LE MANS – Fernando Alonso celebrated his second straight Le Mans 24 Hour race title on Sunday in a Toyota, the two-time Formula One champion sharing the driving with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.
Another Toyota driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, was in the lead and on course for victory only to suffer a puncture one hour from the finish.
Entering the closing stages Alonso's car lagged over a lap behind the other Toyota hybrid, before lady luck intervened an hour from the 1300GMT finish to gift them the advantage, and victory in the 87th edition of Le Mans.
Alonso's No.8 car crossed the line 17 seconds clear of the pole-sitting No.7 after 385 laps of the iconic circuit.
The outcome was a carbon copy of 2018 and it handed Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima the endurance drivers' title with Toyota having taken the constructors' crown last month.