Fernando Alonso has returned to the top of the podium for the first time in almost five years after claiming a debut victory in the World Endurance Championship.
The McLaren F1 driver teamed up with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima for Toyota and sealed a one-two for the team in the WEC season-opener at the Six Hours of Spa, which was Alonso's first race in the series.
Alonso is competing in the WEC alongside his Formula 1 duties, with the two-time world champion looking to move a step closer to his 'Triple Crown' by winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
The victory at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, from pole, was Alonso's first in any motorsport championship since he won the Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari in 2013.
Alonso brought the No 8 car home, with the sister Toyota just over a second adrift.
"Fantastic debut, first endurance race in the world championship," said Alonso. "Amazing job by the team, one-two in qualifying and one-two in the race, Kazuki, and Sebastien in the start, made my life a little bit easier.
"I was saying to the guys, this is so nice to feel the podium, I will be here all night long. Pick me up in the morning, I will try and sleep here!"
Alonso will make his debut at the famous endurance race at Le Mans next month and added: "This is definitely a warm-up. Like a test but with points at the end of the chequered flag."
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