The French Matra Simca, driven by Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse, came back after a bout of severe mechanical trouble to win the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (16 June).
GV Pace car starts, and competitors follows PAN THROUGH field
SV Cars along straight past stands
SV PAN cars past stands
SV Cars over hill and under arch PAN ALONG No.25
LV Cars down hill pat camera PAN ALONG with No.62, Bond (Porsche)
AERIAL VIEW cars around circuit (3 shots)
SCU PAN night shots No.86 Aubriet (BMW)
LV PAN competitors drive through night. PAN ALONG No.72 Pesch (Porsche)
LV PAN No.90 Guerie (Capri)
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SPORT - MOTOR RACING
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Background: The French Matra Simca, driven by Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse, came back after a bout of severe mechanical trouble to win the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race on Sunday (16 June). The win was the third in as many years by the Matra team.
Pescarolo-Larrousse covered 2878 miles (4606 kilometres) at an average speed of 119 mile an hour (191 kph). Second was a Porsche Carrera Turbo, driven by Holland's Gijs Van Lennep and Herbert Muller of switzerland. Another Matra, driven by Frenchmen Francois Migault and Jean-Pierre Jabouille, was third.
The Matra streaked to the lead at the start of the race on Saturday (15 June) - featured in this film. They were chased by two German Porsches, but managed to pull away and take a commanding lead. The start was watched by a crowd of about 200,000 fans.
However, the competitors were plagued by mechanical problems. Matra's chief rivals, the two-British-American Gulf Fords, were early victims. And the Matras themselves didn't escape incident-free. For the first few hours, they held the first four places, but soon after they lost their stranglehold on the race when two encountered problems and withdrew.
The Pescarolo-Larrousse Matra had trouble too. It lost an hour in the pits, while mechanics worked furiously to virtually rebuild a damaged gearbox. The Migault Matra was hampered by a leaking radiator, which slowed it down considerably.
With six hours of the race still to go 23 of the 49 starters were still on the circuit - but the Pescarolo-Larrousse Matra was roaring toward its third successive win.