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The 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 72nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 2004.

2004 24 Hours of Le Mans
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With the end of the Bentley project, there were no official factory teams from major manufacturers in LMP at this year's race, theoretically leaving it open to anyone. However, the Audi R8s proved their abilities, even in privateer hands, by taking a 1-2-3 victory over the competition.

Once again, Tom Kristensen was in the winning car, an Audi entered by the Japanese Team Goh, setting a record fifth straight victory and tying Jacky Ickx with 6 overall wins.

The GTS-class Corvettes avenged their loss to Ferrari the previous year by winning the class following mechanical difficulties for the Ferraris late in the race. GT-class also went to an American squad, White Lightning Racing, which featured three Porsche factory drivers. LMP2 was again a test of survival as only two cars finishing, with Intersport Racing completing the American trifecta. Dodge ended its participation this year.

Official resultsEdit

The race-winning Audi R8, entered by Team Goh.

Class winners marked in bold. Cars not completing 70% of the winner's distance are listed as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP1 5   Audi Sport Japan Team Goh   Seiji Ara
  Rinaldo Capello
  Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 M 379
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 88   Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx   Jamie Davies
  Johnny Herbert
  Guy Smith
Audi R8 M 379
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
3 LMP1 2   ADT Champion Racing   JJ Lehto
  Marco Werner
  Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 368
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 18   Pescarolo Sport   Soheil Ayari
  Érik Comas
  Benoît Tréluyer
Pescarolo C60 M 361
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
5 LMP1 8   Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx   Allan McNish
  Frank Biela
  Pierre Kaffer
Audi R8 M 350
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
6 GTS 64   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R M 345
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 15   Racing for Holland   Jan Lammers
  Chris Dyson
  Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101 D 341
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 GTS 63   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Max Papis
  Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R M 334
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
9 GTS 65   Prodrive Racing   Darren Turner
  Colin McRae
  Rickard Rydell
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 329
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
10 GT 90   White Lightning Racing   Jörg Bergmeister
  Patrick Long
  Sascha Maassen
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 327
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GTS 66   Prodrive Racing   Alain Menu
  Peter Kox
  Tomáš Enge
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 325
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
12 GT 77   ChoroQ Racing Team   Haruki Kurosawa
  Kazuyuki Nishizawa
  Manabu Orido
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13 GT 85   Freisinger Motorsport   Stéphane Ortelli
  Ralf Kelleners
  Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 321
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 GTS 69   Larbre Compétition   Christophe Bouchut
  Patrice Goueslard
  Olivier Dupard
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 317
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
15 GT 84   Seikel Motorsport   Anthony Burgess
  Philip Collin
  Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 317
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 GT 72   Luc Alphand Aventures   Luc Alphand
  Christian Lavieille
  Philippe Alméras
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 316
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 LMP1 14   Team Nasamax
  McNeil Engineering
  Robbie Stirling
  Werner Lupberger
  Kevin McGarrity
Nasamax (Reynard) DM139 D 316
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
18 GT 81   The Racer's Group   Lars-Erik Nielsen
  Ian Donaldson
  Gregor Fisken
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 314
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT 92   Cirtek Motorsport   Frank Mountain
  Hans Hugenholtz
  Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 311
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
20 LMP1 4   Taurus Sports Racing   Christian Vann
  Benjamin Leuenberger
  Didier André
Lola B2K/10 M 300
