• Jun 14, 2009
382 laps. 3,247 miles. 24 hours. If you haven't been following along, that's the recipe for Peugeot's first and second place finish at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. After a ten-minute stint in the pits, the No. 1 R15's fate was sealed, and when the checkered flag finally dropped, the Audi was seven laps behind the No. 9 Peugeot. But just as impressive asPeugeot's win (and its first-place standing since 9 pm last night) is the 007 Lola Aston Martin's fourth-place finish, the Corvette C6.R's complete and utter dominance of GT1 and the fact that every single GT2 car – including the No. 85 Spyker C8 Laviolette – beat out the lone Porsche 911 GT3 RSR after the three other 997s slowly succumbed to attrition. We're going to leave it to the analysts and commentators to pick apart how the race was won (or lost), but we will say that our first experience at Le Mans left us in awe of the competitors, the support teams and, most impressively, the mass of fans that descended on the circuit. It's a goosebump-inducing experience and needless to say, we highly recommend it. Time for a much-needed shower and some rest. Check the gallery below for plenty of photos from the finish and see the full standings here.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who is the girl on the podium in the yellow? :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Miss France ! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didnt notice that...
      • 5 Years Ago
      And what about AUDI making a really fast PETROL car to win next year! it's starting to get bored to see diesel cars win..it's a race! it's about speed dam it! it's not about fuel consumption..grrrrrrrrrrrrrr...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If diesels have such a huge advantage than why did aston place in front of 4 diesels....i think the field is starting to level out
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's definitely starting to level out. It's not there yet though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This race was amazing, I watched the hole thing. It was tiring at times too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing victory for Peugeot. Hats off to oliver quesnel, he really know how to run a race team. He masterminded Loeb dominance in WRC and barely a year taking over peugeot sport and he bagged them their most important victory ever! Oh how I remember yesterday EVERYBODY ridiculing Peugeot when I said that this year will be their year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, very true, i think many of us expected a lot more out of audi and discounted what an advantage an older car can be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think too much mistake/overconfidence on audi part coupled with perfect race condition for the 908 (no rain) plus a rather aggressive quadruple stints (for most of the time) and ZERO reliability woes. The odds are just against audi from the start. And that controversial nose design.... it's fine for F1 style races (huge grip and clean track) but for endurance is totally crap. It sucking up all the dirt from the track into the cars. Kristensen said it's quick around the corners but on the straight losing 2-4 seconds due to lack of top speed and overheating. In fact come to think about it every single audi driver complained about the car handling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sorry just a correction the 007 Lola Aston Martin came 4th overall, not 5th. & yes i'm an Aston Fan & really happy of the result :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        I missed the factory DBR9s and their epic war with Corvettes. But I'm really glad for them, and when the diesels stop being superior, Aston's LMP1 can truly win LeMans. That would be heck of a day.

        And congrats to Corvette, love the C6R (all 'Vettes, actually), total domination. Last but not least, great race by Peugeot, totally deserved it, and that formation finish was the icing on the cake.

        Time to get a new wallpaper to take over the Audi R10. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aston did a fantastic job with those cars, they looked and sounded incredible. Pity one of their drivers pulled the crap he did, but aside from that little down point, a really fantastic effort!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was topsy-turvy year. Peugeot winning P1 and Porsche sweeping GT2?

      The Peugeot/Audi situation is so stark, Peugeot came back fixing all their mistakes, they executed so much better than before that even losing their large speed advantage (keeping only a slimmer one) they still dominated Audi. And seeing Audi making mistakes and falling victim to a green car is so strange to me.

      And I don't care who says the R15 was dialed in by the end, there sure was a lot of snap handling displayed out there on R15s. They were in the traps a lot, totaled one and displayed enough spins and rear end step-outs to make me believe the car still has serious handling issues.

      And the GT2 situation is wonderful. Not so much that Porsche lost, I don't have anything against Porsche. But to see the Ferraris rise to be more than just viable but a real force in GT2 will really drive the competition up. The only way I could see this get better is if other makes (Corvette? could I dream of McLaren?) would jump in too and make the racing even better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as much of an audi fan as i am/was. I am glad to see there is competition for the 4 rings.

      now if the F1 teams will just leave the circus and participate in this series it would be crazy awesome
      • 5 Years Ago
      those Diesel racecars are damned fast and more than equal to petrol cars in such conditions, the only thing that they are missing is a good sound.
      • 5 Years Ago
      peugeot deserved to win this year, but it will be a different story next year. the R15 is more or less a brand new car and they couldn`t testdrive it enough. in contrast to peugeot, who have 3 years of experience in their car and finally made it reliable. would have been a miracle if they would have destroyed peugeot again.
      good for le mans, it started to get boring with Audi winning it over and over again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats to Peugeot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      F-22
      vetteracer,

      LOOOL, what a joke...the Corvettes were racing against their own! xD

      Save your cheap talk to next year...
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      The propaganda as the norm here but the facts are

      The reason very few other nameplates run GT1 is they cannot beat the Corvette for decades now even with all the so called high profits those nameplates claim they make.

      Does not answer why the BS artists who claimed they were a super sportscar ( you know has a back seat and ole ladies auto trannie) GT-Ricer was a no show ?

      Looks like they are cowards or wear pink panties at the least :-)

      If you whiners really had balls you would compete with the Corvette, be a man and slug it out.

      With Corvette going to GT1 you'll see how fast you whiners jump ship from that group

      I hear the riceballs want a new group next year called "DIP" for drifting in parking lots.

      Ricers and the Eurosnobs should do well there or stay in GT2 and Corvette will dominate you until you cry and whine to add hundreds of pounds to the Corvette as you have in years past of SCCA, NASA, etc.

      America's only true sportscar always a worldwide winner and we love stomping you :-)

      GT-Ricer - for punks who are not man enough to shift who always claim next year. We're waiting and worried :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The reason very few other nameplates run GT1 is they cannot beat the Corvette for decades now even with all the so called high profits those nameplates claim they make." this is a good one :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Vetteracer,

        What a waste of time...
        • 5 Years Ago
        The GT-R GT1 is more of a test car to see how things go, it's not supposed to be some sort of serious competitor against the MC12s and such in GT1. And it's an FIA GT1 car, not an ACO GT1 car, so why would they spend all the money creating a different spec car for a single race in a category that's absolutely dead?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well...the Corvettes finished 14th overall. That's, like, 14 cars behind the Audi, which means that they suck.

        See? I can use faulty logic as well. You also seem to forget that the Astons have dominated the classes for the 2007 and 2008, something that I too, would like to forget.

        The GT-R hasn't even made it past its first season of racing. Perhaps it'll come next year. Where was your Corvette during the 1990s? Oh yeah, it only came once.

        The Corvette isn't bad. Those would be the fanboys.
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