2010 Le Mans Series season

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2010 Le Mans Series season
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The 2010 Le Mans Series season was the seventh season of Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Le Mans Series. It featured five events between 11 April and 12 September 2010. For the first time in 2010, Formula Le Mans (FLM) cars were run in a fifth class in the series, running alongside Le Mans Prototype cars and GT cars, rather than as a support series.[1] It was also the final season when GT1 cars were allowed to run in the series.

Stéphane Sarrazin won the LMP1 championship despite sharing his car with Nicolas Lapierre for most of the season; Sarrazin did not run with his usual Team Oreca Matmut outfit at the 1000 km of Spa, instead gaining championship points with his Peugeot Sport team-mates in a precursor to the 24 Hours of Le Mans the following month. Despite this, Sarrazin won only one race, winning at the 1000 km of Algarve with Lapierre and Olivier Panis. Lapierre was second ahead of Rinaldo Capello, who won at Paul Ricard with Allan McNish. Other class victories went to Sébastien Bourdais, Pedro Lamy and Simon Pagenaud at Spa, Greg Mansell and Leo Mansell at the Hungaroring, and Nicolas Minassian and Anthony Davidson at Silverstone. In LMP2, Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton claimed the championship for the second time, after their more consistent finishes helped them to fend off Strakka Racing's Jonny Kane, Danny Watts and Nick Leventis, who won three races to one for Erdos and Newton. The only other win was taken by Miguel Amaral and Olivier Pla at Spa.

The GT1 championship went to Larbre Compétition pairing Gabriele Gardel and Patrice Goueslard, as they were the only team to attempt every race in the championship. Julien Canal and Fernando Rees joined them in various races but were not a factor in the championship. The only team to beat Larbre during the season was the Marc VDS Racing Team car of Eric de Doncker, Bas Leinders and Markus Palttala, who won at Spa. GT2 proceedings saw a second successive title for Felbermayr-Proton duo Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz, winning three of the season's five races. The other two were taken by AF Corse duo Gianmaria Bruni and Jaime Melo at Algarve and at Silverstone. Another tight championship battle was fought out in the Formula Le Mans class, with DAMS' Andrea Barlesi and Gary Chalandon holding off Hope Polevision Racing driver Steve Zacchia by just two points. The season's five races were shared between four different entries, with Barlesi and Chalandon only winning at the Hungaroring with Alessandro Cicognani. Zacchia won at Spa with Wolfgang Kaufmann and Luca Moro, Damien Toulemonde, Ross Zampatti and David Zollinger won at Paul Ricard, while Jody Firth and Warren Hughes won twice, in the Algarve, and at Silverstone.

Schedule[edit]

On 27 October 2009 the ACO released a preliminary calendar for the 2010 season featuring three named events and two unconfirmed events, plus the traditional pre-season test session at Circuit Paul Ricard.[2] The calendar was further revised with two additional events at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve and the Hungaroring. The Paul Ricard race was also extended to eight hours in length.[3] The 1000 km of Silverstone was also the part of the inaugural Le Mans Intercontinental Cup for LMP1s,[4] and it was also the first time that the race had been run on the circuit's "Arena" configuration.

Except for the 8 Hours of Castellet, as the name implied an eight-hour time limit, all races ran for either 1000 km or six hours, whichever cam first;[5] partially wet weather and a red flag period caused the 2010 1000 km of Spa to run slightly less than the 143 laps it was originally scheduled; the top three finishers completed 139 laps at the end of six hours. The 2010 1000 km of Hungaroring race was also run at a distance shorter than the 1000-km scheduled distance after six hours.

Rnd Race Circuit Date
 – Official Test Session France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 7–9 March
1 8 Hours of Castellet France Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France 11 April
2 1000 km of Spa Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 9 May
3 1000 km of Algarve Portugal Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal 17 July
4 1000 km of Hungaroring Hungary Hungaroring, Mogyoród, Hungary 22 August
5 Autosport 1000 km of Silverstone United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom 12 September

Season results[edit]

Overall winner in bold.

