Australian David Brabham has won the world’s most famous motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, leading home a resounding one-two for Peugeot
The 43-year-old Australian combined with team mates Alexander Wurz (Austria) and Marc Gene (Spain) to score Peugeot’s first win in the classic endurance test since 1993.
It was the youngest Brabham’s 16th attempt at the great race and comes in the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of his famous father Sir Jack Brabham’s first Grand Prix victory.
It also replicates the efforts of his brother Geoff, who was the last Australian to taste victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe 16 years ago – coincidentally the last time Peugeot won at Le Mans.
The win was the Team Peugeot Total’s first in the Le Mans 24 Hours with the diesel-powered 908 HDi FAP, which first entered the event in 2007.
The result takes the firm's Le Mans score to three wins following its previous triumphs in 1992 and 1993.
With the exception of a short instant early in the race on Saturday afternoon, Peugeot led from flag to flag; initially with the No.8 car of Stéphane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Sébastien Bourdais, then with the No.9 car of Gené, Wurz and Brabham, which inherited top spot after around five hours, before going on to defend its advantage until the finish.
1. Gené/Wurz/Brabham Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No.9 382 laps (5206km)
2. Sarrazin/Montagny/Bourdais Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No.8 +1 lap
3. Capello/Kristensen/McNish Audi No.1 +6 laps
4. Charouz/Enge/Mucke Lola Aston Martin No.007 +9 laps
5. Panis/Lapierre/Ayari Oreca No.11 +13 laps
6. Minassian/Lamy/Klien Peugeot 908 HDi FAP No.7 +13 laps