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Fernando Alonso wins at Le Mans

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Toyota team-mates Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi celebrate their victory in 2018's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

McLaren-Renault driver Fernando Alonso, alongside team-mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, has taken victory at the historic 24 Heures du Mans on his first try.

Driving the #8 Toyota, Alonso produced a stunning drive, including a special night-time stint where he closed the gap to Toyota’s #7 from 2mins 10secs to just under 44secs.

“The race was hard because the two cars were very close,” Alonso said.

The win marked Toyota’s first at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

“We wanted a one-two and we achieved that so I am very happy,” Alonso said.

The Japanese manufacturer was uncontested in the end, as the third-placed Rebellion Racing #3 car finished 12 laps behind the leader.

“It has been our dream to win Le Mans and finally we have achieved it,” said Toyota Team President, Hisatake Murata.

Alonso will get the chance to defend his crown at next year’s iteration of the race, having signed a two-year contract with Toyota.

The Spaniard has now completed two legs of ‘Motorsport’s Triple Crown’, having won Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.

He now just has to win the Indy 500, which he competed in back in 2017.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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