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Alonso acknowledges luck in back-to-back Le Mans with Toyota

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Watched long sections of live footage from inside both cars. They were outrageously fast. The truth will probably come out in due course but I read one article saying that the pit crew changed the wrong tyre on the No.7 car which had had a slow puncture, forcing them to pit a second time. Another article said only that the real reason was not being officially released.

Congratulations to all six drivers!

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Kazuki Nakajima becomes the first Japanese driver to win a FIA-sanctioned world championship ever! Well done!!

Japans first motor racing world champion!

Of course European race commentators were saying this will be all over Japanese news the next morning - mmm not really, what do they know.

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Nakajima, Conway and pole-sitter Kamui Kobayashi were faster at lemans all week this year and also last year than Alsono. Although Alonso did bring some tyre "strategy" advantage to the night racing last year.

But who takes the headlines...

Conway and Kamui were really on it in the beginning of the race and built up a hard earned 1 minute lead. All that gets thrown in the air with safety cars, but that is the nature of lemans - plus why it can also be useful to not hold back.

Toyota seem to have some kind of curse, was there in their pits back in the gt-one days with Katayama.

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