2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

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2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Organizer Automobile Club de l'Ouest
Discipline Sports car endurance racing
Number of races 7
Number of manufacturers 8
Number of teams 20
Champions
LMP1 Manufacturer France Peugeot
GTE Manufacturer Italy Ferrari
LMP1 Team France Peugeot Sport Total
LMP2 Team France Signatech Nissan
LMGTE Pro Team Italy AF Corse
LMGTE Am Team France Larbre Compétition
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup seasons

The 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup was the second and final running of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's (ACO) Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, an international auto racing championship for manufacturers and teams. The Cup featured endurance races from the American Le Mans Series, Le Mans Series, and a stand-alone event in Zhuhai, China. Championships were held for Le Mans Prototype 1 (LMP1), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance – Professional (LMGTE Pro) and Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance – Amateur (LMGTE Am) category cars.

Schedule[edit]

On 29 November 2010, the ACO announced an initial 2011 calendar with seven events, expanding from just three in 2010. The most notable new addition was the 24 Hours of Le Mans which returned as a round of a championship series for the first time since the final World Sportscar Championship season in 1992. Double points were awarded for the event at Le Mans.[1] The Sebring and Road America rounds were held in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series, while the Spa, Imola, and Silverstone rounds were shared with the Le Mans Series. Zhuhai was solely a round of the ILMC.

Rnd Race Circuit Location Date
1 12 Hours of Sebring United States Sebring International Raceway Sebring, Florida, United States 19 March
2 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium 7 May
3 24 Hours of Le Mans France Circuit de la Sarthe Le Mans, France 11–12 June
4 6 Hours of Imola Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola, Italy 3 July
5 6 Hours of Silverstone United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, United Kingdom 11 September
6 Petit Le Mans United States Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia, United States 2 October
7 6 Hours of Zhuhai China Zhuhai International Circuit Zhuhai, China 13 November

Entries[edit]

