1959 Le Mans 24 Hours

24 heures du Mans

Saturday, June 20, 1959
Round:
4
Laps:
323
Pole position:
Fastest Lap:
Behra, 4m00.9
Country:
France
Circuit:
1959 season:
Report

This year the Automobile Club de l'Ouest introduced a new feature in the running of the Le Mans 24-hour race by holding a test-day on the circuit as long ago as last April, and at which various competitors were able to try their new cars. At that time the speed of the 3-litre V12 Ferraris was so impressive that it seemed certain that they would win the race, as the only likely opposition was going to come from Aston Martin and they were not quick enough to be taken seriously. Practice during the week before the race rather confirmed this view, for even with Moss at the wheel of the Aston Martin any of the six Ferrari drivers seemed able to cope with him.

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