2002

If you wanted to make someone NOT like Le Mans, make them watch this race. For the third year in a row, Audi rolled over everyone from the start. None of the other LMP1 teams ever stood a chance.

In the LMP675 class, the MG-Lola cars looked to be strong contenders. The class had huge attrition, and everyone that was running by daybreak backed off into 'survival' pace. The eventual podium finishers were well behind the GT Classes.

GT Classes - Ferrari Returns

The pre-race excitement in the GT classes centered around the return of Ferrari. In GTS a 550 Maranello was developed by Prodrive, who were well respected in the World Rally Chhampionship. This car was showed some speed, but didn't last. Corvette were running 1st and 2nd all through the night.

The GT class had factory-developed racing versions of the 360 Modena, but again these cars were plagued with speed and reliability issues. Porsche was unbeatable and deserved to be so, as they had meticulously refined their 911 GT3-RS since its debut in 1999.

The class-winning Racer's Group Porsche was not a normal Minichamps catalog release, but a US-only issue with a low production number. These units go for high prices at auction.

ALMS Pride

An interesting observation was that three of the four classes were won by teams that were regular competitors in the American Le Mans Series.

Le Mans 2002

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

1Audi R8
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
1
LMP 900
Minichamps
400 021301
2Audi R8
Johnny Herbert
Christian Pescatori
Rinaldo Capello
2
LMP 900
Minichamps
400 021302
3Audi R8
Marco Werner
Michael Krumm
Philipp Peter
3
LMP 900
Minichamps
400 021303
4Bentley EXP Speed 8
Andy Wallace
Eric van de Poele
Butch Leitzinger
8
LM GTP
Minichamps
436 021308
5Dallara SP1
Olivier Beretta
Érik Comas
Pedro Lamy
15
LMP 900
Spark
S0159
6Dallara SP1
Stéphane Sarrazin
Franck Montagny
Nicolas Minassian
14
LMP 900
Spark
S0159
7Audi R8
Hiroki Katoh
Yannick Dalmas
Seiji Ara
5
LMP 900
Minichamps
400 021205
8Dome S10116
9Cadillac Northstar LMP026
LMP 900
Spark
SCCN07
10Courage C6017
LMP 900
Spark
11Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
Ron Fellows
Johnny O'Connell
Oliver Gavin
63
GTS
Minichamps
400 021463
12Cadillac Northstar LMP027
LMP 900
Spark
SCCN08
13Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
Andy Pilgrim
Kelly Collins
Franck Fréon
64
GTS
Minichamps
400 021464
14Chrysler Viper GTS-R





52
GTS
Minichamps
400 021452
15Courage C6013
LMP 900
Spark
SCCG14
16Porsche 911 GT3-RS81
GT
Minichamps
(North America Special)
403 026981
17Porsche 911 GT3-RS
Romain Dumas
Sascha Maassen
Jörg Bergmeister
80
GT
Minichamps
400 026980
18Chrysler Viper GTS-R
Christophe Bouchut
Patrice Goueslard
Vincent Vosse
50
GTS
Minichamps
400 021450
Ixo
LMM039
19Reynard 2KQ-LM29Spark
20WR LM200125
21Porsche 911 GT3-RS
Atsushi Yogo
Akira Iida
Kazuyuki Nishizawa
77
GT
Minichamps
400 026977
22Porsche 911 GT3-RS82
23Saleen S7-R68
24Porsche 911 GT3-RS
Luc Alphand
Christian Lavieille
Olivier Thévenin
72
GT
Minichamps
400 026972
25Chrysler Viper GTS-R
Jean-Luc Chéreau
Carl Rosenblad
Jean-Claude Lagniez
51
GTS
Ixo
LMM040
26Saleen S7-R66
N/CLola B98/1010
DNFPanoz LMP0719
DNFPanoz LMP01 Evo
Bill Auberlen
David Donohue
Gunnar Jeannette
12
LMP 900
Ixo
LMM042
DNFMG-Lola EX25727Spark
DNFRiley & Scott 4SparkSCRS11
DNFDome 9
DNFMorgan Aero 8R73Spark
DNFFerrari 550-GTS Maranello
Rickard Rydell
Alain Menu
TomᚠEnge
58
GTS
Red Line
RL004
DNFPorsche 911 GT3-RS
Leo Hindery, Jr.
Peter Baron
Anthony Kester
75
GT
Minichamps
400 026975
DNFCourage C6018
DNFSpyker C8 Double- 12R85
DNFMG-Lola EX25726Spark
DNFReynard 2KQ-LM28Spark
DNFFerrari 360 Modena GT
Guillaume Gomez
Ryo Fukuda
Laurent Cazenave
74
GT
Red Line
RL003
DNFMG-Lola EX25730Spark
DNFPanoz LMP-1 Roadster-S
'Leader'
Jérôme Policand
Marc Duez
Perry McCarthy
('Michel Vaillant' movie villain car)
22
LMP 900
Minichamps
400 028822
DNFChrysler Viper GTS-R53
DNFPanoz LMP01 Evo
David Brabham
Jan Magnussen
Bryan Herta
11
LMP 900
Ixo
LMM041
DNFFerrari 360 Modena GT
Steve Earle
Chris MacAllister
Gary Schultheis
71
GT
Red Line
RL002
DNFSaleen S7-R67
DNFPorsche 911 GT3- RS78
DNFAscari KZR-121
DNFFerrari 360 Modena GT
Cort Wagner
Sam Hancock
Martin Short
70
GT
Red Line
RL001
DNFAutoexe (WR) LMP-0224