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2010 24 Hours of Le Mans

2010 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The race-winning No. 9 Audi R15 TDI plus of Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller, which set a race record for overall distance covered.

The 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans 2010) was the 78th running of the

  • Official website of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

External links

  1. ^ "This year's crowd figure – 238,850". lemans.org.  
  2. ^ "Michelin Energy Endurance Challenge". Le Mans Series. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "2010 24 Heures du Mans: The Official List of the 29 Automatically Selected Entrants".  
  4. ^ a b "The 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours". lemans.org.  
  5. ^ "Withdrawals of Pekaracing, Sora Racing and Pescarolo Sport". lemans.org ( 
  6. ^ "2010: The Main Tendencies". lemans.org.  
  7. ^ "La Dome-Judd S102 forfait!". Endurance-Info. 2010-04-05. Archived from the original on 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  8. ^ "La Ferrari Modena forfait, la 2ème Porsche Felbermayr-Proton admise". Endurance-Info. 2010-05-06. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Trois nouveaux forfaits enregistrés, dont les deux Pescarolo...". Endurance-Info. 2010-05-07. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  10. ^ "24 Heures du Mans : A new reserve and a 56th pit". ACO. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  11. ^ "ACO confirms Race Performance as 56th team". planetlemans.com. 2010-06-02. Archived from the original on 7 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  12. ^ Watkins, Gary (5 July 2010). "GT!'s Last Hurrah".  
  13. ^ "Qualifying 1". lemans.org.  
  14. ^ "Qualifying 2". lemans.org.  
  15. ^ "Risi Ferrari fails scrutineering".  
  16. ^ "Technical report and looking forward to the future".  
  17. ^ Sam Abuelsamid (2010-07-08). "Peugeot finishes analysis of four car Le Mans failure. Conclusion? They drove too fast".  
  18. ^ "Nigel Mansell crashes on Le Mans 24 Hour race debut".  
  19. ^ Steven English (2010-06-13). "Audi claims win as Peugeot crumbles".  
  20. ^ "24 Heures du Mans" (PDF). lemans.org.  

