long. Third place was disputed between the three fierce and noisy front-engined 4-litre V8 Maserati coup├ęs and Pedro Rodriguez in a works rear-engined 2.4-litre V6 sports (sorry, Prototype) Ferrari. The Aston took the lead when the leading Ferrari stopped for Phil Hill to take over, but Hill broke the lap record at 3 min. 57.3 sec. (126.9 m.p.h.) and soon regained the lead, Rodriguez getting through to second place when the Aston stopped for Ginther to take over. Ginther got the Aston back into second place but was then forced to stop for a dynamo armature change, which lost it several minutes, and as darkness fell an internal oil pipe broke, putting the Aston out for good.