Luigi Chinetti was paired with Jacques Gastaud at Le Mans in 1935. Since I have never been able to find another entry for Gastaud, I assume he was a rich amateur customer of Chinetti's.
First question, does anyone have any further information on Gastaud?
Second question is regarding Chinetti's retirement, supposedly while leading.
Georges Fraichard’s LM book has a quote from Chinetti that his co-driver crashed twice and the second time did the car in. However, most accounts credit the retirement to
an engine problem. Do you know anything about Jacques Gastaud’s two crashes? Chinetti is quoted as saying about the two forays into the ditch, “The first time we were able to effect a repairand restart, but the second time we could do nothing. As a matter of interest, we then held such a lead that it took the ultimate winners two hours to equal the distance we had already run.”
Did Chinetti in fact, lead Le Mans in 1935, and if so did he lead any given hour.