Le Mans: Done and dusted for another year

Andrew Hopkins



So it all turned out fine for the French after all, as they got their very own Le Mans winner. Admittedly, it wasn't quite the dream ticket of a Peugeot driven by Frenchmen, but at least it was Peugeot – albeit crewed by the foreigners Marc Gené, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham. Still, the home crowd at last got to cheer a home-grown model past the chequered flag. This year as every year, though, you get the impression that the locals are outnumbered by the British fans who have crossed the Channel to support the likes of Aston Martin.

The icing on the cake for the home nation was the second-placed Number 8 entry driven by Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Sebastien Bourdais, which made it a Peugeot one-two. The best that those serial winners from Ingolstadt could manage this time was third podium spot, but Audi have already responded with fighting talk about next year's race. Still, that's some way off in the future, so let's take a look back at what has happened over the last few days in general and over the last 24 hours in particular...