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2014 Le Mans 24: Starting Line-Up (Grid) & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 13, 2014 - 08:00 PM
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2014 Le Mans 24: Starting Line-Up (Grid) & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Heures du Mans, Le Mans 24 Hours or whatever you want to call it is one of the world's oldest motorsport events. While Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix can trace its history to 1929, endurance racing traces its roots to the town of Le Mans, Sarthe in France which has been held annually holding an event since 1923.

The 24 is overseen by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and is run on public roads, and will be lined by over 250,000 fans from around the world. The only event larger each year is IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 which dates back to 1909.

The Le Mans 24 has had few breaks in its history since it began. In 1936, worker strikes kept the event from being run, and World War II interceded to keep the cars idle from 1940 to 1948. In all their have been 77 races. The winner of the first event averaged 92 kmh/57 mph. It was won by French drivers Andre Lagache & Rene Leonard in the Chenard et Walcker Sport. They covered 128 laps around the 13.629 km (8.469 mi) circuit for a total of 2209 km. This year's winner will likely cover over 330 laps!

In simple terms, the 24hrs du Le Mans is a historic event and a must see for race fans at least once in their lives.

The all-time winner of the event is Tom Kristensen - who has won the event nine times (1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2013). Kristensen also holds the record for the most straight victories dominating from 2000 - 2005 - six.

Over the years, drivers from the United Kingdom have won the most times - 41.

On the manufacturer front, Audi has dominated since 2000 with 12 victories - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. Interestingly though, Audi does not have the most wins by a manufacturer. But they are closing. Porsche had 16 wins from 1970 to 1998.

While it might seem that Audi would be a solid pick to take another title in 2014 given their outstanding run of excellence, Toyota is fast and is the favorite to win.

The question is this... Will 2014 be a breakthrough for Toyota or will Audi again dominate as they have for over a decade.

Stay tuned to PaddockTalk.com for updates throughout the 24 hour event!

 

