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2012 European Le Mans Series
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The 2012 European Le Mans Series was the ninth season of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's European Le Mans Series (previously known as simply Le Mans Series). Championship titles were awarded in five categories, with the Le Mans Series shifting its categories following its separation from the FIA World Endurance Championship. LMP1 cars were dropped due to most teams entering the FIA World Endurance Championship while a new GTC category was created to allow single make grand tourer cars and FIA GT3s to compete in endurance races. However, there were no GTC cars that competed during the season.

Due to the numerous issues the season was reduced to just three rounds, starting in Le Castellet, France on 1 April and ended at Braselton, Georgia, United States, on 20 October.

ScheduleEdit

Following the ELMS decision to no longer share races with the FIA World Endurance Championship (formerly the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup), the series required new races to replace the Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone races which now were part of the WEC. Circuit Paul Ricard was the only event carried over from 2011 and remained the season opener.[1] Circuit Zolder was supposed to serve as the second round of the series, but on 1 April the race was cancelled due to a lack of entrants. ELMS teams were instead invited to enter the 6 Hours of Spa WEC round.[2] Following a small number of entries at Donington, the season's two later rounds at the Brno Circuit and Autódromo Internacional do Algarve were cancelled. In place of these two rounds, an agreement was reached with the American Le Mans Series to allow ELMS competitors to participate in the Petit Le Mans for double points, with the ELMS providing transport assistance to full-season teams.[3]

Rnd Race Circuit Date
Official Test Session   Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 9–10 March
1 6 Hours of Castellet   Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 1 April
2 6 Hours of Donington   Donington Park, Leicestershire, United Kingdom 15 July
3 Petit Le Mans   Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia 20 October

Regulation changesEdit

The Le Mans Series made changes to its class structure for the 2012 season, eliminating one previous class while adding another. The LMP1 Le Mans Prototype category were no longer featured in LMS races due to the large amount of LMP1 factory teams which switched from the Le Mans Series to the World Endurance Championship. This move promotes the LMP2 category to the top of the class structure. To replace LMP1, a new class has been created at the bottom of the class structure, named GTC. This class allowed only three cars from various one make series to compete: The Ferrari 458 Challenge, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and the Lotus Evora GT4. Teams in GTC were not allowed more than one professional driver in their line-up.[4] Finally, the Formula Le Mans category was renamed LMP Challenge, aligning with the title utilized by the American Le Mans Series.[5]

