The first practice was held on Wednesday (9 June) for the 24-hour Le Man motor race to be held on Saturday (12 June).
GV crowd around cars in pits at Le Mans
SV car 19 Renault sports being pushed into pits
SV mechanics working on cars
LV car 10 GTC Mirage drivers BELL AND SCHUPPAN
CU engine revving PAN TO mechanics
CU Jackie Stewart
CU Bell as engine revs up
SV car 82 De Tomaso-Pantera leaving pits
Car 11 GTC Mirage leaving pits followed by 17 Porsche Turbo
GV BMW racing down straight
Travel shots taken from car as it races around circuit (5 shots)
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The first practice was held on Wednesday (9 June) for the 24-hour Le Man motor race to be held on Saturday (12 June).
SYNOPSIS: The field was dominated by 26 Porsches but the Alpine Renault A44 driven by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouil was fastest. It clocked three minutes 33.1 seconds for the circuit ahead of the Porsche 936 of West German Rolf Stommelen and Belgian Jacky Ickx.
Derek Bell, in a GTC Mirage clocked three minutes 51.1 seconds for the circuit. This was almost six seconds better than the time turned in by Jean-Pier Beltoise. The Frenchman had broken the little finger of his left hand when he caught it in the driving wheel of his private car on arrival at the track. But his finger was put in a splint and he will be able to compete in the gruelling round-the-clock race.
The first all-Australian Le Mans team of Brian Muir and Peter Brock clocked times of between four minutes thirty seconds and four minutes 58 seconds in their BMW.