The Audi R8 Sport cars dominated the 68th Le Mans 24 Hour event
putting 3 cars on the podium and thus demonstrating what their
total command of the race. But behind them, until the 21st hour of
race, there was the Pirelli-fitted Cadillac NorthStar of the DAMS
Team, development and racing partner of General Motors in
Unfortunately this dream, a 4th final place behind the Audis,
was then lost due to technical trouble, first with electrical
problems, then suspension failure.
However, despite some disappointments, Le Mans proved a
significant demonstration of both the pace and reliability of the
Pirelli PZero racing tyres. When they were running, both the Dams
Cadillacs and the Courage-Judd put in some very competitive times
and ran immediately behind the Audis.
Also in the other classes Pirelli-shod cars came to the fore,
the Multimatic Team Lola-Nissan won the LMP2 class and the Team
Skea Porsche finished 3rd in GT3. Tragically the Pirelli-shod
Porsche of Haberthur Racing lost its second place in GT3 on the
final lap after 24 hours of racing!
Le Mans, 19 June 2000