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Le Mans June 2008

Jaffa Racer organised a weekend to see the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 2008. The trip was based in Bagnoles de l'Orne about an hour from the race track. Bagnoles is a lovely small town, very clean and wonderfully picturesque and it made a superb base for the weekend. The event was fun from start to finish, with a great race, some superb driving on wondeful french roads and a great bunch of people to have a laugh with. Well done Kev for putting together such a fun weekend.

1. Jaffa Racer and Bob
2. Beastie and Peanut
3. MiniFriz and Begzie
4. Michelle and Dav51
5. PAA100
6. Emu_p

The 2008 Le Mans Race

The Race

Source: Wikipedia

The race began at 3:00 pm local time (GMT+1), with the French Tricolour Flag being waved by a group of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The three Peugeot 908s led the field into the first chicane, but Allan McNish overtook the #7 Peugeot of Nicolas Minassian at the exit of the Dunlop Chicane. Minassian retook the position on the Mulsanne Straight, and the Peugeots maintained the top three positions at the end of the first lap.

In the early hours, the Peugeot #8, Pole setter and only car to set a fast race lap under 3:20, by black flag had been ordered into the pits to repair the headlights. This car trailed the other Diesels by several laps. The GT2 class saw drama for the two Porsches which had been battling for the class lead, as #80 collided with the Pole setting Porsche #76. Only #77 could continue after lengthy repairs.

The situation after 12 hours was as follows: Peugeot #7 was leading, with the first five being within 2 laps, with Audi #2 in 2nd, followed by Peugeot #9, and the Audi #3 and #1. Due to the fast pace in close competition, and despite 34min of safety car neutralisation, the leaders had completed 200 laps after 12 hours, the laps and distances covered in 1971 and 1988 might have been topped despite the track having chicanes now. In the LMP2 class, the leader was 10th overall, the two Porsche being within a lap, leading the next car by 9 laps. In GT1, the leader was 15th overall, the Aston Martins and Corvettes racing head to head less than a minute apart, with six cars being within six laps. The GT2 class, the leading Ferrari was 26th overall, with no less than five Ferrari battling for the Italian class win which was to be expected after the two class leading Porsche had collided, and five other GT2 cars were already out.

The second half of the race was under wet conditions. In the end, Audi and Kristensen won once again, with the best Peugeot being in the same lap, but not in reach for overtaking. The six factory-entered Diesels dominated the LMP1 class, having no major problems. The Porsche RS Spyders dominated the LMP2 class, beating several LMP1 also in fastest lap times. In the GT1 class, the Aston placed 13th overall prevailed over a Corvette which also covered 344 laps, with three more GT1 chasing them. Of the five Ferrari which had led the GT2 class, three made it to the finish ahead of the remaining ill-fated Porsches which were capable of lapping slightly faster. Of the 35 cars still running after 24 hours, only one failed to cover 70% of the 381 laps of the winner. Despite the conditions, the distance record on the current track layout, 380 laps, set in 2006, was beaten by one lap by both the #2 Audi and the #7 Peugeot.

