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2006 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 74th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place over 17–18 June 2006. The winners of the race were Frank Biela, Marco Werner, and Emanuele Pirro, driving the Audi R10 TDI. For the first time in the history of the race, the winner was a diesel-powered car.

2006 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Pre-raceEdit

Prior to this race the ACO redeveloped the area around the Dunlop Curve and Dunlop Chicane, moving the Dunlop Curve in tighter to create more run-off area, while also turning the Dunlop Chicane into a larger set of turns. As part of the development, a new extended pit lane exit was created for motorcycles running the Bugatti Circuit. This second pit exit re-enters the track just beyond the Dunlop Chicane and before the Dunlop Bridge.

Before the official test days, the FIA requested that the sportscars should also use this new pit lane, and mandated a 60 km/h speed limit for the entire 450m length, instead of using the normal pit exit in the Dunlop Curve as planned. This was originally used for the Le Mans test days, but due to complaints from the teams, the ACO decided to return to the old pit lane exit for the race.

QualifyingEdit

In the LMP1 category, during Wednesday's wet-weather qualifying Pescarolo C60 took the top two spots. Then, a day later, during dry weather conditions the new Audi R10 TDIs overtook the Pescarolos to claim the top two positions.

In LMP2, the Ray Mallock Ltd. Lola ran two seconds quicker than the new Intersport Lola.

In LMGT1, the Aston Martin factory squad swept the front row, with the #64 Corvette right behind them.

In GT2, the French IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche took the quickest time; however, Luca Riccitelli took the car off at Nord du Karting at the end of the session, injuring his ankle and badly damaging the chassis of the car. In a unique move, the ACO went against its own rules and granted permission for the team to replace the chassis with a brand new car. The car was still forced to start at the back of the grid. The Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 430 thus started at the front for the GT2 class.

Qualifying timesEdit

Class leaders and the fastest lap time on each day are in bold.

