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2008 24 Hours of Le Mans

2008 24 Hours of Le Mans
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File:AudiR10 2008.jpg
Allan McNish in the #2 Audi R10 TDI which won the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 76th Grand Prix of Endurance, taking place on 14–15 June 2008 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The test day was on June 1. The race was attended by 258,000 spectators.[1] The Audi team's progress and victory was documented in the 2008 film Truth in 24.

Rule changes

On 20 December 2007, the ACO confirmed the previously announced rule changes for the 2008 race and 2008 Le Mans Series season. Petrol engined Le Mans Prototype cars received a 3% larger air restrictor to increase power output and to balance performance between petrol and diesel engines. The performance difference between the LMP1 and LMP2 classes will be increased by decreasing LMP1 class' minimum weight 900 kg, the LMP2 class' minimum weight increased to 825 kg, and a reduction in the fuel capacity of LMP2 cars from 90 litres to 80 litres.

The ACO also added rules regarding the types of engines and fuels which can be used. Production engines which meet the GT1 and GT2 class regulations can now be installed in LMP1 and LMP2 class cars respectively. The use of biofuels will also be allowed in the prototype categories, with petrol engines allowed to run 10% ethanol, and diesel teams allowed to use biodiesel. The GT1 and GT2 categories remained unchanged in the new rules.[2][3]

Prior to the Le Mans Test Day, Audi announced that they would be the first team to adapt their cars to use 10% biodiesel as allowed by the new rules, with partner Shell developing a biomass to liquid fuel.[4]

Entries

Automatic invitations

Automatic entry to the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 2007 seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and the Petit Le Mans. The official list of automatic invites was published by the ACO on 16 November 2007,[5] with confirmation of entries accepted by teams published on 18 January 2008.[6]

List of automatic invitations

Team Reason Entered Note
LMP1
23x15px Audi Sport North America 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Team Peugeot Total 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Team Peugeot Total 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Pescarolo Sport 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Audi Sport North America 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
23x15px Autocon Motorsports 2nd in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship1
LMP2
23x15px Binnie Motorsports 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry not taken
23x15px Barazi-Epsilon 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Ray Mallock Ltd. 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Quifel ASM Team 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Penske Racing 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans Entry not taken
23x15px Penske Racing 1st in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship Entry not taken
GT1
23x15px Aston Martin Racing 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Corvette Racing 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Team Oreca 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship Entry not taken
23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Corvette Racing 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
None 2nd in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship2
23x15px Vitaphone Racing 1st in 2007 FIA GT Championship Entry not taken3
23x15px Scuderia Playteam Sarafree 2nd in 2007 FIA GT Championship Entry not taken
GT2
23x15px IMSA Performance Matmut 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Risi Competizione 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
23x15px Virgo Motorsport 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Team Felbermayr-Proton 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Flying Lizard Motorsports 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
23x15px Risi Competizione 1st in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship
23x15px Motorola AF Corse 1st in 2007 FIA GT Championship
23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia 2nd in 2007 FIA GT Championship
1. Due to Audi Sport North America already earning two entries, their third automatic entry was passed to the next team in the championship.
2. Due to Corvette Racing already earning two entries, their third automatic entry would have been passed to the next team in the championship. However, no team had run enough ALMS races to be counted towards the GT1 championship, leaving the invitation unassigned.
3. Vitaphone Racing initially turned down their automatic invitation due to their Maserati MC12 not complying with ACO rules. The team however reapplied for a legal Aston Martin DBR9 in the same class at a later date.
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Official entry list

On 19 February, the ACO published their full list of fifty-five entries plus eight reserves, chosen from a total of 88 applications.[7] The fifty-five main entries were required to appear at the Le Mans test day in order to compete.[8][9]

Reserve entries

Eight cars were granted reserve entries. If any selected team from the main entry list withdrew, a reserve entry would take their place.[8] On April 10, the #81 Tafel Racing Ferrari withdrew and was replaced by the #4 Saulnier Pescarolo-Judd.[10] Although several teams withdrew their reserve entries, none of the remaining reserve entries were promoted to the primary entry list. On Tuesday, June 10, Racing Box's Lucchini-Judd failed official scrutineering and was withdrawn.[11] The first remaining reserve, Epsilon Euskadi's second entry, was allowed to take its place at the start of Wednesday qualifying.[12]

Test session

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The #8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, driven by Stéphane Sarrazin, which set a 3:22.222 lap time during the test day

