2005 24 Hours of Le Mans

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2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 73rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 18 and 19 June 2005.

This race marked the record 7th victory for Tom Kristensen, including his 6th straight.

Race[edit]

The 2005 race saw exceptionally hot weather,[1] with temperatures over 30°C. This hot weather would cause a high rate of mechanical failures as well as several race incidents. However, the Pescarolo Sports took the lead at start with #16 running exceptionally faster of the two. Due to Audi using an older chassis which did not meet hybrid regulations, the R8s were much slower over a lap due to a small air restrictor on the engine and penalty weights. This caused slow top speeds down the straights, while the GT1 class was closer than ever in 2005 in terms of trap speeds and the Aston Martins were comparable to the Audi LMP this year. Audi therefore had to attempt to outwit the Pescarolos on reliability instead of overall speed.

The #17 Pescarolo was plagued by incidents throughout the race, hitting a Panoz then suffering a tire failure that damaged the rear bodywork. All of these misadventures happened while Soheil Ayari was driving, while his teammate Sébastien Loeb proved to be able to drive as fast as his teammates for his first race on a closed track.

The #16 lost the lead eventually due to a gearbox failure causing a long pit stop, falling well back before managing to reach second position again at sunrise, establishing a lap record in the night. The Pescarolo was lapping fairly consistently at approximately five seconds per lap faster than the Audi, meaning if it kept up the pace the finish promised to be extremely close.

Unfortunately Pescarolo came in for a pit stop and was pulled into the garage to deal with overheating issues. The car was back onto the track quickly, with Érik Comas as driver. The Audi now had a two lap lead, and the Pescarolo was unable to maintain its lapping speed in order to avoid overheating, dashing all hopes of beating the Audi on the track.

Taking the win, Tom Kristensen set an absolute record of seven victories including six in a row, pulling ahead of legend Jacky Ickx who has a total of 6 wins, equal only to Kristensen's winning streak. In addition, teammate Marco Werner completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (which also consists the 24 Hours of Daytona, which he won in 1995, and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which he won in 2005 and again in 2007, as well as Le Mans in 2006 and 2007), a feat few drivers (including Ickx) could achieve. Along with Andy Wallace, he would also complete the "grand slam", also winning the Petit Le Mans the prior year to Le Mans.

