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Alonso confirmed for WEC

Alonso confirmed for WEC

Fernando Alonso will compete at this year's historic Le Mans 24 Hours race in pursuit of completing motor racing's prestigious "Triple Crown".

This announcement comes only a few days after Alonso's first endurance race, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, which saw the Spaniard finishing in 38th place overall in the #23 United Autosports auto alongside team-mates Lando Norris and Philip Hanson. The 36-year-old Spaniard announced plans to join Toyota Gazoo Racing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June. So he'll get more seat time in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid he'll share with S├ębastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima than WEC's headline race.

This also follows Alonso's maiden attempt at winning the Indianapolis 500 last year, which established his desire to win motorsport's coveted "triple crown", with this year giving him the opportunity to further this in June when he competes in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But at last year's Indy 500, he led for 27 laps before engine failure retired his auto.

'It's no secret that Fernando has wanted to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"It is a big challenge. much can go wrong, but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the fight". "And I think everybody within our organisation appreciates that a motivated, hungry and happy world-class driver such as Fernando is a formidable asset for any team in F1", said Brown.

'Last year, we came to the joint decision to go racing with Fernando at the Indy 500 rather than at the Monaco grand prix.

"Like Fernando, at McLaren we're racers at heart, and our team is built on a fearless heritage of competing and succeeding in different forms of the sport". "Equally important is the confidence that nothing detracts from our number one goal of Formula One".

"After proper evaluation, we are satisfied that this campaign does not (compromise the F1 effort) and that McLaren's best interests prevail".

However, the double world champion will not miss Formula One races, unlike past year when he skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Having competed in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours where he finished 38th alongside Phil Hanson and Lando Norris - 90 laps off the winners after suffering two brake failures - Alonso will now fully commit to the upcoming WEC season, with the Spaniard only due to miss the Japanese round at Fuji in October as it clashes with the F1 Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas.

With the Monaco Grand Prix already in the bag, Alonso is plainly still deadly serious about becoming only the second driver to have won motorsport's so-called Triple Crown alongside Graham Hill.

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