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2003 24 Hours of Le Mans

The winning Bentley, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2009

The 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 71st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14 and 15 June 2003.

Race

After three consecutive wins, the Audi factory team officially did not field a team, although several privateers did use R8 chassis. Bentley, with an Audi engine and support from Audi works team Joest Racing, won its first Le Mans title since 1930 with a Bentley Speed 8, driven by Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Guy Smith. In the process, Danish driver Kristensen set a record with his fourth straight victory. The other Team Bentley entry, driven by David Brabham, Mark Blundell and Johnny Herbert, finished second, ahead of the customer Audis.

In GTS-class, the Prodrive Ferraris went on to beat the fastest Corvette by a margin of 10 laps, ending their streak of class wins. American Alex Job Racing took the GT-class victory, while Noel del Bello survived to take LMP675.

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
Engine
1 LMGTP 7 Team Bentley Rinaldo Capello
Tom Kristensen
Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 M 377
Bentley 4.0L Turbo V8
2 LMGTP 8 Team Bentley Mark Blundell
David Brabham
Johnny Herbert
Bentley Speed 8 M 375
Bentley 4.0L Turbo V8
3 LMP900 6 Champion Racing JJ Lehto
Emanuele Pirro
Stefan Johansson
Audi R8 M 372
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP900 5 Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Seiji Ara
Jan Magnussen
Marco Werner
Audi R8 M 370
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
5 LMP900 11 JML Team Panoz Olivier Beretta
Gunnar Jeannette
Max Papis
Panoz LMP01 Evo M 360
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8
6 LMP900 15 Racing for Holland Jan Lammers
John Bosch
Andy Wallace
Dome S101 M 360
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
7 LMP900 13 Courage Compétition Jonathan Cochet
Stéphane Grégoire
Jean-Marc Gounon
Courage C60 M 360
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 LMP900 17 Pescarolo Sport Jean-Christophe Boullion
Franck Lagorce
Stéphane Sarrazin
Courage C60 M 356
Peugeot 3.2L Turbo V6
9 LMP900 18 Pescarolo Sport Eric Hélary
Nicolas Minassian
Soheil Ayari
Courage C60 M 352
Peugeot 3.2L Turbo V6
10 GTS 88 Veloqx Prodrive Racing Tomáš Enge
Peter Kox
Jamie Davies
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 336
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
11 GTS 50 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin
Kelly Collins
Andy Pilgrim
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 326
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
12 GTS 53 Corvette Racing Ron Fellows
Johnny O'Connell
Franck Freon
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 326
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
13 LMP900 9 Kondo Racing Masahiko Kondo
Ukyo Katayama
Ryo Fukuda
Dome S101 Y 322
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
14 GT 93 Alex Job Racing
Petersen Motorsports
Sascha Maassen
Emmanuel Collard
Lucas Luhr
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 320
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
15 LMP675 29 Noël del Bello Racing Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Christophe Pillon
Didier André
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 319
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0L Turbo I4
16 GTS 86 Larbre Compétition Patrice Goueslard
Christophe Bouchut
Steve Zacchia
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0L V10
17 GT 87 Orbit Racing Leo Hindery, Jr.
Peter Baron
Marc Lieb
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 314
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
18 GT 75 Thierry Perrier
Perspective Racing
Michel Neugarten
Nigel Smith
Ian Khan
Porsche 911 GT3-RS P 305
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT 77 Team Taisan Advan Atsushi Yogo
Akira Iida
Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 304
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
20 GT 81 The Racer's Group Kevin Buckler
Timo Bernhard
Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 304
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
21 GTS 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Luc Alphand
Jérôme Policand
Frédéric Dor
