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2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup season
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The 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup was the inaugural running of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, an international auto racing championship for manufacturers and teams. The Cup featured endurance races from the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and Asian Le Mans Series, as well as teams representing each of the three series.[1] Winning teams were awarded with automatic invitations to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. As with the three racing series based on Le Mans, the Intercontinental Cup featured the ACO's four premiere classes: LMP1, LMP2, GT1, and GT2. Six manufacturers and eighteen teams vied for the Cup in each of the four classes utilized in Le Mans racing.

Peugeot won all three races for LMP1 cars thanks to the victories of Team Peugeot Total, defeating their only rivals Audi for the manufacturers' championship. Team Peugeot Total also claimed the Teams Cup, finishing 17 points clear of Audi Sport Team Joest, while Drayson Racing and Team Oreca Matmut also contested races. GT2 was the only other class to have two championships, with Ferrari edging out Porsche for the manufacturers' championship by seven points, taking two wins to Porsche's one. Porsche team Felbermayr-Proton upheld some honour for the marque, as they won the teams' championship despite not winning a race, fifteen points ahead of AF Corse, who won at Silverstone. Risi Competizione and BMW Team Schnitzer won the other races to be held. LMP2 and GT1 team cups were settled comprehensively, as OAK Racing were the only team to compete in all three LMP2 races, likewise for Larbre Compétition in GT1.

Race calendar and results

The debut year of the Intercontinental Cup featured three events in the autumn. It consisted of the final rounds of the American Le Mans Series and Le Mans Series, as well as the sole event on the Asian Le Mans Series schedule. The opening round in September featured the 1000 km of Silverstone at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain, followed by a 1000 mile race for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in the United States in October. The final event, the 1000 km of Zhuhai, was the first Le Mans-style competition in China, held at the Zhuhai International Circuit in November.

Note that for each individual race, cars not competing in the Intercontinental Cup may have won their respective class. However, only the highest finishing Cup entrant is listed below.

Rnd. Circuit LMP1 Cup Leaders LMP2 Cup Leaders GT1 Cup Leaders GT2 Cup Leaders Report
1 Silverstone 23x15px No. 1 Team Peugeot Total 23x15px No. 35 OAK Racing 23x15px No. 50 Larbre Compétition 23x15px No. 96 AF Corse Report
23x15px Nicolas Minassian
23x15px Anthony Davidson
23x15px Guillaume Moreau
23x15px Richard Hein
23x16px Gabriele Gardel
23x15px Patrice Goueslard
23x15px Fernando Rees
23x15px Gianmaria Bruni
23x15px Jaime Melo
2 Road Atlanta 23x15px No. 08 Team Peugeot Total 23x15px No. 35 OAK Racing Did Not Participate 23x15px No. 62 Risi Competizione Report
23x15px Franck Montagny
23x15px Stéphane Sarrazin
23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Jacques Nicolet
23x15px Frédéric Da Rocha
23x15px Patrice Lafargue
23x15px Gianmaria Bruni
23x15px Toni Vilander
3 Zhuhai 23x15px No. 2 Team Peugeot Total 23x15px No. 35 OAK Racing 23x15px No. 50 Larbre Compétition 23x15px No. 78 BMW Team Schnitzer Report
23x15px Franck Montagny
23x15px Stéphane Sarrazin
23x15px Jacques Nicolet
23x15px Frédéric Da Rocha
23x15px Patrice Lafargue
23x15px Laurent Groppi
23x15px Patrick Bornhauser
23x15px Pedro Lamy
23x15px Jörg Müller
23x15px Dirk Werner

Standings

The points scale for the championship included all individual race participants who completed 70% of the winner's distance, although points were only awarded to designated entries in the Intercontinental Cup. A bonus point was also available if an ILMC team scored pole position for an event.[2]

Points System[2]
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd Pole Position
25 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1

Manufacturers Cups

Manufacturer Cups were available only to designated manufacturers in the LMP1 and GT2 categories. Each manufacturer had to designate teams to represent them at each event, with points being allocated by combining the top two finishing representatives.[2]

LMP1 standings

Pos Constructor Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total
1 23x15px Peugeot 47 48 45 140
2 23x15px Audi 21 38 42 101

GT2 standings

Pos Constructor Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total
1 23x15px Ferrari 44 37 39 120
2 23x15px Porsche 40 32 41 113
3 23x15px BMW 15 29 25 69
4 23x15px Jaguar 0 0 0

Team Cups

LMP1 standings

Pos Team Manufacturer Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total
1 23x15px Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 25 48 45 118
2 23x15px Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 21 38 42 101
3 23x15px Drayson Racing 15 17 0 32
4 23x15px Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 22 22

LMP2 standings

Note that for the Silverstone round, MIK Corse's entries raced under the title of Racing Box.

Pos Team Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total
1 23x15px OAK Racing 37 20 26 83
2 23x15px MIK Corse 34 34

GT1 standings

In the GT1 category, entries were received from Larbre Compétition and Atlas eFX-Team FS, but Atlas withdrew from all three ILMC events, automatically earning Larbre the title.

GT2 standings

Pos Team Manufacturer Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Total
1 23x15px Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 31 41 72
2 23x15px AF Corse SRL Ferrari 36 21 57
3 23x15px CRS Racing Ferrari 29 18 47
4 23x15px BMW Team Schnitzer BMW 15 25 40
5 23x15px Risi Competizione Ferrari 37 37
6 23x15px Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 32 32
7 23x15px BMW Rahal Letterman Racing BMW 29 29
8 23x15px Gulf Team First 12 17 29
9 23x15px Prospeed Competition Porsche 22 0 22
10 23x15px JaguarRSR Jaguar 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Nancy Knapp Schilke (2009-12-08). "ACO links Le Mans series' with Intercontinental Cup". motorsport.com. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Supplementary Regulations" (PDF). lemans.org. Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 

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