80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours - 16–17 June 2012

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    2012 is the 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the greatest endurance race of all! Last year Audi won despite losing two cars in the most horrific crashes seen at Le Mans for years. Audi have 4 cars entered for this years race that also runs as a round (the 3rd to be exact) of the World Endurance Championship. Audi however have competition, the return of Toyota, with the TS030. Le Mans will be the debut for the two Toyota's, and so all eyes will be on the japanese cars. The unofficial petrol class in LMP1 also see's the british Strakka and JRM teams (JRM with David Brabham as one of the drivers), as well long time Le Mans favourite Henri Pescarolo running one of his Pescarolo prototypes as well as a reworked Dome prototype.

    LMP2 will see some interested GTPlanet fans. GT Academy graduate Jordan Tresson is in a Oreca prototype for Signatech-Nissan in car #23. The very first GT Academy Graduate Luca Ordonez is in the #42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek. Also the french OAK Racing team are running two prototypes badged using the British Morgan name. Lotus and HPD also appear on the entry list.

    GT cars may be the slowest but are by no means the least exciting. BMW may have left, but 4 Ferrari's, two Corvette's, two Porsche's, and a Aston martin V8 make up the field in the premier GTE PRO class. the second GT class GT-AM as well as a strong field.

    Garage #56 is an interesting addition to Le Mans this year. This garage is for a special experimental vehicle not covering any particular regs. This year it goes to the Nissan Deltawing, based around a failed Indycar concept this unique car will make its debut at Le Mans. GTPlanet has been following it's progress here.






