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The 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup was the second and final running of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, an international auto racing championship for manufacturers and teams. The Cup featured endurance races from the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and a stand-alone event in Zhuhai, China. Championships were held for Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance – Professional (LMGTE Pro) and Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance – Amateur (LMGTE Am) category cars.

2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
OrganizerAutomobile Club de l'Ouest
DisciplineSports car endurance racing
Number of races7
Number of manufacturers8
Number of teams20
Champions
LMP1 ManufacturerFrance Peugeot
GTE ManufacturerItaly Ferrari
LMP1 TeamFrance Peugeot Sport Total
LMP2 TeamFrance Signatech Nissan
LMGTE Pro TeamItaly AF Corse
LMGTE Am TeamFrance Larbre Compétition
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup seasons

Contents

ScheduleEdit

On 29 November 2010, the ACO announced an initial 2011 calendar with seven events, expanding from just three in 2010. The most notable new addition was the 24 Hours of Le Mans which returned as a round of a championship series for the first time since the final World Sportscar Championship season in 1992. Double points were awarded for the event at Le Mans.[1] The Sebring and Road Atlanta rounds were held in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series, while the Spa, Imola, and Silverstone rounds were shared with the Le Mans Series. Zhuhai was solely a round of the ILMC.

Rnd Race Circuit Location Date
1 12 Hours of Sebring   Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida, United States 19 March
2 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium 7 May
3 24 Hours of Le Mans   Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans, France 11–12 June
4 6 Hours of Imola   Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola, Italy 3 July
5 6 Hours of Silverstone   Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, United Kingdom 11 September
6 Petit Le Mans   Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia, United States 2 October
7 6 Hours of Zhuhai   Zhuhai International Circuit Zhuhai, China 13 November

