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2009 24 Hours of Le Mans

2009 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, car number 9, winner Le Mans 2009, beneath podium
Winning drivers of 24 Hours Le Mans on the podium, 14 June 2009

The 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans (Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) over 13–14 June 2009 and was started by Fiat and Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC). A test day was initially scheduled for 31 May that year, but was canceled by the ACO due to economic concerns.[1] The race was attended by 234,800 spectators.[2]

Peugeot succeeded in winning the race in the third year of the 908 HDi FAP program with drivers David Brabham, Marc Gené, and Alexander Wurz driving the No. 9 car for 382 laps; an all-French driving squad secured second place for Peugeot as well. Audi, who had won eight of the last ten Le Mans, finished third in their new R15 TDI. Team Essex gave Porsche their second LMP2 victory in a row, while the American Corvette Racing team earned their first GT1 win since 2006. Risi Competizione Ferrari led the GT2 category for their second straight victory in the class.[3]

Contents

  • Schedule 1
  • Entries 2
    • Automatic invitations 2.1
    • Applications 2.2
    • Entry list 2.3
      • Reserve entries 2.3.1
  • Free practice 3
  • Qualifying 4
    • Qualifying results 4.1
  • Race 5
    • Race results 5.1
      • Statistics 5.1.1
  • Peugeot protest 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Schedule

Events for the 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 8 June with technical inspections, before initial practice began on 10 June. Due to the cancellation of the May test session, the Wednesday track session has been altered to free practice only, with no qualification times being recorded in the mostly wet session. Qualifying therefore only took place on Thursday, which remained dry.

Schedule
Date Time (local) Event
Monday, 8 June 14:30 – 18:00 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Tuesday, 9 June 08:30 – 17:00 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Wednesday, 10 June 18:00 – 24:00 Free practice
Thursday, 11 June 19:00 – 21:00 Qualifying
22:00 – 24:00
Friday, 12 June 10:00 – 20:00 Pit Walk
18:00 – 19:00 Drivers' parade in Le Mans City center
Saturday, 13 June 09:00 – 09:45 Warm-up
14:22 Beginning of starting procedure
15:00 Start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday, 14 June 15:00 Finish of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Entries

Automatic invitations

Automatic entry to the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans was granted to teams that had performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 2008 seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and the Petit Le Mans.[4] New for 2009 was an automatic invitation awarded to the team which accumulated the most points in the Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge, as part of the Le Mans Series. The award was based on fuel economy of competitors during each event.[5]

On 20 January 2009, the ACO announced that 15 of the 29 automatic invitations had been accepted by their recipients.[6] Entries with a blue background were granted entries, but did not accept their invitations.

Reason entered LMP1 LMP2 GT1 GT2
1st in 24 Hours of Le Mans Audi Sport North America Van Merksteijn Motorsport Aston Martin Racing Risi Competizione
2nd in 24 Hours of Le Mans Team Peugeot Total Team Essex Corvette Racing BMS Scuderia Italia
1st in Le Mans Series Audi Sport Team Joest Van Merksteijn Motorsport Luc Alphand Aventures Virgo Motorsport
2nd in Le Mans Series Team Peugeot Total Team Essex Team Modena Team Felbermayr-Proton
1st in Petit Le Mans Audi Sport North America Penske Motorsports, Inc. Corvette Racing Risi Competizione
1st in American Le Mans Series Intersport Racing1 Penske Racing Bell Motorsports2 Flying Lizard Motorsports
1st in FIA GT Championship Vitaphone Racing Team AF Corse
2nd in FIA GT Championship Phoenix Carsport Racing BMS Scuderia Italia
1st in Energy Endurance Challenge Horag Racing
1. Due to Audi Sport North America already earning two entries (first in previous 24 Hours of Le Mans and first at Petit Le Mans), they could not receive the automatic invitation for also winning the American Le Mans Series championship. The entry was instead given to the team which finished second in the championship.[4]
2. Due to Corvette Racing already earning two entries (second in previous 24 Hours of Le Mans and first at Petit Le Mans), they could not receive the automatic invitation for also winning the American Le Mans Series championship. The entry was instead given to the team which finished second in the championship.[4]

