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The 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 73rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 2005.

2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
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This race marked the record 7th victory for Tom Kristensen, including his 6th straight win.


Qualifying resultsEdit

Provisional pole positions in each class are denoted in bold. The fastest time set by each entry is denoted with a gray background.

Pos. Class No. Team Car Qualifying Gap
1 LMP1 16 Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd 3:34.715
2 LMP1 17 Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd 3:35.555 +0.840
3 LMP1 2 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 (LMP) 3:37.795 +3.080
4 LMP1 5 Jim Gainer International Dome S101Hb-Mugen 3:38.094 +3.379
5 LMP1 4 Audi PlayStation Team Oreca Audi R8 (LMP) 3:38.281 +3.566
6 LMP1 13 Courage Compétition Courage C60H-Judd 3:38.785 +4.070
7 LMP1 7 Creation Autosportif DBA 03S-Judd 3:38.929 +4.214
8 LMP1 3 ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 (LMP) 3:38.988 +4.273
9 LMP1 18 Rollcentre Racing Dallara SP1-Judd 3:39.643 +4.928
10 LMP1 9 Team Jota Zytek 04S 3:41.177 +6.462
11 LMP1 10 Racing for Holland Dome S101-Judd 3:41.930 +7.265
12 LMP2 37 Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65-Ford AER 3:42.301 +7.526
13 LMP1 12 Courage Compétition Courage C60H-Judd 3:42.859 +8.144
14 LMP1 8 Rollcentre Racing Dallara SP1-Nissan 3:43.377 +8.662
15 LMP2 32 Intersport Racing Lola B05/40-AER 3:44.752 +10.040
16 LMP2 25 Ray Mallock Ltd. MG-Lola EX264-Judd 3:46.205 +11.490
17 GT1 58 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 3:48.576 +13.861
18 LMP2 34 Miracle Motorsports Courage C65-AER 3:48.819 +14.104
19 LMP2 30 Kruse Motorsport Courage C65-Judd 3:49.267 +14.552
20 GT1 57 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 3:49.739 +15.024
21 LMP2 33 Cirtek Motorsport Courage C65-AER 3:51.844 +17.129
22 GT1 64 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 3:52.426 +17.711
23 LMP2 31 Noël del Bello Racing Courage C65-CG-Mecachrome 3:53.051 +18.336
24 LMP2 36 Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65-Ford AER 3:53.376 +18.661
25 GT1 61 Russian Age Racing Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello 3:55.309 +20.594
26 LMP2 39 Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Lola B05/40-AER 3:55.531 +20.816
27 GT1 63 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 3:55.914 +21.199
28 GT1 50 Larbre Compétition Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello 3:55.983 +21.268
29 LMP2 20 Pir Competition Pilbeam MP93-JPX 3:57.612 +21.897
30 GT1 51 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello 3:57.676 +21.961
31 LMP2 24 Welter Racing WR LMP04 3:59.103 +23.388
32 GT1 52 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello 3:59.475 +23.760
33 GT2 71 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:05.326 +29.611
34 LMP2 23 Welter Racing WR LMP04 4:05.855 +30.140
35 GT2 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:06.658 +30.943
36 GT2 77 Panoz Motorsports Panoz Esperante GT-LM-Ford Élan 4:07.027 +31.312
37 GT2 76 IMSA Performance Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:07.349 +31.634
38 GT1 69 JMB Racing Ferrari 575-GTC 4:07.654 +31.939
39 GT2 78 Panoz Motorsports Panoz Esperante GT-LM-Ford Élan 4:09.262 +33.547
40 GT2 90 White Lightning Racing Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:11.105 +35.390
41 GT2 91 T2M Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:12.144 +36.429
42 GT2 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:12.258 +36.543
43 GT2 93 Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 360 Modena GTC 4:13.237 +37.522
44 GT2 89 Sebah Automotive Ltd. Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:16.930 +41.215
45 GT2 92 Cirtek Motorsport Ferrari 360 Modena GTC 4:20.873 +45.158
46 GT2 95 Racesport Peninsula TVR TVR Tuscan T400R 4:22.310 +46.595
47 GT2 83 Seikel Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR 4:24.068 +48.351
48 LMP2 35 G-Force Racing Courage C65-Judd 4:31.453 +55.738
49 GT2 85 Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R-Audi 4:32.043 +56.327


The 2005 race saw exceptionally hot weather,[1] with temperatures over 30 °C. This hot weather would cause a high rate of mechanical failures as well as several race incidents. However, the Pescarolo Sports took the lead at start with #16 running exceptionally faster of the two. Due to Audi using an older chassis which did not meet hybrid regulations, the R8s were much slower over a lap due to a small air restrictor on the engine and penalty weights. This caused slow top speeds down the straights, while the GT1 class was closer than ever in 2005 in terms of trap speeds and the Aston Martins were comparable to the Audi LMP this year. Audi therefore had to attempt to outwit the Pescarolos on reliability instead of overall speed.