Entry listEdit

Entry List[6]
Entrant/Team Car Engine Tyre No Drivers Rounds
LMP2
  Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 1   Alex Brundle All
  Tom Kimber-Smith
  Lucas Ordóñez 1–2
  Alex Buncombe 3
  Pecom Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 10   Luís Pérez Companc 1–2
  Pierre Kaffer 1–2
  Gianmaria Bruni 1
  Soheil Ayari[7] 2
  Race Performance Oreca 03 Judd-BMW HK 3.6L V8 D 11   Jonathan Hirschi 1
  Michel Frey 1
  Ralph Meichtry[8] 1
  Status GP Lola B12/80 Judd-BMW HK 3.6L V8 D 17   Alexander Sims[9] 1–2
  Yelmer Buurman[9] 1
  Dean Stirling[9] 1
  Julien Jousse[7] 2
  Maxime Jousse[7] 2
  Murphy Prototypes MG-Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 18   Jody Firth All
  Warren Hughes
  Luca Moro[8] 1
  Brendon Hartley[7] 2–3
  Sébastien Loeb Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 19   Nicolas Marroc 1–2
  Nicolas Minassian 1–2
  Stéphane Sarrazin[8] 1–2
  OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Judd-BMW HK 3.6L V8 D 24   Jacques Nicolet 1–2
  Guillaume Moreau[8] 1
  Dominik Kraihamer[8] 1
  Matthieu Lahaye[7] 2
Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 35   Bertrand Baguette[7] 2–3
  Dimitri Enjalbert[7] 2
  Olivier Pla[7] 2–3
  Jacques Nicolet 3
  Jota Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 38   Sam Hancock 1–2
  Simon Dolan 1–2
  Extrême Limite ARIC Norma M200P Judd-BMW HK 3.6L V8 D 44   Fabien Rosier 1
  Philippe Thirion[8] 1
  Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 45   Bastien Brière 1
  Jack Clarke[8] 1
  Sébastien Buemi 1
  Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5L V8 D 46   Mathias Beche All
  Pierre Thiriet
  Christophe Tinseau 3
LMPC
  Boutsen Ginion Racing[8] Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2L V8 M 40   Thomas Dagoneau[8] 1–2
  Massimo Vignali[8] 1
  Jean-Marc Merlin[8] 1
  Jean-Charles Battut[7] 2
  John Hartshorne[7] 2
  CURTIS Racing Technologies Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 6.2L V8 M 42   Phil Keen 1
  John Hartshorne 1
  Alex Kapadia[10] 1
LM GTE Pro
  Kessel Racing[8] Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 D 61   Michał Broniszewski[8] 1
  Philipp Peter[8] 1
  JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 D 66   James Walker 1
  Jonny Cocker[8] 1–2
  Allan Simonsen 2
  JMB Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 M 83   Jaime Melo 1
  Marco Frezza 1
LM GTE Am
  AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 M 60   Piergiuseppe Perazzini All
  Marco Cioci
  Matt Griffin[8]
  IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 67   Anthony Pons All
  Nicolas Armindo
  Raymond Narac
  Gulf Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE Aston Martin 4.5L V8 D 69   Stuart Hall[8] 1
  Roald Goethe[8] 1
  Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 75   Marc Goossens[8] 1
  Maxime Soulet[8] 1
  JMB Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5L V8 M 99   Alain Ferté 1
  Philippe Illiano 1

Season resultsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

Points are awarded to cars that finish in tenth place or higher, with unclassified entries failing to complete 70% of the race distance or entries failing to reach the finish not earning championship points. One bonus point is awarded for winning pole position (denoted by bold). Double points will be awarded at Petit Le Mans.[3]

Points System
Position Pole Position
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 1

Team championshipsEdit

The top two finishers in the LMP2, GTE Pro, and GTE Am championships earn automatic entry to the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.

LMP2 standingsEdit

 
Thiriet by TDS Racing won the LMP2 teams championship
Pos Team Chassis Engine CAS DON ATL Total
1   Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 26 18 50 94
2   OAK Racing Morgan LMP2 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
8 26 37 71
3   Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 12 6 30 48
4   Sébastien Loeb Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 18 12 30
5   Pecom Racing Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 6 10 16
6   Status GP Lola B12/80 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 15 0 15
7   Murphy Prototypes MG-Oreca 03 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 0 15 0 15
8   Race Performance Oreca 03 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 10 10
9   Extrême Limite ARIC Norma M200P Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 4 4
10   JOTA Zytek Z11SN Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 2 0 2
  Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 0 0

LMPC standingsEdit

Pos Team Chassis Engine CAS DON ATL Total
1   Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet 6.2 L V8 1 26 27
2   Curtis Racing Technologies Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet 6.2 L V8 25 25

LM GTE Pro standingsEdit

Pos Team Chassis Engine CAS DON ATL Total
1   JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 25 26 51
2   JMB Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 19 19

LM GTE Am standingsEdit

 
IMSA Performance took honors in the GTE Am class
Pos Team Chassis Engine CAS DON ATL Total
1   IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 18 25 51 94
2   AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 15 19 0 34
3   Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 26 26