Applications

Prior to the deadline for applications, 82 separate entries by teams representing 17 countries were received by the ACO. This amount is only six less than the total of applications received for the previous running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ACO Selection Committee decided on which teams were invited to fill the remaining 40 positions alongside those teams who had already received automatic invitations, along with ten reserve entries.[7]

Entry list

On 26 February, the ACO announced their list of 55 entries which will be invited to take part in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. 21 cars within the LMP1 category include Audi, Peugeot, and Aston Martin with three cars each, as well as private entries for the Kolles Audis, Pescarolo Peugeot, and Speedy-Sebah Aston Martin. This also made a total of nine cars which would be using diesel fuel. LMP2 featured previous race winners Team Goh in a previous winning car, the Porsche RS Spyder, joined by last year's runner-up Team Essex. Mazda supplied engines for four entries, split amongst the Lola and Pescarolo chassis.

The GT1 category was fought amongst three manufacturers, as Ferrari and Porsche battle, although Ferrari had the power of numbers with its ten entries compared to Porsche's five. Sole entries from Spyker and the Drayson Aston Martin completed the GT2 field.[8]

Reserve entries

Ten entries are granted a reserve entry, in case an entry from the list of 55 withdraws prior to the event. These ten entries will be allowed to join the race entry list in the order they are listed here, regardless of their class.[8]

On 31 March, Gigawave Motorsport withdrew their Aston Martin from the GT1 category of the entry list in order to concentrate on their development of the Nissan GT-R program. This promoted Advanced Engineering/Team Seattle from the reserve list to the entry list.[9] Three days later Epsilon Euskadi withdrew their LMP1 entry which was replaced by the Endurance China Team. Epsilon Euskadi also withdrew their second entry from the reserve list.[10] On 29 April, it was announced that Vitaphone Racing withdrew their LMP2 entry and was replaced by a second IMSA Performance Matmut GT2 entry. Racing Box also announced that they withdrew their LMP2 reserve entry.[11] IPB Spartak Racing announced their withdrawal from the event on 15 May because one of their drivers, Peter Kox, was unable to participate in the race. It was replaced by the Barazi-Epsilon LMP2 entry.[12]

On 22 May, reserve entries were no longer able to be accepted into the race, regardless of further withdrawals. The entries of Gerard Welter's WR-Zytek LMP2, Team Felbermayr-Proton's Porsche GT2, Snoras Spyker Squadron's Spyker GT2, and Larbre Compétition's Saleen GT1 were the only remaining reserves at the time of the entry list closure.[8]

Free practice

After the cancellation of the test session, Wednesday's schedule was changed from a qualifying session to a six-hour free practice. Track conditions varied as rain arrived several times during the practice, limiting the amount of time available with a dry circuit. Audi led the session with Allan McNish setting a fastest lap of 3:30.708 in the No. 1 car, followed immediately by the No. 2 Audi. The best Peugeot was the No. 9 car, followed immediately by the privately entered Pescarolo Sport Peugeot. The fastest LMP1 not running a diesel engine was the second Pescarolo entry with a time of 3:35.868, followed by the No. 008 and No. 007 Aston Martins.

The LMP2 category was led by the driveshaft. Porsche were ahead of Ferrari in the GT2 category, with Felbermayr-Proton ahead of the Risi Competizione. Spyker Squadron were able to reach third in the class.[13]

The only major incident of the practice session was an accident by KSM's driver Jean de Pourtales. The driver spun approaching the Dunlop Chicane, impacting a concrete barrier before sliding into a tire barrier. The second impact ripped much of the rear of the car off.[14]

Qualifying

Stéphane Sarrazin claimed his third consecutive pole position at Le Mans,[15] planting the No. 8 Peugeot at the front of the field with a lap time of 3:22.888. He set the lap on the third of his flying laps during a run near the end of the four-hour qualifying session, bettering Allan McNish's lap time by 0.8 seconds. McNish's lap was set on the final lap of the first two-hour qualifying session,[16] beating the Peugeot of Franck Montagny who led much of the first session.[17] McNish's lap remained at the top of the charts for much of the second session until Sarrazin's performance. Peugeot planned to practice race setups during the entire qualifying session, and were not seeking to obtain the pole position.[18]

At the end of qualifying Peugeots filled the next three places on the grid behind the front row with the car of Pescarolo Sport settling in at fourth fastest. Aston Martin were able to secure the fastest lap for a petrol-powered car, with the No. 007 entry on a few thousandths of a second behind the No. 3 Audi and followed by the No. 008 Aston Martin and No. 13 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Aston Martin.