References

Pos. Class
Pos.
Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 1 LMP1 9 Audi Sport North America Mike Rockenfeller
Timo Bernhard
Romain Dumas
Audi R15 TDI plus M 397
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
2 2 LMP1 8 Audi Sport Team Joest André Lotterer
Marcel Fässler
Benoît Tréluyer
Audi R15 TDI plus M 396
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
3 3 LMP1 7 Audi Sport Team Joest Tom Kristensen
Allan McNish
Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI plus M 394
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
4 4 LMP1 6 AIM Team Oreca Matmut Soheil Ayari
Didier André
Andy Meyrick
Oreca 01 D 369
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
5 1 LMP2 42 Strakka Racing Nick Leventis
Danny Watts
Jonny Kane
HPD ARX-01C M 367
HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8
6 5 LMP1 007 Aston Martin Racing Harold Primat
Stefan Mücke
Adrián Fernández
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 365
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
7 2 LMP2 35 OAK Racing Matthieu Lahaye
Guillaume Moreau
Jan Charouz
Pescarolo 01 D 361
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
8 3 LMP2 25 RML Mike Newton
Thomas Erdos
Andy Wallace
Lola B08/80 D 358
HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8
9 4 LMP2 24 OAK Racing Jacques Nicolet
Richard Hein
Jean-François Yvon
Pescarolo 01 D 341
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
10 5 LMP2 41 Team Bruichladdich Tim Greaves
Karim Ojjeh
Gary Chalandon
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 D 341
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
11 1 LMGT2 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Marc Lieb
Richard Lietz
Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 338
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
12 2 LMGT2 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Dominik Farnbacher
Allan Simonsen
Leh Keen
Ferrari F430 GT2 H 336
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
13 1 LMGT1 50 Larbre Compétition Roland Berville
Julien Canal
Gabriele Gardel
Saleen S7-R M 331
Ford 7.0 L V8
14 3 LMGT2 97 BMS Scuderia Italia SpA Marco Holzer
Richard Westbrook
Timo Scheider
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 327
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
15 2 LMGT1 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Stéphane Grégoire
Jérôme Policand
David Hart
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R D 327
Corvette LS7.R 7.0 L V8
16 4 LMGT2 95 AF Corse SRL Giancarlo Fisichella
Jean Alesi
Toni Vilander
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 323
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
17 5 LMGT2 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Raymond Narac
Patrick Pilet
Patrick Long
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 321
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
18 6 LMP2 28 Race Performance AG Pierre Bruneau
Marc Rostan
Ralph Meichtry
Radical SR9 D 321
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
19 6 LMGT2 78 BMW Motorsport Jörg Müller
Augusto Farfus
Uwe Alzen
BMW M3 GT2 D 320
BMW 4.0 L V8
20 7 LMP2 40 Quifel ASM Team Miguel Amaral
Olivier Pla
Warren Hughes
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 M 318
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
21 7 LMGT2 75 Prospeed Competition Paul van Splunteren
Niek Hommerson
Louis Machiels
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 317
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
22 3 LMGT1 52 Young Driver AMR Tomáš Enge
Christoffer Nygaard
Peter Kox
Aston Martin DBR9 M 311
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
23 8 LMP2 37 Gerard Welter Philippe Salini
Stéphane Salini
Tristan Gommendy
WR LMP2008 D 308
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
24 8 LMGT2 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
Miro Konopka
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 304
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
25 9 LMP2 26 Highcroft Racing David Brabham
Marino Franchitti
Marco Werner
HPD ARX-01C M 296
HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8
26 10 LMP2 39 KSM Jean de Pourtales
Hideki Noda
Jonathan Kennard
Lola B07/40 D 291
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
27 9 LMGT2 85 Spyker Squadron Tom Coronel
Peter Dumbreck
Jeroen Bleekemolen
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 280
Audi 4.0 L V8
Not Classified (NC) – Less Than 70% (277 laps)
28 6 LMP1 11 Drayson Racing Paul Drayson
Jonny Cocker
Emanuele Pirro
Lola B09/60 M 254
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
Did Not Finish (DNF)
29 7 LMP1 4 Team Oreca Matmut Olivier Panis
Nicolas Lapierre
Loïc Duval
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 373
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
30 8 LMP1 009 Aston Martin Racing Darren Turner
Juan Barazi
Sam Hancock
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 368
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
31 9 LMP1 1 Team Peugeot Total Alexander Wurz
Marc Gené
Anthony Davidson
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 360
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
32 10 LMP1 15 Kolles Christian Bakkerud
Oliver Jarvis
Christijan Albers
Audi R10 TDI M 331
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
33 11 LMP1 008 Signature-Plus Pierre Ragues
Franck Mailleux
Vanina Ickx
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 D 302
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
34 12 LMP1 2 Team Peugeot Total Nicolas Minassian
Stéphane Sarrazin
Franck Montagny
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 264
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
35 10 LMGT2 64 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin
Olivier Beretta
Emmanuel Collard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 255
Corvette 5.5 L V8
36 4 LMGT1 73 Luc Alphand Aventures Julien Jousse
Xavier Maassen
Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R D 238
Corvette LS7.R 7.0 L V8
37 11 LMGT2 63 Corvette Racing Johnny O'Connell
Jan Magnussen
Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 225
Corvette 5.5 L V8
38 12 LMGT2 83 Risi Competizione Tracy Krohn
Niclas Jönsson
Eric van de Poele
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 197
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
39 13 LMP1 14 Kolles Scott Tucker
Manuel Rodrigues
Christophe Bouchut
Audi R10 TDI M 182
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
40 14 LMP1 12 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost
Neel Jani
Marco Andretti
Lola B10/60 M 175
Rebellion 5.5 L V10
41 5 LMGT1 60 Matech Competition Thomas Mutsch
Romain Grosjean
Jonathan Hirschi
Ford GT1 M 171
Ford 5.3 L V8
42 15 LMP1 13 Rebellion Racing Jean-Christophe Boullion
Andrea Belicchi
Guy Smith
Lola B10/60 M 143
Rebellion 5.5 L V10
43 6 LMGT1 69 JLOC Atsushi Yogo
Koji Yamanishi
Hiroyuki Iiri
Lamborghini Murciélago LP670 R-SV Y 138
Lamborghini 6.5 L V12
44 13 LMGT2 82 Risi Competizione Jaime Melo
Gianmaria Bruni
Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 116
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
45 14 LMGT2 92 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell
Tim Sugden
Bryce Miller
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 71
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
46 15 LMGT2 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Seth Neiman
Darren Law
Jörg Bergmeister
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 61
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
47 7 LMGT1 61 Matech Competition Natacha Gachnang
Cyndie Allemann
Rahel Frey
Ford GT1 M 59
Ford 5.3 L V8
48 11 LMP2 29 Racing Box SRL Luca Pirri
Marco Cioci
Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Lola B08/80 D 57
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
49 16 LMGT2 79 BMW Motorsport Andy Priaulx
Dirk Müller
Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 D 53
BMW 4.0 L V8
50 12 LMP2 38 Pegasus Racing Julien Schell
Frédéric da Rocha
David Zollinger
Norma M200P D 40
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
51 16 LMP1 3 Peugeot Sport Total Sébastien Bourdais
Pedro Lamy
Simon Pagenaud
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 38
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
52 8 LMGT1 70 Marc VDS Racing Team Eric de Doncker
Bas Leinders
Markus Palttala
Ford GT1 M 26
Ford 5.0 L V8
53 17 LMP1 5 Beechdean Mansell Nigel Mansell
Greg Mansell
Leo Mansell
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S D 4
Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8
54 17 LMGT2 81 Jaguar RSR Paul Gentilozzi
Ryan Dalziel
Marc Goossens
Jaguar XKR GT2 Y 4
Jaguar 5.0 L V8
55 18 LMP1 19 Michael Lewis/Autocon Michael Lewis
Bryan Willman
Tony Burgess
Lola B06/10 D 1
AER P32T 4.0 L Turbo V8
Did Not Start (DNS)
DNS  – LMGT2 96 AF Corse SRL Luís Pérez Companc
Matías Russo
Mika Salo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M  –
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

