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#1 cabianca

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 17:41

Raymond Sommer has written in some autobiographical material that his co driver, Chinetti, drove very little in this race because he was ill. Does anyone know the length of time Sommer drove. It was the year they won, BTW.


#2 D-Type

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 19:23

In his 1963 History of Le Mans, David Hodges says "Chinetti was unwell and drove for only 3 hours" but he doesn't say if this was continuous.

#3 Vitesse2

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 20:08

From Maurice Henry's report in l'Auto, describing the 23rd hour:


... depuis longtemps il tient le volant et fait visiblement des efforts pour se maintenir, étant mal secondé par son équipier.


... he has been driving for a long time and is obviously trying to maintain himself, being poorly supported by his team-mate.

No indication of how long Chinetti drove for though.



#4 kabouter

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 20:44

In Quentin Spurring's Le Mans 1930-39 it says: "Co-driver Luigi Chinetti was taken ill on Saturday evening, and Sommer ended up driving his short-chassis 8C-2300 for more than 20 hours. ... On arrival at Le Mans, Chinetti was exhausted after working all hours to get the car race-ready. Sommer started, and stayed in the leading group until the handover. Chinetti's first Le Mans consisted of only the one driving shift of Saturday evening before he developed a fever, and could not continue."

Edited by kabouter, 18 January 2018 - 20:44.

#5 cabianca

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 23:02

Thank you all.