2011 6 Hours of Castellet

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The 2011 6 Hours of Castellet (6 Heures du Castellet) was the opening round of the 2011 Le Mans Series season. It will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard on April 3, 2011. It was also be the first Le Mans Series race with the two new GT classes, GTE Pro and GTE Am, contesting the event after the demise of the GT1 class.

Qualifying result[edit]

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[1]

Pos Class Team Driver Lap Time Grid
1 LMP1 No.12 Rebellion Racing Neel Jani 1:46.783 1
2 LMP1 No.16 Pescarolo Team Emmanuel Collard 1:47.025 34
3 LMP1 No.20 Quifel-ASM Team Olivier Pla 1:47.231 2
4 LMP1 No.13 Rebellion Racing Jean-Christophe Boullion 1:48.491 3
5 LMP2 No.46 TDS Racing Mathias Beche 1:48.928 4
6 LMP2 No.45 Boutsen Energy Racing Dominik Kraihamer 1:49.692 5
7 LMP2 No.41 Greaves Motorsport Tom Kimber-Smith 1:50.008 6
8 LMP2 No.40 Race Performance Thor-Christian Ebbesvik 1:50.356 7
9 LMP2 No.39 PeCom Racing Matías Russo 1:51.744 8
10 LMP2 No.44 Extrême Limite AM Paris Fabien Rosier 1:52.158 9
11 LMP1 No.009 Aston Martin Racing Stefan Mücke 1:52.267 10
12 LMP2 No.43 RLR msport Rob Garofall 1:53.414 11
13 LMP2 No.42 Strakka Racing Danny Watts 1:53.582 12
14 FLM No.91 Hope Polevision Racing Nicolas Marroc 1:53.659 13
15 FLM No.93 Genoa Racing Elton Julian 1:54.044 14
16 FLM No.92 Neil Garner Motorsport Phil Keen 1:54.081 15
17 FLM No.95 Pegasus Racing Patrick Simon 1:55.829 16
18 FLM No.99 JMB Racing Nicolas Misslin 1:56.806 17
19 GTE-Pro No.51 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni 1:58.522 18
20 GTE-Pro No.86 Young Driver AMR Tomáš Enge 1:58.773 19
21 GTE-Pro No.66 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell 1:59.119 20
22 GTE-Pro No.71 AF Corse Toni Vilander 1:59.144 21
23 GTE-Pro No.89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Allan Simonsen 1:59.244 22
24 GTE-Pro No.75 Prospeed Competition Marco Holzer 1:59.244 23
25 GTE-Am No.67 IMSA Performance Matmut Nicolas Armindo 1:59.370 24
26 GTE-Pro No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Richard Lietz 1:59.455 25
27 GTE-Pro No.76 IMSA Performance Matmut Patrick Pilet 1:59.457 26
28 GTE-Pro No.79 JOTA Sam Hancock 2:00.336 27
29 GTE-Am No.88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Horst Felbermayr, Jr. 2:00.354 28
30 GTE-Am No.61 AF Corse Marco Cioci 2:00.470 29
31 GTE-Am No.70 Kessel Racing Philipp Peter 2:00.698 30
32 GTE-Am No.82 CRS Racing Adam Christodoulou 2:01.137 31
33 GTE-Am No.72 AF Corse Rui Águas 2:01.691 32
34 LMP2 No.36 RML No Time 33

Note: the No. 16 Pescarolo Team was demoted to the back of the grid due to a ride height infringement in qualifying.

Race[edit]

The race got off to a controversial start when the pace car did not return to the pits when the green lights came on. The front running LMPs slowed down but some of the GT cars could not react fast enough, resulting in all three GTE Pro class Porsches getting heavily damaged and retired. The GTE Am class IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche and GTE Pro JOTA Aston Martin were also caught in the carnage.[2] The race was won overall by Pescarolo Team after their first race since 2009 after their financial troubles in 2010. LMP2 was won by Greaves Motorsport, Pegasus Racing took the FLM victory. JMW Motorsport took GTE Pro victory after a hard fought battle with the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari towards the end. Team Felbermayr-Proton won in the GTE Am class.

