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2000 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 68th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 17 and 18 June 2000.

2000 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

Contents

Pre-raceEdit

After the 1999 race, most of the manufacturers in the top classes went in different directions. BMW and Toyota went into Formula One, while Mercedes-Benz left sportscar racing after the CLR accidents, returning to the DTM. Nissan also left due to financial difficulties. Other than the French privateers Pescarolo, Oreca and DAMS, only Audi and Panoz remained from the previous year, while newcomer Cadillac joined.

Race notesEdit

The 1-2-3 finish of the Audi LMP900s marked the beginning of two dynasties, Audi's and Tom Kristensen's in the top-finishing Audi.

The Oreca team's GTS class winning, seventh place, 333 lap finish with the Chrysler Viper was the best ever with that car. It faced serious competition within its class from Corvette Racing's new C5.R., which would within the next two years top the Viper's distance record and establish itself as the car to beat among the GT classes.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 2000
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP900 8   Audi Sport Team Joest   Frank Biela
  Tom Kristensen
  Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 368
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
2 LMP900 9   Audi Sport Team Joest   Laurent Aïello
  Allan McNish
  Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 367
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
3 LMP900 7   Audi Sport Team Joest   Christian Abt
  Michele Alboreto
  Rinaldo Capello
Audi R8 M 365
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
4 LMP900 16   Pescarolo Sport   Olivier Grouillard
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C52 M 344
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
5 LMP900 12   Panoz Motorsports   Johnny O'Connell
  Hiroki Katoh
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 342
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
6 LMP900 23   TV Asahi Team Dragon   Toshio Suzuki
  Masami Kageyama
  Masahiko Kageyama
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 340
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
7 LMGTS 51   Viper Team Oreca   Dominique Dupuy
  Olivier Beretta
  Karl Wendlinger
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 333
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
8 LMP900 22   TV Asahi Team Dragon   Keiichi Tsuchiya
  Akira Iida
  Masahiko Kondo
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 330
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
9 LMGTS 53   Viper Team Oreca   David Donohue
  Ni Amorim
  Anthony Beltoise
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 328
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
10 LMGTS 64   Corvette Racing   Franck Fréon
  Andy Pilgrim
  Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 327
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
11 LMGTS 63   Corvette Racing   Chris Kneifel
  Ron Fellows
  Justin Bell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 326
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
12 LMGTS 52   Viper Team Oreca   Tommy Archer
  Marc Duez
  Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 324
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
13 LMGTS 57   Carsport Holland   Mike Hezemans
  David Hart
  Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
14 LMGTS 60   Konrad Motorsport   Charles Slater
  Tommy Kendall
  Jürgen von Gartzen
Porsche 911 GT2 D 317
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
15 LMP900 11   Panoz Motorsports   David Brabham
  Jan Magnussen
  Mario Andretti
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 315
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
16 LMGT 73   Team Taisan Advan   Hideo Fukuyama
  Atsushi Yogo
  Bruno Lambert
Porsche 911 GT3-R Y 310
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
17 LMGT 82   Skea Racing International   Johnny Mowlem
  David Murry
  Sascha Maassen
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 304
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
18 LMGT 76   Seikel Motorsport   Max Cohen-Olivar
  Michel Neugarten
  Anthony Burgess
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 302
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
19 LMP900 3   DAMS   Éric Bernard
  Emmanuel Collard
  Franck Montagny
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 300
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 LMP900 6   Mopar Team Oreca   Didier Theys
  Jeffrey van Hooydonk
  Didier André
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 292
Mopar 6.0 L V8
21 LMP900 1   Team Cadillac   Franck Lagorce
  Butch Leitzinger
  Andy Wallace
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 291
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
22 LMP900 2   Team Cadillac   Wayne Taylor
  Max Angelelli
  Eric van de Poele
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 287
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
23 LMGT 79   Perspective Racing   Thierry Perrier
  Jean-Louis Ricci
  Romano Ricci
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 286
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
24 LMGT 80   M1 Club-Renstal Excelsior   Philippe Verellen
  Rudi Penders
  Kurt Dujardyn
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 285
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
25 LMP675 32   Multimatic Motorsports   Scott Maxwell
  John Graham
  Greg Wilkins
Lola B2K/40 P 274
Nissan-AER VQL 3.0 L V6
26 LMP675 36   Rachel Welter   Richard Balandras
  Yojiro Terada
  Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP M 266
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo I4
27 LMGT 75   Manthey Racing   Michael Brockman
  Mike Lauer
  Gunnar Jeannette
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 261
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
NC LMP900 10   Team Den Blå Avis   John Nielsen
  Mauro Baldi
  Klaus Graf
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S P 205
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGTS 59   Freisinger Motorsport   Wolfgang Kaufmann
  Yukihiro Hane
  Katsunori Iketani
Porsche 911 GT2 D 313
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT 81   Haberthur Racing   Gabrio Rosa
  Michel Ligonnet
  Fabio Babini
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 310
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 17   SMG Compétition   Philippe Gache
  Gary Formato
  Didier Cottaz
Courage C60 P 219
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 56   Team Goh   Walter Brun
  Toni Seiler
  Christian Gläsel
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 210
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 54   Paul Belmondo Racing   Boris Derichebourg
  Guy Martinolle
  Jean-Claude Lagniez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 180
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 15   Thomas Bscher Promotion   Thomas Bscher
  Geoff Lees
  Jean-Marc Gounon
BMW V12 LM G 180
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP675 35   Gerard Welter   Xavier Pompidou
  Stéphane Daoudi
  Jean-Bernard Bouvet
WR LMP M 169
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 21   Team Rafanelli SRL   Domenico Schiattarella
  Didier de Radiguès
  Emanuele Naspetti
Lola B2K/10 M 154
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 24   Johansson-Matthews Racing   Stefan Johansson
  Guy Smith
  Jim Matthews
Reynard 2KQ-LM Y 133
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGT 72   Racing Engineering   Tomas Saldaña
  Jesús Diez Villaroel
  Giovanni Lavaggi
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 78
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP675 34   ROC   Jordi Gené
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Jérôme Policand
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 72
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP675 33   ROC   Ralf Kelleners
  David Terrien
  Jean-Denis Délétraz
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 44
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0  Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 20   Konrad Motorsport   Jan Lammers
  Tom Coronel
  Peter Kox
Lola B2K/10 D 38
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGT 77   Larbre Compétition   Patrice Goueslard
  Christophe Bouchut
  Jean-Luc Chéreau
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 34
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMGT 78   Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière   Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
  Bernard Chauvin
  Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 32
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP675 30   Didier Bonnet   Patrick Lemarié
  Jean-Francois Yvon
  Yann Goudy
Debora LMP2000 A 24
BMW 3.2 L I6
DNF LMGT 71   Michael Colucci Racing   Shane Lewis
  Cort Wagner
  Bob Mazzuoccola
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 22
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 4   DAMS   Marc Goossens
  Christophe Tinseau
  Kristian Kolby
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 4
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 5   Mopar Team Oreca   Yannick Dalmas
  Nicolas Minassian
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 1
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DSQ LMGT 83   Dick Barbour Racing   Dirk Müller
  Lucas Luhr
  Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 319
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6

† - #83 Dick Barbour Racing was disqualified for an illegally sized fuel tank in post-race inspection.

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position — Allan McNish, #9 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:36.124
  • Fastest Lap — Allan McNish, #9 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:37.359
  • Distance - 5007.99 km
  • Average Speed - 207.00 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Audi R8 - 337 km/h (race)