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Le Mans one-two for diesel Peugeots

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The Le Mans 24-hour endurance road race has been won by a diesel Peugeot after an epic duel with Audi in one of the world`s most gruelling sporting events.

David Brabham - son of triple Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham - Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz drove the winner, ahead of the sister car of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Sebastien Bourdais.

Said Brabham: "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."

The diesel Audi of Scotland's Allan McNish - he was bidding for a second consecutive Le Mans triumph - had briefly held the lead, but was beaten into third place.

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

Suspension and electronics problems meant that he and co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello were six laps behind the winner with three just hours remaining.

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

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