In his pursuit of motor racing's Triple Crown - the Monaco Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans - two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso celebrated a victorious debut for Toyota in the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours race, to add to his two previous triumphs at Monaco Grand Prix in the Formula One championships.
Only Englishman Graham Hill has won all three classic races in the entire history of motorsport.
"The triple crown is an attractive target because it is so difficult to achieve," Alonso said. "These are the three biggest races in the world of motorsport: the Indy 500, Monaco and Le Mans. It is challenging because all three require different style and a different driving technique."
This was also Toyota's first victory at the 20th attempt, and the first win for a Japanese manufacturer since Mazda's success in 1991. Alonso and his two Toyota teammates, Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi to win the grand prix d’endurance, beating the sister car of Mike Conway, José María López and Kamui Kobayashi into second.