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    Pos  Cl     Drivers                             Team/Car                     Time
     1.  P1     Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer           Audi e-tron                  3m23.787s
     2.  P1     Dumas/Duval/Gene                    Audi Ultra                   3m24.078s
     3.  P1     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin             Toyota                       3m24.842s
     4.  P1     Capello/Kristensen/McNish           Audi e-tron                  3m25.433s
     5.  P1     Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima              Toyota                       3m25.488s
     6.  P1     Bonanomi/Jarvis/Rockenfeller        Audi Ultra                   3m26.420s
     7.  P1     Leventis/Watts/Kane                 Strakka HPD                  3m29.622s
     8.  P1     Prost/Jani/Heidfeld                 Rebellion Lola-Toyota        3m29.837s
     9.  P1     Belicchi/Primat/Bleekemolen         Rebellion Lola-Toyota        3m31.866s
    10.  P1     Ara/Minassian/Bourdais              Pescarolo Dome-Judd          3m33.066s
    11.  P1     Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck           JRM HPD                      3m35.421s
    12.  P1     Montagny/Baguette/Kraihamer         OAK Pescarolo-Judd           3m35.584s
    13.  P1     Collard/Boullion/Hall               Pescarolo-Judd               3m37.485s
    14.  P2     Martin/Charouz/Graves               ADR ORECA-Nissan             3m38.181s
    15.  P2     Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla                  OAK Morgan-Judd              3m38.598s
    16.  P2     Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov           Signatech ORECA-Nissan       3m39.152s
    17.  P2     Beche/Thiriet/Tinseau               TDS ORECA-Nissan             3m39.252s
    18.  P2     Perez-Companc/Ayari/Kaffer          Pecom ORECA-Nissan           3m39.711s
    19.  P2     Firth/Hughes/Hartley                Murphy ORECA-Nissan          3m39.877s
    20.  P2     Heinemeier Hansson/Leinders/Martin  OAK Morgan-Nissan            3m39.899s
    21.  P2     Sims/Buurman/Iannetta               Status Lola-Judd             3m40.280s
    22.  P2     Potolicchio/Dalziel/Kimber-Smith    Starworks HPD-Honda          3m40.471s
    23.  P2     Briere/Petersen/Nakano              Boutsen ORECA-Nissan         3m40.727s
    24.  P2     Ordonez/Brundle/Brundle             Greaves Zytek-Nissan         3m40.738s
    25.  P2     Dolan/Hancock/Kurosawa              Jota Zytek-Nissan            3m41.287s
    26.  P2     Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson            Signatech ORECA-Nissan       3m41.982s
    27.  P2     Tucker/Bouchut/Diaz                 Level 5 HPD-Honda            3m42.224s
    28.  P2     Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian               Greaves Zytek-Nissan         3m42.292s
    29.  CDNT   Franchitti/Krumm/Motoyama           Highcroft Delta Wing Nissan  3m42.612s
    30.  P2     Frey/Hirschi/Meichtry               Race Performance ORECA-Judd  3m43.619s
    31.  P2     Holzer/Schultis/Moro                Kodewa Lola-Lotus            3m45.664s
    32.  P2     Giroix/Johansson/Badey              Gulf Lola-Nissan             3m47.244s
    33.  P2     Haezebrouck/Thirion/Rosier          Extreme Limite Norma-Judd    3m48.025s
    34.  GTE P  Makowiecki/Melo/Farnbacher          Luxury Ferrari               3m55.393s
    35.  GTE P  Fernandez/Mucke/Turner              Aston Martin                 3m55.870s
    36.  GTE P  Gavin/Milner/Westbrook              Corvette                     3m55.910s
    37.  GTE P  Bertolini/Beretta/Cioci             AF Corse Ferrari             3m56.484s
    38.  GTE P  Taylor/Garcia/Magnussen             Corvette                     3m57.181s
    39.  GTE A  Neiman/Pilet/Pumpelly               Flying Lizard Porsche        3m57.594s
    40.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz/Henzler                  Felbermayr-Proton Porsche    3m57.606s
    41.  GTE P  Alfaisal/Curtis/Edwards             IMSA Porsche                 3m58.035s
    42.  GTE P  Bergmeister/Long/Holzer             Flying Lizard Porsche        3m58.717s
    43.  GTE A  Simonsen/Nygaard/Poulsen            Aston Martin                 3m58.725s
    44.  GTE A  Ehret/Montecalvo/Jeannette          Luxury Ferrari               3m58.800s
    45.  P2     Rostan/Ihara/Deletraz               Gulf Lola-Nissan             3m58.895s
    46.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti                   Felbermayr-Proton Porsche    3m59.181s
    47.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy               Larbre Corvette              3m59.192s
    48.  GTE P  Walker/Cocker/Wills                 JMW Ferrari                  3m59.638s
    49.  GTE P  Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander           AF Corse Ferrari             4m00.025s
    50.  GTE A  Perazzini/Cadei/Griffin             AF Corse Ferrari             4m00.288s
    51.  GTE A  Armindo/Narac/Pons                  IMSA Porsche                 4m00.332s
    52.  GTE A  Kauffman/Aguas/Vickers              AF-Waltrip Ferrari           4m00.691s
    53.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo                Krohn Ferrari                4m02.323s
    54.  GTE A  Rodrigues/Ferte/Illiano             JMB Ferrari                  4m02.461s
    55.  GTE A  Bourret/Gibon/Belloc                Larbre Corvette              4m02.969s
    56.  GTE A  Camathias/Daniels/Palttala          JWA Porsche                  4m03.661s
    
     
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  2. gorsad

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    Hope for another great race, with (hopefully) the Toyotas winning. I've just noticed that the new Toyotas have a very flat front.

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    Any reason for this, surely a smooth front end leads to better air flow.
     
  3. Wardy 944

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    That looks a packed couple of weeks :):tup:

    'Click to Enlarge' boy your not wrong there.
     
  4. Tired Tyres

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    Looks like my annual one month subscription to the Eurosport Player is approaching. :)

    Subject to confirmation of their coverage of Le Mans that is.
     
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    Awkward moment if a driver of the Nissan Deltawing crashes.
     
  6. Northstar

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    Hoping for a Corvette repeat.:tup:
     
  7. Patrick

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    Agreed. :tup:
     
  8. IceMan PJN

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    As an Audi fan (at least in terms of LMP), I'm hoping to see R18s on the podium.

