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2003 1000 km of Le Mans

The 2003 1000 km of Le Mans was a one-off sports car event run under the organization of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) in preparation for the Le Mans Endurance Series that began in 2004. It was run on 9 November 2003 at the Bugatti Circuit near Le Mans, France.

Development

The ACO, having previous helped in the creation of the American Le Mans Series with the running of the 1998 Petit Le Mans, as well as a failed attempt at a Japanese sportscar series with the 1999 Le Mans Fuji 1000km, created the 1000 km of Le Mans as an experimental event to gauge the desire for teams to participate in a European-based endurance sportscar series under Le Mans rules.

Previously, the FIA Sportscar and FIA GT Championships had run primarily in Europe, but were not running as a combined series, one concentrating on prototypes and the other grand tourers, and featured mostly sprint or middle-distance races. Don Panoz, creator of the American Le Mans Series, had attempted to create a European series to combine the two types of sportscars with the European Le Mans Series, but had failed to gain enough entrants. The ACO, weary of the same occurrence, decided to hold a single race to see how much participation there would actually be.

Although officially run under the Le Mans Endurance Series name, this was did not count towards any championship. In order to help bolster the amount of entrants, the ACO promised winners in each of the four race classes automatic invitations to the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Unlike the usual 24 Hours of Le Mans run in June at the 13 km Circuit de la Sarthe, the 1000 km of Le Mans ran on the 4.3 km Bugatti Circuit which did not use closed public roads.

