Richard Mille 24 Hours of Le Mans: victory of Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima
The Toyota # 8 driven by Fernando Alonso (two-time Formula 1 World Champion), Sébastien Buemi (Formula E World Champion) and Kazuki Nakajima (Japanese champion in Formula Toyota) wins the 86th edition of the famous endurance race.
On Saturday at 3pm, the 2018 Roland Garros champion, Rafael Nadal, was on the track to officially start the race. 24 hours later, the Toyota # 8 crossed the finish line two laps ahead of the other teams. Winners of the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Buemi, partners of Richard Mille, gave Toyota their first win in 19 starts.
Rafael Nadal, Pierre Fillon, Richard Mille, Fernando Alonso and Jean Todt © Richard Mille
Sébastien Buemi becomes the 3rd Swiss driver to win the famous endurance race on the Sarthe circuit. ‘It’s incredible! The last laps were hard to watch. I’m still struggling to realize, it will take a little time. But I am very happy’, said the Formula E World Champion.
Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi © Richard Mille
For Fernando Alonso, this performance is simply prodigious for his first time out at Le Mans. The two-time Formula 1 World Champion and now champion of the Sarthe event said: ‘This race is amazing, it’s like I drove two F1 races!’ It’s now up to the Spaniard to win the Indianapolis 500 in order to achieve his goal of winning the Motor Sport Triple Crown, like the master before him, Graham Hill, the only driver so far to have accomplished this challenge.
Richard Mille also supported other teams such as Alex Brundle at TRSM Racing, the Jackie Chan DC Racing who finished 10th in LMP2 and TDS Racing who just missed out on a podium place, finishing fourth in LMP2.
TDS Racing, Jackie Chan DC Racing and TRSM Racing © Richard Mille
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