Team Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds
LMP1
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI plus
Audi R18 TDI
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo Diesel V10
Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V6
M 1 Germany Timo Bernhard All
France Romain Dumas 1–3, 6
Germany Mike Rockenfeller 1–3
Switzerland Marcel Fässler 4–7
2 Italy Rinaldo Capello 1, 6
Denmark Tom Kristensen 1, 4–7
United Kingdom Allan McNish 1, 4–7
Germany André Lotterer 2–3
France Benoît Tréluyer 2–3
Switzerland Marcel Fässler 2–3
Germany Audi Sport North America Audi R18 TDI Audi TDI 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V6 M 3 Italy Rinaldo Capello 2–3
Denmark Tom Kristensen 2–3
United Kingdom Allan McNish 2–3
Switzerland Hope Racing Oreca 01 Swiss HyTech 2.0 L Turbo I4 Hybrid M 5 Switzerland Steve Zacchia 3
Netherlands Jan Lammers 3
Denmark Casper Elgaard 3
France Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDi 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V8 M 7 Austria Alexander Wurz 1–3
Spain Marc Gené 1–3
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 1–4, 6–7
France Sébastien Bourdais 4–7
France Simon Pagenaud 5–6
8 France Franck Montagny All
France Stéphane Sarrazin All
Portugal Pedro Lamy 1
France Nicolas Minassian 2–3
Austria Alexander Wurz 6
France Peugeot Sport Total
Team Peugeot Total
Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDi 3.7 L Turbo Diesel V8 M 9 France Sébastien Bourdais 2–3
Portugal Pedro Lamy 2–3
France Simon Pagenaud 2–3
France Team Oreca-Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo Diesel V12 M 10 France Nicolas Lapierre 1–4, 6
France Loïc Duval 1–4
France Olivier Panis 1, 3–4
Spain Marc Gené 6
France Nicolas Minassian 6
Switzerland Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Toyota RV8KLM 3.4 L V8 M 12 France Nicolas Prost All
Switzerland Neel Jani All
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen 1, 3
Italy Andrea Belicchi 6
France OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo 01 Judd DB 3.4 L V8 D 15 France Guillaume Moreau All
France Pierre Ragues All
France Matthieu Lahaye 1–3, 5–7
24 France Jacques Nicolet 1, 3–5, 7
Monaco Richard Hein 1, 3–4
France Jean-François Yvon 1, 3, 6
France Olivier Pla 5–7
France Alexandre Prémat 5–7
United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin AMR-One
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60
Aston Martin 2.0 L Turbo I6
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
M 007 Germany Stefan Mücke 3, 6–7
Austria Christian Klien 3, 5
United Kingdom Darren Turner 3
Mexico Adrián Fernández 5–6
Switzerland Harold Primat 5–7
United Kingdom Andy Meyrick 7
LMP2
France Signatech Nissan Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D 26 France Franck Mailleux All
Spain Lucas Ordóñez All
France Soheil Ayari 1–4
France Jean-Karl Vernay 5-7
United States Level 5 Motorsports Lola B11/80 HPD HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6 M 33 United States Scott Tucker 1–4, 6
France Christophe Bouchut 1–4, 6
Portugal João Barbosa 1–4, 6
France OAK Racing OAK Pescarolo 01 Judd-BMW HK 3.6 L V8 D 35 France Patrice Lafargue All
France Frédéric Da Rocha All
Italy Andrea Barlesi 1–4
France Jean-François Yvon 5
France Jacques Nicolet 6
LMGTE Pro
Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTE
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
Ferrari 4.5 L V8
M 51 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All
Italy Gianmaria Bruni All
Germany Pierre Kaffer 1, 6
Finland Toni Vilander 3
Germany BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT2 BMW 4.0 L V8 D 55 Brazil Augusto Farfus All
Germany Dirk Werner 1, 3, 6
United States Bill Auberlen 1, 6
Germany Jörg Müller 2–5, 7
56 United Kingdom Andy Priaulx All
Germany Dirk Müller 1, 3, 6
United States Joey Hand 1, 3, 6
Germany Uwe Alzen 2, 5, 7
Portugal Pedro Lamy 4
France Luxury Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 M 58 France François Jakubowski 2–6
France Anthony Beltoise 2–5, 7
France Pierre Thiriet 3
France Nicolas Marroc 5
Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman 6-7
France David Hallyday 6
Germany Dominik Farnbacher 7
59 Monaco Stéphane Ortelli All
France Frédéric Makowiecki All
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz 1–3
France Anthony Beltoise 6
Austria Lotus Jetalliance Lotus Evora GTE Toyota (Cosworth) 4.0 L V6 M 64 United Kingdom Martin Rich 2–7
Netherlands Oskar Slingerland 2–4, 6-7
United Kingdom John Hartshorne 3
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 5
Austria Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer 5
Denmark Kasper Jensen 6
Denmark René Rasmussen 7
65 United Kingdom James Rossiter 2–7
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem 2–7
Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 2–4
Austria Karl Wendlinger 5
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson 6-7
LMGTE Am
France Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Chevrolet 5.5 L V8 M 50 France Patrick Bornhauser All
France Julien Canal All
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel 1–6
Monaco Olivier Beretta 7
United States Krohn Racing Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 D 57 United States Tracy Krohn All
Sweden Niclas Jönsson All
Italy Michele Rugolo All
United Arab Emirates Gulf AMR Middle East Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 Aston Martin 4.5 L V8 D 60 France Fabien Giroix All
Germany Roald Goethe All
United Kingdom Michael Wainright 1–6
Italy AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 61 Italy Marco Cioci 2–5, 7
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini 2–5
Belgium Stéphane Lémeret 2, 5
Republic of Ireland Seán Paul Breslin 3
Portugal Rui Águas 6
United Kingdom Justin Bell 6
United States Robert Kaufmann 6
Hong Kong Philip Ma 7
United Kingdom CRS Racing Ferrari F430 GTE Ferrari 4.0 L V8 M 62 Germany Pierre Ehret 1–5, 7
New Zealand Roger Wills 1–5, 7
United Kingdom Shaun Lynn 1–4
United Kingdom Tim Mullen 5, 7
Brazil Raphael Matos 6
Brazil Jaime Melo 6
Finland Toni Vilander 6
Germany Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3-RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 M 63 Germany Christian Ried 1–4, 6-7
Italy Gianluca Roda 1, 4–5, 7
Austria Richard Lietz 1, 6-7
Netherlands Niek Hommerson 2
Austria Horst Felbermayr, Sr. 3
United States Patrick Long 4–5
United States Mark Bullitt 6

Results and standings[edit]

Race results[edit]

Note that for each individual races, cars not competing in the Intercontinental Cup may have won their respective class. However, only the highest finishing Cup entrant is listed below.

