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2005 24 Hours of Le Mans

2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

The 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 73rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 2005.

This race marked the record 7th victory for Tom Kristensen, including his 6th straight.


  • Race 1
  • Official results 2
  • Statistics 3
  • Trophy Winners 4
  • References 5


The 2005 race saw exceptionally hot weather,[1] with temperatures over 30°C. This hot weather would cause a high rate of mechanical failures as well as several race incidents. However, the Pescarolo Sports took the lead at start with #16 running exceptionally faster of the two. Due to Audi using an older chassis which did not meet hybrid regulations, the R8s were much slower over a lap due to a small air restrictor on the engine and penalty weights. This caused slow top speeds down the straights, while the GT1 class was closer than ever in 2005 in terms of trap speeds and the Aston Martins were comparable to the Audi LMP this year. Audi therefore had to attempt to outwit the Pescarolos on reliability instead of overall speed.

The #17 Pescarolo was plagued by incidents throughout the race, hitting a Panoz then suffering a tire failure that damaged the rear bodywork. All of these misadventures happened while Soheil Ayari was driving, while his teammate Sébastien Loeb proved to be able to drive as fast as his teammates for his first race on a closed track.

The #16 lost the lead eventually due to a gearbox failure causing a long pit stop, falling well back before managing to reach second position again at sunrise, establishing a lap record in the night. The Pescarolo was lapping fairly consistently at approximately five seconds per lap faster than the Audi, meaning if it kept up the pace the finish promised to be extremely close.

Unfortunately Pescarolo came in for a pit stop and was pulled into the garage to deal with overheating issues. The car was back onto the track quickly, with Érik Comas as driver. The Audi now had a two lap lead, and the Pescarolo was unable to maintain its lapping speed in order to avoid overheating, dashing all hopes of beating the Audi on the track.

Taking the win, Tom Kristensen set an absolute record of seven victories including six in a row, pulling ahead of legend Jacky Ickx who has a total of 6 wins, equal only to Kristensen's winning streak. In addition, teammate Marco Werner completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (which also consists the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won in 1995, and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won in 2005 and again in 2007, as well as Le Mans in 2006 and 2007), a feat few drivers (including Ickx) could achieve. Along with Andy Wallace, he would also complete the "grand slam", also winning the Petit Le Mans the prior year to Le Mans.

