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24 Hours of Le Mans: Team SRC Kawasaki takes fourth victory at the French circuit

Team SRC Kawasaki took its fourth victory in a highly eventful and dramatic 36th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans giving the Akashi manufacturer its 12th win.

The iconic “Bugatti” circuit a Le Mans was the final round of the 2013 FIM Endurance World Championship that not only saw Team Kawasaki SRC (Gregory Leblanc, Fabien Foret and Nicolas Salchaud) take the win, but also Suzuki S.E.R.T. win their 13th endurance title by just five points over the Yamaha GMT94 squad , third on the podium after a double crash in the first ten minutes of action.

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R #11 had almost no problems to success – despite the safety car having to come in four times in the first five hours of racing due to numerous crashes - for the fourth time, while the only incident that Gilles Stafler team had, was a crash by Fabien Foret at the Raccordement after coming into contact with a doubled rider.

For the rest of the race it was ordinary administration for the three rider team who dominated during the night, after the pullout of BMW Motorrad France (Sébastien Gimbert, Sylvain Barrier and Josh Waters) – due to a gearbox issue after they had been leading the race.

Taking second, and seven laps down was the privateer team R2CL(Britain’s Guy Martin on loan from Tyco Suzuki and French riders Gwen Giabbani and Dylan Buisson) who held off by two laps the Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube squad of David Checa, Kenny Foray and Matthieu Lagrive.

The French based team had to literally claw back third after David Checa suffered a double crash while the race was in its third lap.

The rother of WSBK rider Carlos Checa, lost it at the “Garage Vert”, and then remounting binned it again two corners later at the “Chicane Dunlop”.

Honda TT Legends team fielding Michael Rutter, Michael Dunlop (replacing John McGuiness) and Simon Andrews were forced to pull out after the sixth hour, when Andrews was involved in a four rider pile up just short of the Musée bend, which ended any of their podium ambitions.

Andrews was sent to the hospital with two brokens legs, a fracture to his forearm, shoulder, a few ribs and three vertebrae, and a punctured lung.

The melee also forced out the Kawasaki 3D Endurance Moto Center, the Suzuki of MCS Racing Ipone and the Kawasaki of Team Flembbo Leader Team

The Suzuki Endurance RacingTeam (Vincent Philippe, Julien Da Costa and Alex Cudlin), who won the 2013 FIM Endurance World Champion, only finished 26th overall in the 24 Hours, but 12th in EWC and ahead of Yamaha France GMT 94 Michelin Yamalube and SRC Kawasaki.

2013 24 Hours of Le Mans race results:

  1. 01- Team Kawasaki SRC – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Leblanc/Foret/Salchaud – 820 laps in 24h00’11.357 (EWC)
  2. 02- Team R2CL – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Martin/Buisson/Giabbani –7 laps(EWC)
  3. 03- Yamaha France GMT94 Michelin – Checa/Foray/Lagrive –8 laps (EWC)
  4. 04- Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Molinier/Tangre/Briere –14 laps (EWC)
  5. 05- Team Motors Events – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Fastre/Savary/Briere – 14 laps (SST)
  6. 06- Junior Team Suzuki LMS – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Guittet/Masson/Dietrich –16 laps(SST)
  7. 07- Maco Racing Team – Yamaha YZF R1 – Roccoli/Baldolini/Rita –17 laps(EWC)
  8. 08- National Motos – Honda CBR 1000RR – Tizon/Junod/Four –22 laps (EWC)
  9. 09- Synergy Force Trick Star – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Serizawa/Deguchi/Teramoto –22 laps (EWC)
  10. 10- Team Louit Moto 33 – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Marino/Savadori/Jonchiere – 23 laps (SST)
  11. 11- Atomic Moto Sport – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Pierre/Jond/Cholvin –26 laps (SST)
  12. 12- No Limits Motor Team – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Bussei/Boscoscuro/Casas –34 laps (SST)
  13. 13- Yamaha Viltais Experiences – Yamaha YZF R1 – Bardet/Carrillo/Berthome – 35 laps (SST)
  14. 14- Bolliger Team Switzerland – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Saiger/Morillon/Enjolras – 37 laps (EWC)
  15. 15- Reseau Honda – Honda CBR 1000RR – Dupond/Gerard/Bercot – 51 laps (SST)
  16. 16- Volpker Team Schubert Motors – BMW S1000RR – Gantner/Hayato/Stuppi –52 laps (SST)
  17. 17- Team Dunlop Motors Events – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Putin/Pepin/Dehaye – 53 laps (EWC)
  18. 18- RS Speedbikes Racing – BMW S1000RR – Albrecht/Altendorfer/Lowe – 55 laps (Open)
  19. 19- Probike Team GP Moto – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Boizart/Lanziani/Le Royer – 55 laps(SST)
  20. 20- DGSport Herock – Yamaha YZF R1 – Van Keymeulen/McFadden/Mahias – 58 laps (SST)
  21. 21- Team Space Moto 37 – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Gallerand/Nouvellon/Roche – 58 laps (EWC)
  22. 22- Equip Moto 50 TRT27 – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Rambure/Gicquel/Chevrier – 64 laps (SST)
  23. 23- Motobox Kremer Racing – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Gaziello/Scherrer/Paavilainen – 67 laps(EWC)
  24. 24- Team Racing 85 – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Gaufreteau/Landreau/Perrin – 68 laps (SST)
  25. 25- AZ Motos – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Mezard/Dumain/Lavillenie – 69 laps (SST)
  26. 26- Suzuki Endurance Racing Team – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 – Philippe/Da Costa/Cudlin –72 laps (EWC)
  27. 27- Motos Actives Sport 14 – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Pigeon/Pigeon/Rosa – 74 laps (SST)
  28. 28- ZX Moto Le Mans – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Boue/Delegue/Maccio – 75 laps (SST)
  29. 29- Racing Team 87 – Yamaha YZF R1 – Guyot/Hamard/Viaud – 79 laps (SST)
  30. 30- Rafael Racing – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Sinke/Covena/Bonnet – 91 laps (EWC)
  31. 31- TMC 35 – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Aynie/Diard/Billega – 93 laps (SST)
  32. 32- Team Racing + Oui FM – Kawasaki ZX-10R – Brillante/Vigneau/Debroise – 95 laps (SST)
  33. 33- Scuderia Deux Roues – Ducati 1199 Panigale – Teissier/Ancelin/Royer – 98 laps (Open)
  34. 34- Team Esperanza – BMW S1000RR – Pascal/Serafin/Torchausse – 154 laps (SST)

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