EntriesEdit

Team Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
LMP1
  Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus
Audi R18 TDI
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo Diesel V10
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V6
M 1   Timo Bernhard All
  Romain Dumas 1–3, 6
  Mike Rockenfeller 1–3
  Marcel Fässler 4–7
2   Rinaldo Capello 1, 6
  Tom Kristensen 1, 4–7
  Allan McNish 1, 4–7
  André Lotterer 2–3
  Benoît Tréluyer 2–3
  Marcel Fässler 2–3
  Audi Sport North America Audi R18 TDI Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V6 M 3   Rinaldo Capello 2–3
  Tom Kristensen 2–3
  Allan McNish 2–3
  Hope Racing Oreca 01 Swiss HyTech 2.0 L Turbo I4 Hybrid M 5   Steve Zacchia 3
  Jan Lammers 3
  Casper Elgaard 3
  Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDi 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V8 M 7   Alexander Wurz 1–3
  Marc Gené 1–3
  Anthony Davidson 1–4, 6–7
  Sébastien Bourdais 4–7
  Simon Pagenaud 5–6
8   Franck Montagny All
  Stéphane Sarrazin All
  Pedro Lamy 1
  Nicolas Minassian 2–3
  Alexander Wurz 6
  Peugeot Sport Total
Team Peugeot Total
Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDi 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V8 M 9   Sébastien Bourdais 2–3
  Pedro Lamy 2–3
  Simon Pagenaud 2–3
  Team Oreca-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo Diesel V12 M 10   Nicolas Lapierre 1–4, 6
  Loïc Duval 1–4
  Olivier Panis 1–4
  Marc Gené 6
  Nicolas Minassian 6
  Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8 M 12   Nicolas Prost All
  Neel Jani All
  Jeroen Bleekemolen 1, 3
  Andrea Belicchi 6
  OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo 01 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 D 15   Guillaume Moreau All
  Pierre Ragues All
  Matthieu Lahaye 1–3, 5–7
24   Jacques Nicolet 1, 3–5, 7
  Richard Hein 1, 3–4
  Jean-François Yvon 1, 3, 6
  Olivier Pla 5–7
  Alexandre Prémat 5–7
  Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AMR-One
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60
Aston Martin 2.0 L Turbo I6
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
M 007   Stefan Mücke 3, 6–7
  Christian Klien 3, 5
  Darren Turner 3
  Adrián Fernández 5–6
  Harold Primat 5–7
  Andy Meyrick 7
LMP2
  Signatech Nissan Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 26   Franck Mailleux All
  Lucas Ordóñez All
  Soheil Ayari 1–4
  Jean-Karl Vernay 5-7
  Level 5 Motorsports Lola B11/80 HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6 M 33   Scott Tucker 1–4, 6
  Christophe Bouchut 1–4, 6
  João Barbosa 1–4, 6
  OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo 01 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 D 35   Patrice Lafargue All
  Frédéric Da Rocha All
  Andrea Barlesi 1–4
  Jean-François Yvon 5
  Jacques Nicolet 6
LMGTE Pro
  AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTE
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
M 51   Giancarlo Fisichella All
  Gianmaria Bruni All
  Pierre Kaffer 1, 6
  Toni Vilander 3
  BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 D 55   Augusto Farfus All
  Dirk Werner 1, 3, 6
  Bill Auberlen 1, 6
  Jörg Müller 2–5, 7
56   Andy Priaulx All
  Dirk Müller 1, 3, 6
  Joey Hand 1, 3, 6
  Uwe Alzen 2, 5, 7
  Pedro Lamy 4
  Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 58   François Jakubowski 2–6
  Anthony Beltoise 2–5, 7
  Pierre Thiriet 3
  Nicolas Marroc 5
  Ralph Firman 6-7
  David Hallyday 6
  Dominik Farnbacher 7
59   Stéphane Ortelli All
  Frédéric Makowiecki All
  Jean-Denis Délétraz 1–3
  Anthony Beltoise 6
  Lotus Jetalliance Lotus Evora GTE Toyota (Cosworth) 4.0 L V6 M 64   Martin Rich 2–7
  Oskar Slingerland 2–4, 6-7
  John Hartshorne 3
  David Heinemeier Hansson 5
  Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer 5
  Kasper Jensen 6
  René Rasmussen 7
65   James Rossiter 2–7
  Johnny Mowlem 2–7
  Jonathan Hirschi 2–4
  Karl Wendlinger 5
  David Heinemeier Hansson 6-7
LMGTE Am
  Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 M 50   Patrick Bornhauser All
  Julien Canal All
  Gabriele Gardel 1–6
  Olivier Beretta 7
  Krohn Racing Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 D 57   Tracy Krohn All
  Niclas Jönsson All
  Michele Rugolo All
  Gulf AMR Middle East Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 D 60   Fabien Giroix All
  Roald Goethe All
  Michael Wainwright 1–6
  AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 61   Marco Cioci 2–5, 7
  Piergiuseppe Perazzini 2–5
  Stéphane Lémeret 2, 5
  Seán Paul Breslin 3
  Rui Águas 6
  Justin Bell 6
  Robert Kaufmann 6
  Philip Ma 7
  CRS Racing Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 62   Pierre Ehret 1–5, 7
  Roger Wills 1–5, 7
  Shaun Lynn 1–4
  Tim Mullen 5, 7
  Raphael Matos 6
  Jaime Melo 6
  Toni Vilander 6
  Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 63   Christian Ried 1–4, 6-7
  Gianluca Roda 1, 4–5, 7
  Richard Lietz 1, 6-7
  Niek Hommerson 2
  Horst Felbermayr, Sr. 3
  Patrick Long 4–5
  Mark Bullitt 6

Results and standingsEdit

Race resultsEdit

Note that for each individual races, cars not competing in the Intercontinental Cup may have won their respective class. However, only the highest finishing Cup entrant is listed below.

