Sunday September 12, 2004
Circuit Spa Francorchamps
The spectacular Spa 1000km was without doubt the best attended race of the inaugural year for the Le
Mans Endurance Series. Spectators have seen sunshine and rain during the six-hour race and no less
than five safety car procedures. One thousand race kilometers later, 28 of the 41 starters had made it
to the chequered flag.
Jamie Davies and Johnny Herbert took their second win of the year and the LMES title for Audisport
UK / team Veloqx. The title in the LMP2 class went to Courage Competition where Alexander Frei and
Sam Hancock shared the Courage C65 with Jonathan Cochet in a near perfect race.
One of the most closely-fought classes of the field, it was a deserving Larbre Competition 1-2 in the
class, with Pedro Lamy, Christophe Bouchut and Steve Zacchia taking the GTS title for the first time in
their Ferrari 550 Maranello, s/n 108612 (Prodrive 550 GTO 05), having won all four rounds of the LMES.
Their Ferrari ran faultlessly to take victory ahead of the French teamís second car, driven by Tomas
Enge, Robert Pergl and Patrice Goueslard. The two Ferraris once again faced tough opposition from
the Konrad Motorsport Saleen S7R which lost time with a loose floor late in the second hour.
The Barron Connor team had its best showing of the year, when Mike Hezemans and Jean-Denis
Deletraz finished third in the category. The team had worked until 7am following a large crash by
Hezemans during first qualifying on Saturday morning that had caused extensive damage to the front of
the car. Their car, s/n 2214, was severely delayed when Hezemans had a pit lane infraction which
incurred a five-minute penalty. John Bosch, Danny Sullivan and Thomas Biagi were fourth in the sister
Barron Connor car, s/n 2212, delayed in the latter stages by a broken front splitter.
The victory in GT class went to Stephane Ortelli and Emmanuel Collard in a Porsche 996 GT3 RSR,
but the teamsí title went to the British Sebah Automotive team. Xavier Pompidou and Marc Lieb
finished third in class to claim the title. All podium positions in Spa went to Porsche 996 GT3 in this
class dominated by the Stuttgart GT cars. Only four of the 17 competitor were non-Porsche, among
them the Cirtek and JMB Ferrari 360 GT's. The JMB 360 N-GT, s/n 2004 finished 19th, just before the
second Barron Connor 575, placing the team on 2nd position for the LMES GT title. The Ferrari 360
GTC, s/n 2062, of Cirtek Motorsport were the last car to pass the checkered flag in 28th position which
put them on 8th position in the final classification of the first year of LMES.