2010 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 78th 24 -hour Le Mans race, the 78th Grand Prix d' Endurance les 24 Heures du Mans, took place from 12 to 13 June 2010 at the Circuit des 24 Heures.

  • 6.1 pilots after Nations
  • 6.2 Final ranking
  • 6.3 Class Winner
  • 6.4 racing data


The victorious Audi R15 TDI, driven by Mike Rockenfeller, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas had caused, surpassed by a long -time close race against the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP existing since 1971 distance record, also with 397 rounds, but in the meantime 5410.713 km correspond.


On 19 November 2009 the Automobile Club de l' Ouest published his auto start list for the 24- hour race at Le Mans 2010. This list was determined from the respective first and second of the four Le Mans classes of last year's race, the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series, the Asian Le Mans Series, the FIA ​​GT Championship and the winners of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. An automatic message was also the winner of the Michelin Green X Challenge. 29 teams were invited, 21 accepted and were planning to participate in the race.

Including these 29 vehicles registered to the ACO 85 messages. On February 4, the ACO announced the 55 starters of the race. For the first time in the history of the 24- hour race, the teams had to the vehicles and at least one driver per team report as fixed. The other pilots per team had to be given to the organizers announced by 12 May.

Start list

List of spare vehicles

As in previous years, publish the ACO with the start list for the list of replacement vehicles. 2010, there were a novelty here. Five teams were set as LMP and GT cars on the list and would replace those teams who could not attend for various reasons in the race. Where the LMP reservists should only replace vehicles of LMP1 and LMP2 class. With the same procedure applied to the GT cars. The Nachrückung was in the order of nomination.

The Teams


Audi announced on February 5, known as the nine pilots who drove the revised Audi R15 TDI at Le Mans. A team formed again the Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello. The second car piloted by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, who drove the diesel prototype in the previous year. To you Mike Rockenfeller came into the team, which in 2009 had not yet formed a team with Lucas Luhr and Alexandre Prémat. The third vehicle was occupied with signings: André Lotterer, 2009 Colin Kolles Audi R10 TDI seventh in the standings, formed a team of drivers with the Swiss Marcel Fässler and the Frenchman Benoît Treluyer. Tréluyer contributed 2009 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP for the team of Henri Pescarolo and had at night in a serious accident, which he survived unharmed.

On February 22, Peugeot also the remaining drivers were already known, and ended at the same time, the speculation as to whether the multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb at Le Mans again. It was necessary to replace the dedicated in the winning car of the year David Brabham, the one Acura ARX -01 went for Highcroft Racing in the LMP2 class. Since Loeb did not have enough free time to test to get used to the Peugeot 908, was waived its use. Instead committed Peugeot former Honda test driver and Super Aguri Formula 1 driver Anthony Davidson. The second team was changed where now Nicolas Minassian Franck Montagny and Stéphane came to Sarrazin in the car. Sébastien Bourdais, who was sitting in that car last year, now a team with Pedro Lamy and Simon Pagenaud, who came into the newly formed team. Replacement driver was Christian Klien.

The Formula 1 World Champion 1992, Nigel Mansell, announced in 2010 at the age of 57 years, made ​​his debut in the 24- hour race. Together with his sons Leo and Greg Ginetta - Zytek he drove a GZ09S. On 8 April, the Japanese Dome team announced its launch waiver. As a first reserve with that came the French Pegasus team with his Norma M200 in the LMP2 class in the starting field.


In the LMP2 class in 2010 was not a Porsche RS Spyder at the start. However, the first time took part in the Acura 24 - hour race. With Karim Ajlani went for the second time a Syrian at the start, of a Pescarolo 01- Judd headed for OAK Racing.


The GT1 class in 2010 had eight starters. Luc Alphand Corvette C6.R continued to trust to, and brought two vehicles at the start. With excitement the return of Ford at the Sarthe was expected, where two Ford GT1 were in this class at the start.


Corvette Racing went with the new racing Corvette in the GT2 class at the start. BMW also announced a comeback in Le Mans. After the ACO had the new BMW homologated M3 GT2, BMW Motorsport, a two car. The German racing team had the two works drivers Jörg Müller and Andy Priaulx officially confirmed as pilot. The AF Corse team for the two former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi and Giancarlo Fisichella went to the Le Mans Series alongside Toni Vilander at the start, set up two Ferrari. Fisichella made ​​his Le Mans debut, Alesi in 1989 in Le Mans.


Pilot after Nations

Final ranking

1 accident in training

Class winner

Race data

  • Starter: 55
  • Weather during the race weekend: warm and sunny
  • Distance: 13.629 km
  • Honorary starter of the race: Jean -Claude Killy, French skier and sports official
  • Distance of the winning team: 5410.713 km
  • Winners section: 225.228 km / h
  • Pole Position: Stéphane Sarrazin - Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP (# 2) - 3:19,711 - 245.677 km / h
  • Fastest race lap: Loïc Duval - Peugeot 908 Hdi FAP (# 4) - 3:19,074 - 246.463 km / h