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Never Mind The Quantity
The Le Mans 24 Hours was, after all, a success if measured as a sporting event, though a financial failure for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. Next year's race will not be submitted to FISA for the Sportscar World Championship, and since Jean-Marie Balestre (president of the FIA and of the French Federation) has done a complete backflip and given the ACO his support, it seems unlikely that FISA will be able to take reprisal.
Just 24 Group C cars took the start on June 20, plus four 'national championship' cars which had no business to be on the grid, and 14 cars were classified. Reliability was far, far higher than expected, and a lot of people (me included) have to eat their previews!
Peugeot, above all, did a superb job in preparing for the 24 Hours, and deserves just as much credit as Matra-Simca in 1972-74, and Renault in 1978.