Rnd. Circuit LMP1 Winning Team LMP2 Winning Team FLM Winning Team GT1 Winning Team GT2 Winning Team Results
LMP1 Winning Drivers LMP2 Winning Drivers FLM Winning Drivers GT1 Winning Drivers GT2 Winning Drivers
1 Paul Ricard Germany No. 7 Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom No. 42 Strakka Racing France No. 49 Applewood Seven France No. 50 Larbre Compétition Germany No. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Results
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Rinaldo Capello
United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
France Damien Toulemonde
France David Zollinger
Australia Ross Zampatti
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
France Patrice Goueslard
France Julien Canal
Germany Marc Lieb
Austria Richard Lietz
2 Spa France No.3 Team Peugeot Total Portugal No. 40 Quifel-ASM Team Switzerland No. 47 Hope Polevision Racing Belgium No. 70 Marc VDS Racing Team Germany No. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Results
France Sébastien Bourdais
Portugal Pedro Lamy
France Simon Pagenaud
Portugal Miguel Amaral
France Olivier Pla
Germany Wolfgang Kaufmann
Switzerland Steve Zacchia
Italy Luca Moro
Belgium Eric de Doncker
Belgium Bas Leinders
Finland Markus Palttala
Germany Marc Lieb
Austria Richard Lietz
3 Algarve France No. 4 Team Oreca Matmut United Kingdom No. 25 RML France No. 44 DAMS France No. 50 Larbre Compétition Italy No. 96 AF Corse Results
France Olivier Panis
France Nicolas Lapierre
France Stéphane Sarrazin
United Kingdom Mike Newton
Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Ben Collins
United Kingdom Jody Firth
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
France Patrice Goueslard
Brazil Fernando Rees
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Brazil Jaime Melo
4 Hungaroring United Kingdom No. 5 Beechdean Mansell United Kingdom No. 42 Strakka Racing France No. 43 DAMS France No. 50 Larbre Compétition Germany No. 77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Results
United Kingdom Greg Mansell
United Kingdom Leo Mansell
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
Belgium Andrea Barlesi
Italy Alessandro Cicognani
France Gary Chalandon
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
France Patrice Goueslard
Brazil Fernando Rees
Germany Marc Lieb
Austria Richard Lietz
5 Silverstone France No. 1 Team Peugeot Total United Kingdom No. 42 Strakka Racing France No. 44 DAMS France No. 50 Larbre Compétition Italy No. 96 AF Corse Results
France Nicolas Minassian
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Jody Firth
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
France Patrice Goueslard
Brazil Fernando Rees
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Brazil Jaime Melo

Championships[edit]

Points were awarded to all race finishers, with unclassified entries failing to complete 70% of the race distance or entries failing to reach the finish not earning championship points. One bonus point was awarded for winning pole position (denoted by bold), and a further bonus was awarded for the entry which sets the fastest race lap (denoted by parenthesis). Entries which changed an engine prior to the required two race minimum were penalized two points, with a four point penalty for every subsequent engine change.

Points were allocated in one of two ways, dependent on race length.

Points System[6]
Race Distance Position Pole Position Fastest Lap
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th And Lower
1000 km 15 13 11 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1
Over 1500 km 30 26 22 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 2

Teams championships[edit]

The top two finishers in the LMP1, LMP2 and GT2 championships earned automatic entry to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, provided that the team was running for the full season. Partial season entries (teams that run on a part-time basis, e.g. race-by-race) were not eligible for automatic entries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

GT1 championships were not awarded any automatic entries as the GT1 category was phased out by the end of the year (see New 2011 regulations section).

