Spectacular celebrations at Le Mans' climax

Podium celebrations. 16-17.06.2018. FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans 24 Hours, Race

This weekend has been all about the Le Mans 24 Hours race and Fernando Alonso's ultimately successful mission to secure the second leg of the Triple Crown of motorsports.

In turns of racing, this year's race might have been about as competitive as your average Monaco GP, thanks to Toyota being the only factory team left in the field with LMP1 hybrid technology. In many ways they only had themselves to beat.

But that's to take nothing away from the drivers - Alonso and his team mates Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi, not to mention Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the second Toyota who kept them honest throughout.

And just as is the case with Monaco, there's something about Le Mans which transcends the action out on track. It's also one of motor racing's premier social events, with tens of thousands of fans watching through the night in a marathon effort of their own.

And at the end we get the pay-off: the classic way in which the flag is shown to the cars crossing the finish line, and the crowds rushing onto the Circuit de la Sarthe to hail their heroes on the podium.

It's a weekend unlike any other on the motorsports calendar, and this year's event more than lived up to the expectations. And with Alonso's win, it might have major repercussions for what the two-time world champion decides to do in 2019...

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Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Toyota Gazoo Racing celebrates in parc ferme at Le Mans

The podium at Le Mans

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