Official results

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 75% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP900 5 Template:Country data JPN Audi Sport Japan Team Goh 23x15px Tom Kristensen
Template:Country data JPN Seiji Ara
Audi R8 M 208
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP900 2 23x15px Pescarolo Sport 23x15px Stéphane Sarrazin
23x15px Franck Lagorce
23x15px Sébastien Bourdais
Courage C60 Evo M 205
Peugeot A32 3.2L Turbo V6
3 LMP900 8 23x15px Racing for Holland 23x15px Jan Lammers
23x15px Andy Wallace
Dome S101 D 204
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
4 LMP675 13 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Wim Eyckmans
23x15px Roman Rusinov
23x15px Enrico Muscioni
Courage C65 M 197
JPX 3.4L V6
5 GTS 88 23x15px Care Racing 23x15px Jamie Davies
23x15px Darren Turner
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 195
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
6 GTS 80 23x15px Care Racing 23x15px Peter Kox
23x15px Tim Sugden
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 194
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
7 LMP675 18 23x15px Intersport Racing 23x15px Jon Field
23x15px Duncan Dayton
23x15px Larry Connor
Lola B01/60 G 191
Judd KV675 3.4L V8
8 GTS 86 23x15px Larbre Compétition 23x15px Christophe Bouchut
23x15px Vincent Vosse
23x15px Sébastian Dumez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 190
Chrysler 356-T6 8.0L V10
9 LMP900 9 23x15px Taurus Racing 23x15px Phil Andrews
23x15px Justin Keen
23x15px Giovanni Lavaggi
Lola B2K/10 D 190
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
10 GT 47 23x15px Cirtek Motorsport 23x15px Philipp Peter
23x15px Klaus Engelhorn
23x15px Andrea Montermini
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 189
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
11 GT 39 23x15px Freisinger Motorsport 23x15px Stéphane Ortelli
23x15px Stéphane Daoudi
23x15px Alexey Vasilyev
Porsche 996 GT3-RS D 189
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT 38 23x15px PK Sport Ltd. 23x15px Robin Liddell
23x15px Jean-Philippe Belloc
Porsche 996 GT3-RS P 188
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13 GT 36 23x15px Sebah QM Automotive 23x15px Xavier Pompidou
23x15px Emmanuel Collard
Porsche 996 GT3-R D 186
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 GT 33 23x15px Bernard Jubin 23x15px Sylvain Noël
23x15px Christophe Tinseau
Porsche 996 GT3-RS P 186
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
15 LMP675 24 23x15px Rachel Welter 23x15px Olivier Porta
23x15px Richard Balandras
Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
WR LMP01 M 185
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
16 GT 30 23x15px Scuderia Ecosse 23x15px Tim Mullen
23x15px Marino Franchitti
23x15px Chris Niarchos
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 185
Ferrari F133 3.6L V8
17 GT 46 23x15px DeWALT-Racesports Salisbury 23x15px Michael Caine
23x15px Richard Stanton
23x15px Bob Berridge
TVR Tuscan T400R D 182
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
18 GT 49 23x15px Morgan Motor Company 23x15px Adam Sharpe
23x15px Neil Cunningham
Morgan Aero 8R D 178
BMW (Mader) 4.5L V8
19 GT 45 23x15px DeWALT-Racesports Salisbury 23x15px Amanda Stretton
23x15px Fanny Duchateau
23x15px Liz Halliday
TVR Tuscan T400R D 175
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
20 LMP675 12 23x15px PiR 23x15px Pierre Bruneau
23x15px Marc Rostan
Pilbeam MP84 D 173
Nissan (AER) VQL 3.0L V6
21 GT 40 23x15px Seikel Motorsport 23x15px Johnny Mowlem
23x15px Alex Caffi
23x15px Gabrio Rosa
Porsche 996 GT3-RS Y 173
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
22 LMP900 7 23x15px Fred Goddard 23x15px Earl Goddard
23x15px Martin Short
23x15px Warren Carway
Reynard 01Q D 172
Ford (Nicholson-McLaren) 4.0L V8
23 GTS 66 23x15px Konrad Motorsport 23x15px Wolfgang Kaufmann
23x16px Toni Seiler
23x15px Franz Konrad
Saleen S7-R D 170
Ford 7.0L V8
24 GT 32 23x15px System Force Motorsport 23x15px Peter van Merksteijn Sr.
23x15px Frans Munsterhuis
Porsche 996 GT3-RS P 169
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
25 GT 42 23x15px Spyker Automobilien 23x15px Patrick van Schoote
23x15px Norman Simon
Spyker C8 Double-12R D 169
Audi 4.0L V8
26 GT 41 23x15px T2M Motorsport 23x15px Georges Forgeois
23x15px Paul Daniels
23x15px Wim Coekelberghs
Porsche 996 GT3-RS M 165
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
27 LMP675 25 23x15px Gerard Welter 23x15px Jean-René de Fournoux
23x15px Bastien Brière
23x15px William David
WR LMP02 M 163
Peugeot 3.4L V6
28 GT 34 23x15px Noël del Bello 23x15px Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
23x15px Patrick Caternet
23x15px Philip Collin
Porsche 996 GT3-RS M 161
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
29 LMP900 4 23x15px Lister Racing 23x15px Jamie Campbell-Walter
23x15px Nathan Kinch
23x15px Tom Coronel
Lister Storm LMP D 144
Chevrolet LS1 6.0L V8
30
NC
GT 48 23x15px Olivier Baron 23x15px Bruno Houzelot
23x15px Denis Cohignac
23x15px André-Alain Corbel
Porsche 996 GT3-R P 125
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
31
DNF
LMP675 15 23x15px Didier Bonnet Racing 23x15px Renaud Denoit
23x16px Roland Bossy
Debora LMP200 M 141
BMW (Mader) 3.4L I6
32
DNF
LMGTP 10 23x15px JML Team Panoz 23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px David Saelens
Panoz Esperante GTR-1 M 126
Ford (Élan) 6L8 6.0L V8
33
DNF
GT 35 23x15px XL Racing 23x15px Gilles Vannelet
23x15px Bernard Rousselot
23x15px Gaël Lesoudier
Ferrari 550 Maranello P 84
Ferrari F133 5.5L V12
34
DNF
LMP675 14 23x15px RML 23x15px Thomas Erdos
23x15px Mike Newton
23x15px Chris Goodwin
MG-Lola EX257 D 65
MG (AER) XP20 2.0L Turbo I4
35
DNF
LMP900 6 23x15px Intersport Racing 23x15px Clint Field
23x15px Rick Sutherland
23x15px John Graham
Riley & Scott Mk III C D 23
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
DNS GT 31 23x15px RJ Cole
23x15px Xero Competition
23x15px Ricky Cole
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Republic of Ireland Peter Le Bas
    23x15px Paula Cook
Chevrolet Corvette LM-GT D -
Chevrolet LS1 5.7L V8
DNS LMP900 3 23x15px Team Nasamax 23x15px Robbie Sterling
23x15px Werner Lupberger
23x15px Romain Dumas
Reynard 01Q D -
Cosworth XD 2.7L Turbo V8
(Bio-Ethanol)

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #5 Audi Sport Japan Team Goh - 1:27.775
  • Distance - 869.44 km
  • Average Speed - 144.952 km/h

Post-Race

Following a successful turn out from a large number of European teams, as well as a handful of American and Japanese teams, the event was considered a success. With this, the ACO pushed forward with their development of the Le Mans Endurance Series, debuting in 2004. This move would also lead to the demise of the FIA Sportscar Championship, as prototype teams chose instead to participate in LMES.

Since this event, the LMES has not returned to Le Mans as part of their regular schedule, although many LMES participants race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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