Toyota Gazoo Racing win the Le Mans 24 Hours
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Our multinational team combines a wealth of motorsport experience from around the world. Joining the team for the 2018-19 WEC season is two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso, who finally fulfils his life-long ambition of competing for victory at Le Mans.
Driver: Mike Conway
Best achievement: Winning at Monaco, Macau and Long Beach circuits
Driver: Sébastien Buemi
Best achievement: Winning the 2014 World Endurance Championship
Driver: Kamui Kobayashi
Best achievement: F1 podium finisher. 2017 Le Mans pole position winner
Driver: Kazuki Nakajima
Best achievement: 2014 Le Mans pole position winner
Driver: José María López
Best achievement: Winning the 2014, 2015, 2016 World Touring Car Championship
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Best achievement: Two-time F1 world champion
Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso started from pole position in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid and claimed their win after 388 tense and often dramatic laps of the La Sarthe circuit. The result extends their lead in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The result is the culmination of intense and determined efforts by Toyota Gazoo racing colleagues from Higashi-Fuji in Japan and Cologne, Germany, to continually improve the hybrid electric technology which powers the race cars. In winning this weekend’s race, the race cars used 35 per cent less fuel than in 2012, when Toyota returned to international endurance racing.
Akio Toyoda, Toyota President, congratulated the team and credited their success to the hard work and determination of everyone involved and their commitment to kaizen – the continuous improvement that is a core principle of Toyota. He said: “Finally, we won 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. I want to enjoy the great feeling today with all fans who have supported us for long time. Of course this is another step towards the next challenge so I would like to ask your continuous support from now on too. Thank you very much.”
The team will now have a nine-week break before returning to action in the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, on 17-19 August.
A one-two finish gave Toyota Gazoo Racing a perfect start to their 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.
It was a debut victory with the team for new recruit Fernando Alonso, and a second successive WEC win at the Belgian circuit for Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid.
This was Toyota’s 17th win from 49 WEC races, its fourth consecutive victory and its third at Spa. Toyota leads both the teams’ and drivers’ World Championships going into the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16-17 June.
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