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2010 8 Hours of Castellet
Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello took overall victory in the No. 7 Audi R15 TDI plus.

The 2010 8 Hours of Le Castellet (8 Heures du Castellet) was the inaugural round of the 2010 Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France on 11 April 2010. It was the first Le Mans Series race that is longer than the standard 1,000-km distance the LMS use since the 2007 Mil Milhas Brasil. Audi Sport Team Joest won the race overall in their first use of the Audi R15 TDI in the Le Mans Series, with drivers Allan McNish and Rinaldo Capello. Aston Martin Racing and Rebellion Racing completed the overall podium five laps behind the winning Audi. Strakka Racing also brought Honda Performance Development a win on their debut in the LMP2 category, leading the OAK Racing Pescarolo by 33 seconds. Applewood Seven won the Formula Le Mans category, the first event in which this class participated in the Le Mans Series. Team Felbermayr-Proton dominated the GT2 category by finishing in the top two positions, ahead of the first of the AF Corse Ferraris.


Qualifying saw Oreca take pole position in their first outing with their new Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, beating the factory Audi R15 TDI by 0.4 seconds. Strakka Racing had a similar story taking LMP2 pole in their first outing with their HPD ARX-01C. They qualified two seconds before the next nearest car, the Quifel Ginetta-Zytek. AF Corse took GT2 pole and DAMS took the first pole position in Le Mans Series history in the new Formula Le Mans class.

Qualifying result

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[1]

Pos Class Team Driver Lap Time Grid
1 LMP1 No.4 Team Oreca Matmut Nicolas Lapierre 1:41.195 1
2 LMP1 No.7 Audi Sport Team Joest Rinaldo Capello 1:41.632 2
3 LMP1 No.009 Aston Martin Racing Stefan Mücke 1:42.345 3
4 LMP1 No.6 AIM Team Oreca Matmut Loïc Duval 1:42.685 4
5 LMP1 No.13 Rebellion Racing Jean-Christophe Boullion 1:43.435 5
6 LMP1 No.12 Rebellion Racing Neel Jani 1:44.032 6
7 LMP1 No.5 Beechdean Mansell Greg Mansell 1:44.475 7
8 LMP1 No.008 Signature-Plus Pierre Ragues 1:44.914 8
9 LMP2 No.42 Strakka Racing Danny Watts 1:44.989 9
10 LMP2 No.40 Quifel ASM Team Olivier Pla 1:47.112 10
11 LMP2 No.24 OAK Racing Mathieu Laheye 1:47.474 11
12 LMP2 No.25 RML Thomas Erdos 1:47.491 12
13 LMP2 No.41 Team Bruichladdich Thor-Christian Ebbesvik 1:48.439 13
14 LMP2 No.30 Racing Box Andrea Piccini 1:48.635 14
15 LMP2 No.37 WR / Salini Tristan Gommendy 1:49.567 15
16 LMP2 No.29 Racing Box Marco Cioci 1:49.931 16
17 LMP2 No.39 KSM Hideki Noda 1:50.913 17
18 LMP2 No.27 Race Performance Tyler Dueck 1:52.612 18
19 FLM No.44 DAMS Edoardo Piscopo 1:52.936 19
20 FLM No.48 Hope Polevision Racing Mathias Beche 1:53.090 20
21 LMP2 No.38 Pegasus Racing Julien Schell 1:53.148 21
22 FLM No.49 Applewood Seven David Zollinger 1:53.447 22
23 FLM No.45 Boutsen Energy Racing Dominik Kraihamer 1:53.850 23
24 FLM No.43 DAMS Alessandro Cicognani 1:54.187 24
25 FLM No.47 Hope Polevision Racing Steven Zacchia 1:54.305 25
26 GT1 No.50 Larbre Compétition Gabriele Gardel 1:57.085 25
27 GT2 No.96 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni 1:57.850 27
28 GT2 No.77 Team Felbermayr-Proton Richard Lietz 1:58.216 28
29 GT2 No.91 CRS Racing Tim Mullen 1:58.475 29
30 GT2 No.95 AF Corse Toni Vilander 1:58.545 30
31 GT2 No.92 JMW Motorsport Rob Bell 1:58.549 31
32 GT2 No.94 AF Corse Matías Russo 1:58.707 32
33 GT2 No.90 CRS Racing Pierre Kaffer 1:59.021 33
34 GT2 No.76 IMSA Performance Matmut Patrick Pilet 1:59.035 34
35 GT2 No.85 Spyker Squadron Jeroen Bleekemolen 1:59.177 35
36 GT2 No.88 Team Felbermayr-Proton Martin Ragginger 1:59.447 36
37 GT2 No.89 Hankook Team Farnbacher Dominik Farnbacher 1:59.480 37
38 GT2 No.75 Prospeed Competition Richard Westbrook 1:59.539 38
39 GT2 No.78 BMW Team Schnitzer Jörg Müller 1:59.593 39
40 FLM No.46 JMB Racing Maurice Basso 2:00.775 40
- LMP2 No.35 OAK Racing No Time 41