Driver championshipsEdit

LMP2 standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team CAS DON ATL Total
1=   Pierre Thiriet   Thiriet by TDS Racing 26 18 50 94
1=   Mathias Beche   Thiriet by TDS Racing 26 18 50 94
2=   Bertrand Baguette   OAK Racing 25 37 62
2=   Olivier Pla   OAK Racing 25 37 62
3   Jacques Nicolet   OAK Racing 8 9 37 54
4   Christophe Tinseau   Thiriet by TDS Racing 50 50
5=   Alex Brundle   Greaves Motorsport 12 6 30 48
5=   Tom Kimber-Smith   Greaves Motorsport 12 6 30 48
6=   Nicolas Marroc   Sébastien Loeb Racing 18 12 30
6=   Stéphane Sarrazin   Sébastien Loeb Racing 18 12 30
6=   Nicolas Minassian   Sébastien Loeb Racing 18 12 30
7   Dimitri Enjalbert   OAK Racing 25 25
8   Lucas Ordoñez   Greaves Motorsport 12 6 18
9=   Luís Pérez Companc   Pecom Racing 6 10 16
9=   Pierre Kaffer   Pecom Racing 6 10 16
10=   Alexander Sims   Status GP 15 0 15
10=   Dean Sterling   Status GP 15 15
10=   Yelmer Buurman   Status GP 15 15
10=   Jody Firth   Murphy Prototypes 0 15 0 15
10=   Warren Hughes   Murphy Prototypes 0 15 0 15
10=   Brendon Hartley   Murphy Prototypes 15 0 15
11=   Michel Frey   Race Performance 10 10
11=   Jonathan Hirschi   Race Performance 10 10
11=   Ralph Meichtry   Race Performance 10 10
11=   Soheil Ayari   Pecom Racing 10 10
12   Matthieu Lahaye   OAK Racing 9 9
13=   Guillaume Moreau   OAK Racing 8 8
13=   Dominik Kraihamer   OAK Racing 8 8
14   Gianmaria Bruni   Pecom Racing 6 6
15=   Fabien Rosier   Extrême Limite ARIC 4 4
15=   Philippe Thirion   Extrême Limite ARIC 4 4
16=   Sam Hancock   JOTA 2 0 2
16=   Simon Dolan   JOTA 2 0 2

LMPC standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team CAS DON ATL Total
1   John Hartshorne   Curtis Racing Technologies
  Boutsen Ginion Racing
25 26 51
2   Thomas Dagoneau   Boutsen Ginion Racing 1 26 27
3   Jean-Charles Battut   Boutsen Ginion Racing 26 26
4=   Alex Kapadia   Curtis Racing Technologies 25 25
4=   Phil Keen   Curtis Racing Technologies 25 25
5=   Jean-Marc Merlin   Boutsen Ginion Racing 1 1
5=   Massimo Vignali   Boutsen Ginion Racing 1 1

LM GTE Pro standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team CAS DON ATL Total
1   Jonny Cocker   JMW Motorsport 25 26 51
2   James Walker   JMW Motorsport 25 1 26
3   Allan Simonsen   JMW Motorsport 25 25
4=   Jaime Melo   JMB Racing 19 19
4=   Marco Frezza   JMB Racing 19 19

LM GTE Am standingsEdit

Pos Driver Team CAS DON ATL Total
1=   Anthony Pons   IMSA Performance Matmut 18 25 51 94
1=   Nicolas Armindo   IMSA Performance Matmut 18 25 51 94
1=   Raymond Narac   IMSA Performance Matmut 18 25 51 94
2=   Piergiuseppe Perazzini   AF Corse 15 19 0 34
2=   Marco Cioci   AF Corse 15 19 0 34
2=   Matt Griffin   AF Corse 15 19 0 34
3=   Marc Goossens   Prospeed Competition 26 26
3=   Maxime Soulet   Prospeed Competition 26 26

Manufacturers CupsEdit

LMP2 standingsEdit

Pos Constructor CAS DON ATL Total
1 Oreca-Nissan 44 33 50 127
2 Morgan-Nissan 25 37 62
3 Zytek-Nissan 14 6 30 50
4 Morgan-Judd 8 9 17
5 Lola-Judd 15 0 15
6 Oreca-Judd 10 10
7 Norma-Judd 4 4

LM GTE standingsEdit

Pos Constructor CAS DON ATL Total
1 Porsche 27 18 51 96
2 Ferrari 44 41 0 85
Aston Martin 0 0

ReferencesEdit

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