Class winners are marked in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance or finish the race (Did Not Finish/DNF) are marked as Not Classified (NC).[20] (Cars marked as NC are moved to the back of the field, regardless of number of laps completed.)

Race results

At the end of the 24 hours, just 28 cars were able to complete the full race.[19]

In GT2 the Flying Lizard Porsche was the first to drop out after a tire puncture before the start. The #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari was quickly recovering from its penalty and at just over two hours was right behind the class leading Corvettes. The class lead was swapped several times until the #82 Ferrari suffered a gearbox failure and would not emerge again. The #63 Corvette suffered reliability issues at night, while the #64 Corvette was in the GT2 lead, running a full two laps ahead of the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche. With less than seven hours to go the #64 lost grip and spun in the Porsche Curves as the #1 Peugeot with Anthony Davidson at the wheel was lapping the Corvette. Emmanuel Collard managed to bring the car back to the pits but subsequent repairs cost them ten laps and soon engine failure followed on the Corvette. Team Felbermayr-Proton took the GT2 lead and a very consistent run saw the team holding onto the lead until the finish. They won the LMGT2 category for Porsche, their first since their 2007 win. The drivers had claimed that their car was about half a second off the Ferrari and Corvette's pace.

Larbre Compétition earned Saleen their first LMGT1 category victory at Le Mans since the car first appeared in 2001, finishing five laps ahead of the Alphand Corvette after having a trouble-free run, and was in fact the only car in the class to come from an endurance-based series. Aston Martin was leading the class but 2 gearbox replacements put them out of contention for the win, came in third in class and the last GT1 to finish. All three Ford GT1s dropped out in the night after mechanical problems. This is the second time that a GT1 winner stayed behind the GT2 field – this also occurred in 2001 under the GTS/GT classes, respectively – while the Saleen completing at a comparatively low 331 laps for this decade.

Honda, under the guise of HPD, won on their debut in the LMP2 category at Le Mans in the hands of Strakka Racing, and at fifth overall was in fact the best ever result achieved by an LMP2 car. Strakka Racing's strategy was to go completely flat out, while the Patron Highcroft team opted to run at a slightly more conservative pace for the unproven reliability. Ironically it was the Highcroft car that faced reliability issues, and, once running as high as second in class, dropped to the third last classified finisher because of water leak. Strakka had no such issues and they were in fact the 2nd highest overall petrol-fuelled finisher. Second in LMP2, the Pescarolo, was a distant seven laps behind.

