"What a journey we've had as a team today - and actually since the start of the year," Brabham reflected, "We've done two races as a team and come to Le Mans for the very first time, so to run in the top six and run as well as we have, with no real reliability issues, is an amazing achievement.
"Since the start of this programme, the guys have been up against it as the car came so late - and, even this week, they've been working hard to get everything ready and prepared. There have been a lot of very late nights, so I am very proud of everyone in the team who has worked so hard to achieve this result."
Even for the most experienced members of the team, which has enjoyed success in other championships, completing Le Mans at the first attempt was an emotional moment.
"I've been in motorsport for longer than I care to remember, but this is a feeling that goes beyond anything I've experienced before," chief engineer and team manager Stepney, a veteran of F1, concluded, "The sheer amount of effort that's gone into the result in the months and weeks before this has tested everyone and it's incredible that we have a result that justifies the workload.
"We've had more than our share of problems leading up to the race this week and a couple of minor issues in the race, but really reliability has been pretty good – the only issues we had were incidentals. There is a lot of luck in Le Mans and while we were lucky today, [but] the preparation that's gone in before has helped us get a bit of luck for ourselves."