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2008 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 76th Grand Prix of Endurance, taking place on 14–15 June 2008 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). The test day was on June 1. The race was attended by 258,000 spectators.[1] The Audi team's progress and victory was documented in the 2008 film Truth in 24.

2008 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Allan McNish in the #2 Audi R10 TDI which won the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Handprint's winners 2008 edition in the Hall of fame of Le Mans

Rule changesEdit

On 20 December 2007, the ACO confirmed the previously announced rule changes for the 2008 race and 2008 Le Mans Series season. Petrol engined Le Mans Prototype cars received a 3% larger air restrictor to increase power output and to balance performance between petrol and diesel engines. The performance difference between the LMP1 and LMP2 classes will be increased by decreasing LMP1 class' minimum weight 900 kg, the LMP2 class' minimum weight increased to 825 kg, and a reduction in the fuel capacity of LMP2 cars from 90 litres to 80 litres.

The ACO also added rules regarding the types of engines and fuels which can be used. Production engines which meet the GT1 and GT2 class regulations can now be installed in LMP1 and LMP2 class cars respectively. The use of biofuels will also be allowed in the prototype categories, with petrol engines allowed to run 10% ethanol, and diesel teams allowed to use biodiesel. The GT1 and GT2 categories remained unchanged in the new rules.[2][3]

Prior to the Le Mans Test Day, Audi announced that they would be the first team to adapt their cars to use 10% biodiesel as allowed by the new rules, with partner Shell developing a biomass to liquid fuel.[4]

EntriesEdit

Automatic invitationsEdit

Automatic entry to the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 2007 seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and the Petit Le Mans. The official list of automatic invites was published by the ACO on 16 November 2007,[5] with confirmation of entries accepted by teams published on 18 January 2008.[6]

List of automatic invitationsEdit

Team Reason Entered Note
LMP1
  Audi Sport North America 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Team Peugeot Total 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Team Peugeot Total 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Pescarolo Sport 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Audi Sport North America 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
  Autocon Motorsports 2nd in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship1
LMP2
  Binnie Motorsports 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry not taken
  Barazi-Epsilon 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Ray Mallock Ltd. 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Quifel ASM Team 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Penske Racing 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans Entry not taken
  Penske Racing 1st in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship Entry not taken
GT1
  Aston Martin Racing 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Corvette Racing 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Team Oreca 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship Entry not taken
  Luc Alphand Aventures 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Corvette Racing 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
None 2nd in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship2
  Vitaphone Racing 1st in 2007 FIA GT Championship Entry not taken3
  Scuderia Playteam Sarafree 2nd in 2007 FIA GT Championship Entry not taken
GT2
  IMSA Performance Matmut 1st in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Risi Competizione 2nd in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans
  Virgo Motorsport 1st in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Team Felbermayr-Proton 2nd in 2007 Le Mans Series championship
  Flying Lizard Motorsports 1st in 2007 Petit Le Mans
  Risi Competizione 1st in 2007 American Le Mans Series championship
  Motorola AF Corse 1st in 2007 FIA GT Championship
  BMS Scuderia Italia 2nd in 2007 FIA GT Championship
1. Due to Audi Sport North America already earning two entries, their third automatic entry was passed to the next team in the championship.
2. Due to Corvette Racing already earning two entries, their third automatic entry would have been passed to the next team in the championship. However, no team had run enough ALMS races to be counted towards the GT1 championship, leaving the invitation unassigned.
3. Vitaphone Racing initially turned down their automatic invitation due to their Maserati MC12 not complying with ACO rules. The team however reapplied for a legal Aston Martin DBR9 in the same class at a later date.

