2004 24 Hours of Le Mans

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2004 24 Hours of Le Mans
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Index: Races | Winners

The 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 72nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 2004.

Race[edit]

With the end of the Bentley project, there were no official factory teams from major manufacturers in LMP at this year's race, theoretically leaving it open to anyone. However, the Audi R8s proved their abilities, even in privateer hands, by taking a 1-2-3 victory over the competition.

Once again, Tom Kristensen was in the winning car, an Audi entered by the Japanese Team Goh, setting a record fifth straight victory and tying Jacky Ickx with 6 overall wins.

The GTS-class Corvettes avenged their loss to Ferrari the previous year by winning the class following mechanical difficulties for the Ferraris late in the race. GT-class also went to an American squad, White Lightning Racing, which featured three Porsche factory drivers. LMP2 was again a test of survival as only two cars finishing, with Intersport Racing completing the American trifecta. Dodge ended its participation this year.

Official results[edit]

The race-winning Audi R8, entered by Team Goh.

Class winners marked in bold. Cars not completing 70% of the winner's distance are listed as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 5 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Japan Seiji Ara
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 M 379
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 88 United Kingdom Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx United Kingdom Jamie Davies
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Audi R8 M 379
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
3 LMP1 2 United States ADT Champion Racing Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 368
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 18 France Pescarolo Sport France Soheil Ayari
France Érik Comas
France Benoît Tréluyer
Pescarolo C60 M 361
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
5 LMP1 8 United Kingdom Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx United Kingdom Allan McNish
Germany Frank Biela
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Audi R8 M 350
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
6 GTS 64 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R M 345
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 15 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Jan Lammers
United States Chris Dyson
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101 D 341
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 GTS 63 United States Corvette Racing Canada Ron Fellows
Italy Max Papis
United States Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R M 334
Chevrolet 7.0L V8
9 GTS 65 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing United Kingdom Darren Turner
United Kingdom Colin McRae
Sweden Rickard Rydell
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 329
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
10 GT 90 United States White Lightning Racing Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Patrick Long
Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 327
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GTS 66 United Kingdom Prodrive Racing Switzerland Alain Menu
Netherlands Peter Kox
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 325
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
12 GT 77 Japan ChoroQ Racing Team Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Japan Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Japan Manabu Orido
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
13 GT 85 Germany Freisinger Motorsport Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Germany Ralf Kelleners
France Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 321
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 GTS 69 France Larbre Compétition France Christophe Bouchut
France Patrice Goueslard
France Olivier Dupard
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 317
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
15 GT 84 Germany Seikel Motorsport Canada Anthony Burgess
United States Philip Collin
New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 317
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 GT 72 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Luc Alphand
France Christian Lavieille
France Philippe Alméras
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 316
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
17 LMP1 14 United Kingdom Team Nasamax
United Kingdom McNeil Engineering
Canada Robbie Stirling
South Africa Werner Lupberger
United Kingdom Kevin McGarrity
Nasamax (Reynard) DM139 D 316
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
(Bioethanol)
18 GT 81 United States The Racer's Group Denmark Lars-Erik Nielsen
United Kingdom Ian Donaldson
United Kingdom Gregor Fisken
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 314
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT 92 United Kingdom Cirtek Motorsport United Kingdom Frank Mountain
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
New Zealand Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 311
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
20 LMP1 4 United Kingdom Taurus Sports Racing United Kingdom Christian Vann
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
France Didier André
Lola B2K/10 M 300
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
21 GT 89 United Kingdom Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport United Kingdom Bob Berridge
United Kingdom Michael Caine