Two of the Lola-Aston Martin B09/60s also failed to finish the race, while having very little evolutions to the car. #009 succumbed to mechanical failures near the end of the race but still completed more laps than the sixth place #007. The Oreca-01 AIM ranks as the highest petrol-fuelled finisher, in fourth position. The Autocon Motorsports LMP1 entry was the first to exit out of Le Mans after mechanical issues in the first lap of the race; shortly after, Nigel Mansell crashed out his Ginetta-Zytek car after suffering a tire puncture.[18]

None of the Peugeots finished the race, despite Peugeot being favourite to win the race. The #3 car retired just two hours into the race with a suspension failure, resulting in a broken chassis tub with Pedro Lamy behind the wheel. Sébastien Bourdais the pole-setter did not even get to drive the car. The #2 Peugeot retired with engine problems in the early morning and an exploding turbocharger while leading the race. This left the sole remaining #1 Peugeot to defend the marque's title. By that time, the #1 Peugeot was running 6th, after dropping 3 laps to replace its alternator. In the closing hour, The #1 Peugeot ran at extremely fast qualifying pace to chase the Audis and eventually overtook the #8 Audi for second position and was on the pace of catching the leading #9 Audi. Unfortunately, the #1 Peugeot also suffered an engine failure, almost identical to its sister car. In a post-race analysis by Peugeot, the #3 damage was the suspension mounting point separating from the carbon fiber tub, causing an undetected structural problem that forced the #3 to retire. The #2 and #1 car, as well as the #4 Oreca that suffered the same engine failure as the other two about slightly over an hour left in the race, was caused by the increased stress of the engines (particularly the connecting rod) that caused the engine failures, partially because of the pace the Audis were going at. In particular this race had perfectly dry weather and therefore no rain would slow the pace of these LMP1, which might have also put too much stress to the Peugeot engines as well as the reason for the distance record.[16][17]

Timo Bernhard became the first driver since 2005 to complete the Triple Crown of endurance racing (winning the 2003 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring); Marco Werner (ran aboard a Highcroft Racing LMP2 car this year) was the last one to do such feat (won the 1995 24 Hours of Daytona and completed in 2005 with wins in both Sebring and Le Mans). In addition, Rockenfeller became the first driver since 1988 to win both the 24 Hours of Daytona (race report) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year; Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace of Tom Walkinshaw Racing were the last two drivers to do the same feat.

Although the ACO tried to chop off power from the diesels by reducing the restrictor size and turbo boost, cars managed to run faster than they did in 2009. They were consistent in running much faster than the target 3:30 that ACO had hoped for. The race was won by the #9 Audi R15 TDI plus driven by Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard, and Romain Dumas as Audi swept the overall race podium to earn their ninth overall victory; it was the fourth time that Audi swept the podium, with the factory Joest team sweeping in 2000 and 2002, as well as three different customer teams for Audi in 2004 (Japanese Team Goh, British Team Veloqx and American Champion Racing). A new overall distance record was also set with the winning car completing 397 laps and covering 5,410.713 km (3,362.061 mi), bettering the distance set in 1971. Two other R15s (all three ran by Joest Racing) also ran longer than the distance set in 1971 (the second place #8 ran one lap behind, 396 laps and 5,397.084 km (3,353.593 mi); the third place #7 ran 394 laps and 5,369.826 km (3,336.655 mi); the 1971 record was 397 laps and 5,335.313 km (3,315.210 mi) over the chicaneless 13.469 km (8.369 mi) configuration, while the current configuration (ran since 2007) is 13.629 km (8.469 mi)).