Drivers, team, and equipment for fifty-five cars arrived at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 1 to participate in a mandatory test session. Drivers who had not been to the circuit in the past three runnings of the 24 Hours, or had never participated before, were required to complete ten laps of the circuit during the session,[13] while other drivers were allowed to concentrate on setting their cars up for the race two weeks away. Two sessions were held running four hours each, with an hour break for lunch.[14]

Rain dominated the weather during the two sessions, with the track drying out only for brief periods of time before heavy rains dampened the circuit once more.[15] Stéphane Sarrazin, in the #8 Peugeot, was able to set the fastest lap during a brief dry period in the second session, recording a time of 3:22.222.[16] By the end of the test day, Sarrazin's time remained unbeaten, and was in fact nearly four and a half seconds ahead of the second fastest lap, set by the #9 Peugeot. Several hundredths of a second slower still was the #1 Audi, third fastest overall. The fastest car not running a diesel engine was the #17 Pescarolo, recording a time of 3:33.939, over eleven seconds behind the overall leader. In the LMP2 class, the five cars set lap times within three seconds of one another, the Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche setting a 3:42.191 lap time to lead the class and place fourteenth overall in the standings. The other Porsche RS Spyder of Team Essex was second fastest, followed by the Barazi-Epsion Zytek in third.[16]

The Grand Touring categories were led by the previous year's winner in GT1 class, the factory Aston Martin squad. The #009 DBR9 set a lap time of 3:53.531, fast enough for 25th place overall. Larbre Compétition's Saleen set the second fastest lap in the class, nearly two seconds behind. The two factory Corvettes were third and fourth, with the #64 team a few tenths faster than the #63. For the GT2 class, American teams lead the session. Risi Competizione's #82 Ferrari set a 4:05.561 lap time, only three one thousandths of a second ahead of the Flying Lizard Porsche. BMS Scuderia Italia's Ferrari completed the top three in the class, a second slower than the top two.[16]

During the eight hours of testing, practice had to be halted four times for accidents around the circuit. During the first session, the JMB Ferrari spun and hit a wall at Arnage, requiring it to be towed from the track.[17] The Ferrari did however return to the track several hours later after repairs.[18] Shortly after the beginning of the second test session, the Risi-Krohn Ferrari also had a spin, impacting the wall at the Ford Chicane, leading to driver Tracy Krohn being briefly hospitalized.[19] Less than an hour later, Marc Gené in the #7 Peugeot spun in the Karting curve and his 908 became airborne, impacting the wall heavily. Gené was hospitalized with an injured toe,[20] and the car had to be replaced by a new chassis.[15] The final stoppage of practice occurred in the final hour when Joey Foster impacting the wall at the Dunlop Chicane with his Embassy-Zytek.[21]

Qualifying

Qualifying was held on 11–12 June, with two individual two-hour sessions being held each day. The first sessions were held at early dusk, while following an hour break, the second sessions ran into the darkness of night. All drivers were once again required to set a minimum of laps to prepare themselves for the circuit; three laps required in the first session, and another three laps in the night session. The best lap time from all four combined determined the starting grid.

Wednesday

Following a wet test day, qualifying began under dry conditions. The Peugeot lapped under 3:20 min, lap times reminding of that of the Porsche 917 records set in 1971, when the track had almost no chicanes, and was 120m shorter. Stéphane Sarrazin on Peugeot Nr 8 grabbed pole-position in 3:18.513, shortly followed by Franck Montagny on Peugeot Nr 9 with 3:18.862.

Thursday

The second day of qualifying will determine the final grid.

Qualifying times

Class leaders and the fastest lap time in each class on each day are in bold. The fastest lap for each car is in gray.

