2001 24 Hours of Le Mans

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2001 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 69th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 16 and 17 June 2001.

Track changes[edit]

On recommendation of the FIA following the incidents involving the Mercedes-Benz CLRs in 1999, the large hill on the third section of the Mulsanne Straight was lowered in order to decrease the likeliness of cars becoming aerodynamically unstable in that area.


Audi's top two finishers had to share the podium with a Bentley interloper, but their margin over third place was formidable.

Corvette Racing's achievement of a GTS class win was sullied by a slow pace and the presence of two GT class Porsche 911s in front of them. It was the last time a Porsche team would finish in front of the GTS class until they had the class-consolidating 4.0 liter 997 GT3 RSR in their possession, in 2010.

Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 2001
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP900 1 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 M 321
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
2 LMP900 2 Germany Audi Sport North America France Laurent Aïello
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 M 320
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
3 LMGTP 8 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States Butch Leitzinger
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Bentley EXP Speed 8 D 306
Bentley 3.6 L Turbo V8
4 LMP900 16 France Team PlayStation Monaco Olivier Beretta
Austria Karl Wendlinger
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Chrysler LMP M 298
Mopar 6.0 L V8
5 LMP675 38 France ROC Auto Spain Jordi Gené
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
France Pascal Fabre
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 284
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0 L Turbo I4
6 LMGT 83 Germany Seikel Motorsport Italy Gabrio Rosa
Italy Fabio Babini
Italy Luca Drudi
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 283
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
7 LMGT 77 Germany Freisinger Motorsport United States Gunnar Jeannette
France Romain Dumas
France Philippe Haezebrouck
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 282
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
8 LMGTS 63 United States Corvette Racing Pratt Canada Ron Fellows
United States Scott Pruett
United States Johnny O'Connell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 278
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
9 LMGT 75 France Perspective Racing France Thierry Perrier
Belgium Michel Neugarten
United Kingdom Nigel Smith
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 275
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
10 LMGT 80 France Larbre Compétition France Jean-Luc Chéreau
France Patrice Goueslard
France Sébastien Dumez
Porsche 911 GT3-RS M 274
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
11 LMGT 72 Japan Team Taisan Advan Japan Hideo Fukuyama
Japan Atsushi Yogo
Japan Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 273
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
12 LMGT 82 Germany Seikel Motorsport Canada Tony Burgess
Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
New Zealand Andrew Bagnall
Porsche 911 GT3-RS Y 272
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
13 LMP900 17 France Pescarolo Sport France Sébastien Bourdais
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Laurent Rédon
Courage C60 M 271
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
14 LMGTS 64 United States Corvette Racing Pratt United States Andy Pilgrim
United States Kelly Collins
France Franck Fréon
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 271
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
15 LMP900 6 France DAMS South Africa Wayne Taylor
Italy Max Angelelli
France Christophe Tinseau
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 M 270
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
16 LMGT 76 United Kingdom PK Sport Ltd-Ricardo United Kingdom Mike Youles
United Kingdom Dave Warnock
United Kingdom Stephen Day
Porsche 911 GT3-RS D 265
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
17 LMGT 74 France Luc Alphand Adventure France Luc Alphand
France Michel Ligonnet
France Luis Marques
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 265
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
18 LMGTS 60 United States Saleen/Allen Speedlab Austria Franz Konrad
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Terry Borcheller
Saleen S7-R G 246
Ford 6.9 L V8
19 LMP675 30 France Gérard Welter France Stéphane Daoudi
Japan Yojiro Terada
France Jean-René de Fournoux
WR LMP01 M 245
Peugeot 2.0L Turbo I4
20 LMGTS 58 France Larbre Compétition France Christophe Bouchut
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Portugal Tiago Monteiro
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 234
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
NC LMGT 79 France Noël del Bello France Sylvain Noël
France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
France Georges Forgeois
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 193
