Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima secured the FIA World Endurance Drivers‘ Championship with victory at the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The trio in the #8 TS050 Hybrid had held a commanding lead at the top of the championship going into the race and effectively had to just finish the race in order to take the title. Despite not being the fastest car at the WEC’s Le Mans Super Finale, the #8 took their fifth win in eight races and finished the 2018/2019 Super Season on 198 points.
Second in the championship were Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López with 157 points, followed by Rebellion Racing drivers Gustavo Menezes and Toyota-bound Thomas Laurent with 114 points.
Sébastien Buemi becomes a two-time FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Champion alongside Porsche drivers Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley (2015 and 2017). The 2018/2019 title also marks the first world championship for Fernando Alonso since winning the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship in 2006. The Spaniard is also the second driver, after World Rally and World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, to win FIA World Championships in two different motorsport disciplines. Nakajima also becomes the first-ever FIA World Champion from Japan.
“Congratulations to the new World Champions Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, also on their second Le Mans victory,” said Hisatake Murata, Toyota Gazoo Racing Team President. “This was a dramatic end to an incredible season for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and we look forward to defending our titles next season.”
For a full list of the final championship positions, simply visit our Standings page.
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