Official results

Class winners marked in bold. Cars not completing 75% of the winner's distance are listed as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP1 3 ADT Champion Racing Tom Kristensen
JJ Lehto
Marco Werner
Audi R8 M 370
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 16 Pescarolo Sport Emmanuel Collard
Jean-Christophe Boullion
Érik Comas
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 368
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
3 LMP1 2 ADT Champion Racing Frank Biela
Allan McNish
Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 364
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 4 Audi PlayStation Team Oreca Franck Montagny
Jean-Marc Gounon
Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 362
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
5 GT1 64 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin
Olivier Beretta
Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 349
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
6 GT1 63 Corvette Racing Ron Fellows
Max Papis
Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 347
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 10 Racing for Holland Jan Lammers
Elton Julian
John Bosch
Dome S101 D 346
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 LMP1 12 Courage Compétition Dominik Schwager
Alexander Frei
Christian Vann
Courage C60H Y 339
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
9 GT1 59 Aston Martin Racing David Brabham
Stéphane Sarrazin
Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 333
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 GT2 71 Alex Job Racing
BAM! Motorsport
Mike Rockenfeller
Marc Lieb
Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 332
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT2 90 Petersen Motorsports
White Lightning Racing
Jörg Bergmeister
Patrick Long
Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 331
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT1 50 Larbre Compétition Patrice Goueslard
Olivier Dupard
Vincent Vosse
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 324
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
13 GT2 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Johannes van Overbeek
Lonnie Pechnik
Seth Neiman
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 323
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 LMP1 7 Creation Autosportif Ltd. Nicolas Minassian
Jamie Campbell-Walter
Andy Wallace
DBA 03S M 322
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
15 GT2 76 IMSA Performance Raymond Narac
Sébastien Dumez
Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 LMP1 18 Rollcentre Racing Martin Short
João Barbosa
Vanina Ickx
Dallara SP1 M 318
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
17 GT1 61 Cirtek Motorsport
Russian Age Racing
Convers Team
Nikolai Fomenko
Alexey Vasilyev
Christophe Bouchut
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 315
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
18 GT2 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Luc Alphand
Jérôme Policand
Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 311
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT2 89 Sebah Automotive Ltd. Lars-Erik Nielsen
Thorkild Thyrring
Pierre Ehret
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 307
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
20 LMP2 25 Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) Thomas Erdos
Mike Newton
Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX264 M 305
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
21 LMP2 36 Paul Belmondo Racing Karim A. Ojjeh
Claude-Yves Gosselin
Adam Sharpe
Courage C65 M 300
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
22 LMP2 37 Paul Belmondo Racing Didier André
Paul Belmondo
Rick Sutherland
Courage C65 M 294
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
23 GT2 83 Seikel Motorsport Philip Collin
David Shep
Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 274
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP2 30 Kruse Motorsport Tim Mullen
Ian Mitchell
Phil Bennett
Courage C65 P 268
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
LMP1 9 Team Jota
Zytek Engineering Ltd.
Sam Hignett
John Stack
Haruki Kurosawa
Zytek 04S D 325
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
GT2 95 Racesport Peninsula TVR John Hartshorne
Richard Stanton
Piers Johnson
TVR Tuscan T400R D 256
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
LMP2 24 Rachel Welter Yojiro Terada
Patrice Roussel
William Binnie
WR LMP04 P 233
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
GT1 58 Aston Martin Racing Peter Kox
Pedro Lamy
Tomáš Enge
Aston Martin DBR9 M 327
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
LMP1 17 Pescarolo Sport Soheil Ayari
Eric Hélary
Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 288
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
GT2 92 Cirtek Motorsport
Stefan Eriksson
Joe Macari
Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 218
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
LMP1 5 Jim Gainer International Ryo Michigami
Seiji Ara
Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101Hb D 193
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
GT2 78 Panoz Motor Sports Patrick Bourdais
Bryan Sellers
Marino Franchitti
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 185
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
LMP2 35 G-Force Racing / Bokkenrijders Val Hillebrand
Frank Hahn
Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 D 183
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
GT2 91 T2M Motorsport Yutaka Yamagishi
Xavier Pompidou
Jean-Luc Blanchemain
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 183
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
LMP1 8 Rollcentre Racing Michael Krumm
Bobby Verdon-Roe
Harold Primat
Dallara SP1 M 133
Nissan 3.6L Turbo V8
LMP2 32 Intersport Racing Liz Halliday
Sam Hancock
Gregor Fisken
Lola B05/40 G 119
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 34 Miracle Motorsports John Macaluso
Ian James
Andy Lally
Courage C65 K 115
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 31 Noël del Bello Racing Romain Iannetta
Christophe Pillon
Ni Amorim
Courage C65 M 99
CG-Mecachrome 3.4L V8
GT1 69 JMB Racing Jean-René De Fournoux
Stéphane Daoudi
Jim Matthews
Ferrari 575-GTC P 84
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
GT2 85 Spyker Squadron b.v. Tom Coronel
Peter van Merksteijn
Donny Crevels
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R D 76
Audi 3.8L V8
GT2 93 Scuderia Ecosse Andrew Kirkaldy
Nathan Kinch
Anthony Reid
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 70
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
GT1 51 BMS Scuderia Italia Fabrizio Gollin
Christian Pescatori
Miguel Ramos
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 67
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
GT1 52 BMS Scuderia Italia Michele Bartyan
Matteo Malucelli
Toni Seiler
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 60
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
LMP2 23 Gerard Welter Jean-Bernard Bouvet
Robert Julien
Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP04 P 53
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
LMP1 13 Courage Compétition Jonathan Cochet
Shinji Nakano
Bruce Jouanny
Courage C60H Y 52
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
LMP2 20 Pir Competition Pierre Bruneau
Marc Rostan
Philippe Haezebrouck
Pilbeam MP93 M 32
JPX 3.4L V6
LMP2 39 Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Bob Berridge
Gareth Evans
Peter Owen
Lola B05/40 D 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
LMP2 33 Intersport Racing
Cirtek Motorsport
Juan Barazi
Sergey Zlobin
Bastien Brière
Courage C65 M 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
GT2 77 Panoz Motor Sports Bill Auberlen
Robin Liddell
Scott Maxwell
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 27
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8


  • Pole Position - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.715
  • Fastest Lap - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.968
  • Distance - 5050.5 km
  • Average Speed - 210.216 km/h
  • Highest trap speed - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 329 km/h

Trophy Winners

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #59 Aston Martin Racing


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