Le Mans 1969

14th & 15th June 1969.

Only five GT40s in the race in this year. Two others had been entered but failed to make the start. Both of the cars entered by JWA were the same cars that had raced the previous year and weren't expected to be competitive.


No. Chassis Drivers Result Team
6 1075 Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver 1st JWA
7 1076 David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood 3rd

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8 1010 Peter Sadler/Paul Vestey dnf E.P. Sadler
9 1009 Frank Gardner/Malcolm Guthrie " Guthrie/Mann
68 1081 Helmut Kelleners/Reinhold Jöst 6th D.A.Z.

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GT40P/1076 in the paddock prior to the start of the race. It's only when you see a GT40 with more mundane vehicles such as the Corsair in the background, that you begin to realise just how advanced its looks were.

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Pit stop Le Mans 1969. The car is refuelled as Jackie Oliver exits the car. Jacky Ickx, standing by the pit wall, awaits his stint at the wheel - GT40P/1075. Ickx was to win the Le Mans 24 Hour Race more times than any other driver, 1969 was his first win. Jackie Oliver currently runs the Arrows Formula 1 Team.

 

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1076 at speed during the race.


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The closest Le Mans finish ever, GT40P/1975 crosses the line at the end of the 1969 race.