Official entry listEdit

On 19 February, the ACO published their full list of fifty-five entries plus eight reserves, chosen from a total of 88 applications.[7] The fifty-five main entries were required to appear at the Le Mans test day in order to compete.[8][9]

Reserve entriesEdit

Eight cars were granted reserve entries. If any selected team from the main entry list withdrew, a reserve entry would take their place.[8] On April 10, the #81 Tafel Racing Ferrari withdrew and was replaced by the #4 Saulnier Pescarolo-Judd.[10] Although several teams withdrew their reserve entries, none of the remaining reserve entries were promoted to the primary entry list. On Tuesday, June 10, Racing Box's Lucchini-Judd failed official scrutineering and was withdrawn.[11] The first remaining reserve, Epsilon Euskadi's second entry, was allowed to take its place at the start of Wednesday qualifying.[12]

Test sessionEdit

 
The #8 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, driven by Stéphane Sarrazin, which set a 3:22.222 lap time during the test day

Drivers, team, and equipment for fifty-five cars arrived at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 1 to participate in a mandatory test session. Drivers who had not been to the circuit in the past three runnings of the 24 Hours, or had never participated before, were required to complete ten laps of the circuit during the session,[13] while other drivers were allowed to concentrate on setting their cars up for the race two weeks away. Two sessions were held running four hours each, with an hour break for lunch.[14]

Rain dominated the weather during the two sessions, with the track drying out only for brief periods of time before heavy rains dampened the circuit once more.[15] Stéphane Sarrazin, in the #8 Peugeot, was able to set the fastest lap during a brief dry period in the second session, recording a time of 3:22.222.[16] By the end of the test day, Sarrazin's time remained unbeaten, and was in fact nearly four and a half seconds ahead of the second fastest lap, set by the #9 Peugeot. Several hundredths of a second slower still was the #1 Audi, third fastest overall. The fastest car not running a diesel engine was the #17 Pescarolo, recording a time of 3:33.939, over eleven seconds behind the overall leader. In the LMP2 class, the five cars set lap times within three seconds of one another, the Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche setting a 3:42.191 lap time to lead the class and place fourteenth overall in the standings. The other Porsche RS Spyder of Team Essex was second fastest, followed by the Barazi-Epsion Zytek in third.[16]

The Grand Touring categories were led by the previous year's winner in GT1 class, the factory Aston Martin squad. The #009 DBR9 set a lap time of 3:53.531, fast enough for 25th place overall. Larbre Compétition's Saleen set the second fastest lap in the class, nearly two seconds behind. The two factory Corvettes were third and fourth, with the #64 team a few tenths faster than the #63. For the GT2 class, American teams lead the session. Risi Competizione's #82 Ferrari set a 4:05.561 lap time, only three one thousandths of a second ahead of the Flying Lizard Porsche. BMS Scuderia Italia's Ferrari completed the top three in the class, a second slower than the top two.[16]

During the eight hours of testing, practice had to be halted four times for accidents around the circuit. During the first session, the JMB Ferrari spun and hit a wall at Arnage, requiring it to be towed from the track.[17] The Ferrari did however return to the track several hours later after repairs.[18] Shortly after the beginning of the second test session, the Risi-Krohn Ferrari also had a spin, impacting the wall at the Ford Chicane, leading to driver Tracy Krohn being briefly hospitalized.[19] Less than an hour later, Marc Gené in the #7 Peugeot spun in the Karting curve and his 908 became airborne, impacting the wall heavily. Gené was hospitalized with an injured toe,[20] and the car had to be replaced by a new chassis.[15] The final stoppage of practice occurred in the final hour when Joey Foster impacting the wall at the Dunlop Chicane with his Embassy-Zytek.[21]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was held on 11–12 June, with two individual two-hour sessions being held each day. The first sessions were held at early dusk, while following an hour break, the second sessions ran into the darkness of night. All drivers were once again required to set a minimum of laps to prepare themselves for the circuit; three laps required in the first session, and another three laps in the night session. The best lap time from all four combined determined the starting grid.

WednesdayEdit

Following a wet test day, qualifying began under dry conditions. The Peugeot lapped under 3:20 min, lap times reminding of that of the Porsche 917 records set in 1971, when the track had almost no chicanes, and was 120m shorter. Stéphane Sarrazin on Peugeot Nr 8 grabbed pole-position in 3:18.513, shortly followed by Franck Montagny on Peugeot Nr 9 with 3:18.862.

