24 Hours of Le Mans (2018)
Toyota finally broke its long-standing Le Mans 24 Hours curse by claiming a dominant victory in the 86th running of the event with the #8 car shared by Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi.
The lead Toyota of Fernando Alonso has extended his lead to over a minute in the Le Mans 24 Hours with four hours of the race remaining, as Paul di Resta suffered a big crash.
Brilliant drives by Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima sent the #8 Toyota past its sister #7 car to give Sebastien Buemi the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours at two-thirds distance.
Fernando Alonso produced an epic night-time stint in his first Le Mans 24 Hours to slash the gap between his #8 Toyota and the leading #7 car.
The battle for overall victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours remained in the balance at the halfway point between the Toyotas, despite swinging massively towards the #7 due to a slow-zone speeding penalty for its sister car.
Fernando Alonso’s quest for Le Mans 24 Hours victory on his debut took a hit when teammate Sebastien Buemi was caught speeding in a slow zone just after midnight.
Toyota stretched its advantage over its LMP1 privateer rivals to two laps at one-third distance in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Kamui Kobayashi established a small lead in the #7 car.
Fernando Alonso says Toyota has this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours “under control” after his opening stint, despite him suffering a puncture and a precautionary rear bodywork change for the #8 car.
Toyota held a commanding advantage after the first hour of the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Sebastien Buemi leading Mike Conway.
Leading LMP1 privateer drivers believe passing lapped LMP2 cars will be “very difficult" in the Le Mans 24 Hours and could hinder their hopes of staying within striking distance of Toyota.
Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota on top in Saturday morning's Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up session, beating the sister car of Sebastien Buemi by a quarter of a second.
The Villorba Corse LMP2 team is set to be ready to take part in Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up on Saturday after its Dallara chassis survived Giorgio Sernagiotto's airborne crash in qualifying intact.
Ex-Formula 1 champion Jenson Button has described his first experience of driving at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the night as a “shock to the system”.