Le Mans in 2000

The 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 68th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 17 and 18 June 2000.


After the 1999 race, most of the manufacturers in the top classes went in different directions. BMW and Toyota went into Formula One, while Mercedes-Benz left sportscar racing after the CLR accidents, returning to the DTM. Nissan also left due to financial difficulties. Other than the French privateers Pescarolo, Oreca and DAMS, only Audi and Panoz remained from the previous year, while newcomer Cadillac joined.

Race notes

The 1-2-3 finish of the Audi LMP900s marked the beginning of two dynasties, Audi's and Tom Kristensen's in the top-finishing Audi.

The Oreca team's GTS class winning, seventh place, 333 lap finish with the Chrysler Viper was the best ever with that car. It faced serious competition within its class from Corvette Racing's new C5.R., which would within the next two years top the Viper's distance record and establish itself as the car to beat among the GT classes.

Official results

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 LMP900 8 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Frank Biela
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Italy Emanuele Pirro
Audi R8 M 368
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
2 LMP900 9 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest France Laurent Aïello
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 M 367
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
3 LMP900 7 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Christian Abt
Italy Michele Alboreto
Italy Rinaldo Capello
Audi R8 M 365
Audi 3.6 L Turbo V8
4 LMP900 16 France Pescarolo Sport France Olivier Grouillard
France Sébastien Bourdais
France Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C52 M 344
Peugeot A32 3.2 L Turbo V6
5 LMP900 12 United States Panoz Motorsports United States Johnny O'Connell
Japan Hiroki Katoh
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 342
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
6 LMP900 23 Japan TV Asahi Team Dragon Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Masami Kageyama
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 340
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
7 LMGTS 51 France Viper Team Oreca France Dominique Dupuy
Monaco Olivier Beretta
Austria Karl Wendlinger
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 333
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
8 LMP900 22 Japan TV Asahi Team Dragon Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Masahiko Kondo
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 330
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
9 LMGTS 53 France Viper Team Oreca United States David Donohue
Portugal Ni Amorim
France Anthony Beltoise
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 328
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
10 LMGTS 64 United States Corvette Racing France Franck Fréon
United States Andy Pilgrim
United States Kelly Collins
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 327
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
11 LMGTS 63 United States Corvette Racing United States Chris Kneifel
Canada Ron Fellows
United Kingdom Justin Bell
Chevrolet Corvette C5-R G 326
Chevrolet LS7R 7.0 L V8
12 LMGTS 52 France Viper Team Oreca United States Tommy Archer
Belgium Marc Duez
Netherlands Patrick Huisman
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 324
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
13 LMGTS 57 Netherlands Carsport Holland Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Netherlands David Hart
Netherlands Hans Hugenholtz
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 317
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
14 LMGTS 60 Germany Konrad Motorsport United States Charles Slater
United States Tommy Kendall
Germany Jürgen von Gartzen
Porsche 911 GT2 D 317
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
15 LMP900 11 United States Panoz Motorsports Australia David Brabham
Denmark Jan Magnussen
United States Mario Andretti
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S M 315
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
16 LMGT 73 Japan Team Taisan Advan Japan Hideo Fukuyama
Japan Atsushi Yogo
Belgium Bruno Lambert
Porsche 911 GT3-R Y 310
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
17 LMGT 82 Australia Skea Racing International United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
United States David Murry
Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 304
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
18 LMGT 76 Germany Seikel Motorsport Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
Belgium Michel Neugarten
Canada Anthony Burgess
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 302
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
19 LMP900 3 France DAMS France Éric Bernard
France Emmanuel Collard
France Franck Montagny
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 300
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 LMP900 6 France Mopar Team Oreca Belgium Didier Theys
Belgium Jeffrey van Hooydonk
France Didier André
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 292
Mopar 6.0 L V8
21 LMP900 1 United States Team Cadillac France Franck Lagorce
United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 291
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