United Kingdom Chris Stockton
TVR Tuscan T400R D 300
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
22 GT 96 United Kingdom Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport United Kingdom Lawrence Tomlinson
United Kingdom Nigel Greensall
United Kingdom Gareth Evans
TVR Tuscan T400R D 291
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
23 GT 75 France Thierry Perrier
France Perspective Racing
United Kingdom Ian Khan
United Kingdom Nigel Smith
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 283
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP1 20 United Kingdom Lister Racing Denmark John Nielsen
Denmark Casper Elgaard
Denmark Jens Møller
Lister Storm LMP D 279
Chevrolet LS1 6.0L V8
25 LMP2 32 United States Intersport Racing United States William Binnie
United States Clint Field
United States Rick Sutherland
Lola B2K/40 P 278
Judd KV675 3.4L V8
26 LMP2 24 France Rachel Welter Japan Yojiro Terada
France Patrice Roussel
France Olivier Porta
WR LM2001 M 270
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
27
NC
GT 80 United Kingdom Morgan Works Race Team United Kingdom Adam Sharpe
New Zealand Neil Cunningham
United Kingdom Steve Hyde
Morgan Aero 8R Y 222
BMW B44 (Mader) 4.5L V8
28
DNF
LMP1 16 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Tom Coronel
United Kingdom Justin Wilson
United Kingdom Ralph Firman
Dome S101 D 313
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
29
DNF
LMP1 17 France Pescarolo Sport France Sébastien Bourdais
France Nicolas Minassian
France Emmanuel Collard
Pescarolo C60 M 282
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
30
DNF
LMP1 25 United Kingdom Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Mike Newton
United Kingdom Nathan Kinch
MG-Lola EX257 D 256
MG (AER) XP20 2.0L Turbo I4
31
DNF
LMP1 6 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing United Kingdom Martin Short
United Kingdom Rob Barff
Portugal João Barbosa
Dallara SP1 D 230
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
32
DNF
GT 87 United States Orbit Racing
United States BAM!
United States Leo Hindery, Jr.
Germany Marc Lieb
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 223
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
33
DNF
LMP1 9 Japan Kondo Racing Japan Hiroki Kato
Japan Ryo Fukuda
Japan Ryo Michigami
Dome S101 Y 206
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
34
DNF
GTS 62 Netherlands Barron Connor Racing Netherlands Mike Hezemans
France Ange Barde
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Ferrari 575-GTC P 200
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
35
DNF
LMP1 22 United Kingdom Zytek Engineering, Ltd. United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Australia David Brabham
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
Zytek 04S M 167
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
36
DNF
GTS 61 Netherlands Barron Connor Racing Netherlands John Bosch
United States Danny Sullivan
Italy Thomas Biagi
Ferrari 575-GTC P 163
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
37
DNF
GT 83 Germany Seikel Motorsport Italy Gabrio Rosa
Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn
Italy Alex Caffi
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 148
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
38
DNF
LMP2 36 France Gerard Welter France Tristan Gommendy
France Jean-Bernard Bouvet
France Bastien Brière
WR LM2004 M 137
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
39
DNF
GT 70 France JMB Racing France Jean-René de Fournoux
Brazil Jaime Melo
France Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC M 133
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
40
DNF
LMP2 31 France Courage Compétition Switzerland Alexander Frei
United Kingdom Sam Hancock
France Jean-Marc Gounon
Courage C65 M 127
JPX 3.4L V6
41
DNF
LMP2 35 France Epsilon Sport France Renaud Derlot
United States Gunnar Jeanette
United Kingdom Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 M 124
Willman (JPX) 3.4L V6
42
DNF
LMP1 29 France Noël del Bello Racing France Bruno Besson
France Sylvain Boulay
France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
Reynard 2KQ M 122
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0L Turbo I4
43
DNF
LMP2 37 France Paul Belmondo Racing France Paul Belmondo
France Claude-Yves Gosselin
France Marco Saviozzi
Courage C65 M 80
JPX 3.4L V6
44
DNF
GT 86 Germany Freisinger Motorsport Russia Alexey Vasilyev
Russia Nikolai Fomenko
United Kingdom Robert Nearn
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 65
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
45
DNF
LMP1 11 United States Panoz Motor Sports
France Larbre Compétition
France Patrick Bourdais
France Jean-Luc Blanchemain
France Roland Bervillé
Panoz GTP M 54
Élan 6L8 6.0L V8
46
DNF
LMP1 10 United Kingdom Taurus Sports Racing United Kingdom Phil Andrews
United Kingdom Calum Lockie
Belgium Anthony Kumpen
Lola B2K/10 D 35
Caterpillar 5.0L Turbo V10
(Diesel)
47
DNF
LMP1 27 United States Intersport Racing United States Jon Field
United States Duncan Dayton
United States Larry Connor
Lola B01/60 G 29
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
48
DNF
GT 78 United Kingdom PK Sport Ltd. United States Jim Matthews
United Kingdom David Warnock
United Kingdom Paul Daniels
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 27
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #88 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx - 3:32.838
  • Fastest Lap - #88 Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx - 3:34.264
  • Distance - 5169.9 km
  • Average Speed - 215.415 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Nasamax DM139 - 330 km/h (race), Dome Judd S101 - 335 km/h (qualifying)