After the death of a racer and broadcaster, Alain de Cadanet achieves his best result in Le Mans

After the death of a racer and broadcaster, Alain de Cadanet achieves his best result in Le Mans ...

Alain de Cadanet, a long-time Le Mans privateer, has died. What were his best results in the 24-hours edurance race?

The notion of a privateer in motorsport sounded familiar even in the 1970s.

Ken Tyrrell of Tyrrell and Colin Chapman of Lotus slowly lost the position they held at the start of the decade, with either winning the championship in 1978 for Lotus only after a brief period.

Big beasts like Porsche were advancing in sportscars, causing the small guys to be marginalized.

Alain de Cadanet was one of the few privateers to back off the trend.

De Cadanet, a long-time Le Mans participant and latter-day broadcaster, died after a long illness which was survived by three children from two marriages.

The death of Alain de Cadanet has prompted an inquiry.

De Cadanet, born to a Frenchman Air Force pilot in London, found a niche in driving automobiles he designed and constructed for himself.

From 1971 until his final appearance at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1986, he was a regular face on the grid in Le Mans.

De Cadanets' best chance at the overall championship was in 1980, again using one of his own cars, as he and co-driver Desiree Wilson won at Monza and Silverstone before moving to France.

Wilson was unfortunate in the lead-up to the 24 Hours, and de Cadanet was fought to be allowed to race.

After mechanical difficulties struck, he and another co-driver Francois Migault finished seventh overall.

The best result in Le Mans by de Cadanets

In 1976, de Cadanet's best result at the Le Mans 24 Hours was matched by Chris Craft, once again in a car bearing his name.

Jacky Ickx and Gijs van Lennep finished third in a Porsche 936 after going 338 laps.

De Cadanet and Craft were powered by a venerable Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 engine, which became associated with Formula One, finishing just one lap behind Jean-Louis Lafosse and Migault in a Mirage M8.

De Cadanet would have done as well in the 24 Hours, although he did set a new record in 1977 with Craft and in 1980 with Migault.

On those occasions, he finished fifth and seventh overall on the road.

De Cadanet became a regular presenter on television stations such as Speed and ESPN, as well as hosting coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

He was also active in the historic racing scene, usually found in a Ferrari or Alfa Romeo.

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