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2014 Le Mans 24: Qualifying Results
POS N STATE CAT CAR DRIVER TEAM T LAPS GAP LAST LAP BEST LAP AV SPEED PITS
1 7 Pit LM P1 - H TOYOTA TS 040 - HYBRID NAKAJIMA K. TOYOTA RACING M 37 3:57.777 3:21.789 243.1 8
2 14 Pit LM P1 - H PORSCHE 919 - HYBRID JANI N. PORSCHE TEAM M 15 0.357 8:29.010 3:22.146 242.7 4
3 8 Pit LM P1 - H TOYOTA TS 040 - HYBRID BUEMI S. TOYOTA RACING M 36 0.734 4:04.833 3:22.523 242.3 8
4 3 Pit LM P1 - H AUDI R18 e-tron quattro BONANOMI M. Audi Sport Team JOEST M 38 1.575 4:07.395 3:23.364 241.3 4
5 20 Pit LM P1 - H PORSCHE 919 - HYBRID HARTLEY B. PORSCHE TEAM M 14 2.347 4:09.936 3:24.136 240.4 3
6 2 Pit LM P1 - H AUDI R18 e-tron quattro LOTTERER A. Audi Sport Team JOEST M 38 2.940 3:55.712 3:24.729 239.7 5
7 1 Pit LM P1 - H AUDI R18 e-tron quattro DI GRASSI L. Audi Sport Team JOEST M 38 4.025 3:49.838 3:25.814 238.4 5
8 12 Pit LM P1 - L REBELLION TOYOTA R-ONE BECHE M. REBELLION RACING M 27 7.974 3:59.975 3:29.763 233.9 6
9 13 Pit LM P1 - L REBELLION TOYOTA R-ONE KRAIHAMER D. REBELLION RACING M 5 11.261 4:11.724 3:33.050 230.3 1
10 46 Pit LM P2 LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN BADEY L. THIRIET BY TDS Racing D 28 15.820 4:34.879 3:37.609 225.5 4
11 38 Pit LM P2 Zytek Z11SN - Nissan DOLAN S. JOTA SPORT D 25 15.885 4:21.753 3:37.674 225.4 5
12 35 Pit LM P2 LIGIER JS P2 - NISSAN BRUNDLE A. Oak Racing D 26 16.103 4:59.000 3:37.892 225.2 6
13 26 Pit LM P2 MORGAN - Nissan PLA O. G-DRIVE RACING D 20 16.211 14:44.333 3:38.000 225.1 6
14 36 Pit LM P2 ALPINE A450 - NISSAN PANCIATICI N. SIGNATECH ALPINE D 30 16.300 13:50.027 3:38.089 225.0 7
15 47 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - NISSAN IMPERATORI A. KCMG D 27 16.900 13:07.436 3:38.689 224.4 8
16 48 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - NISSAN CHANDHOK K. MURPHY PROTOTYPES D 18 17.302 19:50.043 3:39.091 223.9 5
17 42 Pit LM P2 Zytek Z11SN - Nissan KIMBER-SMITH T. CATERHAM RACING D 20 18.246 5:24.614 3:40.035 223.0 7
18 34 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - JUDD FREY M. Race Performance D 26 19.030 4:04.426 3:40.819 222.2 4
19 43 Pit LM P2 MORGAN - Judd HIRSCH G. NEWBLOOD BY MORAND RACING D 14 19.277 4:01.570 3:41.066 221.9 3
20 37 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - NISSAN MEDIANI M. SMP RACING M 21 19.508 4:26.560 3:41.297 221.7 6
21 27 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - NISSAN LADYGIN A. SMP RACING M 31 20.342 4:08.195 3:42.131 220.9 6
22 33 Pit LM P2 LIGIER JS P2 TUNG H. Oak Racing - TEAM ASIA M 17 21.369 12:37.532 3:43.158 219.9 6
23 50 Pit LM P2 MORGAN - Judd TAYLOR R. Larbre Competition M 19 22.054 17:27.088 3:43.843 219.2 6
24 24 Pit LM P2 ORECA 03R - NISSAN CAPILLAIRE V. SEBASTIEN LOEB RACING M 21 22.233 4:11.633 3:44.022 219.0 6
25 41 Pit LM P2 Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LATIF A. Greaves Motorsport D 23 22.648 8:40.735 3:44.437 218.6 5
26 0 Pit CDNT NISSAN ZEOD RC MOTOYAMA S. NISSAN MOTORSPORTS GLOBAL M 21 28.396 17:46.586 3:50.185 213.2 4
27 51 Pit LM GTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia BRUNI G. AF Corse M 30 31.911 4:27.885 3:53.700 209.9 7
28 81 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia BIRD S. AF Corse M 21 32.876 7:07.898 3:54.665 209.1 6
29 73 Pit LM GTE Pro CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7 TAYLOR J. Corvette Racing M 31 32.988 4:27.364 3:54.777 209.0 7
30 97 Pit LM GTE Pro Aston Martin Vantage V8 TURNER D. Aston Martin Racing M 26 33.102 4:32.310 3:54.891 208.9 7
31 74 Pit LM GTE Pro CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7 MILNER T. Corvette Racing M 31 33.401 4:24.343 3:55.190 208.6 8
32 52 Pit LM GTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia PARENTE A. RAM RACING M 5 33.558 5:15.754 3:55.347 208.5 1
33 98 Pit LM GTE Am Aston Martin Vantage V8 DALLA LANA P. Aston Martin Racing M 25 33.855 4:42.672 3:55.644 208.2 5
34 92 Pit LM GTE Pro PORSCHE 911 RSR MAKOWIECKI F. PORSCHE TEAM MANTHEY M 21 33.905 4:17.655 3:55.694 208.2 5
35 91 Pit LM GTE Pro PORSCHE 911 RSR PILET P. PORSCHE TEAM MANTHEY M 4 33.956 4:05.685 3:55.745 208.1 0
36 95 Pit LM GTE Am Aston Martin Vantage V8 HEINEMEIER-HANSSON D. Aston Martin Racing M 33 34.155 4:39.338 3:55.944 207.9 5
37 61 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia VENTURI M. AF Corse M 31 34.188 4:36.346 3:55.977 207.9 6
38 72 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia BERTOLINI A. SMP RACING M 20 34.274 8:29.097 3:56.063 207.8 6
39 88 Pit LM GTE Am PORSCHE 911 RSR BACHLER K. Proton Competition M 21 35.185 4:12.713 3:56.974 207.0 5
40 90 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia MONTECALVO F. 8 STAR MOTORSPORTS M 23 35.428 15:15.934 3:57.217 206.8 5
41 77 Pit LM GTE Am PORSCHE 911 RSR LONG P. DEMPSEY RACING - PROTON M 22 35.441 5:05.834 3:57.230 206.8 5
42 60 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia MANN P. AF Corse M 26 35.485 4:42.849 3:57.274 206.8 4
43 66 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia AL FAISAL A. JMW Motorsport M 13 35.968 4:28.554 3:57.757 206.4 2
44 53 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia HAMILTON A. RAM RACING M 12 36.169 4:24.727 3:57.958 206.2 4
45 76 Pit LM GTE Am Porsche 911 GT3 RSR NARAC R. Imsa Performance Matmut M 24 36.609 6:38.766 3:58.398 205.8 7
46 57 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia COLLINS B. Krohn Racing M 28 39.217 4:53.699 4:01.006 203.6 7
47 67 Pit LM GTE Am Porsche 911 GT3 RSR MARIS E. Imsa Performance Matmut M 25 41.488 4:43.685 4:03.277 201.7 9
48 58 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia AYARI S. TEAM SOFREV ASP M 23 42.158 4:34.496 4:03.947 201.1 6
49 70 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia EHRET P. TEAM TAISAN M 18 42.723 5:17.840 4:04.512 200.7 4
50 75 Pit LM GTE Am Porsche 911 GT3 RSR PALTTALA M. Prospeed Competition M 12 43.358 4:42.059 4:05.147 200.1 3
51 62 Pit LM GTE Am Ferrari 458 Italia BLANK H. AF Corse M 23 48.565 5:07.732 4:10.354 196.0 5
52 29 Pit LM P2 MORGAN - Nissan SCHELL J. Pegasus Racing D 0 0
53 71 Pit LM GTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia RIGON D. AF Corse M 0 0
54 79 Pit LM GTE Am Porsche 911 GT3 RSR MACNEIL C. Prospeed Competition M 0 0




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