1930 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 21, 1930
Laps:
178
Fastest Lap:
Birkin, 6m48
Country:
France
Circuit:
Report

OVERWHELMING BRITISH VICTORY IN THE CLASSIC 24-HOUR RACE.

Barnato's Bentley at full speed on the long straight down to Mulsanne.

When on the afternoon of Sunday, 22nd June, Woolf Barnato drew up after his run of 24 hours at le Mans, Bentley had scored its fourth successive win in the Grand Prix d'Endurance. During the two rounds of the clock Barnato and Kidston had covered 1,821 miles, thus averaging nearly 76 m.p.h.: it is but four short years since the world stood aghast at an average of over 60 m.p.h. for 24 hours on this course. Thus have speeds gone up, for the course is a little, but not materially, faster.

Behind the winner came another 6-cylinder Bentley driven by Clement and Watney, but of the six cars of the marque which were entered, and the five which started, these were all that got home: the others had fallen by the wayside in a duel, which will remain for ever epic, with the giant Mercedes. Thus Bentley won again, and their performance was nothing short of magnificent; but when one comes to think calmly of the race one cannot but be almost more impressed by that of the pair of Talbots. Two of these cars started, and two finished; they had engines of only just over 2-litres capacity, but both of them covered in the 24 hours under 200 miles less than the winner. Their run was one of complete regularity and freedom from trouble. The new Talbots looked like being cars to reckon with when they made thir first tragic appearance in the Double-Twelve: now they have undoubtedly won their spurs.

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