ThursdayEdit

The second day of qualifying will determine the final grid.

Qualifying timesEdit

Class leaders and the fastest lap time in each class on each day are in bold. The fastest lap for each car is in gray.

Pos No. Team Car Class Day 1
[22]
Day 2
[23]
Behind
1 8   Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:18.513 3:20.566 Leader
2 9   Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:18.682 3:24.966 +0.169
3 7   Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:20.451 3:21.490 +1.938
4 2   Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:24.105 3:23.847 +5.334
5 3   Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:24.287 3:26.432 +5.774
6 10   Charouz Racing System Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 3:34.211 3:25.158 +6.645
7 1   Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:27.580 3:25.289 +6.776
8 11   Dome Racing Team Dome S102 LMP1 3:29.352 3:26.928 +8.415
9 16   Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:28.533 3:32.407 +10.020
10 5   Team Oreca-Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:30.490 3:32.176 +11.977
11 17   Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:30.618 3:30.905 +12.105
12 12   Charouz Racing System Lola B07/17-Judd LMP1 3:31.910 3:31.135 +12.622
13 6   Team Oreca-Matmut Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:31.243 3:33.139 +12.730
14 34   Van Merksteijn Motorsport Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:34.078 3:32.301 +13.788
15 21   Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi ee1 LMP1 3:41.526 3:32.939 +14.426
16 31   Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:33.441 3:38.621 +14.928
17 20   Epsilon Euskadi Epsilon Euskadi ee1 LMP1 3:39.158 3:34.281 +15.768
18 18   Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:35.450 3:35.020 +16.507
19 32   Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:35.344 3:44.555 +16.831
20 33   Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 3:35.401  – +16.888
21 14   Creation Autosportif Creation CA07-AIM LMP1 3:35.994 3:39.638 +17.481
22 24   Terramos Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 3:37.560 3:40.318 +19.047
23 19   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Lola B06/10-AER LMP1 3:38.024 3:43.492 +19.511
24 45   Embassy Racing Embassy WF01 LMP2 3:39.926 3:49.019 +21.413
25 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. MG-Lola EX265 LMP2 3:44.188 3:40.027 +21.514
26 40   Quifel ASM Team Lola B05/40-AER LMP2 3:41.193 3:44.074 +22.680
27 4   Saulnier Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:46.666 3:42.162 +23.649
28 35   Saulnier Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP2 3:42.545 4:10.588 +24.032
29 41   Trading Performance Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:46.773 3:43.148 +24.635
30 26   Team Bruichladdich Radical Radical SR9 LMP2 3:47.935 3:46.631 +28.118
31 63   Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:49.406 3:47.668 +29.155
32 23   Autocon Motorsports Creation CA07-Judd LMP1 3:56.108 3:47.695 +29.182
33 50   Larbre Compétition Saleen S7-R GT1 3:50.920 3:47.761 +29.248
34 44   Kruse Schiller Motorsport Lola B05/40-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 3:47.802  – +29.289
35 64   Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:50.766 3:48.539 +30.026
36 009   Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:52.266 3:48.994 +30.481
37 007   Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:52.527 3:49.060 +30.547
38 55   IPB Spartak Racing Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT GT1 3:52.175 3:53.000 +33.662
39 72   Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:53.990 3:52.993 +34.480
40 59   Team Modena Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:58.193 3:53.031 +34.518
41 22   Tōkai University YGK Courage-Oreca LC70-YGK LMP1 3:53.143  – +34.630
42 53   Vitaphone Racing Team Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:57.371 3:53.475 +34.962
43 73   Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:55.736 3:58.025 +37.223
44 76   IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:00.793 3:58.152 +39.639
45 77   Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:02.517 3:59.072 +40.559
46 96   Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:01.293 3:59.820 +41.307
47 80   Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:00.106 4:02.799 +41.593
48 90   Farnbacher Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:05.098 4:01.464 +42.951
49 82   Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:01.598 4:02.412 +43.085
50 97   BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:02.080 4:03.109 +43.577
51 99   JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:03.293 4:14.033 +44.780
52 85   Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:05.096 4:03.641 +45.138
53 78   AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:05.660 4:03.810 +45.297
54 83   Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:07.978 4:04.515 +46.002
55 94   Speedy Racing Team Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:11.564 4:08.284 +49.771