Race result

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 70% of winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).[2]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP1 7 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R15 TDI plus M 266
Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V10
2 LMP1 009 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Mexico Adrian Fernández
Switzerland Harold Primat
Germany Stefan Mücke
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 M 261
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
3 LMP1 13 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Lola B10/60 M 261
Rebellion (Judd) 5.5 L V10
4 LMP1 4 France Team Oreca Matmut France Olivier Panis
France Nicolas Lapierre
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP M 258
Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
5 LMP1 6 France AIM Team Oreca Matmut France Soheil Ayari
France Loïc Duval
France Didier André
Oreca 01 D 258
AIM YS5.5 5.5 L V10
6 LMP1 008 France Signature-Plus France Pierre Ragues
France Franck Mailleux
Belgium Vanina Ickx
Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 D 256
Aston Martin 6.0 L V12
7 LMP2 42 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Danny Watts
United Kingdom Nick Leventis
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
HPD ARX-01C M 250
HPD AL7R 3.4 L V8
8 LMP2 35 France OAK Racing France Guillaume Moreau
Monaco Richard Hein
Pescarolo 01 D 250
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
9 LMP2 25 United Kingdom RML United Kingdom Mike Newton
Brazil Thomas Erdos
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Lola B08/80 D 249
HPD AL7R 3.4  V8
10 LMP2 24 France OAK Racing France Jacques Nicolet
France Mathieu Laheye
Pescarolo 01 D 249
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
11 LMP1 12 Switzerland Rebellion Racing Switzerland Neel Jani
France Nicolas Prost
Lola B10/60 M 248
Rebellion (Judd) 5.5 L V10
12 LMP2 41 United Kingdom Team Bruichladdich Norway Thor-Christian Ebbesvik
United Kingdom Tim Greaves
Saudi Arabia Karim Ojjeh
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 D 248
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
13 LMP2 30 Italy Racing Box Italy Andrea Piccini
Italy Giacomo Piccini
Italy Ferdinando Geri
Lola B09/80 P 246
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
14 LMP1 5 United Kingdom Beechdean Mansell United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom Greg Mansell
United Kingdom Leo Mansell
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB D 243
Zytek ZJ458 4.5 L V8
15 FLM 49 France Applewood Seven France Damien Toulemonde
France David Zollinger
Australia Ross Zampatti
Oreca FLM09 M 237
Corvette 6.2 L V8
16 FLM 48 Switzerland Hope Polevision Racing Switzerland Mathias Beche
Switzerland Christophe Pillon
France Vincent Capillaire
Oreca FLM09 M 237
Corvette 6.2 L V8
17 FLM 43 France DAMS Italy Alessandro Cicognani
Italy Andrea Barlesi
France Gary Chalandon
Oreca FLM09 M 235
Corvette 6.2 L V8
18 GT2 77 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Germany Marc Lieb
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 233
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
19 FLM 47 Switzerland Hope Polevision Racing Switzerland Steve Zacchia
Germany Wolfgang Kaufmann
Italy Luca Moro
Oreca FLM09 M 231
Corvette 6.2 L V8
20 GT2 88 Germany Team Felbermayr-Proton Germany Christian Ried
Austria Martin Ragginger
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 231
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
