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2005 24 Hours of Le Mans

2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 73rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 2005.

This race marked the record 7th victory for Tom Kristensen, including his 6th straight.

Race

The 2005 race saw exceptionally hot weather,[1] with temperatures over 30 °C. This hot weather would cause a high rate of mechanical failures as well as several race incidents. However, the Pescarolo Sports took the lead at start with #16 running exceptionally faster of the two. Due to Audi using an older chassis which did not meet hybrid regulations, the R8s were much slower over a lap due to a small air restrictor on the engine and penalty weights. This caused slow top speeds down the straights, while the GT1 class was closer than ever in 2005 in terms of trap speeds and the Aston Martins were comparable to the Audi LMP this year. Audi therefore had to attempt to outwit the Pescarolos on reliability instead of overall speed.

The #17 Pescarolo was plagued by incidents throughout the race, hitting a Panoz then suffering a tire failure that damaged the rear bodywork. All of these misadventures happened while Soheil Ayari was driving, while his teammate Sébastien Loeb proved to be able to drive as fast as his teammates for his first race on a closed track.

The #16 lost the lead eventually due to a gearbox failure causing a long pit stop, falling well back before managing to reach second position again at sunrise, establishing a lap record in the night. The Pescarolo was lapping fairly consistently at approximately five seconds per lap faster than the Audi, meaning if it kept up the pace the finish promised to be extremely close.

Unfortunately Pescarolo came in for a pit stop and was pulled into the garage to deal with overheating issues. The car was back onto the track quickly, with Érik Comas as driver. The Audi now had a two lap lead, and the Pescarolo was unable to maintain its lapping speed in order to avoid overheating, dashing all hopes of beating the Audi on the track.

Taking the win, Tom Kristensen set an absolute record of seven victories including six in a row, pulling ahead of legend Jacky Ickx who has a total of 6 wins, equal only to Kristensen's winning streak. In addition, teammate Marco Werner completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (which also consists the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won in 1995, and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won in 2005 and again in 2007, as well as Le Mans in 2006 and 2007), a feat few drivers (including Ickx) could achieve. Along with Andy Wallace, he would also complete the "grand slam", also winning the Petit Le Mans the prior year to Le Mans.

