Fernando Alonso wins Le Mans with Toyota after first attempt

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For Nakajima, the win was extremely significant.

Alonso is bidding to match British driver Graham Hill's feat of completing the Triple Crown, including wins at the Monaco Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500.

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8) "It's great to be here finally; it has been a long time".

Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, plus an avid supporter of motorsports congratulated the team and all involved also said, "Thank you very much for letting us and our drivers drive all out!" Finally we finished without any issues on either vehicle.

In LMP2, it was the G-Drive Racing machine of Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola that emerged victorious, taking victory in the second prototype class by an impressive two laps, beating the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut auto of Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Pierre Thiriet.

"I think I was more calm at the end this time", he continued. Not only will this establish a strong connection between Toyota's motorsport activities and its road cars, but the technology and knowledge that Toyota Gazoo Racing has collected developing the LMP1 vehicle will transfer directly into the new road auto. "I am so proud of everyone in the team for this result. Here we were leading and I was anxious I'd miss the opportunity again".

Buemi admitted that the aformentioned penalty cast doubts in his minds that winning the race was possible.

Argentina, Iceland in stalemate
Iceland were soon level through Alfred Finnbogason's close-range finish, his country's first-ever goal in the World Cup finals. Argentina will have no easy opponent in the likes of Iceland in their opening game of the tournament.

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.

"I think this is definitely the biggest win of my career".

"When you look at the past, 2016 in the last lap, and Kazuki was going to be in the vehicle for the last few laps so lots of emotions really". To finally see the vehicle crossing the line was really special. But when I woke up it was around 40 seconds.

"We had our own challenges during that race".

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. "We did seem to have to bring the auto into the box on a number of occasions". Last year, unreliability - despite prodigious pace - meant the team didn't score a win either. That would leave the Indy 500.

Fernando Alonso moved one step closer to completing motorsport's famous "Triple Crown" with victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday. The momentum shifted temporarily to the No. 7 vehicle after Buemi was penalized by 60 seconds for speeding in a caution zone.

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