Summary

Race

^  – The No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari had its qualifying times disallowed following an infringement discovered in post-qualifying technical inspection.[15]
Pos No. Team Car Class Day 1[13] Day 2[14] Gap Grid
1 3 Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:19.711 3:20.212 1
2 1 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:20.317 3:22.007 +0.606 2
3 2 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:20.325 3:20.961 +0.614 3
4 4 Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 3:21.129 3:23.141 +1.481 4
5 9 Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 3:23.578 3:21.981 +2.270 5
6 7 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 3:24.688 3:22.176 +2.465 6
7 8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 3:24.430 3:23.605 +3.894 7
8 007 Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:26.680 3:29.369 +6.969 8
9 009 Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:26.747 3:28.869 +7.036 9
10 6 AIM Team Oreca Matmut Oreca 01-AIM LMP1 3:30.056 3:29.506 +9.795 10
11 008 Signature-Plus Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 LMP1 3:29.774 3:37.142 +10.063 11
12 14 Kolles Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:30.907 3:31.870 +11.196 12
13 15 Kolles Audi R10 TDI LMP1 3:31.661 3:34.401 +11.950 13
14 11 Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 LMP1 3:36.634 3:31.862 +12.151 14
15 42 Strakka Racing HPD ARX-01C LMP2 3:36.168 3:33.079 +13.368 15
16 12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60-Rebellion LMP1 No Time 3:33.490 +13.779 16
17 26 Highcroft Racing HPD ARX-01C LMP2 3:37.202 3:34.537 +14.826 17
18 5 Beechdean Mansell Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 3:36.897 3:38.367 +17.186 18
19 13 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60-Rebellion LMP1 3:44.101 3:37.093 +17.382 19
20 25 RML Lola B08/80-HPD LMP2 3:44.598 3:39.648 +19.937 20
21 40 Quifel ASM Team Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 3:41.968 3:40.532 +20.821 21
22 35 OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP2 3:42.399 3:41.310 +21.599 22
23 19 Michael Lewis/Autocon Lola B06/10-AER LMP1 4:00.646 3:43.167 +23.456 23
24 29 Racing Box SRL Lola B08/80-Judd LMP2 3:51.065 3:47.971 +28.260 24
25 41 Team Bruichladdich Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S/2 LMP2 3:55.680 3:51.189 +31.478 25
26 39 KSM Lola B07/40 LMP2 3:52.972 3:51.310 +31.599 26
27 24 OAK Racing Pescarolo 01-Judd LMP2 3:52.730 3:52.008 +32.297 27
28 38 Pegasus Racing Norma M200P LMP2 4:03.784 3:52.837 +33.126 28
29 37 Gerard Welter WR LMP2008 LMP2 3:55.818 3:53.109 +33.398 29
30 28 Race Performance AG Radical SR9 LMP2 3:59.361 3:53.942 +34.231 30
31 52 Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 LMGT1 3:55.025 4:02.133 +35.314 31
32 70 Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT1 LMGT1 4:00.325 3:55.356 +35.645 32
33 60 Matech Competition Ford GT1 LMGT1 3:57.296 3:55.583 +35.872 33
34 73 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R LMGT1 3:58.810 4:14.438 +39.099 34
35 72 Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R LMGT1 3:58.906 4:03.423 +39.195 35
36 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 LMGT2 3:59.233 4:03.104 +39.522 55
37 64 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R LMGT2 4:01.012 3:59.435 +39.724 36
38 63 Corvette Racing Corvette C6.R LMGT2 4:00.097 3:59.793 +40.082 37
39 95 AF Corse SRL Ferrari F430 GT2 LMGT2 4:02.492 3:59.837 +40.126 38
40 61 Matech Competition Ford GT1 LMGT1 4:11.566 4:01.628 +41.917 39
41 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:02.001 4:01.640 +41.929 40
42 76 IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:01.755 4:06.630 +42.044 41
43 78 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 LMGT2 4:04.986 4:01.893 +42.182 42
44 97 BMS Scuderia Italia SpA Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:06.278 4:02.014 +42.303 43
45 89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GT2 LMGT2 4:03.886 4:02.427 +42.716 44
46 96 AF Corse SRL Ferrari F430 GT2 LMGT2 4:02.615 No Time +42.904 WD
47 80 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:08.315 4:02.685 +42.974 45
48 50 Larbre Compétition Saleen S7-R LMGT1 4:03.175 4:06.091 +43.464 46
49 79 BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 LMGT2 4:05.851 4:03.215 +43.504 47
50 83 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT2 LMGT2 4:03.959 4:13.047 +44.248 48
51 85 Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R-Audi LMGT2 4:06.997 4:04.057 +44.346 49
52 92 JMW Motorsport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 LMGT2 4:06.391 4:04.303 +44.592 50
53 69 JLOC Lamborghini Murciélago LP670 R-SV LMGT1 4:13.368 4:05.170 +45.459 51
54 75 Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:14.578 4:10.017 +50.306 52
55 88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR LMGT2 4:10.054 4:20.293 +50.343 53
56 81 Jaguar RSR Jaguar XKR GT2 LMGT2 4:13.537 4:12.431 +52.720 54

Class leaders are in bold, the fastest lap for each car is in gray.