2011 ILMC individual race results
Rd. Circuit LMP1 Winners LMP2 Winners LM GTE Pro Winners LM GTE Am Winners
1   Sebring
(detailed report)
  No. 10 Team Oreca Matmut   No. 26 Signatech Nissan   No. 56 BMW Motorsport   No. 57 Krohn Racing
  Nicolas Lapierre
  Loïc Duval
  Olivier Panis
  Franck Mailleux
  Soheil Ayari
  Lucas Ordóñez
  Dirk Müller
  Joey Hand
  Andy Priaulx
  Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
  Michele Rugolo
2   Spa-Francorchamps
(detailed report)
  No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total   No. 26 Signatech Nissan   No. 51 AF Corse   No. 61 AF Corse
  Alexander Wurz
  Anthony Davidson
  Marc Gené
  Franck Mailleux
  Soheil Ayari
  Lucas Ordóñez
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Piergiuseppe Perazzini
  Marco Cioci
  Stéphane Lémeret
3   Le Mans
(detailed report)
  No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest   No. 26 Signatech Nissan   No. 51 AF Corse   No. 50 Larbre Compétition
  Marcel Fässler
  André Lotterer
  Benoît Tréluyer
  Franck Mailleux
  Soheil Ayari
  Lucas Ordóñez
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Toni Vilander
  Patrick Bornhauser
  Julien Canal
  Gabriele Gardel
4   Imola
(detailed report)
  No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total   No. 26 Signatech Nissan   No. 51 AF Corse   No. 50 Larbre Compétition
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Anthony Davidson
  Franck Mailleux
  Soheil Ayari
  Lucas Ordóñez
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Patrick Bornhauser
  Julien Canal
  Gabriele Gardel
5   Silverstone
(detailed report)
  No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total   No. 35 OAK Racing   No. 51 AF Corse   No. 63 Proton Competition
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Simon Pagenaud
  Frédéric Da Rocha
  Patrice Lafargue
  Jean-François Yvon
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Patrick Long
  Gianluca Roda
6   Road Atlanta
(detailed report)
  No. 8 Peugeot Sport Total   No. 33 Level 5 Motorsports   No. 51 AF Corse   No. 57 Krohn Racing
  Franck Montagny
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Alexander Wurz
  Scott Tucker
  Christophe Bouchut
  João Barbosa
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Pierre Kaffer
  Tracy Krohn
  Niclas Jönsson
  Michele Rugolo
7   Zhuhai
(detailed report)
  No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total   No. 26 Signatech Nissan   No. 55 BMW Motorsport   No. 63 Proton Competition
  Sébastien Bourdais
  Anthony Davidson
  Franck Mailleux
  Jean-Karl Vernay
  Lucas Ordóñez
  Jörg Müller
  Augusto Farfus
  Christian Ried
  Gianluca Roda
  Richard Lietz

Scoring systemEdit

The cup's scoring system was revamped for 2011, changing the point structure, how many cars could obtain points, and adding more bonus point opportunities. Each car had the opportunity to score from one to fifteen points for their position within their class plus an additional point for being the fastest qualifier in their class (pole-sitter) and an additional one or two bonus points for meeting special engine use conditions.

Points were awarded to cars based on their final classification within their class for each event, including both ILMC entries and other race entries. Thus, it was possible for first-place (or any other position) points to not be awarded if that position in the race was achieved by a non-ILMC entry. Cars which were not classified per the rules of the event, or which did not complete at least 70% of the distance completed by the winner of their class, received zero points for their finishing position. All cars which were classified, but finished beyond 12th place in their class, received a single point. For manufacturers, points were awarded to the top two finishing cars of each manufacturer in each event, but for teams this was reduced to only their top finisher. Position points were doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans event.[2]

Bonus points were expanded in 2011. The pole-sitter bonus was retained, with a single point being awarded for qualifying fastest in class for each event. As with position points, this included all entrants in the event, so the entrant needed to outpace not only all ILMC entries, but all non-ILMC entries in their class as well to obtain the bonus point. 2011 also saw up to two additional bonus points made available to LMGTE manufacturers and teams in the form of an engine bonus. Engines were tightly controlled by the organizers, and their running time was tracked (including practice, qualifying, and race hours). For engines which accumulated 15 or more hours by the end of a race, the entrant would receive a bonus point. A second point was available if the engine reached 30 hours by the end of a race. Cars had to be classified finishers to obtain the engine bonus, but would still get the pole-sitter bonus even if they did not complete the race. Engine bonus points were not awarded for the 24 Hours of Le Mans event.[2]

Point System[2] Points awarded for position Bonus points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th + Pole Engine
24H Le Mans 30 26 22 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 none
Other races 15 13 11 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 or 2

Manufacturers' CupsEdit

Peugeot and Audi returned to the competition competing for the premier title of LMP1 manufacturer, both bringing new cars. Peugeot was able to continue their success from 2010, winning all but one race and outscoring Audi in every event. Audi was unable to use their new R18 in the first event, and while the new car would be quick enough to win the pole at two events and pick up the make's only win of the season at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, it would ultimately prove unable to pace the Peugeots over the balance of the season and Audi was not able to be competitive in the standings as a result.[3]

The change in class arrangement for 2011 meant that both LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am classes were combined into a single cup for manufacturers, as they both used the same cars. Points for position were awarded based on the cars' ranking among all LMGTE cars, both professional and amateur. Ferrari, which equipped five of the ten customer teams, took the championship after a season-long battle with BMW, which had to rely solely on the success of its factory team. BMW started and ended the season with one-two victories, but it was not enough to overcome the Ferraris. Porsche and Chevrolet both had strong seasons, but their LMGTE Am teams could not keep pace with the Pro teams and they never were a significant threat to Ferrari or BMW. The Corvettes highlighted their season with a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Full 2011 ILMC Manufacturer Cup Standings[3]
Pos. Manufacturer Results Points
 