RaceEdit

 
McNish in the winning No. 2 Audi R10 TDI
 
The No. 34 Porsche RS Spyder Evo of Van Merksteijn Motorsport took pole and first place in LMP2
 
The drivers of the No. 009 Aston Martin DBR9 celebrating a first-place finish in GT1

The race began at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+2). The three Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs led the field into the first chicane, but Allan McNish overtook the #7 Peugeot of Nicolas Minassian at the exit of the Dunlop Chicane. Minassian retook the position on the Mulsanne Straight, and the Peugeots maintained the top three positions at the end of the first lap. The Peugeots were running consistently 3 seconds a lap faster than McNish, and over 5 seconds faster than the other 2 Audis.

In the early hours, the Peugeot #8, Pole setter and only car to set a fast race lap under 3:20, by black flag[24] had been ordered into the pits to repair the headlights. This car trailed the other Diesels by several laps. The GT2 class saw drama for the two Porsches which had been battling for the class lead, as #80 collided[25] with the Pole setting Porsche #76. Only #77 could continue after lengthy repairs.

The situation after 12 hours[26] was as follows: Peugeot #7 was leading, with the first five being within 2 laps, with Audi #2 in 2nd, followed by Peugeot #9, and the Audi #3 and #1. Due to the fast pace and close competition, and despite a 34-minute safety car period,[25] the leaders had completed 200 laps after 12 hours, a pace that might have topped the laps and distances covered in 1971 and 1988 despite the track now having chicanes. In the LMP2 class, the leader was 10th overall, the two Porsches being within a lap, leading the next car by nine laps. In GT1, the leader was 15th overall, the Aston Martins and Corvettes racing head to head less than a minute apart, with six cars being within six laps. In the GT2 class, the leading Ferrari was 26th overall, with no less than five Ferraris battling for the class win which was to be expected after the two class leading Porsches had collided, and five other GT2 cars were already out.

The second half of the race was under wet conditions. Lap times of the whole field went above the 4:00 mark, with GT1 cars actually as fast as the leading diesels. The Audis were able to cope with the rain much better than the Peugeots. Kristensen was able to reel in Minassian at 8 seconds per lap. In a desperate attempt to adapt the Peugeots to the wet conditions all 3 cars were fitted with high-downforce nose and tail sections. At 5am the #2 Audi grabbed the lead and McNish was able to build the advantage to a full lap. The rain stopped and the #7 started to reel in the #2. With less than 2 hours to go the rain returned. Minassian decided to stick with slicks and as a result spun in front of the Lizard Porsche just before the Dunlop Esses. In the end, Audi and Kristensen won once again, with the highest placing Peugeot being in the same lap, but not in reach for overtaking. The six factory-entered diesels dominated the LMP1 class, having no major problems. The Porsche RS Spyders dominated the LMP2 class, posting faster lap times than several LMP1 cars.

In the GT1 class, Aston Martin Racing edged Corvette Racing for the win, placed 13th overall, both covering 344 laps with three more GT1 entrants chasing them. It was AMR's second win against stiff competition from Corvette in as many years. Of the five Ferraris which had led the GT2 class, three made it to the finish ahead of the remaining Porsches which had been lapping slightly faster.

Of the 35 cars still running after 24 hours, only one failed to cover 70% of the 381 laps of the winner. Despite the conditions, the distance record on the current track layout, 380 laps, set in 2006, was beaten by one lap by both the #2 Audi and the #7 Peugeot.

