2008 1000 km of Silverstone

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Rinaldo Capello driving the race winning Audi R10 TDI, still showing damage from an earlier accident with the #8 Peugeot

The 2008 Autosport 1000 km of Silverstone was the fifth and final round of the 2008 Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain, on 14 September 2008. The race was attended by a record crowd of 53,000 spectators.[1]

Although Audi scored their first and only win of the season, an accident involving the then championship-leading Peugeots allowed Audi to win the Teams, Constructors, and Drivers Championships in the LMP1 category. Luc Alphand's team won the GT1 championship by merely finishing the event, and Virgo Motorsports and driver Rob Bell secured their second consecutive GT2 championship with a class victory.

This was the first time in Le Mans Series history that none of the Peugeot 908s finished in the podium spots as well as in the top eight points positions (#8 finished 19th overall and 11th in LMP1; #7 did not finish at 44th overall and 15th (last) in class), which helped Audi to take the championship. The only other time that the Peugeot 908 did not finish in the podium was in the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year, when the lone 908 finished 11th overall and almost finished in the podium at 4th behind the two Audis and an Intersport Lola-AER.

Race results[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 1 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R10 TDI M 195
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
2 LMP1 10 Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Czech Republic Jan Charouz
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola B08/60 M 193
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
3 LMP1 16 France Pescarolo Sport France Romain Dumas
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Pescarolo 01 M 191
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
4 LMP1 2 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest France Alexandre Prémat
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Audi R10 TDI M 191
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
5 LMP2 34 Netherlands Van Merksteijn Motorsport
Netherlands Equipe Verschuur
Netherlands Peter Van Merksteijn
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 191
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
6 LMP1 15 United Kingdom Creation AIM United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter
United Kingdom Stuart Hall
Creation CA07 D 191
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
7 LMP1 17 France Pescarolo Sport Switzerland Harold Primat
France Christophe Tinseau
Pescarolo 01 M 190
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
8 LMP1 5 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Soheil Ayari
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 189
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
9 LMP2 27 Switzerland Horag Racing Switzerland Fredy Lienhard
Belgium Didier Theys
Netherlands Jan Lammers
Porsche RS Spyder Evo M 187
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
10 LMP2 40 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
France Olivier Pla
Lola B05/40 D 185
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
11 LMP2 25 United Kingdom Ray Mallock Ltd. United Kingdom Mike Newton
Brazil Thomas Erdos
MG-Lola EX265C M 184
MG (AER) XP21 2.0 L Turbo I4
12 LMP2 31 Denmark Team Essex Denmark Casper Elgaard
Denmark John Nielsen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo D 184
Porsche MR6 3.4 L V8
13 LMP2 45 United Kingdom Embassy Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Embassy WF01 M 184
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
14 LMP1 18 United Kingdom Rollcentre Racing Portugal João Barbosa
Belgium Vanina Ickx
United Kingdom Charlie Hollings
Pescarolo 01 D 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
15 LMP2 41 Switzerland Trading Performance Saudi Arabia Karim Ojjeh
France Claude-Yves Gosselin
United Kingdom Adam Sharpe
Zytek 07S/2 M 183
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
16 LMP1 4 France Saulnier Racing France Jacques Nicolet
Monaco Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 M 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
17 LMP1 6 France Team Oreca-Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Nicolas Lapierre
Courage-Oreca LC70 M 183
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
18 LMP2 44 Germany Kruse Schiller Motorsport France Jean de Pourtalès
Japan Hideki Noda
Lola B05/40 D 182
Mazda MZR-R 2.0 L Turbo I4
19 LMP1 8 France Team Peugeot Total France Stéphane Sarrazin
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 182
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
20 GT1 59 United Kingdom Team Modena Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Spain Antonio García
Aston Martin DBR9 M 178
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
21 GT1 55 Russia IPB Spartak Racing
Germany Reiter Engineering
Netherlands Peter Kox
Russia Roman Rusinov
Lamborghini Murciélago R-GT M 177
Lamborghini L535 6.0 L V12
