Peugeot wins at Le Mans

Posted: June 15, 2009 in News, Peugeot

This year’s Le Mans event was won by French manufacturer Peugeot, whose three works entries dominated the event and took first and second place, finally breaking Audi’s five year reign.

Le Mans is Europe’s most famous and significant 24 hour racing event and to win it earns manufacturers and drivers an enormous amount of prestige. German manufacturer Audi has been top dog in the Le Mans series’, both in Europe and in America, but Peugeot took it to the German giant this weekend and snatched first and second positions from them.

The Peugeot 908 was just the vehicle for it and their number 9 car, driven by Spaniard Marc Gene, Austrian Alexander Wurz and Australian David Brabham formed the right team. All of the drivers has significant Formula One experience, but are also veterans of the Le Mans events and they out drove and out paced the rest of the field this weekend.

The number 1 Audi R15 TDI finished third, six laps behind the Peugeot’s, but just ahead of the number 007 Lola Aston Martin of the AMR Eastern Europe team.

In other classes, the LMP2 class was won by the number 31 Porsche RS spyder of Casper Elgaard, Emmanuel Collard and Kristian Paulsen.

The LM GT1 class was won by the number 63 Corvette C6.R of Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.

LM GT2 was won by the number 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari F430 GT of Jaime Salo, Pierre Kaffer and Mika Salo.

Source: Examiner

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