ResultsEdit

Class winners[27] are marked in bold. Cars finishing the race but not completing 70% of the winner's distance or cars not finishing the race at the end of 24 hours (marked as DNF; regardless of distance) are listed as NC (Not Classified).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 2   Audi Sport North America   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
  Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI M 381
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 7   Team Peugeot Total   Nicolas Minassian
  Marc Gené
  Jacques Villeneuve
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 381
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
3 LMP1 9   Peugeot Sport Total   Franck Montagny
  Ricardo Zonta
  Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 379
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
4 LMP1 3   Audi Sport Team Joest   Mike Rockenfeller
  Lucas Luhr
  Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI M 374
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP1 8   Team Peugeot Total   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Pedro Lamy
  Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 368
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
6 LMP1 1   Audi Sport North America   Frank Biela
  Marco Werner
  Emanuele Pirro
Audi R10 TDI M 367
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
7 LMP1 17   Pescarolo Sport   Christophe Tinseau
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Harold Primat
Pescarolo 01 M 362
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
8 LMP1 5   Team Oreca-Matmut   Soheil Ayari
  Loïc Duval
  Laurent Groppi
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 357
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 LMP1 10   Charouz Racing System
  Aston Martin Racing
  Jan Charouz
  Tomáš Enge
  Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60 M 354
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 LMP2 34   Van Merksteijn Motorsport   Peter van Merksteijn
  Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Jos Verstappen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 354
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
11 LMP1 18   Rollcentre Racing   João Barbosa
  Stéphan Grégoire
  Vanina Ickx
Pescarolo 01 D 352
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
12 LMP2 31   Team Essex   Casper Elgaard
  John Nielsen
  Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo D 347
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
13 GT1 009   Aston Martin Racing   David Brabham
  Antonio García
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 344
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
14 GT1 63   Corvette Racing   Johnny O'Connell
  Jan Magnussen
  Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 344
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
15 GT1 64   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Olivier Beretta
  Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 341
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
16 GT1 007   Aston Martin Racing   Heinz-Harald Frentzen
  Andrea Piccini
  Karl Wendlinger
Aston Martin DBR9 M 339
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
17 GT1 72   Luc Alphand Aventures   Luc Alphand
  Guillaume Moreau
  Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 335
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
18 LMP2 35   Saulnier Racing   Pierre Ragues
  Matthieu Lahaye
  Cheng Congfu
Pescarolo 01 M 333
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
19 GT2 82   Risi Competizione   Gianmaria Bruni
  Mika Salo
  Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 326
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 LMP2 40   Quifel ASM Team   Miguel Amaral
  Olivier Pla
  Guy Smith
Lola B05/40 D 325
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
21 GT1 73   Luc Alphand Aventures   Jean-Luc Blanchemain
  Laurent Pasquali
  Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 325
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
22 GT2 97   BMS Scuderia Italia   Matteo Malucelli
  Paolo Ruberti
  Fabio Babini
Ferrari F430 GT2 P 318
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 GT2 90   Farnbacher Racing   Pierre Ehret
  Pierre Kaffer
  Lars-Erik Nielsen
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 317
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 LMP1 14   Creation Autosportif   Stuart Hall
  Johnny Mowlem
  Marc Goossens
Creation CA07 D 316
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
25 GT2 99   JMB Racing
  Aucott Racing
  Ben Aucott
  Alain Ferté
  Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 312
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
26 LMP1 4   Saulnier Racing   Jacques Nicolet
  Marc Faggionato
  Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 M 311
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
27 GT2 77   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
  Alex Davison
  Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 309
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