The Lamborghini struggled with mechanical issues and was never able to lift itself from last place on grid.

The GT2 category was led by Porsche who bested their rivals Ferrari with two cars. Pole winner Flying Lizard Motorsports' 4:03.202 was less than a tenth of a second ahead of the No. 77 Felbermayr-Proton car. Risi Competizione led the Ferrari fight with a third place qualifying time, joined by JMB Racing and BMS Scuderia Italia. The Aston Martin of Drayson Racing was ninth in the category, while the Spyker was eleventh.

Several incidents occurred during the qualifying session. The Pescarolo Peugeot drive by Jean-Christophe Boullion spun at the Tetre Rouge corner and ripped the left front fender off the car after impacting the wall. The Peugeot was able to return to the pits and be repaired.[19] The No. 007 Aston Martin also hit a wall after losing control during braking for the second chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. Jan Charouz was traveling at 270 km/h (170 mph) at the time of the incident. The incident occurred in the closing minutes of qualifying, but the car was repaired.[20]

Qualifying results

Despite using a 2008-spec Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, Pescarolo Sport qualified fourth.
Drivers Seth Neiman, Darren Law, and Jörg Bergmeister earned the pole position in the GT2 class for Flying Lizard Motorsports.

Class leaders are in bold.[21]

Pos No. Team Car Class Time Gap
1 8 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:22.888
2 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI LMP1 3:23.650 +0.762
3 7 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:24.860 +1.972
4 17 Pescarolo Sport Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:25.062 +2.174
5 9 Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:25.252 +2.364
6 2 Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI LMP1 3:25.780 +2.892
7 3 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI LMP1 3:27.106 +4.218
8 007 AMR Eastern Europe Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:27.180 +4.292
9 008 Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:27.704 +4.816
10 13 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/60-Aston Martin LMP1 3:28.134 +5.246
11 23 Strakka Racing Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 3:29.798 +6.910
12 16 Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP1 3:30.466 +7.578
13 15 Kolles Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:31.192 +8.304
14 14 Kolles Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:31.548 +8.660
15 10 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 3:33.514 +10.626
16 11 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 3:33.860 +10.972
17 009 Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:33.968 +11.080
18 6 Team LNT Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 3:35.804 +12.916
19 4 Creation Autosportif Creation CA07 LMP1 3:36.552 +13.072
20 31 Team Essex Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:37.720 +14.832
21 5 Navi Team Goh Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 3:37.802 +14.914
22 12 Signature Plus Courage-Oreca LC70E-Judd LMP1 3:39.326 +16.438
23 33 Speedy Racing Team Sebah Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 3:41.724 +18.836
24 25 RML Lola B08/80-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 3:41.952 +19.064
25 40 Quifel ASM Team Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 3:42.012 +19.124
26 30 Racing Box Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 3:42.848 +19.960
27 41 GAC Racing Team Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:44.830 +21.942
28 35 OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 3:45.032 +22.144
29 32 Barazi-Epsilon Zytek 07S/2 LMP2 3:52.956 +30.068
30 39 KSM Lola B07/46 LMP2 3:53.072 +30.184
31 63 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:54.230 +31.342
32 64 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:54.702 +31.814
33 26 Bruichladdich-Bruneau Team Radical SR9-AER LMP2 3:55.320 +32.432
34 66 Jetalliance Racing Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 3:56.126 +33.238
35 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 3:57.170 +34.282
36 24 OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Mazda MZR-R LMP2 3:57.524 +34.636
37 73 Luc Alphand Aventures Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 4:00.528 +35.676
38 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:03.202 +40.314
39 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:03.232 +40.344
40 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:04.056 +41.168
41 99 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:04.084 +41.196
42 97 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:04.222 +41.334
43 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:04.648 +41.760
44 78 AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:04.938 +42.050
45 92 JMW Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:05.168 +42.280
46 87 Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GT2 4:06.482 +43.594
47 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:06.612 +43.724
48 85 Snoras Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi GT2 4:08.348 +45.460
49 84 Team Modena Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:08.508 +45.620
50 83 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:08.758 +45.870
51 70 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:10.014 +47.126
52 75 Endurance Asia Team Porsche 997 GT3-RSR GT2 4:10.456 +47.568
53 96 Virgo Motorsport Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:10.664 +47.776
54 81 Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 4:13.920 +51.032
55 68 JLOC Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT GT1 4:21.812 +58.924