The #17 Pescarolo was plagued by incidents throughout the race, hitting a Panoz then suffering a tire failure that damaged the rear bodywork. All of these misadventures happened while Soheil Ayari was driving, while his teammate Sébastien Loeb proved to be able to drive as fast as his teammates for his first race on a closed track.

The #16 lost the lead eventually due to a gearbox failure causing a long pit stop, falling well back before managing to reach second position again at sunrise, establishing a lap record in the night. The Pescarolo was lapping fairly consistently at approximately five seconds per lap faster than the Audi, meaning if it kept up the pace the finish promised to be extremely close.

Unfortunately Pescarolo came in for a pit stop and was pulled into the garage to deal with overheating issues. The car was back onto the track quickly, with Érik Comas as driver. The Audi now had a two lap lead, and the Pescarolo was unable to maintain its lapping speed in order to avoid overheating, dashing all hopes of beating the Audi on the track.

Taking the win, Tom Kristensen set an absolute record of seven victories including six in a row, pulling ahead of legend Jacky Ickx who has a total of 6 wins, equal only to Kristensen's winning streak. In addition, teammate Marco Werner completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (which also consists the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won in 1995, and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won in 2005 and again in 2007, as well as Le Mans in 2006 and 2007), a feat few drivers (including Ickx) could achieve. Along with Andy Wallace, he would also complete the "grand slam", also winning the Petit Le Mans the prior year to Le Mans.

Corvette Racing delivered a dominating win in the GT1 class, fifth and sixth overall and at their best pace yet. The first entry from Aston Martin since 1963 had a respectable finish that foretold an epic duel for the top of the GT1 class in the following years.

