Fernando Alonso helps Toyota win 24 Hours of Le Mans

Alonso looking good for the Le Mans win and a step closer to the triple crown.

Alonso looking good for the Le Mans win and a step closer to the triple crown.

"And to our drivers who drove our cars for the longest distance at Le Mans, finally in our 20th challenge, thank you for driving all out!"

The victory means that Alonso now has two of the three wins required for motor racing's unofficial Triple Crown comprised of Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. "We know how important and iconic Le Mans is in the world of motorsport and as a team we achieved an unbelievable result", said Alonso in a statement. "They should hold it every two or three weeks".

Toyota came home with a 1,2, the #7 auto featuring Jose Maria Lopez who claims a first Le Mans podium, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway claiming a second second place apiece.

"We got both of our cars to the finish", Hayden said. Few will have forgotten Toyota's history at Le Mans. The Toyota Gazoo racing team finally managed to score a victory at the legendary 24 Hour race. We know how important and iconic Le Mans is in the world of motorsport and as a team we achieved an awesome result. With this win, Toyota becomes the second Japanese manufacturer to win outright, after Mazda.

Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 world champion, was competing in the non-hybrid LMP1 class for the Russian SMP team.

A fuel issue with 100 minutes left on the clock (which turns out to be regulation rather than technical related) dropped auto number 7 off the lead lap, which eventually allowed vehicle 8 to finish the race with a lead of two laps.

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Then came the night.

But in a series of stints in the dead of night, Alonso clawed back the deficit and put the number eight auto right back on the tail of the number seven. Compounding Nakajima's woes, shortly after the vehicle was given another stop-and-go penalty for exceeding the maximum number of laps allowed per stint. To finally see the auto crossing the line was really special. "A lot of that 12 laps is us having little mistakes really".

Rebellion Racing overcame first-lap contact to score a podium finish, while there were victories for Porsche GT Team and Dempsey-Proton Racing in the GTE Pro and GTE Am categories - but where did the rest of the grid finish?

Qualifying for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans was headlined by the No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid which will start this year's running of the race from overall pole.

His father Graham of course, is still the only man to have ever won the Triple Crown.

Much of the media coverage of this win will inevitably focus, some of it to an overly simplistic degree, on the triumph for Fernando Alonso, be reassured that the double F1 World Champion likely shares the mild distaste for that media tactic.

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