Pos No. Team Car Class Day 1
[22]
Day 2
[23]
Behind
1 8 23x15px Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:18.513 3:20.566 Leader
2 9 23x15px Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:18.682 3:24.966 +0.169
3 7 23x15px Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:20.451 3:21.490 +1.938
4 2 23x15px Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:24.105 3:23.847 +5.334
5 3 23x15px Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:24.287 3:26.432 +5.774
6 10 23x15px Charouz Racing System Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 3:34.211 3:25.158 +6.645
7 1 23x15px Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:27.580 3:25.289 +6.776
8 11 Template:Country data JPN Dome Racing Team Dome S102 LMP1 3:29.352 3:26.928 +8.415
9 16 23x15px Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:28.533 3:32.407 +10.020
10 5 23x15px Team Oreca-Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:30.490 3:32.176 +11.977
11 17 23x15px Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:30.618 3:30.905 +12.105
12 12 23x15px Charouz Racing System Lola B07/17-Judd LMP1 3:31.910 3:31.135 +12.622
13 6 23x15px Team Oreca-Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:31.243 3:33.139 +12.730
14 34 23x15px Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:34.078 3:32.301 +13.788
15 21 23x15px Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi EE1 LMP1 3:41.526 3:32.939 +14.426
16 31 23x15px Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:33.441 3:38.621 +14.928
17 20 23x15px Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi EE1 LMP1 3:39.158 3:34.281 +15.768
18 18 23x15px Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:35.450 3:35.020 +16.507
19 32 23x15px Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:35.344 3:44.555 +16.831
20 33 23x16px Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 3:35.401  – +16.888
21 14 23x15px Creation Autosportif Creation CA07-AIM LMP1 3:35.994 3:39.638 +17.481
22 24 Template:Country data JPN Terramos Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:37.560 3:40.318 +19.047
23 19 23x15px Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Lola B06/10-AER LMP1 3:38.024 3:43.492 +19.511
24 45 23x15px Embassy Racing Embassy WF01 LMP2 3:39.926 3:49.019 +21.413
25 25 23x15px Ray Mallock Ltd. MG-Lola EX265 LMP2 3:44.188 3:40.027 +21.514
26 40 23x15px Quifel ASM Team Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 3:41.193 3:44.074 +22.680
27 4 23x15px Saulnier Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:46.666 3:42.162 +23.649
28 35 23x15px Saulnier Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP2 3:42.545 4:10.588 +24.032
29 41 23x16px Trading Performance Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:46.773 3:43.148 +24.635
30 26 23x15px Team Bruichladdich Radical Radical SR9 LMP2 3:47.935 3:46.631 +28.118
31 63 23x15px Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:49.406 3:47.668 +29.155
32 23 23x15px Autocon Motorsports Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 3:56.108 3:47.695 +29.182
33 50 23x15px Larbre Compétition Saleen S7-R GT1 3:50.920 3:47.761 +29.248
34 44 23x15px Kruse Schiller Motorsport Lola B05/40-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 3:47.802  – +29.289
35 64 23x15px Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:50.766 3:48.539 +30.026
36 009 23x15px Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:52.266 3:48.994 +30.481
37 007 23x15px Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:52.527 3:49.060 +30.547
38 55 23x15px IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT GT1 3:52.175 3:53.000 +33.662
39 72 23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:53.990 3:52.993 +34.480
40 59 23x15px Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:58.193 3:53.031 +34.518
41 22 Template:Country data JPN Tōkai University YGK Courage-Oreca LC70-YGK LMP1 3:53.143  – +34.630
42 53 23x15px Vitaphone Racing Team Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:57.371 3:53.475 +34.962
43 73 23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:55.736 3:58.025 +37.223
44 76 23x15px IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:00.793 3:58.152 +39.639
45 77 23x15px Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:02.517 3:59.072 +40.559
46 96 23x15px Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:01.293 3:59.820 +41.307
47 80 23x15px Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:00.106 4:02.799 +41.593
48 90 23x15px Farnbacher Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:05.098 4:01.464 +42.951
49 82 23x15px Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:01.598 4:02.412 +43.085
50 97 23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:02.080 4:03.109 +43.577
51 99 23x15px JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:03.293 4:14.033 +44.780
52 85 23x15px Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:05.096 4:03.641 +45.138
53 78 23x15px AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:05.660 4:03.810 +45.297
54 83 23x15px Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:07.978 4:04.515 +46.002
55 94 23x16px Speedy Racing Team Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:11.564 4:08.284 +49.771

Race

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McNish in the winning No. 2 Audi R10 TDI
File:Van Merksteijn Motorsport - Porsche RS Spyder Evo - 24h Le Mans 2008.jpg
The No. 34 Porsche RS Spyder Evo of Van Merksteijn Motorsport took pole and first place in LMP2
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The drivers of the No. 009 Aston Martin DBR9 celebrating a first-place finish in GT1

The race began at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+1). The three Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs led the field into the first chicane, but Allan McNish overtook the #7 Peugeot of Nicolas Minassian at the exit of the Dunlop Chicane. Minassian retook the position on the Mulsanne Straight, and the Peugeots maintained the top three positions at the end of the first lap. The Peugeots were running consistently 3 seconds a lap faster than McNish, and over 5 seconds faster than the other 2 Audis.