28 GT1 50   Larbre Compétition   Christophe Bouchut
  David Smet
  Patrick Bornhauser
Saleen S7-R M 306
Ford 7.0 L V8
29 LMP2 32   Barazi-Epsilon   Michael Vergers
  Juan Barazi
  Stuart Moseley
Zytek 07S/2 M 304
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
30 GT1 59   Team Modena   Terry Borcheller
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Jos Menten
Aston Martin DBR9 M 302
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
31 LMP2 26   Team Bruichladdich Radical   Marc Rostan
  Gunnar Jeannette
  Ben Devlin
Radical SR9 D 297
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
32 GT2 80   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Jörg Bergmeister
  Johannes van Overbeek
  Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 289
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
33 LMP1 11   Dome Racing Team   Tatsuya Kataoka
  Yuji Tachikawa
  Daisuke Itō
Dome S102 M 272
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
34
NC
GT1 55   IPB Spartak Racing
  Reiter Engineering
  Peter Kox
  Mike Hezemans
  Roman Rusinov
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT M 266
Lamborghini L535 6.0 L V12
35
NC
LMP1 24   Terramos   Yojiro Terada
  Hiroki Katoh
  Kazuho Takahashi
Courage LC70 M 224
Mugen MF408S 4.0 L V8
36
DNF
GT2 96   Virgo Motorsport   Rob Bell
  Tim Mullen
  Tim Sugden
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 289
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
LMP1 16   Pescarolo Sport   Emmanuel Collard
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Romain Dumas
Pescarolo 01 M 238
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
38
DNF
LMP1 23   Autocon Motorsports
  Creation Autosportif
  Bryan Willman
  Michael Lewis
  Chris McMurry
Creation CA07 D 224
Judd GV5 5.0 L V10
39
DNF
LMP2 45   Embassy Racing   Warren Hughes
  Jonny Kane
  Joey Foster
Embassy WF01 M 213
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
40
DNF
LMP2 33   Speedy Racing Team
  Sebah Automotive
  Steve Zacchia
  Andrea Belicchi
  Xavier Pompidou
Lola B08/80 M 194
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
41
DNF
LMP1 20   Epsilon Euskadi   Ángel Burgueño
  Miguel Ángel de Castro
  Adrián Vallés
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 189
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
42
DNF
LMP1 22   Tōkai University
  YGK Power
  Toshio Suzuki
  Haruki Kurosawa
  Masami Kageyama
Courage-Oreca LC70 Y 185
YGK YR40T 4.0 L Turbo V8
43
DNF
LMP1 21   Epsilon Euskadi   Shinji Nakano
  Stefan Johansson
  Jean-Marc Gounon
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 158
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
44
DNF
LMP1 6   Team Oreca-Matmut   Marcel Fässler
  Olivier Panis
  Simon Pagenaud
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 147
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
45
DNF
LMP2 44   Kruse Schiller Motorsport   Jean de Pourtales
  Hideki Noda
  Allan Simonsen
Lola B05/40 D 147
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
46
DNF
LMP1 12   Charouz Racing System
  Team Cytosport
  Greg Pickett
  Klaus Graf
  Jan Lammers
Lola B07/17 M 146
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
47
DNF
GT2 78   AF Corse   Thomas Biagi
  Toni Vilander
  Christian Montanari
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 111
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
48
DNF
LMP2 25   Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML)   Andy Wallace
  Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265 M 100
MG (AER) XP21 2.0 L Turbo I4
49
DNF
LMP1 19   Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport   Bob Berridge
  Gareth Evans
  Amanda Stretton
Lola B06/10 D 87
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
50
DNF
GT1 53   Vitaphone Racing Team
  Strakka Racing
  Peter Hardman
  Nick Leventis
  Alexandre Negrão
Aston Martin DBR9 M 82
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
51
DNF
GT2 94   Speedy Racing Team   Andrea Chiesa
  Iradj Alexander
  Benjamin Leuenberger
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 72
Audi 4.0 L V8
52
DNF
GT2 85   Snoras Spyker Squadron   Ralf Kelleners
  Alexey Vasilyev
  Peter Dumbreck
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 43
Audi 4.0 L V8
53
DNF
GT2 76   IMSA Performance Matmut   Raymond Narac
  Patrick Long
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 26
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
54
DNF
LMP2 41   Trading Performance   Karim Ojjeh
  Claude-Yves Gosselin
  Adam Sharpe
Zytek 07S/2 M 22
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
55
DNF
GT2 83   Risi Competizione
  Krohn Racing
  Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
  Eric van de Poele
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 12
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

StatisticsEdit

  • Fastest Lap – #8 Peugeot 908 HDI (Stéphane Sarrazin) – 3:19.394
  • Average Speed – #2 Audi R10 TDI – 216.3 km/h
  • Best Speed – #8 Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP – 350 km/h*
  • * Indianapolis

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