Race

New rules have caused the diesels to become considerably slower than the previous year. Peugeot qualified 4 seconds slower than 2008 but still maintained the speed advantage over the new Audi R15. Audi's lack of testing meant that the cars struggled to get any sort of a good setup. All works drivers complained about understeer in the Le Mans aero package on the R15. Tom Kristensen commented that the high-downforce package like the one used at Sebring were much better. The R15 also struggled to get beyond a double-stint.

The No. 82 Ferrari F430 GT2 of Risi Competizione took first place in GT2

The race began at 15:00 local time (UTC+2) 13 June 2009, with Franck Montagny in the pole position Peugeot 908 HDi FAP leading the field. The race was started by the waving of the French tricolour by Fiat and Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, honoring the 60th anniversary of Ferrari's first victory at Le Mans.[22]

In the LMP1 class, the Peugeots showed they could maintain a pace that the Audis struggled to maintain over the full run. The #7 Peugeot was released too early and hit from the side by the Pescarolo Peugeot. The initial damage was a small puncture but the resulting damage destroyed the whole left rear end of the car. Two of the three Audis had off-track excursions in the first 12 hours; one resulting in the #2 car being out of the race on lap 104. During the early evening, the #1 Audi lost a lap to the leading Peugeot. Further technical issues would see it lose another seven laps in total to the winner. In LMP2, the Navi Team Goh Porsche RS Spyder qualified 2nd overall and maintained a solid pace until crashing heavily with one hour to go, allowing the pole-sitting #31 Team Essex Porsche to carry on to the win.

The No. 63 works team Corvette C6.R took pole and first place in GT1

In GT1, the final outing of the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R as a factory team at Le Mans ended well, with the #63 car driven by O'Connell, Magnussen and García sitting on the pole and finishing first in class. Magnussen was sick early on, which left O'Connell and Garcia to finish the race as a two-driver team. Several other teams were stricken with the loss of a driver, most notable being the LMP1 #009 Lola-Aston, whose driver Stuart Hall was excluded when he collided with the LMP2 #26 Radical, and the stewards determined his fault to be substantial. Another team with a driver that was excluded was Kolles' Narain Karthikeyan as he dislocated his shoulder going over the pitwall before the race, leaving Charles Zwolsman, Jr. and André Lotterer to do the whole 24 hours, yet they finished a respectable 7th in P1 and 7th overall.

In GT2, Ferrari celebrated their 60th Anniversary win with Ferraris taking the first 4 spots, the Risi Competizione #82 Ferrari F430 heading the class.

New rules requiring only one man with one airgun in the pits were aimed to lower the overall costs of the event by causing teams to double or triple stint tires due to the time needed to replace them.

Race results

Class winners are marked in bold. Cars running at the finish but failing to complete 70% of the winner's distance are marked as Not Classified.[23]

