2003 24 Hours of Le Mans

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

Race[edit]

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 in the Bentley Speed 8 and Danish driver Tom Kristensen set a record with his fourth straight victory. The Bentley team of 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[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

  • 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)