Fernando Alonso has successfully passed the simulator test ahead of this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion, who will compete in the 2018-19 World Endurance Championship Super Season with Toyota, passed the test which will enable him to compete in this year's Le Mans.

Alonso is aiming to win the motorsport ‘triple crown’, consisting of victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alonso won the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix with Renault and raced last year in the Indy500 with McLaren-Honda-Andretti. Graham Hill is the only driver ever to win all three events.

The simulator test is conducted by all rookies for the 24 hours of Le Mans or any driver who hasn't participated in the race in over five years. The test consists of a driver spending the day in a AOTech simulator and learn all the safety procedures that are in place for the event.

Alonso had to learn the nature of the legendary track, the marshal posts, becoming comfortable with managing traffic, understanding the slow zones and safety car deployments.

Winner of the LMP2 category and finished 2nd overall at last year's Le Mans, Thomas Laurent said the test gets more and more complicated as it goes on with challenging procedures such as managing traffic and night time racing.

“The exercises get more and more complicated as the day goes on,” Laurent said. “You start by learning the track alone, then in traffic that you have to manage, and lastly all the safety procedures are reviewed. At the end of the day, you have to pass a test, successfully of course."

Jose Maria Lopez, who will be Alonso's team mate at Toyota for the season said the test is useful for a LMP1 driver as overtaking will be regular occurrence.

“The day was really quite useful for me to learn all the specificities of Le Mans, especially in LMP1 because you overtake so often.”

LMP1 drivers will have to deal with traffic so often during the race as they will lap amateur, professional and GT cars over the course of the event.

At the end of the test, AOTech sends a report of the exercises completed by the rookie to the ACO. The rookies must then go and take part in the test day before being given the green light to compete in Le Mans.

Since Alonso competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January with United Autosports, passing the first test. Now the Spaniard is eligible to compete the whole Super Season of the WEC with Toyota.

As part of Alonso's marathon F1 and WEC campaign, the Spanish driver flew straight from finishing seventh at the Chinese Grand Prix for McLaren in Shangahi on Sunday to the simulator test at Toyota's WEC headquarters in Germany on Monday.


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