22 GT1 72 France Luc Alphand Aventures France Guillaume Moreau
France Patrice Goueslard
Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M 174
Chevrolet LS7-R 7.0 L V8
23 LMP2 35 France Saulnier Racing France Pierre Ragues
France Matthieu Lahaye
Pescarolo 01 M 174
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
24 GT1 61 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Peter Hardman
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin DBR9 D 173
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
25 LMP1 21 Spain Epsilon Euskadi Spain Adrián Vallés
Japan Shinji Nakano
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 172
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
26 GT2 96 United Kingdom Virgo Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
Brazil Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430GT D 172
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
27 GT2 77 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Germany Marc Lieb
Australia Alex Davison
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 171
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28 GT2 90 Germany Farnbacher Racing Germany Pierre Ehret
Germany Pierre Kaffer
France Anthony Beltoise
Ferrari F430GT M 169
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
29 GT2 85 Netherlands Snoras Spyker Squadron Netherlands Tom Coronel
Germany Ralf Kelleners
Russia Alexey Vasilyev
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 168
Audi 4.0 L V8
30 GT2 88 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Austria Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Austria Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
Germany Christian Ried
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 162
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
31 GT2 98 Monaco JMB Racing Switzerland Maurice Basso
Netherlands Peter Kutemann
France Julien Gilbert
Ferrari F430GT M 160
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
32 LMP2 26 United Kingdom Team Bruichladdich Radical Germany Jens Petersen
Germany Jan-Dirk Lueders
France Marc Rostan
Radical SR9 D 160
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
33 GT2 93 United Kingdom James Watt Automotive South Africa Alan van der Merwe
United Kingdom Tim Sugden
Denmark Michael Outzen
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 159
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
34 GT2 94 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 158
Audi 4.0 L V8
35 LMP2 46 United Kingdom Embassy Racing United Kingdom Darren Manning
United Kingdom Joey Foster
Embassy WF01 M 156
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
36 GT2 99 Monaco JMB Racing
United Kingdom Aucott Racing
United Kingdom Ben Aucott
France Stéphane Daoudi
Ferrari F430GT M 145
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
37
DNF
LMP2 32 France Barazi-Epsilon Denmark Juan Barazi
Netherlands Michael Vergers
Brazil Fernando Rees
Zytek 07S/2 M 162
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
38
DNF
GT2 75 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Richard Balandras
France Michel Lecourt
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 91
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
39
DNF
LMP1 14 United Kingdom Creation AIM United Kingdom Ryan Lewis
South Africa Stephen Simpson
Creation CA07 D 89
AIM (Judd) YS5.5 5.5 L V10
40
DNF
LMP2 33 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Xavier Pompidou
Switzerland Steve Zacchia
Lola B08/80 M 75
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
41
DNF
LMP1 20 Spain Epsilon Euskadi Spain Ángel Burgueño
Spain Miguel Ángel de Castro
Epsilon Euskadi ee1 M 59
Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10
42
DNF
GT2 95 United Kingdom James Watt Automotive United Kingdom Peter Bamford
United Kingdom Paul Daniels
Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR D 55
Porsche 3.8 L Flat-6
43
DNF
GT2 91 Germany Farnbacher Racing Denmark Lars-Erik Nielsen
Germany Dirk Werner
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 51
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
44
DNF
LMP1 7 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
Spain Marc Gené
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 45
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
45
DNF
GT2 76 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Raymond Narac
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 38
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
46
DNF
LMP2 37 France WR Salini France Stéphane Salini
France Philippe Salini
France Tristan Gommendy
WR LMP2008 D 3
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8

Statistics[edit]

  • Pole Position - #8 Team Peugeot Total - 1:30.359[3]
  • Fastest Lap - #8 Team Peugeot Total - 1:31.166[2]
  • Average Speed - 176.696 km/h (109.794 mph)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Autosport: "Organisers hail Silverstone race"". 2008-09-15. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Race — Amended" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Qualifying" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 

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