Le Mans: Toyota deny plan to ensure Alonso wins

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Fernando Alonso is competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours race for the first time this weekendToyota have denied they are heading into the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend with a plan to ensure Fernando Alonso wins if possible.Favourites Toyota have never won Le Mans and because of Alonso's fame, if his car won, it would guarantee wider coverage than their other car.But a spokesman said: "Our cars will race for victory with the target of achieving a Toyota one-two.
"Both cars start the race with an equal and fair chance of winning."The two-time Formula 1 world champion shares his car at the classic endurance race in France with former Formula 1 drivers Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland and Japanese Kazuki Nakajima. The other Toyota is shared by Briton Mike Conway, a former F1 test driver for Honda, ex-F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi from Japan and Argentine Jose Maria Lopez.
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Fernando Alonso's car won the first race of the World Endurance ChampionshipThat effectively means a Toyota will probably win unless both cars hit reliability problems, which are common in such a demanding and gruelling race.Toyota came closest to a win in 2016, when the car of Buemi, Nakajima and Briton Anthony Davidson was leading, only to break down on the final lap.Their nearest rivals on pace are expected to be the Rebellion Racing team, which includes Swiss former winner Neel Jani.Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 world champion, is also racing in the LMP1 class, with the Russian-backed SMP team, as is former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, who is with the United Autosports team co-owned by Zak Brown, the chief executive officer of Alonso's McLaren F1 team.Qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours is split into three sessions, one on Wednesday at 2100-23:00 BST and two on Thursday, at 1800-2000 and 2100-2300 BST. The race starts at 15:00 BST on Saturday.
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