Provisional results

Class winners are marked in bold. Cars finishing the race but not completing 70% of the winner's distance or cars not finishing the race at the end of 24 hours (marked as DNF; regardless of distance) are listed as NC (Not Classified).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 2 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Flag of Italy Rinaldo Capello
Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI M 381
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 7 Flag of France Team Peugeot Total Flag of France Nicolas Minassian
Flag of Spain Marc Gené
Flag of Canada Jacques Villeneuve
Peugeot 908 M 381
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
3 LMP1 9 Flag of France Peugeot Sport Total Flag of France Franck Montagny
Flag of Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Flag of Austria Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 M 379
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
4 LMP1 3 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Flag of Germany Lucas Luhr
Flag of France Alexandre Prémat
Audi R10 TDI M 374
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP1 8 Flag of France Team Peugeot Total Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin
Flag of Portugal Pedro Lamy
Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz
Peugeot 908 M 368
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
6 LMP1 1 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America Flag of Germany Frank Biela
Flag of Germany Marco Werner
Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R10 TDI M 367
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
7 LMP1 17 Flag of France Pescarolo Sport Flag of France Christophe Tinseau
Flag of France Benoît Tréluyer
Flag of Switzerland Harold Primat
Pescarolo 01 M 362
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
8 LMP1 5 Flag of France Team Oreca-Matmut Flag of France Soheil Ayari
Flag of France Loïc Duval
Flag of France Laurent Groppi
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 357
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 LMP1 10 Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System
Flag of the United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing
Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Flag of Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60 M 354
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 LMP2 34 Flag of the Netherlands Van Merksteijn Motorsport
Flag of the Netherlands Equipe Verschuur
Flag of the Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn
Flag of the Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 354
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
11 LMP1 18 Flag of the United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing Flag of Portugal João Barbosa
Flag of France Stéphan Grégoire
Flag of Belgium Vanina Ickx
Pescarolo 01 D 352
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
12 LMP2 31 Flag of Denmark Team Essex Flag of Denmark Casper Elgaard
Flag of Denmark John Nielsen
Flag of Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo D 347
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
13 GT1 009 Flag of the United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Flag of Australia David Brabham
Flag of Spain Antonio García
Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 344
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
14 GT1 63 Flag of the United States Corvette Racing Flag of the United States Johnny O'Connell
Flag of Denmark Jan Magnussen
Flag of Canada Ron Fellows
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 344
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
15 GT1 64 Flag of the United States Corvette Racing Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Flag of Monaco Olivier Beretta
Flag of Italy Max Papis
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 341
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
16 GT1 007 Flag of the United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Flag of Italy Andrea Piccini
Flag of Austria Karl Wendlinger
Aston Martin DBR9 M 339
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
17 GT1 72 Flag of France Luc Alphand Aventures Flag of France Luc Alphand
Flag of France Guillaume Moreau
Flag of France Jérôme Policand
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 335
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
18 LMP2 35 Flag of France Saulnier Racing Flag of France Pierre Ragues
Flag of France Mathieu Lahaye
Flag of the People's Republic of China Cheng Cong Fu
Pescarolo 01 M 333
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
19 GT2 82 Flag of the United States Risi Competizione Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Flag of Finland Mika Salo
Flag of Brazil Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 326
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 LMP2 40 Flag of Portugal Quifel ASM Team Flag of Portugal Miguel Amaral
Flag of France Olivier Pla
Flag of the United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B05/40 D 325
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
21 GT1 73 Flag of France Luc Alphand Aventures Flag of France Jean-Luc Blanchemain
Flag of France Laurent Pasquali
Flag of France Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 325
Chevrolet LS7.R 7.0 L V8
22 GT2 97 Flag of Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Flag of Italy Matteo Malucelli
Flag of Italy Paolo Ruberti
Flag of Italy Fabio Babini
Ferrari F430 GT2 P 318
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 GT2 90 Flag of Germany Farnbacher Racing Flag of Germany Pierre Ehret
Flag of Germany Pierre Kaffer
Flag of Denmark Lars-Erik Nielsen
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 317
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 LMP1 14 Flag of the United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Flag of the United Kingdom Stuart Hall
Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
Flag of Belgium Marc Goossens
Creation CA07 D 316
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
25 GT2 99 Flag of Monaco JMB Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom Aucott Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom Ben Aucott
Flag of France Alain Ferté
Flag of France Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 312
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
26 LMP1 4 Flag of France Saulnier Racing Flag of France Jacques Nicolet
Flag of Monaco Marc Faggionato
Flag of Monaco Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 M 311
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
27 GT2 77 Flag of Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Flag of Austria Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Flag of Australia Alex Davison
Flag of Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 309
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