Qualifying result

Qualifying

Free practice

The GT2 category for 2010 was represented by no less than six different automobile manufacturers. Corvette Racing, multiple champion of the GT1 category, moved to the GT2 category with a new version of the Corvette, while BMW Motorsport returned for the first time since their 1999 victory by entering their M3 model. The two-car entry included the latest in a line of BMW Art Cars at Le Mans with artist Jeff Koons designing the graphics for the No. 79 car. Porsche remained well supported in the category with six cars amongst five teams, while Ferrari had five cars including two-time defending class winner Risi Competizione and AF Corse's No. 95 car which featured former Formula One drivers Jean Alesi and Giancarlo Fisichella. Jaguar also returned to Le Mans in the hands of RSR, while Aston Martin and Spyker were represented by single-car entries.

A mixture of two types of car was entered in the GT1 category, coming either from the new sprint format of the FIA GT1 World Championship or from endurance racing in the Le Mans Series. Young Driver AMR represented the FIA GT1 Aston Martin, while two entries from Matech Competition and a single Marc VDS Racing Team entry brought the new Ford GT to Le Mans for the first time. One of Matech's entries featured a line-up of all Swiss women, the latest in a line of all-female crews at Le Mans. On the endurance side of the card, Larbre Compétition entered their Le Mans Series Saleen while Luc Alphand once again entered two Corvettes. The 2010 race was the final year for the GT1 class at Le Mans.[12]

The LMP2 category featured the return of Honda to Le Mans for the first time since 1996, with Honda Performance Development's (HPD) ARX-01 chassis being entered by Strakka Racing and Highcroft Racing. Highcroft also made their debut at Le Mans, coming off winning the LMP1 championship in the American Le Mans Series and enlisting 2009 race winner David Brabham as part of their squad. HPD also supplied a RML with their engine, although this was used in the team's Lola chassis instead. OAK Racing provided the only two car team in the category, leading development of the Pescarolo 01 chassis and switching from Mazda to Judd engines. Defending Le Mans Series champions Quifel ASM Team were among two entries utilizing the Ginetta-Zytek chassis.

The 56 field entry included many of the manufacturer teams, most notably in the LMP1 category. Both Peugeot and Audi entered three factory cars, while Peugeot also included a 908 HDi FAP run privately by the Oreca squad. Marc Gené and Alexander Wurz returned in the No. 1 Peugeot as the defending race winners, this time joined by Anthony Davidson. Audi, in an attempt to not repeat from their loss the previous year, heavily modified their Audi R15 TDIs to a plus specification to better combat Peugeot. Aston Martin's entry was downsized from the previous year with just two factory entries, while a third car was privately entered by the Signature-Plus squad. Other major entries in the LMP1 category included a duo of Kolles Audi R10s once again, while Rebellion Racing featured two of the latest Lola coupes. Team Oreca, despite running a Peugeot, also entered one of their 01 chassis with the AIM engine. Former Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell also brought his own team with a Ginetta-Zytek and partnered with his two sons, Leo and Greg.

The first entry to be withdrawn from the list was the Dome LMP1, allowing Pegasus Racing's Norma MP200P-Judd to be promoted.[7] On 6 May, the Team Modena Ferrari entry was withdrawn allowing the No. 88 Felbermayr-Proton Porsche into the race.[8] In a press announcement at the 1000 km of Spa the ACO confirmed the withdrawal of the PK Carsport entry after the car was damaged by a fire at the FIA GT1 RAC Tourist Trophy as well as the dopping of both Pescarolo Sport entries, one under the Sora Racing title. The KSM LMP2, the second Matech Competition Ford, and the second AF Corse Ferrari were all allowed into the entry.[9] On 28 May, the ACO confirmed the completion of an additional pit garage in time for the race. A reserve entry for Race Performance was initially granted before the team was promoted on 2 June to the full entry, increasing the starters to 56.[10][11]

On 4 February 2010, the ACO released their first official entry list of 55 cars plus ten reserves. A total of 85 entries had been submitted to the ACO.[4] For the first time, all 65 entries (55 entries and 10 reserves) were required to nominate one driver who would be required to participate in the race, although several teams took the opportunity to name their second and third drivers. Teams had until 12 May to complete their full lineup of drivers.[6] A new element to the reserves list for 2010 was that the ten were divided evenly with five LMPs and five GTs. Rather than the first reserve replacing a car of any class, a withdrawing LMP could only be replaced by another LMP and the same applied to GTs.

