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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Peugeot finally cracks the top spot

Peugeot won the 24 Hours of Le Mans Sunday, ending Audi’s five-year stranglehold on the event when perennial F1 test driver Marc Gene brought the No. 9 diesel home ahead of the second, No. 8 Peugeot machine.

Le Mans 24h Race

Gene shared the No. 9 with a couple of other F1-ers, David Brabham and Alexander Wurz, while the French-driven No. 8 sported current STR driver Sebastien Bourdais, F1 refugee Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin finished second.

The top Audi was third overall, with Allan McNish, Rinaldo Capello and Tom Kristensen behind the wheel.

Team Essex won the LMP2 class. The Corvette No. 63, driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Johnny O'Connell won the GT1 class, and Risi Competizione won the GT2 class.

55 cars started the race, 21 failed to finish.

See the final results here.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, at Le Mans as official starter, told reporters F1’s manufacturers are prepared to set up a breakaway series, and left open the possibility of a return to Le Mans if Ferrari were not participating in F1.

Meanwhile, Lola head Martin Birrane said the company will decide Tuesday if it will remain in contention for a spot on the 2010 entry list, Autosport reports.

While Lola was not on Friday’s official list, should one of the current teams not drop the conditions on its entry by June 19, the FIA would look at the current pool of applicants for a replacement.


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