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2001 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 69th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 16 and 17 June 2001.

2001 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

Track changesEdit

On recommendation of the FIA following the incidents involving the Mercedes-Benz CLRs in 1999, the large hill on the third section of the Mulsanne Straight was lowered in order to decrease the likeliness of cars becoming aerodynamically unstable in that area.

RaceEdit

Audi's top two finishers had to share the podium with a Bentley interloper, but their margin over third place was formidable.

Corvette Racing's achievement of a GTS class win was sullied by a slow pace and the presence of two GT class Porsche 911s in front of them. It was the last time a Porsche team would finish in front of the GTS class until they had the class-consolidating 4.0 liter 997 GT3 RSR in their possession, in 2010.

Official resultsEdit

 
Le Mans in 2001
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP900 1   Audi Sport Team Joest   Frank Biela
  Emanuele Pirro
  Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 M 321
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
2 LMP900 2   Audi Sport North America   Laurent Aïello
  Rinaldo Capello
  Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 M 320
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
3 LMGTP 8   Team Bentley   Andy Wallace
  Butch Leitzinger
  Eric van de Poele
Bentley EXP Speed 8 D 306
Bentley 3.6 L Turbo V8
4 LMP900 16   Team PlayStation   Olivier Beretta
  Karl Wendlinger
  Pedro Lamy
Chrysler LMP M 298
Mopar 6.0 L V8
5 LMP675 38   ROC Auto   Jordi Gené
  Jean-Denis Délétraz
  Pascal Fabre
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 284
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0 L Turbo I4
6 LMGT 83   Seikel Motorsport   Gabrio Rosa
  Fabio Babini
  Luca Drudi
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 283
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
7 LMGT 77   Freisinger Motorsport   Gunnar Jeannette
  Romain Dumas
  Philippe Haezebrouck
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 282
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
8 LMGTS 63   Corvette Racing Pratt   Ron Fellows
  Scott Pruett
  Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 278
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
9 LMGT 75   Perspective Racing   Thierry Perrier
  Michel Neugarten
  Nigel Smith
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 275
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
10 LMGT 80   Larbre Compétition   Jean-Luc Chéreau
  Patrice Goueslard
  Sébastien Dumez
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 274
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
11 LMGT 72   Team Taisan Advan   Hideo Fukuyama
  Atsushi Yogo
  Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 273
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
12 LMGT 82   Seikel Motorsport   Tony Burgess
  Max Cohen-Olivar
  Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 272
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
13 LMP900 17   Pescarolo Sport   Sébastien Bourdais
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Laurent Rédon
Courage C60 M 271
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
14 LMGTS 64   Corvette Racing Pratt   Andy Pilgrim
  Kelly Collins
  Franck Fréon
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 271
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
15 LMP900 6   DAMS   Wayne Taylor
  Max Angelelli
  Christophe Tinseau
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 M 270
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
16 LMGT 76   PK Sport Ltd-Ricardo   Mike Youles
  Dave Warnock
  Stephen Day
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 265
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
17 LMGT 74   Luc Alphand Adventure   Luc Alphand
  Michel Ligonnet
  Luis Marques
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 265
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
18 LMGTS 60   Saleen/Allen Speedlab   Franz Konrad
  Oliver Gavin
  Terry Borcheller
Saleen S7-R G 246
Ford 6.9 L V8
19 LMP675 30   Gérard Welter   Stéphane Daoudi
  Yojiro Terada
  Jean-René de Fournoux
WR LMP01 M 245
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
20 LMGTS 58   Larbre Compétition   Christophe Bouchut
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
  Tiago Monteiro
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 234