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 14 France Viper Team Oreca Japan Seiji Ara
Japan Masahiko Kondo
Portugal Ni Amorim
Chrysler LMP M 243
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGTS 62 United Kingdom RML United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
United Kingdom Ian McKellar
Belgium Bruno Lambert
Saleen S7-R D 175
Ford 6.9 L V8
DNF LMP900 9 Netherlands Racing for Holland Netherlands Jan Lammers
Netherlands Donny Crevels
Belgium Val Hillebrand
Dome S101 M 156
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 20 United Kingdom Team Ascari South Africa Werner Lupberger
United Kingdom Ben Collins
Finland Harri Toivonen
Ascari A410 G 134
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 15 France Viper Team Oreca France Yannick Dalmas
France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Franck Montagny
Chrysler LMP M 126
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGT 70 United States Aspen Knolls MCR United States Bob Mazzuoccola
United States Vic Rice
United States Cort Wagner
Callaway C12-R G 98
Chevrolet 7.0 L V8
DNF LMP675 36 United States Dick Barbour Racing Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Germany Sascha Maassen
Japan Hideshi Matsuda
Reynard 01Q G 95
Judd GV675 3.4 L V8
DNF LMP675 32 United States Roock-KnightHawk Germany Claudia Hürtgen
United States Rick Fairbanks
United States Chris Gleason
Lola B2K/40 A 94
Nissan 3.4 L V6
DNF LMP675 33 United Kingdom MG Sport & Racing Ltd. United Kingdom Julian Bailey
United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Kevin McGarrity
MG-Lola EX257 M 92
MG XP20 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 11 United States Panoz Motor Sports Germany Klaus Graf
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
South Africa Gary Formato
Panoz LMP07 M 86
Élan 4.0 L V8
DNF LMP900 12 United States Panoz Motor Sports Australia David Brabham
Denmark Jan Magnussen
France Franck Lagorce
Panoz LMP07 M 85
Élan 4.0 L V8
DNF LMP900 3 United States Champion Racing United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Belgium Didier Theys
Germany Ralf Kelleners
Audi R8 M 81
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 10 Denmark Team Den Blå Avis-Goh Denmark John Nielsen
Japan Hiroki Katoh
Denmark Casper Elgaard
Dome S101 G 66
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 21 United Kingdom Team Ascari Netherlands Klaas Zwart
France Xavier Pompidou
Canada Scott Maxwell
Ascari A410 G 66
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 55 France Paul Belmondo Racing Belgium Vincent Vosse
Belgium Vanina Ickx
Sweden Carl Rosenblad
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 61
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGTP 7 United Kingdom Team Bentley United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley EXP Speed 8 D 56
Bentley 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 5 France DAMS France Éric Bernard
France Emmanuel Collard
Belgium Marc Goossens
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 M 56
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 19 France SMG France Philippe Gache
France Jérôme Policand
France Anthony Beltoise
Courage C60 M 51
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 56 France Paul Belmondo Racing France Grégoire de Galzain
Belgium Anthony Kumpen
France Jean-Claude Lagniez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 44
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGT 71 Spain Racing Engineering United Kingdom Robin Donovan
United States Terry Lingner
United States Chris MacAllister
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 44
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 18 France Pescarolo Sport France Emmanuel Clérico
France Didier Cottaz
France Boris Derichebourg
Courage C60 M 42
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
DNF LMP900 4 United Kingdom Johansson Motorsport Sweden Stefan Johansson
Netherlands Tom Coronel
France Patrick Lemarié
Audi R8 M 35
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP675 34 United Kingdom MG Sport & Racing Ltd. United Kingdom Anthony Reid
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
MG-Lola EX257 M 30
MG XP20 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP675 37 United States Dick Barbour Racing Canada John Graham
Venezuela Milka Duno
United States David Murry
Reynard 01Q G 4
Judd GV675 3.4 L V8
DNF LMGTS 61 Germany Konrad Motorsport Switzerland Walter Brun
Switzerland Toni Seiler
United States Charles Slater
Saleen S7-R G 4
Ford 6.9 L V8
DNF LMGTS 57 France Equipe de France FFSA France David Terrien
France Jonathan Cochet
France Jean-Philippe Dayraut
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 4
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMP675 35 United Kingdom S+R Rowan Racing Ltd. Republic of Ireland Warren Carway
United Kingdom Martin O'Connell
France François Migault
Pilbeam MP84 A 3
Nissan VQL 3.0 L V6


  • Pole Position - #2 Audi Sport North America - 3:32.427
  • Distance - 4381.65 km
  • Average Speed - 180.949 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Audi R8 - 318 km/h (race), Dome Judd S101 - 335 km/h (Practice)[1]


  1. ^ Official Le Mans 2001 Annual: mulsannecorner.com