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Rinaldo Capello driving the race winning Audi R10 TDI, still showing damage from an earlier accident with the #8 Peugeot

The 2008 Autosport 1000 km of Silverstone was the fifth and final round of the 2008 Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain, on 14 September 2008. The race was attended by a record crowd of 53,000 spectators.[1]

Although Audi scored their first and only win of the season, an accident involving the then championship-leading Peugeots allowed Audi to win the Teams, Constructors, and Drivers Championships in the LMP1 category. Luc Alphand's team won the GT1 championship by merely finishing the event, and Virgo Motorsports and driver Rob Bell secured their second consecutive GT2 championship with a class victory.

This was the first time in Le Mans Series history that none of the Peugeot 908s finished in the podium spots as well as in the top eight points positions (#8 finished 19th overall and 11th in LMP1; #7 did not finish at 44th overall and 15th (last) in class), which helped Audi to take the championship. The only other time that the Peugeot 908 did not finish in the podium was in the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, when the lone 908 finished 11th overall and almost finished in the podium at 4th behind the two Audis and an Intersport Lola-AER.

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Race resultsEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 1   Audi Sport Team Joest   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
Audi R10 TDI M 195
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 10   Charouz Racing System   Jan Charouz
  Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60 M 193
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
3 LMP1 16   Pescarolo Sport   Romain Dumas
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
Pescarolo 01 M 191
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
4 LMP1 2   Audi Sport Team Joest   Alexandre Prémat
  Mike Rockenfeller
Audi R10 TDI M 191
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP2 34   Van Merksteijn Motorsport
  Equipe Verschuur
  Peter Van Merksteijn
  Jos Verstappen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 191
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
6 LMP1 15   Creation AIM   Jamie Campbell-Walter
  Stuart Hall
Creation CA07 D 191
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
7 LMP1 17   Pescarolo Sport   Harold Primat
  Christophe Tinseau
Pescarolo 01 M 190
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
8 LMP1 5   Team Oreca-Matmut   Soheil Ayari
  Stéphane Ortelli
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 189
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 LMP2 27   Horag Racing   Fredy Lienhard
  Didier Theys
  Jan Lammers
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 187
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
10 LMP2 40   Quifel ASM Team   Miguel Amaral
  Olivier Pla
Lola B05/40 D 185
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
11 LMP2 25   Ray Mallock Ltd.   Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265C M 184
MG (AER) XP21 2.0 L Turbo I4
12 LMP2 31   Team Essex   Casper Elgaard
  John Nielsen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo D 184
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
13 LMP2 45   Embassy Racing   Jonny Kane
  Warren Hughes
Embassy WF01 M 184
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
14 LMP1 18   Rollcentre Racing   João Barbosa
  Vanina Ickx
  Charlie Hollings
Pescarolo 01 D 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
15 LMP2 41   Trading Performance   Karim Ojjeh
  Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Adam Sharpe
Zytek 07S/2 M 183
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
16 LMP1 4   Saulnier Racing   Jacques Nicolet
  Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 M 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
17 LMP1 6   Team Oreca-Matmut   Olivier Panis
  Nicolas Lapierre
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
18 LMP2 44   Kruse Schiller Motorsport   Jean de Pourtalès
  Hideki Noda
Lola B05/40 D 182
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
19 LMP1 8   Team Peugeot Total   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 182
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
20 GT1 59   Team Modena   Tomáš Enge
  Antonio García
Aston Martin DBR9 M 178
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
21 GT1 55   IPB Spartak Racing
  Reiter Engineering
  Peter Kox
  Roman Rusinov
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT M 177
Lamborghini L535 6.0 L V12
22 GT1 72   Luc Alphand Aventures   Guillaume Moreau
  Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 174
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
23 LMP2 35   Saulnier Racing   Pierre Ragues
  Matthieu Lahaye
Pescarolo 01 M 174
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
24 GT1 61   Strakka Racing   Nick Leventis
  Peter Hardman
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 D 173
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
25 LMP1 21   Epsilon Euskadi   Adrián Vallés
  Shinji Nakano
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 172
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
26 GT2 96   Virgo Motorsport   Rob Bell
  Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430GT D 172
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
27 GT2 77   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Marc Lieb
  Alex Davison
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 171
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28 GT2 90   Farnbacher Racing   Pierre Ehret
  Pierre Kaffer
  Anthony Beltoise
Ferrari F430GT M 169
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
29 GT2 85   Snoras Spyker Squadron   Tom Coronel
  Ralf Kelleners
  Alexey Vasilyev
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 168
Audi 4.0 L V8
30 GT2 88   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
  Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
  Christian Ried
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 162
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
31 GT2 98   JMB Racing   Maurice Basso
  Peter Kutemann
  Julien Gilbert
Ferrari F430GT M 160
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
32 LMP2 26   Team Bruichladdich Radical   Jens Petersen
  Jan-Dirk Lueders
  Marc Rostan
Radical SR9 D 160
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
33 GT2 93   James Watt Automotive   Alan van der Merwe
  Tim Sugden
  Michael Outzen
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 159
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
34 GT2 94   Speedy Racing Team   Andrea Chiesa
  Benjamin Leuenberger
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 158
Audi 4.0 L V8
35 LMP2 46   Embassy Racing   Darren Manning
  Joey Foster
Embassy WF01 M 156
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
36 GT2 99   JMB Racing
  Aucott Racing
  Ben Aucott
  Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430GT M 145
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
LMP2 32   Barazi-Epsilon   Juan Barazi
  Michael Vergers
  Fernando Rees
Zytek 07S/2 M 162
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
38
DNF
GT2 75   IMSA Performance Matmut   Richard Balandras
  Michel Lecourt
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 91
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
39
DNF
LMP1 14   Creation AIM   Ryan Lewis
  Stephen Simpson
Creation CA07 D 89
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
40
DNF
LMP2 33   Speedy Racing Team
  Sebah Automotive
  Andrea Belicchi
  Xavier Pompidou
  Steve Zacchia
Lola B08/80 M 75
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
41
DNF
LMP1 20   Epsilon Euskadi   Ángel Burgueño
  Miguel Ángel de Castro
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 59
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
42
DNF
GT2 95   James Watt Automotive   Peter Bamford
  Paul Daniels
  Matt Griffin
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR D 55
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
43
DNF
GT2 91   Farnbacher Racing   Lars-Erik Nielsen
  Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 51
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
44
DNF
LMP1 7   Team Peugeot Total   Nicolas Minassian
  Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 45
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
45
DNF
GT2 76   IMSA Performance Matmut   Raymond Narac
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 38
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
46
DNF
LMP2 37   WR Salini   Stéphane Salini
  Philippe Salini
  Tristan Gommendy
WR LMP2008 D 3
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #8 Team Peugeot Total - 1:30.359[3]
  • Fastest Lap - #8 Team Peugeot Total - 1:31.166[2]
  • Average Speed - 176.696 km/h (109.794 mph)[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Autosport: "Organisers hail Silverstone race"". 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Race — Amended". Le Mans Series. 2008-09-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  3. ^ "Qualifying". Le Mans Series. 2008-09-13. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-09-14.

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