SEB
 
SPA
 
LMS
 
IMO
 
SIL
 
ATL
 
ZHU
Eng. Total
LMP1
1   Peugeot 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 211
3 2 3 2 8 2 2
2   Audi 4 3 1 3 2 Ret 3 119
5 4 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret
LMGTE
1   Ferrari 5 1 2 1 1 1 3 8 211
9 8 11 2 2 7 6
2   BMW 1 3 3 3 4 3 1 6 152
2 4 Ret 13 6 9 2
3   Porsche 6 10 18 4 3 2 4 6 114
12 6 5 5 5
4   Corvette 3 9 1 7 15 4 5 4 95
4 7 13
5   Aston Martin Ret 5 Ret 10 12 16 8 18
Ret Ret 20
6   Lotus 17 5 Ret 19 NC 9 1 15
Ret Ret Ret NC Ret NC
Key
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Bold text Class pole winner

Team CupsEdit

2011 saw the team cups for all four classes hotly contested. Peugeot's factory team was able to retain the LMP1 title. Audi's Joest team was able to briefly take the lead in the standings after their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which netted double points, but the Peugeot Sport Total team would run the table for the rest of the season, not only winning every race, but even gathering the pole-sitter bonus points for each one as well. Aston Martin's new AMR-One car proved to be a failure, and the team's late-season return with the Lola B09/60 was too late to make an impact. Oreca won the season opening round, and performed well in other races, but did not compete in all rounds. Non-manufacturer LMP1 teams were well off of the pace of the manufacturer-supported teams and despite season-long participation were not able to challenge for the cup. The LMP2 cup was essentially a battle between Signatech and OAK Racing, with Level 5 Motorsports failing to compete season-long. AF Corse carried its 2010 GT2 class success forward into the new LMGTE Pro class against a strong effort by the BMW Motorsport team, while Larbre's Corvette performed well through the season netting the team the cup in the LMGTE Am class against several competitors.[4]

Several teams changed the type of car they ran during the Cup. Audi Sport Team Joest started the season with the older Audi R15 TDI plus (powered by an Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10 diesel engine), while in the LMGTE Pro class, AF Corse entered the first event with a Ferrari F430 GTE. In both cases, the teams switched to their new car for the second event. Aston Martin Racing had intended to run their troubled Aston Martin AMR-One car in the LMP1 class, but extended testing prevented it entering the first two events. After its unsuccessful debut at Le Mans, the fourth round at Imola was skipped as well and ultimately, the team would switch to the older Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 for to run the final three rounds.

Full 2011 ILMC Team Cup Standings[4]
Pos. Team Results (key) Points
 
SEB
 
SPA
 
LMS
 
IMO
 
SIL
 
ATL
 
ZHU
LMP1
1   Peugeot Sport Total 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 113
2   Audi Sport Team Joest 4 4 1 3 2 NC 3 85
3   Rebellion Racing 7 7 6 6 Ret 5 4 50
4   Team Oreca Matmut 1 10 5 2 47
5   OAK Racing Ret DNS Ret 8 3 4 5 33
6   Aston Martin Racing Ret 9 3 6 22
7   Hope Racing Ret 0
LMP2
1   Signatech Nissan 2 5 2 2 7 3 1 95
2   OAK Racing 3 6 7 9 6 4 2 63
3   Level 5 Motorsports 4 Ret 3 3 1 57
LMGTE PRO
1   AF Corse 5 1 2 2 1 1 5 108
2   BMW Motorsport 1 3 3 3 4 3 1 101
3   Luxury Racing 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 7 3 38
4   Lotus Jetalliance 9 7 Ret 14 Ret 4 27
LMGTE AM
1   Larbre Compétition Ret 3 1 2 4 2 2 93
2   Krohn Racing 1 8 Ret 6 7 1 3 62
3   Proton Competition 2 4 Ret DSQ 2 Ret 1 52
4   CRS Racing Ret 6 Ret 4 3 5 4 50
5   AF Corse 2 Ret 3 5 3 Ret 47
6   Gulf AMR Middle East Ret Ret Ret 8 4 5 22
Key
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Bold text Class pole winner

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011 ILMC Calendar". lemans.org. Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2010-11-29. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  2. ^ a b c "Règlement Sportif 2011 / 2011 Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 December 2010. p. 5, Article 6, Part 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-28. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Provisional Manufacturers Classification" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 November 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Provisional Teams Classification" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 November 2011. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 14 November 2011.

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