LeMans Hour 23: Alonso's Toyota waltzing to LeMans victory
Alonso exists the #8 Toyota for the final time with a big lead
With just one hour to go almost nothing can stop Fernando Alonso from winning the 24 Hours of LeMans in his first try as Kazuki Nakajima now holds almost a 2-lap lead over the #7 Toyota with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel. The two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS are still over 100 miles ahead of the nearest LMP1 competitor.
Not much has changed since our last report in terms of standings.
LeMans Hour 22: Alonso's Toyota now up 1 lap on sister car
It will be an easy win for the #8 Alonso Toyota
After 22 hours of racing it's now a foregone conclusion that Fernando Alonso will win the 24 Hours of LeMans in his first try as Kazuki Nakajima now holds a 1-lap lead over the #7 Toyota with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel. The two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS are now 100 miles ahead of the nearest LMP1 competitor.
Throughout the race Alonso has showed how much faster an F1 driver is than the regular sportscar drivers, consistently turning laps 1/2 to 1.0 seconds faster. It underscores the fact that sportscar drivers are a step below F1 and IndyCar drivers in terms of outright speed.
LeMans Hour 21: Toyotas 12 laps ahead, Alonso still out front
Alonso laps the #63 Chevy Corvette for the 40th time
After 21 hours of racing the two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS are still out in front with Fernando Alonso is still at the wheel and poised to win the 24 Hours of LeMans according to plan.
The two Toyotas are 98 miles ahead of the 3rd and 4th place LMP1 Rebellions. Not taking anything away from Alonso, but when the rules mean you win by over 98 (soon to be 100) miles, something is wrong with the rules, or the fix was in. With Porsche no longer competing Toyota will finally win the 24 Hours of LeMans after failing against real competition so many times.
David Reynolds' Supercars Championship bid is back on track after a giant killing weekend in Darwin as he and Shane van Gisbergen continue to chase down runaway leader Scott McLaughlin.
The joker of the pack scored his second victory of the season at Hidden Valley and heads to the next event in Townsville in just over two weeks’ time entrenched in third behind in the points McLaughlin and Van Gisbergen.
His flag to flag victory was his most dominant of the season and a late safety car did not deny the Bathurst winner. McLaughlin, though, recovered from mid-race engine dramas and Van Gisbergen came from eleventh to finish fourth, keeping both at the top of the leader board.
It proved Reynolds can mix it with the very best on his day with the car and the skills by holding McLaughlin and seven-time Champion Jamie Whincup at bay.
LeMans Hour 20: Toyotas 11 laps ahead, Alonso poised to win
Alonso cruising to victory as planned
After 20 hours of racing the two Toyota TS050 HYBRIDS are still out in front but there has been a change for the lead since our last report. The No.8 Toyota is now leading thanks to Kazuki Nakajima who went past Kamui Kobayashi in the 15th hour, but now Fernando Alonso is at the wheel and poised to win the 24 Hours of LeMans according to plan.
The two Toyotas are 90 miles ahead of the 3rd and 4th place LMP1 Rebellions. It's not even a race, its a Toyota parade as planned by the rules makers so that Fernando Alonso would win and make them headlines. Not taking anything away from Alonso, but when the rules mean you win by over 90 (soon to be 100) miles, something is wrong with the rules, or the fix was in.
With the sun coming up over LeMans, France, the Toyotas have put 9 laps on the entire field at the end of 15 hours of the 24 Hours of LeMans and they are not even trying hard, such is the advantage God (the ACO) has given the Toyotas over the other LMP1 cars. The privateer teams begged God to give them some help, but God refused because they wanted Toyota to have a huge advantage with their hybrid cars that no one could threaten them.
The Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 Toyota continues to close the gap on the #7 Toyota driven by Kamui Kobayashi with the two Toyotas separated by just 19 seconds. The plan is for Fernando Alonso to be behind the wheel of the #8 Toyota when it takes the checkered flag for victory.
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