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Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello took overall victory in the No. 7 Audi R15 TDI plus.

The 2010 8 Hours of Le Castellet (8 Heures du Castellet) was the inaugural round of the 2010 Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France on 11 April 2010. It was the first Le Mans Series race that is longer than the standard 1,000-km distance the LMS use since the 2007 Mil Milhas Brasil. Audi Sport Team Joest won the race overall in their first use of the Audi R15 TDI in the Le Mans Series, with drivers Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello. Aston Martin Racing and Rebellion Racing completed the overall podium five laps behind the winning Audi. Strakka Racing also brought Honda Performance Development a win on their debut in the LMP2 category, leading the OAK Racing Pescarolo by 33 seconds. Applewood Seven won the Formula Le Mans category, the first event in which this class participated in the Le Mans Series. Team Felbermayr-Proton dominated the GT2 category by finishing in the top two positions, ahead of the first of the AF Corse Ferraris.

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QualifyingEdit

Qualifying saw Oreca take pole position in their first outing with their new Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, beating the factory Audi R15 TDI by 0.4 seconds. Strakka Racing had a similar story taking LMP2 pole in their first outing with their HPD ARX-01C. They qualified two seconds before the next nearest car, the Quifel Ginetta-Zytek. AF Corse took GT2 pole and DAMS took the first pole position in Le Mans Series history in the new Formula Le Mans class.

Qualifying resultEdit

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[1]

Pos Class Team Driver Lap Time Grid
1 LMP1 No.4 Team Oreca Matmut Nicolas Lapierre 1:41.195 1
2 LMP1 No.7 Audi Sport Team Joest Rinaldo Capello 1:41.632 2
3 LMP1 No.009 Aston Martin Racing Stefan Mücke 1:42.345 3
4 LMP1 No.6 AIM Team Oreca Matmut Loïc Duval 1:42.685 4
5 LMP1 No.13 Rebellion Racing Jean-Christophe Boullion 1:43.435 5
6 LMP1 No.12 Rebellion Racing Neel Jani 1:44.032 6
7 LMP1 No.5 Beechdean Mansell Greg Mansell 1:44.475 7
8 LMP1 No.008 Signature-Plus Pierre Ragues 1:44.914 8
9 LMP2 No.42 Strakka Racing Danny Watts 1:44.989 9
10 LMP2 No.40 Quifel ASM Team Olivier Pla 1:47.112 10
11 LMP2 No.24 OAK Racing Mathieu Laheye 1:47.474 11
12 LMP2 No.25 RML Thomas Erdos 1:47.491 12
13 LMP2 No.41 Team Bruichladdich Thor-Christian Ebbesvik 1:48.439 13
14 LMP2 No.30 Racing Box Andrea Piccini 1:48.635 14
15 LMP2 No.37 WR / Salini Tristan Gommendy 1:49.567 15
16 LMP2 No.29 Racing Box Marco Cioci 1:49.931 16
17 LMP2 No.39 KSM Hideki Noda 1:50.913 17
18 LMP2 No.27 Race Performance Tyler Dueck 1:52.612 18
19 FLM No.44 DAMS Edoardo Piscopo 1:52.936 19
20 FLM No.48 Hope Polevision Racing Mathias Beche 1:53.090 20
21 LMP2 No.38 Pegasus Racing Julien Schell 1:53.148 21
22 FLM No.49 Applewood Seven David Zollinger 1:53.447 22
23 FLM No.45 Boutsen Energy Racing Dominik Kraihamer 1:53.850 23
24 FLM No.43 DAMS Alessandro Cicognani 1:54.187 24
25 FLM No.47 Hope Polevision Racing Steven Zacchia 1:54.305 25
26 GT1 No.50 Larbre Compétition Gabriele Gardel 1:57.085 25
27 GT2 No.96 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni 1:57.850 27
28 GT2 No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Richard Lietz 1:58.216 28
29 GT2 No.91 CRS Racing Tim Mullen 1:58.475 29
30 GT2 No.95 AF Corse Toni Vilander 1:58.545 30
31 GT2 No.92 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell 1:58.549 31
32 GT2 No.94 AF Corse Matías Russo 1:58.707 32
33 GT2 No.90 CRS Racing Pierre Kaffer 1:59.021 33
34 GT2 No.76 IMSA Performance Matmut Patrick Pilet 1:59.035 34
35 GT2 No.85 Spyker Squadron Jeroen Bleekemolen 1:59.177 35
36 GT2 No.88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Martin Ragginger 1:59.447 36
37 GT2 No.89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Dominik Farnbacher 1:59.480 37
38 GT2 No.75 Prospeed Competition Richard Westbrook 1:59.539 38
39 GT2 No.78 BMW Team Schnitzer Jörg Müller 1:59.593 39
40 FLM No.46 JMB Racing Maurice Basso 2:00.775 40
- LMP2 No.35 OAK Racing No Time 41

