PEUGEOT WINS 24 HOURS OF LE MANS EQUIPPED WITH BREMBO CARBON BRAKE SYSTEM Nine Is the Magic Number in 2009 LE MANS, France, June 14, 2009 - Motorsports, like all sports, loves to quote numbers and statistics. Like the 77th running of the 24...
PEUGEOT WINS 24 HOURS OF LE MANS EQUIPPED WITH BREMBO CARBON BRAKE SYSTEM
Nine Is the Magic Number in 2009
LE MANS, France, June 14, 2009 - Motorsports, like all sports, loves to quote numbers and statistics. Like the 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend without any rain. Or 8: the number of times Audi Sport has been the overall winner of the classic race on the legendary 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe west of Paris. Or 3: the number of years that the French Peugeot 908 diesels have challenged the German Audis for the top podium step.
But the winning number this weekend was NINE, in more ways the one. Nine was the number of Peugeot factory drivers, all with F1 experience. Nine was the number of the winning Peugeot LMP1 prototype piloted by David Brabham, Marc Gene and Alexander Wurz who bested the #8 pole-sitting Peugeot of Sebastien Bourdais, Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin and the #1 Audi R15 of Dindo Capello, 8-time winner Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, last year's overall champions.
For Brembo, the world leader in brake technology, this was the Italian manufacturer's ninth overall crown in ten years, along with numerous class victories. Brembo supplied over two thirds (37) of the 55-car field for Le Mans this year, including all 12 of the Aston Martins, Audis and Peugeots competing.
Another interesting number is 16: the number of years since Peugeot's last victory at Le Mans, coincidentally at the hands of Sir Jack Brabham's oldest son Geoff. With his overall victory this year, Sir Jack's youngest son, affectionately known as Brabs, won his third- straight class victory at Le Mans on Brembos. The past two years, Brabs was the GT1 class winner with Aston Martin upsetting the dominant Corvette factory team.
Whether four-wheel or two, open-wheel, prototype or GT, since Brembo began racing with Ferrari in 1975, the Italian manufacturer of high-performance braking systems has won more world championships at more great venues like Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, Monaco and Baja than any other competitor.
Racing teams and manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Audi, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz AMG and Lamborghini, who demand the best, turn to the experts in braking technology and performance: Brembo. The strong support and trusted relationships that Brembo has with more than 30 original equipment manufacturers and hundreds of championship-winning race teams in F1, WRC, NASCAR, IndyCar and sports cars, is based on the fact that Brembo is the industry benchmark. There is no other company or product line on the market that can match Brembo's level of technology and performance.
Brembo, headquartered in Italy with plants in 14 countries, is a world leader and design innovator of high-performance braking systems. It supplies brake systems to the most prestigious brands of passenger cars and motorcycles worldwide. Brembo has also proven leadership in motorsports with its products winning more than 200 world championships. For more information visit us at www.brembo.com/US or contact Brembo North America.
Brembo is the owner of Brembo, Breco, Marchesini and Sabelt and operates through AP Racing.