As the saying goes, ‘In order to win, one must first finish to finish first’. And so it goes as in was noted during practice and in qualifying, the Peugeot oil burners were fast. This was admitted by one Allan McNish, who was part of the Audi team that came third. Mr. McNish isn’t some Scottish Kilt wearing nobody, as he was a Formula 1 driver with Toyota, later test driving for Renault F1 and has also won the Le Mans twice before.
Reliability is the key, as speed isn’t the key in endurance racing. Peugeot’s domination meant nothing as they couldn’t finish. This was also the same in the GT2 category where that fine looking M3 GT2 didn’t manage to finish too.
In LMP2, Danny Watts led the Strakka Racing Acura ARX-01 (manufactured b Honda Performance Development Inc. in partnership with Wirth Research) to class honours, while GT1 and GT2 were won by the Larbre Competition (Saleen) and Team Felbermayr (Porsche) teams respectively.
LMP1 and Overall
1st Audi #9 (Rockenfeller/Bernhard/Dumas) 329 laps
2nd Audi #8 (Lotterer/Fässler/Treluyer)
3rd Peugeot #1 (Wurz/Gene/Davidson)
1st Strakka #42 (Leventis/Watts/Kane)
2nd OAK Racing #35 (Lahaye/Moreau/Charouz)
3rd RML #25 (Newton/Erdos/Wallace)
1st Saleen #50 (Berville/Canal/Gardel)
2nd Corvette #72 (Gregoire/Policand/Hart)
3rd Aston Martin DBR9 #52 (Enge/Nygaard/Kox)
1st Porsche #77 (Lieb/Lietz/Henzler)
2nd Ferrari #89 (Farnbacher/Simonsen/Keen)
3rd Porsche #97 (Westbrook/Holzer/Scheider)