THE GREAT­EST LOSERS

Some fine sportscars have failed in the 24 Hours. Kevin Turner picks out the best

Motor Sport News - - Le Mans Preview -

Many great sportscars have won the Le Mans 24 Hours. In fact, vic­tory at the world’s most fa­mous en­durance event has made the rep­u­ta­tion of many fine rac­ers. But there have been some that missed out.

To pick out the best cars never to have won the Grand Prix d’en­durance, we looked at a num­ber of fac­tors. The key ones were how well they got on at Le Mans, the cir­cum­stances of their fail­ures, and the amount of suc­cess scored else­where. The im­pact the can­di­dates had on the race and the sport was also con­sid­ered.

The only rule was that the car had to have ac­tu­ally raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, so no Jaguar XJR-14 or Mercedes CLK GTR. Sim­i­larly, we fo­cused on in­di­vid­ual mod­els rather than teams or mar­ques, so the Cun­ning­ham ef­forts of the 1950s and the hard-try­ing Courage squad of the 1980s and 1990s – both of which scored podi­ums – don’t make the cut ei­ther.

So, here are our 10. Let us know what you think by email­ing mn.let­ters@ hay­mar­ket.com.

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