Official results

Class winners marked in bold. Cars not completing 75% of the winner's distance are listed as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 3 23x15px ADT Champion Racing 23x15px Tom Kristensen
23x15px JJ Lehto
23x15px Marco Werner
Audi R8 M 370
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 16 23x15px Pescarolo Sport 23x15px Emmanuel Collard
23x15px Jean-Christophe Boullion
23x15px Érik Comas
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 368
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
3 LMP1 2 23x15px ADT Champion Racing 23x15px Frank Biela
23x15px Allan McNish
23x15px Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 364
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 4 23x15px Audi PlayStation Team Oreca 23x15px Franck Montagny
23x15px Jean-Marc Gounon
23x15px Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 362
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
5 GT1 64 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Oliver Gavin
23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 349
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
6 GT1 63 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Ron Fellows
23x15px Max Papis
23x15px Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 347
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 10 23x15px Racing for Holland 23x15px Jan Lammers
23x15px Elton Julian
23x15px John Bosch
Dome S101 D 346
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 LMP1 12 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Dominik Schwager
23x16px Alexander Frei
23x15px Christian Vann
Courage C60H Y 339
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
9 GT1 59 23x15px Aston Martin Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Stéphane Sarrazin
23x15px Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 333
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 GT2 71 23x15px Alex Job Racing
23x15px BAM! Motorsport
23x15px Mike Rockenfeller
23x15px Marc Lieb
23x15px Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 332
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT2 90 23x15px Petersen Motorsports
23x15px White Lightning Racing
23x15px Jörg Bergmeister
23x15px Patrick Long
23x15px Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 331
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT1 50 23x15px Larbre Compétition 23x15px Patrice Goueslard
23x15px Olivier Dupard
23x15px Vincent Vosse
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 324
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
13 GT2 80 23x15px Flying Lizard Motorsports 23x15px Johannes van Overbeek
23x15px Lonnie Pechnik
23x15px Seth Neiman
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 323
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 LMP1 7 23x15px Creation Autosportif Ltd. 23x15px Nicolas Minassian
23x15px Jamie Campbell-Walter
23x15px Andy Wallace
DBA 03S M 322
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
15 GT2 76 23x15px IMSA Performance 23x15px Raymond Narac
23x15px Sébastien Dumez
23x15px Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 LMP1 18 23x15px Rollcentre Racing 23x15px Martin Short
23x15px João Barbosa
23x15px Vanina Ickx
Dallara SP1 M 318
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
17 GT1 61 23x15px Cirtek Motorsport
23x15px Russian Age Racing
23x15px Convers Team
23x15px Nikolai Fomenko
23x15px Alexey Vasilyev
23x15px Christophe Bouchut
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 315
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
18 GT2 72 23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures 23x15px Luc Alphand
23x15px Jérôme Policand
23x15px Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 311
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT2 89 23x15px Sebah Automotive Ltd. 23x15px Lars-Erik Nielsen
23x15px Thorkild Thyrring
23x15px Pierre Ehret
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 307
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
20 LMP2 25 23x15px Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) 23x15px Thomas Erdos
23x15px Mike Newton
23x15px Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX264 M 305
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
21 LMP2 36 23x15px Paul Belmondo Racing 23x15px Karim A. Ojjeh
23x15px Claude-Yves Gosselin
23x15px Adam Sharpe
Courage C65 M 300
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
22 LMP2 37 23x15px Paul Belmondo Racing 23x15px Didier André
23x15px Paul Belmondo
23x15px Rick Sutherland
Courage C65 M 294
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
23 GT2 83 23x15px Seikel Motorsport 23x15px Philip Collin
23x15px David Shep
23x15px Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 274
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP2 30 23x15px Kruse Motorsport 23x15px Tim Mullen
23x15px Ian Mitchell
23x15px Phil Bennett
Courage C65 P 268
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
25
NC
LMP1 9 23x15px Team Jota
23x15px Zytek Engineering Ltd.
23x15px Sam Hignett
23x15px John Stack
Template:Country data JPN Haruki Kurosawa
Zytek 04S D 325
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
26
NC
GT2 95 23x15px Racesport Peninsula TVR 23x15px John Hartshorne
23x15px Richard Stanton
23x15px Piers Johnson
TVR Tuscan T400R D 256
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
27
NC
LMP2 24 23x15px Rachel Welter Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
23x15px Patrice Roussel
23x15px William Binnie
WR LMP04 P 233
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
28
DNF
GT1 58 23x15px Aston Martin Racing 23x15px Peter Kox
23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Tomáš Enge
Aston Martin DBR9 M 327
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
29
DNF
LMP1 17 23x15px Pescarolo Sport 23x15px Soheil Ayari
23x15px Eric Hélary
23x15px Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 288
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
30
DNF
GT2 92 23x15px Cirtek Motorsport
23x15px Conversbank
23x15px Stefan Eriksson
23x15px Joe Macari
23x15px Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 218
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
31
DNF
LMP1 5 Template:Country data JPN Jim Gainer International Template:Country data JPN Ryo Michigami
Template:Country data JPN Seiji Ara
Template:Country data JPN Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101Hb D 193
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
32
DNF
GT2 78 23x15px Panoz Motor Sports 23x15px Patrick Bourdais
23x15px Bryan Sellers
23x15px Marino Franchitti
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 185
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
33
DNF
LMP2 35 23x15px G-Force Racing / Bokkenrijders 23x15px Val Hillebrand
23x15px Frank Hahn
23x15px Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 D 183
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
34
DNF
GT2 91 Template:Country data JPN T2M Motorsport Template:Country data JPN Yutaka Yamagishi
23x15px Xavier Pompidou
23x15px Jean-Luc Blanchemain
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 183
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
35
DNF
LMP1 8 23x15px Rollcentre Racing 23x15px Michael Krumm
23x15px Bobby Verdon-Roe
23x16px Harold Primat
Dallara SP1 M 133
Nissan 3.6L Turbo V8
36
DNF
LMP2 32 23x15px Intersport Racing 23x15px Liz Halliday
23x15px Sam Hancock
23x15px Gregor Fisken
Lola B05/40 G 119
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
37
DNF
LMP2 34 23x15px Miracle Motorsports 23x15px John Macaluso
23x15px Ian James
23x15px Andy Lally
Courage C65 K 115
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
38
DNF
LMP2 31 23x15px Noël del Bello Racing 23x15px Romain Iannetta
23x16px Christophe Pillon
23x15px Ni Amorim
Courage C65 M 99
CG-Mecachrome 3.4L V8
39
DNF
GT1 69 23x15px JMB Racing 23x15px Jean-René De Fournoux
23x15px Stéphane Daoudi
23x15px Jim Matthews
Ferrari 575-GTC P 84
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
40
DNF
GT2 85 23x15px Spyker Squadron b.v. 23x15px Tom Coronel
23x15px Peter van Merksteijn
23x15px Donny Crevels
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R D 76
Audi 3.8L V8
41
DNF
GT2 93 23x15px Scuderia Ecosse 23x15px Andrew Kirkaldy
23x15px Nathan Kinch
23x15px Anthony Reid
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 70
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
42
DNF
GT1 51 23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia 23x15px Fabrizio Gollin
23x15px Christian Pescatori
23x15px Miguel Ramos
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 67
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
43
DNF
GT1 52 23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia 23x15px Michele Bartyan
23x15px Matteo Malucelli
23x16px Toni Seiler
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 60
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
44
DNF
LMP2 23 23x15px Gerard Welter 23x15px Jean-Bernard Bouvet
23x15px Robert Julien
23x15px Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP04 P 53
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
45
DNF
LMP1 13 23x15px Courage Compétition 23x15px Jonathan Cochet
Template:Country data JPN Shinji Nakano
23x15px Bruce Jouanny
Courage C60H Y 52
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
46
DNF
LMP2 20 23x15px Pir Competition 23x15px Pierre Bruneau
23x15px Marc Rostan
23x15px Philippe Haezebrouck
Pilbeam MP93 M 32
JPX 3.4L V6
47
DNF
LMP2 39 23x15px Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport 23x15px Bob Berridge
23x15px Gareth Evans
23x15px Peter Owen
Lola B05/40 D 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
48
DNF
LMP2 33 23x15px Intersport Racing
23x15px Cirtek Motorsport
23x15px Juan Barazi
23x15px Sergey Zlobin
23x15px Bastien Brière
Courage C65 M 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
49
DNF
GT2 77 23x15px Panoz Motor Sports 23x15px Bill Auberlen
23x15px Robin Liddell
23x15px Scott Maxwell
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 27
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8

Statistics

  • Pole Position - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.715
  • Fastest Lap - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.968
  • Distance - 5050.5 km
  • Average Speed - 210.216 km/h
  • Highest trap speed - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 329 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #59 Aston Martin Racing

References