2011 ILMC individual race results
Rd. Circuit LMP1 Winners LMP2 Winners LM GTE Pro Winners LM GTE Am Winners
1 United States Sebring
(detailed report)
France No. 10 Team Oreca Matmut France No. 26 Signatech Nissan Germany No. 56 BMW Motorsport United States No. 57 Krohn Racing
France Nicolas Lapierre
France Loïc Duval
France Olivier Panis
France Franck Mailleux
France Soheil Ayari
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Germany Dirk Müller
United States Joey Hand
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Italy Michele Rugolo
2 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
(detailed report)
France No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total France No. 26 Signatech Nissan Italy No. 51 AF Corse Italy No. 61 AF Corse
Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Spain Marc Gené
France Franck Mailleux
France Soheil Ayari
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Italy Marco Cioci
Belgium Stéphane Lémeret
3 France Le Mans
(detailed report)
Germany No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest France No. 26 Signatech Nissan Italy No. 51 AF Corse France No. 50 Larbre Compétition
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
France Franck Mailleux
France Soheil Ayari
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Finland Toni Vilander
France Patrick Bornhauser
France Julien Canal
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
4 Italy Imola
(detailed report)
France No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total France No. 26 Signatech Nissan Italy No. 51 AF Corse France No. 50 Larbre Compétition
France Sébastien Bourdais
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Franck Mailleux
France Soheil Ayari
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
France Patrick Bornhauser
France Julien Canal
Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
5 United Kingdom Silverstone
(detailed report)
France No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total France No. 35 OAK Racing Italy No. 51 AF Corse Germany No. 63 Proton Competition
France Sébastien Bourdais
France Simon Pagenaud
France Frédéric Da Rocha
France Patrice Lafargue
France Jean-François Yvon
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
United States Patrick Long
Italy Gianluca Roda
6 United States Road Atlanta
(detailed report)
France No. 8 Peugeot Sport Total United States No. 33 Level 5 Motorsports Italy No. 51 AF Corse United States No. 57 Krohn Racing
France Franck Montagny
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Austria Alexander Wurz
United States Scott Tucker
France Christophe Bouchut
Portugal João Barbosa
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Germany Pierre Kaffer
United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Italy Michele Rugolo
7 China Zhuhai
(detailed report)
France No. 7 Peugeot Sport Total France No. 26 Signatech Nissan Germany No. 55 BMW Motorsport Germany No. 63 Proton Competition
France Sébastien Bourdais
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Franck Mailleux
France Jean-Karl Vernay
Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Germany Jörg Müller
Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Christian Ried
Italy Gianluca Roda
Austria Richard Lietz

Scoring system[edit]

The cup's scoring system was revamped for 2011, changing the point structure, how many cars could obtain points, and adding more bonus point opportunities. Each car had the opportunity to score from one to fifteen points for their position within their class plus an additional point for being the fastest qualifier in their class (pole-sitter) and an additional one or two bonus points for meeting special engine use conditions.

Points were awarded to cars based on their final classification within their class for each event, including both ILMC entries and other race entries. Thus, it was possible for first-place (or any other position) points to not be awarded if that position in the race was achieved by a non-ILMC entry. Cars which were not classified per the rules of the event, or which did not complete at least 70% of the distance completed by the winner of their class, received zero points for their finishing position. All cars which were classified, but finished beyond 12th place in their class, received a single point. For manufacturers, points were awarded to the top two finishing cars of each manufacturer in each event, but for teams this was reduced to only their top finisher. Position points were doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans event.[2]

Bonus points were expanded in 2011. The pole-sitter bonus was retained, with a single point being awarded for qualifying fastest in class for each event. As with position points, this included all entrants in the event, so the entrant needed to outpace not only all ILMC entries, but all non-ILMC entries in their class as well to obtain the bonus point. 2011 also saw up to two additional bonus points made available to LMGTE manufacturers and teams in the form of an engine bonus. Engines were tightly controlled by the organizers, and their running time was tracked (including practice, qualifying, and race hours). For engines which accumulated 15 or more hours by the end of a race, the entrant would receive a bonus point. A second point was available if the engine reached 30 hours by the end of a race. Cars had to be classified finishers to obtain the engine bonus, but would still get the pole-sitter bonus even if they did not complete the race. Engine bonus points were not awarded for the 24 Hours of Le Mans event.[2]

Point System[2] Points awarded for position Bonus points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th + Pole Engine
24H Le Mans 30 26 22 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 none
Other races 15 13 11 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 or 2

Manufacturers' Cups[edit]

Peugeot and Audi returned to the competition competing for the premier title of LMP1 manufacturer, both bringing new cars. Peugeot was able to continue their success from 2010, winning all but one race and outscoring Audi in every event. Audi was unable to use their new R18 in the first event, and while the new car would be quick enough to win the pole at two events and pick up the make's only win of the season at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, it would ultimately prove unable to pace the Peugeots over the balance of the season and Audi was not able to be competitive in the standings as a result.[3]

