Dunlop’s 2017 Le Mans race in numbers
Dunlop’s goals in endurance racing include being faster, stronger, longer….
Here’s how that looks in numbers from Dunlop-shod teams in 2017’s epic race:
- 2 overall podium finishes
- 3 out of 3 fastest laps
- 2 out of 3 class wins
- 6 podiums
- Dunlop tyres led a total of 769 laps across 7 teams and 3 classes:
210/340 LM GTE Pro
63/333 LM GTE Am
The 36 fastest LMP2 drivers were on Dunlop tyres – all three 38 drivers were in the top 11
Ho Pin Tung’s fastest lap of 3:28.632 was also his theoretical best time – he didn’t better any of his sector times when setting the new LMP2 Le Mans race record.
Fastest LMP2 race lap (#38) was 8.5 seconds faster than 2016’s time.
The 2017 LMP2 pole lap (#26) was 0.157 seconds faster than Audi’s 2012 LMP1 pole time.
Top LMP2 car finished only one lap behind the LMP1 race winner.
Nelson Piquet Jr was one of the most consistently quick LMP2 drivers – his best 10 laps average was 3:29.738 – less than one second from his best lap time of 3:28.785
In LM GTE:
Pro fastest race lap (#97) was 0.890 faster than 2016
Am fastest race lap (#90) was 3.351 faster than 2016
Daniel Serra was the fastest GTE Pro driver in the winning #97 Aston Martin, with #95’s Nicki Thiim in third.
In GTE Pro – Daniel Serra also took the fastest 10 lap average – just 0.727 seconds less than his outright fastest lap time. And the fastest 30 lap average – over 0.5 seconds faster than any other driver.
GTE Am drivers Rob Bell and Pedro Lamy topped the fastest times in the TF Sport and Aston Martin Racing Vantages but Euan Hankey set the fastest 10 lap average – a slim 0.253 from his fastest lap time.
After 24 hours, four Dunlop GTE Am cars finished on the same lap – separated by 8.5km after 4484km of racing.
Stronger and longer…..
17 LMP2 teams quadruple stinted
5 LMP2 teams ran for 5 stints on the same set of tyres – up to 668 kilometres on one set
In LMP2 – United Autosports #32 spent the most time on track – just 44:32.900 in the pits compared to the winning #38’s 49:46.195
9632 laps completed
Over 525000 tyre kilometres – more than 13 times round the Earth
245 million tyre revolutions
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