Pos No. Team Car Class Day 1 Day 2 Behind
1 7   Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 TDI LMP1 4:17.189 3:30.466 Leader
2 8   Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 TDI LMP1 4:17.676 3:30.584 +0.118
3 16   Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 4:13.832 3:32.584 +2.118
4 17   Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 4:14.447 3:32.990 +2.524
5 13   Courage Compétition Courage LC70-Mugen LMP1 4:25.582 3:34.120 +3.654
6 14   Racing for Holland Dome S101Hb-Judd LMP1 4:22.873 3:34.864 +4.398
7 9   Creation Autosportif Creation CA06/H-Judd LMP1 4:22.021 3:36.459 +5.993
8 2   Zytek Engineering Zytek 06S LMP1 4:27.754 3:39.252 +8.786
9 5   Swiss Spirit Courage LC70-Judd LMP1 4:23.727 3:40.182 +9.716
10 19   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Lola B06/10-AER LMP1 4:37.362 3:40.467 +10.001
11 12   Courage Compétition Courage LC70-Mugen LMP1 4:35.943 3:40.722 +10.256
12 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. MG-Lola EX264-AER LMP2 4:34.940 3:41.555 +11.089
13 33   Intersport Racing Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 4:34.160 3:43.869 +13.403
14 22   Rollcentre Racing Radical SR9-Judd LMP2 4:43.803 3:44.324 +13.858
15 39   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 4:37.362 3:45.732 +15.068
16 32   Barazi-Epsilon Courage C65-AER LMP2 4:27.357 3:47.467 +17.001
17 37   Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65-Mecachrome LMP2 4:45.086 3:48.846 +18.380
18 27   Miracle Motorsports Courage C65-AER LMP2 4:56.168 3:50.826 +20.360
19 6   Lister Storm Racing Lister Storm LMP Hybrid-Chevrolet LMP1 4:31.565 3:50.940 +20.476
20 007   Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 4:31.179 3:52.015 +21.559
21 009   Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 4:32.053 3:52.561 +22.095
22 64   Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 4:51.557 3:53.100 +22.534
23 20   Pir Competition Pilbeam MP93-Judd LMP2 4:25.398 3:53.285 +22.819
24 69   BMS Scuderia Italia Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 4:35.531 3:53.611 +23.145
25 67   Convers MenX Team Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GT1 4:33.561 3:53.781 +23.315
26 63   Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 4:54.941 3:53.993 +23.327
27 66   ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7-R GT1 4:35.016 3:54.476 +24.010
28 72   Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C5-R GT1 4:42.545 3:55.629 +25.163
29 24   Binnie Motorsports Lola B05/42-Zytek LMP2 4:51.872 3:56.123 +25.657
30 35   G-Force Racing Courage C65-Judd LMP2 4:48.714 3:56.452 +25.986
31 36   Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65-Mecachrome LMP2 4:50.408 3:56.460 +25.994
32 62   Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 4:35.789 3:57.776 +27.310
33 61   Cirtek Motorsport Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GT1 4:40.097 3:59.822 +29.356
34 53   JLOC Isao Noritake Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT GT1 4:58.656 4:00.287 +29.821
35 30   Gerald Welter WR LMP04-Peugeot LMP2 5:15.480 4:00.775 +30.309
36 50   Larbre Compétition Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GT1 4:47.924 4:01.920 +31.454
37 76   IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:41.623 4:03.438 +32.972
38 87   Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:52.423 4:04.596 +34.130
39 83   Seikel Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:53.695 4:04.897 +34.431
40 80   Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:46.888 4:05.266 +34.800
41 90   Krohn Racing Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:39.912 4:05.700 +35.234
42 85   Spyker Squadron BV Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:48.691 4:06.299 +35.833
43 77   Multimatic Team Panoz Panoz Esperante GT-LM-Ford GT2 4:55.638 4:06.642 +36.176
44 86   Spyker Squadron BV Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:45.916 4:07.939 +37.473
45 89   Sebah Automotive Ltd. Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:54.946 4:08.688 +38.222
46 81   Team LNT Panoz Esperante GT-LM-Ford GT2 4:50.424 4:12.043 +41.577
47 93   Team Taisan Advan Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 5:05.305 4:14.477 +44.011
48 73   Ice Pol Racing Team Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 4:57.096 4:16.246 +45.780
49 91   T2M Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 5:06.716 4:17.342 +46.876
50 98   Noël del Bello Racing Porsche 911 GT3-RSR GT2 5:07.105 4:23.547 +53.081

RaceEdit

 
The No. 8 Audi R10 TDI at Goodwood Festival of Speed

This race marked the first Le Mans win for a diesel engined sports car, the Audi R10 TDI, and the second time that a diesel-powered sports car won a major international motorsports event, following the Audi R10 TDI's win at the 2006 12 Hours of Sebring.

This race also marked the first time since the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans that Porsche (or a Porsche-powered prototype) did not win at least one class. A Panoz Esperante was successful in upsetting the contingent of Porsches in the GT2 class.

Corvette Racing's 355 lap pace in their GT1 class win became the record for a homologated GT vehicle.