The change in class arrangement for 2011 meant that both LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am classes were combined into a single cup for manufacturers, as they both used the same cars. Points for position were awarded based on the cars' ranking among all LMGTE cars, both professional and amateur. Ferrari, which equipped five of the ten customer teams, took the championship after a season-long battle with BMW, which had to rely solely on the success of its factory team. BMW started and ended the season with one-two victories, but it was not enough to overcome the Ferraris. Porsche and Chevrolet both had strong seasons, but their LMGTE Am teams could not keep pace with the Pro teams and they never were a significant threat to Ferrari or BMW. The Corvettes highlighted their season with a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Full 2011 ILMC Manufacturer Cup Standings[3]
Pos. Manufacturer Results Points
United States
SEB
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Italy
IMO
United Kingdom
SIL
United States
ATL
China
ZHU
Eng. Total
LMP1
1 France Peugeot 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 211
3 2 3 2 8 2 2
2 Germany Audi 4 3 1 3 2 Ret 3 119
5 4 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret
LMGTE
1 Italy Ferrari 5 1 2 1 1 1 3 8 211
9 8 11 2 2 7 6
2 Germany BMW 1 3 3 3 4 3 1 6 152
2 4 Ret 13 6 9 2
3 Germany Porsche 6 10 18 4 3 2 4 6 114
12 6 5 5 5
4 United States Corvette 3 9 1 7 15 4 5 4 95
4 7 13
5 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ret 5 Ret 10 12 16 8 18
Ret Ret 20
6 United Kingdom Lotus 17 5 Ret 19 NC 9 1 15
Ret Ret Ret NC Ret NC
Key
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Bold text Class pole winner

Team Cups[edit]

2011 saw the team cups for all four classes hotly contested. Peugeot's factory team was able to retain the LMP1 title. Audi's Joest team was able to briefly take the lead in the standings after their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which netted double points, but the Peugeot Sport Total team would run the table for the rest of the season, not only winning every race, but even gathering the pole-sitter bonus points for each one as well. Aston Martin's new AMR-One car proved to be a failure, and the team's late-season return with the Lola B09/60 was too late to make an impact. Oreca won the season opening round, and performed well in other races, but did not compete in all rounds. Non-manufacturer LMP1 teams were well off of the pace of the manufacturer-supported teams and despite season-long participation were not able to challenge for the cup. The LMP2 cup was essentially a battle between Signatech and OAK Racing, with Level 5 Motorsports failing to compete season-long. AF Corse carried its 2010 GT2 class success forward into the new LMGTE Pro class against a strong effort by the BMW Motorsport team, while Larbre's Corvette performed well through the season netting the team the cup in the LMGTE Am class against several competitors.[4]

Several teams changed the type of car they ran during the Cup. Audi Sport Team Joest started the season with the older Audi R15 TDI plus (powered by an Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10 diesel engine), while in the LMGTE Pro class, AF Corse entered the first event with a Ferrari F430 GTE. In both cases, the teams switched to their new car for the second event. Aston Martin Racing had intended to run their troubled Aston Martin AMR-One car in the LMP1 class, but extended testing prevented it entering the first two events. After its unsuccessful debut at Le Mans, the fourth round at Imola was skipped as well and ultimately, the team would switch to the older Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 for to run the final three rounds.

Full 2011 ILMC Team Cup Standings[4]
Pos. Team Results (key) Points
United States
SEB
Belgium
SPA
France
LMS
Italy
IMO
United Kingdom
SIL
United States
ATL
China
ZHU
LMP1
1 France Peugeot Sport Total 3 1 3 1 1 1 1 113
2 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 4 4 1 3 2 NC 3 85
3 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 7 7 6 6 Ret 5 4 50
4 France Team Oreca Matmut 1 10 5 2 47
5 France OAK Racing Ret DNS Ret 8 3 4 5 33
6 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Ret 9 3 6 22
7 Switzerland Hope Racing Ret 0
LMP2
1 France Signatech Nissan 2 5 2 2 7 3 1 95
2 France OAK Racing 3 6 7 9 6 4 2 63
3 United States Level 5 Motorsports 4 Ret 3 3 1 57
LMGTE PRO
1 Italy AF Corse 5 1 2 2 1 1 5 108
2 Germany BMW Motorsport 1 3 3 3 4 3 1 101
3 France Luxury Racing 9 Ret Ret Ret 2 7 3 38
4 Austria Lotus Jetalliance 9 7 Ret 14 Ret 4 27
LMGTE AM
1 France Larbre Compétition Ret 3 1 2 4 2 2 93
2 United States Krohn Racing 1 8 Ret 6 7 1 3 62
3 Germany Proton Competition 2 4 Ret DSQ 2 Ret 1 52
4 United Kingdom CRS Racing Ret 6 Ret 4 3 5 4 50
5 Italy AF Corse 2 Ret 3 5 3 Ret 47
6 United Arab Emirates Gulf AMR Middle East Ret Ret Ret 8 4 5 22
Key
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Bold text Class pole winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 ILMC Calendar". lemans.org (Automobile Club de l'Ouest). 2010-11-29. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  2. ^ a b c "Règlement Sportif 2011 / 2011 Sporting Regulations" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 December 2010. p. 5, Article 6, Part 1. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Provisional Manufacturers Classification" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 November 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Provisional Teams Classification" (PDF). Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 13 November 2011. p. 2. Archived from the original on 14 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 

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