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Frank Clement (racing driver)

 

Frank Clement (racing driver)

Frank Clement
Nationality British
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 19231930
Teams Private entries
Bentley Motors
Best finish 1st (1924)
Class wins 1 (1924)
Left to right: Frank Clement, W.O. Bentley, and John Duff in front of their Bentley which won the 1924 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Frank Charles Clement (15 June 1886 – 15 January 1970) was a British racing driver who, along with Canadian John Duff, won the 1924 24 Hours of Le Mans. Part of the "Bentley Boys", Clement was recruited by W.O. Bentley as a test driver for Bentley Motors. He was chosen by the company to drive in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923 with John Duff in Duff's privately entered car. The only British team in the event, the pair finished the race in fourth after fighting for the lead for much of the race. The following year Duff returned with his private Bentley and the two won the race outright over several Lorraine-Dietrichs and Chenard-Walckers.

In a bid to win the Rudge-Whitworth Triennial Cup, the two drivers remained paired in endurance event. In 1929 Clement once again was able to last the entire event as Bentley dominated, earning the top four finishing positions. Clement ran his final Le Mans in 1930, finishing in second place, before Bentley chose not to continue at Le Mans the following year.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
André Lagache
René Léonard
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1924 with:
John Duff
Succeeded by
Gérard de Courcelles
André Rossignol


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