Le Mans 24 constructor Gerard Welter dead at 75
Longtime Le Mans entrant and constructor Gerard Welter died on Wednesday.
The 75-year-old was most recognized as part of the design department at Peugeot and built the fastest prototype to ever race the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The number? 252 mph, achieved by Roger Dorchy in a P88 Peugeot at the 1988 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will likely never be topped.
While the cars had tremendous straight-line speed, they were often further down the grid by the end of the race.
The best result at Le Mans for a Welter-built car came in 1980 when Dorchy and Guy Frequelin took fourth in a WM-Peugeot P79/80.
“Gerard Welter was a driving force in the true sense of the word,” said ACO president Pierre Fillon. “It’s very sad news for us, for the ACO and for the motor car. In the name of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, I would like to send my warmest and most profound emotional thoughts to Gerard Welter’s family and loved ones.”