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Robert Bloch
Robert Bloch in 1928.
NationalityFrance French
Born(1888-04-26)26 April 1888
Paris
Died7 March 1984(1984-03-07) (aged 95)
Paris
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years19231926, 1928
TeamsLorraine-Dietrich
C.T. Weymann
Best finish1st (1926)
Class wins1 (1926)

Robert Bloch (26 April 1888 - 7 March 1984) was a French racing driver who, along with André Rossignol, won the 1926 24 Hours of Le Mans for French manufacturer Lorraine-Dietrich.

Career

Bloch had been part of Lorraine-Dietrich's racing team since the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1923, finishing this edition but, but struggled to complete the distance over the next two years. Following Rossignol's initial win in 1925, Bloch was partnered with him for 1927 and the duo led a Lorraine-Dietrich dominance of the event in 1926, winning ahead of the two other entries from the company.

Bloch missed Le Mans in 1927 after Lorraine-Dietrich chose not to enter a team, but Bloch was hired by Charles Terres Weymann in 1928 to drive his privately entered Stutz Blackhawk. Bloch, with co-driver Édouard Brisson, finished the race second overall behind the factory Bentley team.

Bloch also competed in the 1925 24 Hours of Spa, finishing fifth overall, and the 1927 Coppa Florio, finishing 12th overall and third in class.

Racing record

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1923 France Société Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie
France . Stalter Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport [15CV] 5.0 88 19th= 2nd
1924 France Société Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie
France . Stalter Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport 5.0 112 DNF
(Engine)
1925 France Société Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie
France Léon Saint-Paul Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport 5.0 33 DNF
(Accident)
1926 France Société Lorraine De Dietrich
et Cie
France André Rossignol Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Le Mans 5.0 148 1st 1st
1928 France Société de Carrosserie Weymann France Édouard Brisson Stutz Model BB Blackhawk 5.0 154 2nd 2nd
Sporting positions Preceded byAndré RossignolGérard de Courcelles Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans1926 with:André Rossignol Succeeded byDudley BenjafieldSammy Davis