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Event: 24 Heures du MansDate: 16.6.1963
Track: Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans (France), 13.461 kmsOrganiser: Automobile Club de l'Ouest

Le Mans 24 Hours

Weather:warm, dry
Start time:15/6 16:00
Grid:Le Mans start
Distance:24 hours
Attendance:300000
Entered:80
Practiced:49
Qualified:49
Started:49
Finished:14
Classified:12
Classes:
Prototype GT +3000
Prototype GT 3000
Grand Touring +3000
Grand Touring 3000
Grand Touring 2000
Grand Touring 1600
Grand Touring 1300
Race notes:
For the first time in the Le Mans history the grid positions were determined by times in practice, rather than by displacement.
Winners:
Overall:21Ferrari 250 PBandini / Scarfiotti
Prototype GT +3000:12Ferrari 330 LMBSears / Salmon
Grand Touring +3000:3AC Cobra 289 Ford CoupéSanderson / Bolton
Grand Touring 3000:24Ferrari 250 GTO"Beurlys" / Langlois van Ophem
Grand Touring 2000:31MGB HardtopHutcheson / Hopkirk
Grand Touring 1300:39Lotus Elite ClimaxFergusson / Wagstaff
Fastest Laps:
Overall:23Ferrari 250 PJohn Surtees (GB)3:53.300207.714 km/h
Pole Positions:
Overall:10Ferrari 330 TRI/LMPedro Rodriguez (MEX)3:50.900209.873 km/h
Prototype GT 3000:21Ferrari 250 PBandini / Scarfiotti3:51.300
Grand Touring +3000:8Aston Martin DP214McLaren / Ireland4:00.500
Grand Touring 3000:20Ferrari 250 GTOAbate / Tavano4:05.500
Grand Touring 2000:30Porsche 356B 2000 GS GTSchiller / Pon4:35.800
Grand Touring 1600:36Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ 1.6Foitek / Schäfer4:40.200
Grand Touring 1300:38Lotus Elite ClimaxGardner / Coundley4:46.100
Notes of interest:
Top makes by numbers:Ferrari (11), René Bonnet (5), Porsche (4), Aston Martin (4), Jaguar (3), Alpine (3), Alfa Romeo (3)
Top engines by numbers:Ferrari (11), Renault (8), Porsche (4), Jaguar (4), Aston Martin (4)
Top car types by numbers:Ferrari 250 GTO (4), René Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 (4), Ferrari 250 P (3), Ferrari 330 LMB (3), Jaguar E-type (3), Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato (3), Alpine M63 (3)
Driver nationalities:GB (26), F (25), USA (14), I (10), B (7), CH (3), D (2), ZA (2), NL (2)
Most used colours:red (30%), blue (19%), white (15%), green (13%), silver (11%), metallic green (6%)
Engine positions:front-engined (66%), mid-engined (23%), rear-engined (11%)
Oldest known drivers:Briggs Cunningham (56), Edgar Barth (46), Walt Hansgen (44)
Youngest known drivers:Richard Attwood (23), Pedro Rodriguez (23), David Hobbs (24)

Official Race Programme:

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