Alonso completes first Daytona 24 Hours test

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso has completed his first test aboard the LMP2 car he’s set to race in January’s Daytona 24 Hours.

The Spaniard took the wheel of a Ligier JSP217s at Aragon on Tuesday, following on from a test last week in Toyota’s LMP1 car.

The two-time Formula 1 champion will make his sportscar racing debut in the Florida endurance classic alongside McLaren test driver Lando Norris and Phil Hanson in one of United Autosports’ two entries.

He will get further track time during the traditional ‘Roar before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before the race itself on January 27-28.

Alonso’s Daytona entry has been widely viewed as a precursor to an assault on the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours as he bids to complete the ‘triple crown’ with wins at La Sarthe and the Indianapolis 500 to add to his Monaco GP success.

Toyota technical director Pascal Vasselon however would not be drawn on whether Alonso would be back in the TS050 Hybrid in the near future when asked in Bahrain.

“At the moment it was just a fantastic opportunity,” said Vasselon of the chance to run Alonso in the rookie test.

“We have time now to think about the future.”

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