2011 6 Hours of Castellet

The 2011 6 Hours of Castellet (6 Heures du Castellet) was the opening round of the 2011 Le Mans Series season. It took place at Circuit Paul Ricard on April 3, 2011. It was also the first Le Mans Series race with the two new GT classes, GTE Pro and GTE Am, contesting the event after the demise of the GT1 class.

Qualifying resultEdit

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

Pos Class Team Driver Lap Time Grid
1 LMP1 No.12 Rebellion Racing Neel Jani 1:46.783 1
2 LMP1 No.16 Pescarolo Team Emmanuel Collard 1:47.025 34
3 LMP1 No.20 Quifel-ASM Team Olivier Pla 1:47.231 2
4 LMP1 No.13 Rebellion Racing Jean-Christophe Boullion 1:48.491 3
5 LMP2 No.46 TDS Racing Mathias Beche 1:48.928 4
6 LMP2 No.45 Boutsen Energy Racing Dominik Kraihamer 1:49.692 5
7 LMP2 No.41 Greaves Motorsport Tom Kimber-Smith 1:50.008 6
8 LMP2 No.40 Race Performance Thor-Christian Ebbesvik 1:50.356 7
9 LMP2 No.39 PeCom Racing Matías Russo 1:51.744 8
10 LMP2 No.44 Extrême Limite AM Paris Fabien Rosier 1:52.158 9
11 LMP1 No.009 Aston Martin Racing Stefan Mücke 1:52.267 10
12 LMP2 No.43 RLR msport Rob Garofall 1:53.414 11
13 LMP2 No.42 Strakka Racing Danny Watts 1:53.582 12
14 FLM No.91 Hope Polevision Racing Nicolas Marroc 1:53.659 13
15 FLM No.93 Genoa Racing Elton Julian 1:54.044 14
16 FLM No.92 Neil Garner Motorsport Phil Keen 1:54.081 15
17 FLM No.95 Pegasus Racing Patrick Simon 1:55.829 16
18 FLM No.99 JMB Racing Nicolas Misslin 1:56.806 17
19 GTE-Pro No.51 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni 1:58.522 18
20 GTE-Pro No.86 Young Driver AMR Tomáš Enge 1:58.773 19
21 GTE-Pro No.66 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell 1:59.119 20
22 GTE-Pro No.71 AF Corse Toni Vilander 1:59.144 21
23 GTE-Pro No.89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Allan Simonsen 1:59.244 22
24 GTE-Pro No.75 Prospeed Competition Marco Holzer 1:59.244 23
25 GTE-Am No.67 IMSA Performance Matmut Nicolas Armindo 1:59.370 24
26 GTE-Pro No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Richard Lietz 1:59.455 25
27 GTE-Pro No.76 IMSA Performance Matmut Patrick Pilet 1:59.457 26
28 GTE-Pro No.79 JOTA Sam Hancock 2:00.336 27
29 GTE-Am No.88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Horst Felbermayr, Jr. 2:00.354 28
30 GTE-Am No.61 AF Corse Marco Cioci 2:00.470 29
31 GTE-Am No.70 Kessel Racing Philipp Peter 2:00.698 30
32 GTE-Am No.82 CRS Racing Adam Christodoulou 2:01.137 31
33 GTE-Am No.72 AF Corse Rui Águas 2:01.691 32
34 LMP2 No.36 RML No Time 33

Note: the No. 16 Pescarolo Team was demoted to the back of the grid due to a ride height infringement in qualifying.

RaceEdit

The race got off to a controversial start when the pace car did not return to the pits when the green lights came on. The front running LMPs slowed down but some of the GT cars could not react fast enough, resulting in all three GTE Pro class Porsches getting heavily damaged and retired. The GTE Am class IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche and GTE Pro JOTA Aston Martin were also caught in the carnage.[2] The race was won overall by Pescarolo Team after their first race since 2009 after their financial troubles in 2010. LMP2 was won by Greaves Motorsport, Pegasus Racing took the FLM victory. JMW Motorsport took GTE Pro victory after a hard fought battle with the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari towards the end. Team Felbermayr-Proton won in the GTE Am class.