LMP1 standings[edit]

With one victory over the season, Team Oreca Matmut won the LMP1 teams title.
Pos No. Team Chassis Engine Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Penalty Total
1 4 France Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12 (Diesel) 21 0 (18) (10) (14) 63
2 008 France Signature Plus Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 16 7 12 12 8 55
3 12 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Rebellion 5.5 L V10 14 0 15 14 9 53
4 7 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10 (Diesel) (32) 12 1 45
5 13 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Rebellion 5.5 L V10 23 8 9 1 3 44
6 009 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 28 10 38
7 5 United Kingdom Beechdean Mansell Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8 12 16 6 34
8 1 France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12 (Diesel) 11 16 27
9 8 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10 (Diesel) 8 13 21
10 3 France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12 (Diesel) 18 18
11 6 France AIM Team Oreca Matmut Oreca 01 AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10 17 17
12 2 France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12 (Diesel) (15) 15
13 9 Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R15 TDI plus Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10 (Diesel) 10 10
14 11 United Kingdom Drayson Racing Lola B09/60 Judd GV5.5 S2 5.5 L V10 7 7
15 20 United Kingdom Team LNT Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8 6 6
- 007 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 0 0

LMP2 standings[edit]

RML, and drivers Thomas Erdos and Mike Newton, won their respective LMP2 class championships.
Pos No. Team Chassis Engine Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Penalty Total
1 25 United Kingdom RML Lola B08/80 HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8 24 15 16 10 10 75
2 42 United Kingdom Strakka Racing HPD ARX-01C HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8 (33) (1) (1) (17) (17) 69
3 24 France OAK Racing Pescarolo 01 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 19 10 8 10 6 53
4 35 France OAK Racing Pescarolo 01 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 27 11 0 5 10 -1 52
5 41 United Kingdom Team Bruichladdich Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 18 0 14 9 5 46
6 40 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 0 17 0 13 14 44
7 30 Italy Racing Box Lola B09/80 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 16 10 4 9 39
8 36 France Pegasus Racing Courage-Oreca LC75 AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4 14 8 12 0 0 34
9 39 Germany KSM Motorsport Lola B08/47 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 12 0 5 17
10 27 Switzerland Race Performance Radical SR9 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 0 8 5 4 17
11 29 Italy Racing Box Lola B09/80 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 0 8 7 15
12 31 United Kingdom RLR msport MG-Lola EX265 AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4 7 0 7
- 37 France WR / Salini WR LMP2008 Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8 0 0

FLM standings[edit]

All teams in the Formula Le Mans category utilized the Oreca FLM09 chassis and General Motors 6.3 L V8.

Pos No. Team Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Penalty Total
1 43 France DAMS 22 0 13 15 9 59
2 47 Switzerland Hope Polevision Racing 18 15 0 11 13 57
3 45 Belgium Boutsen Energy Racing 0 13 11 (9) 8 41
4 46 Monaco JMB Racing 0 11 9 13 7 40
5 48 Switzerland Hope Polevision Racing 26 (1) 0 (12) 39
6 49 France Applewood Seven (30) 0 1 1 32
7 44 France DAMS 1 (15) 0 15 31

GT1 standings[edit]

Pos No. Team Chassis Engine Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Penalty Total
1 50 France Larbre Compétition Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 (33) 11 17 (18) (18) 97
2 66 Austria Atlas FX-Team FS Saleen S7-R Ford 7.0 L V8 9 (16) 0 25
3 70 Belgium Marc VDS Racing Team Ford GT1 Ford 5.3 L V8 18 18
4 60 Switzerland Matech Competition Ford GT1 Ford 5.3 L V8 15 15
5 61 Switzerland Matech Competition Ford GT1 Ford 5.3 L V8 13 13
6 72 France Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R Corvette LS7.R 7.0 L V8 (10) 10
- 52 Germany Young Driver AMR Aston Martin DBR9 Aston Martin 6.0 L V12 0 0

GT2 standings[edit]

