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Le Mans is one of the premiere motorsports events in the world, more so than others. It’s one of the best places for manufacturers from all over to show off their engineering prowess. As with most endurance racing, it’s not about who comes in first, but who racks up the most laps in the 24 hour period, requiring fast lap times and reliability. The 2010 race has just finished and here are the results.
LMP1- The premier group of all the cars that raced, was again dominated by the Audi R15 TDIs. The cars took all three podium spots, with Audi Sports North America’s #9 taking with it the overall victory that consisted of 397 laps total, a new record for the race. Peugeot’s 908 HDi’s dominated most of the race until 2 hours away from the end of the race.
LMP2- There was no drama in this class, as the two car in real competition were HPD ARX-01c, which are former Acura badged racers. The winner was Strakka Racing’s car, chocking up first in the category and fifth overall with 367 laps.
LMGT1- It’s surprising that a road race that touts some of the latest technologies available to manufacturers was won by a ten-year-old Saleen S7R. The Larbre Competition car managed to get 331 laps in before the end of the 24 hours. The runner up was a former Corvette Racing C6R, driven by Luc Alphand Aventures, 4 laps behind the Saleen.
LMGT2- The most popular class in the race, it was won by Team Felbermayr-Proton’s Porsche GT3 RSR, with 338 laps, followed by the Hankook Farnbacher Ferrari F430 coming two laps behind. Corvette Racing was dominating this class, but ended up fifth overall after some mechanical (and some Peugeot aggression ) setbacks.