2020 Lone Star Le Mans

The 2020 Lone Star Le Mans, is an endurance sportscar racing event held on 23 February 2020, as the fifth round of the 2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship. This marked the return of the FIA WEC to the Circuit of the Americas for the first time since 2017, and the inaugural running of the race under the banner of Lone Star Le Mans, which had previously been utilised by the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for races run at COTA, while WEC races occurring on the same weekend had been run as the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas.[1]

Map of the Circuit of the Americas - Grand Prix Circuit

BackgroundEdit

The provisional calendar for the 2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship was unveiled at the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone, featuring eight races, on five continents, starting at Silverstone in September 2019 with a four-hour race, and ending with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. The calendar saw the events from the previous seasons carried over, while bringing back the rounds held at the Bahrain International Circuit, and the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, which had last been held in 2017, and in 2014 respectively. The 6 Hours of São Paulo would serve as the 5th round, and was planned to be held on 1 February 2020.[2]

On 10 November 2019, FIA WEC boss Gerard Neveu issued a warning to teams regarding the 6 Hours of São Paulo, stating that the promoter of the event, N/Duduch Motorsports, was facing issues in meeting its contractual recruitments, with some of the issues being of financial nature, with Neveu stating that the championship would make a decision on the event before December 2019.[3] At the time, several venues were considered to replace Interlagos, including Kyalami, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, as well as the Circuit of the Americas.[4]

On 2 December 2019, it was announced by the WEC, that the 6 Hours of São Paulo would be cancelled, and replaced by the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas, to be held from 22–23 February 2020, with the race being 6 hours long. The date was moved back from the Interlagos round's original 1 February date, due to the Super Bowl LIV being held on the same date, while the Formula E championship was scheduled to hold the Mexico City ePrix on the weekend of 14–15 February.[5][6]

Entry listEdit

On 3 February 2020, it was announced that Team LNT had withdrawn from the entry list for the event due to necessary maintenance that the cars needed. The team will return to the grid at Sebring however. The withdrawal of both Ginetta G60-LT-P1s meant that the car count was now 29.[7]

The DragonSpeed team who were initially denied entry for the COTA round were now able to secure a spot in the COTA round.[8] The team, a day later, confirmed their driver line-up to be that of their 24 Hours of Daytona entry; Colin Braun, Ben Hanley, who also drives for Team LNT, and Henrik Hedman.[9]

Furthermore, on the 5 February 2020, ex-Corvette Racing drivers Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will return to the team for two rounds of the 2019-20 season as a duo in the new Corvette C8.R. The two will also compete in the round at Sebring International Raceway in March.[10]

German driver Laurents Hörr will replace David Heinemeier Hansson in the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche for the rest of the season.

These additional entries bring the total amount back to the maximum 31; 3 LMP1s, 9 LMP2s, 7 LMGTE Pro cars and 11 in LMGTE Am.

QualifyingEdit

ResultsEdit

Pole Position winners in each class are in bold[11]

Pos Class Team Average Time Gap Grid
1 LMP1 No. 1 Rebellion Racing 1:47.530 - 1
2 LMP1 No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:49.161 +1.631 2
3 LMP1 No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:49.431 +0.270 3
4 LMP2 No. 42 Cool Racing 1:49.910 +0.479 4
5 LMP2 No. 22 United Autosports 1:50.073 +0.163 5
6 LMP2 No. 36 Signatech Alpine Elf 1:50.984 +0.911 6
7 LMP2 No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 1:51.354 +0.370 7
8 LMP2 No. 38 Jota Sport 1:51.592 +0.238 8
9 LMP2 No. 33 High Class Racing 1:51.747 +0.155 9
10 LMP2 No. 21 DragonSpeed 1:52.765 +1.018 10
11 LMP2 No. 29 Racing Team Nederland 1:53.131 +0.366 11
12 LMP2 No. 47 Cetilar Racing 1:54.305 +1.174 12
13 LMGTE-Pro No. 95 Aston Martin Racing 2:00.733 +6.428 13
14 LMGTE-Pro No. 92 Porsche GT Team 2:00.952 +0.219 14
15 LMGTE-Pro No. 97 Aston Martin Racing 2:01.029 +0.077 15
16 LMGTE-Pro No. 51 AF Corse 2:01.031 +0.002 16
17 LMGTE-Pro No. 91 Porsche GT Team 2:01.049 +0.018 17
18 LMGTE-Pro No. 71 AF Corse 2:01.229 +0.180 18
19 LMGTE-Am No. 56 Team Project 1 2:02.784 +1.555 19
20 LMGTE-Am No. 98 Aston Martin Racing 2:02.830 +0.046 20
21 LMGTE-Am No. 90 TF Sport 2:02.909 +0.079 21
22 LMGTE-Pro No. 63 Corvette Racing 2:02.967 +0.058 22
23 LMGTE-Am No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:03.110 +0.143 23
24 LMGTE-Am No. 83 AF Corse 2:03.376 +0.266 24
25 LMGTE-Am No. 57 Team Project 1 2:03.450 +0.074 25
26 LMGTE-Am No. 54 AF Corse 2:03.462 +0.012 26
27 LMGTE-Am No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:03.682 +0.220 27
28 LMGTE-Am No. 70 MR Racing 2:03.781 +0.099 28
29 LMGTE-Pro No. 62 Red River Sport 2:03.964 +0.183 29
30 LMGTE-Am No. 86 Gulf Racing 2:04.296 +0.332 30

