History was made in June at the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s trio of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso piloted the No. 8 TS050 HYBRID to victory at the legendary endurance race, securing Toyota’s first-ever win. The No. 7 TS050 HYBRID — driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and José María López — finished the race in the No. 2 spot, confirming the dominance of the TS050 HYBRID in its first showing.
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“We know how important and iconic Le Mans is in the world of motorsport and as a team, we achieved an amazing result,” said Fernando Alonso. “We wanted a 1-2 (finish), and we achieved that, so I am very happy.”
Prior to this year’s Le Mans, Toyota had put forth 47 cars in the hope of achieving the ultimate glory, coming away with six podium finishes. The 1-2 finish makes Toyota only the second manufacturer of Japanese origin to win the legendary race, and Kajima’s contribution makes him the first-ever Japanese driver to win in a Japanese car.
The win at Le Mans gives TOYOTA GAZOO an exceptional head of steam leading into its next race at the 6 Hours of Silverstone. To learn more about how Toyota Racing is performing, as well as how Toyota is bringing high-performance to the masses, stop into High River Toyota.