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 298
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
22 LMP675 26 RN Motorsport Ltd. John Nielsen
Hayanari Shimoda
Casper Elgaard
DBA4 03S D 288
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
23 GT 78 PK Sport, Ltd. Robin Liddell
David Warnock
Piers Masarati
Porsche 911 GT3-RS P 285
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP900 19 Automotive Durango SRL Sylvain Boulay
Michele Rugolo
Jean-Bernard Bouvet
Durango LMP1 D 277
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
25 GT 70 JMB Racing David Terrien
Fabrizio de Simone
Fabio Babini
Ferrari 360 Modena GT P 273
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
26 GT 94 Risi Competizione Anthony Lazzaro
Ralf Kelleners
Terry Borcheller
Ferrari 360 Modena GT M 269
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
27 GT 84 T2M Motorsport Vanina Ickx
Roland Bervillé
Patrick Bourdais
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 264
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
28
NC
GTS 64 Graham Nash Motorsport
Ray Mallock Ltd.
Pedro Chaves
Thomas Erdos
Mike Newton
Saleen S7-R D 292
Ford 7.0L V8
29
NC
GT 85 ST Team Orange Spyker Norman Simon
Tom Coronel
Hans Hugenholtz
Spyker C8 Double-12R D 229
Audi 4.0L V8
30
NC
LMP675 24 Rachel Welter Yojiro Terada
Olivier Porta
Gavin Pickering
WR LMP01 M 235
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
31
DNF
LMP900 16 Racing for Holland Felipe Ortiz
Beppe Gabbiani
Tristan Gommendy
Dome S101 M 316
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
32
DNF
LMP900 12 JML Team Panoz Benjamin Leuenberger
David Saelens
Scott Maxwell
Panoz LMP01 Evo M 233
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8
33
DNF
GTS 68 Scorp Motorsport Communication Luis Marques
Olivier Thévenin
Denis Dupuis
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 229
Chrysler 8.0L V10
34
DNF
GT 99 XL Racing Ange Barde
Michel Ferté
Gaël Lasoudier
Ferrari 550 Maranello P 227
Ferrari F131 5.5L V12
35
DNF
LMP900 4 Riley & Scott Racing Jim Matthews
Marc Goossens
Christophe Tinseau
Riley & Scott Mk III C M 214
Ford (Yates) 6.0L V8
36
DNF
LMP675 25 Gerard Welter Bastien Brière
Jean-René de Fournoux
Stéphane Daoudi
WR LMP02 M 176
Peugeot 3.0L V6
37
DNF
GTS 80 Veloqx Prodrive Racing Anthony Davidson
Kelvin Burt
Darren Turner
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 176
Ferrari F131 5.9L V12
38
DNF
LMP900 14 Team Nasamax
McNeil Engineering
Romain Dumas
Robbie Sterling
Werner Lupberger
Reynard 01Q G 138
Cosworth XDE 2.7L Turbo V8
(Bioethanol)
39
DNF
GT 95 Risi Competizione Shane Lewis
Butch Leitzinger
Johnny Mowlem
Ferrari 360 Modena GT Y 138
Ferrari F133 3.6L V8
40
DNF
GT 83 Seikel Motorsport Anthony Burgess
David Shep
Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 134
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
41
DNF
LMP675 27 Intersport Racing Jon Field
Duncan Dayton
Rick Sutherland
MG-Lola EX257 G 107
MG (AER) XP20 2.0L Turbo I4
42
DNF
GT 92 Dewalt Racesports Salisbury Mike Jordan
Michael Caine
Tim Sugden
TVR Tuscan T400R D 93
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
43
DNF
GTS 66 Konrad Motorsport Franz Konrad
Toni Seiler
Walter Brun
Saleen S7-R D 91
Ford 7.0L V8
44
DNF
LMP900 21 Edouard Sezionale Patrice Roussel
Edouard Sezionale
Lucas Lasserre
Norma M2000-2 D 82
Ford (Roush) 6.0L V8
45
DNF
LMP675 31 Courage Compétition David Hallyday
Philippe Alliot
Carl Rosenblad
Courage C65 M 41
JPX 3.4L V6
46
DNF
LMP900 10 Audi Sport UK
Arena Motorsport
Frank Biela
Perry McCarthy
Mika Salo
Audi R8 M 28
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
47
DNF
LMP675 23 Team Bucknum Racing Jeff Bucknum
Bryan Willman
Chris McMurry
Pilbeam MP91 D 27
JPX 3.4L V6
48
DNF
GT 91 Dewalt Racesport Salisbury Rob Barff
Richard Hay
Richard Stanton
TVR Tuscan T400R D 11
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
49
DNF
GTS 61 Carsport America Mike Hezemans
Anthony Kumpen
David Hart
Pagani Zonda GR P 10
Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.0L V12
DNS LMP900 20 Lister Racing Jamie Campbell-Walter
Nathan Kinch
Vincent Vosse
Lister Storm LMP D -
Chevrolet LS1 6.0L V8

Statistics

  • Pole Position — #7 Team Bentley — 3:32.843
  • Fastest Lap — #8 Team Bentley — 3:35.529
  • Distance — 5146.05 km
  • Average Speed — 214.33 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Dome Mugen & Dome Judd - 337 km/h (qualifying)
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