21 GT2 95 Italy AF Corse Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Finland Toni Vilander
France Jean Alesi
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
22 GT2 90 United Kingdom CRS Racing United Kingdom Phil Quaife
Germany Pierre Ehret
Germany Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
23 GT2 94 Italy AF Corse Argentina Luís Pérez Companc
Argentina Matías Russo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 231
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
24 GT1 50 France Larbre Compétition Switzerland Gabriele Gardel
France Patrice Goueslard
France Julien Canal
Saleen S7-R M 229
Ford 7.0 L V8
25 GT2 78 Germany BMW Team Schnitzer Germany Jörg Müller
Germany Dirk Werner
BMW M3 GT2 D 225
BMW 4.0 L V8
26 LMP2 36 France Pegasus Racing France Julien Schell
France Frédéric Da Rocha
Switzerland Jean-Christophe Metz
Courage LC75 D 219
AER P07 2.0 L Turbo I4
27 GT2 76 France IMSA Performance Matmut France Patrick Pilet
France Raymond Narac
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 219
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
28 GT2 85 Netherlands Spyker Squadron Netherlands Tom Coronel
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R M 215
Audi 4.0 L V8
29 LMP2 39 Germany KSM France Jean de Pourtales
Japan Hideki Noda
United Kingdom Jonathan Kennard
Lola B08/47 D 188
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
GT2 89 Germany Hankook Team Farnbacher Germany Dominik Farnbacher
Denmark Allan Simonsen
Ferrari F430 GT2 H 204
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
FLM 44 France DAMS United Kingdom Dean Stirling
United Kingdom Luke Hines
Italy Edoardo Piscopo
Oreca FLM09 M 203
Corvette 6.2 L V8
FLM 46 Monaco JMB Racing Netherlands Peter Kutemann
Switzerland Maurice Basso
United Kingdom John Hartshorne
Oreca FLM09 M 203
Corvette 6.2 L V8
LMP2 40 Portugal Quifel ASM Team Portugal Miguel Amaral
France Olivier Pla
United Kingdom Warren Hughes
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09SB/2 D 200
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
FLM 45 Belgium Boutsen Energy Racing Belgium Nicolas De Crem
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Belgium Bernard Delhez
Oreca FLM09 M 195
Corvette 6.2 L V8
LMP2 37 France WR / Salini France Philippe Salini
France Stéphane Salini
France Tristan Gommendy
WR LMP2008 D 168
Zytek ZG348 3.4 L V8
GT2 96 Italy AF Corse Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Brazil Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 152
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
GT2 91 United Kingdom CRS Racing United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom Tim Mullen
Ferrari F430 GT2 M 123
Ferrari 4.0 L V8
LMP2 29 Italy Racing Box Italy Luca Pirri
Italy Marco Cioci
Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini
Lola B09/80 P 116
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
LMP2 27 Switzerland Race Performance Switzerland Michel Frey
Switzerland Ralph Meichtry
Canada Tyler Dueck
Radical SR9 D 66
Judd DB 3.4 L V8
GT2 92 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 D 65
Aston Martin 4.5 L V8
GT2 75 Belgium Prospeed Competition Germany Marco Holzer
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M 54
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6


  1. ^ "LMS Paul Ricard Qualifying" (PDF). Le Mans Series. 2010-04-10. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Race" (PDF). Le Mans Series. Automobile Club de l'Ouest. 2010-04-11. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]

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