Toyota Finally Victorious at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018!

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This year, he sought permission from McLaren to dovetail his F1 programme with an attempt to win Le Mans, which became an entry in the entire World Endurance Championship. Despite losing time behind due to an ill-timed safety vehicle, double F1 champ Alonso put in a long and strong stint to close the gap, before his auto built a solid lead on Sunday morning.

After regaining the lead from the #7 Toyota after an impressive night time stint from double Formula 1 champion Alonso, the #8 remained unchallenged in the final six hours of the day-long race, leading home a 1-2 finish for Toyota with the #7 TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, which finished one lap down after suffering from a fuel flow problem in the closing stages, finishing in second.

But he was given a great chance to sample the sweet taste of victory once more when he secured a deal with Toyota to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His co-driver, Spain's Fernando Alonso, gets one step closer to winning the racing world's "triple crown". The auto finished two laps behind, after a missed pit stop and minor penalty slowed down the sister vehicle.

Toyota Gazoo Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon says he was "surprised" by the pace shown by the non-hybrids in the race, which showed reduced performance compared to qualifying.

Having dominated qualifying earlier in the weekend, Porsche emerged victorious with its #92 GT Team entry in GTE Pro, with the "Pink Pig" 911 RSR of Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor beating its fellow #91 auto which finished in second place in the premier GT category.

Alonso celebrated his 300th F1 Grand Prix in June but has not won since he was at Ferrari five years ago.

"It's only my debut here, my second year in Europe and my second year with Porsche, so I'm absolutely over the moon", he said.

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"Where it would have been if we had had a clean run, I don't know, but it wouldn't have been 12 laps".

The Rebellion Racing team took third and fourth place, with Thomas Laurent, Mathias Beche and Gustavo Menezes joining the Toyota teams on the podium.

Sebastien Buemi set the quickest race lap during the opening stint with a 3:17.658, while the best single-lap pace from a non-hybrid vehicle was a 3:20.046, recorded by Neel Jani in the No. 1 Rebellion.

A Toyota victory had been widely predicted after last year's champions Porsche withdrew from the 2018 edition.

But in the end, both cars made it to the finish, to complete the company's dream result - a one-two, with Alonso's vehicle the victor.

The G-Drive Oreca of Jean-Eric Vergne, Andrea Pizzitola and Romain Rusinov won the LMP2 division.

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