RaceEdit

Race resultEdit

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 7   Audi Sport Team Joest   Allan McNish
  Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI plus M 266
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 009   Aston Martin Racing   Adrian Fernández
  Harold Primat
  Stefan Mücke
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 261
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
3 LMP1 13   Rebellion Racing   Andrea Belicchi
  Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Guy Smith
Lola B10/60 M 261
Rebellion (Judd) 5.5 L V10
4 LMP1 4   Team Oreca Matmut   Olivier Panis
  Nicolas Lapierre
  Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 258
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP1 6   AIM Team Oreca Matmut   Soheil Ayari
  Loïc Duval
  Didier André
Oreca 01 D 258
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
6 LMP1 008   Signature-Plus   Pierre Ragues
  Franck Mailleux
  Vanina Ickx
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 D 256
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
7 LMP2 42   Strakka Racing   Danny Watts
  Nick Leventis
  Jonny Kane
HPD ARX-01C M 250
HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8
8 LMP2 35   OAK Racing   Guillaume Moreau
  Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 D 250
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
9 LMP2 25   RML   Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
  Andy Wallace
Lola B08/80 D 249
HPD AL7R 3.4  V8
10 LMP2 24   OAK Racing   Jacques Nicolet
  Mathieu Laheye
Pescarolo 01 D 249
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
11 LMP1 12   Rebellion Racing   Neel Jani
  Nicolas Prost
Lola B10/60 M 248
Rebellion (Judd) 5.5 L V10
12 LMP2 41   Team Bruichladdich   Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
  Tim Greaves
  Karim Ojjeh
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 D 248
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
13 LMP2 30   Racing Box   Andrea Piccini
  Giacomo Piccini
  Ferdinando Geri
Lola B09/80 P 246
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
14 LMP1 5   Beechdean Mansell   Nigel Mansell
  Greg Mansell
  Leo Mansell
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB D 243
Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8
15 FLM 49   Applewood Seven   Damien Toulemonde
  David Zollinger
  Ross Zampatti
Oreca FLM09 M 237
Corvette 6.2 L V8
16 FLM 48   Hope Polevision Racing   Mathias Beche
  Christophe Pillon
  Vincent Capillaire
Oreca FLM09 M 237
Corvette 6.2 L V8
17 FLM 43   DAMS   Alessandro Cicognani
  Andrea Barlesi
  Gary Chalandon
Oreca FLM09 M 235
Corvette 6.2 L V8
18 GT2 77   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Marc Lieb
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 233
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
19 FLM 47   Hope Polevision Racing   Steve Zacchia
  Wolfgang Kaufmann
  Luca Moro
Oreca FLM09 M 231
Corvette 6.2 L V8
20 GT2 88   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Christian Ried
  Martin Ragginger
  Patrick Long
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 231
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
21 GT2 95   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Toni Vilander
  Jean Alesi
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
22 GT2 90   CRS Racing   Phil Quaife
  Pierre Ehret
  Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 GT2 94   AF Corse   Luís Pérez Companc
  Matías Russo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 GT1 50   Larbre Compétition   Gabriele Gardel
  Patrice Goueslard
  Julien Canal
Saleen S7-R M 229
Ford 7.0 L V8
25 GT2 78   BMW Team Schnitzer   Jörg Müller
  Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 D 225
BMW 4.0 L V8
26 LMP2 36   Pegasus Racing   Julien Schell
  Frédéric Da Rocha
  Jean-Christophe Metz
Courage LC75 D 219
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
27 GT2 76   IMSA Performance Matmut   Patrick Pilet
  Raymond Narac
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 219
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28 GT2 85   Spyker Squadron   Tom Coronel
  Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Peter Dumbreck
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 215
Audi 4.0 L V8
29 LMP2 39   KSM   Jean de Pourtales
  Hideki Noda
  Jonathan Kennard
Lola B08/47 D 188
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
30
DNF
GT2 89   Hankook Team Farnbacher   Dominik Farnbacher
  Allan Simonsen
Ferrari F430 GT2 H 204
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
31
DNF
FLM 44   DAMS   Dean Stirling
  Luke Hines
  Edoardo Piscopo
Oreca FLM09 M 203
Corvette 6.2 L V8
32
DNF
FLM 46   JMB Racing   Peter Kutemann
  Maurice Basso
  John Hartshorne
Oreca FLM09 M 203
Corvette 6.2 L V8
33
DNF
LMP2 40   Quifel ASM Team   Miguel Amaral
  Olivier Pla
  Warren Hughes
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 D 200
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
34
DNF
FLM 45   Boutsen Energy Racing   Nicolas De Crem
  Dominik Kraihamer
  Bernard Delhez
Oreca FLM09 M 195
Corvette 6.2 L V8
35
DNF
LMP2 37   WR / Salini   Philippe Salini
  Stéphane Salini
  Tristan Gommendy
WR LMP2008 D 168
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
36
DNF
GT2 96   AF Corse   Gianmaria Bruni
  Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 152
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
GT2 91   CRS Racing   Andrew Kirkaldy
  Tim Mullen
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 123
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
38
DNF
LMP2 29   Racing Box   Luca Pirri
  Marco Cioci
  Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Lola B09/80 P 116
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
39
DNF
LMP2 27   Race Performance   Michel Frey
  Ralph Meichtry
  Tyler Dueck
Radical SR9 D 66
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
40
DNF
GT2 92   JMW Motorsport   Rob Bell
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 65
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
41
DNF
GT2 75   Prospeed Competition   Marco Holzer
  Richard Westbrook
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 54
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Qualifying" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Race" (PDF). Le Mans Series. Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-11.[permanent dead link]

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