World Endurance Championship: Fernando Alonso wins on debut
Fernando Alonso made a successful begin to his FIA World Endurance Championship profession with victory within the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
The 36-year-old McLaren F1 driver teamed up with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima to win his first main race for the reason that 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.
Their Toyota TS050 hybrid completed simply 1.444 seconds forward of the second Toyota outfit.
The subsequent race within the sequence is the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 16-17 June.
Regardless of qualifying second in Spa, Alonso’s Quantity eight automobile was promoted to pole place in a single day after the Toyota group comprising Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez was penalised for a technical infringement.
Alonso will mix the WEC along with his System 1 commitments at McLaren this season as he bids so as to add the Le Mans title to his Monaco Grand Prix victories of 2006 and 2007.
The 2-time F1 world champion is making an attempt to win motorsport’s ‘triple crown’ of Monaco, the Indy 500 and Le Mans – a feat solely ever achieved by Britain’s Graham Hill.
Alonso missed final yr’s Monaco Grand Prix to compete within the Indianapolis 500 however his race was ended by engine failure.