Official resultsEdit

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

Pos Class
Pos.
Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 1 LMP1 8   Audi Sport Team Joest   Frank Biela
  Marco Werner
  Emanuele Pirro
Audi R10 TDI M 380
Audi TDI 5.5L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 2 LMP1 17   Pescarolo Sport   Sébastien Loeb
  Éric Hélary
  Franck Montagny
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 376
Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10
3 3 LMP1 7   Audi Sport Team Joest   Rinaldo Capello
  Tom Kristensen
  Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI M 367
Audi TDI 5.5L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
4 1 GT1 64   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 355
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
5 4 LMP1 16   Pescarolo Sport   Emmanuel Collard
  Érik Comas
  Nicolas Minassian
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 352
Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10
6 2 GT1 007   Aston Martin Racing   Tomáš Enge
  Darren Turner
  Andrea Piccini
Aston Martin DBR9 M 350
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
7 3 GT1 72   Luc Alphand Aventures   Luc Alphand
  Patrice Goueslard
  Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R M 346
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
8 1 LMP2 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML)   Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
  Andy Wallace
MG-Lola EX264 M 343
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
9 4 GT1 62   Russian Age Racing
  Team Modena
  Antonio García
  David Brabham
  Nelson Piquet Jr.
Aston Martin DBR9 M 343
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 5 GT1 009   Aston Martin Racing   Pedro Lamy
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Stéphane Ortelli
Aston Martin DBR9 M 342
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
11 6 GT1 66   ACEMCO Motorsports   Johnny Mowlem
  Terry Borcheller
  Christian Fittipaldi
Saleen S7-R M 337
Ford 7.0L V8
12 7 GT1 63   Corvette Racing   Ron Fellows
  Johnny O'Connell
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 327
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
13 2 LMP2 24   Binnie Motorsports   William Binnie
  Yojiro Terada
  Allen Timpany
Lola B05/42 M 326
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
14 3 LMP2 27   Miracle Motorsports   Andy Lally
  John Macaluso
  Ian James
Courage C65 K 324
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
15 1 GT2 81   Team LNT   Lawrence Tomlinson
  Tom Kimber-Smith
  Richard Dean
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 321
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
16 2 GT2 83   Seikel Motorsport
  Farnbacher Racing
  Lars-Erik Nielsen
  Pierre Ehret
  Dominik Farnbacher
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 320
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 3 GT2 87   Scuderia Ecosse   Andrew Kirkaldy
  Chris Niarchos
  Tim Mullen
Ferrari F430GT M 311
Ferrari F136 4.0L V8
18 4 GT2 80   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Johannes van Overbeek
  Patrick Long
  Seth Neiman
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 309
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 4 LMP2 33   Intersport Racing   Clint Field
  Liz Halliday
  Duncan Dayton
Lola B05/40 G 297
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
20 5 LMP2 22   Rollcentre Racing   Martin Short
  João Barbosa
  Stuart Moseley
Radical SR9 D 294
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
21 6 LMP2 32   Barazi-Epsilon   Juan Barazi
  Michael Vergers
  Neil Cunningham
Courage C65 M 294
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
22 5 GT2 93   Team Taisan Advan   Kazuyuki Nishizawa
  Shinichi Yamaji
  Philip Collin
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 291
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
23 6 GT2 73   Gordon Racing Team
  Ice Pol Racing Team
  Yves-Emmanuel Lambert
  Christian Lefort
  Romain Iannetta
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 282
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
24 5 LMP1 2   Zytek Engineering
  Team Essex Invest
  John Nielsen
  Casper Elgaard
  Philip Andersen
Zytek 06S M 269
Zytek ZB408 4.0L V8
25 6 LMP1 19   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport   Bob Berridge
  Gareth Evans
  Peter Owen
Lola B06/10 D 267
AER P32T 3.6L Turbo V8
26
NC
7 LMP2 20   Pir Competition   Marc Rostan
  Simon Pullan
  Chris MacAllister
Pilbeam MP93 M 244
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
27
NC
[1]
8 GT1 53   JLOC Isao Noritake   Marco Apicella
