Alonso's Toyota on pole for Le Mans 24 Hours

LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Toyota swept to a one-two in qualifying for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Thursday with Fernando Alonso’s number eight car on pole position for the Spaniard’s debut. Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest lap, a three minute 15.
377 effort that was close to the record of 3:14.791 set last year by compatriot Kamui Kobayashi, who is in the number seven car.
Nakajima, who shares the hybrid with Alonso and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi, had already set the provisional pole on Wednesday but improved on that time to beat the sister car by almost two seconds. Double Formula One world champion Alonso is competing for Toyota in the full World Endurance series this season as well as carrying out his grand prix duties with McLaren.
The race starts on Saturday at 1300 GMT (1500 local). .

 

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