Pos Class
Pos.
Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 1 LMP1 9 Peugeot Sport Total David Brabham
Marc Gené
Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 382
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 2 LMP1 8 Team Peugeot Total Franck Montagny
Sébastien Bourdais
Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 381
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
3 3 LMP1 1 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI M 376
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
4 4 LMP1 007 AMR Eastern Europe Jan Charouz
Tomáš Enge
Stefan Mücke
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 373
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
5 5 LMP1 11 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Olivier Panis
Nicolas Lapierre
Soheil Ayari
Oreca 01 M 370
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
6 6 LMP1 7 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian
Pedro Lamy
Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 369
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
7 7 LMP1 14 Kolles Charles Zwolsman, Jr.
Narain Karthikeyan
André Lotterer
Audi R10 TDI M 369
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
8 8 LMP1 16 Pescarolo Sport Christophe Tinseau
Bruce Jouanny
João Barbosa
Pescarolo 01 M 368
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 9 LMP1 15 Kolles Christian Bakkerud
Christijan Albers
Giorgio Mondini
Audi R10 TDI M 360
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
10 1 LMP2 31 Team Essex Casper Elgaard
Kristian Poulsen
Emmanuel Collard
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 357
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
11 10 LMP1 12 Signature Plus Pierre Ragues
Franck Mailleux
Didier André
Courage-Oreca LC70E M 344
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
12 2 LMP2 33 Speedy Racing Team
Sebah Automotive
Benjamin Leuenberger
Xavier Pompidou
Jonny Kane
Lola B08/80 M 343
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
13 11 LMP1 008 Aston Martin Racing Anthony Davidson
Darren Turner
Jos Verstappen
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 342
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
14 12 LMP1 13 Speedy Racing Team
Sebah Automotive
Andrea Belicchi
Nicolas Prost
Neel Jani
Lola B08/60 M 342
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
15 1 GT1 63 Corvette Racing Johnny O'Connell
Jan Magnussen
Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 342
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
16 2 GT1 73 Luc Alphand Aventures Xavier Maassen
Yann Clairay
Julien Jousse
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R D 336
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
17 13 LMP1 3 Audi Sport Team Joest Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Alexandre Prémat
Audi R15 TDI M 333
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
18 1 GT2 82 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo
Pierre Kaffer
Mika Salo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 329
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
19 2 GT2 97 BMS Scuderia Italia Fabio Babini
Matteo Malucelli
Paolo Ruberti
Ferrari F430 GT2 P 327
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 3 LMP2 24 OAK Racing
Team Mazda France
Jacques Nicolet
Richard Hein
Jean-François Yvon
Pescarolo 01 D 325
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
21 14 LMP1 23 Strakka Racing Nick Leventis
Peter Hardman
Danny Watts
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S M 325
Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8
22 3 GT2 83 Risi Competizione
Krohn Racing
Tracy Krohn
Eric van de Poele
Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 323
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 4 GT2 92 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell
Andrew Kirkaldy
Tim Sugden
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 320
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 15 LMP1 4 Creation Autosportif Jamie Campbell-Walter
Vanina Ickx
Romain Iannetta
Creation CA07 M 319
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
25 5 GT2 85 Snoras Spyker Squadron Tom Coronel
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Jaroslav Janiš
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 319
Audi 3.8 L V8
26 6 GT2 78 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni
Luis Pérez Companc
Matías Russo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 317
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
27 7 GT2 84 Team Modena Leo Mansell
Pierre Ehret
Roman Rusinov
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 314
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
28 4 LMP2 32 Barazi-Epsilon Juan Barazi
Phil Bennett
Stuart Moseley
Zytek 07S/2 D 306
Zytek 2ZG348 3.4 L V8
29 8 GT2 99 JMB Racing Manuel Rodrigues
Yvan Lebon
Christophe Bouchut
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 304
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
30 9 GT2 81 Advanced Engineering
Team Seattle
Patrick Dempsey
Don Kitch, Jr.
Joe Foster
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 301
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
31 3 GT1 66 Jetalliance Racing Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer
Thomas Gruber
Alex Müller
Aston Martin DBR9 M 294
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
32 10 GT2 96 Virgo Motorsport Sean McInerney
Michael McInerney
Michael Vergers
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 280
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
Not Classified
33 11 GT2 75 Endurance Asia Team
Perspective Racing
Darryl O'Young
Philippe Hesnault
Plamen Kralev
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR D 186
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
Did Not Finish
34 5 LMP2 5 Navi Team Goh Seiji Ara
Keisuke Kunimoto
Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 339
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
35 4 GT1 64 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin
Olivier Beretta
Marcel Fässler
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 311
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
36 6 LMP2 25 RML Thomas Erdos
Mike Newton
Chris Dyson
Lola B08/86 M 273
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
37 12 GT2 87 Drayson Racing Paul Drayson
Jonny Cocker
Marino Franchitti
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 M 272
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
38 13 GT2 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Patrick Pilet
Raymond Narac
Patrick Long
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 265
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
39 7 LMP2 39 KSM Hideki Noda
Jean de Pourtales
Matthew Marsh
Lola B07/46 D 261
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
40 16 LMP1 009 Aston Martin Racing Stuart Hall
Harold Primat
Peter Kox
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 252
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
41 17 LMP1 10 Team Oreca Matmut AIM Stéphane Ortelli
Bruno Senna
Tiago Monteiro
Oreca 01 M 219
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
42 18 LMP1 17 Pescarolo Sport Simon Pagenaud
Jean-Christophe Boullion
Benoît Tréluyer
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 210
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
43 8 LMP2 35 OAK Racing
Team Mazda France
Matthieu Lahaye
Guillaume Moreau
Karim Ajlani
Pescarolo 01 D 208
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L I4
44 9 LMP2 30 Racing Box Andrea Piccini
Thomas Biagi
Matteo Bobbi
Lola B08/80 M 203
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
45 14 GT2 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Jörg Bergmeister
Darren Law
Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 194
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
46 15 GT2 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Dominik Farnbacher
Allan Simonsen
Christian Montanari
Ferrari F430 GT2 H 183
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
47 19 LMP1 6 Team LNT Lawrence Tomlinson
Richard Dean
Nigel Moore
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S M 178
Zytek ZG408 4.0 L V8
48 20 LMP1 2 Audi Sport North America Marco Werner
Lucas Luhr
Mike Rockenfeller
Audi R15 TDI M 104
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
49 10 LMP2 41 GAC Racing Team Karim Ojjeh
Claude-Yves Gosselin
Philipp Peter
Zytek 07S/2 M 102
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
50 16 GT2 70 IMSA Performance Matmut
Team Felbermayr-Proton
Michel Lecourt
Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 102
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
51 5 GT1 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Luc Alphand
Stéphan Grégoire
Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R D 99
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
52 11 LMP2 26 Bruichladdich-Bruneau Team Pierre Bruneau
Marc Rostan
Tim Greaves
Radical SR9 D 91
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
53 12 LMP2 40 Quifel ASM Team Miguel Amaral
Olivier Pla
Guy Smith
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 D 46
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
54 17 GT2 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Marc Lieb
Wolf Henzler
Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 24
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
55 6 GT1 68 JLOC Atsushi Yogo
Yutaka Yamagishi
Marco Apicella
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT Y 1
Lamborghini 6.0 L V12