28 GT1 50 Flag of France Larbre Compétition Flag of France Christophe Bouchut
Flag of France David Smet
Flag of France Patrick Bornhauser
Saleen S7-R M 306
Ford 7.0 L V8
29 LMP2 32 Flag of France Barazi-Epsilon Flag of the Netherlands Michael Vergers
Flag of Denmark Juan Barazi
Flag of the United Kingdom Stuart Moseley
Zytek 07S/2 M 304
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
30 GT1 59 Flag of the United Kingdom Team Modena Flag of the United States Terry Borcheller
Flag of Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
Flag of the Netherlands Jos Menten
Aston Martin DBR9 M 302
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
31 LMP2 26 Flag of the United Kingdom Team Bruichladdich Radical Flag of France Marc Rostan
Flag of the United States Gunnar Jeannette
Flag of the United Kingdom Ben Devlin
Radical SR9 D 297
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
32 GT2 80 Flag of the United States Flying Lizard Motorsports Flag of Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Flag of the United States Johannes van Overbeek
Flag of the United States Seth Neiman
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 289
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
33 LMP1 11 Flag of Japan Dome Racing Team Flag of Japan Tatsuya Kataoka
Flag of Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Flag of Japan Daisuke Ito
Dome S102 M 272
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
34
NC
GT1 55 Flag of Russia IPB Spartak Racing
Flag of Germany Reiter Engineering
Flag of the Netherlands Peter Kox
Flag of the Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Flag of Russia Roman Rusinov
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT M 266
Lamborghini L535 6.0 L V12
35
NC
LMP1 24 Flag of Japan Terramos Flag of Japan Yojiro Terada
Flag of Japan Hiroki Katoh
Flag of Japan Kazuho Takahashi
Courage LC70 M 224
Mugen MF408S 4.0 L V8
36
DNF
GT2 96 Flag of the United Kingdom Virgo Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom Rob Bell
Flag of the United Kingdom Tim Mullen
Flag of the United Kingdom Tim Sugden
Ferrari F430 GT2 D 289
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
LMP1 16 Flag of France Pescarolo Sport Flag of France Emmanuel Collard
Flag of France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Flag of France Romain Dumas
Pescarolo 01 M 238
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
38
DNF
LMP1 23 Flag of the United States Autocon Motorsports
Flag of the United Kingdom Creation Autosportif
Flag of the United States Bryan Willman
Flag of the United States Michael Lewis
Flag of the United States Chris McMurry
Creation CA07 D 224
Judd GV5 5.0 L V10
39
DNF
LMP2 45 Flag of the United Kingdom Embassy Racing Flag of the United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Flag of the United Kingdom Jonny Kane
Flag of the United Kingdom Joey Foster
Embassy WF01 M 213
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
40
DNF
LMP2 33 Flag of Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
Flag of the United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
Flag of Switzerland Steve Zacchia
Flag of Italy Andrea Belicchi
Flag of France Xavier Pompidou
Lola B08/80 M 194
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
41
DNF
LMP1 20 Flag of Spain Epsilon Euskadi Flag of Spain Ángel Burgueño
Flag of Spain Miguel Ángel de Castro
Flag of Spain Adrián Vallés
Epsilon Euskadi EE1 M 189
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
42
DNF
LMP1 22 Flag of Japan Tōkai University
Flag of Japan YGK Power
Flag of Japan Toshio Suzuki
Flag of Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Flag of Japan Masami Kageyama
Courage-Oreca LC70 Y 185
YGK YR40T 4.0 L Turbo V8
43
DNF
LMP1 21 Flag of Spain Epsilon Euskadi Flag of Japan Shinji Nakano
Flag of Sweden Stefan Johansson
Flag of France Jean-Marc Gounon
Epsilon Euskadi EE1 M 158
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
44
DNF
LMP1 6 Flag of France Team Oreca-Matmut Flag of Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Flag of France Olivier Panis
Flag of France Simon Pagenaud
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 147
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
45
DNF
LMP2 44 Flag of Germany Kruse Schiller Motorsport Flag of France Jean de Pourtales
Flag of Japan Hideki Noda
Flag of Denmark Allan Simonsen
Lola B05/40 D 147
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
46
DNF
LMP1 12 Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System
Flag of the United States Team Cytosport
Flag of the United States Greg Pickett
Flag of Germany Klaus Graf
Flag of the Netherlands Jan Lammers
Lola B07/17 M 146
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
47
DNF
GT2 78 Flag of Italy AF Corse Flag of Italy Thomas Biagi
Flag of Finland Toni Vilander
Flag of San Marino Christian Montanari
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 111
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
48
DNF
LMP2 25 Flag of the United Kingdom Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) Flag of the United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Newton
Flag of Brazil Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265 M 100
MG (AER) XP21 2.0 L Turbo I4
49
DNF
LMP1 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport Flag of the United Kingdom Bob Berridge
Flag of the United Kingdom Gareth Evans
Flag of the United Kingdom Amanda Stretton
Lola B06/10 D 87
AER P32C 4.0 L Turbo V8
50
DNF
GT1 53 Flag of Germany Vitaphone Racing Team
Flag of the United Kingdom Strakka Racing
Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Hardman
Flag of the United Kingdom Nick Leventis
Flag of Brazil Alexandre Negrão
Aston Martin DBR9 M 82
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
51
DNF
GT2 94 Flag of Switzerland Speedy Racing Team Flag of Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
Flag of Switzerland Iradj Alexander
Flag of Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 72
Audi 4.0 L V8
52
DNF
GT2 85 Flag of the Netherlands Snoras Spyker Squadron Flag of Germany Ralf Kelleners
Flag of Russia Alexei Vasiliev
Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 43
Audi 4.0 L V8
53
DNF
GT2 76 Flag of France IMSA Performance Matmut Flag of France Raymond Narac
Flag of the United States Patrick Long
Flag of Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 26
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
54
DNF
LMP2 41 Flag of Switzerland Trading Performance Flag of Saudi Arabia Karim Ojjeh
Flag of France Claude-Yves Gosselin
Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Sharpe
Zytek 07S/2 M 22
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
55
DNF
GT2 83 Flag of the United States Risi Competizione
Flag of the United States Krohn Racing
Flag of the United States Tracy Krohn
Flag of Sweden Nic Jonsson
Flag of Belgium Eric van der Poele
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 12
Ferrari 4.0 L V8