    I finally got mine in FM4 the other day. I wanted it for months but never coughed up the money for the DLC until recently.
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    With a little luck, maybe they can sweep the podium.
    *fingers crossed*
     
  9. Furi

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    Audi will win this year, but its just how many have run-ins with Ferrari's... :rolleyes:

    Toyota and Deltawing both could not have picked a more public debut, which is either going to very well or very bad.
     
  10. Patrick

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    Can't wait to stay up for the whole race and chat with you guys. It was a blast during the Daytona 24. :)
     
  11. Tired Tyres

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    Like that's a stunningly unlikely thing to happen isn't it. :sly:

    Personally I hope Toyota lap all the Audi's at least ten times.:)
     
  12. Cowboys965

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    No, I want a good race. Actually that might be better since they may film GT.
     
  13. Müle

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    $25 on Brian Vickers wrecking a prototype (lets make it a Toyota, just because)

    $10 on him coming back out after the fact, and punting a Corvette into a wall.
     
  14. Earth

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    Though an Audi R18 will win, the fun will be in which of the 4 R18s win
     
  15. Cowboys965

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    They would still probably show that for 24 hours instead of GT.
     
  16. terminator363

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    It sucks Peugeot wont participate
     
  17. Mac K

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    Same here. GT battle should be great, and hoping Toyota wipes the floor with Audi.
     
  18. Prince.M5

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    Shame as I will be confirmed to not catch this race. On that same day, I will be moving away to further my studies and will leave my TV and Laptop at home for the first week :indiff:

    If nothing happens, I'm pretty sure the Audi will win this race. I'm still unsure if Toyota can somehow produce an 'Audi like' pace and started to challenge them. I'm a little big gutted that there will be no BMW in this race this year. I guess even if I have to miss it, won't be much of a heartbreak.
     
  19. gtone339

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    Sorry I have to say this but go Toyota!! :) :D
     
  20. prisonermonkeys

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    I very much doubt Toyota will win, though Audi had admitted that they expect the TS030 to be faster than the R18 e-tron in terms of raw pace. Whether or not they can go the distance remains to be seen.
     
  21. LancerEvo7

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    Just one? :sly:
     
  22. karl53

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    i think that Toyota may perform like peugeot in '07, fastish, but unreliable
     
  23. TayTheDay

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    Yeah I'd go with that assumption too, though I really hope they do well. I'm also looking forward to seeing how reliable the Deltawing will be. I can't wait :)
     
  24. ItsHim

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    Personally I'm a sucker for the LMP/GT cars mix and looking very much forward to seeing them on the track (on telly unfortunately).

    I'm a bit unsure about Audi: it's a great success story for them lately, but I get a bit annoyed by the fact it's so plain obvious it's the one manufacturer winning who can throw the most equipment (and money) at the challenge. Audi is admittedly the one manufacturer most successful with this strategy, and thus prone to criticism while the others tend to slip under the radar.

    Anyway, as long as it's endurance, I'm looking forward to it!
     
  25. Wardy 944

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    Yes it on Eurosport, according to their website they are going to show every minute of the race, if only 'ring was so lucky.
     
  26. Racingworld68

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    Both Eurosport and Motors tv will be covering the 24hrs of Lemans. The fact we can not watch the ring has al to do with the fact these rights have been bought by that german tvstation (sport1) wich is a pay channel in Germany.
     
  27. karl53

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    hmm...best get the doritos in then:lol::lol:
     
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  29. TayTheDay

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    Seems like a few teams are taking quite a 'gamble' at Le Mans this year then (through choice or not) ...Anything to make the running more interesting is all good for us :) I can't wait till testing starts.
     
  30. hawkeye122

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    DeltaWing... I cant see this as anything but bad news for the whole Sports Car community. At least LMP cars (Ok... Audi and Toyota) are somewhat relevant to the road cars. But now the DeltaWing... thats just a new formula of race car. The costs, rules, development... I dont see it as worth it.

    Why not open the regs up a bit and let the teams come to that sort of thing on their own?
     
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