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Sat 25 Oct 2003
2000: French series crowns champion at Donington

2000: French series crowns champion at Donington

Simon Pagenaud won a dramatic and eventful wet final race of the season at Donington Park in which championship leader Loic Duval finished fourth to comfortably win the title. A sudden change in weather as the cars assembled on the grid forced ...

Mon 20 Oct 2003
Brands Hatch 2003 Formula Ford Festival report

Brands Hatch 2003 Formula Ford Festival report

Joey Foster won the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch circuit on Sunday with a solid lights-to-flag victory. He withstood immense pressure from second placed Marko Asmer, as well as an early safety car period, to maintain his lead and take the...

Wed 18 Jun 2003
Bentley wins again, after 73 years

Bentley wins again, after 73 years

The Bentley Speed 8 of Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Guy Smith won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours with a dominant display that including leading at the end of every hour. The Bentley pair quickly pulled out a large lead over the pursuing Audi...

Sun 15 Jun 2003
Dawn brings changes, Bentley keeps the lead

Dawn brings changes, Bentley keeps the lead

The second-placed Bentley again suffered a problem during the Le Mans 24 Hours as Johnny Herbert was unable to leave the pit lane at the end of a stop until the battery had been replaced. Meanwhile in the LM GTS class Anthony Davidson crashed his...

Kristensen, Smith hang on to lead at midway point

Kristensen, Smith hang on to lead at midway point

Tom Kristensen put in an extremely fast series of stints behind the wheel of the lead Bentley during the early hours of Sunday morning to build a comfortable cushion over the second-placed Bentley and the chasing Audi pair. Two further extended...

Audis attack, falter in the wee hours

Audis attack, falter in the wee hours

Audi's attack on the leading Bentleys continued to falter during the night as the Team Goh R8 was unexpectedly rushed into the garage for emergency repairs after Jan Magnussen spun it off the circuit. At the front, meanwhile, Kristensen set a ...

Jan Lammers flies into fifth, Bentleys still lead

Jan Lammers flies into fifth, Bentleys still lead

The pair of Bentleys remained firmly ahead going into 1am at Le Mans 24 Hours ahead of the two remaining Audis. Behind them a flying Jan Lammers in his Dome Judd in sixth place gradually closed in on Olivier Beretta's fifth-placed Panoz and...

Pit confusion adds to Herbert's woes, still trails Capello

Pit confusion adds to Herbert's woes, still trails Capello

Bentley survived another scare during the Le Mans 24 Hours with a misunderstanding in the pit lane during the eighth hour. Further down the field, meanwhile, there were several spinners and incidents as drivers experienced night race conditions...

Bentley leads the way into darkness

Bentley leads the way into darkness

Bentley held on to their strong lead at Le Mans as the headlights came on and darkness fell over the circuit at La Sarthe. Audi remained in third and fourth with Emanuele Pirro and Seiji Ara respectively, with the Dome Judd of John Bosche running...

Biela's 4-time repeat attempt runs out of fuel

Biela's 4-time repeat attempt runs out of fuel

Frank Biela, aiming for his fourth consecutive victory at Le Mans 24 Hours, was forced to retire from the race after just under two hours. “I’m just so upset for the team” he said soon after the retirement. The German driver was aiming to...

Oil spill at Mulsanne brings out safety cars

Oil spill at Mulsanne brings out safety cars

The fourth hour of Le Mans 24 hours was initially routine with planned pitstops and clean driving. A confusing safety car period during the fourth hour, however, handed a huge advantage to Tom Kristensen in the number seven Bentley. David...

Bentley has close call but maintains lead

Bentley has close call but maintains lead

The incredible Le Mans 24 Hours race continued into the third hour with more drama, action and surprises. Frank Biela, who had appeared to retire, rejoined the circuit to complete a few hundred metres. Backmarkers played a significant role...

No. 8 Bentley survives, but Biela comes up empty

No. 8 Bentley survives, but Biela comes up empty

Bentley further extended their lead over the Audi trio during the second hour at Le Mans, although a couple of incidents involving the number 8 car showed that the team were not as solid as everyone had anticipated. Audi, however, suffered ...

Bentleys pull away in the first hour

Bentleys pull away in the first hour

Bentley dominated the opening hour at Le Mans. Rinaldo Capello, starting from pole position, and Johnny Herbert, in the sister car, pulled away into the distance at the started and eased out a comfortable gap over the chasing Jan Magnussen in the...

Bentley sets the pace in warm-up

Bentley sets the pace in warm-up

Le Mans echoed with the sounds of Bentleys, Audis, Porsches and many other famous names during the morning-warm up as cars, caravans and coaches full of spectators rolled into the circuit for the 71st running of Le Mans 24 Hours race. ...

Final hour begins at Le Mans

Final hour begins at Le Mans

There was frantic activity in the pit lane as many drivers made pit stops approaching the final hour of Le Mans 24 Hours. Another problem in the pits for the Team Goh Audi R8 cost a few seconds and the Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen suffered a ...

Bentleys, Audis hold station into the final two hours

Bentleys, Audis hold station into the final two hours

Pit stops, driver changes and another safety car period were the highlights of the penultimate two-hour period of the Le Mans 24 hours. The Bentleys and Audis held station at the front of the field as behind them battles for positions in both the...

Safety cars back out before high noon

Safety cars back out before high noon

A routine series of pit stops was suddenly broken up by a safety car period which allowed the field to close up and created a dramatic on-track battle between the fifth placed Courage-Judd of Jonathan Cochet and the Panoz of Olivier Beretta. Also,...

Bentley motors on

Bentley motors on

A series of driver errors and mechanical failures kept the early-morning crowd entertained at Le Mans. The most notable incident happened when the unfortunate Bentley ...

Lead Bentley off in the distance as sun rises

Lead Bentley off in the distance as sun rises

As the two Bentleys pulled away into the distance the third-placed Audi suffered a problem and was unable to exit the pit lane. The mechanics eventually got the car going and Pirro returned to the race. As the day dawned some drivers started...

Sat 14 Jun 2003
Audi drivers on qualifying and 24 Hour raceHeadline

Audi drivers on qualifying and 24 Hour race

Audi hosted their press conference in the impressive ACO Headquarters building which is opposite the pit lane and overlooks the pit straight. All nine drivers were present along with their team principals to talk to the media and answer ...

Kristensen: Le Mans pole position interviewHeadline

Kristensen: Le Mans pole position interview

Tom Kristensen: "Thank you for staying up so late! I am very very happy to be on the pole position. The car has, as you already saw, showed the pace for qualifying. We used one set of Michelin's hard qualifying tyre and it was successful because...

Awards day at Le Mans

Awards day at Le Mans

Various dignitaries from the ACO, l'Automobile Club d'Ouest, invited guests and the motorsport media filled the Welcome Restaurant, situated to the north of the circuit, for the annual Le Mans awards ceremony today. The first presentation was...