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After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 6 Hours of Zhuhai

LeMans Series goes back to China
Thursday, November 10, 2011


Zhuhai main straight on a quiet off-day
In this its second year, the ILMC (Intercontinental Le Mans Cup) sports car series has truly become international, not only from an event or manufacturer’s perspective, but also because of the drivers that come to race from all over the world. The start grids of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ILMC’s main event, have shown a significant rise in globalization over the years. In the beginning, mainly European and some American drivers would attend this 24-hour race, the most famous sports car race of them all, yet in recent years drivers from Asia have also become regular participants.

Drivers from no less than 23 different nationalities participated in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, clear proof of international interest, and entries came from 12 different countries using race cars built in those countries. The FIA World Endurance Championship, as the ILMC will be called in 2012, will be an even further push for additional international involvement.

In 2010, when the Automobile Club de l’Ouest initiated the ILMC series, one of the main goals was to create a global series that touched as many continents as possible. That first year saw events in North America, Europe and Asia. Now the FIA is looking for additional opportunities on other continents like South America. Since the beginning of motorsports this continent has had a strong autosport heritage. Grand Prix were - and are - held both in Argentina and Brazil, countries that also gave us some of the most successful Formula 1 world champions: Juan Manuel Fangio, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. But these countries are also important from an economic standpoint. Today Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing economies with enormous potential, making it a very interesting market for the automotive industry.

Although South America is still seen as “up and coming” for endurance racing, currently, it is China’s growing interest in automobiles that has everyone talking. Over the past few years China has found its place on the international motorsports agenda, not only with the ILMC, but also with Formula 1 and touring car racing. “In 2010 Chevrolet sold more cars in China than in the United States,” said Jim Campbell, Vice-President of Chevrolet Motorsport. “Therefore it is important for us to be part of a racing series that visits this country.”

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport, said “The 6-hour race at Zhuhai marks the close of a long, tough, but very successful season for Audi Sport. We won the most important race of the year – the Le Mans 24 Hours – with the Audi R18 TDI, the Spa 24 Hours with the R8 LMS and the DTM with the A4. We still have some unfinished business in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. That’s why I’m wishing for a race with fair sporting competition at the end of the season and a bit more fortune than we last had at Silverstone and Road Atlanta. It would be nice if we could close the year with a success in what has meanwhile become the world’s largest single market for Audi.”

Rolex Testimonee and Audi driver Tom Kristensen is also enthusiastic about the 6 Hours of Zhuhai. “I’m already looking forward to the last ILMC race in history. Last year I drove at Zhuhai for the first time. The crowd was incredibly enthusiastic and I’m looking forward to seeing the fans again. As their interest in our sport keeps growing, so does their knowledge and enthusiasm. China has meanwhile become the number one market for Audi in terms of deliveries, so it will definitely be a very exciting race for us.”

All the teams are saying the same thing: victory here in Zhuhai is of vital importance, regardless of the overall ILMC results. Current series standings lean heavily towards French teams, with Peugeot guaranteed to take the 2011 ILMC LM P1 Manufacturer and Team Titles (Team Peugeot Total), Nissan Signatech taking the LM P2 Team title and Larbe Competition also lined up for the LM GTE-Am title.

Ferrari will be battling BMW and others for LM GTE-Pro honors
LM GTE-Pro is the only category with a Team title still undetermined, along with the Manufacturer title for the LM GTE (Pro and Am combined). Ferrari currently leads over BMW by 28-points in the Manufacturer classification, meaning the win could go to the Italian marque if just two of the Ferrari cars finish the Zhuhai race. BMW has no choice but to go for victory here in Zhuhai, promising intense competition for the remaining ILMC titles.

The 6 Hours of Zhuhai will run on 13 November at 11:00 local time. Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday, 11 November and Saturday, 12 November. Fans can watch the ILMC finale live online on The broadcast from Zhuhai will start at 11:00 local time (04:00 CET) on November 13 and can be accessed at Eurosport will also broadcast the final stages of the race live from 08:30 to 10:00 (CET).

Following the finish of the 6 Hours of Zhuhai, the curtain will close on the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and reopen in 2012 as the FIA World Endurance Championship. More information will be presented about the new endurance series here in Zhuhai on Saturday 12th November at 12:30 (local time).

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