Official resultsEdit

Class winners marked in bold. Cars not completing 75% of the winner's distance are listed as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP1 3   ADT Champion Racing   Tom Kristensen
  JJ Lehto
  Marco Werner
Audi R8 M 370
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 16   Pescarolo Sport   Emmanuel Collard
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Érik Comas
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 368
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
3 LMP1 2   ADT Champion Racing   Frank Biela
  Allan McNish
  Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 364
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 4   Audi PlayStation Team Oreca   Franck Montagny
  Jean-Marc Gounon
  Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 362
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
5 GT1 64   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 349
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
6 GT1 63   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Max Papis
  Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 347
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 10   Racing for Holland   Jan Lammers
  Elton Julian
  John Bosch
Dome S101 D 346
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 LMP1 12   Courage Compétition   Dominik Schwager
  Alexander Frei
  Christian Vann
Courage C60H Y 339
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
9 GT1 59   Aston Martin Racing   David Brabham
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 333
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 GT2 71   Alex Job Racing
  BAM! Motorsport
  Mike Rockenfeller
  Marc Lieb
  Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 332
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT2 90   Petersen Motorsports
  White Lightning Racing
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Patrick Long
  Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 331
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT1 50   Larbre Compétition   Patrice Goueslard
  Olivier Dupard
  Vincent Vosse
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 324
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
13 GT2 80   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Johannes van Overbeek
  Lonnie Pechnik
  Seth Neiman
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 323
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 LMP1 7   Creation Autosportif Ltd.   Nicolas Minassian
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Andy Wallace
DBA 03S M 322
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
15 GT2 76   IMSA Performance   Raymond Narac
  Sébastien Dumez
  Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 LMP1 18   Rollcentre Racing   Martin Short
  João Barbosa
  Vanina Ickx
Dallara SP1 M 318
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
17 GT1 61   Cirtek Motorsport
  Russian Age Racing
  Convers Team
  Nikolai Fomenko
  Alexey Vasilyev
  Christophe Bouchut
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 315
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
18 GT2 72   Luc Alphand Aventures   Luc Alphand
  Jérôme Policand
  Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 311
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT2 89   Sebah Automotive Ltd.   Lars-Erik Nielsen
  Thorkild Thyrring
  Pierre Ehret
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 307
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
20 LMP2 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML)   Thomas Erdos
  Mike Newton
  Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX264 M 305
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
21 LMP2 36   Paul Belmondo Racing   Karim A. Ojjeh
  Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Adam Sharpe
Courage C65 M 300
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
22 LMP2 37   Paul Belmondo Racing   Didier André
  Paul Belmondo
  Rick Sutherland
Courage C65 M 294
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
23 GT2 83   Seikel Motorsport   Philip Collin
  David Shep
  Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 274
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP2 30   Kruse Motorsport   Tim Mullen
  Ian Mitchell
  Phil Bennett
Courage C65 P 268
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
LMP1 9   Team Jota
  Zytek Engineering Ltd.
  Sam Hignett
  John Stack
  Haruki Kurosawa
Zytek 04S D 325
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
GT2 95   Racesport Peninsula TVR   John Hartshorne
  Richard Stanton
  Piers Johnson
TVR Tuscan T400R D 256
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
LMP2 24   Rachel Welter   Yojiro Terada
  Patrice Roussel
  William Binnie
WR LMP04 P 233
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
GT1 58   Aston Martin Racing   Peter Kox
  Pedro Lamy
  Tomáš Enge
Aston Martin DBR9 M 327
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
LMP1 17   Pescarolo Sport   Soheil Ayari
  Éric Hélary
  Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 288
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
GT2 92   Cirtek Motorsport
  Stefan Eriksson
  Joe Macari
  Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 218
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
LMP1 5   Jim Gainer International   Ryo Michigami
  Seiji Ara
  Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101Hb D 193
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
GT2 78   Panoz Motor Sports   Patrick Bourdais
  Bryan Sellers
  Marino Franchitti
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 185
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
LMP2 35   G-Force Racing / Bokkenrijders   Val Hillebrand
  Frank Hahn
  Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 D 183
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
GT2 91   T2M Motorsport   Yutaka Yamagishi
  Xavier Pompidou
  Jean-Luc Blanchemain
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 183
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
LMP1 8   Rollcentre Racing   Michael Krumm
  Bobby Verdon-Roe
  Harold Primat
Dallara SP1 M 133
Nissan 3.6L Turbo V8
LMP2 32   Intersport Racing   Liz Halliday
  Sam Hancock
  Gregor Fisken
Lola B05/40 G 119
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 34   Miracle Motorsports   John Macaluso
  Ian James
  Andy Lally
Courage C65 K 115
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 31   Noël del Bello Racing   Romain Iannetta
  Christophe Pillon
  Ni Amorim
Courage C65 M 99
CG-Mecachrome 3.4L V8
GT1 69   JMB Racing   Jean-René De Fournoux
  Stéphane Daoudi
  Jim Matthews
Ferrari 575-GTC P 84
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
GT2 85   Spyker Squadron b.v.   Tom Coronel
  Peter van Merksteijn
  Donny Crevels
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R D 76
Audi 3.8L V8
GT2 93   Scuderia Ecosse   Andrew Kirkaldy
  Nathan Kinch
  Anthony Reid
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 70
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
GT1 51   BMS Scuderia Italia   Fabrizio Gollin
  Christian Pescatori
  Miguel Ramos
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 67
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
GT1 52   BMS Scuderia Italia   Michele Bartyan
  Matteo Malucelli
  Toni Seiler
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 60
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
LMP2 23   Gerard Welter   Jean-Bernard Bouvet
  Robert Julien
  Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP04 P 53
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
LMP1 13   Courage Compétition   Jonathan Cochet
  Shinji Nakano
  Bruce Jouanny
Courage C60H Y 52
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
LMP2 20   Pir Competition   Pierre Bruneau
  Marc Rostan
  Philippe Haezebrouck
Pilbeam MP93 M 32
JPX 3.4L V6
LMP2 39   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport   Bob Berridge
  Gareth Evans
  Peter Owen
Lola B05/40 D 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 33   Intersport Racing
  Cirtek Motorsport
  Juan Barazi
  Sergey Zlobin
  Bastien Brière
Courage C65 M 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
GT2 77   Panoz Motor Sports   Bill Auberlen
  Robin Liddell
  Scott Maxwell
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 27
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8


  • Pole Position - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.715
  • Fastest Lap - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.968
  • Distance - 5050.5 km
  • Average Speed - 210.216 km/h
  • Highest trap speed - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 329 km/h

Trophy WinnersEdit

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #59 Aston Martin Racing