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Peugeot end Audi's Le Mans stranglehold

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  • Peugeot end Audi's recent stranglehold at Le Mans with a comfortable one-two
  • Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham first in famous 24-hour race
  • German manufacturer Audi winners of last five and eight of last nine contests
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(CNN) -- Peugeot finally broke Audi's recent stranglehold at Le Mans with a comfortable one-two in the famous 24-hour race on Sunday.

David Brabham steers the Peugeot over the line to win the famous Le Mans 24-hour race on Sunday.

David Brabham steers the Peugeot over the line to win the famous Le Mans 24-hour race on Sunday.

Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz and David Brabham led home the sister factory car of Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny and Sebastien Bourdais by one lap in front of a crowd of 250,000.

The victory ends Audi's run of superiority at Le Mans, with the German manufacturer winning the last five races and eight of the last nine.

"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," Brabham, the son of triple Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham, told Press Association Sport.

Scotland's Allan McNish, bidding for a second consecutive Le Mans triumph, briefly held the lead in the opening hour but had to settle for third in his diesel Audi.

McNish and co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello were six laps behind the winning Peugeot after suffering suspension and electronics problems with three hours remaining.

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

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

Meanwhile, Frenchman Benoit Treluyer (Peugeot), Switzerland's Harold Primat (Lola Aston Martin) and Japan's Seiji Ara (Porsche), all escaped serious injury after crashing in separate incidents.

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