Felbermayr-Proton won the GT2 class title for the second successive season, with drivers Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz.
Pos No. Team Chassis Engine Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Penalty Total
1 77 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 32 17 13 16 9 87
2 95 Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 24 13 15 11 (3) 66
3 96 Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 1 16 18 9 15 59
4 88 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 28 7 9 7 4 55
5 76 France IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3 Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 14 10 4 12 7 47
6 91 United Kingdom CRS Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 0 9 7 14 10 40
7 94 Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 18 4 (7) (5) 4 38
8 85 Netherlands Spyker Squadron Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R Audi 4.0 L V8 12 8 6 5 7 38
9 90 United Kingdom CRS Racing Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 (20) 3 4 3 3 33
10 92 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 0 0 10 8 12 30
11 78 Germany BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 16 3 7 26
12 75 Belgium Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 0 6 0 0 13 19
13 79 Germany BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 (11) 7 18
14 89 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 0 5 7 4 0 17
15 86 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 4 4
16 99 United Arab Emirates Gulf Team First Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 Lamborghini 5.2 L V10 4 4
17 93 United Kingdom JWA Racing Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 3 3
18 98 Belgium Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 3 3

Drivers championships[edit]

LMP1 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1 France Stéphane Sarrazin 78
2 France Nicolas Lapierre 63
3 Italy Rinaldo Capello 57
4= France Vanina Ickx 55
4= France Franck Mailleux 55
4= France Pierre Ragues 55
7= Switzerland Neel Jani 52
7= France Nicolas Prost 52
9= United Kingdom Allan McNish 45
10= Italy Andrea Belicchi 14
10= France Jean-Christophe Boullion 44
12 France Olivier Panis 39
13= United Kingdom Greg Mansell 34
13= United Kingdom Leo Mansell 34
15= Mexico Adrián Fernández 28
15= Germany Stefan Mücke 28
15= Switzerland Harold Primat 28
18 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 27
19 United Kingdom Guy Smith 23
20 Germany Timo Bernhard 23
21= France Sébastien Bourdais 18
21= France Simon Pagenaud 18
21= Portugal Pedro Lamy 18

LMP2 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1= Brazil Thomas Erdos 75
1= United Kingdom Mike Newton 75
3= United Kingdom Jonny Kane 69
3= United Kingdom Nick Leventis 69
3= United Kingdom Danny Watts 69
6= France Matthieu Lahaye 53
6= France Jacques Nicolet 53
8= France Richard Hein 52
8= France Guillaume Moreau 52
10= Norway Thor-Christian Ebbesvik 46
10= Saudi Arabia Karim Ojjeh 46
12= Portugal Miguel Amaral 44
12= France Olivier Pla 44

FLM standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1= Belgium Andrea Barlesi 59
1= France Gary Chalandon 59
3 Switzerland Steve Zacchia 57
4 Italy Alessandro Cicognani 46
5 Italy Luca Moro 44
6= Austria Dominik Kraihamer 41
6= Belgium Nicolas de Crem 41

GT1 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1= Switzerland Gabriele Gardel 97
1= France Patrice Goueslard 97
3 Brazil Fernando Rees 64
4 France Julien Canal 33
5= Belgium Julien Schroyen 25
5= Netherlands Carlo Van Dam 25
7= Belgium Bas Leinders 18
7= Finland Markus Palttala 18

GT2 standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points
1= Germany Marc Lieb 87
1= Austria Richard Lietz 87
3= France Jean Alesi 66
3= Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 66
3= Finland Toni Vilander 66
6= Austria Martin Ragginger 55
6= Germany Christian Ried 55
8= Italy Gianmaria Bruni 50
8= Brazil Jaime Melo 50
10= France Patrick Pilet 47
10= France Raymond Narac 47
12= United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy 40
12= United Kingdom Tim Mullen 40
14= Argentina Luis Pérez Companc 38
14= Argentina Matías Russo 38
16 United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck 38
17 United States Patrick Long 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula Le Mans to join LMS Field". Autosport. 2009-11-15. Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  2. ^ "2010 Provisional Calendar". Le Mans Series. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  3. ^ "2010 Calendar". Le Mans Series. 2009-12-05. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  4. ^ "The ACO launches the "2010 Le Mans Intercontinental Cup"". Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  5. ^ "2010 Sporting Regulations". Le Mans Series. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  6. ^ "Regulations evolution". Le Mans Series. Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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