In the early hours, the Peugeot #8, Pole setter and only car to set a fast race lap under 3:20, by black flag[24] had been ordered into the pits to repair the headlights. This car trailed the other Diesels by several laps. The GT2 class saw drama for the two Porsches which had been battling for the class lead, as #80 collided[25] with the Pole setting Porsche #76. Only #77 could continue after lengthy repairs.

The situation after 12 hours[26] was as follows: Peugeot #7 was leading, with the first five being within 2 laps, with Audi #2 in 2nd, followed by Peugeot #9, and the Audi #3 and #1. Due to the fast pace and close competition, and despite a 34 minute safety car period,[25] the leaders had completed 200 laps after 12 hours, a pace that might have topped the laps and distances covered in 1971 and 1988 despite the track now having chicanes. In the LMP2 class, the leader was 10th overall, the two Porsches being within a lap, leading the next car by nine laps. In GT1, the leader was 15th overall, the Aston Martins and Corvettes racing head to head less than a minute apart, with six cars being within six laps. In the GT2 class, the leading Ferrari was 26th overall, with no less than five Ferraris battling for the class win which was to be expected after the two class leading Porsches had collided, and five other GT2 cars were already out.

The second half of the race was under wet conditions. Lap times of the whole field went above the 4:00 mark, with GT1 cars actually as fast as the leading diesels. The Audis were able to cope with the rain much better than the Peugeots. Kristensen was able to reel in Minassian at 8 seconds per lap. In a desperate attempt to adapt the Peugeots to the wet conditions all 3 cars were fitted with high-downforce nose and tail sections. At 5am the #2 Audi grabbed the lead and McNish was able to build the advantage to a full lap. The rain stopped and the #7 started to reel in the #2. With less than 2 hours to go the rain returned. Minassian decided to stick with slicks and as a result spun in front of the Lizard Porsche just before the Dunlop Esses. In the end, Audi and Kristensen won once again, with the highest placing Peugeot being in the same lap, but not in reach for overtaking. The six factory-entered diesels dominated the LMP1 class, having no major problems. The Porsche RS Spyders dominated the LMP2 class, posting faster lap times than several LMP1 cars. In the GT1 class, the Aston placed 13th overall, prevailing over a Corvette which also covered 344 laps, with three more GT1 entrants chasing them. Of the five Ferraris which had led the GT2 class, three made it to the finish ahead of the remaining Porsches which had been lapping slightly faster. Of the 35 cars still running after 24 hours, only one failed to cover 70% of the 381 laps of the winner. Despite the conditions, the distance record on the current track layout, 380 laps, set in 2006, was beaten by one lap by both the #2 Audi and the #7 Peugeot.

