Alonso and the 24 Hours of Le Mans: goal, to be a champion

The Asturian, Buemi and Nakajima retain an important advantage with the Toyota 7 and they are worth to be seventh to achieve the championship.


Down with Ferrari and his track engineer Andrea Stella next door, Fernando Alonso stroked a Porsche 911 GT1 winner in 1998, he looked at it and fell in love as he discovers the woman of his life at a party. It was the GP of Italy in 2010 and at the exit of the circuit they had mounted an exhibition of historic cars. Maybe at that time not yet, but it would be soon when the Asturian pilot dream of winning at Le Mans and become world champion of Resistance, his goal with Toyota in the 24 hours starting today on Wednesday at the most legendary circuit on the planet.

"I think Le Mans is special because it is the toughest race, the longest in the calendar. There is a lot of history behind that race, many great names and constructors who have taken their machines to the highest level on this track. of 24 hours of qualifying rounds, you never stop and you are running in very different conditions, from the heat of the afternoon to the night and the cold in the morning.You can not adapt to the track at any time, because it is constantly changing as soon as to the temperature, the rubber or the cars that are slower than the LMP1, it is a unique race ", said the Asturian genius these days in the route.

Alonso, recovered from what happened in Indianapolis, now faces after a few days of rest, breathing and riding a bike through the mountains, the other great challenge of the season with many more options for success. Your team, that of the Toyota number 8, is the leader of the championship by 31 points and it is worth to be seventh in Le Mans to finish champions. But Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima will go for the victory in the 24 Hours. Fernando dazzled last year, especially with his stint in the night, when he took the car away from the head that occupied the other Japanese prototype and managed to leave his Toyota leader and with a considerable advantage that would be final.

But beyond Alonso and Toyota, we have two other Spaniards in LMGTE Pro and with victory options: Antonio García with Corvette and Miguel Molina with Ferrari. Both will fight for the win in their category, remember that the Spaniard has already won this race. We are talking about a special race, perhaps the most famous in the world, which has been held since 1923, has been won by brands such as Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, Audi, Toyota ... in which nearly three hundred thousand people meet on the track from this historic town about 200 kilometers from Paris in a route of almost 14 kilometers away that runs even on national roads through which a few days before anyone can drive with your car. Now Toyota dominates the championship and the test but it was not until last year, in the first participation of Alonso that they won in La Sarthe. Before only another Spaniard had done it: Marc Gené with Peugeot in 2009.

The action starts today Wednesday with four hours of training from four in the afternoon, at ten o'clock in the evening, qualifying session until midnight. On Thursday the riders follow the track with the last qualifying round that leaves the grid clear, on Friday there is rest and on Saturday at three in the afternoon the race will start, one of the most special moments of the year, the farewell to Alonso de Resistencia, although he has said he will return to Le Mans. And it is that Alonso ... always returns.



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