Entry list

1.^  – Pescarolo Sport, Sora Racing and Pekaracing accepted their invitations but later withdrew their entries.[5]
2.^  – Larbre Compétition finished second in the GT1 category in the Le Mans Series but were not awarded an invitation due to not participating in the full five race season.[3]
3.^  – Dyson Racing Team won the P2 category at the Petit Le Mans but their car used a rear wing which did not meet ACO 2009 regulations and they were therefore not awarded an invitation.[3]
Reason Entered LMP1 LMP2 LMGT1 LMGT2
1st in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Peugeot Sport Total Team Essex Corvette Racing Risi Competizione
2nd in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Team Peugeot Total Speedy Racing Team Sebah Luc Alphand Aventures BMS Scuderia Italia
1st in the Le Mans Series Aston Martin Racing Quifel ASM Team Luc Alphand Aventures Team Felbermayr-Proton
2nd in the Le Mans Series Pescarolo Sport Speedy Racing Team Sebah No Recipient JMW Motorsport
1st in the Petit Le Mans Peugeot Sport Total No Recipient Risi Competizione
1st in the American Le Mans Series Patrón Highcroft Racing Lowe's Fernández Racing Flying Lizard Motorsports
1st in the Asian Le Mans Series Sora Racing OAK Racing JLOC Hankook Team Farnbacher
1st in the FIA GT Championship Vitaphone Racing Team AF Corse
2nd in the FIA GT Championship Pekaracing Prospeed Competition
1st in the LMS Green X Challenge Speedy Racing Team Sebah

Of the 29 automatic entries awarded, 21 were accepted by their respective teams in February. Teams which did not accept their automatic invitation are denoted in blue.[4]

Automatic entries to the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans were granted to teams that performed well in the previous year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 2009 seasons of the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and the Petit Le Mans. An automatic invitation was also awarded to the team which accumulated the most points in the Michelin Green X Challenge as part of the Le Mans Series. The award was based on fuel economy of competitors during each event.[2] On 19 November 2009 the ACO published their automatic invitations to 29 teams.[3]

Automatic invitations

Entries

Schedule
Date Time (local) Event
Sunday, 6 June 14:30 – 19:00 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Monday, 7 June 09:30 – 17:30 Sporting Checks and Administrative scrutineering
Wednesday, 9 June 16:00 – 20:00 Free practice
22:00 – 24:00 Qualifying
Thursday, 10 June 19:00 – 21:00 Qualifying
22:00 – 24:00
Friday, 11 June 18:00 – 19:00 Drivers' parade in Le Mans City center
Saturday, 12 June 09:00 – 09:45 Warm-up
15:00 Start of the 78th 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sunday, 13 June 15:00 Finish of the 78th 24 Hours of Le Mans

Schedule

Contents

  • Schedule 1
  • Entries 2
    • Automatic invitations 2.1
    • Entry list 2.2
  • Free practice 3
  • Qualifying 4
    • Qualifying result 4.1
  • Race 5
    • Summary 5.1
    • Race results 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Audi avenged their loss to the Peugeots in the race by winning the 2010 race with the new R15 TDI plus (a revised version of the R15 compared to last year's), relying on reliability rather than overall speed, much so like they did in the 2005 and 2008 race. The Peugeots, with its four 908 HDi FAPs, were favoured to win the race but was plagued with a broken suspension on one of the 908s early in the race and engine-related failures on the other three after sunrise. Audi's victory marked a new overall distance record (breaking the record set back in 1971), as well as marking the 9th time Audi has won the race (in 12 years of racing at Le Mans), tying Ferrari for 2nd all time in terms of number of overall victories by car manufacturer.

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