Results

Class winners[27] are marked in bold. Cars finishing the race but not completing 70% of the winner's distance or cars not finishing the race at the end of 24 hours (marked as DNF; regardless of distance) are listed as NC (Not Classified).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 2 23x15px Audi Sport North America 23x15px Allan McNish
23x15px Rinaldo Capello
23x15px Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI M 381
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 7 23x15px Team Peugeot Total 23x15px Nicolas Minassian
23x15px Marc Gené
23x15px Jacques Villeneuve
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 381
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
3 LMP1 9 23x15px Peugeot Sport Total 23x15px Franck Montagny
23x15px Ricardo Zonta
23x15px Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 379
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
4 LMP1 3 23x15px Audi Sport Team Joest 23x15px Mike Rockenfeller
23x15px Lucas Luhr
23x15px Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI M 374
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP1 8 23x15px Team Peugeot Total 23x15px Stéphane Sarrazin
23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 368
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
6 LMP1 1 23x15px Audi Sport North America 23x15px Frank Biela
23x15px Marco Werner
23x15px Emanuele Pirro
Audi R10 TDI M 367
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
7 LMP1 17 23x15px Pescarolo Sport 23x15px Christophe Tinseau
23x15px Benoît Tréluyer
23x16px Harold Primat
Pescarolo 01 M 362
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
8 LMP1 5 23x15px Team Oreca-Matmut 23x15px Soheil Ayari
23x15px Loïc Duval
23x15px Laurent Groppi
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 357
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 LMP1 10 23x15px Charouz Racing System
23x15px Aston Martin Racing
23x15px Jan Charouz
23x15px Tomáš Enge
23x15px Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60 M 354
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 LMP2 34 23x15px Van Merksteijn Motorsport 23x15px Peter van Merksteijn
23x15px Jeroen Bleekemolen
23x15px Jos Verstappen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 354
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
11 LMP1 18 23x15px Rollcentre Racing 23x15px João Barbosa
23x15px Stéphan Grégoire
23x15px Vanina Ickx
Pescarolo 01 D 352
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
12 LMP2 31 23x15px Team Essex 23x15px Casper Elgaard
23x15px John Nielsen
23x15px Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo D 347
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
13 GT1 009 23x15px Aston Martin Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Antonio García
23x15px Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 344
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
14 GT1 63 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Johnny O'Connell
23x15px Jan Magnussen
23x15px Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 344
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
15 GT1 64 23x15px Corvette Racing 23x15px Oliver Gavin
23x15px Olivier Beretta
23x15px Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 341
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
16 GT1 007 23x15px Aston Martin Racing 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen
23x15px Andrea Piccini
23x15px Karl Wendlinger
Aston Martin DBR9 M 339
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
17 GT1 72 23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures 23x15px Luc Alphand
23x15px Guillaume Moreau
23x15px Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 335
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
18 LMP2 35 23x15px Saulnier Racing 23x15px Pierre Ragues
23x15px Matthieu Lahaye
23x15px Cheng Congfu
Pescarolo 01 M 333
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
19 GT2 82 23x15px Risi Competizione 23x15px Gianmaria Bruni
23x15px Mika Salo
23x15px Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 326
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 LMP2 40 23x15px Quifel ASM Team 23x15px Miguel Amaral
23x15px Olivier Pla
23x15px Guy Smith
Lola B05/40 D 325
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
21 GT1 73 23x15px Luc Alphand Aventures 23x15px Jean-Luc Blanchemain
23x15px Laurent Pasquali
23x15px Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 325
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
22 GT2 97 23x15px BMS Scuderia Italia 23x15px Matteo Malucelli
23x15px Paolo Ruberti
23x15px Fabio Babini
Ferrari F430 GT2 P 318
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 GT2 90 23x15px Farnbacher Racing 23x15px Pierre Ehret
23x15px Pierre Kaffer
23x15px Lars-Erik Nielsen
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 317
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 LMP1 14 23x15px Creation Autosportif 23x15px Stuart Hall
23x15px Johnny Mowlem
23x15px Marc Goossens
Creation CA07 D 316
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
25 GT2 99 23x15px JMB Racing
23x15px Aucott Racing
23x15px Ben Aucott
23x15px Alain Ferté
23x15px Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 312
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
26 LMP1 4 23x15px Saulnier Racing 23x15px Jacques Nicolet
23x15px Marc Faggionato
23x15px Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 M 311
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
27 GT2 77 23x15px Team Felbermayr-Proton 23x15px Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
23x15px Alex Davison
23x15px Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 309
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
28 GT1 50 23x15px Larbre Compétition 23x15px Christophe Bouchut
23x15px David Smet
23x15px Patrick Bornhauser
