Peugeot make it one-two at Le Mans

Peugeot make it one-two at Le Mans

French car maker Peugeot is celebrating after taking first and second places at the Le Mans 24-hour race.

As 250,000 spectators looked on, Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham led home the sister factory car of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Sebastien Bourdais by one lap.

Brabham, son of triple Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham, said: "It's a magical feeling to finally win Le Mans, we had a perfect race, no problems whatsoever. I'm overjoyed to win the world's biggest race."

After winning in eight of the 10 years they have participated, Audi had to settle for third place when Scotland's Allan McNish lost his brief lead as he went for a second consecutive Le Mans triumph.

McNish and co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello were six laps behind the winning Peugeot after suffering suspension and electronics problems with three hours remaining.

They finished three laps clear of the Lola Aston Martin of Jan Charouz, Thomas Enge and Stefan Mucke, the first petrol-engined car.

"Audi will bounce back, of that there is no question," said McNish. "We have enjoyed phenomenal success here at Le Mans and will come back again stronger."

Frenchman Benoit Treluyer (Peugeot), Switzerland's Harold Primat (Lola Aston Martin) and Japan's Seiji Ara (Porsche), each escaped serious injury after crashing in separate incidents.

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