Race resultEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[3]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 16   Pescarolo Team   Emmanuel Collard
  Christophe Tinseau
  Julien Jousse
Pescarolo 01 Evo M 185
Judd GV5 S2 5.0 L V10
2 LMP1 13   Rebellion Racing   Jean-Christophe Boullion
  Andrea Belicchi
Lola B10/60 M 184
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
3 LMP2 41   Greaves Motorsport   Gary Chalandon
  Karim Ojjeh
  Tom Kimber-Smith
Zytek Z11SN D 179
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
4 LMP2 39   Pecom Racing   Matías Russo
  Luís Pérez Companc
  Pierre Kaffer
Lola B11/40 M 179
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
5 LMP2 42   Strakka Racing   Danny Watts
  Jonny Kane
  Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-01d M 177
HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
6 LMP2 45   Boutsen Energy Racing   Dominik Kraihamer
  Nicolas de Crem
Oreca 03 D 175
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
7 LMP1 12   Rebellion Racing   Neel Jani
  Nicolas Prost
Lola B10/60 M 175
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
8 LMP1 20   Quifel ASM Team   Miguel Amaral
  Olivier Pla
Zytek 09SC D 174
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
9 LMP2 43   RLR msport   Barry Gates
  Rob Garofall
  Simon Phillips
MG-Lola EX265 D 174
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
10 LMP2 40   Race Performance   Michel Frey
  Ralph Meichtry
  Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
Oreca 03 D 174
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
11 LMP2 36   RML   Mike Newton
  Thomas Erdos
  Ben Collins
HPD ARX-01d D 173
HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
12 FLM 95   Pegasus Racing   Mirco Schultis
  Patrick Simon
  Julien Schell
Oreca FLM09 M 170
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
13 FLM 93   Genoa Racing   Jens Petersen
  Elton Julian
  Christian Zugel
Oreca FLM09 M 170
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
14 GTE
Pro
66   JMW Motorsport   Rob Bell
  James Walker
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D 170
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
15 GTE
Pro
51   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 169
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
16 LMP2 44   Extrême Limite AM Paris   Fabien Rosier
  Maurice Basso
  Jean-Marc Luco
Norma M200P D 169
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
17 GTE
Am
88   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
  Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
  Christian Ried
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 167
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
18 GTE
Am
61   AF Corse   Piergiuseppe Perazzini
  Marco Cioci
  Stéphane Lémeret
Ferrari F430 GTE M 167
Ferrari 4.0 V8
19 GTE
Am
70   Kessel Racing   Michał Broniszewski
  Philipp Peter
Ferrari F430 GTE M 167
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 GTE
Am
82   CRS Racing   Phil Quaife
  Adam Christodoulou
  Klaas Hummel
Ferrari F430 GTE M 166
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
21 GTE
Pro
89   Hankook Team Farnbacher   Dominik Farnbacher
  Allan Simonsen
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 H 163
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
22 GTE
Am
72   AF Corse   Robert Kuaffman
  Rui Águas
  Giuseppe Cirò
Ferrari F430 GTE M 163
Ferrari 4.0 V8
23 GTE
Pro
71   AF Corse   Jaime Melo
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 161
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
24 FLM 92   Neil Garner Motorsport   John Hartshorne
  Steve Keating
  Phil Keen
Oreca FLM09 M 157
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
25 FLM 99   JMB Racing   Manuel Rodrigues
  Jean-Marc Menahem
  Nicolas Misslin
Oreca FLM09 M 142
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
26
DNF
GTE
Pro
86   Young Driver AMR   Tomáš Enge
  Alex Müller
  Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 M 140
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
27 GTE
Am
67   IMSA Performance Matmut   Raymond Narac
  Nicolas Armindo
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 137
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28
NC
GTE
Pro
79   JOTA   Simon Dolan
  Sam Hancock
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 105
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
29
NC
LMP1 009   Aston Martin Racing   Stefan Mücke
  Darren Turner
  Harold Primat
Aston Martin AMR-One M 96
Aston Martin 2.0 L Turbo I6
30
DNF
FLM 91   Hope Polevision Racing   Nicolas Marroc
  Luca Moro
  Zhang Shan Qi
Oreca FLM09 M 93
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
31
DNF
LMP2 46   TDS Racing   Mathias Beche
  Pierre Thiriet
  Jody Firth
Oreca 03 M 91
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
32
DNF
GTE
Pro
76   IMSA Performance Matmut   Patrick Pilet
  Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 2
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
33
DNF
GTE
Pro
75   Prospeed Competition   Marco Holzer
  Marc Goossens
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 0
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
34
DNF
GTE
Pro
77   Team Felbermayr-Proton   Marc Lieb
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 0
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Qualifying" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02.
  2. ^ "Start Chaos 2011 Le Mans Series at Le Castellet". MT89Motorsport2. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  3. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Race" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03.


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