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
21 GT 89   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport   Bob Berridge
  Michael Caine
  Chris Stockton
TVR Tuscan T400R D 300
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
22 GT 96   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport   Lawrence Tomlinson
  Nigel Greensall
  Gareth Evans
TVR Tuscan T400R D 291
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
23 GT 75   Thierry Perrier
  Perspective Racing
  Ian Khan
  Nigel Smith
  Tim Sugden
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 283
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP1 20   Lister Racing   John Nielsen
  Casper Elgaard
  Jens Møller
Lister Storm LMP D 279
Chevrolet LS1 6.0L V8
25 LMP2 32   Intersport Racing   William Binnie
  Clint Field
  Rick Sutherland
Lola B2K/40 P 278
Judd KV675 3.4L V8
26 LMP2 24   Rachel Welter   Yojiro Terada
  Patrice Roussel
  Olivier Porta
WR LM2001 M 270
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
GT 80   Morgan Works Race Team   Adam Sharpe
  Neil Cunningham
  Steve Hyde
Morgan Aero 8R Y 222
BMW B44 (Mader) 4.5L V8
LMP1 16   Racing for Holland   Tom Coronel
  Justin Wilson
  Ralph Firman
Dome S101 D 313
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
LMP1 17   Pescarolo Sport   Sébastien Bourdais
  Nicolas Minassian
  Emmanuel Collard
Pescarolo C60 M 282
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
LMP1 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML)   Thomas Erdos
  Mike Newton
  Nathan Kinch
MG-Lola EX257 D 256
MG (AER) XP20 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP1 6   Rollcentre Racing   Martin Short
  Rob Barff
  João Barbosa
Dallara SP1 D 230
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
GT 87   Orbit Racing
  Leo Hindery, Jr.
  Marc Lieb
  Mike Rockenfeller
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 223
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
LMP1 9   Kondo Racing   Hiroki Kato
  Ryo Fukuda
  Ryo Michigami
Dome S101 Y 206
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
GTS 62   Barron Connor Racing   Mike Hezemans
  Ange Barde
  Jean-Denis Délétraz
Ferrari 575-GTC P 200
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
LMP1 22   Zytek Engineering, Ltd.   Andy Wallace
  David Brabham
  Hayanari Shimoda
Zytek 04S M 167
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
GTS 61   Barron Connor Racing   John Bosch
  Danny Sullivan
  Thomas Biagi
Ferrari 575-GTC P 163
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
GT 83   Seikel Motorsport   Gabrio Rosa
  Peter van Merksteijn
  Alex Caffi
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 148
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
LMP2 36   Gerard Welter   Tristan Gommendy
  Jean-Bernard Bouvet
  Bastien Brière
WR LM2004 M 137
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
GT 70   JMB Racing   Jean-René de Fournoux
  Jaime Melo
  Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC M 133
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
LMP2 31   Courage Compétition   Alexander Frei
  Sam Hancock
  Jean-Marc Gounon
Courage C65 M 127
JPX 3.4L V6
LMP2 35   Epsilon Sport   Renaud Derlot
  Gunnar Jeannette
  Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 M 124
Willman (JPX) 3.4L V6
LMP1 29   Noël del Bello Racing   Bruno Besson
  Sylvain Boulay
  Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Reynard 2KQ M 122
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 37   Paul Belmondo Racing   Paul Belmondo
  Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Marco Saviozzi
Courage C65 M 80
JPX 3.4L V6
GT 86   Freisinger Motorsport   Alexey Vasilyev
  Nikolai Fomenko
  Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 65
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
LMP1 11   Panoz Motor Sports
  Larbre Compétition
  Patrick Bourdais
  Jean-Luc Blanchemain
  Roland Bervillé
Panoz GTP M 54
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8
LMP1 10   Taurus Sports Racing   Phil Andrews
  Calum Lockie
  Anthony Kumpen
Lola B2K/10 D 35
Caterpillar 5.0L Turbo V10
LMP1 27   Intersport Racing   Jon Field
  Duncan Dayton
  Larry Connor
Lola B01/60 G 29
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
GT 78   PK Sport Ltd.   Jim Matthews
  David Warnock
  Paul Daniels
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 27
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6


  • Pole Position - #88 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx - 3:32.838
  • Fastest Lap - #88 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx - 3:34.264
  • Distance - 5169.9 km
  • Average Speed - 215.415 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Nasamax DM139 - 330 km/h (race), Dome Judd S101 - 335 km/h (qualifying)