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
NC LMGT 79   Noël del Bello   Sylvain Noël
  Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
  Georges Forgeois
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 193
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 14   Viper Team Oreca   Seiji Ara
  Masahiko Kondo
  Ni Amorim
Chrysler LMP M 243
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGTS 62   RML   Johnny Mowlem
  Ian McKellar
  Bruno Lambert
Saleen S7-R D 175
Ford 6.9 L V8
DNF LMP900 9   Racing for Holland   Jan Lammers
  Donny Crevels
  Val Hillebrand
Dome S101 M 156
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 20   Team Ascari   Werner Lupberger
  Ben Collins
  Harri Toivonen
Ascari A410 G 134
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 15   Viper Team Oreca   Yannick Dalmas
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Franck Montagny
Chrysler LMP M 126
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGT 70   Aspen Knolls MCR   Bob Mazzuoccola
  Vic Rice
  Cort Wagner
Callaway C12-R G 98
Chevrolet 7.0 L V8
DNF LMP675 36   Dick Barbour Racing   Didier de Radiguès
  Sascha Maassen
  Hideshi Matsuda
Reynard 01Q G 95
Judd GV675 3.4 L V8
DNF LMP675 32   Roock-KnightHawk   Claudia Hürtgen
  Rick Fairbanks
  Chris Gleason
Lola B2K/40 A 94
Nissan 3.4 L V6
DNF LMP675 33   MG Sport & Racing Ltd.   Julian Bailey
  Mark Blundell
  Kevin McGarrity
MG-Lola EX257 M 92
MG XP20 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 11   Panoz Motor Sports   Klaus Graf
  Jamie Davies
  Gary Formato
Panoz LMP07 M 86
Élan 4.0 L V8
DNF LMP900 12   Panoz Motor Sports   David Brabham
  Jan Magnussen
  Franck Lagorce
Panoz LMP07 M 85
Élan 4.0 L V8
DNF LMP900 3   Champion Racing   Johnny Herbert
  Didier Theys
  Ralf Kelleners
Audi R8 M 81
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 10   Team Den Blå Avis-Goh   John Nielsen
  Hiroki Katoh
  Casper Elgaard
Dome S101 G 66
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 21   Team Ascari   Klaas Zwart
  Xavier Pompidou
  Scott Maxwell
Ascari A410 G 66
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 55   Paul Belmondo Racing   Vincent Vosse
  Vanina Ickx
  Carl Rosenblad
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 61
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGTP 7   Team Bentley   Martin Brundle
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Guy Smith
Bentley EXP Speed 8 D 56
Bentley 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 5   DAMS   Éric Bernard
  Emmanuel Collard
  Marc Goossens
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 M 56
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 19   SMG   Philippe Gache
  Jérôme Policand
  Anthony Beltoise
Courage C60 M 51
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 56   Paul Belmondo Racing   Grégoire de Galzain
  Anthony Kumpen
  Jean-Claude Lagniez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 44
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGT 71   Racing Engineering   Robin Donovan
  Terry Lingner
  Chris MacAllister
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 44
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 18   Pescarolo Sport   Emmanuel Clérico
  Didier Cottaz
  Boris Derichebourg
Courage C60 M 42
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
DNF LMP900 4   Johansson Motorsport   Stefan Johansson
  Tom Coronel
  Patrick Lemarié
Audi R8 M 35
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP675 34   MG Sport & Racing Ltd.   Anthony Reid
  Warren Hughes
  Jonny Kane
MG-Lola EX257 M 30
MG XP20 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP675 37   Dick Barbour Racing   John Graham
  Milka Duno
  David Murry
Reynard 01Q G 4
Judd GV675 3.4 L V8
DNF LMGTS 61   Konrad Motorsport   Walter Brun
  Toni Seiler
  Charles Slater
Saleen S7-R G 4
Ford 6.9 L V8
DNF LMGTS 57   Equipe de France FFSA   David Terrien
  Jonathan Cochet
  Jean-Philippe Dayraut
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 4
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMP675 35   S+R Rowan Racing Ltd.   Warren Carway
  Martin O'Connell
  François Migault
Pilbeam MP84 A 3
Nissan VQL 3.0 L V6

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #2 Audi Sport North America - 3:32.427
  • Distance - 4381.65 km
  • Average Speed - 180.949 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Audi R8 - 318 km/h (race), Dome Judd S101 - 335 km/h (Practice)[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official Le Mans 2001 Annual: mulsannecorner.com