Saleen S7-R M 306
Ford 7.0 L V8
29 LMP2 32 23x15px Barazi-Epsilon 23x15px Michael Vergers
23x15px Juan Barazi
23x15px Stuart Moseley
Zytek 07S/2 M 304
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
30 GT1 59 23x15px Team Modena 23x15px Terry Borcheller
23x15px Christian Fittipaldi
23x15px Jos Menten
Aston Martin DBR9 M 302
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
31 LMP2 26 23x15px Team Bruichladdich Radical 23x15px Marc Rostan
23x15px Gunnar Jeannette
23x15px Ben Devlin
Radical SR9 D 297
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
32 GT2 80 23x15px Flying Lizard Motorsports 23x15px Jörg Bergmeister
23x15px Johannes van Overbeek
23x15px Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 289
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
33 LMP1 11 Template:Country data JPN Dome Racing Team Template:Country data JPN Tatsuya Kataoka
Template:Country data JPN Yuji Tachikawa
Template:Country data JPN Daisuke Itō
Dome S102 M 272
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
34
NC
GT1 55 23x15px IPB Spartak Racing
23x15px Reiter Engineering
23x15px Peter Kox
23x15px Mike Hezemans
23x15px Roman Rusinov
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT M 266
Lamborghini L535 6.0 L V12
35
NC
LMP1 24 Template:Country data JPN Terramos Template:Country data JPN Yojiro Terada
Template:Country data JPN Hiroki Katoh
Template:Country data JPN Kazuho Takahashi
Courage LC70 M 224
Mugen MF408S 4.0 L V8
36
DNF
GT2 96 23x15px Virgo Motorsport 23x15px Rob Bell
23x15px Tim Mullen
23x15px Tim Sugden
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 289
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
LMP1 16 23x15px Pescarolo Sport 23x15px Emmanuel Collard
23x15px Jean-Christophe Boullion
23x15px Romain Dumas
Pescarolo 01 M 238
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
38
DNF
LMP1 23 23x15px Autocon Motorsports
23x15px Creation Autosportif
23x15px Bryan Willman
23x15px Michael Lewis
23x15px Chris McMurry
Creation CA07 D 224
Judd GV5 5.0 L V10
39
DNF
LMP2 45 23x15px Embassy Racing 23x15px Warren Hughes
23x15px Jonny Kane
23x15px Joey Foster
Embassy WF01 M 213
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
40
DNF
LMP2 33 23x16px Speedy Racing Team
23x15px Sebah Automotive
23x16px Steve Zacchia
23x15px Andrea Belicchi
23x15px Xavier Pompidou
Lola B08/80 M 194
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
41
DNF
LMP1 20 23x15px Epsilon Euskadi 23x15px Ángel Burgueño
23x15px Miguel Ángel de Castro
23x15px Adrián Vallés
Epsilon Euskadi EE1 M 189
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
42
DNF
LMP1 22 Template:Country data JPN Tōkai University
Template:Country data JPN YGK Power
Template:Country data JPN Toshio Suzuki
Template:Country data JPN Haruki Kurosawa
Template:Country data JPN Masami Kageyama
Courage-Oreca LC70 Y 185
YGK YR40T 4.0 L Turbo V8
43
DNF
LMP1 21 23x15px Epsilon Euskadi Template:Country data JPN Shinji Nakano
23x15px Stefan Johansson
23x15px Jean-Marc Gounon
Epsilon Euskadi EE1 M 158
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
44
DNF
LMP1 6 23x15px Team Oreca-Matmut 23x16px Marcel Fässler
23x15px Olivier Panis
23x15px Simon Pagenaud
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 147
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
45
DNF
LMP2 44 23x15px Kruse Schiller Motorsport 23x15px Jean de Pourtales
Template:Country data JPN Hideki Noda
23x15px Allan Simonsen
Lola B05/40 D 147
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
46
DNF
LMP1 12 23x15px Charouz Racing System
23x15px Team Cytosport
23x15px Greg Pickett
23x15px Klaus Graf
23x15px Jan Lammers
Lola B07/17 M 146
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
47
DNF
GT2 78 23x15px AF Corse 23x15px Thomas Biagi
23x15px Toni Vilander
23x15px Christian Montanari
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 111
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
48
DNF
LMP2 25 23x15px Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) 23x15px Andy Wallace
23x15px Mike Newton
23x15px Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265 M 100
MG (AER) XP21 2.0 L Turbo I4
49
DNF
LMP1 19 23x15px Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport 23x15px Bob Berridge
23x15px Gareth Evans
23x15px Amanda Stretton
Lola B06/10 D 87
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
50
DNF
GT1 53 23x15px Vitaphone Racing Team
23x15px Strakka Racing
23x15px Peter Hardman
23x15px Nick Leventis
23x15px Alexandre Negrão
Aston Martin DBR9 M 82
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
51
DNF
GT2 94 23x16px Speedy Racing Team 23x16px Andrea Chiesa
23x16px Iradj Alexander
23x16px Benjamin Leuenberger
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 72
Audi 4.0 L V8
52
DNF
GT2 85 23x15px Snoras Spyker Squadron 23x15px Ralf Kelleners
23x15px Alexey Vasilyev
23x15px Peter Dumbreck
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 43
Audi 4.0 L V8
53
DNF
GT2 76 23x15px IMSA Performance Matmut 23x15px Raymond Narac
23x15px Patrick Long
23x15px Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 26
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
54
DNF
LMP2 41 23x16px Trading Performance 23x15px Karim Ojjeh
23x15px Claude-Yves Gosselin
23x15px Adam Sharpe
Zytek 07S/2 M 22
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
55
DNF
GT2 83 23x15px Risi Competizione
23x15px Krohn Racing
23x15px Tracy Krohn
23x15px Nic Jonsson
23x15px Eric van de Poele
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 12
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

Statistics

  • Fastest Lap – #8 Peugeot 908 HDI (Stéphane Sarrazin) – 3:19.394
  • Average Speed – #2 Audi R10 TDI – 216.3 km/h
  • Best Speed – #8 Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP – 350 km/h*
  • * Indianapolis

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