Statistics

  • Fastest Lap - #8 Peugeot 908 HDI - 3:19.394
  • Average Speed - #2 Audi R10 TDI - 216.3 km/h

Brief History

24 Hours of Le Mans

The 24 Heures du Mans is one of the most extreme tests of skill and endurance in the world of motor racing, as teams of drivers compete to travel the greatest distance over a full 24-hour period. Over the years the race has provided some dramatic and memorable moments, firmly establishing itself among the most eagerly anticipated events on the worldwide sporting calendar.

History of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Auto racing originated as a way of testing the new vehicles for speed and endurance. In 1923, the Automobile Club of the Sarthe, which had established the first French Grand Prix, decided to organize a race that would test not only around-the-clock endurance but also auto headlights, which were still in their infancy.

The result was the first 24 Hours of Le Mans race, originally called the Grand Prix of Endurance. The first race began at 4 p.m. May 26, 1923, during a tempestuous rain storm accompanied by bursts of hail.

Thirty-five cars from 18 different manufacturers entered that race. When it ended at 4 p.m. the following day, the winner was a Chenard and Walcker "Sport" driven by Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard. The car covered 2,209.536 kilometers at an average speed of 92.064 kilometers per hour - about 57.2 miles an hour.

Although the reliability of headlights is now taken for granted, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is still a major test of the endurance of an auto, driven continuously at high speeds.

Teams originally included only two drivers. Since 1977, a team has been allowed, but not required, to have three drivers.

Pre-qualifying sessions take place in early May, with qualifying rounds a month later and the race itself on a weekend in mid-June.

In Summary, the first edition of the Le Mans 24 hour race took place in May 1923 and while the cars may have changed beyond recognition over the years, the race retains its distinctive allure, attracting around a quarter of a million fans each year.

My favourite Le Mans Winner - Bentley Speed 8 (2003)


The 2003 LE MANS Race was dominated from start to finish by the two Bentley Speed 8's, with victory going to the no.7 Bentley of Tom Kristensen, Ninaldo Capello and Guy Smith. This was Kristensen's fifth, consecutive, victory in only his seventh year at the 'Circuit De La Sarthe'. The victory was Bentley's first at LE MANS for 73 years and was further complemented by the second place of the No 8 Bentley, driven by Johnny Herbert, David Brabham and Mark Blundell.
Finally the picture on the right is my 1/18th Autoart model of this car signed by Guy Smith!

Read more about this victory here.

 
 
 
 



  


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