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 LMP1 3 United States ADT Champion Racing Denmark Tom Kristensen
Finland JJ Lehto
Germany Marco Werner
Audi R8 M 370
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
2 LMP1 16 France Pescarolo Sport France Emmanuel Collard
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Érik Comas
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 368
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
3 LMP1 2 United States ADT Champion Racing Germany Frank Biela
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 364
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
4 LMP1 4 France Audi PlayStation Team Oreca France Franck Montagny
France Jean-Marc Gounon
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 362
Audi 3.6L Turbo V8
5 GT1 64 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 349
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
6 GT1 63 United States Corvette Racing Canada Ron Fellows
Italy Max Papis
United States Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 347
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0L V8
7 LMP1 10 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Jan Lammers
United States Elton Julian
Netherlands John Bosch
Dome S101 D 346
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
8 LMP1 12 France Courage Compétition Germany Dominik Schwager
Switzerland Alexander Frei
United Kingdom Christian Vann
Courage C60H Y 339
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
9 GT1 59 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Australia David Brabham
France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 M 333
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
10 GT2 71 United States Alex Job Racing
United States BAM! Motorsport
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Germany Marc Lieb
United States Leo Hindery
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 332
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
11 GT2 90 United States Petersen Motorsports
United States White Lightning Racing
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Patrick Long
Germany Timo Bernhard
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 331
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
12 GT1 50 France Larbre Compétition France Patrice Goueslard
France Olivier Dupard
Belgium Vincent Vosse
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 324
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
13 GT2 80 United States Flying Lizard Motorsports United States Johannes van Overbeek
United States Lonnie Pechnik
United States Seth Neiman
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR M 323
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
14 LMP1 7 United Kingdom Creation Autosportif Ltd. France Nicolas Minassian
United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
DBA 03S M 322
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
15 GT2 76 France IMSA Performance France Raymond Narac
France Sébastien Dumez
France Romain Dumas
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 322
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
16 LMP1 18 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing United Kingdom Martin Short
Portugal João Barbosa
Belgium Vanina Ickx
Dallara SP1 M 318
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
17 GT1 61 United Kingdom Cirtek Motorsport
Russia Russian Age Racing
Russia Convers Team
Russia Nikolai Fomenko
Russia Alexey Vasilyev
France Christophe Bouchut
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello M 315
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
18 GT2 72 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Luc Alphand
France Jérôme Policand
France Christopher Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 311
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
19 GT2 89 United Kingdom Sebah Automotive Ltd. Denmark Lars-Erik Nielsen
Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
Germany Pierre Ehret
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR D 307
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
20 LMP2 25 United Kingdom Ray Mallock Ltd. (RML) Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Mike Newton
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
MG-Lola EX264 M 305
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
21 LMP2 36 France Paul Belmondo Racing Saudi Arabia Karim A. Ojjeh
France Claude-Yves Gosselin
United Kingdom Adam Sharpe
Courage C65 M 300
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
22 LMP2 37 France Paul Belmondo Racing France Didier André
France Paul Belmondo
United States Rick Sutherland
Courage C65 M 294
Ford (AER) 2.0L Turbo I4
23 GT2 83 Germany Seikel Motorsport United States Philip Collin
Canada David Shep
Germany Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Y 274
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
24 LMP2 30 Germany Kruse Motorsport United Kingdom Tim Mullen
United Kingdom Ian Mitchell
United Kingdom Phil Bennett
Courage C65 P 268
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
25
NC
LMP1 9 United Kingdom Team Jota
United Kingdom Zytek Engineering Ltd.
United Kingdom Sam Hignett
United Kingdom John Stack
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Zytek 04S D 325
Zytek ZG348 3.4L V8
26
NC
GT2 95 United Kingdom Racesport Peninsula TVR United Kingdom John Hartshorne
United Kingdom Richard Stanton
United Kingdom Piers Johnson
TVR Tuscan T400R D 256
TVR Speed Six 4.0L I6
27
NC
LMP2 24 France Rachel Welter Japan Yojiro Terada
France Patrice Roussel
United States William Binnie
WR LMP04 P 233
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
28
DNF
GT1 58 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Netherlands Peter Kox
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Aston Martin DBR9 M 327
Aston Martin 6.0L V12
29
DNF
LMP1 17 France Pescarolo Sport France Soheil Ayari
France Eric Hélary
France Sébastien Loeb
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid M 288
Judd GV5 5.0L V10
30
DNF
GT2 92 United Kingdom Cirtek Motorsport
Russia Conversbank
Sweden Stefan Eriksson
United Kingdom Joe Macari
New Zealand Rob Wilson
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC D 218
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
31
DNF
LMP1 5 Japan Jim Gainer International Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Seiji Ara
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Dome S101Hb D 193
Mugen MF408S 4.0L V8
32
DNF
GT2 78 United States Panoz Motor Sports France Patrick Bourdais
United States Bryan Sellers
United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 185
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8
33
DNF
LMP2 35 Belgium G-Force Racing / Bokkenrijders Netherlands Val Hillebrand
Germany Frank Hahn
United Kingdom Gavin Pickering
Courage C65 D 183
Judd XV675 3.4L V8
34
DNF
GT2 91 Japan T2M Motorsport Japan Yutaka Yamagishi
France Xavier Pompidou
France Jean-Luc Blanchemain
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 183
Porsche 3.6L Flat-6
35
DNF
LMP1 8 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing Germany Michael Krumm
United Kingdom Bobby Verdon-Roe
Switzerland Harold Primat
Dallara SP1 M 133
Nissan 3.6L Turbo V8
36
DNF
LMP2 32 United States Intersport Racing United States Liz Halliday
United Kingdom Sam Hancock
United Kingdom Gregor Fisken
Lola B05/40 G 119
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
37
DNF
LMP2 34 United States Miracle Motorsports United States John Macaluso
United Kingdom Ian James
United States Andy Lally
Courage C65 K 115
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
38
DNF
LMP2 31 France Noël del Bello Racing France Romain Iannetta
Switzerland Christophe Pillon
Portugal Ni Amorim
Courage C65 M 99
CG-Mecachrome 3.4L V8
39
DNF
GT1 69 Monaco JMB Racing France Jean-René De Fournoux
France Stéphane Daoudi
United States Jim Matthews
Ferrari 575-GTC P 84
Ferrari F133 6.0L V12
40
DNF
GT2 85 Netherlands Spyker Squadron b.v. Netherlands Tom Coronel
Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn
Netherlands Donny Crevels
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R D 76
Audi 3.8L V8
41
DNF
GT2 93 United Kingdom Scuderia Ecosse United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom Nathan Kinch
United Kingdom Anthony Reid
Ferrari 360 Modena GTC P 70
Ferrari F131 3.6L V8
42
DNF
GT1 51 Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Italy Fabrizio Gollin
Italy Christian Pescatori
Portugal Miguel Ramos
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 67
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
43
DNF
GT1 52 Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Italy Michele Bartyan
Italy Matteo Malucelli
Switzerland Toni Seiler
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello P 60
Ferrari F133 5.9L V12
44
DNF
LMP2 23 France Gerard Welter France Jean-Bernard Bouvet
Canada Robert Julien
France Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP04 P 53
Peugeot ES9J4S 3.4L V6
45
DNF
LMP1 13 France Courage Compétition France Jonathan Cochet
Japan Shinji Nakano
France Bruce Jouanny
Courage C60H Y 52
Judd GV4 4.0L V10
46
DNF
LMP2 20 France Pir Competition France Pierre Bruneau
France Marc Rostan
France Philippe Haezebrouck
Pilbeam MP93 M 32
JPX 3.4L V6
47
DNF
LMP2 39 United Kingdom Chamberlain-Synergy Motorsport United Kingdom Bob Berridge
United Kingdom Gareth Evans
United Kingdom Peter Owen
Lola B05/40 D 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
48
DNF
LMP2 33 United States Intersport Racing
United Kingdom Cirtek Motorsport
Denmark Juan Barazi
Russia Sergey Zlobin
France Bastien Brière
Courage C65 M 30
AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4
49
DNF
GT2 77 United States Panoz Motor Sports United States Bill Auberlen
United Kingdom Robin Liddell
Canada Scott Maxwell
Panoz Esperante GT-LM P 27
Ford (Élan) 5.0L V8

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.715
  • Fastest Lap - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 3:34.968
  • Distance - 5050.5 km
  • Average Speed - 210.216 km/h
  • Highest trap speed - #16 Pescarolo Sport - 329 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • Index of Thermal Efficiency - #59 Aston Martin Racing

References[edit]