  Koji Yamanishi
  Yasutaka Hinoi
Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT P 283
Lamborghini L535 6.0L V12
28
DNF
7 GT2 89   Sebah Automotive Ltd.   Christian Ried
  Xavier Pompidou
  Thorkild Thyrring
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 256
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
29
DNF
7 LMP1 9   Creation Autosportif Ltd.   Felipe Ortiz
  Giuseppe Gabbiani
  Jamie Campbell-Walter
Creation CA06/H M 240
Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10
30
DNF
9 GT1 50   Larbre Compétition   Patrick Bornhauser
  Jean-Luc Blanchemain
  Gabriele Gardel
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 222
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
31
DNF
8 GT2 76   IMSA Performance Matmut   Raymond Narac
  Luca Riccitelli
  Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 211
Porsche 3.8L Flat-6
32
DNF
9 GT2 86   Spyker Squadron b.v.   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Mike Hezemans
  Jonny Kane
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R M 202
Audi 3.8L V8
33
DNF
10 GT1 67   Convers MenX Team   Alexey Vasilyev
  Robert Pergl
  Peter Kox
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 196
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
34
DNF
10 GT2 91   T2M Motorsport   Yutaka Yamagishi
  Jean-René de Fournoux
  Miro Konopka
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 196
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
35
DNF
8 LMP2 39   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport
  ASM Team Racing for Portugal
  Miguel Amaral
  Warren Hughes
  Miguel Ángel de Castro
Lola B05/40 D 196
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
36
DNF
8 LMP1 6   Lister Storm Racing   Gavin Pickering
  Nicolas Kiesa
  Jens Møller
Lister Storm LMP Hybrid D 192
Chevrolet LS1 6.0L V8
37
DNF
9 LMP1 14   Racing for Holland   Jan Lammers
  Alex Yoong
  Stefan Johansson
Dome S101Hb D 182
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
38
DNF
10 LMP1 12   Courage Compétition   Sam Hancock
  Alexander Frei
  Gregor Fisken
Courage LC70 Y 171
Mugen MF458S 4.5L V8
39
DNF
11 GT2 90   White Lightning Racing
  Krohn Racing
  Jörg Bergmeister
  Niclas Jönsson
  Tracy Krohn
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 148
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
40
DNF
9 LMP2 30   Gerard Welter   Patrice Roussel
  Frédéric Hauchard
  Julien Briché
WR LMP04 P 134
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
41
DNF
11 LMP1 5   Swiss Spirit   Harold Primat
  Marcel Fässler
  Philipp Peter
Courage LC70 M 132
Judd GV5 S2 5.0L V10
42
DNF
11 GT1 61   Russian Age Racing
  Cirtek Motorsport
  Tim Sugden
  Nigel Smith
  Christian Vann
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 124
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
43
DNF
12 GT2 98   Noël del Bello Racing   Adam Sharpe
  Patrick Bourdais
  Tom Cloet
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 115
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
44
DNF
10 LMP2 36   Paul Belmondo Racing   Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Karim A. Ojjeh
  Pierre Ragues
Courage C65 M 84
Ford (Mecachrome) 3.4L V8
45
DNF
11 LMP2 37   Paul Belmondo Racing   Patrice Roussel
  Didier André
  Yann Clairay
Courage C65 M 48
Ford (Mecachrome) 3.4L V8
46
DNF
12 LMP2 35   G-Force Racing   Franck Hahn
  Jean-François Leroch
  Ed Morris
Courage C65 D 47
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
47
DNF
13 GT2 85   Spyker Squadron b.v.   Donny Crevels
  Peter Dumbreck
  Tom Coronel
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R M 40
Audi 3.8L V8
48
DNF
12 LMP1 13   Courage Compétition   Shinji Nakano
  Jean-Marc Gounon
  Haruki Kurosawa
Courage LC70 Y 35
Mugen MF458S 4.5L V8
49
DNF
14 GT2 77   Multimatic Motorsport Team Panoz   Gunnar Jeannette
  Scott Maxwell
  Tom Milner
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 34
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
50
DNF
12 GT1 69   BMS Scuderia Italia   Fabrizio Gollin
  Fabio Babini
  Christian Pescatori
Aston Martin DBR9 P 3
Aston Martin 6.0L V12

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #7 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:30.466
  • Fastest Lap - #7 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:31.211
  • Distance - 5187.0 km
  • Average Speed - 215.409 km/h
  • Highest trap speed - #14 Racing for Holland - 331 km/h (warm-up), #9 Creation Autosportif - 332 km/h (qualifying)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The #53 JLOC Isao Noritake entry failed to complete the last lap of the race and thus was penalized to the end of the list of finishers.