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Motor racing: Alonso is a winner on world endurance debut

(Reuters) – Double System One international champion Fernando Alonso returned to the highest of the rostrum when he received his debut Global Staying power Championship (WEC) race with Toyota at Belgium’s Spa circuit on Saturday.

System One – F1 – Chinese language Grand Prix – Shanghai, China – April 15, 2018 – McLaren’s Fernando Alonso prior to the race. REUTERS/Aly Music

The McLaren F1 motive force, sharing his TS050 hybrid quantity 8 automotive with Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi, led a Toyota one-two within the season-opening Six Hours of Spa.

The victory, from pole, used to be Alonso’s first in any motorsport championship since he received his house Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari in 2013.

Alonso is competing in each the WEC and System One this season in a bid to grow to be simplest the second one motive force, after Britain’s Graham Hill, to take the so-called ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

That comes to the System One identify, or Monaco Grand Prix which he has additionally received, the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race and Indianapolis 500. Alonso will race Le Mans in each 2018 and 2019 with Toyota.

The Spaniard entered the Indy 500 remaining 12 months, main the race for some time prior to retiring.

Reporting by way of Alan 1st earl baldwin of bewdley in London, enhancing by way of Clare Fallon

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