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

The minimum number of laps for classification (70% of the overall winning car's race distance) was 132 laps. Class winners are denoted in bold and with  .[12]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 LMP1 1   Rebellion Racing   Gustavo Menezes
  Norman Nato
  Bruno Senna
Rebellion R13 M 189 6:01:37.705 
Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8
2 LMP1 8   Toyota Gazoo Racing   Sébastien Buemi
  Brendon Hartley
  Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 189 +51.524
Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6
3 LMP1 7   Toyota Gazoo Racing   Mike Conway
  Kamui Kobayashi
  José María López
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 187 +2 Laps
Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6
4 LMP2 22   United Autosports   Filipe Albuquerque
  Philip Hanson
  Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 M 182 +7 Laps 
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
5 LMP2 37   Jackie Chan DC Racing   Ho-Pin Tung
  Gabriel Aubry
  Will Stevens
Oreca 07 G 182 +7 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
6 LMP2 38   Jota Sport   António Félix da Costa
  Anthony Davidson
  Roberto González
Oreca 07 G 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
7 LMP2 42   Cool Racing   Antonin Borga
  Alexander Coigny
  Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 07 M 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
8 LMP2 29   Racing Team Nederland   Frits van Eerd
  Giedo van der Garde
  Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 M 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
9 LMP2 36   Signatech Alpine Elf   Thomas Laurent
  André Negrão
  Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470 M 180 +9 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
10 LMP2 33   High Class Racing   Anders Fjordbach
  Mark Patterson
  Kenta Yamashita
Oreca 07 M 179 +10 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
11 LMP2 47   Cetilar Racing   Andrea Belicchi
  Roberto Lacorte
  Girogio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 M 178 +11 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
12 LMP2 21   DragonSpeed   Colin Braun
  Ben Hanley
  Henrik Hedman
Oreca 07 M 177 +12 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
13 LMGTE Pro 95   Aston Martin Racing   Marco Sørensen
  Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 173 +16 Laps 
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
14 LMGTE Pro 92   Porsche GT Team   Michael Christensen
  Kévin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 172 +17 Laps
Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6
15 LMGTE Pro 51   AF Corse   James Calado
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 172 +17 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
16 LMGTE Pro 97   Aston Martin Racing   Alex Lynn
  Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 172 +17 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
17 LMGTE Pro 71   AF Corse   Miguel Molina
  Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 172 +17 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
18 LMGTE Pro 63   Corvette Racing   Jan Magnussen
  Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R M 170 +19 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5 L V8
19 LMGTE Am 90   TF Sport   Jonathan Adam
  Charlie Eastwood
  Salih Yoluç
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 170 +19 Laps 
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 LMGTE Am 98   Aston Martin Racing   Paul Dalla Lana
  Ross Gunn
  Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 170 +19 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
21 LMGTE Pro 91   Porsche GT Team   Gianmaria Bruni
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 170 +19 Laps
Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6
22 LMGTE Am 56   Team Project 1   Matteo Cairoli
  Laurents Hörr
  Egidio Perfetti
Porsche 911 RSR M 170 +19 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
23 LMGTE Am 83   AF Corse   Emmanuel Collard
  Nicklas Nielsen
  François Perrodo
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 170 +19 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
24 LMGTE Am 77   Dempsey-Proton Racing   Matt Campbell
  Riccardo Pera
  Christian Ried
Porsche 911 RSR M 169 +20 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
25 LMGTE Am 86   Gulf Racing   Ben Barker
  Michael Wainwright
  Andrew Watson
Porsche 911 RSR M 169 +20 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
26 LMGTE Am 54   AF Corse   Francesco Castellacci
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
27 LMGTE Am 62   Red River Sport   Bonamy Grimes
  Charles Hollings
  Johnny Mowlem
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
28 LMGTE Am 88   Dempsey-Proton Racing   Bret Curtis
  Adrien de Leener
  Thomas Preining
Porsche 911 RSR M 168 +21 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
29 LMGTE Am 70   MR Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Kei Cozzolino
  Motoaki Ishikawa
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
30 LMGTE Am 57   Team Project 1   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Felipe Fraga
  Ben Keating
Porsche 911 RSR M 160 +29 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6

ReferencesEdit

External video
  Lone Star Le Mans 2020 on YouTube
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