Statistics

  • Fastest Lap – #7 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP – 3:24.352
  • Best speed – Peugeot 908 HDI-FAP – 341 km/h
  • Distance – 5206.28 km

Peugeot protest

An Audi R15 TDI during scrutineering. Michelin decals are placed on one of the protested aerodynamic elements.

On Monday, 8 June, following scrutineering and approval of the Audi R15 TDI by the ACO, Peugeot Sport director Olivier Quesnel stated that the team may file a protest over the legality of certain elements of the R15 TDI's design. This protest was officially filed two days later, immediately before the start of practice. Peugeot believes that the R15 features aerodynamic elements on the front of the car which violate the ACO's regulations about devices which may increase the amount of front downforce. Peugeot, as well as fellow competitors Aston Martin Racing and Oreca, initially questioned these aerodynamic elements at the 2009 12 Hours of Sebring in March, but were assured that the ACO would evaluate them prior to Le Mans.[24][25]

Later that night, Peugeot received a response from the ACO stating that it would not uphold the protest. The ACO stated that they have the ability through their own regulations to determine if an aerodynamic element's sole purpose is to create downforce. Peugeot responded within an hour by appealing this decision.[26][27] A decision on this appeal however would not be made until after the race had taken place, thus allowing Audi to continue to compete.[28] Audi stated that they believed the matter was between Peugeot and the ACO, and that their car was legal.[25]

Following the race, Peugeot announced that they were withdrawing their appeal of the scrutineer's decision. Peugeot cited a planned increase in communication between manufacturers and the ACO as their reasoning for the withdrawal.[29]

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External links

  • Official website of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
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