22 LMP900 2 United States Team Cadillac South Africa Wayne Taylor
Italy Max Angelelli
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 287
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
23 LMGT 79 France Perspective Racing France Thierry Perrier
France Jean-Louis Ricci
France Romano Ricci
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 286
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
24 LMGT 80 Belgium M1 Club-Renstal Excelsior Belgium Philippe Verellen
Belgium Rudi Penders
Belgium Kurt Dujardyn
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 285
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
25 LMP675 32 Canada Multimatic Motorsports Canada Scott Maxwell
Canada John Graham
Canada Greg Wilkins
Lola B2K/40 P 274
Nissan-AER VQL 3.0 L V6
26 LMP675 36 France Rachel Welter France Richard Balandras
Japan Yojiro Terada
France Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP M 266
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo I4
27 LMGT 75 Germany Manthey Racing United States Michael Brockman
United States Mike Lauer
United States Gunnar Jeannette
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 261
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
NC LMP900 10 Denmark Team Den Blå Avis Denmark John Nielsen
Italy Mauro Baldi
Germany Klaus Graf
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S P 205
Élan 6L8 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGTS 59 Germany Freisinger Motorsport Germany Wolfgang Kaufmann
Japan Yukihiro Hane
Japan Katsunori Iketani
Porsche 911 GT2 D 313
Porsche 3.8 L Turbo Flat-6
DNF LMGT 81 Switzerland Haberthur Racing Italy Gabrio Rosa
France Michel Ligonnet
Italy Fabio Babini
Porsche 911 GT3-R P 310
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 17 France SMG Compétition France Philippe Gache
South Africa Gary Formato
France Didier Cottaz
Courage C60 P 219
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 56 Japan Team Goh Switzerland Walter Brun
Switzerland Toni Seiler
Germany Christian Gläsel
Chrysler Viper GTS-R M 210
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMGTS 54 France Paul Belmondo Racing France Boris Derichebourg
France Guy Martinolle
France Jean-Claude Lagniez
Chrysler Viper GTS-R D 180
Chrysler 8.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 15 Germany Thomas Bscher Promotion Germany Thomas Bscher
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
France Jean-Marc Gounon
BMW V12 LM G 180
BMW S70 6.0 L V12
DNF LMP675 35 France Gerard Welter France Xavier Pompidou
France Stéphane Daoudi
France Jean-Bernard Bouvet
WR LMP M 169
Peugeot 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 21 Italy Team Rafanelli SRL Italy Domenico Schiattarella
Belgium Didier de Radiguès
Italy Emanuele Naspetti
Lola B2K/10 M 154
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMP900 24 United States Johansson-Matthews Racing Sweden Stefan Johansson
United Kingdom Guy Smith
United States Jim Matthews
Reynard 2KQ-LM Y 133
Judd GV4 4.0 L V10
DNF LMGT 72 Spain Racing Engineering Spain Tomás Saldaña
Spain Jesús Diez Villaroel
Italy Giovanni Lavaggi
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 78
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP675 34 France ROC Spain Jordi Gené
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Jérôme Policand
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 72
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0 L Turbo I4
DNF LMP675 33 France ROC Germany Ralf Kelleners
France David Terrien
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 44
Volkswagen HPT16 2.0  Turbo I4
DNF LMP900 20 Germany Konrad Motorsport Netherlands Jan Lammers
Netherlands Tom Coronel
Netherlands Peter Kox
Lola B2K/10 D 38
Ford-Roush 6.0 L V8
DNF LMGT 77 France Larbre Compétition France Patrice Goueslard
France Christophe Bouchut
France Jean-Luc Chéreau
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 34
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMGT 78 France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière France Jean-Luc Maury-Laribière
France Bernard Chauvin
Italy Angelo Zadra
Porsche 911 GT3-R D 32
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP675 30 France Didier Bonnet France Patrick Lemarié
France Jean-Francois Yvon
France Yann Goudy
Debora LMP2000 A 24
BMW 3.2 L I6
DNF LMGT 71 United States Michael Colucci Racing United States Shane Lewis
United States Cort Wagner
United States Bob Mazzuoccola
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 22
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6
DNF LMP900 4 France DAMS Belgium Marc Goossens
France Christophe Tinseau
Denmark Kristian Kolby
Cadillac Northstar LMP P 4
Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8
DNF LMP900 5 France Mopar Team Oreca France Yannick Dalmas
France Nicolas Minassian
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
Reynard 2KQ-LM M 1
Mopar 6.0 L V8
DSQ LMGT 83 United States Dick Barbour Racing Germany Dirk Müller
Germany Lucas Luhr
France Bob Wollek
Porsche 911 GT3-R M 319
Porsche 3.6 L Flat-6

† - #83 Dick Barbour Racing was disqualified for an illegally sized fuel tank in post-race inspection.


  • Pole Position — Allan McNish, #9 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:36.124
  • Fastest Lap — Allan McNish, #9 Audi Sport Team Joest - 3:37.359
  • Distance - 5007.99 km
  • Average Speed - 207.00 km/h
  • Highest Trap Speed — Audi R8 - 337 km/h (race)