Race result[edit]

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[3]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 LMP1 16 France Pescarolo Team France Emmanuel Collard
France Christophe Tinseau
France Julien Jousse
Pescarolo 01 Evo M 185
Judd GV5 S2 5.0 L V10
2 LMP1 13 Switzerland Rebellion Racing France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Lola B10/60 M 184
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
3 LMP2 41 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport France Gary Chalandon
Saudi Arabia Karim Ojjeh
United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith
Zytek Z11SN D 179
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
4 LMP2 39 Argentina Pecom Racing Argentina Matías Russo
Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Lola B11/40 M 179
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
5 LMP2 42 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
HPD ARX-01d M 177
HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
6 LMP2 45 Belgium Boutsen Energy Racing Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Belgium Nicolas de Crem
Oreca 03 D 175
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
7 LMP1 12 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Neel Jani
France Nicolas Prost
Lola B10/60 M 175
Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8
8 LMP1 20 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
France Olivier Pla
Zytek 09SC D 174
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
9 LMP2 43 United Kingdom RLR msport United Kingdom Barry Gates
United Kingdom Rob Garofall
United Kingdom Simon Phillips
MG-Lola EX265 D 174
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
10 LMP2 40 Switzerland Race Performance Switzerland Michel Frey
Switzerland Ralph Meichtry
Norway Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
Oreca 03 D 174
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
11 LMP2 36 United Kingdom RML United Kingdom Mike Newton
Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Ben Collins
HPD ARX-01d D 173
HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
12 FLM 95 France Pegasus Racing Germany Mirco Schultis
Germany Patrick Simon
France Julien Schell
Oreca FLM09 M 170
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
13 FLM 93 United States Genoa Racing Germany Jens Petersen
Ecuador Elton Julian
Germany Christian Zugel
Oreca FLM09 M 170
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
14 GTE
Pro
66 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
United Kingdom James Walker
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D 170
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
15 GTE
Pro
51 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 169
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
16 LMP2 44 France Extrême Limite AM Paris France Fabien Rosier
Switzerland Maurice Basso
Switzerland Jean-Marc Luco
Norma M200P D 169
Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8
17 GTE
Am
88 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Austria Horst Felbermayr, Sr.
Austria Horst Felbermayr, Jr.
Germany Christian Ried
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 167
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
18 GTE
Am
61 Italy AF Corse Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Marco Cioci
Belgium Stéphane Lémeret
Ferrari F430 GTE M 167
Ferrari 4.0 V8
19 GTE
Am
70 Switzerland Kessel Racing Poland Michał Broniszewski
Austria Philipp Peter
Ferrari F430 GTE M 167
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
20 GTE
Am
82 United Kingdom CRS Racing United Kingdom Phil Quaife
United Kingdom Adam Christodoulou
Netherlands Klaas Hummel
Ferrari F430 GTE M 166
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
21 GTE
Pro
89 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 H 163
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
22 GTE
Am
72 Italy AF Corse United States Robert Kuaffman
Portugal Rui Águas
Italy Giuseppe Cirò
Ferrari F430 GTE M 163
Ferrari 4.0 V8
23 GTE
Pro
71 Italy AF Corse Brazil Jaime Melo
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M 161
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
24 FLM 92 United Kingdom Neil Garner Motorsport United Kingdom John Hartshorne
United Kingdom Steve Keating
United Kingdom Phil Keen
Oreca FLM09 M 157
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
25 FLM 99 Monaco JMB Racing France Manuel Rodrigues
France Jean-Marc Menahem
France Nicolas Misslin
Oreca FLM09 M 142
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
26
DNF
GTE
Pro
86 Germany Young Driver AMR Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Germany Alex Müller
Denmark Christoffer Nygaard
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 M 140
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
27 GTE
Am
67 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Raymond Narac
France Nicolas Armindo
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 137
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28
NC
GTE
Pro
79 United Kingdom JOTA United Kingdom Simon Dolan
United Kingdom Sam Hancock
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 105
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
29
NC
LMP1 009 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Germany Stefan Mücke
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Switzerland Harold Primat
Aston Martin AMR-One M 96
Aston Martin 2.0 L Turbo I6
30
DNF
FLM 91 Switzerland Hope Polevision Racing France Nicolas Marroc
Italy Luca Moro
China Zhang Shan Qi
Oreca FLM09 M 93
Chevrolet LS3 6.2 L V8
31
DNF
LMP2 46 Spain TDS Racing Switzerland Mathias Beche
France Pierre Thiriet
United Kingdom Jody Firth
Oreca 03 M 91
Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8
32
DNF
GTE
Pro
76 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Patrick Pilet
Germany Wolf Henzler
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 2
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
33
DNF
GTE
Pro
75 Belgium Prospeed Competition Germany Marco Holzer
Belgium Marc Goossens
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 0
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
34
DNF
GTE
Pro
77 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Germany Marc Lieb
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 0
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Qualifying" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Start Chaos 2011 Le Mans Series at Le Castellet". MT89Motorsport2. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  3. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Race" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 


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