McLaren Renault driver Fernando Alonso has signed to drive in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours for Toyota this year, combining a part WEC season with his Formula One commitments. The 36-year-old double Formula One World Champion today confirmed he will contest all but one World Endurance Championship race for the Toyota works outfit this year as he continues his bid to secure the motorsport 'Triple Crown' of Le Mans, Monaco and Indy 500 victories. Making way for the Spanish Grand Prix driver will be 2014 WEC champion Anthony Davison, the British star unceremoniously demoted to a test and reserve role ahead of the new year as the German/Japanese squad look to make space for Alonso in their two car assault of Le Mans and the WEC. Despite signing a deal to drive in both the Le Mans 24 Hour and the full (but one race) WEC campaign this year, both Alonso and McLaren were at pains to reaffirm both parties commitment to Formula One as the main priority for the year ahead, with expectations of much increased competitiveness following the Woking teams switch to Renault power for the year ahead: “I’ve never been shy about my aim of winning motorsport’s ‘Triple Crown’ – the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We tried for Indy last year, came close, but just missed out,” confirmed Alonso. “This year, I have the chance thanks to McLaren to race for the win at Le Mans. It is a big challenge, much can go wrong, but I am ready, prepared and looking forward to the fight". Alonso has bucked the trend of recent years by participating in other racing activities outside of his Formula One commitments, having only just completed his first endurance race this very weekend at Daytona following his famous Indy 500 attempt in place of participating in the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. With confirmation of his WEC deal the signs of a strong working relationship between team and driver continues despite a troubled few years with Honda power, something the driver himself was keen to emphasise during the confirmation of his new adventures for the year ahead “My deal to race in WEC was only made possible through the good understanding and strong relationship I have with McLaren, and I’m very happy that they listened and understood what this means to me. “In no way will this challenge take away from my main target of Formula 1 with McLaren. In 2018, my aim is to be competitive at every grand prix, and I feel sure that we are closer to achieving that.” Due to a clash between the USGP and the Fuji WEC race Alonso will be forced to complete only a part WEC season, potentially denting any championship challenge for the Spanish driver. With recent endurance experience from Daytona, a deal to race for potentially the most competitive LMP1 squad in World Endurance Championship and a continued eye of further Indy 500 participation, Alonso has today taken another step closer to achieving his 'Triple Crown' dream in coming years. For more from the world of motorsports, check out the Motorsport Sub Forum here at RaceDepartment - go on, get involved in the conversation now! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Pleased to see Alonso secure a WEC drive for the new year? Can the Spaniard win WEC and Le Mans on his first try? Let us know in the comments section below!