Toyota Wins At Le Mans With Fernando Alonso, Nakajima, and Buemi

Toyota Wins At Le Mans With Fernando Alonso, Nakajima, and Buemi

Toyota Wins At Le Mans With Fernando Alonso, Nakajima, and Buemi

Auto number 8 consisting of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso crossed the finish line first while its sister vehicle driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez came in second.

"It has been incredible", said Alonso, referring not just of the victory but also about the entire Le Mans experience.

Take a look through the gallery above to see the top 10 finishers in the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alonso, a double Monaco Grand Prix victor and twice F1 world champion, is aiming for the "Triple Crown of Motorsport", and the Indianapolis 500 is now the only box remaining to be ticked.

That put Alonso's number eight vehicle more than two minutes - two thirds of a lap - behind and apparently facing an uphill struggle to get back into contention. Victory was theirs to lose - but Toyota have been burnt before, losing victory on the final lap two years ago.

In the 16th hour of the race, Nakajima retook the lead and the number eight vehicle was in control for the duration.

But the Spaniard put in a remarkable stint through the darkness to reduce the deficit and his team mates - both former F1 drivers - did their bit to take back control after dawn had broken over the Sarthe circuit.

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

As the clock ticked past 24 hours, the relief was visible on all the faces of the Toyota crew in the pit and the winning drivers as they completed a victory lap with Alonso and Buemi sitting on the auto as Nakajima, who completed the last stint, drove. It later turnout out that Kamui Kobayashi had simply forgotten to pit and was asked to conserve fuel to make it through the lap.

Toyota joins Mazda as the only Japanese manufacturers to win the event, when they did so back in 1991.

The Spaniard left Ferrari at the end of 2014 having lost faith in their ability to deliver a title-winning vehicle, only to find that McLaren-Honda were in far worse shape.

But Toyota insisted that the two cars went into the race with equal chances of winning.

Alonso now just needs to win the Indy 500.

Toyota's win is made all the more special after the team came within a lap of victory in 2016 only to have it taken away from them by reliability issues.


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